SHARPSVILLE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – With less than a month to prepare for the 2021 season, Sharpsville and West Middlesex merged their football programs in order to have a season with waning roster numbers.

On August 27, the Blue Devils edged Loudonville (7-6) to post their season opening win. Sharpsville went onto finish by registering victories in each of their final four games to close out the year at 7-3. There would be no playoffs for the program. However, the experiment worked. The Blue Devils were able to put together a strong campaign amid a lot of uncertainty just three months prior.

Entering his 27th year on the sidelines, Paul Piccirilli must replace his standout ball carrier Chris Roth (1026 yards rushing, 10 TDs) and a grouping of defenders led by Ian Smith (91 tackles), Jacob Rust (4 ½ QB sacks) and Dominic Alfredo (51 tackles) not to mention defensive back Zack Tedrow (and Roth).

The offense will be led by junior quarterback Caullin Summers. A year ago, #5 completed 50.8% of his passes for 1083 yards and 12 touchdowns. “I feel Caullin will be one of the top two or three quarterbacks in our area,” stated Piccirilli. “Braden Summers and Christian Snyder will replace Chris Roth as our [featured] running backs.”

Summers’ favorite target is back in senior Garen Levis, who caught 19.9 yards per reception (28 catches, 558 yards) and 8 touchdowns.

The offense also returns a pair of starters up front in center Braden Scarvel and guard Brian White.

Defensively, the Blue Devils are led by a collection of seniors who will be looked upon for leadership that includes defensive tackle Braden Scarvel (5 ½ QB sacks) along with linebacker Christian Snyder (46 tackles) and Blaze Knight (38 tackles) in the secondary.

Also, in the defensive backfield will be Caullin Summers, Killian Whalen and Colby Johnson. Returning starter at linebacker Braedon Summers is back for his senior season.

“We’ll be very young on defense,” says Piccirilli. “We’ll have back a lot of kids who started [a couple] games last year.”

The Blue Devils begin the new campaign by hosting Wilmington on Friday, August 26.

Sharpsville Blue Devils
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Paul Piccirilli, 27th season (220-86)
2021 Record: 7-3 (6-2), 3rd place in Region 1
Last 5 Years: 27-23 (54%)
Home Field: James McCracken Field
League: District 10, Region 3 (2A)
Base Offense: Wing-T Spread
Base Defense: 4-3

Returning Starters
Offense: 5
Defense: 6

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 26.9 (29th in Area)
Scoring Defense: 16.3 (10th in Area)
Total Offense: 315.7
Rushing Offense: 199.5
Passing Offense: 116.2

2021 Individual Leaders
Passing: Caullin Summers – 1083 yards, 50.8% (60-118), 12 TDs
Rushing: Chris Roth – 1026 yards, 6.8 avg, 10 TDs
Receiving: Garen Levis – 558 yards, 19.9 avg, 8 TDs
Tackles: Ian Smith – 91
Quarterback Sacks: Braden Scarvel – 5.5

2021 Results
Blue Devils 63 Mercyhurst Prep 13
Blue Devils 21 Reynolds 7
Blue Devils 46 Mercer 0
Blue Devils 34 Kennedy Catholic 6
Wilmington 28 Blue Devils 21
Farrell 40 Blue Devils 0
Blue Devils 28 Jefferson 0
Blue Devils 33 Greenville 7
Slippery Rock 35 Blue Devils 10
Blue Devils 7 Loudonville 6

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. 26 – Wilmington
Sept. 2 – at Titusville
Sept. 9 – at Reynolds
Sept. 16 – at Slippery Rock
Sept. 23 – Greenville
Sept. 30 – at Sharon
Oct. 7 – Farrell
Oct. 14 – Grove City
Oct. 21 – at Hickory
Oct. 28 – Fort LeBoeuf