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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem wide receiver Tyler Mathias battles Laurel Highlands defensive back Raphael Cannon for a pass during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem wide receiver Tyler Mathias battles Laurel Highlands defensive back Raphael Cannon for a pass during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem quarterback Nate Sweeney passes against Mt. Pleasant during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem quarterback Nate Sweeney passes against Mt. Pleasant during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Marvin Barclay gains yardage against Laurel Highlands during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Marvin Barclay gains yardage against Laurel Highlands during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem quarterback Adam Indhof passes against Mt. Pleasant during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem quarterback Adam Indhof passes against Mt. Pleasant during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem defensive back Simeon Stevens intercepts a pass against Laurel Highlands during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem defensive back Simeon Stevens intercepts a pass against Laurel Highlands during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem football coach Dave Keefer talks with Simeon Stevens during a seven-on-seven passing tournament in July at Mt. Pleasant High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem football coach Dave Keefer talks with Simeon Stevens during a seven-on-seven passing tournament in July at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem head football coach Dave Keefer coaches during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem head football coach Dave Keefer coaches during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem head football coach Dave Keefer coaches during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem head football coach Dave Keefer coaches during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem quarterback Nate Sweeney passes against Mt. Pleasant during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem quarterback Nate Sweeney passes against Mt. Pleasant during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem head football coach Dave Keefer talks with Dom McKinley during a seven-on-seven passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem head football coach Dave Keefer talks with Dom McKinley during a seven-on-seven passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem head football coach Dave Keefer coaches during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem head football coach Dave Keefer coaches during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem wide receiver Simeon Stevens reaches for a pass against Laurel Highlands during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem wide receiver Simeon Stevens reaches for a pass against Laurel Highlands during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem quarterback Adam Indhof passes against Mt. Pleasant during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem quarterback Adam Indhof passes against Mt. Pleasant during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem wide receiver Tyler Mathias gains yardage against Laurel Highlands during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem wide receiver Tyler Mathias gains yardage against  Laurel Highlands during a 7 on 7 passing tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School on July 12, 2013, in Mt. Pleasant.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Kenny Clark taken on July 12, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Kenny Clark taken on July 12, 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Simeon Stevens taken on July 12, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Simeon Stevens taken on July 12, 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Dylan Berberick taken on July 12, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Dylan Berberick taken on July 12, 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Tyler Mathias taken on July 12, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Tyler Mathias taken on July 12, 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Marvin Barclay taken on July 12, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Marvin Barclay taken on July 12, 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Adam Indhof taken on July 12, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Adam Indhof taken on July 12, 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Brandon Lennert taken on July 12, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Brandon Lennert taken on July 12, 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Brenden Kelley taken on July 12, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review</em></div>Greensburg Salem's Brenden Kelley taken on July 12, 2013.

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Coach: Dave Keefer

2012 record: 2-7, 2-6

Date Opponent Time

8.30 Knoch* 7

9.6 Hollidaysburg* 7

9.13 at Hampton* 7

9.20 Franklin Regional* 7

9.27 at Mars* 7

10.4 Indiana* 7

10.11 at Highlands* 7

10.18 at Derry* 7

10.25 Elizabeth Forward 7

*conference game

Statistical leaders

Passing Dan Waters**

43-103, 661 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing Tyler Shook*

91-421 yards, 5 TDs

Receiving Danzell Jackson*

11-242 yards, 3 TDs

*Graduated

**transferred

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The return to the Greater Allegheny Conference in 2012 didn't go as planned for Greensburg Salem.

Injuries to key starters, inexperience and lack of depth led to a 2-7 record. After the season, Casey Cavanaugh decided to resign as coach to spend more time with his family.

Greensburg Salem didn't look far for a new coach. The district hired assistant Dave Keefer, who had been on Cavanaugh's staff since 2006.

Keefer's goal is getting the team in position to compete in the conference. And with numerous starters returning, Keefer said he feels that goal is within reach.

“When we played in the Keystone Conference in 2011, we had a pretty good team and things came easy,” Keefer said. “We had a couple good players returning, but we didn't have the supporting cast.

“We weren't mentally prepared for the adversity we met. It was a year of growing pains. We have to learn and grow. The job is to get more consistency and build a program like Franklin Regional.”

Quarterback is one of the most important positions for any team. Dan Waters started as a freshman but transferred. So Keefer is looking to seniors Adam Indof and Nate Sweeney as well as junior Brady Mason to secure the spot. Sweeney also can play wide receiver.

Keefer said he likes Indof's leadership.

“I'd rather have a competitor who can lead the team than someone who cannot,” Keefer said. “It should be a healthy battle.”

Dom McKinley, who shared time with Tyler Shook in 2012, is expected to handle the load in the running game.

Keefer has fine-tuned the offense, going to a two-back set with spread tendencies.

Simeon Stevens and newcomer Marvin Barclay are among the top receivers along with tight end Kenny Clark.

The strength of the team could be the offensive and defensive lines. Senior center Don Chedrick is back after missing the 2012 season with a knee injury. Also returning are senior guard Grant Mularski, junior tackle Ryan Caldwell and junior guards Bob Stafford and Grant Slezak.

“We have nine players who can play on the offensive and defensive lines,” Keefer said. “Up front, we are really sound.”

The defense should be solid, especially if the offense is successful. Keefer said too many times the defense didn't get much rest last year.

The defensive line and Clark at middle linebacker will be key in the 4-2-5 stack. The secondary also returns three starters in Sweeney, McKinley and Stevens.

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