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2015 Team Preview – Northwestern Lehigh (11)

Written by: on Thursday, July 30th, 2015. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Josh Snyder (4th season 23-12)northwestern_lehigh_a

Team Name: Tigers

2014 Record: 11-2 (District 11 2A Champions)

JV Record 8-0-1

2015 Team Schedule

Key Starters Lost: Cam Richardson, Taylor Breininger, Frank Dangello, George Haddad, Jason Pechacek, Chris Trumbauer

Offensive Starters Returning: (7) Sr. RB Harry Hall 5’9” 180 lbs, Sr Athlete Dylan Snyder 5’7” 165, Sr OL Chet Karpyn 6’ 255, Sr OL Matt Shields 6’ 235, Sr TE Dylan Lobach 6’2” 190, Sr FB Joseph Colucci 5’10” 165, Jr OL Jacob Ruch 6’ 240

Defensive Starters Returning: (8) Sr. LB Harry Hall 5’9” 180 lbs, Sr Safety Dylan Snyder 5’7” 165, Sr DT Chet Karpyn 6’ 255, Sr DE Matt Shields 6’ 235, Sr LB Teagan Golden 5’10” 165, Sr OLB Joseph Colucci 5’10” 165, Sr DT Brandon Schrader 6’ 220, Sr. DE Andrew Sorensen

Key Newcomers: SR. DB Brett Schillinger, Jr. DB/WR Trevor Cunningham, 6-2, 170, Jr. RB/OLB Tyler Foster 5’8” 170, Jr. QB/DB Ryan Hippensteel 5’7” 165.

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: Sr. RB Harry Hall

Twitter: @nwtigerfootball

2015 Outlook:

Defense: Tigers are returning 7 starters from a year ago from a very formidable defense. Their front 8 will be the heart and sole of the team. The linebacking corps returns 3 of 4 starters who all started since their sophomore years. The DL has two 4 year starters returning and are very stingy against the run. Safety Dylan Snyder is also a 4 year starter and is the vocal leader of the secondary. They are a very aggressive group under DC Scott Hippensteel who love to run and swarm to the ball.

Offense: The Tigers lost a lot of firepower in the skill position players from a year ago. However they return 1,800 yard rusher Harry Hall and 4 of 6 starting lineman. They will rely heavily on the run as the new skill position players develop and gain confidence. They will have to replace 3 year starter Frank Dangello at QB. Look for Dylan Snyder to make plays as an offensive athlete. Dylan Lobach also returns at TE and has the ability to be a pass catching threat. Newcomer Trevor Cunningham has opened some eyes at WR as well.

Special Teams: Tigers return 3 year Starter Brandon Miller at punter & kicker. Brandon was second team all league in both a year ago. Over half of his kickoffs were touchbacks in 2014 and Brandon made some clutch EP’s and FG’s in the past two seasons. The tigers feel like with Brandon they have a valuable asset which gives them the edge in Special Teams.

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