TRL Football Preview: Uniontown

UNIONTOWN EAGLES

Head Coach: Jeremy Neville (4-5 — .444, second season)

Assistant Coaches: Clint Johnson, Josh Hartman, Jean Cook

2017 record: 4-5 (2-2 league)

 2017 Uniontown Football Schedule
 DateOpponentResult
 9/1 @ Southeast-CherokeeW 16-12
 9/8 v. Jayhawk-Linn*36-0
 9/15 @ NE-Arma*38-30 (2 OT)
 9/23 @ Christ PrepL 49-12
 9/29 v. Olpe55-0
 10/6 v. Maranatha34-26
 10/13# Oswego*34-18
 10/20# v. Yates Center*L 24-22
 10/27# @ St. Mary’s ColganL 57-8

2017 season in review: The Eagles finished 4-5 during head coach Jeremy Neville’s inaugural season. While it was not a winning season, in many accounts it was a successful season. They not only improved upon their 2-7 record in 2016, but they also gained valuable experience for a roster that had only been playing 11-man football for just one season. Faced with low numbers and injuries, Uniontown was forced to play the final three contests with just twelve available players. However, the Eagles found bright spots within their young roster during that challenging stretch. Having one of the youngest rosters in the TRL, the 2017 season was an important stepping stone in the development of the Uniontown football program.


Key departures: Gavin Fry / Ty Griffiths

Top returning players:

RB/DE Hayden Miller — (6’1, 175, Sr.) — All-TRL Honorable Mention DE

OL/DL Nick Hathaway — (6’0, 190, Sr.) — First-team All-TRL DL

RB/LB Andrew Reed — (5’11, 170, Jr.) — All-State Honorable Mention, First-team All-TRL RB/LB

QB/DB Ty Davidson — (5’7, 140, Jr.) — First-team All-TRL QB/DB

OL/DL Kolby Martinez — (6’0, 295, Jr.)

DB Jake Harvey — (6’0, 140, So.)

DB Drew Perry — (5’6, 115, So.)

OL Zach Franklin — (6’1, 150, So.)

OL Ryan Harper — (5’7, 150, So.)


2018 season preview: Entering their third straight year in 11-man football, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the Eagles’ football team. Not only will the Eagles be able to enjoy stability in the first time in a few years, but the team and community has regained its passion for football. Heading into the upcoming season the program has seen an influx of newcomers, which in turn has presented Uniontown with rising numbers. In addition, after only graduating a handful of seniors, the Eagles look to be loaded with athletes on both offense and defense. In regards to the potential of an explosive offense, head coach Jeremy Neville said, “Our offensive backfield is an experienced group and should be dynamic in the running game.  Andrew Reed runs with an attitude and great explosiveness, Ty Davidson is a very good runner with a chip on his shoulder, and Hayden Miller is a versatile player who will gain confidence as the season progresses.” Uniontown does have a challenging schedule facing the likes of Lyndon, Olpe, and St. Marys Colgan, but it provides an opportunity to improve. Looking to build off the habits and success that was established a season ago, the Eagles will look to compete for a TRL title as well as make a return back to the 11-man playoffs.

Predicted 2018 Three Rivers League finish: TRL Coaches Preseason Poll – 2nd (tied)     SEK Sports Contributors – 2nd

 2018 Uniontown Football Schedule
 DateOpponent
 8/31 v. Southeast-Cherokee*
 9/7 @ Jayhawk-Linn*
 9/14 v. Northeast-Arma*
 9/21 @ Lyndon
 9/28 v. Olpe
 10/5# @ Pleasanton*
 10/12# @ Yates Center*
 10/19# v. St. Mary’s Colgan
 10/26 TBA

Biggest game of 2018: Jayhawk-Linn. I believe there will be a little bit a revenge in play during this contest, as Jayhawk-Linn blanked the Eagles 36-0 a season ago. While the score did not indicate it, the game was semi-competitive. In 2018 things look to be vastly different. Uniontown brings back the majority of their roster and are loaded on offense. With another year of experience, it will be interesting to see how the young Eagles’ roster fares against a league giant.  A win for the Eagles would confirm that their football program has taken a step forward, beating the three time defending TRL champions. If the preseason polls are any indication, this may very well be the game of the year in the TRL. The winner will have the inside track to winning the league championship.

Interview with Head Coach Jeremy Neville.

SEK Sports.com: Are there any team captains or players that you feel put in extra effort this off-season and deserve to be recognized?

Jeremy Neville: “Ty Davidson, Andrew Reed, and Drew Perry have worked incredibly hard since last season and will be much improved.”

SS: What is your opinion of the new playoff/district classifications?

JN: “I don’t believe it will really affect our schedule much, but I am excited to see how it plays out.”

SS: What defines a successful season for your program?

JN: “Practicing like we deserve to win and playing up to our full potential.

SS: Does your team have any pre-game or walk through practice traditions?

JN: “Nothing of note.”

SS: What do you see as being your biggest obstacle this upcoming season as a team?

JN: “Injuries could be our biggest problem without a deeply talented team.”

SS: What do you feel are your teams’ strengths?

JN: “We will play a physical game and  hope to establish a balance on offense and swarm to the ball defensively. We have many of the same players coming back from last season, so we should continue to progress mentally and physically. Hopefully as a team we are gritty and resilient.”

SS: In one word the 2018 schedule can be described as?

JN: “Challenging.”

SS: Uniontown will contend for a Three Rivers League Title if?

JN: “If we stay healthy, work hard enough, and have the mental grit to break through the adversity that will eventually present itself.”

SS: What do you most look forward to about this upcoming season?

JN: “Our players are excited about football, our numbers are improving, and our culture is headed where it needs to go.  We fully expect to continue building our program toward being champions on and off the field.”

I would like to give a huge thanks to head coach Jeremy Neville for taking time to share insight about the Eagles’ upcoming season, as well as wish his team the best of luck!

Catch the final installment of the 2018 Three Rivers League football preseason preview on Wednesday (5/29) when we cover the Pleasanton Blu-Jays.