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2021 Team Preview: Susquehanna Township Indians

Written by: on Saturday, August 14th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.



Head Coach: Joe Headen

Assistant Coaches:
Larry Holley
Doug Atticks
Mike Sterner
Logan Houser
Rick Pierce
Shawn Jones
Tony Gish
Russell Evans
Mike Kern
Tim Hume
Milt Baltimore

Team Name: Susquehanna Township Indians

2020 Record: 3-4

Stadium: Roscoe Warner Stadium

District: 3

Class: AAA

League: Mid-Penn Conference, Colonial Division

Key Starters Lost:
Donald Leach QB
Kylee Page OL/DL
Bilal Wiedler WR/DB
Owen Winer LB/DB
Dom Ausby C

Offensive Starters Returning:
SR. Freeman Wilson OL 6’2″ 260
SR. Jamall Minifield OL 6’6′” 335
JR. Javon White Ath 5’9″ 160
SR. Nazsair Porter-Bellamy RB 5’9 185
SO. Ryan McClain WR 5’8″ 155

Defensive Starters Returning:
SR. Freeman Wilson DL 6’2″ 260
JR. Javon White FS 5’9″ 160
SR. Nazsair Porter-Bellamy LB 5’9 185
SO. Ryan McClain DB 5’8″ 155
SR. Julio Enos DE 6’0″ 215
JR. Razzay Bowles LB 6’0″ 218
SR. Milt Baltimore S 5’9″ 175

Special Team Starters Returning:
JR. K/P/PK Ryan Nickle 6′ 183

Key Newcomers:
SR. WR/DB Ny’Zier Arango 6’2″ 180
FR C Mason Lubold 6’0″ 200
FR WR/DB Lex Cyrus 5’10 160
SO. Dorian Smith 5’8″ 145

2021 Offensive Outlook: The success of the 2021 Susquehanna Township offense will be the ability to eliminate mistakes that put them behind the chains on early downs. Last season that was a major headache for an offense that averaged just about 4 yards a rush. If the offense can improve its red zone scoring they will be able to put a lot of points on the board. Last season the offense was only successful in scoring on 17% of their red-zone situations. This has been a point of emphasis all off-season.

2021 Defensive Outlook: There will be a lot of new faces on defense but that does not mean the defense will lack what it needs to be successful. Team speed will be a great advantage to the multiple fronts that will be used. The defense will be anchored by an experienced secondary and a good amount of players who saw action in the shortened 2020 season. The focus on defense this season will be forcing the opponents into long downs and creating turnovers.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: Special Teams has always been a positive for this program. The last 7 kick returners have either earned all-state or all-conference recognition and have returned at least 2 special team plays for touchdowns the last 4 seasons. 3 year Kicker Ryan Nickle is continuing to improve his leg strength and accuracy and will be an important part of point production this season. With special teams equating to 33% of the game this team will have to excel in this phase to help extend the season to November.

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