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G o od Luck,
VINCE SKILLINGS (LEFT)
Coach: Vince Skillings
2020 record: 2-3, 2-2 in
Class 3A Allegheny Seven
All-time record: 266-348-14
Date Opponent Time
8.27 at Latrobe 7
9.3 Mt. Pleasant 7
9.10 at Indiana 7
9.17 Deer Lakes* 7
9.24 at Freeport* 7
10.1 at Southmoreland* 7
10.8 Valley* 7
10.15 at East Allegheny* 7
10.22 Burrell* 7
10.29 at North Catholic* 7
Passing Nick Detore*
34-72, 499 yards, 6 TDs
Receiving Hunter Wack*
12-182 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing Matt McDowell*
61-413 yards, 3 TDs
• Skillings is a former Derry
standout running back who
went on to play defensive
back at Ohio State and in the
Canadian Football League. He
is an ordained minister.
No. Name Pos. Ht/Wt. Cl.
3 Connor Lucas WR 5-10/160 Sr.
7 Zack Revoir QB 5-9/150 Sr.
11 Damari Robinson WR 6-0/155 Fr.
15 Jason Ruckel SS 5-9/155 Fr.
16 Noah Berkhimer WR 6-0/175 Fr.
18 Dylan Klim WR 5-8/150 Jr.
19 Chance White K 5-11/175 Sr.
22 Ahmad Ward RB 5-10/190 So.
24 Blake Revoir QB 5-11/150 Fr.
27 Mason Beeman FB 6-1/215 So.
29 Nate Gray K 5-10/205 So.
31 Nate Barkley LB 5-10/185 LB
33 Brett Klim WR 5-8/145 Fr.
34 Eric Catone RB 6-0/185 Sr.
42 Jordan Flack SS 5-11/175 Jr.
45 Vince Dudzinsky TE/OL 6-1/180 Fr.
52 Brayden Mickinac OL 5-10/205 Sr.
53 Jacob Court DL 5-11/225 Sr.
54 Hunter Schmidtetter OL 6-0/180 Fr.
55 Dom Patrick OL 5-11/190 Jr.
56 Carter Short OL 6-5/305 Sr.
57 Brian O’Barto OL 6-0/260 Sr.
60 Collin Barkley OL 5-9/185 Fr.
62 Dylan Rhodes OL 5-11/220 Sr.
65 Owen Monnich OL 6-1/190 Fr.
66 Noah Cymmerman OL 5-11/260 Sr.
68 Carson Chamberlain OL 5-10/200 Sr.
69 Jacob Harris WR 5-9/185 Fr.
70 Ethan Bendel OL 5-9/200 Fr.
77 Maddux Bush OL 6-5/240 So.
Derry lost 14 seniors to commencement but
quickly replenished the roster with 14 freshmen.
That doesn’t mean the team will get nearly
the production of last year’s 12th graders.
In fact, a rebuild could be in the works for the
Trojans, but the current 12-man senior group
is ready to carve out its own identity — with
help from future prospects.
“Our strength is our chemistry,” senior
quarterback Zack Revoir said. “The (upperclassmen)
have been working with the younger
guys to help get them ready (for the varsity
level). We have to show them the Derry way.”
Heading into summer training camp, Revoir
was competing for the starting quarterback job
with his brother, freshman Blake Revoir. The
elder sibling was a tailback last season.
“We’re a very young team, and we lost a lot of
leadership,” second-year coach Vince Skillings
said. “I want to see which seniors we have this
year will step up into those roles.”
Skillings saw the Trojans finish 2-3 (2-2 in
the Class 3A Allegheny Conference) in his first
season as a head coach. The Trojans’ final two
games were chopped off in a covid-shortened
With some size returning on the line, Skillings
thinks his ball carriers can produce.
Dylan Rhodes, Noah Cymmerman, Brayden
Mickinac, Carter Short (6-foot-5, 305 pounds)
and Carson Chamberlain are senior linemen,
and other blockers include junior Dom Patrick
and sophomore Maddux Bush.
“We’re relying on the line to protect the
(running backs) and give them room to roam,”
“We want to get the ball into our playmakers’
hands and let them make plays.”
Look for senior Eric Catone and sophomores
Ahmad Ward and Mason Beeman to carry the
ball. They also will be linebackers.
“They will be carrying the load for our running
game,” Skillings said. “We’re still going
to run the ball. This is Derry football.”
Receivers include senior Conner Lucas
and freshmen Damauri Robinson and Noah
Derry should have one of the best kickers
in the WPIAL in senior Chance White, who
connected on a field goal from 58 yards during
a camp in West Virginia.
“We won’t hesitate to send him out there,”
Skillings said. “Forty yards and in, we’ll take
The Trojans will work out of a multiple offense
and a 4-3 defense.
by BILL BECKNER JR.
DERRY • ALLEGHENY 7
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