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2018 Team Previews – Northwest Area (2)

Written by: on Saturday, August 11th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Lon Hazlet

Assistant Coaches: Ray Bierbach, Vito Malacari, Leigh Bonczewski, Bryce Harrison, Clem Benson, Bob McCoy, Paul Hufford, Sam Gmiter, Will Miller, Jeff Sorber, Jeremy May

Team Name: Northwest Area Rangers

2017 Record: 8-3

2018 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: Jake Anderson, Zach Wolfe, Brandon Hardiman, Beau Getz, Austin Sult, Austin Ford, Adam Bukavich

Offensive Starters Returning: (7) 11-David Piestrak, SR. QB, 6’1 195: 7 Connor Hazlet, SR. WR, 6’1 195:  50 Camdon Capece, SR. OL, 6’1 220:  2 Tyler Stevens, SR. RB, 5’10 215:  21 Bryce Koser, WR, 6’3, 210:  1 Lucas Acornley, SR. TE, 6’0, 185:  51 Jack Wessler, JR.,OL,  5’10, 195

Defensive Starters Returning: (7) 2 Tyler Stevens, SR. LB, 5’10 215: 11-David Piestrak, SR. S, 6’1 195: 7 Connor Hazlet, SR. S, 6’1 195:  50 Camdon Capece, SR. DL, 6’1 220:  21 Bryce Koser, CB, 6’3, 210:  1 Lucas Acornley, SR. OLB, 6’0, 185:  15 George May, SO, DL, 5’9, 230:

Special Team Starters Returning: (2)  51 Jack Wessler, JR.,K-P,  5’10,  195:  Sam Saxe, 25, SR, K, 6’0, 190.

Key Newcomers:  80 SO Ryan Wassel RB/DB,:  55 SR.Shane Noss OL/DL:  4 SR, Curtis Gregory WR/DB:  3 JR, JT Brubaker WR/DB:  56 JR Blake Miller OL/LB:  53 SR Kevin Boyer OL/LB:  81 SO Nate Kuchka RB/DB:  62 JR Nick Wilson OL/DL

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects:  David Piestrak, Connor Hazlet

Key Stats: Losing 3500 rusher, Jake Anderson and 13 seniors will be difficult, but David Piestrak has close to 4,000 all-purpose yards and Hazlet returns catching over 30 balls and 10-plus TD’s.

2018 Outlook:

Offense:  Look to be a well-rounded unit with Stevens, May and Acornley getting most of the carries, Hazlet and Koser will challenge defensive secondary’s with Piestrak pulling the trigger with 2 conference championships under his belt.

Defense:  Returning All-state Linebacker, Stevens, and 3 DB’s (Hazlet, Koser, Piestrak) along with May and Acornley, look to take advantage of speed on Defense.

Special Team:  Jack Wessler is one of the finest placement kickers in the state and Sam Saxe will drive the ball deep on kickoffs.

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