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2017 Team Preview – Danville Area (4)

Written by: on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Jim Keiser

Assistant Coaches: Chris Coombe, Bill Freeman, Stacey Puckey. John Weber, Brian Raup, Brian Klock, Kevin Kline, Dan Feldmann, Marty Palm

Team Name: Danville Ironmen

2016 Record: 7-5

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: Trent Hilkert

Offensive Starters Returning: (10)  Peyton Riley Jr. QB 6’0” 170, Gannon Feldmann Sr .FB 5’10” 184, Shane Kozick Jr. TE 6’0” 182, Peyton Persing Jr. WR/RB 5’10” 173, Eric Sees Jr. RB 5’9” 157, Preston Fausnaught Jr. OT 6’1” 235, Ken Cooper SR. OG 6’1” 234, Derien Yeager Sr. C 5’10” 267, Ryan Brouse Jr. OT 5’11” 226, Jared Mowery Sr. G 6’0” 246

Defensive Starters Returning: (11)  Evan Hagenbuch Sr. DT 6’1” 265, Jared Mowery Sr. LB/DE 6’1” 235, Derien Yeager Sr. NG 5’10” 267, Preston Fausnaught Jr. DE/LB 6’1” 235, Shane Kozick Jr. OLB/S 6’0” 182, Eric Sees Jr. OLB 5’9” 157, Ken Cooper Sr. MLB 6’1” 234, Gannon Feldmann Sr. WLB 5’10” 184, Peyton Persing Jr. CB 5’10” 173, Peyton Riley Jr. S 6’0” 170, Ryan Palm Sr. CB 5’11” 184

Special Team Starters Returning: (1) Peyton Riley K/P 6’0” 170

Key Newcomers:  These guys aren’t really newcomers as they have contributed in the past season but they aren’t starters. Austin Millar Jr. RB/DB 5’9” 165, Joey Harris So. RB OLB 5’7 156, Zachary Zerbe Jr. 5’ 10” 180, Hugh Vastine Jr. 6’7” 230 OL/DL Graden Feldmann So. 5’9” 187 LB, Collin Jordan Jr. 6’1” 190 New guys Kayden Riley Fr. 5’11” 157 QB DB Etahn Klees Jr. 5’6” 156 WR DB

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects:  Ken Cooper, Derien Yeager, Jared Mowery, Preston Fausnaught, Gannon Feldmann

Key Team Stats: Two 1.000 yard rushers last season

2017 Outlook:

Offense: We have a very athletic group returning but we will have to replace almost 1,300 yards and 15 TD’s from the loss of Trent Hilkert but I think we have several kids that can step in and fill the void. I also think with Peyton having the year experience under his belt and the strides he has made in throwing the ball and reading defenses this summer will pay off for us this year.

Defense: This group may be on par with the best I have had here. We have a very athletic front 8 and are pretty strong in the secondary a well. I believe we will be much deeper on the defensive side of the ball which will help us to be able to stay aggressive on that side of the ball. Ken Cooper is a kid that I think will have a very strong season  form the MLB spot and Preston Fausnaught has the potential to break every sack record here.

Special Team: Very solid with Peyton Riley as our specialist on both placekicking and punting and this year we have very solid back ups in Jared Mowery and Kayden Riley at punter and Kayden Riley as the place kicking back up



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One Response to “2017 Team Preview – Danville Area (4)”

  1. Lance says:

    Looking for a Big Season from the Ironmen. Should make a nice run at States if they can get out of a Strong District 4.