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Coach: Joe Lamenza

2012 record: 2-7, 2-5

Date Opponent Time

8.30 Freedom* 7

9.6 at Beaver Falls* 7:30

9.13 Montour 7

9.20 at Riverside* 7

9.27 at Aliquippa* 7

10.5 Ellwood City* 7

10.11 at Beaver* 7:30

10.18 at Seton-La Salle 7

10.26 New Brighton* 7

*conference game

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By Adam Bittner
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Heading into its season finale against New Brighton last season, Mohawk still had a chance to make the playoffs despite its 2-6 record.

The Warriors lost, 35-28, but entering 2013, it's a two-fold reminder that they can play meaningful football late in the season and improve to avoid that type of disappointment.

“That game literally came down to the last play,” coach Joe Lamenza said.

“I think there's a lot to be learned from that game. So we're trying to build on that.”

Lamenza said a big focus of the offseason has been eliminating “mental breakdowns,” mistakes on both sides of the ball.

The coach said many contributors from that game will return this season after the Warriors shed just a handful of graduates, so he hopes those lessons stick with the large group of returning players.

He pointed to running back Shane McFarland and linemen Travis Giardina and Chris Culley as players who have tried to lead the team's growth in the offseason to ensure the mistakes that were made last season aren't repeated in 2013.

“They've helped hold their teammates accountable for what needs to be done this offseason,” Lamenza said.

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