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2022 Team Preview: Pottsville Crimson Tide (11)

Written by: on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Tom McGeoy

Assistant Coaches:
Rusty Yost
Rob Shaffer
Pete McDonald
Jamie O’Brien
Kurt Eroh
Tony Barone
Anthony Kelly
Dan Slotterback
Tyler Heffner

Team Name: Pottsville Crimson Tide

2021 Record: 8-3

Stadium: Veteran’s Memorial Stadium

District: District 11

Class: AAAA

League: Colonial-Schuylkill League, Gold Division

Key Starters Lost:
Jazce Carabello-Snowell
Travontai Davis
Jason Fermaintt
Amari Dunn
Raeff DiCello,

Offensive Starters Returning: (5)
Joey Palko SR TE 6-4, 230
Jacob Begansky SR OT 6-4 275
Amaree Bainbridge SR WR/RB 5-11 185
Kieran Houston SR OG 6-2 250
John Kushwarra JR OT 6-0 230

Defensive Starters Returning: (7)
Joey Palko SR DE 6-4, 230
Amaree Bainbridge SR CB 5-11 185
Kieran Houston DT OG 6-2 250
Parrish McFarland JR OLB 5-9 170
Tejay Allen SR FS 6-0 180
Brendan Zelwalk JR 5-11 190 LB
Mason Major SR NG 6-1 270

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)
Kole Becker JR Longsnapper 5-10 165

Key Newcomers:
Tsirell Curry SO DB/WR 6-1 160
Jacob Filiac SO DT/OL 6-2 230
Luke Schane SO C/DE 5-11 190
Terrel McFarland RB/LB 5-10 180

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Tejay Allen
– lead the team with 5 Ints last year

Joey Palko
5 Sacks
5.5 TFL’s
– in 8 games last year

Amaree Bainbridge
2 ints
4 PBU’s
2 TD’s

2022 Offensive Outlook: “We will have to count on the experience of our offensive line, especially early in the year. We have 3 starters back on the line and a big TE coming back. They will have to allow for our new skill guys to get comfortable with their new roles. That being said I think we have a lot of guys who can make plays, but we did lose a lot of good-skill players from the 2021 season. I think each game we play in 2022 we will get better offensively as our players settle into their roles.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “Defensively we are in a much different position with 7 starters coming back from 2021. With our offense’s lack of experience at the skill position, we will have to be tough on defense, especially early in the year. We definitely have the guys to be a very good defense. The nice thing is that most of the guys replacing the players from last year, got time on the field last year, so starting will not be that big of a deal.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “Going to be tough to replace our placekicker from the last 4 years, but we are an athletic team, who should be just fine on special teams.”

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