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2020 Team Previews: East Pennsboro Panthers (3)

Written by: on Saturday, August 1st, 2020. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: John Denniston

Assistant Coaches: Joe Shermeyer, Ted Matter, Greg Campbell, Johnnie Spriggs , Mark Van Buskirk, Jeff Arnold, Tom Couch, Keith Strickler, Steve Morgan, John Elliott, Malachi Holmes, Joshua Eynon, Brian Evans, Dalton Brill, Tom Denniston, Nic Nugent and Matt Dunkelberger

Team Name: East Pennsboro Panthers

2019 Record: 3-7

Key Starters lost: Hunter Campbell (WR/FS), Makai Stewart (DE/OT), Blake Paukovits (TE/DE), Jaxon Irwin (WR/DB) and Jared Gorman (QB)

Offensive Starters Returning: (5) 

Jacob Shermeyer (Sr) RB 5’10” / 190lbs

Zach Zeiders (Sr) QB 6’1” / 170 lbs 

Jacob Dein (Jr) OT 6’3” / 260

Jaren Boles (Jr) OT  6’4 / 220

Gavin Garlinger (Sr)  OG 5’11’ / 215

Defensive Starters Returning: (3) 

Jacob Shermeyer (Sr) RB 5’10” / 190lbs 

Gavin Garlinger (Sr) LB 5’11” / 215

Jude Gourdier  (Sr) DT 6’1 / 285

Key Newcomers:  

Syrell Burgos (Jr.) RB/WR 5’ 8 / 165    

Justin Moore (Jr.) DT 6’5” / 320     

Harrison Laman (Jr) RB / LB 5’10” / 180    

Dominic Weaver (Sr.) OL / LB 5/10 / 215      

Key Stats: New coaching staff coming in, following Coach Todd Stuter who was at EP for 22 years and is winningest coach at EP(134-96).New head coach is John Denniston (spent the past 10 years running the middle school and youth program at Central Dauphin)

The offense will have a new look under new offensive coordinator Jeff Arnold.  The defense remains similar to past year’s as coordinator Joe Shermeyer returns for his 20th+ year. 

2020 Outlook: 

Offense: Impressive size up front and very good skill players.Running backs offer a nice blend of power, speed and finesse.Quarterback has good arm and is mobile.

Depth is a potential issue but if healthy, the offense will be solid. 

Defense: We’ll run an even front and alternate between 1 and 2 safeties. Defensive line will be a strength and expected to set the tone on defense.Good Linebackers and safeties that can fly around and make plays.Will need a couple of younger players to fill key spots.


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