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2022 Team Preview: Octorara Braves (3)

Written by: on Friday, August 12th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Jed King

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

Team Name: Octorara Braves

2021 Record: 8-3

District: District 3

Class: AAAA

League: Lancaster-Lebanon League, Section 4

Key Starters Lost:
Weston Stoltzfus
Mike Trainor
Kaden King
Andrew Koennecker
Angel Mauricio
Wesley Thompson
Daryl Jones
Mason Ellingsworth (injury)
Corey DiAntonio (changed schools)
Paulie Murray (injury)

Offensive Starters Returning: (4)
Sr. OG Josh Wentz, 6-0, 190
Sr. WR Chris Busby, 6-3, 185
Sr. RB Zion Raison-Peters, 5-8, 200
Jr. OG Daulton Rupert, 5-10, 200

Defensive Starters Returning: (6)
Sr. DE Josh Wentz, 6-0, 190
Sr. CB Chris Busby, 6-3, 185
Sr. LB Zion Raison-Peters, 5-8, 200
Jr. DE Mekhi Murray, 6-2, 210
Jr. DT Gabe McComsey, 6-5, 300
Jr. DT Mason Woodall, 6-1, 200

Special Team Starters Returning:

Key Newcomers:
Jr. QB Braedon Wood, 6-0, 185
Sr. WR/CB Kaden Norrat, 5-8, 150
So. RB Colton Focht, 5-7, 165
So. TE Mason Colligan, 6-2, 190
Jr. S Elijah Boyer, 6-2, 190

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Zion Raison-Peters
93 carries
427 yards
62 tackles

Colton Focht
28 carries
260 yards

Chris Busby
3 receptions
60 yards
17 tackles

Josh Wentz
23 tackles

2022 Offensive Outlook: “This year we will have to protect the football to be successful. We need to limit penalties and be consistent on first down. Blocking will be very important and will be our focus on offense. We have a young team and a lot of new faces that have put in a lot of work. They are excited about the upcoming season.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “To be successful, we’ll need to create turnovers and secure tackles. Our effort and attitude will determine our success. Tackling will be the focus on defense.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “Being consistent, not giving up big plays with our kicking game, and securing the football in our return game.”

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