After 25 years with program, Terry Havelka takes over as Burgettstown head coach
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Terry Havelka may be the new head football coach for Burgettstown High School, but he's not new to the town.
After serving as an assistant coach for 25 years, Havelka was chosen this offseason to lead the Blue Devils in the Century Conference and give Burgettstown football a new look.
“We are trying to put in a new offense that is conducive to our personnel,” Havelka said.
“We are a small school that plays at a pretty competitive level. Defensively, we've gone a little different, but we're trying to keep a lot of things intact on both sides of the ball.”
With at least a dozen returning upperclassmen with varsity experience, Havelka will rely on players such as running backs Joe Grayson and John Dugas, running back/linebacker Anthony Carnpa and wide receiver/linebacker Graham Lescallette to tilt last year's 4-5 record into the positives.
“We're going to count on them,” Havelka said. “We have a really good senior class, but with that we're looking at a little inexperience in a lot of positions. Hopefully, those guys take it and go.”
Some things will have to change, though. Burgettstown graduated starting quarterback Ryan Dupain, leaving the position wide open.
Candidates to fill the gap are senior Ryan Glover, sophomore Jeremy John and freshman Robert Dupain.
“Jeremy John is the kid that's been there last year,” Havelka said. “We're going to look at all three of them at camp and then make decisions. We need to see how they do.”
Training camp was filled with learning and experimenting for the Blue Devils, and Havelka is hoping it will yield a positive outcome.
“The (players) have been absorbing what we've been teaching them and the transition seems very smooth,” Havelka said.
“They seem to be buying into what we've been trying to do, so it's been real positive at this point.”
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