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2017 Team Preview – Avon Grove Red Devils (1)

Written by: on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Harry O’Neill, 4th season

Assistant Coaches: OFFENSE – Matt Walsh, Greg Blue, Tim Bryan, Don Murphy, Kory Hitchens, Mike Bolmer. Defense – Brian Kirby, Kevin Borcky, Vic Yokimcus, Todd Hershey, Steve Lewis.

Team Name: Avon Grove Red Devils

2016 Record: 4-7

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: OT/DE – Spencer Wallace, WR- Brett Yurkovich, RB – Nate Jones, DB – Dylan Poole, NT – Aaron Carpenter, WR/DB – Niko Arhontakis, DB -Alec Arhontakis , OLB – Mike Connolly.

Offensive Starters Returning: (9) SR. QB – Shane Wolford, 6-4 180, Sr. RB – Kevin Francis 5’8 200, Sr. TE- Josh Brockson 6’3 215, Sr. OG – Joel Mogaka 5’10 245, Jr. OL – Maxx Atkinson 6’1 305, Jr. OG – Brian Ayres 6’1 265, Jr. OT – Connor Long 6’4 245, Sr. Wr – Dylan Lapham 6’1 165, Sr. WR – Tyler Boyd 6’1 200.

Defensive Starters Returning: (4) LB – Dylan Estes 6′ 1 215, LB Scott O’Neill 5’9 190, DB – Tyler Boyd 6’1 200, DE – Josh Brockson 6’3 215

Special Team Starters Returning: (2) Sr K/P – Kevin Sheehan 5’8 155 (4 year starter). KR/PR – Sr. Tyler Boyd.

Key Newcomers: (10) JR. DE – Eric Yurkovich 6’2 215, Sr. LB – Steven Lewis 5’10 190, Sr. LB – Tommy D’Antonio 6’1 185, SO. DB Wyatt Kirby 6’1 190, Jr. WR – Jordan Paone 6’1 175, SO OT – Nick Pino 6’1 305, JR OL – Jack Casey 6’0 240, Jr OL – Hunter Dowd 6’1 240 SR DB – Tyler Barton 5’11 165, Sr. DB Osbay Lara 5’6 160, Jr. RB/DB Dino Arhontakis 5’8 165, Jr RB/DB Kyri Rossiter 5’7 150

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: Tyler Boyd (heavy Ivy league interest)

2017 Outlook:

Offense: The Offensive line is the key for us. We have good size and Mogaka, Atkinson, Ayres, Long and Pino have varsity game experience. RB Francis, a three year starter is a hard nosed, down hill runner and excellent receiver out of the backfield. Receiving group of Lapham, Boyd, Paone are very talented and athletic. QB Wolford returns as the starter has excellent accuracy and pocket presence.

Defense: Defense is athletic lead by returning starters Seniors. DB – Tyler Boyd, LB – Dillon Estes, DE/OLB – Josh Brockson and Junior LB Scott O’Neill. We must replace our entire secondary except for Tyler Boyd. We have to improve our ability to defend both the run and the pass.

Special Team: SR. K/P Kevin Sheehan can be a weapon for us this season, he is an excellent punter and very accurate with field goals and extra points. SR. Tyler Boyd is very good in the return game, fast, and physical.

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