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2022 Team Preview: Northern York Polar Bears (3)

Written by: on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Football Coach: Bill Miller 21st year as a head coach (7th at Northern) (14 at Dover) (31st overall)

Team Name: Northern York Polar Bears

Varsity Assistants:
Brad Livingston
Scott Link
Marty Green
Kyle Goss
Pat Hicks
Robbie Bleiler
Jason Stacknick
Dave Borrell
Greg Bowman
Donnie Bell
Aaron McClintock
Dom Salomone

Jr. High Head Coach: Chuck Thomas

Record in 2021: 7-4 **Loss in 2nd round of District III playoffs

Offense: Multiple

Defense: 4-4, 4-3

Key Losses to Graduation:
Aydan Digrugilliers (WR/DB)
Sean Sarley (RB/LB)
AJ Vail (OL/DL)
Fred Hunter (OL/DL)
Trenton Peach (WR/LB)
Aaron Hackart (RB/LB)

Key Returners: (10)
Talon Belluscio 12th (RB/LB)
Timmy Bonin 12th (QB/DB)
Mason Yohn 12th (WR/DB/P/K)
Glenn Sadler 12th (RB/LB)
Joel McClintock 12th (RB/LB)
Sam Gunning 12th (OL/DL)
Wyatt Hazen 12th (OL/DL)
Nathan Deller 12th (TE/DL)
Cole Bartram 11th (RB/LB)
Spencer Siegel 11th (OL/DL)

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Talon Belluscio
Offense:
Rushing:
140 carries
844 yards
7 touchdowns
Receiving:
4 catches
28 yards
Defense:
6 solo tackles
18 total tackles

Timmy Bonin
Offense:
Passing:
70 of 132 passes
1,002 yards
11 touchdowns
Rushing:
68 carries
209 yards
2 TD

Mason Yohn
Offense:
6 catches
153 yards
5 touchdowns
Defense:
15 solo tackles
24 total tackles
4 PD
2 interceptions
1 fumble recovery
Special Teams:
Kickoffs:
47 kickoffs
54.1 yards average
60 long
25 touchbacks
Punts:
41 punts
32.3 yards per punt
52 long
14 inside 20
Field Goals:
31 of 31 PAT
4 of 7 made field goals
38 yards long

Glenn Sadler
Offense:
Rushing:
12 carries
48 yards
1 touchdown
Defense:
7 solo tackles
28 total tackles
4.5 TFL
1 PD

Joel McClintock
Defense:
41 solo tackles
89 total tackles
6 PD
5.5 TFL
1 sack
1 interception
1 fumble recovery

Sam Gunning
Defense:
17 solo tackles
59 total tackles
5.5 TFL
2 sacks

Wyatt Hazen
Defense:
4 solo tackles
20 total tackles

Nathan Deller 12th (TE/DL)
Offense:
Receiving:
4 catches
60 yards
Defense:
13 solo tackles
48 total tackles
4 TFL
1.5 sacks

Cole Bartram 11th (RB/LB)
Offense:
Rushing:
110 carries
514 yards
8 touchdowns
Receiving:
4 catches
82 yards
1 touchdown
Defense:
34 solo tackles
99 total tackles
3.5 TFL
2 PD

Spencer Siegel
Defense:
8 solo tackles
27 total tackles
3 TFL
1 sack

Strengths for 2022: “Although 2021 was considered a “rebuilding” year, we were able to experience one of our most successful seasons. With a ton of inexperience returning, we were able to finish another (7th consecutive) winning season and another visit to the District III playoffs, even winning our first post-season game since 2015. Many of those inexperienced players return after getting that taste of success, we hope they are hungry for more. On the offensive line, we return 4 linemen, Sam Gunning, Wyatt Hazen, Spencer Siegel, and our TE Nathan Deller. We also return our entire backfield from 2021, including our QB Timmy Bonin, and running backs Talon Belluscio and Cole Bartram. Also returning is senior kicker/punter Mason Yohn who had a very successful junior year kicking in 2021 gathering All-State notice as both a kicker and punter. On the defensive side, we return several defensive linemen.”

Concerns for 2022: “Continued development of the offensive line is always a concern. There are several holes to fill on the defensive side in terms of linebacker and secondary.”

Coaches Outlook: “There exist many question marks among the large, and motivated senior class. We are hoping that this class will develop the kind of leadership quality that they have enjoyed in recent years. Returning to district play (but early exit) should be a source of motivation for this group to continue the winning tradition of the past and revisit the last 7 seasons.”

“We are trying to find ways to motivate players to put more dedication into the program. Continuing to develop a strong running game is always the main concern. The emergence of several underclassmen is seen as a positive. We will continue to try to develop model citizens as well as good football players through the use of stricter team policies and practices. Overall, the coaches are excited about this group of returning players in addition to the younger players and are looking forward to 2021.”

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