40 Teams in 40 Days – Day 40 – Selinsgrove (4) – Bonus Preview
Conference: PA Heartland Athletic Conference, Division I
Coach: Dave Hess
2012 Record: 10-4
Returning Players – Offense: Sr. OT John Daku; Sr. OG Nic Showers; Jr. TE Dylan Beaver; Jr. QB Isaiah Rapp; So. RB Juvon Batts; Jr. FB/TB Zach Adams; Sr. FB Conner Liesenfeld; Sr. WR Curtis Banasiak
Returning Players – Defense: So DL Andrew Boob; Sr. MLB Conner Liesenfeld; So. ILB Jack Gaugler; Sr. OLB Ben Kahn; Sr. CB Curtis Banasiak; Sr. CB Mason Pope; Jr. S Zach Adams
Special Teams: “We graduated our kickers. Zach Adams was our backup punter last year. As for now he is the number one punter. We had a battle at the kicker position. But right now it is Branden Schaeffer. He is a first year guy. My return men are Juvon Batts, Zach Adams, Mason Pope and Curtis Banasiak. They did a great job last year. We except good things out of them this year. We just need to find a kicker.”
How’s your offensive line?
“We have returning at tackle, John Daku. At guard we have Nic Showers. We also have returning on the line is Dylan Beaver. He is our tight end. That is it for returning players on the offensive line. We have to replace three lineman. Jack Gaugler, Jonah Feger, Scott Eck, Kyle Gorin, Ben Gaugler and Zach Inch will battle for the other positions on the line.”
Who’s your quarterback?
“We have our quarterback back from last year. He is Isaiah Rapp. He started the last eight games for us last year. He’s a good runner, but more of a pocket passer. He has a good accurate arm. He is a student of the game and very intelligent. He is always watching film.”
How’s your running game?
“We have Juvon Batts back. He’s only going to be a sophomore. He was a 1,000 yard rusher last year as a freshman. We have a starting junior fullback/tailback back. He is Zach Adams. Conner Liesenfeld is a returning fullback. He will get some significant playing time.”
Note: Batts rushed for 1,048 yards on 175 carries and nine touchdowns. He averaged six yards per carry. Adams he 767 yards rushing on 160 carries and five touchdowns.
How about your receivers?
“We graduated quite a few receivers. Curtis Banasiak is coming back and he has a lot of experience at the receiver position. Austin Benner will see a lot of time this year. We have some young guys that will add depth. They are Ben Kuhns, Nick Swineford, Ben Kahn and Ethan Trautman.”
How’s your defensive line?
“We had a freshman start last year. He is Andrew Boob. We graduated Harley Stahl who was a All-Stater. So, Andrew is our only returning player on the line. Zach Inch, Ben Gaugler, Kyle Gorin, Jack Gaugler, John Daku, Jonah Feger, Scott Eck and Nic Showers will battle for playing time on the defensive line.”
How’s your linebackers?
“Conner Liesenfeld is our returning middle linebacker. Jack Gaugler is a returning starter at inside linebacker. Another outside linebacker is Ben Kahn, he’s back. So, we have three of the five linebackers back. Another player battling for one of the two spots is David Klinger. He is looking at playing time if he continues to progress this summer. Ethan Trautman could see some action this year. Dylan Beaver is looking to play some at inside linebacker. Brandon Hoover is a first year guy. He may get some playing time along with Austin Burkholder.”
How’s your secondary look?
“We have two three-year starters back at corner. They are Curtis Banasiak and Mason Pope. We also have a kid that got a lot of playing time at corner. He is Zach Adams. He will be moved over at safety along with Angelo Martin. Those two will battle for the safety spot.”
What are your strengths on both sides of the ball?
“Our strength is the returning players at the running back position That is our style of football, running the ball. We always start with the running game.”
“On defense we have three of the five returning starters at linebackers. We have two three-year starters back in the secondary. We are real solid back there. We have a lot coming back on special teams.”
What are your keys this year?
“We have to develop an offensive line. That is our number one priority. We graduated three super players last year on the line. Our success depends on how well we run the ball.”
“On defense, up front, we need to find some down men and have good kids there. But we need kids to step forward. But having the three returning linebackers back will help. We have some young talented kids there, we need kids to step up.”
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