40 teams in 40 days – Day 40: Cedar Cliff (3)
Cedar Cliff finshed the season with an 9-3 record. They had a big win week three against Lampeter-Starsburg. They won against Exeter Township in the playoffs. Their season came to an end against Central Dauphin. Andrew Ford passed for 1,370 yards and 12 touchdowns. Tyler Orris completed 99 of 174 passes for 1,436 yards and 14 touchdowns. Orris was the team’s leading rusher. He rushed for 684 yards on 135 carries and nine touchdowns. Adam Breneman led in receiving. He caught 58 passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Q & A with Cedar Cliff head football coach Jim Cantafio
We sat down with Cantafio and talked to him about his team for the 2012 season.
How is your camp going this summer?
We are doing fine. You can’t replace a player like Adam Breneman. You don’t replace the best tight end in America. It hurts us quite a bit. But we had all summer to prepare for it. We are progressing and getting better.
Who do you have coming back on offense?
Our offensive line is inexperienced. We have one starter back on the offense. That is right tackle Josh Emond (6-0, 210). OG Josh Musselman (6-2, 210) and C Logan Boal (5-10, 190) will see action. We are very green on the line. The key to our season is the line. We aren’t big, but we better be smart.
After a couple of years of platooning at the quarterback spot, senior Andrew Ford (6-3, 180) takes over as the starter. He is really solid and makes good decisions. We don’t have a tight end to replace Adam. Jacob Scott (5-9, 155) returns as a starting wide receiver. Kyler Smith (5-11, 165) is another starting receiver. Nathan Orris (5-11, 180) is a returning receiver. Those guys will be the receivers. Xavier Baney (6-0, 185) is retuning at running back. Youssef Ajlane (5-9, 160) will also see some action.
Who do you have coming back on defense?
We have one defensive tackle returning. He is David Warrenfeitz (6-1, 230). Josh Emond will be at the defensive end spot. We will be young on the line this season.
We don’t have a lot of experience at the linebacker position. Jake Bowen and Nate Orris are the two leaders. We have some young guys that will get some playing time.
Our strong point is our secondary. But if we can’t stop the run it won’t matter if we have to stop the pass. Kyler Smith and Jacob Scott are the corners. They are very good.
Who do you have coming back on special teams?
We have our kicker back, Leo Van Buskrik. We have to replace our punter.
To have a successful season you have to?
This is going to be a challenging year. We are real small on the offensive line. That really concerns me. We don’t have a lot of experience coming back. On defense in our front six, we have one player returning. We have to play a lot of young kids.
Cedar Cliff opens home against Conestoga Valley on August 31st
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