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2016 Team Preview – Pope John Paul II (1)

Written by: on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Rory Graverpopejohnpaulii_a

Assistant Coaches: Bill Baker, Matt Bildstein, Greg Weckel, Tony Yerger, Tyler Yaculak, Brian Lesher, Mike Cianciulli

Team Name: Pope John Paul II High School

2015 Record: 0-11

2016 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: Jared Johns-Lupold, David DeBias, Andrew Salvo, Ricky D’Aquilante, Matt Duff.

Offensive Starters Return: (5) Sr. OL AJ Dejewski, 6-2,220, Jr. RB/WR Dan Cirino, 6-1 175, Sr. WR Ryan Kormos, 6-2 180, Sr. TE Sean Brennan, 6-1 215, Sr. OL Mitch Boyle, 6-1 225

Defensive Starters Returning: (7)
Sr. LB Nick Yerger 5-8 165, Sr. DB Ryan Kormos,Sr. DL AJ Dejewski, Sr. DL Liam Lockrey 6-2 210, Sr. DL Sean Brennan, Sr. DL James Butler 5-10 190, Sr. DB Dan Cirino.

Special Team Starters Returning: (1) Sr. Long snapper AJ Dejewski

Key newcomers: (11)
Jr. QB Matt DeLaurentis, 6-3 180, Jr. WR/DB Jake Bildstein, 5-8 170, Jr. WR/DB Gunner George, 5-10 170, SR. 6-2 215, Soph. RB/LB AJ Natale, 5-8 185, Jr. OL/DL Nick Galbraith 6-1 230, Jr. OL/DL Denver Francis 5-10 210, Jr. OL/DL Michael Florig 5-10 210, Jr. TE/LB Chris Haffey 6-0 185, Soph WR/DB CJ McCafferty 5-8, 170, Sr. TE/DL Brendan Rau 6-0 215, Jr. OL/DL Mike Ronca 6-1 200.

Key Stats: Dan Cirino- 43 receptions 558 yds, 63 rushes 236 yds.

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

To be successful this season we need to establish a running game and control the football. This all starts up front and we will be deep there this season. By establishing a running we will be able to open things up with our play-action passing game. Our QB Matt DeLaurentis does a nice job selling play-fakes and this will create space for our WRs and TEs to work.

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 need to play with confidence this season. We must play fast and physical with the mentality 11 men swarming to the football. We must create turnovers and limit the opposing teams big plays. When something does go wrong defensively, we must have a short memory and have confidence that we will make the next play.

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?)

We must control field position with our special teams and put our offensive and defense in good positions. We must be consistent in the kicking game.

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