Keystone Oaks looking for return to postseason under 1st-year coach
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Oct. 26 will be an interesting date for Keystone Oaks football coach Matt Taylor.
Not only will it be the final game of his first regular season with the Golden Eagles, but he will lead Keystone Oaks in a road battle against Burgettstown, the team he coached for the previous eight seasons and the school where he still teaches.
“Interesting is one way to put it,” Taylor said. “It will be their senior night. I have a lot of love and respect being with those seniors the previous three years. It won't be the easiest week going into the game.”
Despite leading to an awkward week at work, Taylor's time with the Blue Devils and his familiarity with the Century Conference should help as he looks to guide Keystone Oaks to the WPIAL playoffs.
Dale Klobuchir will give Keystone Oaks a solid rushing threat on offense. The senior has been a starter since midway through his sophomore season and racked up more than 1,000 yards last season.
“We had to plan against Dale last season, and it wasn't fun,” Taylor said. “He had about 170 yards on us, so having him on my team this season will be great. He will be moved around and have the ball in his hands as much as possible.”
The offense also will be able to look to receiver Cory Sevacko, a 6-foot-4 senior who was second on the team in receiving yards (406) and first in receiving touchdowns (five).
The outside threat will be needed. Keystone Oaks will be breaking in a new quarterback — sophomore Kobe Phillippi. While he is young and inexperienced, Taylor said Phillippi has shown progress during the offseason.
“I like how he is taking charge,” Taylor said. “He has a really accurate arm. He is a sophomore who is playing nothing like a sophomore.”
Taylor said the 4-4 defense offers plenty of weapons across the field.
“We have a few home run hitters at each level of the defense,” he said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Student arrested at Shaler High School in round up of 35 Allegheny County drug dealers
- New movie studio coming to McKees Rocks
- Woman taken into custody for fatal stabbing of male companion in Duquesne
- Ex-judge in Philadelphia charged with bribery, conspiracy in sting case
- Steelers’ defense on pace for fewest sacks in 16-game season
- Cops: Washington County surplus store sold stolen items
- Starkey: Century mark beckons for Ben
- Flyers continue mastery of Penguins at Consol
- Harlem Wizards will take to the court against Connellsville All Stars
- Pitt offense eyes healthy balance
- WPIAL, coaches are still looking to schedule Week 9 rivalry games