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2021 Team Preview: Blue Mountain Eagles

Written by: on Thursday, August 26th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

Head Coach: Tom Gallagher

Assistant Coaches:
Erik Bubeck
Harry Myers
Jake Balkiewicz
Jeff Hudson
Jim Trusky
Jude Bubeck
Matt Harrison
Mike Mansell
Nick Adams
Vinny Bobbin
Bobby Van Horn
Doug Ziegler

Team Name: Blue Mountain Eagles

2020 Record: 4-5

District: 11

Class: AAAA

League: Colonial-Schuylkill League, Gold Division

Key Starters lost: 
Bryce Hensley
Carter Thompson
Eman Parker
Gavin Bartholomew
Josh Gibson
Logan Holland
Tanner Sidella
Toby Renninger
Toby Steele

Offensive Starters Returning: 
SR OL Jake Bobbin, 6-2 250
SR OL Ross Bobbin, 6-2 250

Defensive Starters Returning:
SR LB Gavin Guers, 6-3 220
SR DT Garry Dieter 5’10 240
JR DB Derek Walasavage 5’10 165
So. DE Austyn Fields, 6-2 215 

Special Team Starters Returning: 
So. K/P Carson Steinruck

Key Newcomers:  
Sr JT Goeckel, 6-1 185
Jr. Justin White, 5-11, 170
Jr. James Seaman, 6-1 200
Jr. Mason Davis, 5-10, 175
Jr. Adam Morrow, 6-0, 210
Jr. Ian Donohue, 6-2 210
So. Carson Steinruck, 5-10 190
So Tyler Miller, 5-11, 165
So. Trevor Manbeck, 6-1 250
So. Verne Kleckner 5-10, 185
So. Will Jacobson, 5-9 170
So. Payton Fasnact, 5-8, 160
So. Logan Betz, 5-10 190
So. James Bassininsky, 6-1 190
Jr. Kreese Stabelein, 5’9 175

2020 Returning Player Stats: 

DB Derek Walasavage- 43 Tackles, 1 FF

DL Austyn Fields 21 Tackles, 6 TFL

DL Garry Dieter 17 Tackles, 3 TFL

2021 Outlook:

Offense: We need to develop our run game behind our offensive line. We are inexperienced offensively, so we are looking for guys to step up and establish themselves in our offense. We have a few different personnel packages we like offensively, but again, with us being so inexperienced we will need players to earn their spot throughout camp and the season. We have some young players who bring a nice mixture of size and speed on the offensive side of the ball, it is just about finding our identity as a young team. Limiting turnovers and penalties will be a major key for us to be successful offensively.

Defense: Our defensive line will need to be our difference makers for us. We have 2 guys back on our defensive line, along with some other players who have contributed on game day. We will be looking at that unit to provide leadership and produce for us defensively. Both our linebackers and secondary as units are young with the exception of 2-3 players, but they are good athletes who have committed to improving throughout the summer as we approach the camp. We have to force turnovers and get off the field early by pursuing the football and tackling efficiently if we want to be a solid defensive football team.

Special Team: We are putting an extra emphasis on special teams this upcoming season. We have to win the field position battle, so our punt and punt return units must be efficient for us. Also, our kicking game is extremely important. If we can win the field position game, tackle in space, force turnovers, and take care of the football, we can be a very good team in the special team’s phase of the game.

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