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2018 Team Previews – Pope John Paul II- Golden Panthers

Written by: on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Rory Graver

Assistant Coaches: Tony Yerger, Matt Bildstein, Tyler Yaculak, Bill Baker, Mike Cianciulli, Jon Traywick, Ron Sandor, Adam Beach

Team Name: Pope John Paul II- Golden Panthers

2017 Record: 7-4

2018 Schedule:

Key Starters Lost: Matt Delaurentis, Dan Cirino, Jake Bildstein, Rick Bearden, Chris Haffey, Gunner George, Denver Francis.

Offensive Starters Returning: (4)

Sr. RB AJ Natale, 5-10, 215
Sr. WR/RB CJ McCafferty, 5-8. 165
Sr. OL Bryan Bendig, 6-3, 215
Sr. OL Brandon Snyder, 5-11. 205

Defensive Starters Returning: (5)

Sr. SS CJ McCafferty, 5-8, 165
Jr. LB Justin Mitala, 6-2, 180
Sr. DE Bryan Bendig, 6-3, 215
Sr. LB Andrew Duff, 5-6, 165
Sr. LB AJ Natale, 5-10, 215

Special Team Starters Returning: (2)

Sr. K Matt Moroz, 6-0, 170
Jr. LS Mark Bowen, 6-0, 180

Key Newcomers: (10)

So. RB/DB Justin Kormos, 6-1, 160
Sr. WR/DB Chris Salvo, 5-8, 155
Jr. WR/DB Michael Knapp, 5-8, 150
Jr. OL/DL Sean Anderson, 6-1, 235
Jr. OL/DL Matt Dobrowolski, 6-2, 245
So. OL/DL Ambrose Colliluori, 5-10, 210
So. OL/DL Jacob Foley, 5-10, 230
Jr. WR/DB Steve Skarbek, 6-1, 170
So. QB Kam Herpich, 5-11, 165
So. QB/WR/DB Ben Cobaugh, 5-8,155

Key Stats:

AJ Natale: 126 Carries 636 yds, 10 TDs, 5.0ypc, 16 Tackles 1 INT, 1 TD, 3 TFL
CJ McCafferty: 39 Receptions 407 yds 1 TD 122 Tackles, 2 INTS, 1 FF
Justin Mitala: 103 Tackles, 25 TFL, 1 INT
Andrew Duff: 36 Tackles, 8 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 FF
Bryan Bendig: 34 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 7 TFL

2018 Offensive Outlook: The key for our offense to be successful this season will be our offensive line. We must be a tough, physical group up front that controls the line of scrimmage. We need to be efficient in our quick game & play-action. Protecting the football and doing the little things correctly will be important for our success.

2018 Defensive Outlook: Our defense needs to play with confidence this season and be a fundamentally sound tackling football team. We must be fast and physical to the football. We need to create turnovers and put our offense in great positions to score. Our defensive line needs to control the line of scrimmage & our line backing core must be great tacklers. Our secondary need to be hungry to prove that they can be a successful group

2018 Special Teams Outlook: We need to control field position this season in the kicking game. We have a very good returning kicker in Matt Moroz who will give us the ability to kick off deep and convert on field goals.

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