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Chartiers-Houston leans on seniors to reach postseason

| Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, 5:15 p.m.

Chartiers-Houston qualified for the WPIAL Class A playoffs a season ago.

Though the Bucs bowed out in the first round, they will look to draw from that experience this season with a team that has 13 seniors.

“It was good since a lot people didn't expect it. We were a team removed from the playoffs for two years,” coach Terry Fetsko said. “We had a good experience there playing against Jeannette, who went to the finals. We played them very well. It helped us during the offseason to springboard into this year.”

Senior all-conference quarterback T.J. Johnston returns for his second season as the starter, and senior running back Spencer Terling will log his fourth year in the backfield.

Johnston threw for 1,584 yards and 17 touchdown passes last season, and Terling ran for 605 yards and six scores.

The Buccaneers, who averaged 24.6 points per game, will count on a trio of senior receivers to make up for the graduation of Tyrone Wormsley (31 catches, 584 yards, four TDs) and Ethan Shober (32 catches, 422 yards, eight TDs).

The Bucs offense also will look for contributions from A.J. Myers, Cody Scears and Julian Davis, along with senior tight end/slot receiver Jake Cavallo.

The offensive line will be anchored by a four-year starter at offensive tackle, Trey Lober.

On the defense, Cavallo will lead the line, and Myers is back at free safety.

The Buccaneers will look to replace Dylan Briggs, who led the team in tackles a season ago.

“We have a nice group of seniors coming back this year who have gotten a lot of playing time throughout the years,” Fetsko said.

“We expect and would like to see that group lead the team into the playoffs. We feel comfortable with that group of players, along with the younger players, to contribute.”

Chartiers-Houston allowed 21.2 points per game last season, the second fewest in the Ohio Valley Conference.

But this year in the Class 2A Century Conference, the Buccaneers will have to compete with the likes of Washington, Frazier, Bentworth, Beth-Center, Charleroi and Burgettstown.

“It's going to be a very competitive conference with a lot more local teams,” Fetsko said. “The kids have played with some of the other kids through their youth program. It's not going to be easy, but our goal is going to be to make it to the playoffs.”

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