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2017 Team Preview – Northampton Area High School (11)

Written by: on Friday, August 4th, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Mark Scisly

Assistant Coaches:

Tony Frey
Robert Holmes
John Hyman
Tim Caffrey
Steve Fedorak
Mark Bendekovits
David Siepietowski

Team Name: Northampton Area High School

2016 Record: 2-10

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters Lost:

Colin Schucker- QB
Jared Stauffer- RB/OLB
Justin Monte- WR/CB
Jacob Passarella- WR/OLB
Shane Walsh- WR
Dan Heckman- OL
Ronny Flick- OL

Offensive Starters Returning: (4)

Tyrese Brandon, So., 6′ 1″, 170, WR
Zach Liggitt, Sr. 6′ 5″, 240, TE
Matt Wiest, Jr., 6′ 1″, 245, OL
Hunter Werkheiser, Jr., 6’0″, 270, OL

Defensive Starters Returning: (7)

Tyrese Brandon, So., 6′ 1″, 170, CB
Zach Liggitt, Sr. 6′ 5″, 240, DE
Hunter Werkheiser, Jr., 6’0″, 270, DT
Jordan Siegfried, Sr., 6′ 2″, 235, DE
James Jandris, Sr. 6′ 2″, 300, DT
Nate Hockman, Sr., 5′ 10″, 205, ILB
Aiden Jones, Jr., 6’0″, 185, FS

Special Team Starters Returning: (2)

Brandon Caffrey, Sr. 6’3″ 215, Punter
Jason Santos, Sr. 5′ 10″, 150, Kicker

Key Newcomers: (7)

Jared Russell, So., 5’11”, 165, WR/CB
Josh Smith, Sr. 6’1″, 190 QB
Cameron Eaton, Jr., 6’1″ 170, QB
Jared Everett, Jr., 5′ 11″, 245, OL
Falcon Kunkle, Jr., 5′ 11″ 200, OLB, TE
Bryce Swanger Sr., 6’1″, 300, OL/DL
Chase Beruta, Jr., 5′ 8″, 190, RB

Key Stats: Northampton enters the 2017 season with a 2 game winning streak.

2017 Offensive Outlook: Josh Smith and Cameron Eaton are competing in the off-season to see who will take over for three year starter Colin Schucker at the quarterback position. The K-Kids offense should be much improved on the O-line this season with the return of Wiest, Werkheiser, and Liggit. Tyrese Brandon should also be an impact player after starting both ways as a freshmen last season.

2017 Defensive Outlook: The K-Kids defense returns 8 starters, including leading tackler Nate Hockman who had 67 Tackles last year. The strength of the defense will be found on the D-Line where all 4 starters are returning. Tyrese Brandon and Aiden Jones return in the secondary after getting valuable experience as underclassmen.

2017 Special Teams Outlook: Brandon Caffrey returns for his third year as our punter. Last season he averaged 32 yards a punt with 6 being downed inside the 20 yard line.

Jason Santos returns as our kicker after making 23 of 24 extra points last season.


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