Union aiming to build on postseason appearance
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Union players and coaches are optimistic about returning to the WPIAL playoffs for the second straight year.
The Scotties are building their hopes around three players who are drawing interest from Division I schools.
Ben Young, a 5-foot-10, 169-pound senior, can play nearly every skill position and was Union's leading receiver last year with 13 catches for 322 yards.
Seniors Curtis Caughey (6-3, 270) and Jamie Hooks (6-2, 250) are the largest linemen Stacy Robinson has coached in 17 years at Union.
“With about 25 players, we don't have much depth,” Robinson said. “We're in a tough conference.
“We have to stay healthy.”
The Scotties are relying on returning letterwinners to replace 10 players who graduated.
Senior Clarence Parchman and junior Anthony Rush are fighting to be starting quarterback to replace Drew Robinson, who threw for more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012.
Senior Rob Clark is expected to start at running back.
Cody Smith, a 5-8, 200-pound senior, will join Caughey and Hooks on the offensive and defensive lines.
“Cody is the more typical size lineman we've had,” Robinson said.
Caughey isn't surprised he and Hooks tower over teammates.
“Growing up, we were always the two big kids,” Caughey said.
Senior Dakota Cameron (6-2, 210) will move to tight end after starting at tackle at year ago.
Senior linebacker Malik Williams is a key defensive returnee.
After beating Beth-Center, 21-7, in the first round, Union lost to Sto-Rox, 33-8, in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class A playoffs last year.
Players agreed improvement is a top priority.
“We want to go beyond the second round,” Parchman said.
Caughey said the Scotties were satisfied to have reached the playoffs a year ago after a long absence.
Now, they want to do it again.
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