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2018 Team Previews – New Hope-Solebury Lions (1)

Written by: on Monday, July 9th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Jim Ditulio-11th Season

Assistant Coaches: Joe Goodman (Def. Coordinator) – 10th Season
Tom Modeferri (RB, LB)- 6th Season
Dale Smith (OL, DL) 4th Season
Allen Carson (OL, DL) 11th Season
Jack McDermott (WR, DB) – 2nd Season

Team Name: New Hope-Solebury High School

2017 Record: 9-2, BAL Champions

2018 Schedules:

Key Starters Lost: (5)

RB/SS Jesse Capriotti
FB/LB Morgan Shadle
OL/DL Max Adar
WR/CB Hunter Pala
FB/LB Alex Young

Offensive Starters Returning: (6)

Sr. WR John Flavin, 5-11, 180
Sr. TE Pat Cooney, 6-1, 195
Sr. OG John Mangan, 5-10, 245
Sr. OT Topher Taylor 6-8, 230
Sr. OT Charles Bray, 6-1, 205
Jr. C Conner Fitzgerald 6-1, 225

Defensive Starters Returning: (8)

Sr. CB John Flavin, 5-11, 180
Sr. CB Pat Tangradi, 6-0, 145
Sr. LB Pat Cooney, 6-1, 195
Sr. LB John Mangan, 5-10, 245
Sr. LB Dan Khouri, 5-11, 170
Sr. DE Topher Taylor 6-8, 230
Sr. DE Charles Bray, 6-1, 205
Jr. NG Zach Griffiths, 6-0, 240

Special Team Starters Returning: (2)

Sr. K Logan Waterman 5-9, 145
So. P Chris Kolen, 6-0, 175

Key Newcomers: (9)

So. QB Phil Weinseimer, 6-2 , 180 (Started 3 games for us in 2017)
Sr. WR/DB Mike Richards 5-9, 140
Jr. RB/DB Mike Borys, 5-9, 145
Sr. RB/DB Tim Leonard, 5-7 155
So. FB/LB Tom Raupp, 5-7, 175
So. WR/DB Evan Davidson 6-2, 180
So. OL/DL Dan Flavin, 5-10, 190
So. OL/DL Charlie Honer, 6-2, 265
Sr. OL/DL John Ryan, 5-9, 195

Key Stats: Repeat BAL Champions
3365 Team Rushing (4429 Total Offense)
Jesse Capriotti 2,478 Rushing in 2017

2018 Offensive Outlook: Offensively, Phil Weinsemer after starting 3 games in 2017, will become the full time starter for the graduated Nick Garritano. Phil is a dual threat Quarterback. In the backfield, Mike Borys, Timmy Leonard and Tom Raupp will look to share the load in the running game, replacing 2400 yard rusher Jesse Capriotti. Upfront we return 4 starters on the Offensive Line (Topher Taylor, John Mangan, Conner Fitzgerald and Charles Bray). Zach Griffiths, who started all season for us on Defense, and started the our final playoff game at guard for us will look to step into a full time starting role on offense as well. In the passing game John Flavin, the BAL’s leading reciever, returns along with Pat Cooney and Pat Tangradi. Evan Davidson who shined all last season at the JV level will look to contribute in a major way this season on varsity. Dan Flavin who started 2 games last season on the Offensive Line will also look to earn and play a significant amount on the line.

2018 Defensive Outlook: Defensively, we return 8 starters. Topher Taylor, Zach Griffiths and Charles Bray return on the line. John Mangan, Pat Cooney and Dan Khouri return at linebackers. John Flavin and Pat Tangradi return at the Cornerback positions. Some other newcomers that will see plenty of playing time in 2018 will be Charlie Honor who also started 1 game in 2017 on Offense will look to win a starting DT spot in 2018.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: Logan waterman will look to cap off a 4-year career with an amazing season kicking for us.

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