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2021 Team Preview: Oxford Area Hornets

Written by: on Sunday, August 15th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

Head Coach: Michael Means

Assistant Coaches:
Joe Pearson
Dave Thomas
Chris Johnson
Damon Beatty
Kevin Healey
Jordan Lewandowski
Leo Pizzini
Josh Belford

Team Name: Oxford Area Hornets

2020 Record: 1-3

District: 1

Class: AAAAA

League: Ches-Mont League, American Division

Key Starters Lost:
Kelvin Figueroa LB/H
Aidan Reilly OL/LB
Seth Yoder QB
Caleb O Connor T
Josh Rojas DE
Jake Highfield SS

Offensive Starters Returning:
Jr QB Dustin Long (WR last year) 5-10 170
Sr OL Ronan Perloff 6-2 235
Sr OL Seth Pearson 5-8 225
Sr OL Drew Galante 6-1 230
Jr H Maven Brannon 6-4 235
Sr RB Dom Pantalone 5-7 180

Defensive Starters Returning:
Sr FS Zach Miller 6′ 175
Sr CB Dak Jones 5-11 175
Jr LB Maven Brannon 6-4 235
Jr DE Landen Turk 6-5 225
Sr DE Nick Richardson 6-3 330
Sr LB Eric Marshall 5-10 170

Special Team Starters Returning:
None

Key Newcomers:
Sr TE/OLB Dean Hunsicker 5-11 190
Sr CB Ryan Dannunzio 5-9 175
Sr OLB Phillip Martin 6-1 180
Sr NT JJ Yaletchko 6′ 300
Sr OL/LB Jacob Wahl 5-11 215
Jr OL Danny Rodriguez 6′ 235
Jr MLB Luke Piskun 5-9 175
Jr WR Ryan Evans 6’1 170
Soph OL Zack Richardson 5-11 275
Sr LB Mike Miller 5-9 185

2020 Returning Player Stats: Dak Jones, Dustin Long, and Seth Pearson were All-Conference players last year

2021 Offensive Outlook: Our key to success is how well our OL gels early. We have 8 guys vying for those 5 spots and our best 5 have to consistently win the line of scrimmage. Each of the 5 starters will have other guys breathing down their necks if they don’t perform.

2021 Defensive Outlook: The number one focal point for us is stopping the run. We are longer and stronger up front than in the past couple of years and that needs to translate to the field. Our secondary has a lot of experience.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: We are still figuring out the mounting situation but we do have a 10th-grade soccer player, Will Smith, who has been working all summer kicking and has continued to get better every week. We are excited about his potential.

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