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2022 Team Preview: Ridley Raiders (1)

Written by: on Friday, August 12th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: David Wood

Assistant Coaches:
Jeff Hamson DC
Rick Larkin OC
Eric Engle OL
Bob Soper DL
Pat Najmola RB
Ryan Smith WR
John Anderson Kickers
Brian Morris OLB
Ryan Gricco ILB
Greg Kimmel OLB
Kendryck Oaks Asst DL
Ryan France Asst OL
Allen Martin DB
Jeff Cerbus Head Freshman Coach

Team Name: Ridley Raiders

2021 Record: 12-2

District: District 1


League: Central League

Key Starters Lost:
Tahmir Mills RB
John Heller QB

Offensive Starters Returning: (9)
SR. OT Antonio Saahir, 6’2 235
SR OG Hayden Brown, 6’2 230
SR OT Anthony Berry, 6’2 240
SR OC David Rainey, 5’10 190
SR SLOT Paul Jackson, 5’9 180
JR WR Khameen Powell, 6’1 175
SR WR Stephen O’donovan, 5’9 175
SR WR Kimir Stephenson, 6’1 165
SR TE Nahaj Saleem, 6’1 205

Defensive Starters Returning: (10)
SR DB JP Lynam, 5’8 165
SR DB Stephen O’donovan, 5’9 175
SR DB Joe O’donovan, 5’9 170
SR OLB Paul Jackson, 5’9 180
SR OLB Nahaj Saleem, 6’1 205
SR DL Hayden Brown, 6’2 230
SR DL Jayson Howarth, 6’0 200
SR DL Dean Conant, 5’11 185
SO ILB Connor Kelly, 5’11 185
SR ILB Antonio Saahir, 6’2 235

Special Team Starters Returning: (3)
SO LS John Tinney, 5’11 175
SR Punter Paul Jackson, 5’9 180
JR Punt and KO Returner Khameen Powell, 6’1 175

Key Newcomers:
JR Kicker Timmy Abdel-Latif, 6’1 175
JR WR, OLB Chase Staley, 6’1 180
JR OL, ILB Bill Bair, 5’11 190
SR WR, DB Jeremy Stranix, 5’10 180
SO QB Ryan Carroll, 5’10 175
JR RB Alante Smith, 5’9 185

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Khameen Powell
– 1000 Yards Receiving
– Ran 5 Kickoffs Back

Paul Jackson
– 650 yards rushing and receiving

Connor Kelly
– Had over 100 tackles

2022 Offensive Outlook: “We have 4 out of 5 starters back on the offensive line along with 3 other players that saw a lot of time on the OL. We have great depth at the WR position and a couple of RBs back that had a good amount of carries for us. Our TE is also back and we have created some off-season depth at that position too. our QB is only a Sophomore but did see action in varsity games last year. The biggest questions will be who takes over the number 1 RB position and how quickly our QB takes control of the offense.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “3 out of 4 secondary kids are back along with all 4 of our starting linebackers from a year ago. We have two starters back up front with another couple of players that saw a good amount of time last year. Our biggest question will be how physical can we get in the running game and create more turnovers in the secondary. The ultimate goal is to eliminate the big plays and hold teams to field goals.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “Other than the kicker we lost, everyone else is coming back on special teams — punter, long snapper, and kickoff and punt returner. We have to do a better job with our coverage units on special teams and continue to work hard putting a body on a body in the return game because at any time we feel we can score when the ball is kicked to us.”

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