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2018 Team Previews – Penn Wood Patriots (1)

Written by: on Thursday, July 26th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Ato Troop

Assistant Coaches:

Jacques Hawkins
Keon Akes
Will Everett
Troy Brooks
Rory Dilliard
Dion Young
Troy Cook
Desman Johnson Sr.
Valencia Peterson
Rob Akens

Team Name: Penn Wood Patriots

2017 Record: 8-3

2018 Schedules:

Key Starters Lost:

WR/DB Rahiem Bowens
OL/DL David Rush
OL/DL Shane Fraser
OL/DL Ronald Goodwin
OL/DL Davee Rush
RB Answered Gleplay
LB Eugene Sheppard
LB Mohamed Kamagate
DB Alimamy Thollie
LB/RB Zackiey Sheriff

Offensive Starters Returning: (6)

Jr. QB Desman Johnson Jr., 6’2″, 240
Sr. WR Kennedy Poles, 6’1″ 175
Sr. OL Keivon Stevens, 6’4″ 275
Jr. RB Elijah Gleplay, 5’7″ 170
Sr. WR Tayshon Harmon, 5’5″ 160
Sr. WR Anauri Hankey, 6’2″ 180

Defensive Starters Returning: (3)

So. DE Christian Suber, 6’0″ 230
Sr. LB Aliyoh Turay, 5’9″ 185
Sr. DB Edmund Dennis, 6,0″ 190

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)

Jr. K James Nmah 5’9″ 150

Key Newcomers: (3)

Sr. LB Dashawn Brickle, 5’11 195
Sr. WR Micken Daley, 5’10 185
Sr. WR Brian Parker, 5’10″180

Key Stats: *QB Desman Johnson Jr. passed for a school record 2,225 yards in 2017
*QB Desman Johnson Jr. broke the school record for touchdowns in a season in 2017 with 27 (20 passing, 7 rushing)
*WR Kennedy Poles broke a school record for receiving yards in a season in 2017 with 1,181
*WR Kennedy Poles led Delaware County in TD receptions in 2017 with 14 and also average yards per catch with 28.8
*DB Edmund Dennis was only targeted 8 times in 2017

2018 Offensive Outlook: To be successful we have to get the ball to our athletes in space. The offensive line lost four starters and must develop quickly in order for us to continue to be explosive on offense.

2018 Defensive Outlook: The defense lost 8 starters so young players must step up and be ready to make plays. In order for us to be successful we have to create turnovers and get the ball back to our offense.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: We must continue to create big plays in the kick return game. We returned 3 kickoffs for touchdowns last season. We have to get better at fielding punts from opposing teams.

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