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2022 Team Preview: Great Valley Patriots (1)

Written by: on Sunday, August 21st, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Jeff Martin

Assistant Coaches:
Glen Hughes
Dave Brown
Tom Calvario
Abdul Madyun
Chuck Chiccino
Brett Capobianco
Ryan Buchholz
Jeff Moyer (9th grade)
Raheem Bey (9th grade)

Team Name: Great Valley Patriots

2021 Record: 3-7

Stadium: Valley Stadium

District: District 1

Class: AAAAA

League: Ches-Mont League, American Division

Key Starters lost:
Andy Talone
Brandon May
Jake Snyder
Dylan Cave
Ryan Magargal
Cullen McDaniel

Offensive Starters Returning: (6)
Sr. RB Nick Pellicciotta, 5’8”, 175
Sr. OG Jose Caballero 5’10”, 210
Jr. H-Back Nate Ricciardi 6’0”, 210
Sr. OT Justin Nadwodny 5’11”, 210
Sr. WR Jackson Callahan 5’11”, 160
Sr. FB Jack Coffey 5’10” 220

Defensive Starters Returning: (5)
Sr. DE Lawron Short 6’3”, 230
Jr. DE Raheem Orr 6’0”, 205
Sr. LB Justin Nadwodny 5’11”
210; Sr. CB Jackson Callahan 5’11”, 160
Sr. FS Nick Pellicciotta 5’8”, 175

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)
Sr. K/P Seth Turner 6’1”, 180

Key Newcomers:
Sr. OG/DT Kick Korab 5’11” 215
Jr. OT/DE Jack Clearfield 6’1”, 205
Sr. C/LB Ryan Shim 5’11”, 210
Jr. WR/FS Jack Deegan 5’11”, 175
Jr. WR/CB Gavin Maslowski 6’2”, 170
Sr. QB/SS Colin Kiselak 6’2”, 180
Jr. QB/LB Braeden Melia 6’0”, 180
Sr. OT/DT Gavin Greco 6’1” 230
Jr. WR/CB Tommy Crouse 6’1”, 160
So. DT Marcus King 5’6” 205
So. TE/DE Cole Callahan 6’3”, 190

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Sr. LB Justin Nadwodny
115 Tackles

Sr. RB/DB Nick Pellicciotta
39 carries
203 yards
13 receptions
107 yards
63 total tackles
2 INT’s

Sr. WR/DB Jackson Callahan
28 receptions
292 yards
2 TD’s
25 tackles
2 FF

Sr. DE Lawron Short
36 tackles

Jr. DE Raheem Orr
25 Tackles
2 Sacks

2022 Outlook:

Offense: “We return all of our primary running backs from last year- Nick Pellicciotta, Jack Coffey, Nate Ricciardi, and Raheem Orr. We will have a new QB for the first time in 3 years but we will have two promising candidates who will be competing to fill the position- Jr. Braeden Melia and Sr. Colin Kiselak. We return our second-leading receiver from last year- Jackson Callahan.”

“Last year, our QB accumulated most of our offensive production. However, with our experience returning in the backfield and our core of WR’s, we feel good about our potential. We return two of our starting offensive linemen from last year. We have 3 to 4 offensive linemen that saw significant time last year but will need to embrace a full-time starting position this year. Our keys to being successful will be consistency and our ability to control the line of scrimmage. We will rely on the experience we have coming back at running back and we feel good about the depth and play-making ability we have at receiver.”

Defense: “Overall, we played well on defense last year but we need to minimize the number of big plays that we gave up. We lost players in key positions from last year but, the players competing for those positions have a lot of promise and some experience playing in a rotational role last year.”

“Up front, we will lean on the experience and potential of our returning defensive linemen- Lawron Short, Raheem Orr, and Jack Clearfield. Seniors Nick Korab and Gavin Greco will also be in the rotation. We return our leading tackler from last year Justin Nadwodny. Along with Nadwodny at LB, both Jack Coffey and Nate Ricciardi saw time at the LB position last year. They will be a solid group. On the back end, Pellicciotta and Jackson Callahan both return to the defensive backfield. Pellicciotta was the third leading tackler and a playmaker defending the pass. Sr. Colin Kiselak saw time at DB last year and he will be competing with 3 to 4 other underclassmen for the remaining DB positions. In order to be successful on defense, we will need to be able to control the line of scrimmage, prevent big plays, and win the time of possession.”

Special Team: “Sr. Seth Turner returns as our K/P. He has handled the K/P responsibilities since his sophomore year and has dedicated his off-seasons to improving over the past three years. He is a legitimate FBS K/P who can kick a 50 plus yard field goal, kick the ball in the endzone on kickoffs, and has an incredible leg as a punter. We have 3 to 4 players returning from last year who handled the return responsibilities from last year including Colin Kiselak, Falls Johnson, and Aidan Poggi.”

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