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2018 Team Previews – Lakeland Chiefs (2)

Written by: on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Jeff Wasilchak

Assistant Coaches: Ryan McAndrew, Dave Piwowarczyk, Colin Golden, Matt Serniak, Keith Galinsky

Team Name: Lakeland Chiefs

2017 Record: 5-6

2018 Schedule:

Key Starters Lost: QB Nico Piraino, G Chris Smigiel, FB Paul Sokoloski

Offensive Starters Returning: (9) Thomas Pidgeon, SR. 6′ 160, Giovanni Spataro, Soph, 5’9″ RB, Jonathon Naniewicz, Sr. 6′ 225, OL, Antonio Spataro, SR. 5’10” 215, OL, Cross Douglas, Soph, 6′ 255 OL, Robbie THomas, JR, 6’225, OL, C.J. Dippre, Soph, 6’5″ 250, QB (played TE last year) Colin Walsh, Sr. 6’190, WR, James Lewis, SR. 6, 175, WR

Defensive Starters Returning: (10) Jonathon Naniewicz, SR. 6′ 225 DL, Cross Douglas, Soph. 6′ 255 DL, C.J. Dippre, Soph. 6’5″ 250 DE, Robie Thomas, Jr 6′ 225, DE, Antonio Spataro, SR. 5’10” 215, ILB, Josh Kovaleski SR. 6′ 185, OLB, Colin Walsh, SR. 6′ 190, DE, THomas Pidgeon, SR. 6′ 160 DB, Jakob Snipes SR. 6’1″ 175, DB Jake Barrett SR. 5’9″ 160 OLB

Special Team Starters Returning: (1) Billy Good, Jr. Kicker, 5’9″155

Key Newcomers: (3) Mike Pidgeon Soph. 5’10″150 WR/DB, Joe Rosenkrans, SR. 5’8″ 200 OL. Casey Williams, Soph. 6′ 180 RB/ILB

Key Stats: T. Pidgeon, 60 Rec. 864 yds, 12 TD, G. Spataro, 1228 Rushing yds

2018 Offensive Outlook: Offensively the key to our season is to be able to run the ball effectively, and to throw the ball when we want to not only when we have to. We have a good nucleus of players returning, we must advance from where we finished last year, not regress at all.

2018 Defensive Outlook: Defensively we must be much better against the run. We have focused on tackling, and getting stronger in the offseason to accomplish this.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: Special teams must be a weapon, not just a third phase of the game.

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