2019 Team Previews: Danville Area Ironmen (4)
Assistant Coaches: Chris Coombe. Brian Raup, John Weber, Marty Palm, Stacey Puckey, Weston Baylor, Brian Klock, Jeremy Winn, Kevin Kline, Joy Hall
Team Name: Danville Area
2018 Record: 10-3
Key Starters Lost: Peyton Persing, Shane Kozick, Peyton Riley, Preston Fausnaught, Jared Meredick, Matt Dunkle, Hugh Vastine
Offensive Starters Returning: (3) Kayden “KJ” Riley 6’1″ 174 QB, Ian Persing 5’10” 186 RB, Joe Harris 5’7″ 163lb FB
Defensive Starters Returning: (2) Colton Sidler 6’0″ 184lb LB, Ian Persing 5’10” 186lb OLB
Special Team Starters Returning: None
Key Newcomers: (7) Jr, RB Jagger Dressler 6’3″ 175, Fr, WR/RB /DB Carson Persing 5’9″ 159, Fr. LB Mason Raup 5’9″ 165, Fr, WR/QB/DB Zach Gordon 5’10, FR OL/DL Ryan Edelstein 6’4″ 245, Fr OL/DL Caeden Hagerman 6’0″ 186, JR OL/DL Gabe Erdly 6’1″ 264
Key Stats: We are replacing over 2100 yards of receiving from last year as well as 1300 yards of rushing production. We are returning our QB who last year threw for 2550 yards.
2019 Offensive Outlook: We will be relying on a new starter at HB in Jagger Dressler who has experience and owns 2 100 yard rushing games at the varsity level. We will also be replacing our entire offensive line. But there is some experience in this group and they will be a much larger group than last years.
We also return KJ Riley as our QB and he has done nothing but impress since he took over in game 6 of his freshman season. He has thrown for over 3,000 yards in 18 games as our starter and could break the school record for passing yards late this season as a junior.
2019 Defensive Outlook: We will be replacing 9 starters on defense but we are blessed with some talented yet untested young freshman, We will have a group of defensive lineman that we believe we can go 6 or 7 deep with and there is some experience there as two of these kids ( Tyler Simas and Gabe Erdly )did receive a start last season. Where we are gonna have a lot of work to do is at LB, we lost 2 all conference players in Eric Sees and Preston Fausnaught (Saint Francis). Colton Sidler ( 2nd team all conference) returns inside and Ian Persing returns on the outside but we will be looking for a couple of undersized but tough kids to step in.
2019 Special Teams Outlook: We are fortunate that we have for the 8th straight year a Riley that can kick. Kayden will take the place of his brother as the placekicker and punter that his brother Peyton geld the past four years and his brother Shane the previous 4 years. I feel we will have a very good return game with Jagger Dressler and Ian and Carson Persing
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