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2022 Team Preview: Palmyra Cougars (3)

Written by: on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Chris Pavone

Assistant Coaches:
Mike Cottle
Zach Stuart
Nate Monroe
Tyler Cottle
John Arndt
Tony Beam
Danny Byrd
Jared Kramp
Noah Reale
Ben Ricker
Matt Peck

Team Name: Palmyra Cougars

2021 Record: 5-5 (4-3 Mid-Penn Keystone)

Key Starters Lost:
Jordan Blauch (OL/DL)
John Balchunas (OL/DL)
Luke Gaugler (OL/DL)
Jon Eisenhooth (OL/DL)
Daniel Steskal (OL/DL)
Richie Kowalski (RB/DB/PR)
Anthony Mansfield (WR/DB/KR)
Jacob Deimling (WR/DB)
Max Klipa (WR/DB)
Jordan Wamsher (QB/DB)

Offensive Starters Returning: (3)
Kyle Chapin (Sr. OL. 6’0, 235)
Dylan Kriner (Sr. RB. 6’1, 190)
Kadin Jones (Jr. RB. 5’11, 190)

Defensive Starters Returning: (6)
Jose Morales (Senior DB. 5’10, 145)
Kadin Jones (Jr. LB. 5’11, 190)
Keagen Kleinfelter (Jr. DB. 5’9, 150)
Nathan Eisenhooth (Jr DB. 5’10. 145)
Kyle Chapin (Sr. DL. 6’0, 235)
Dylan Kriner (Sr. LB. 6’1, 190)

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)
Colton Long (Sr. LS. 6’3, 235)

Key Newcomers:
Andrew Manning (Jr. OL/DL. 6’1, 195)
Wyatt Herr (Sr. OL/DL. 5’9, 200)
Juan Figueroa (So. RB/DB. 6’0, 165)
Beau Toler (So. OL/DL. 5’9, 240)
Kadan Readinger (Jr. WR/DB. 5’9, 160)
Jon McDannell (Jr. WR/DB. 6’3, 180)
Logan Howard (Jr. OL/DL. 5’11, 235)
Jacob Gooden (Sr. RB/LB. 5’11, 180)
Micah Hodgson (Jr. WR/LB. 5’10, 175)
Titus Orlando (Jr. QB/DL. 6’2, 190)
Kyle Koennecke (Jr. RB/DB. 5’7, 140)
Jacob Rudy (Sr. QB/LB. 5’11, 185)
Jon Beam (So. WR/DB. 5’9, 145)
Danny Cannon (Sr. WR/DB. 5’9, 150)
Ryan Kowalski (So. QB/DB. 5’8, 145)
Brady Ward (Sr. WR/DB, 6’2, 175)
Bronson Coburn (Sr. RB/LB, 5’10, 160)

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Dylan Kriner
3 catches
90 yards
1 touchdown
7 total tackles

Kadin Jones
8 solo tackles
26 total tackles

Jose Morales
8 solo tackles
19 total tackles

Keagen Kleinfelter
6 solo tackles
14 total tackles

Nathan Eisenhooth
8 solo tackles
17 total tackles

2022 Offensive Outlook: “Graduation for the Class of 2022 hit our team hard, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. We will have a fresh set of new faces at basically every position but with a ton of potential. Kyle Chapin returns as our leader up front with a number of years of starting experience and will be our anchor as we work with the newer guys around him. Dylan Kriner moves from wide receiver to running back after a great offseason of putting on a lot of muscle and weight. Along with newcomer Juan Figueroa, we will have a “Thunder and Lightning” look in the backfield with other guys mixing in as well. The receiver position is one of our most talented spots where a number of guys will be seeing time between Jose Morales, Keagen Kleinfelter, Jon McDannell, Kadan Readinger, and others. The quarterback position will be an open competition through the summer between a number of guys who have the ability to both run and throw which is big in our offense.
The keys to our success on offense will start up front with our line in how quickly they can mesh together, consistent quarterback play, and the ability for us to have our various skill guys make defenses defend every square inch of grass.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “While we lose a few guys up front, we return a number of guys in the secondary and at the linebacker position. Jose Morales, Keagen Kleinfelter, and Nathan Eisenhooth all got significant reps as safeties in 2021 alongside Kyle Chapin on the defensive line, and Kadin Jones at linebacker. Jones moves from the outside into the middle and will be joined by Dylan Kriner who made the switch from defensive back to linebacker. There will be fresh faces at the corner but they are guys with a lot of talent and potential who we are really excited about. The keys to success on defense will be playing fast, aggressive, and physical football that can prevent big plays and create turnovers.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “We lost a lot of special teams firepower with the graduation of returners Anthony Mansfield and Richie Kowalski who combined for double-digit return touchdowns in 2020 and 2021. There are new faces coming in who we think will fill in nicely in the returner roles and continue to allow us to be a threat. We also replace both our kicker and punter but have a number of guys lined up at both spots who are really going to help us. The key to success for special teams is to continue to use this third of the game as a weapon and momentum shifter to not only win the field position battle but win football games as well.”

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