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2016 Team Preview – Cedar Cliff (3)

Written by: on Saturday, August 13th, 2016. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Colin Gillencedar_cliff_a

Assistant Coaches: Tim Froelich, Randy Yeager, Kevin Yarnevich, Mike Spagnuolo, Zach Pottieger, Ken Sheaffer, Tom Sacoman, Scott Lackey, Nick McMillen, Ted Zindren

Team Name: Cedar Cliff Colts

2015 Record: 8 – 3

2016 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: 6

Offensive Starters Returning: (6)
Sr. QB Grant Breneman, 6-0, 185
Sr. WR Trysten McDonald, 6-2, 208
Sr. OL Shaun Hastings, 6-3, 265
Sr. OL Erik Musselman, 6-0, 225
Sr. OL Evan Levitsky, 5-10, 230
Sr. OL Noah Lazeration, 6-2, 240

Defensive Starters Returning: (6)
Sr. CB Chandler Heiple, 5-10, 170
Sr. DE Shaun Hastings, 6-3, 265
Sr. DT Kordell Dorsey, 5-10, 285
Sr. DT Cole Perlick, 6-4, 305
Sr. LB Chris Thompson, 5-10, 205
Sr. S Trysten McDonald, 6-2, 208

Special Team Starters Returning: (3)
Sr. K Dominic Haley, 5-6, 150
Jr. K Reed Bertram, 6-1, 190
Sr. P Trysten McDonald, 6-2, 208

Key Newcomers: (4)
Jr. WR/DB Alex Lantz, 6-2, 180
Jr. TE/DE Justin Carter, 6-3, 190
So. WR/S Bobby Whalen, 6-0, 170
Jr. WR/LB Nick Yarnevich, 5-11, 180

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects:
Sr. QB Grant Breneman, 6-0, 185(Committed to Colgate)
Sr. WR Trysten McDonald, 6-2, 208
Sr. OL Shaun Hastings, 6-3, 265

Key Stats: Cedar Cliff finished last year with an 8 -2 regular season and averaged over 41 points per game on offense.

2016 Outlook:
Offense: The offense graduated a lot of production in WR Mike Viti and RB Jayden Demmy. The Colts will have a veteran offensive line including Shaun Hastings, Evan Levitsky, Erik Musselman, and Noah Lazeration. Three year starting QB Grant Breneman will provide leadership under center. Cedar Cliff will need to find production from a variety of weapons if they want to maintain the offensive numbers achieved in 2015.

Defense: The defense will be big and experienced on the defensive line with returning starters Kordell Dorsey, Cole Perlick and Shaun Hastings. The secondary will be led by returning starter Trysten McDonald at safety and Chris Thompson at outside linebacker. If the Colts can fill the voids left by graduation at LB and FS they should again be a solid unit on defense.

Special Team: The Colts will return both kickers Dominic Haley and Reed Bertram as well as punter Trysten McDonald. They will look to be more explosive in the return game and eliminate big plays given up in the kicking game.

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