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2022 Team Preview: Oxford Area Hornets (1)

Written by: on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Michael Means

Assistant Coaches:
Joe Pearson – Defensive Coordinator/H backs
Chris Johnson – OL/OLB
Kevin Healey – CB/WR
Josh Freese – OL/ILB
Josh Belford – DL/TE
Leo Pizzini – S/WR
David Thomas – JV Head Coach – RB/FS

Team Name: Oxford Area Hornets

2021 Record: 5-6 (first round playoff loss)

District: District 1

Class: AAAAA

League: Ches-Mont League, American Division

Key Starters Lost:
Dom Pantalone (RB)
Dak Jones (WR)
Nick Richardson (DE)
Seth Pearson (C)
Drew Galante (G)
Jake Wahl (G)
Zach Miller (FS)
Dean Hunsicker (TE/OLB)
Mike Miller (H Back)
Ryan Dannunzio (OLB)

Offensive Starters Returning: (5)
Sr. QB Dustin Long (5’10, 160)
Sr. WR Ryan Evans (6’1 170)
Jr. WR CJ Boyer (6’1 165)
Sr. OT Danny Rodriguez (6’1 240)
Sr OT Nate Jobe (5’11 230)

Defensive Starters Returning: (7)
Jr NT Zach Richardson (5’11 260)
Sr DE Dillon Williams (6′ 240)
Sr DE Landen Turk (6’5 240)
Sr. LB Maven Brannon (6’4 245)
Sr. LB Luke Piskun (5’9 175)
Sr. LB Nate Vance (5’11 180)
Jr CB CJ Boyer (6’1 165)

Special Team Starters Returning: (3)
Jr Kicker Will Smith (6’1 160)
Sr Punter Dustin Long (5’10 160)
Sr Long Snapper Landen Turk (6’5 240)

Key Newcomers:
Sr DE Cole Craft (6’2 230 – started last 5 games last year)
Soph. C David Kostykov (6’1 250)
Sr. OLB Shane Cassidy (6′ 190)
Sr. WR Corey DiAntonio (5’8 180)
Sr. FS Gavin Elville (5’10 165)
Sr. OL/DL Makhi Ferguson (6’2 275)
Sr. LT Ethan Campion (5’10 225)
Jr. LB Connor Mallon (6’1 175)

2021 Returning Player Stats:
QB Dustin Long
1300 yards
8 TD
950 yards
9 TD
– Second Team All Ches-Mont Athlete

OLB Maven Brannon
73 tackles
5 sacks
– First Team All Ches-Mont LB

ILB Luke Piskun
78 tackles
– Honorable Mention All Ches-Mont LB

2022 Offensive Outlook: “We have a lot of holes to fill up front but have a lot of guys who have gotten varsity playing experience stepping up nicely into those roles through the spring. We have a lot of skilled kids back with lots of experience so we are comfortable there. We need to stay healthy and have a good balance with our run game setting up our RPO’s and downfield passing game.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “We have a ton of experience on the defensive side. We get 7 starters back from the end of the year and also will get a few guys back who missed last year with an injury. We have a lot of guys competing for safety and OLB spots right now and have multiple guys who need to step up at those positions. The key on our side of the Ches-Mont is always stopping the run first and how well we do that will tell the tale of our season.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “I’m excited to get all of our specialists back this year. Will Smith is a soccer kid who has worked hard this off-season to develop even more into a great kicker.”

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