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2019 Team Previews: Penncrest Lions (1)

Written by: on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Ryan C. Smith

Assistant Coaches: Rick Larkin, Jeff Hamson, Nate Much, Derek Benedict, Dylan Croissette, Chase Fraley, Freshmen Coaches, Tom Durant, Brian Saviski

Team Name: Penncrest Lions

2018 Record: 1-9

Twitter: @phslionfootball

Hudl Highlights:

Key Starters Lost: QB, Nick Benecke

Offensive Starters Returning: (6)

Sr. WR David Cage, 6’1″ 180
Jr. RB Kam Vaughn, 5’8, 165
Jr. OT Jeremy Lehmann, 6’4″, 245
Sr. OG Josh Reyes, 5’7″, 210
Sr. DT Will Steiner, 6’4″, 260
Sr. WR Austin Hines, 6′, 165

Defensive Starters Returning: (6)

Sr SS. David Cage, 6’1″ 180
Jr. CB Kam Vaughn, 5’8, 165
Jr. DE Jeremy Lehmann, 6’4″, 245
Sr. DT Josh Reyes, 5’7″, 210
Sr. DT Will Steiner, 6’4″, 260
Sr. CB Austin Hines, 6′, 165

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)

Sr. K Kevin Mills, 6’1, 170

Key Newcomers: (10)

SO TE/LB Brennan Kaut, 6’1″, 185
SO TE/LB Dylan McDougall, 6′, 190
Jr. WR/DB Joey Talone, 5’9″, 165
SR. OG/DT Jerry Collins, 5’10, 230
Sr. OT/DT Jacob Cropper, 6’0″, 255
SO. QB Jimmy Cage, 5’9″, 160
Jr. QB/FS Dan Wood, 5’9, 170
SR. RB/LB Joey Stanchek, 5’8″ 175
Sr. OC Mason Peck, 5’6″, 175
SO. OT/DT Connor McCarney, 6’0, 235

Key Stats: N/A

2019 Offensive Outlook: Offensively, our team is learning new schemes, language, and philosophy. The players are very smart which helps them to pick up and play faster. We are amidst a very competitive QB battle, and this camp will be great for all of our candidates to get optimal reps and display their leadership In order for our offense to be successful we will need to play smart, keep things simple, and execute.

2019 Defensive Outlook: On defense, our Lions will again be put into a position where new scheme, verbiage, and identity will influence the learning curve. Fortunately, the players are not afraid to ask questions and seek solutions. In order for us to keep pace with the highly successful offenses in the Central League we will have to play fast, think less, align perfectly, and do our jobs.

2019 Special Teams Outlook: Fortunately, we are armed with some strong legs in Kevin Mills and David Cage who we expect to man the punting and kicking responsibilities. In the our return game we expect to rely on the skills of Kam Vaughn, David Cage, and any other players who wish to impress us during camp. Our special teams will be simple but sound.

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