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Coach: Bill Daniels

2012 record: 1-8, 1-7

Date Opponent Time

8.30 Union* 7

9.7 at Western Beaver* 12:30

9.13 Laurel* 7

9.20 Sto-Rox* 7:30

9.27 at Shenango* 7

10.4 South Side Beaver* 7

10.11 at Neshannock* 7

10.18 Rochester* 7

10.26 at Wilkinsburg 1

*conference game

Top high school sports
By Kevin Ritchart
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Last season was a tough one for head coach Bill Daniels and his team.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart finished the campaign — one that saw the list of injured players get longer each week — with a 1-8 record. The Chargers' lone victory of came in the second game, a 42-26 triumph over Western Beaver.

“Unfortunately, last year was difficult,” Daniels said. “Injuries decimated us. Two years ago, we went 5-4 and stayed pretty healthy throughout — maybe a sprained ankle or two.

“Last year was just the opposite. We had kids with concussions, broken bones — season-ending injuries.”

In the past, the Chargers' offensive success relied heavily on running back Isiah Neely. But this being the first of the post-Neely era for OLSH, Daniels is hopeful he'll have a number of players ready to step into leadership roles.

First on that list of leaders is two-way standout Tony Marra, a senior who will start at fullback and linebacker.

The offense will be led by senior quarterback Billy Mulcahey, who tallied 151 yards and a touchdown last season. Mulcahey's primary target will be senior wideout Nick Metz.

Daniels is hopeful his offensive line will be a strength.

“We ran a real quality offseason program,” Daniels said. “We got bigger and stronger.”

The Chargers will also benefit from having a year of Big Seven Conference experience under their belts.

“We're looking for a much better year this year,” Daniels said of his fourth-year program. “We're still learning how to play football, how to practice, how to go through two-a-days.

“We're getting better each year.”

No matter how the 2013 campaign plays out from a wins-and-losses standpoint, Daniels will continue to reinforce value of hard work.

“We don't have any superstars,” Daniels said. “We have to play hard and play together to be successful.”

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