Despite a 4-6 overall record, first-year Uniontown football head coach Johnathan Stark led the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. A returning nucleus of talent, athleticism, and system familiarity could lead the Eagles back into the playoffs. “By the end of last season, we figured out how to play really hard and physical,” said Stark. “I will look to our seniors to provide on-field leadership. Drew Perry, Hunter Schaaf, and Zach Franklin really set the tone for our entire team.”
The trio’s leadership takes the field on Friday nights on both sides of the ball.
Drew Perry returns as the team’s starting quarterback on offense and patrolling the secondary on defense. The six-foot Hunter Schaaf will receive a majority of the hands from Perry on offense. Schaaf doubles as a defensive linebacker. Returning on the offensive and defensive line is 6′ 175 lbs Zach Franklin.
Another group of seniors to watch includes the versatile and athletic Jake Harvey. Harvey should be a favorite target of Perry down the field and joins Schaaf at Linebacker on defense. 6’1″ Logan Geiger could see extensive playing time on the defensive line with Cade Goodridge producing offense as well.
The Uniontown football team should run out of the Pro I offensive scheme and a 4-2-5 defensive base. Those schemes should allow for plenty of playing time.
Uniontown’s varsity roster could have as few as nine upperclassmen listed on opening night. However, coach Stark feels that excitement is once again building for Eagles football in the small community.
“Last year we had 23 players sign-up to play football. This year, we have 30 players on the team,” noted Stark. “We had a great turnout at all of our games and it makes a difference. It is a lot easier to get high school boys to play hard when the stadium is packed with fans cheering you on.”
Uniontown Eagle fans will get the opportunity early on to support their team’s playoff ambitions.
The Uniontown football team will compete in 1A classification for the next two years. As a result, they are competing for a playoff spot with six other teams. Furthermore, their district begins in week 2 compared to week 3, as it does for others.
The Eagles battle Wabaunsee on the football field of Division 2’s Emporia State University.
Uniontown’s district also includes Olpe, Northern Heights, Northeast-Arma, Central Heights, and Lyndon.
The Eagles begin the 2020 season at home against Three Rivers League 11-Man Southeast-Cherokee on Friday, September 4th, 2020.