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2021 Team Preview: Octorara Area Braves

Written by: on Friday, August 13th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

Head Coach: Jed King

Assistant Coaches:
Mike Trainor
Eddie Smith
Matt Harper
Mark Prokay
Greg Wood
Tony Ross

Team Name: Octorara Area High School Braves

2020 Record: 6-2

District: 3

Class: AAAA

League: Lancaster-Lebanon League, Section 4

Key Starters Lost:
Ryan Kernan, RB/CB
Aidan Neary-Ross, OL/DL
Bryan Pennypacker, WR/CB
Caleb Rising, TE/DE
Haydyn Wrigley, RB, LB
Devon Dejesus DB

Offensive Starters Returning: Seniors:
Sr RB Mike Trainor 5’8 165
Sr QB Weston Stoltzfus 5’11 170
Sr OL Kaden King – 6′ 230
Sr OL Angel Mauricio – 6′ 190
Sr OL Andrew Konnecker -6′ 200
Sr OL Wes Thomson 5’10 210
JR OL Josh Wentz – 5’10 180

Defensive Starters Returning:
Sr SS Mike Trainor 5’8 165
Sr DB Weston Stoltzfus 5’11 170
Sr DE Kaden King – 6′ 230
Sr LB Angel Mauricio – 6′ 190
Sr DL Andrew Konnecker -6′ 200
JR LB Mason Ellingsworth 5’11 190
JR LB Paulie Murray 5’10, 215
JR FS Steele Wrigley -6′, 175

Special Team Starters Returning:
Sr KR/PR Mike Trainor 5’8165

Key Newcomers:
Sr CB Daryl Jones 5’8 165
Jr WR Corey DiAntonio 5’10 170
Jr RB Zion Raison-Peters 5’8 185
So RB Colton Focht 5’8 165
So DE Mekhi Murray 6’2 210

2020 Returning Player Stats:

SR RB Mike Trainor: 122 Carries for 817 Yards, 8 for 87 receiving 12 TDs

SR QB Weston Stoltzfus: 53 carries for 409 yards 7 TDS, 62/117 attempts 1096 yard and 10 TDs passing

JR LB Paulie Murray: 50 tackles, 2 Sacs, 1 INT, and 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown

JR LB Mason Ellingsworth 25 tackles 3 Sacs, 1 int, and 1 forced fumble

SR S Mike Trainor 44tackles and 1 INT

SR DL Kaden King: 45 tackles 5 Sacs and 1 blocked Kick

SR LB Angel Marucio: 32 tackles

2021 Offensive Outlook: Our Offense has its two best weapons back in Trainor and Stoltzfus and is returning 4 of the 5 OLs from last year. The question is how well do we replace our skill positions that we lost to graduation. Our junior class has some hard workers with great potential and I believe we will be better than last years’ offense that averaged 417 yards per game and outscored our opponents 248- 127. The Keys to our success rest on our Juniors at the skill positions. RBs Paulie Murray, Zion Raison-Peters, TE Mason Ellingsworth, and WRs Steele Wrigley, Cory DiAntonio.

2021 Defensive Outlook: We have a lot of guys competing for spots on D and I believe that competition will be good for us. We lost some very important players in the secondary but are very strong with our front seven. I expect big things from Kaden King, Mike Trainor, and Paulie Murray on Defense. The Key to our success will be playing team football and causing turnovers.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: Mike Trainor is dangerous in the Return game both as PR and KR. Weston Stoltzfus does it all in the kicking game P and K, He will be an improvement from last year. The key to success on special teams is always effort and attitude.

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