2015 Team Preview – Red Lion Area (3)
Assistant Coaches: JD Granger, Taylor Green, Tom Bell, Chad Donagher, Kyle Masser, Ron Johnson, Brett Fishel, Bryan Bortner
Team Name: Red Lion Area Lions
2014 Record: 6-5
Key loses: Antwan Jackson (RB, OLB), Sam Lowe (C, DE), Greg Thibault (OL), Raquan Mitchell (ILB), Derek Ross (CB), Nate Orji (CB), Dan Waldrup (FB), Kenny Holloway (RB, DT)
Offensive Starters Returning: (4) Sr. QB Dalton Grove, 6-1, 170, Sr. WR Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie, 6-3, 203, Jr. OT Nick Argento, 6-3, 305, Jr. OT Stephen Tierney, 6’3, 250
Defensive Starters Returning: (5) Sr. SS Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie, 6-3, 203,Jr. DT Nick Argento, 6-3, 305,Sr. FS Alex Keough, 6-0, 185, Jr. OLB Patrick Daugherty, 6-0, 205, Sr. DE Patrick Stafford, 6-1, 205
Key Newcomers: None
D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: Sr. WR Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie, 6-3, 203
Jr. OT Nick Argento, 6-3, 305
Key Stats: In our 6 wins, we ran for an average of 235 yards per game. In our 5 losses, we were down to 75 yards rushing per game.
2015 Outlook: Please let us know the keys about your team on offense, defense and special teams. What are your keys to having a successful year?
Offense: Returning so few starters, the season will depend on how quickly the new starters on offense come together. Although Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie is a great option for us throwing the football, we will only go as far as our Offensive Line takes us. Dalton Grove got progressively better last season and Alex Keough, although a potential new starter this year, had 7 plays from scrimmage that went at least 45 yards. Both players will be counted on this season.
Defense: Similar to the offense, the defense does not return a tremendous amount of players, but those that do played very well last season. Having the new players understand our system and becoming confident in themselves and their teammates will determine how good this unit is, especially early on.
Special Team: Having graduated 2 kickers last year, finding a replacement will be a top priority. Several kick and punt returners are back, but we will need to find 2 or 3 that are willing to step up and become bigger play-makers
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