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2017 Team Preview – Central Bucks East (1)

Written by: on Sunday, July 30th, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: John Donnnelly     

Assistant Coaches: Brandon Sparks, Ray Riley, Wil Acosta, Tim Barno, Jason Hepler, Mike Junkin, Jason Knipe, Matt Riley, Kurt Schneider, Vince Sebal, Anthony Ventresca

Team Name: Central Bucks East Patriots

2016 Record: 8-3

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: Myles King, Mike Melchiorre, Brian Stella, Mike Glauber, Nate Ventresca, Ryan Plack, Wes Verbit, Matt Szczypiorski, Dakota Knipe

Offensive Starters Returning: (6) Sr. OG PJ Szymanski, Sr. OT Dylan Badger, Sr. RB/QB Chad Guzzi, So. RB Jake Ventresca, Sr. WR Jake Novroski, Jr. OG Danny Bodish

Defensive Starters Returning: (4) Sr. DB Evan Dorsey, Sr. DT Trent Petro, Sr. LB Ty Tracy, Jr LB Drew Bethke

Special Team Starters Returning: (2) long snapper Liam Kelly 5’9 175, short snapper Dylan Badger 6’1 250.  Returners, kickers, punters will all be new this year.

Key Newcomers: QB Evan O’Donnell, WR Chris Lochetta, OT Kevin DeSalvo, DB DeJohn Armstrong, DT/OG Nick Diehl, DT/C Kyle Collie

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: PJ Szymanski, Evan Dorsey, Chad Guzzi, and Drew Bethke

Key Team Stats: Team stat- blocked 9 kicks last year.

Jake Ventresca averaged 6.68/carry.  Jake Novroski averaged 15.8/reception.  O’Donnell accounted for 6 Td’s.  Dorsey and Bethke are leading returning tacklers with 41 and 30 respectively.

2017 Outlook:

Offense: Offensively, we have a very experienced and talented O-line unit returning. We have a deep backfield led by Jake Ventresca and Chad Guzzi. Quarterback Evan O’Donnell gained valuable experience as a sophomore last year starting in several games.  Jake Novroski is our leading returning receiver.  Chris Lochetta, Logan Pettigrew, and Drew Bethke will provide depth in the passing game.

Defense: Defensively, our linebacker unit is deep led by Ty Tracy, Drew Bethke, and Evan Dorsey.  Trent Petro will anchor the D-line.  There will be competition in the secondary, but we expect DeJohn Armstrong, Wyatt Knipe, and Chad Guzzi to lead this unit.

Special Team: We have to replace our All Everything special teams player Barney Amor who is off to Colgate University.  Mike Smigley, Tommy Webb, Riley Hussie, and Thomas Cannon will all compete.

Keys for success in all three phases is for our returning letterman to provide leadership through the examples they set and for inexperienced players to play like veterans.  More than that we have to continue to develop great team chemistry and be great teammates to each other.

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