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2021 Team Preview: Southern Columbia Tigers

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



Head Coach: Jim Roth (37 Yrs. 41 Total)

Assistant Coaches:
Andy Mills (42 Yrs)
John Marks (28 Yrs)
Mike Johnston (26 Yrs)
Roger Nunkester (8 Yrs)
Andy Helwig (22 Yrs)
Brandon Traugh (12 Yrs)
Wesley Tillett (2 Yrs)
Alex Carawan (9 Yrs)

Team Name: Southern Columbia Tigers

2020  Record: 12-0
PIAA District 4 AA Champs
PIAA AA State Champions

Key Starters Lost:
Jaxson Purnell – OT
Colin Sharrow – TE
Derek Wertman – OC, 2 Yr Starter
Brandon Gedman – DE, 51 Tackles
Logan Potter – LB, 35 Tackles
Tim Witcoskie – DT, 36 Tackles
Ian Yoder – DB, 47 Tackles, 4 Int
Nick Zeigler – DB, 51 Tackles, 4 Int
Jake Davis – DB, 21 Tackles, 5 Int
Braden Heim – DT, 60 Tackles
Wade Kerstetter – ILB, 75 Tackles

Offense: Wing-T
Defense: 4-4

Key Returning Starters (Offense – 9,  Defense – 3): Returning  Letter Winners – 14
Gavin Garcia – (Sr) RB, 5’9”-185: 1,921 Rush Yds, 17 Yd Avg, 30 Tds,
Liam Klebon – (Sr) QB, 6’1”-180: 681 Passing Yds, 9 Tds
Jake Rose – (Sr) WR/OLB, 6’2”-195: 25 Tackles, 2 Int, 7 Pass Rec
Derek Berlitz – (Sr) DE//TE, 6’2”-245: 60 Tackles, 7 QB Sacks
Joe Quinton – (Sr) OG, 6’-195
Carson Savitski – (Sr) OT/DT, 6’2”-245
Gabe Leffler – (Sr) OC/DE, 6’-195: 18 Tackles
Chris Treshock – (Jr) OT/DT, 6’2”-260: 16 Tackles
Wes Barnes – (Jr) RB, 5’9”-185: 785 Rushing Yds, 9 Tds
Braeden Wisloski – (Jr) RB, 5’11”-185: 515 Rushing Yds, 13 Tds
Garrett Garcia – (So) ILB, 6’-185: 106 Tackles

Key Newcomers: (Potential Starters in 2021)
Austin Reeder (Sr) DT, 5’11”-190
Connor Gallagher (Sr) DB, 5’11”-165
Mike Yancoskie (Sr) DB, 6”-180
Ashton Helwig (Sr) DB, 5’8”-170
Mike Zsido (Sr) OLB, 5’11”-175
Jake Toczylousky (Jr) WR/DB, 6’2”-180
Ryan Kerstetter (Jr) TE/LB, 6’1”-175
Brett Horton (Jr) OG, 5’11”-195
Logan Sharrow (Jr) DE, 6’3”-185
Dominic Fetterolf (Fr) ILB, 6’-190

Season Outlook: Experience

Offense: 9 starters return. This includes all 3 running backs- HB Gavin Garcia, FB Wes Barnes, and HB Braeden Wisloski. Other key skill players returning are QB Liam Klebon and wide receivers Jake Rose and Jake Toczylousky. Upfront we are looking at Carson Savitski & Chris Treshock returning at tackles along with Joe Quinton at guard. Gabe Leffler who rotated at guard last year will move to the center and looks to be the starter there. Our right guard and tight end are the only replacements needed. The players currently projected as replacements are Brett Horton at guard and either Derek Berlitz or Ryan Kerstetter at tight end.

Defense: Only 3 regular starters return on defense. They are Derek Berlitz (DE), Garrett Garcia (ILB) and Jake Rose (OLB). Savitski, Treshock, and Austin Reeder will see time at DT. Possible replacements at the defensive end are Quinton, Leffler, or Logan Sharrow. We need to replace all 3 defensive backs. The main candidates are Braeden Wisloski, Connor Gallagher, Mike Yancoskie, Jake Toczylousky, and Ashton Helwig. The top prospects at linebacker are Dominic Fetterolf (ILB) and Mike Zsido (OLB).

Special Teams: Sophomore  Isaac Carter returns to assume the placekicking and punting duties. The combination of Garcia, Wisloski, and Barnes should provide us with outstanding kick/punt returners.

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