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2019 Team Previews: Oxford Area Hornets (1)

Written by: on Thursday, August 15th, 2019. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Mike Means

Assistant Coaches: Joe Pearson, George Hildebran, Joe Martinelli, Leo Pizzini, Josh Belford, Rich Higgins, Dave Thomas

Team Name: Oxford Hornets

2018 Record: 5-6

Twitter: @hornetsoxfordfb

Hudl Highlights:

Key Starters lost: Brett Kochmansky, Nate Ferro, Sam Blevins, Brandon McWilliams, Xavier Myers, Alijah Thomas, Nate Rodriguez, Colin Lilly, John Renninger, Ryan Kelly, Mason Hager, Dylan Ricketts

Offensive Starters Returning: (4) Sr RB Tim Faber (5’9, 165), G Michael Anthony (5’9 205), WR Justin Neskie (5’8 155), TE Jaxson Chew (6′ 170)

Defensive Starters Returning: (7) Sr LB Jared Vining (5’10 165), Jr LB Kelvin Figueroa (5’10 205) Jr LB Seth Yoder (5’11 210), Sr DE Jay Morton (6’1 235), Sr CB Tim Faber (5’9 165), Sr S Justin Neskie (5’8 155), Jr S Joey Morton (6’3 175)

Special Team Starters Returning: (1) K Jackson Wisneski, K Tyler Brooks

Key Newcomers: (5)  Soph DE Evan Pechin (6’1 220), Sr CB Austin Moon (5’7 170), Sr C Nate Arni (5’10 240), Jr G Aidan Reilly (5’8 180) Jr RB/LB Davon Rueda (5’9 205)

2019 Outlook:

Offense: We graduated a lot of talent from our offense last year. The key for our success is how fast we gel up front with an inexperienced but really tough group of linemen. We have two really talented running backs in Tim Faber, All Ches Mont last year, and Davon Rueda and we need to lean on them. Our new QB, Tom Repetz, has worked really hard to put himself in a position to start and he is doing a good job so far this offseason leading our no huddle.

Defense: We have a lot of experience returning on defense and are going to have to lean on them early as the offense develops an identity. We have 7 guys in our LB core and secondary with a bunch of varsity starting experience and I’m expecting those two position groups to be our strongest. Jay Morton is one of the best DL in the league and we need some of our young guys to establish themselves beside him.

Special Team: We are really excited to have 3 soccer players back who will share different duties in our kicking game.

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