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2018 Team Previews – Mahanoy Area Golden Bears (11)

Written by: on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: David Holman

Assistant Coaches: Matt Giannelli, Mike Heater, Mark Lawrence, Greg Merchlinsky

Team Name: Mahanoy Area

2017 Record: 6-5

2018 Schedule:

Key Starters Lost:

Matt Lewandowski (QB-FS)
Michael Hayes (OL-DL)
Nate Macleary (OL-DL)
Nick Cavenas (TE-DB)
Hunter Coleman (OL-DL)

Offensive Starters Returning: (8)

Sr. RB MJ Terry, 6-1 175
Sr. OL Mike Ansbach, 5-11 210
Sr. FB Tyler Clewell, 5-7, 175
Sr. OL Chase Mazalusky, 6-2 215
Jr. QB Danny Lawrence, 6-1 185
Jr. RB Haydn Wall, 6-2 170
Jr. OL Tony Merchlinsky, 6-1 265
Jr. OL Tommy Price, 5-11 235

Defensive Starters Returning: (8)

Sr. DB MJ Terry, 6-1 175
Sr. LB Mike Ansbach, 5-11 210
Sr. LB Cam Jones, 5-11 190
Jr. DB Danny Lawrence, 6-1 185
Jr. DB Haydn Wall, 6-2 170
Jr. DL Tony Merchlinsky, 6-1 265
Jr. DL Tommy Price, 5-11 235
Jr. DE Alexis Perez, 5-11 185

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)

Sr. K/P Logan Van Horn, 5-10 155

Key Newcomers: (4)

Sr. DE Noah Atkins, 5-11 190
Sr. WR/OLB Jesse Walker, 6-2 170
Jr. OL/DL John Fowler, 6-1 230
So. QB/DB Ben Terry, 5-11 155

Key Stats:

Mike Ansbach and Cam Jones return at LB spots with each having over 100 tackles last season
MJ Terry 1190 All-Purpose Yds, 12 TDs in 2017.
Danny Lawrence 985 All-Purpose Yds, 10 TDs in 2017.
Tyler Clewell 544 Rushing Yards, 4 TDs in 2017

2018 Offensive Outlook: Return 8 out of 11 on offense. Danny Lawrence (JR) will replace Matt Lewandowski at QB. Danny has been a starter since freshman year at RB. Tyler Clewell (SR) returns at FB as a 3 year starter. Have a fast group of skill players with a lot of experience along with 3 out of 5 back on the line. Must stay healthy as a team in order to be successful.

2018 Defensive Outlook: Return 8 out of 11 on defense. MLB Mike Ansbach (SR) had 134 tackles last year and MLB Cam Jones (SR) also had 100. These two will anchor an experienced defense. Must stay healthy as a team in order to be successful.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: Logan Van Horn (SR) returns as kicker after setting a school record last season for most extra points made.

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