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2016 Team Preview – Panther Valley (11)

Written by: on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Matt Davispanther_valley_a

Assistant Coaches: Ed Kusko, Paul McArdle, Greg Kosciolek, Casey Lawrence, Danny Blazosky, Fenton Black, Billy Stalgaitis

Team Name: Panther Valley Panthers

2015 Record: 2-8

2016 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: Kyle Emmert, Anthony Vavra, Nate Miller, Triston Strunk, Luke Hunsicker, Dylan Moyer

Offensive Starters Return: (7)
Jr. QB Hunter Kennedy 5-9 150
Soph. RB Rene Figueroa 5-7 135
Jr. RB Jonathan Hafer 5-9 145
Jr. TE Tristan Blasko 6-4 225
Sr. WR Danny Gilberry 5-7 140
Sr. WR Josue Rodriguez 5-8 140
Sr. OL Chris Santore 6-0 245

Defensive Starters Returning: (4)
Jr. DE Tristan Blasko 6-4 225
Sr. DB Danny Gilbeerry 5-7 140
Sr. DB Josue Rodriguez 5-8 140
Jr. DB Jonathan Hafer 5-9 145

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)
K/P Brendan Morgans 6-2 190

Key newcomers: (5)
Jr. Jonathan Hafer RB 5-10 160
Jr. Hunter Kerestes LB 5-10 180
Jr. Justin Rodriguez DT 5-11 235
Jr. Tyler Baez TE/LB 5-11 185
Jr. Xander Kern DE 5-9 170

Key Stats: Hunter Kennedy threw for 10 TDs in 8 starts as a sophomore in 2015. Rene Figueroa averaged 6.5 yards/carry on 69 carries as a freshman. Danny Gilberry caught 5 TDs as a junior and Tristan Blasko caught 3 TDs as a sophomore.

2016 Offensive outlook: (Please let us know the keys about your team on offense. What are your keys to having a successful year?)

Nearly all offensive skill players return and should form a solid group to build around. Kennedy threw for 10 TDs as a Soph. QB and is poised for a solid Jr season. Figueroa and Hafer will get the bulk of the carries, while Blasko, Gilberry and Rodriguez all pose threats on the outside. Santore is the lone returning lineman, but should be surrounded by players who know the system.

2016 Defensive Outlook: (Please let us know the keys about your team on defense. What are your keys to having a successful year?)

Need to replace the entire linebacker group as well as three DL from up front. Justin Rodriguez and Xander Kern should be solid up front, along with Blasko who returns at DE. The linebackers will be inexperienced, but the secondary will return three starters.

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?)

Brendan Morgans gives us a great weapon as he enters his 3rd year of kicking for us. He has a great leg and a positive attitude that helps him strive on and off the field.

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