Farrell head coach gives an outlook on the upcoming football season
FARRELL, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – The Steelers had won the previous two Class A (2018-19) state titles before upgrading to 2A last fall. Farrell fell 19-14 in the district championship game against Wilmington, ending their streak of five district straight crowns.
“Losing this game really hurt them,” said Head Coach Amp Pegues. âAnd they really put the work into the off-season and it shows. They’re just cheered, hungry and ready to go. “
Since 1985 (age 35), Farrell has only lost two seasons (2006, 2013).
This year, the Steelers are giving back eight starters on offense and nine on defensive as they’re ready to reload into the new campaign.
The season kicks off on Friday, August 27th, when Farrell travels to Greenville to face the Trojans.
Record 2020: 5-3 (4-2), 2nd place in Region 1 (Class 2A)
Coach: Amp Pegues, Season 3 (19-5)
2020 Big 22: Anthony Stallworth
Farrell’s Offense preview
Scoring offense: 31.6 (13th in range)
Total offense: 348.6
Recurring starters: 8th
Key returners: Jaiman Holden, SR / OL; Anthony Stallworth, SR / RB; Omar Stewart, SR / WR; Preston Williams, SR / OL; Kylon Wilson, JR / WR
Loss of keys: Brice Butler, WR; Christian Hartley, QB; Gary Satterwhite, OL
Name to look out for: Anthony Stallworth, RB
The Steelers’ consecutive 1,200-yard rusher, Anthony Stallworth, is returning for his senior season after winning 2,977 yards with 324 carries and 35 touchdowns in the last two campaigns.
“You’re talking about a six-foot, two-hundred-pound kid who’s strong as an ox, super athletic, fast, fast, and he‘s a tough, head-strong, mentally strong kid. And he’s definitely one of the top backs we’ve seen at this school, âsaid Pegues.
The big question will be who will quarterback Christian Hartley.
“Trian Holden, a senior, as well as Kabron Smith and Lamont Samuels will all be fighting for the starting job this summer,” said Pegues.
The Steelers bring back a couple of standout linemen in Preston Williams and Jaiman Holden.
Gary Satterwhite left a huge void in his graduation last spring.
“Gary will be very, very difficult to replace,” said Pegues. “He’s given us over 50 starts, but the guys across the board have worked extremely hard.”
Senior Omar Stewart earned the second team’s All-Region Honors by catching 13 passes for 183 yards (14.1 average).
Junior Kylon Wilson seems ready to take the next step.
“Very realistic, we have a lot of experience coming back, a lot of these guys know what it takes to get there, they have been here for a long time,” said Pegues.
Farrell’s Defense Preview
Scoring defense: 14.1 (7th in range)
Recurring starters: 9
Most important returnees: Jaiman Holden, SR / DL; Trian Holden, SR / DB; Anthony Jackson, SR / LB; Lamont Samuels, JR / DB; Omar Stewart, SR / LB; Taidon Strickland, SR / LB; Preston Williams, SR / DL; Kylon Wilson, JR / DB
Loss of keys: Brice Butler, DB; Gary Satterwhite, DL
Name to watch out for: Taidon Strickland, LB
In their five wins a year ago, the Steelers only allowed an average of 6.4 points per use. Farrell’s defense ended 2020 for the sixth straight year with less than 17 points per game.
Farrell’s core group Taidon Strickland, Anthony Jackson, Omar Stewart and Kylon Wilson are all back. Strickland has led the defense in one-on-one for the past two seasons. Jackson finished last fall with 67 tackles.
This year’s group could be something special, according to Pegues.
âCould be one of the best. We’re talking about five starters who were all-state players. Taidon and Anthony will be the leaders of the team. The other senior Omara [Stewart], Anthony Jackson, Preston Williams and the Holdens [Jaiman and Trian] will also lead, âhe said.
âWe have something like a motto here, room key. We like being in the hotel and staying at a state championship in Hershey so we talk about it a lot, âsaid Pegues.
2020 Class 2A Region 1 place in the table
Wilmington – 6-0 (10-1)
Farrell – 4-2 (5-3)
Sharpsville – 3-4 (3-5)
Greenville – 0-7 (0-8)
August 27 – in Greenville
September 3 – Mercer
September 10th – at Lakeview
September 17 – Reynolds
September 24th – in Sharpsville
Oct 1 – West Middlesex
October 8 – in Wilmington
October 15th – during the university preparation
October 22nd – Kennedy Catholic