NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania WKBN) – New Castle hired Stacy Robinson, former head football coach at Union, to take over their program. Robinson spent the past twenty-five years leading the Scotties.

Robinson mentioned, “It’s an honor to be the head football coach of a program steeped in tradition. Naturally, there’s a transition period for coaches and players to get used to doing things a different way, but progress is being made every day. I grew up in the New Castle School District in the early part of my life, so I’m well aware of the mystique of Taggart Stadium.”

Last fall, New Castle won their first playoff game since 2016 with their 31-19 victory over Highlands in the WPIAL quarterfinals.

Dual-threat quarterback Chris Hood has since graduated after a season which saw #4 throw for 1337 yards (11 TDs) and run for another 1023 yards (13 TDs). Also, Mike Wells – who has since moved onto Youngstown State as a linebacker – finished 2021 with 3 interceptions and 3 quarterback sacks. Wells also led the team with 25 catches for 483 yards (4 TDs) and ran for 254 yards while scoring four times on the ground.

“Right now, we’re trying to establish competition at every position and naturally quarterback is the marquee one,” indicates coach Robinson. and “Kyrell Harris and Duane Shannonhouse are getting time to see who can win the job along with others.”

Senior Tyler Leekins hauled in 18 passes for 236 yards and his classmate Owen Ciavarino finished third on the Hurricanes in receiving yards per reception (16.1 yards).

“We’re counting on Tyler [Leekins] and Owen [Ciavarino] as well as Tayshaun Wilkins and Nyeem Rogers to get things going in the right direction for us offensively.”

On defense, the Red Hurricanes will utilize a 4-3 alignment with multiple fronts.

“The main focus will be to make sure we are sound and play fast on every down,” adds Robinson. “Players such as Robert Reid, Bryce Wood and Isaiah Jefferson will be counted on to be the leaders.” Last fall, Wood finished with 45 tackles.

The 2022 season kicks off with Summit Academy making the trip to New Castle on August 26 to face the Hurricanes.

New Castle Red Hurricanes
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Stacy Robinson, 1st season at New Castle
2021 Record: 7-5 (3-2), 3rd place in Parkway
Last 5 Years: 24-20 (54.5%)
Home Field: Taggart Stadium
League: WPIAL Class 4A Parkway Conference
Base Offense: Spread
Base Defense: 4-3

Returning Starters
Offense: 4
Defense: 4

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 24.3 (33rd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 26.3 (34th in Area)
Total Offense: 307.8
Rushing Offense: 185.5
Passing Offense: 122.3
Total Defense: 253.7

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Chris Hood – 1337 yards, 50.3% (91-181), 11 TDs
Rushing: Chris Hood – 1023 yards, 5.8 avg, 13 TDs
Receiving: Mike Wells – 483 yards, 19.3 avg, 4 TDs
Tackles: Chris Hood – 74
Quarterback Sacks: Bryce Wood, Mike Wells & Robert Reid – 3
Interceptions: Mike Wells – 3

2021 Results
Belle-Vernon 45 Red Hurricanes 20*
Red Hurricanes 31 Highlands 19*
Aliquippa 63 Red Hurricanes 6
Red Hurricanes 28 Chartiers Valley 21
Red Hurricanes 22 Blackhawk 21
Beaver 20 Red Hurricanes 14
Red Hurricanes 14 Montour 10
Central Valley 56 Red Hurricanes 7
Red Hurricanes 48 Summit Academy 4
Red Hurricanes 40 Mars 14
Red Hurricanes 41 Quaker Valley 6
Shaler 37 Red Hurricanes 20
*-playoff

2021 Parkway Conference Standings
Aliquippa – 5-0 (13-1)
Beaver – 4-1 (7-3)
New Castle – 3-2 (7-5)
Montour – 2-3 (4-7)
Chartiers Valley – 1-4 (4-6)
Blackhawk – 0-5 (2-8)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 26 – Summit Academy
Sept. 2 – at Moon
Sept. 9 – Armstrong
Sept. 16 – at West Allegheny
Sept. 23 – Central Valley
Sept. 30 – at Montour
Oct. 7 – Chartiers Valley
Oct. 14 – at Aliquippa
Oct. 21 – Ambridge
Oct. 28 – at Blackhawk