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2017 Team Preview – Pope John Paul II Golden Panthers (1)

Written by: on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Rory Graver

Assistant Coaches:

Tony Yerger
Bill Baker
Matt Bildstein
Mike Cianciulli
Tyler Yaculak
Kevin Mobley

Team Name: Pope John Paul II Golden Panthers

2016 Record: 4-6

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters Lost: (6)

Nick Yerger, LB/FB
Ryan Kormos, WR/DB
AJ Dejewski, OL/LB
Liam Lockrey, OL/DL
Sean Brennan, TE/DL
Jame Butler, OL/DL

Offensive Starters Returning: (7)

Sr. QB Matt DeLaurentis, 6-3, 180
Sr. WR/RB Dan Cirino, 6-1, 180
Sr. WR Jake Bildstein, 5-8, 170
Jr. WR CJ McCafferty 5-8, 160
Sr. OL Denver Francis, 5-8, 210
Sr. OL Nick Galbraith, 6-1, 250
Jr. RB AJ Natale, 5-9, 185

Defensive Starters Returning: (8)

Sr. DB Dan Cirino, 6-1, 180
Sr. DB/LB Jake Bildstein, 5-8, 170
Jr. LB AJ Natale, 5-9, 185
Jr. DB CJ McCafferty 5-8, 160
Sr. DB Gunner George 5-10, 165
Sr. LB Chris Haffey 6-1, 175
Sr. DL Nick Galbraith, 6-1, 250
Sr. DL Denver Francis, 5-8, 210

Special Team Starters Returning: (3)

Jr. K Matt Moroz, 6-0, 160
Sr. P Matt DeLaurentis 6-3, 180
Jr. LS Bryan Bendig 6-3, 190

Key Newcomers: (10)

Sr. OL/DL Rickey Garofolo, 6-0, 305
Sr. OL/DL Michael Ronca, 6-1, 225
JR. TE/DL Bryan Bendig, 6-3, 190
JR. WR/DB Chris Salvo, 5-7, 160
JR. LB Andrew Duff 5-7, 165
Jr. OL/DL Brandon Snyder 5-10, 205
SR. WR/LB Dave Mattiola 5-10, 170
Soph. WR/LB Justin Mitala 6-1, 155
Soph. DB Joe Colletta 5-8, 145
Soph. WR/DB Steve Skarbek 6-0, 145

Key Stats:

Matt DeLaurentis- Passing: 176-314 2,037 yds 19 TDs
Rushing: 59 carries- 165 yds 5 TDs
Dan Cirino- 834 total yards 10 TDs (8 Games)
Jake Bildstein- 5 Ints
Denver Francis- 7 sacks
CJ McCafferty- 325 yds receiving, 3 Ints

2017 Offensive Outlook: The key to our offense this season will be the development of our offensive line. We need to be a tough, physical group up front that controls the line of scrimmage. We need to do a great job projecting the football and do the little things correctly.

2017 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.

2017 Special Teams Outlook: We need to control field position this season in the kicking game. We have a solid returning kicker in Matt Moroz who will give us the ability to kick off deep and convert on field goals.

 

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