[tps_title]Central Bucks South Titans [/tps_title]
Titans gear up for daunting schedule
The Central Bucks South Titans will look to get back into the District 1 championship picture this season after a rather tough season a year ago.
The Titans missed the District 1 playoffs last year after going 4-6 and losing three of the last four games.
The upside for the Titans is that it is a new season and they are staying hopeful and hungry for a run at the District 1 championship playoffs.
Central Bucks South will waste no time in facing the best of District 1 by traveling to Spring-Ford to start the season.
Spring-Ford, despite losing in the first round of the District 1-6A playoffs, was the number seven seed in the bracket.
Other returning playoff teams that the Titans will face this season include Council Rock South, Central Bucks East, and the number one seed from last year North Penn on senior night.
Despite a tough 2018 season and a tougher schedule in 2019, head coach Tom Hetrick is excited about a bounce back season.
“The team and I believe that we have really good players on the team that have a lot of experience on both sides of the ball,” said Hetrick. “We are replacing around 10 guys on defense which is tough.”
“We have guys but they just don’t have a lot of experience so we need to mature fast to be ready for week one,” added Hetrick. “Our non-conference schedule is a great schedule with Spring-Ford right off the bat in week one.”
“They don’t care if you’re not experienced,” said Hetrick about Spring-Ford. “We need to grow and be ready for them and Downingtown West in week two and everyone is saying they are the frontrunners of District One this year.”
The Titans will only host four teams at their stadium this season including Downingtown West, Council Rock South, William Tennent, and North Penn.
Before missing the playoffs a year ago, the Titans advanced to the District 1 Playoffs for two straight seasons.
However, they are still looking for their first playoff victory since defeating Haverford 38-14 in the first round of the District 1 Tournament back in 2012.
Central Bucks South will play three of the maxpreps.com top 25 teams in PIAA 6A qualification this season including no. 25 Spring-Ford, No. 14 North Penn, and No. 10 Downingtown West.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER TO WATCH
Sean Smith, Wide Receiver >> Hetrick says that the focus on this season will be senior wide receiver Sean Smith.
“I’m expecting a comeback season this year after what happened last year,” said Smith. “I feel we have a lot of potential on the offensive side of the ball and we can score a lot of points this year.”
“The goal every year is to make the playoffs,” said Smith. “We are expecting the same thing this year.”
Smith, who is entering his senior year at CB South, played seven games last year grabbing six receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
In his two previous years, Smith made 17 catches for 205 yards and three touchdowns for 13.7 receiving yards per game.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER TO WATCH
Cole Andrewlevich, Free Safety >> The defensive Titan to keep an eye on this year, according to Hetrick, will be senior free safety Cole Andrewlevich.
“I’m just expecting a better effort and performance this year than last year,” said Andrewlevich. “We have a lot of incoming freshmen this year and it will be exciting to see what they can do for the team.”
“We have a lot of potential on defense especially after graduating pretty much our entire defense last year,” added Andrewlevich. “We just need to give it our all and we will succeed.”
By Alex Wahl, For MediaNews Group