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2018 Team Previews – Hanover Area Hawkeyes (2)

Written by: on Saturday, August 11th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Michael McCree

Assistant Coaches:

Jason Majiros
Bob Stelma
Bernie Stelma
Chris George

Team Name: Hanover Area Hawkeyes

2017 Record: 0-10

2018 Schedule:

Key Starters Lost:

DE/C Sal Gurnari 6-0 270
RB/OLB Josh Jopling 5-9 170
RB/LB Dave Fedorczyk 6-0 190
DB Don Lott 6’1 175

Offensive Starters Returning: (9)

Sr. OT Justin Kopko 6-4 315
Sr. OG Matt Beecham 6-2 280
Jr. OT Mike Mieldazis 6-3 285
Jr. C Zach Halenda 5-9 235
So. TE Connor Hummer 6-2 225
Sr. QB Aaron Hummer 5-11 185
Sr. FB Cameron Holeman 5-11 230
Sr. WR Connor Quaglia 5-9 145
Sr. WR Jared Kishbaugh 6-0 155

Defensive Starters Returning: (9)

Sr. DT Justin Kopko 6-4 315
Sr. DT Matt Beecham 6-2 280
So. LB Connor Hummer 6-2 225
Sr. LB Cameron Holeman 5-11 230
Jr. LB Justin Stefanowicz 5-10 220
Jr. OLB Jace Andrews 5-11 185
So. DB Tanner Bednarski 5-10 140
Sr. DB James McCabe 5-10 150
Sr. DB Connor Quaglia 5-9 145

Special Team Starters Returning: (3)

Jr. K Auggie George 5-10 170
Sr. P Jared Kishbaugh 6-0 155
So. LS Tanner Bednarski 5-10 140

Key Newcomers: (6)

So. OT/DE Jacob Mercandante 6-3 227
So. TE/OLB Nick Gagliardi 6-1 200
So. FB/LB Hunter Karpovich 5-10 175
So. WR/DB Bobby Sabecky 5-10 150
So. QB/ATH/DB Joe Curcio 6-0 200
So. OL/DL Seth Strousse 5-10 205

Key Stats: Return 9 players on each side of the ball with starting experience.
Return top three tacklers from 2017 on defense.

2018 Offensive Outlook: Have to learn from last years mistakes. Have to do a better job protecting the football and finishing drives with a kick. Will have to take advantage in our experience and size up front.

2018 Defensive Outlook: The goal is to be the most physical defense in the Wyoming Valley Conference. That starts with being a great tackling team.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: We return our kicker, punter, long snapper and multiple returners. Played a lot of young guys last year on special teams and this unit should be a strength for us.

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