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2016 Team Preview – Wallenpaupack (2)

Written by: on Sunday, August 14th, 2016. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Mark Watsonwallenpaupack_a

Assistant Coaches: Jay Haupt, Travis Ey, Drew Morrissey, John Myers, Lenny Spoor, Justin Kraft, Pat Ingulli, Lou Palazzi, Zach Blau, Jim Ragonese, Adam Holtzer

Team Name: Wallenpaupack Buckhorns

2015 Record: 5-5

2016 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: Kenny Grady, Anthony Kepnach, James Gentes, Isaiah Rios, Rashawn Battle, Mike Ingulli, Todd Frick, Nick McConnell, Evans Obeng, Christian Waszak

Offensive Starters Return: (4)
Zach Rode, SR, OT, 6’3, 310
Zane Blau, JR, C, 6′, 275
Codey Fenstemacher, SR, WR, 5’10, 160
Aiden Maldacker, JR, FB, 6′, 230

Defensive Starters Returning: (2)
Nathan Steffen, SR, OLB, 6’3, 205
Jason Zarcone, SR, DL, 5’7, 215

Special Team Starters Returning: (0)

Key newcomers: (13)
John Hannon, SR, DB, 6′, 170
Ty Schmalzle, SR, WR, 5’11, 165
Dan Vasey, SR, OL, 6’4, 210
Chad Vasey, SR, DB, 6′, 170
Nik Popick, SR, OL, 6’6, 340
Max Alessi, JR, LB, 6’1, 210
Tom VanBuskirk, JR, OLB, 6’1, 190
Tommy McCormick, Soph, QB, 6′, 165
Tyler Neglia, Soph, RB, 5’10, 185
Joe Ingulli, Soph, DB, 5’8, 160
Adam Haupt, Soph, DB, 6′, 155
Chance Smith, Soph, OL/DL, 6’3, 260
Ty Wesenyak, Soph, TE, 6’1, 220

Key Stats: 

Zach Rode is a top 100 SR in the state according to PFSCA (36 pancake blocks)

Aiden Maldacker is a top 100 JR in the state according to PFSCA

Nathan Steffen looking to become third brother in family to play at the college level (Victor and John currently at Colgate). (65 tackles, 5 TFL and 6 sacks)

Jason Zarcone 42 tackles, 5 tFL and 2 sacks

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

Our Sophomore QB Tommy McCormick will have to mature quickly and take command of our offense. He will have some talented receivers in Senior Codey Fenstermacher and Ty Schmalzle. Our offensive line should be big which hopefully will allow us continue to have a good rushing attack. Our RBs will be very young but hopefully will gain success early which will help them gain confidence.

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

As with the Offensive side of the ball we will be very young and inexperienced on the defensive side of the ball as well. We will need a player to step up and take control of the defense early. We will have to make sure we limit the opposing teams big plays.

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 are replacing our punter and kicker. We do have some players that have potential in those positions but they are very inexperienced.

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