Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Char Valley Grad Eager to Return

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Char Valley Grad Eager to Return

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It might be a new conference for the Case Western Reserve University football team, but for Chartiers Valley High School graduate Sean Lapcevic, it will be business as usual as the Spartans begin dual membership in the Presidents Athletic Conference and the University Athletic Association along with fellow UAA member Carnegie Mellon.

The Spartans and the Tartans open the season at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 in Cleveland in the 29th annual Academic Bowl. The Spartans also will continue to play UAA members Chicago and Washington University of St. Louis along with the Presidents Athletic Conference rivals. A year ago, Case Western defeated Carnegie Mellon, 35-32, at the Tartans' Gesling Stadium.

"I'm just going to continue to prove myself in every aspect of my game," said Lapcevic, an accounting major who will be a four-year starter. "I haven't set any specific personal goals. I'm just focused on winning games."

Lapcevic, who resides in the Presto section of Collier Township, is a receiver in a run-oriented offense. But he gets plenty of chances to touch the ball as he also returns punts and kickoffs. Last season, Lapcevic set a school record with 614 kick return yards, an average of 20.5 yards per return. He also led the UAA with 1,164 all-purpose yards. With a new quarterback, Billy Beecher, at the controls of the offense, Lapcevic anticipates a change in Case Western's style of play.

"This year will be more of a run-oriented offense," he said. "Erik Olson [last year's starting QB] was more of a drop-back passer. I'm not exactly sure what to expect from the offense, but there will be a lot more running and more option plays.

"[Beecher] is a running threat, and he can keep plays alive. Sometimes on pass plays, those are the biggest plays if a play is broken, he might have to run the ball. He presents that duel threat for the offense."

Running the ball could pay off well for the speedy Lapcevic. …

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