GROVE CITY, Pa. (WKBN) – The Eagles saw an increase in their win total by six victories (4 to 10) from the prior year. Coach Sam Mowrey’s bunch has won nine games or more in five of the last six seasons. During that six-year stretch, Grove City has won an average of nine contests a year compared to two losses.

Coach Mowrey and his staff believe in setting a good example which has led to success on and off the football field.

“Everything in our program begins with the vision – ‘To build men of integrity…’ Our boys and staff have done an amazing job of buying into what we believe in and continue to work extremely hard year-in and year-out to live out that vision,” Mowrey said. “We have had tremendous leadership over the past decade that has set a high standard, and those leadership lessons have been passed down to the underclassmen that continue to learn, develop and set their own standards.”

Junior quarterback Hunter Hohman is back after completing 62.5% of his throws a year ago (150-240) while tossing for 2,086 yards and 23 touchdowns. Hohman also ran for 467 yards and crossed the goal line six times on the ground.

The graduation of 1,000-yard rusher Curtis Hovis will leave a void for the offense which averaged 31 points and accumulated 367 yards per outing. Senior Anthony Nemec gained 772 yards rushing as he scored a total of 16 touchdowns on offense (13 rushing, 3 receiving). Both of Hohman’s top receivers – Gavin Lutz (57 catches, 618 yards, 4 TDs) and Joey Hathaway (29 catches, 582 yards, 6 TDs) – are back for their junior campaigns.

“This unit has the potential to be extremely dynamic. Hohman provides problems with his ability to throw and run. Nemec has continued to develop and really had a big year last year. Gavin and Joey provide matchup problems on the outside. More importantly, all those players have continued to grow and develop in their leadership roles on the team,” Mowrey said.

Losing the likes of Gage Dlugonski, Nathan Wadsworth, Dillon Winger, Jacob Blair and Cole Hammerman will be tough to replace up front. Seniors Dylan Ahern and Tommy Rodgers both return with plenty of experience. Tyson Metheney, Marcello Trezona, Adan Navarro, Kyle Enscoe and Jack Wolfe should all be in competition for starting positions this summer.

Defensively, Grove City dropped its points allowed from an average of 26 points per game in 2020 to 19 a year ago. Despite the graduation of many standouts such as Nathan Wadsworth (6 QB sacks), Cole Hammerman (65 tackles), Zach Rodgers (57 tackles, 2 INTs), Curtis Hovis (45 tackles), Luciano Trezona (3 FRs) and Jacob Blair (3 QB sacks), the Eagles return a strong foundation.

Senior Nathan Boyd led the team in tackles in 2021 (98 tackles) from his linebacker spot. Anthony Nemec, senior linebacker, was a menace for opposing offensive coordinators as he recorded 11 tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries while tallying two quarterback takedowns. Hayden McCreadie (4 INTs) and Gavin Lutz (5 INTs) both return in the secondary.

“We have had a great start to our offseason workouts,” points out Mowrey. “We look forward to great competition on the defensive side of the ball. We’re also counting on Trey Reznor, Hunter Hohman, Tommy Rodgers and Dylan Ahern to help anchor our defense. Marcello Trezona, Kyle Enscoe, Jack Wolfe, Adan Navarro, Shawn Young and Colin Jackson have been working extremely hard to compete for positions on the defensive line. Bode Stevenson, Clayton Martin, Nathan Greer and Dom Garzarelli, just to name a few, are all underclassmen looking to contribute more at the varsity level.”

The Eagles begin the 2022 season with a matchup against the Antelopes of Avonworth.

Grove City Eagles
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Sam Mowrey, 9th season (58-31)
2021 Record: 10-3 (3-1), 1st place in Region 3
Last 5 Years: 45-12 (78.9%)
Home Field: Forker Field
League: District 10, Region 3 (3A)
Base Offense: Power Spread
Base Defense: 4-4

Returning Starters
Offense: 6
Defense: 8

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 30.8 (18th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 18.8 (17th in Area)
Total Offense: 367.3
Rushing Offense: 206.9
Passing Offense: 160.4

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Hunter Hohman – 2086 yards, 62.5% (150-240), 23 TDs
Rushing: Curtis Hovis – 1088 yards, 5.2 avg, 11 TDs
Receiving: Gavin Lutz – 618 yards, 10.8 avg, 4 TDs
Tackles: Nathan Boyd – 98
Quarterback Sacks: Nathan Wadsworth – 6
Interceptions: Gavin Lutz – 5

2021 Results
Central Martinsburg 35 Eagles 6*
Eagles 28 Slippery Rock 20*
Eagles 35 Fort LeBoeuf 21*
Eagles 42 Fairview 7*
Eagles 42 Mercyhurst Prep 8
Eagles 20 Hickory 7
Eagles 42 Titusville 6
Eagles 32 Sharon 13
Eagles 41 Fairview 8
Slippery Rock 34 Eagles 7
Eagles 42 Conneaut 20
Fort LeBoeuf 17 Eagles 14
Eagles 50 Meadville 48
*-playoff

2021 District 10 Region 3 Standings
Grove City – 3-1 (10-3)
Slippery Rock – 3-1 (7-2)
Hickory – 3-2 (7-4)
Conneaut – 1-1 (2-3)
Sharon – 1-2 (6-4)
Titusville – 0-3 (3-5)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 26 – at Avonworth
Sept. 2 – Northwestern
Sept. 9 – Farrell
Sept. 16 – at Sharon
Sept. 23 – Slippery Rock
Sept. 30 – at Greenville
Oct. 7 – Hickory
Oct. 14 – at Sharpsville
Oct. 21 – at Wilmington