After transferring from Hamilton Southeastern to Centerville, Austin Mavity made a big impact on the Bulldogs’ offense as a receiver last fall.
With the graduation of all 89 completed passes from last year’s offense, Mavity will look to make a bigger impact this year with the move to quarterback.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Mavity is one of 13 seniors looking to lead the Bulldogs to success in head coach Perry Irwin’s third year with the program.
Others are Sam Shaw, Nate Bane, Mitchell Burelison, Cameron Deloney, Austin Hall, Randy Jordan, Cody Ladd, Tyler Nickell, Garren Smith, Gunner Toschlog and Andrew Walter.
“And that’s kind of one of the strengths of our team. We have the most seniors, 13 seniors on the roster, since I’ve been here,” Irwin said. “Our numbers are pretty good.”
The big number to replace will be 1,027, the rushing yard total for powerful running back Bryce Robinson, who also had 71 receiving yards, 17 touchdowns and 60 tackles.
“We still have a lot of speed in our skill positions. Replacing Robinson and (quarterback Tyler) Weaver are the two big things,” Irwin said. ” … I think a strength for us is going to be our offensive and defensive lines.”
Burelison and junior Austin Vandevender will be tasked with the duty of trying to replace Robinson.
Burelison had 42 carries for 239 yards last year, while Vandevender added 12 for 62, and each rushed for one score.
Mavity had 32 receptions for 504 yards and four total touchdowns, while adding six rushing yards on one carry.
He will look to fill in for Weaver, who had 84 completions and 1,273 yards, while Caleb Martin, also graduated, had five completions.
Junior Joey Hale and graduate Austin Killion were the only other players to attempt a pass, each going 0-for-1.
“He was actually, yardage-wise, our leading receiver last year,” Irwin said of Mavity.
Hall returns after making 20 receptions for 440 yards and five touchdowns.
“Joey Hale will feature into our offensive plans. We have a new kid out, Andrew Walter; he’s going to be a skill kid for us. And another one is Austin Vandevender; he’ll be our fullback, trying to fill Robinson’s shoes,” Irwin said.
“Cameron Deloney is a two-year starter on offensive line, and Tyler Nickell, our center, will be a two-year starter. Along with Shaw and Creigmile, all are returners that started last year on the offensive line.”
Irwin said Shaw, Creigmile and Toschlog return on the defensive line, while sophomore Clay Thompson and juniors Seth Woolwine and Austin Miller could also compete for spots up front.
Ladd, Tyler Rodandello, Smith, Hall, Vandevender, Dylan Mull and James Jones look to contribute in the defensive backfield.
Irwin said Mavity and Smith will split punting duties, while David Burke will kick extra points and Shaw the kickoffs.
Centerville opens Aug. 22 at home against Monroe Central, then travels to Tri High for its TEC opener Week 2.
The other non-conference game is Week 3 at Shenandoah, then the Bulldogs host Lincoln (Sept. 12), play at Union City (Sept. 19), host Northeastern (Sept. 26), visit Hagerstown (Oct. 3), host Union County (Oct. 10) and finish the season at Winchester (Oct. 17).
The Bulldogs finished 5-5 last year and 5-2 in TEC play.
Their two losses came to Union City 20-12 and Winchester 47-19.
The Bulldogs were also responsible for Northeastern’s only loss, 34-22, which forced the Knights to share the title with Winchester rather than win it outright.
Irwin is 7-13 in his first two years with the program, going 2-8 in 2012 and 5-5 last year.
“I think, probably the favorites (in the TEC) are Northeastern and Winchester,” Irwin said. ” … Those two would have to be the favorites in my book, but Union City will be good. They always give us a good game, but if we do what we’re supposed to do, we hope to be playing for a conference title up at Winchester the last week of the season.”
Centerville Bulldogs at a Glance
• Head Coach: Perry Irwin, 7-13 in 3rd year
• Assistants: Jacob Stewart, Briendle Fletcher, Jason Talbot, Billy Shook, Bronc Fletcher, Lee Reed
• Key losses: Bryce Robinson, Tyler Weaver, Jacob Haist, Enrique Calderon
• Key Returnees: Sam Shaw, Austin Mavity, Austin Hall, Isaac Creigmile
• Aug. 22: Monroe Central
• Aug. 29: at Tri*
• Sept. 5: at Shenandoah
• Sept. 12: Lincoln*
• Sept. 19: at Union City*
• Sept. 26: Northeastern*
• Oct. 3: at Hagerstown*
• Oct. 10: Union County*
• Oct. 17: at Winchester*
* — TEC game
Nate Bane 5-7, 210, OL/DL
Mitchell Burelison 5-10, 155, RB/DB
Isaac Creigmile 6-2, 280, OL/DL
Cameron Deloney 5-10, 240, OL/DL
Austin Hall 5-9, 150, WR/DB
Randy Jordan 5-8, 160, RB/LB
Cody Ladd 5-10, 165, WR/LB
Austin Mavity 6-5, 205, QB/LB
Tyler Nickell 6-1, 280, OL/DL
Sam Shaw 6-6, 320, OL/DL
Garren Smith 5-11, 150, TE/LB
Gunner Toschlog 6-2, 205, TE/DL
Andrew Walter 5-9, 150, WR/DB
Josh Bennett 5-7, 180, OL/DL
Nathan Bennett 5-10, 220, OL/DL
David Burke 5-10, 180, TE/LB
Joey Hale 6-0, 165, WR/QB/DB
Austin Miller 6-0, 265, OL/DL
Dylan Mull 5-6, 170, RB/LB
Austin Norris 5-9, 140, WR/DB
Levi Parrish 5-10, 150, WR/DB
Austin Senters 5-11, 210, OL/DL
Brandt Stapleton 5-11, 160, WR/DB
Austin Vandevender 5-11, 160, RB/CB
Seth Woolwine 6-1, 230, OL/DL
Lucas Buchanon 5-11, 220, OL/DL
Myles Cunningham 6-1, 180, QB/DL
Caleb Curts 6-0, 230, OL/DL
Jordan Estes 5-11, 220, OL/DL
Ryan Hugo 6-1, 130, WR/DB
Preston Hurst 5-10, 165, WR/DB
Joe Jennings 6-2, 190, OL/DL
James Jones 5-11, 175, RB/LB
Jourdan Jones 5-11, 170, TE/LB
Braiden Lyons 5-9, 190, OL/DL
Logan Myers 5-8, 150, WR/DB
Tyler Rodandello 5-8, 130, RB/LB
Devon Spears 5-10, 140, WR/DB
Clay Thompson 5-10, 220, OL/DL
Peter Basford 5-7, 170, OL/DL
Michael Brewer 6-1, 145, QB/WR/DB
Cole Cooper 5-11, 180, TE/LB
Jacob Creigmile 5-8, 140, RB/LB
Devin Dixon 6-0, 145, OL/DL
Brice Griffin 5-9, 120, WR/DB
Remington Lunsford 6-0, 195, OL/DL
Tyler Radford 5-7, 110, WR/DB
Reese Vandevender 5-10, 155, RB/LB
Nico Wankerl 5-11, 170, WR/LB
Kody Witham 5-10, 170, RB/LB
5-5, 5-2 TEC, 3rd place
• Aug. 23: at Monroe Central, 35-19 L
• Aug. 30: Tri, 48-16 W
• Sept. 6: Shenandoah, 54-14 L
• Sept. 13: at Lincoln, 43-20 W
• Sept. 20: Union City, 20-12 L
• Sept. 27: at Northeastern, 34-22 W
• Oct. 4: Hagerstown, 44-12 W
• Oct. 11: at Union County, 38-7 W
• Oct. 18: Winchester, 47-19 L
• Oct. 25: Indianapolis Scecina, 49-13 L (sect.)