Two-a-Days: WestPac Conference

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Shawn Furfari will look to guide Ferndale back to the playoffs in his first year as head coach of the Yellow Jackets since making the switch over from offensive coordinator (WJAC).

Two-a-Days starts off this year with the WestPac conference.

We start off with Portage, who enter 2018 coming off a 8-3 season last year. Gary Gouse, who reached milestone win 200 last season, is returning for his 28th.

Ferndale is under first year head coach Shawn Furfari and he will lead the Yellow Jackets who were 9-4 last season, including a playoff victory over Portage.

Conemaugh Towhship enters 2018 looking to improve on a 2-8 finish in 2017, and with 8 starters back on offense to go with 9 on defense, the Indians could be a force this coming year.

Blacklick Valley improved its win total from 1 to 4 from 2016 to 2017, and with a talented senior class, combined with a new coaching staff headed up by Rich Price, who spent the last five seasons as an assistant under Tony Penna Jr. at Greater Johnstown, the Vikings believe 2018 could be the year they make the biggest jump towards the playoffs.

The Windber Ramblers are fresh off an 8 win season and a trip to the district title game, after losing a few key players to graduation, Matt Grohal will look to a few rising seniors to carry the load as he enters his 8th season.

Shade returns 18 starters from a team that went 4-7 in 2017. Don Fyfe hopes the plethora of returning talent can carry the load and push the Panthers towards a deep playoff run.

Berlin was undefeated in conference play last season and made it all the way to the district title game.

Meyersdale is under first year head coach Ryan Donaldson and is bringing back much experience on both sides of the ball.

Conemaugh Valley will look to rebound in 2018 after a disappointing 2017 season that saw them go winless. Dan Markiewicz takes over the program after spending the past few years as an assistant.

North Star started off 2017 strong with back to back wins, but mustered just a 4-7 record at season's end. Wes Berkebile believes the Power I formation could be the ticket in 2018 as he returns a good bit of experience to his starting line-up.