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2017 Team Preview – Eastern York Golden Knights (3)

Written by: on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach:

Jeff Mesich

Assistant Coaches:

Gerald Waltemyer

Gary Ishman

Darryl Lyles

Harold Sprenkle

Mickey Rupp

Steve Wanger

Team Name: Eastern York Golden Knights

Twitter: @EasternYork_FB


2016 Record: 4-6 (4-2 YAIAA Division 2)

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters Lost: (5)

Keegan Corwell (RB/LB)

Jimmy Kurnik (QB/WR/DB)

Landon Mapstone (OL/DL)

Kevin Royce (OL/DL)

Wyatt Smith (OL/DL)


Offensive Starters Returning: (4)

Sr WR Jahshim Snyder 6-2 185

Sr OL Carl Carbaugh   6-0 230

Sr RB Logan Kline        5-9 170

Jr WR Demonte Martin 6-3, 185


Defensive Starters Returning: (7)

Sr LB Brennen Shenk    5-10 190

Sr DL Carl Carbaugh    6-0  230

Sr DL Corey Rietscha   5-10 185

Sr LB Jahshim Snyder   6-2   185

Jr LB Cole Witman       6-2   185

Jr DB Demonte Martin 6-3   185

So DB Kaleb Corwell    6-0   180


Special Team Starters Returning: (2)

Jr KR/PR Cole Witman       6-2   185

Jr KR/PR Demonte Martin 6-3   185


Key Newcomers: (9)

Jr OL/DL Drake Brown          6-0   215

Jr QB/LB Zach Grove            6-1   170

Jr WR/DB Dylan Zurin          5-10 170

Jr WR/DB Darian Paige           5-6   150

So OL/DL Zach Doyle            6-3 265

So OL/DL Nate Barnhart        6-3 215

Fr OL/DL Austin Baker         6-3 215

Fr OL/DL Jayden Ness           6-2 215

Fr QB/LB Mitchell Galantine 6-2 195


Key Stats: Our 2016 defense had 106 TFL, 19 fumble recoveries, and 9 interceptions.


2017 Offensive Outlook: We return most of our skill talent from last season. Our second leading rusher and six of our top seven receivers return from last season. We will be looking for a new starting QB and four new starting linemen this season. If we can find the players to fit those needs, coupled with our returning skill talent, we have the chance to be dynamic on offense.

 2017 Defensive Outlook: We return our top four tacklers and our leader in interceptions from last season. We did a great job of creating turnovers and getting pressure/sacks last season. Due to the players that we have returning, and the young players stepping up into bigger roles, we expect to have an athletic and exciting defense this year.

 2017 Special Teams Outlook: We return two of our top returners, and we have a nice group of other options in the return game. We have a strong group of young players that will be a big part of our special teams this season. We need to replace last year’s starting kicker and punter due to graduation.

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