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2021 Team Preview: Northwestern Lehigh Tigers

Written by: on Thursday, August 19th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

 

Head Coach: Josh Snyder (10th season, 67-35 )

Coaching Staff:
DC – Greg Mitchell
Line – Dave Kerschner
DL/WR – Rich Kulp
DB/RB – Josh Zimmerman,
LB’s Ryan Hulmes, TE’s & Special Teams George Haddad

Team Name: Tigers (roster size 50 grades 9-12)

2020 Record: 7-2

Stadium: Tiger Stadium

District: District 11

Class: AAAA

League: Colonial-Schuylkill League, Gold Division

Key Starters Lost:
Nick Henry
Justin Rodda
Owen Coffield
Wyatt Ledaboer
Reed Conrey

Offensive Starters Returning:
SR QB Justin Holmes
Sr OLINE Zach Fry
SR OLINE Ben Dunstan
SR WR Ryan McDonnell
JR WR Cade Christopher
Jr OLINE Cameron Shields

Defensive Starters Returning:
SR OLB Justin Holmes
SR DB Taylor Wikert
SR LB Devin Toth
SR DE Ben Dunstan
JR DB Evan Anderson
JR DB Cade Christopher

Key Newcomers:
SR TE/DE Drew Sabo
SR RB Julian Schoffhauser
SR WR/DB Jacob Peters
Jr RB/LB Cody Hallock
JR Lineman Rian Golas
JR TE/LB Buck Miller
SO RB/LB Dalton Clymer

2020 Returning Player Stats:

Justin Holmes completed 61 of 136 passes for 1,326 yards and 16 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,070 yards and 13 touchdowns. On defense, he had 42 total tackles, one interception, and 2 TFL.

Ben Dunstan had 29 total tackles and 4 TFL.

Ryan McDonnell had 18 total tackles. 

Cade Christopher caught 15 passes for 370 yards and 7 touchdowns. On defense, he had 18 total tackles and 2 TFL.

Taylor Wikert caught 10 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had 46 total tackles and 4 interceptions. 

Devin Toth had 5 total tackles. 

Evan Anderson had 18 total tackles and one interception.

2021 Outlook:

Defense: Tigers return 6 Defensive starters from a year ago. They will rely on being aggressive and use their athleticism to give multiple looks. The back 8 have a ton of experience and look to take another big step forward this year as Taylor Wikert returns for his 3rd consecutive year starting at safety.

Offense: The Tigers are returning six starters on offense. There will be a lot of competition in the skill positions as the Tigers have a plethora of experienced athletes. Justin Holmes returns as the QB, and he will look to hook up again with big-play guy Cade Christopher. There is some turnover at the offensive line position but they feel they can be a good group that will continue to get better as the season progresses with the leadership of Zach Fry and Ben Dunstan.

Special Teams: Tigers look to replace all kickers and punters this season.

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