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2017 Team Preview – Pottsville (11)

Written by: on Sunday, August 6th, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Tom McGeoy

Assistant Coaches: Jake Wartella, Jamie O’Brien, Rob Shaffer, Pete Kalinich, Pete McDonald, Rusty Yost, John Toomey, Bob Shott, Tony Barone

Team Name: Pottsville Crimson Tide

2016 Record: 9-2

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: 

QB Eric Wapinsky,

LB Chase Alisauckas,

C Brent Gauntlett,

WR/DE Kory Kleckner,

DT Dylan Stillwagner,

RB/DB Darion Jacoby

G Ryan Kalinich

OT Nick Joy

LB Steve Drum

SS Matt Williams


Offensive Starters Returning: (6)

Sr TE Ian Renninger 6-6 250

Sr OT Vince Bartashus 6-5-210

Sr G Bryce Williams 5-10 215

Sr FB Ian Murhon 6-0 190

SR WR Tyler Timberlake 6-1 185

SR WR Mike Botto 6-0 175


Defensive Starters Returning: (7)

SR DT Ian Renninger 6-6 250

Sr NG Bryce Williams 5-10 215

SR DB Tyler Timberlake 6-1 185

SR DB Mike Botto 6-0 175

Sr DE Ian Murhon 6-0 190

JR DB Jacob Roos 5-9 170

SR LB Sam Siminitus 5-11 200


 Special Team Starters Returning: (1)

JR LS Corey Holobetz 5-10 190


Key Newcomers:  (10)

SO C/DT Jack Kalinich 5-10 210

SO G/DT ReeseKokitus 5-11 210

JR T/DT Parker Zimerofsky 6-1 230

JR G/LB John Connors 5-9 200

JR LB Bryce Dragna 5-10 200

Fr FB/LB Bobby Walchak 6-1 175

SO RB/DB Kevin DiCello 5-9 170

SR DT Mike St. Juste 6-2 220

SR QB Steve Messina 6-0 185

JR RB/DB Justice Minor 5-9 170


D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects:

Ian Renninger offers from Albany and Monmouth

Key Team Stats: Returning our top target on offense Ian Renninger, he also led our team in tackles for a loss and sacks in 2016.

2017 Outlook:

Offense: We will be starting a new QB, so there are always some growing pains when a QB is starting for the first time, but he will be surrounded by talent at the skill positions. Also, we should have a solid offensive line to help him out as well. The earlier he can get comfortable with starting in varsity games the better we will be offensively.

Defense: The defense this year will be led by an experienced D line. If they play at a high level, it should help alleviate some of the pressure on the new starters on defense, especially at the linebacker position.

Special Team: We have to replace a pretty good punter and replace our kicker, but we have some guys on the team who are more than capable. Also, we have a lot of young kids hunger to get on the field so our Special Teams should be pretty good this year.


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