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40 Teams in 40 Days – Day 19 – Northwest Area (2)

Written by: on Friday, August 8th, 2014. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

northwest_luzerneOffensive Preview:

Quarterback Logan Womelsdorf returns after throwing for over 1,200 yards, 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions last year.

“He’s very accurate and doesn’t make many mistakes. He was all-conference last year. He’s been up here for four years. He will sit in the pocket at times or we will roll him out left or right. He can throw on the run.”

 

Austin Mazonkey is a returning player that rushed for over 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. This year he will be the main running back in the Rangers offense attack.

“He’s a great runner. He’s fast, big and strong. He’s been up with me for four-years. He’s a punishing runner when he runs the football. He will also play inside linebacker for us.”

Tyler Burger had a lot of experience running the ball over 400 yards and had six touchdowns.

“He’s a 6-foot-1, 205-pound kid with speed. He will be in that back field with Austin and they are a great one-two punch.”

Adam Schecterly got some carries last year and is back. He played fullback.

“He’s a four-year starter and all-conference kid.”

Matt Zawatski is another guy that could get some carries.

 

When you talk about wide receivers in District two, Nick Long’s name will be mentioned. He caught 22 passes for 531 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

“He runs such crisp patterns. When he catches that ball he gets that separation from the d-back. He has great speed and the way he can separate from the defense is why he had 11 touchdowns last year.”

Jeremy Walsh is another guy to watch. He averaged over 17 yards a catch last year.

“Jeremy did a good job for us and we look to get him involved more this year.”

Marcus Welliver is the backup quarterback and will play some receiver and tight end.

“Marcus has great hands and we will throw at him.”

We have another guy who is 6-foot-3, 185-pounds. His name is Noah Howe.

“He’s a big tall receiver that we can throw too. He’s very athletic kid.”

At times you may see running back’s Tyler Burger or Austin Mazonkey split out and get some touches that way.

“That’s a good way to get these guys in open space.”

Israel Judgewill be rotating in at receiver.Hayden Sincavageis another guy to watch this fall as a tight end or receiver.

 

On the offensive line, returning at center is Tyler Harrison.

“He was all-conference last year and is a three-year starter.”

Cody Hart is one of the offensive guards. At right guard is Brandan Riley.

At tackle Curtis Whitmire returns for his third year as a starter. The right tackle is between two players, but look for Doug Campbell to have the early edge.

“Doug started there last year when one of our players got hurt.”

Jack Sincavage and Nick Levanvowski is another kid that will play some offensive line this year.

 

Defensive Preview:

Northwest Area returns some experience on the defensive line from last year.

“I think we are a quick defensive front. They are hard to block and get off the blocks and find the ball.”

Tyler Burger returns at right defensive end.

“He was a beast on the line and had like 10 sacks for us.”

The right tackle position is open going into camp.

“I rotated Brandan Riley in there last year. He started a couple of games last year for us. He will be my right tackle.”

Returning at nose guard is Adam Schechterly.

“I think we have the best nose guard around. He’s just a machine. He was a first team all-conference nose guard.”

The left tackle is going to be a toss up between Jack Sincavage, Doug Campbell and Cody Hart.

“We are going to rotate those three guys. Cody started a couple of games last year for us.

The left defensive end is Marcus Welliver.

 

One of their strengths on defense this year is at the linebacker.

“I think we have three of the best linebackers around.”

Austin Mazonkey returns at linebacker. Matt Zawatski is back at middle linebacker.

The other linebacker is Garrett Resse. He started every game last year as a sophomore.

“He has great instincts and finds the ball. He is the guy who is always around the ball every game. He’s one of those unsung hero’s on the defense.”

Look for Dylan Womelsdorf to rotate in at times this year.

 

In the secondary, the Rangers return two guys with a combined seven interceptions last year.

At right corner will be Jeremy Walsh who had two interceptions last year.

“This is his second year starting and he did a great job for us.”

At safety will be Nick Long. Long led the team in interceptions with five.

“He’s a great safety. He flies around and attacks the ball. He played corner last year and we’re going to move him to safety. In 7-on-7 this year he had like 10 interceptions this spring.”

The other corner spot is up for grabs heading into camp.

“Neno Agnello and Israel Judge are battling for the other corner spot. Neno has some experience. Israel has great speed. ”

 

Special Team Preview:

Austin Mazonky, Tyler Burger and Nick Long are the kick returners this year.

Austin and Nick will do punt returns.

Adam Schecterly does the punting and Jeremy Walsh does our kicking duties.

“Jeremy was hitting 45-yard field goals the other day. He has a strong leg.”

Austin is the long snapper.

 

Head Coach: Carl Majer

2013 Record: 8-3 (5-2 Conference)

2014 Schedule 

Offensive Players Returning: (8)

QB Logan Womelsdorf

RB Austin Mazonkey

RB Tyler Burger

FB Adam Schecterly

WR Nick Long

WR Jeremy Walsh

OL Tyler Harrison

OL Curtis Whitmire

 

Defensive Players Returning: (6)

DE Tyler Burger

DT Brandan Riley

LB Austin Mazonkey

MLB Matt Zawatski

DB Jeremy Walsh

DB Nick Long

Key Stats: Austin Mazonkey rushed for 1,649 yards and 14 touchdowns. Logan Womelsdorf passed for over 1,200 yards and 21 touchdowns. On defense Nick Long had five interceptions.

 

2014 Offensive Outlook:

We have a good amount of players back and our running attack will be strong again for us in 2014. We have a lot coming back on both sides of the ball.

A lot of them are four-year starters. We only have 28 players. But they are 28 football players.

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