Countdown to kickoff: Malvern Prep

Malvern Prep vs. St Augustine Prep HS Football
Malvern Prep running back O’Shaan Allison, is primed for a big senior campaign after missing most of last season due to injuries. The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder has committed to play at Ohio University.

Malvern Prep

Coach: Dave Gueriera (1st year)

Last season: 8-3 overall, 4-1 in the Inter League (tied Germantown Academy for first place).

Offensive scheme: No-huddle spread.

Defensive Scheme: 4-4.

Players to watch: O’Shaan Allison, RB; Quincy Watson, WR-RB-OLB; Joe Basiura, OL; Jake Hornibrook, OL-DL; Quinn McCahon, WR-DB; Keith Maguire, LB; Ryan Betz, TE-DE; Cole McCabe, FB-LB; Drew Gunther, QB; TyGee Leach, WR-DB; Nick Gueriera, LB; Harry Stinger, OL-DL; Dom Massimo, DL.

Quick facts: Gueriera, who went 15-18 in three seasons at West Chester East, was Malvern’s quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in 2009 and 2010. … Allison, a speedy senior halfback, missed eight games last season due to injuries. He has committed to Ohio University. … Betz (6-foot-3, 255 pounds) and McCabe (5-11, 200) have both committed to play at Bucknell. … Gunther, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior, passed for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He has drawn interest from Boston College, Duke, and West Virginia. … Basiura, a 6-3, 290-pound senior guard, is likely to choose between Cornell and Penn. … Watson, a 5-9, 190-pound junior, is hearing from Army, Morgan State, and Temple. … Maguire, a 6-2, 215-pound inside linebacker, is getting looked at by Army, Temple, and Virginia. … Hornibrook, a 6-4, 260-pound junior, is being eyed by Temple and Virginia. He is projected as an offensive lineman in college. … The Friars will open the season against South Jersey power St. Augustine on Sept. 1 at Villanova at 7 p.m. They will try to avenge last year’s 47-30 road loss to the Hermits.

Coach says: “If we have good chemistry as a team, we can be super successful.”