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2021 Team Preview: Pope John Paul II HS Golden Panthers

Written by: on Monday, August 9th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

Head Coach: Rory Graver

Assistant Coaches:
Tony Yerger
Adam Beach
Scott Reed
Matt Bildstein
Tyler Yaculak
Jon Traywick
Ryan Brennan
Christian Leighton
Ron Sandor

Team Name: Pope John Paul II HS- Golden Panthers

2020 Record: 3-0

District: 1

Class: AAAA

League: Pioneer Athletic Conference – Frontier Division

Key Starters Lost:
Rocco DiRico
Jacob Foley
Chris Bruder
Ambrose Collilouri
Justin Kormos

Offensive Starters Returning:
Sr. G/C Jacob Dobrowolski, 5-10, 215
Sr. RB Josh Little, 5-11, 182
Sr. RB/H-Back Steele Depetrillo, 5-8, 192
Jr. WR Kese Williams 5-8, 155
Jr. TE Brenden Kenning 6-1, 205.

Defensive Starters Returning:
Sr. FS DJ Clarke, 5-10, 172
Sr. SS/LB Josh Little, 5-11, 182
Sr. LB Steele Depetrillo, 5-8, 192
Sr. DE Jacob Dobrowolski, 5-10, 215
Jr. DB Kese Williams 5-8, 155
Jr. DT Nyzir Lake 6-2, 235
Soph DT Keith Dunston 5-10, 245.

Special Team Starters Returning:
Jr. P/K Brendan Kenning 6-1, 205

Key Newcomers:
Sr. WR/DB Joe Pickell, 5-8 150
Jr. WR/LB/DB John Beach 5-7 155
Jr. OL Connor Albeck 5-8, 210
Jr OL Sean Lyons 5-10, 215
Jr. OL Eric Zadroga 6-2, 210
Jr. OL/DL Eric Loftus 5-8, 205
Sr. OL/DL Brett Robinson 6-1 250
Sr. OL/DL MJ Petro 6-4, 220
Soph WR/DB Brent Mitala 5-11 165
Jr. WR/RB/SS/LB Derek Skarbek 5-10, 160
Soph. RB/LB Boyd Skarbek, 5-11, 178
Fr. WR/DB Braden Reed 5-9, 145
Soph. LB/RB Jahiem Jennings, 5-11 180

2020 Returning Player Stats:

Josh Little rushed for 247 yards on 37 carries and 3 touchdowns. He also caught 3 passes for 27 yards. On defense, he had 33 tackles, one interception, and 5 TFL. 

Kese Williams caught 8 passes for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns.  

Steele Depetrillo had 24 total tackles and 4 TFL. 

Nyzir Lake had 15 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 4 TFL.

2021 Offensive Outlook: Offensively, we must be great upfront and get movement. We will go as our offensive line goes. We must protect the football and finish drives to be successful this season.

2021 Defensive Outlook: Defensively, we must be fundamentally sound upfront. Our defensive line will dictate how successful our defense can be this season. We must cause turnovers, be fundamentally sound tacklers, and pursue football.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: We must be aggressive on special teams this season. Controlling field positions will be important for our team’s success. We must be great on special teams.

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