STONEBORO, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – After dropping seven consecutive games in a row, Lakeview notched a pair of victories over Franklin and Mercyhurst Prep to close out the season with a 3-7 record.
“The culture in our program is to trust each other and always improve, displaying a never quit attitude,” said Coach Bill Hickman. “The way we finished  showed that perseverance that we’ll always fight until the end. The outgoing seniors wanted to end the season on a positive note and provide a building block going into this year.”
The Sailors graduated their star quarterback Gavin Murdock, who finished the 2021 campaign by throwing over 1,000 yards (1009) and rushing for over another 1,000 yards (1265). Murdock accounted for 75 percent of the team’s total yards on offense. Murdock also led the defense in tackles (88) and finished second in quarterback sacks (3) and third in tackles for a loss (10).
Senior Cam Pence and sophomore Leyton Zacherl are competing for the starting quarterback job this summer.
At running back, Mitchell Tingley and Danick Hinkson both should see plenty of touches and playing time. Juniors Aiden Osborne and Luke Klonowski will have opportunities to compete for time in the backfield as well. At the receiver position, Evan Sanford and Blake Skiles appear to be key contributors to the Sailors’ passing attack. Sean Cole will be in line to man the tight end position.
“We have high expectations for our offensive line this year,” said Hickman. “Brendan Malone, Kyle Devinney, Garet Guthrie, Will Guy, Hunter Yeager and Garrett Mentch are big, strong and mobile. We have a lot of depth [up front].”
Keep an eye on Tanner Vincent, Brycen Heckman, Bryson McKean, Gary Schell and Aaron Straub as a few names who will add to the depth, Coach Hickman added.
The defensive unit boasts a trio of key junior defenders in linebackers Aiden Osborne (81 tackles) and Mitchell Tingley (71 tackles, 5 QB sacks). Joining Osborne and Tingley at linebacker will be Sean Cole and Kyle Devinney to anchor the defense. Kolten Heeter and Tim Cole are two linebackers to watch entering the summer camp.
A solid core upfront of Will Guy, Brendan Malone, Garet Guthrie, Garrett Mentch and Hunter Yeager should pose problems for the opposition’s offensive line.
In the secondary, Lakeview will be led by Danick Hanikson, Evan Sanford, Clarence Barber and Cam Pence. Also, Jaden Cooper is another defensive back who could be in line to compete for time on the team this year.
Lakeview opens the season at Seneca on Friday, August 26.
“We’re very excited to get camp started,” said Hickman. “We’re looking forward to coach these players and compete for a region title.”
Head Coach: Bill Hickman, 5th season (9-28)
2021 Record: 3-7 (0-6), 8th place in Region 1
Last 5 Years: 9-38 (19.1%)
Home Field: Lakeview Stadium
League: District 10, Region 1 (1A)
Base Offense: Spread
Base Defense: 4-4
2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 20.9 (41st in Area)
Scoring Defense: 35.4 (54th in Area)
Total Offense: 300.8
Rushing Offense: 184.9
Passing Offense: 115.9
2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Gavin Murdock – 1009 yards, 41.2% (68-165), 6 TDs
Rushing: Gavin Murdock – 1265 yards, 7.3 avg, 14 TDs
Receiving: Mitchell Tingley – 283 yards, 14.2 avg, 2 TDs
Tackles: Gavin Murdock – 88
Quarterback Sacks: Mitchell Tingley – 5
Sailors 28 Mercyhurst Prep 21
Sailors 41 Franklin 40
General McLane 40 Sailors 8
Reynolds 47 Sailors 27
Mercer 20 Sailors 6
Kennedy Catholic 18 Sailors 15
Wilmington 50 Sailors 22
Farrell 58 Sailors 6
Greenville 49 Sailors 15
Sailors 41 Titusville 7
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 (3-7)
Aug. 26 – at Seneca
Sept. 1 – Saegertown
Sept. 9 – Kennedy Catholic
Sept. 16 – at Maplewood
Sept. 23 – Eisenhower
Sept. 30 – at Cochranton
Oct. 7 – Cambridge Springs
Oct. 14 – at Mercer
Oct. 21 – at Reynolds
Oct. 28 – Franklin