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2016 Team Preview – Upper Dauphin (3)

Written by: on Saturday, August 20th, 2016. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Brent Bellupper_dauphin_a

Assistant Coaches: DC/WR Mike Griffiths, QB/LB Ed Cooper, OL/DL Jordan Feidt, TE/DB/STC Corey Shadle, RB/DB Trey Campbell, RB/LB Denny Lenker, OL/DL Chad Everhart

Team Name: Upper Dauphin Area

2015 Record: 3-7

2016 Schedule:

Key Starters lost:

Drake Lenker (RB/LB)

Aaron Cleveland (QB/DE)

Cody Zerby (OL/DL)

Cole Zimmerman (OL/DE)

Max Snyder (WR/DB)

Zach Rebuck (WR/DB)

Alex Uhler (K)

Coy Rickert (OL/LB)

John Eppley (DL)

Colton Laudenslager (TE/DE)

Ethan Ditty (OL/DL)

Derrick Bordner (WR/DB)

Offensive Starters Returning: (7) OL Masen Bellis, RB Mason Wiest, RB Caron Barge, RB Tyler Wiest, RB/WR Donny Gelnett, OL Tanner Bechtel, WR Ben Cope

Defensive Starters Returning: (7) NG Masen Bellis, DB Mason Wiest, DB Carson Barge, LB/DB Tyler Wiest, DL Donny Gelnett, LB Tanner Bechtel, DL Blair Warner

Special Team Starters Returning: (2) KR Mason Wiest and KR Carson Barge

Key Returning Players: (11)

Masen Bellis Junior OL/DL

Mason Wiest Sophomore RB/DB

Carson Barge Sophomore RB/DB

Donny Gelnett Sophomore RB/DE

Tanner Bechtel Senior FB/LB

Ben Cope Sophomore WR/DB

Blair Warner Senior OL/DL

Connor Reed Sophomore WR/DB

Zach Rupp Sophomore QB/DB

Keegan Kerstetter Junior TE/DE

Tyler Wiest  Senior  RB/DB

Key Newcomers: (15)

Chuckie Brown Junior OL/DL  Played primarily JV in 2015

Darien Wiest Sophomore RB/LB  Played primarily JV in 2015

Eli Smith Junior K  Plays soccer; Played football in 2014

Hayden McAllister Senior TE/DE  Did not play in 2015

Jason Caffas Senior WR/DB  Did not play in 2015

Sam Kerwin Freshman OL/DL

Jake Ramberger Freshman RB/DB

Kyle Kerstetter Freshman TE/DE

Cody Istre Junior WR/DB  Did not play in 2015

Steven Heck Freshman OL/DL

Maison Grow Freshman RB/DB

Cody Folcarelli Freshman OL/DL/LB

Dalton Boyer Freshman WR/RB/DB

Hayden Bellis Freshman OL/LB

Macklin Ayers  Freshman  TE/LB

 

2016 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?

Our goal is to quickly acclimate a new quarterback and rebuild our offensive line. If that happens quickly, we believe our experience at running back and receiver will help us have a competitive offense. Defensively, we need to be more aggressive up front with our defensive front and inside linebackers. In general we will strive to be more aggressive defensively. We have a very young team, but a talented young team. If we stay injury free, we have a chance to become a nice team as the year progresses and position ourselves for a strong future.

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