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2018 Team Previews – Easton Red Rovers (11)

Written by: on Thursday, August 9th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Jeff Braido

Assistant Coaches: Scott Ordway, Bryan Falcone, Brian Gaumer, Mike Palos, Mike Heimbach, Matt Baltz

Team Name: Easton Red Rovers

2017 Record: 8-5

2018 Schedule:

Key Starters Lost: Ayyub Dail, RJ Guffy, Jake Herres, Luke Nimeh, Eddie Olsen, Jon Pineda, Scott Poulson, Israel Selassie, EJ Simmons, Zach Spray, Katrell Thompson

Offensive Starters Returning: (5)

Sr. FB Andrew Balukas, 6-1, 215
Sr. OT Elek Ferency, 6-2, 300
Sr. C Albert Gayle, 6′, 250
Sr. RB Harold Reynolds, 5’9, 190
Jr. OT Patrick Shupp, 6-3, 310

Defensive Starters Returning: (5)

Sr. MLB Andrew Balukas, 6-1, 215
Sr. DT Albert Gayle, 6′, 250
Sr. OLB Danny Hynes, 6′, 205
Sr. S Mike Dunlap, 6-4, 185
Sr. S Damion Smith, 6-3, 190

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)

Sr. K/P Enzo Martellucci, 6′, 185

Key Newcomers: (11)

Sr. OL/DL D’Sean Cham, 6-3, 290
Sr. RB/CB Makhi DeSilva, 5-9, 160
Sr. TE/DE Darien Lee, 6-2, 225
Sr. QB Nate Nimeh, 5-11, 185
Sr. CB Xavier Apgar, 5-10, 160
Jr. OL/DE RJ Gisler, 6′, 195
Jr. OL/DL Christian Miers, 6-5, 250
So. RB/CB Nahjee Adams, 5-9, 180
So. RB/OLB Dominic Falcone, 5-7, 175
So. RB/MLB Tamir Jackson, 5-8, 170
So. OL/DE Derek Frinzi, 6-3, 230

2018 Offensive Outlook: We have a veteran offensive line led by Albert Gayle, Patrick Shupp and Elek Ferency which should allow us to both run the ball and pass the ball very effectively. QB Nate Nimeh and WR’s Damion Smith and Mike Dunlap are very capable of continuing our expanded passing game, while Harold Reynolds will be the workhorse at RB. If we can keep the run/pass game balanced, we should have a successful season.

2018 Defensive Outlook: Our veteran secondary, led by 3rd year starters Mike Dunlap, Damion Smith and Danny Hynes, will be our strength. Returning MLB Andrew Balukas led the team in tackles last year and Albert Gayle will anchor the defensive line. We, once again, look to have a very disciplined and aggressive defense and will rely on some underclassmen to step up this season.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: Enzo Martellucci will return as our kicker/punter. He had a great year last year and was very dependable. We look for Enzo to have a big year for us.

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