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2021 Team Preview: Southern Lehigh Spartans

Written by: on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.



Head Coach: Phil Sams

Assistant Coaches:
Ed Chromczak
Jeremy Shuler
Chris Fluck
Alstan Wolfe
Andres Morales
Brandon Holub
Michael Fay
Casey Cooperman
Josh Palyan

Team Name: Southern Lehigh High School

2020 Record: 5-2

District: 11

Class: AAAAA

League: Colonial-Schuylkill League, Gold Division

Key Starters Lost: RB/OLB Logan Shorb, QB/FS JC Rizzuto, LT Chris Butterbaugh, C Richie Davis, RG/DE Travis Gretz, RT Alex Geaneotes, WR/LB Seth Rice, WR/S Tristan Rice, RB/CB Jake Fauzio, WR/CB Jayden Henry, TE Jacob Riedy, RB/DE Syncere Jackson

Offensive Starters Returning:
Sr. LG Alex Schafer 5’11” 225 lbs
Sr. FB Blaze Curry 6′ 210 lbs
Sr. TE Tyler Houser 6’2″ 220 lbs.

Defensive Starters Returning:
Sr. DT Ryan Gretz 5’11” 225 lbs.
Sr. DT Alex Schafer 5’11” 225 lbs
Sr. LB Blaze Curry 6′ 210 lbs
Sr. DE Tyler Houser 6’2″ 220 lbs.
Sr. LB Justin Balliet 5’11” 210 lbs.

Special Team Starters Returning:
Jr. K Ayden Scharper 5’10” 150 lbs.

Key Newcomers:
Soph. QB/DB James Wisecarver 6′ 175 lbs.
Jr. WR/DB Avery Koser 6’2″ 170 lbs.
Jr. RB/DB Tyler Rizzuto 5’10” 165 lbs.
Soph. WR/DB Jack Inglis 6′ 165 lbs.
Sr. WR/DB Jimmy Durham 5’7″ 145 lbs.
Jr. OL/OLB Michael Fluck 6′ 195 lbs.
Jr. OL/DL Ryan Dematto 5’9″ 225 lbs.
Jr. FB/LB Nick Ventresca 5’10” 200 lbs.
Jr. OL/DL Kain Boyle 5’10” 220 lbs.
Sr. OL/DL Michael Vazquez 5’9″ 240 lbs.

2020 Returning Player Stats:

Tyler Houser: 11 catches for 242 yds 4 TD’s: 34 tackles, 6 TFL’s, 6 sacks, 2 PBU’s, 3 FF’s

Blaze Curry: 3 catches for 23 yds. 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Alex Schafer: 33 tackles, 8 TFL’s, 1 PBU, 3 Forced Fumbles

Ryan Gretz: 28 tackles, 2 TFL’s, 1 sack, 1 FR

Justin Balliet: 12 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 Sack

2021 Offensive Outlook: We lost several starters on offense from 2020 that included most of our offensive line and statistical leaders. That being said we feel confident that the new starters can make an immediate impact. Our keys to a successful year will be how fast our new offensive line gels along with our skill players.

2021 Defensive Outlook: The strength of our team will be our defensive line. We return 3 out of 4 of our DL. Our key to a successful year will be the pressure we get upfront in run-and-pass situations. We also feel confident in our Linebackers and Secondary.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: Our kicker, Ayden Scharper, is back and he was automatic for extra points. He has attended several camps this summer and is now reaching the end zone on kick-offs and we expect him to be a weapon on field goals too.

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