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2022 Team Preview: Neshaminy Redskins (1)

Written by: on Monday, August 1st, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.



Head Coach: Steven Wilmot (8th Season)

Assistant Coaches:
Neil French (Linebackers, Co-Defensive Coordinator)
Jay Weidenbagh (Defensive Backs, Co-Defensive Coordinator)
Ed Mitchem (Outside Linebackers)
Vince Sanelli (Defensive Line)
Tom Coates (Defensive Line)
Ed Place (Defensive Backs)
Kevin Kelly (Quarterbacks)
Charlie Marterella (Wide Receivers)
Ryan Katona (Offensive Line)
Ian Bell (Running Backs and Tight Ends)
Ray Kelly (Offensive Line)
Ray Yedman (Offensive Line & Tight Ends)
Chuck Lumio (Speed and Agility Coach)
Nick Rapciewicz (Administrative & Statistician)

Team Name: Neshaminy Redskins

2021 Record: 2-8

Stadium: Harry E. Franks Stadium

District: District 1


League: Suburban One League, National Conference

Key Starters Lost:
Gavin O’Connor (WR/DB)
Dayvon Tinsley (RBDB)
Radelson Smith (CB)
Colin Schuckert-Tohm (WR,S)
Zack O’Keefe (OL)
Sean O’Hara (LS/OL)
Nunzio Zydzik (QB)
Mason DiCesare (DL)
Brett Conrad (K,P)

Offensive Starters Returning: (8)
Jr. RB Travis Lavelah, 5-7, 181
Sr. RB Markus Barnett, 5-7, 180
Jr. WR John Morris, 5-7, 156
Sr. OL Kyle Cunningham, 6-1, 224
Sr. OL Zack Castagna, 6-2, 225
Sr. OL Robbie Haines, 6-1, 335
Jr. OL Charles Soska, 6-4, 280
Sr. TE Nick Buchys, 6-3, 246

Defensive Starters Returning: (6)
Jr. MLB Joel Bonner, 5-11. 205
Sr. DT Robbie Haines, 6-1, 335
Sr. DE Joey Zack, 6-4, 211
Sr. DE Nick Buchys, 6-3, 246
Sr. DT Jack Dunkley, 6-4, 240
Sr. Payton Smolenak, 5-10, 186

Special Team Starters Returning: (3)
KR/PR John Morris, 5-7, 156
KR Travis Lavelah, 5-7, 181
KR Markus Barnett, 5-7, 180

Key Newcomers:
Sr WR Ashton Lovelace, 6-1, 191
QB Colin Baker, 6-0, 165
DE Kieran Reardon 6-0, 227
Jr WR/C Jared Molle 5-11, 170
Jr. MLB Collin Giambrone 6-1, 209

2021 Returning Player Stats: “Running Backs Travis Lavelah and Markus Barnett combined to rush for 794 yards last season. Nick Buchys and Jack Dunkley combined for 119 tackles last season, including 25 for a loss.”

Travis Lavelah
105 carries
454 yards
2 touchdowns
1 of 2 passing
31 yards
1 touchdown

Markus Barnett
56 carries
340 yards
3 touchdowns

John Morris
7 catches
95 yards
16 solo tackles
55 total tackles
1 fumble recovery

Robbie Haines
2 solo tackles
7 total tackles

Nick Buchys
3 catches
86 yards
1 touchdown
26 solo tackles
70 total tackles
17 TFL
3 sacks
1 PD
1 fumble recovery

Joel Bonner
13 solo tackles
40 total tackles
1 interception

Joey Zack
4 solo tackles
23 total tackles
6 Hurries
1 PD

Jack Dunkley
16 solo tackles
49 total tackles
8 Hurries
2 fumble recoveries
1 sack

Payton Smolenak
15 total tackles

2022 Offensive Outlook: “After going 2-8 last season, our team has a lot to prove. The team returns a good core of its offensive players. Markus Barnett is expected to take the bulk of carries at running back. Travis Lavelah will also carry the ball in addition to playing slot receiver. Colin Baker will take over the Quarterback position, after seeing time at spots last season. In addition to Lavelah, we will have a solid core of receivers to throw to. Newcomers Ashton Lovelace and Jared Molle, as well as returner John Morris, will provide good targets. The strength of the offense should be the tight end position, where returning starters Nick Buchys and Joey Zack will provide great blocking and passing targets for Baker to throw to. The offensive line will be led by 4 returning starters including Charlie Soska, Robbie Haines, Zack Castagna, and Kyle Cunningham.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “The defensive line will be the strength of the entire football team. Returning starters Jack Dunkley, Nick Buchys, and Joey Zack provide a great foundation to build our defense around. Newcomer Keiran Reardon has worked hard to be an added member of this group. The linebacker group will be relatively inexperienced, with the exception of Inside Backer Joel Bonner. Overall, it is a very willing group that will compete every week. Sophomore Will Sheridan and Juniors Colton Clee and Ryan Yedman will play outside linebacker. Juniors Bonner and Collin Giambrone will play inside. The defensive backfield will be anchored by safeties Demacio Cooper and Adam Goodman. Juniors John Morris and Sean Rearick will be looking to shut down the pass at cornerback.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “Sophomore Kaden Nicastro will be looking to take over the kicking duties while Sr. Ashton Lovelace will Punt. With a good core of experienced players, special teams should be a strength.”

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