2016 Team Preview – Mahanoy Area (11)
Head Coach: Dave Holman
Assistant Coaches: Matt Gianelli, Mike Heater, Greg Merchlinsky, Pete Sanfillipo
Team Name: Mahanoy Area
2015 Record: 6-5
Key Starters lost: Mike Wronski; Nolan Fegley; Chris Caravella; Lenny Dulsky; Mason Ryan; Matt Yedsena; Aydan Erbe; Marcus Styka
Offensive Starters Return: (5) SR Billy Lipshaw (OL); JR Mike Hayes (OL); SR John Molina (OL); SR Mark Lawrence (OL); JR Nate Macleary (OL)
Defensive Starters Returning: (2) JR Matt Lewandowski (DB); SR Liam Mansell (LB)
Special Team Starters Returning: (1) Matt Lewandowski (P)
Key newcomers: (10) FR Tyler Celwell (FB); FR Danny Lawrence (QB/RB-DB); SO MJ Terry (RB-OLB); SO Cam Jones (RB-DB); JR Nick Cavenas (RB-DB); SR Zach Leshko (FB-LB); SR Kyle Loughlin (WR-DB); SO Mike Anshbach (TE-LB); FR Tony Merchlinksy (OL-DL); SR Nolan Yanchuck (WR-DB)
Key Stats: Need to replace two 1,000 yard rushers from last season in Mason Ryan (QB) and Lenny Dulsky (FB) along with Mike Wronski and Nolan Fegley at LB. Mike and Nolan started at LB since freshmen year. Wronski holds school record for career tackles.
2016 Offensive outlook: (Please let us know the keys about your team on offense. What are your keys to having a successful year?)
All skills will be new this season, however, all projected starting offensive linemen either started the entire 2015 season or had significant playing time. Skills are a talented group, but most lack varsity experience.
Matt Lewandowski started at WR the last two years as well as a few games at QB last season and is expected to be a very good QB in our flexbone option run game. The success we have this season offensively will depend on how quick the skill set gels with the line.
2016 Defensive Outlook: (Please let us know the keys about your team on defense. What are your keys to having a successful year?)
Defensively, we must replace the 5 out of the back 7 as well as 3 out of 4 linemen. Liam Mansell is a key returning player having started the last two seasons at OLB. Matt Lewandowski is also a player that has started the last two seasons in the secondary. Liam and Matt must provide leadership. Similar to the offensive side of the ball, the players are talented, but young. Our success will depend on how fast they adapt to the varsity level.
2016 Special Teams Outlook: (Please let us know the keys about your team on special teams. What are your keys to having a successful year?)
Matt Lewandowski returns as Punter.
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