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2021 Team Preview: Bethlehem Freedom Patriots

Written by: on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

Head Coach: Jason Roeder

Assistant Coaches:
Greg Moore
Jeff Searfass
Ben Reph
Bryan Haas
Ken Wied
Sean Searfass
Earl Jenkins
Mike Anthony
Charlie Heidecker
Kevin Kelly
Todd Mika
Gabe Robinson

Team Name: Bethlehem Freedom Patriots

2020 Record: 5-2 DISTRICT XI RUNNER UP

District: 11

Class: AAAAAA

League: EPC – Northampton

Key Starters Lost:
Matt Russin
AJ Fletcher
Marcus Kreidler
Quinn Hoke
Matt Bogardo
Frank Cierech
Jacob Schwind
Jeremiah Espinosa
Ethan Ferrey

Offensive Starters Returning:
SR OT Braelin Moore 6-3 290
SR OG Juan Feliciano 6’0 260
SR RB Deante Crawford 5’9 185
SR QB Brian Taylor 6’3 225
JR WR Owen Johnson 6’1 215
JR QB Ethan Neidig 6’4 190

Defensive Starters Returning:
SR DL Braelin Moore 6-3 290
SR DL Juan Feliciano 6’0 260
SR OLB Lorenzo Feliciano 6’0 195
JR OLB Owen Johnson 6’1 215
JR CB Jalen Fletcher 5’10 175

Special Team Starters Returning:
None

Key Newcomers:
Hector Diaz SR OL 6’0 280
Marc Humphrey SR OLB 6’2 190
Josh Ruela SR OLB 5’11 190
John Audette JR OL 6’0 290
Nick Ellis JR DE 6’3 205
Ryan Hoffman JR C/LB 6’2 225
Kyle Johnson JR TE/LB 5’11 215
Collin Lutz JR OL 6’3 265
Rashawn Nicholas JR NG 5’10 240
John Roeder JR TE/LB 6’1 190
Vinnie Slepetz JR DB 5/9 145
Connor Stofanak JR WR/DB 5’11 185
Brooks Britt SO WR/DB 6’0 180
Jayden Colon SO DB 5’8 150
Xavier Dunbar SO QB/DB 5’9 175
Zach Irvin SO OL 6’2 250
Sam Neuffer SO TE/LB 5’9 180
Noah Pierre SO RB/DB 5’11 175

2020 Returning Player Stats:

Leading Returning Rusher:
Deante Crawford 87carries 587 yards 11 TD

Leading Returning Passers:
Ethan Neidig 41-74 543 yds
Brian Taylor 18-37 327 yds

Leading Returning receiver:
Owen Johnson 16 rec 278yds 3 TDS

2021 Offensive Outlook: Need to adapt quickly to a new offensive system under new Offensive Coordinator Jeff Searfass. Long-time Offensive Coordinator Ben Reph has taken a step back from the OC role to be able to follow his son’s play in college. Return a lot of weapons and depth at the skill positions. Need to replace three starting offensive linemen.

2021 Defensive Outlook: We return starters at all three levels of our defense (DL. LB and DB’s) Our defensive line may be the most explosive and athletic that we have had in a long time.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: Need to replace Ethan Ferrey who served as PK and punter. Strong returners are back in Deante Crawford and Jalen Fletcher

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