HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Kennedy Catholic collected their first win since 2012 on October 1, 2021, when the Golden Eagles outlasted Lakeview – 18-15. This year, Coach John Reay hopes to see more success as he’s building his program through the hard work and determination of his junior class.

The offense improved to score 12.2 points per game, an increase of nearly six points from the year prior (6.6 ppg). Sophomore quarterback Rayvion Wilbon-Venable returns after throwing for over 1,000 yards (1039) and tossing nine touchdowns while completing 54.5% of his passes (66-121). Wilbon-Venable also led the team in rushing a year ago (393 yards).

“Rayvion, having that full season under his belt as a starter in the varsity atmosphere, he’ll make bigger strides this season with the help from another standout in junior Simier [Wade],” Coach Reay said. “You would’ve thought Wade (33 catches, 558 yards, 5 TDs) was a senior the way he leads, and the rest of the team follows and respects him. His work ethic is like no other at that age. I know he’ll be a star.”

Kennedy Catholic will also welcome back a three-year letterman in Blaze Campbell (22.5 yards per catch, 4 TDs).

Reay points out, “Blaze has been here since the program’s rebirth in 2019, along with Elijah Smith, Sean Yeager and Jermain Dunlap. These four have been through the whole process of the rebuild and are going to be the backbone to our team this year. We’ll go as far as they take us.”

Remington Hart, a senior ball carrier, has the staff excited about his ability to play on both sides of the ball.

Kennedy Catholic also returns its entire offensive line. Juniors Elias Lawson, Blaiden Parcetich, Eric Pagan, Marcel Cheeks and Kameren Gwin are all back in the fold.

Senior kicker and punter Aiden Churlik is also back for his final season in Hermitage.

“Aiden was a big part of last year’s team,” said Reay. “We plan to use his leg a lot more this year.”

In 2021, the defense held three opponents to two touchdowns in a game. This year, the Eagles must replace their standout linebacker Kole Tarary, who committed to play football at Hiram. Tarary finished last season with 121 tackles and 4 quarterback takedowns.

“Kole was a big part of this team as our leader on and off the field,” said Reay.

However, the defense should be improved with the return of Simier Wade, who earned Second-Team All-Region as a sophomore in the secondary, (3 INTs) along with a grouping of other defenders such as Sean Yeager (56 tackles), Elias Lawson (58 tackles) as well as Blaze Campbell (52 tackles).

Kennedy will welcome Cambridge Springs on Saturday, August 27 for the season opener.

Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles
Fast Facts
Head Coach: John Reay, 2nd season (1-8)
2021 Record: 1-8 (1-6), 7th place in Region 1
Last 2 Years: 1-15 (6.3%)
Home Field: Butala Stadium
League: District 10, Region 1 (1A)

Returning Starters
Offense: 10
Defense: 10

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 12.2 (56th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 39.1 (58th in Area)
Total Offense: 282.1
Rushing Offense: 145.8
Passing Offense: 136.3

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Rayvion Wilbon-Venable – 1039 yards, 54.5% (66-121), 9 TDs
Rushing: Rayvion Wilbon-Venable – 393 yards, 7.6 avg, TD
Receiving: Simier Wade – 558 yards, 16.9 avg, 5 TDs
Tackles: Kole Tarary – 121
QB Sacks: Kole Tarary – 4
Interceptions: Simier Wade – 3

2021 Results
Titusville 14 Golden Eagles 8
Farrell 78 Golden Eagles 8
Wilmington 55 Golden Eagles 14
Sharpsville 34 Golden Eagles 6
Golden Eagles 18 Lakeview 15
Greenville 50 Golden Eagles 14
Iroquois 14 Golden Eagles 12
Reynolds 47 Golden Eagles 14
Mercer 45 Golden Eagles 16

2021 District 10 Region 1 Standings
Farrell – 6-0 (11-1)
Wilmington – 6-1 (7-3)
Sharpsville – 4-2 (7-3)
Greenville – 4-3 (7-4)
Reynolds – 3-3 (7-5)
Mercer – 2-5 (3-6)
Kennedy Catholic – 1-6 (1-8)
Lakeview – 0-6 (2-7)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 27 – Cambridge Springs
Sept. 2 – at Union City
Sept. 9 – at Lakeview
Sept.16 – at Cochranton
Sept. 24 – St. John’s Catholic Prep, MD
Oct. 1 – Reynolds
Oct. 8 – at Mercer
Oct. 14 – at Maplewood
Oct. 22 – Saegertown