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2021 Team Preview: Unionville Longhorns

Written by: on Thursday, August 26th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

Head Coach: Pat Clark

Assistants:
Tim Murphy
Mike Hebb
Craig Mahon
Tom Davidson
Geoff Mills
Pat Smith
Brad Swartz
Dan D’Angelo

2020 Record: 3-1 (qualified for playoffs, but removed due to Covid)

District: 1

Class: AAAAA

League: Ches-Mont League, American Division

Team Name: Unionville HS Longhorns

Key Starters Lost: Weston Grim, RB/DB, Sean Kelly RB/ OLB, Daniel Son OL/DL, Justin McMahon DL, Brady Gilday DB, Sam Shearer OL/ DL

Offensive Starters Returning:
Matt McCloskey- QB SR  5’10 175
Nate Holt- SR TE- 6’5 245
Jack Tuel- SR OL 6’5 275
Finn Muhly- SR OL 6’1 235
Jack Muhly- SR OL 6’1 240
Ethan Bennink- SR RB 6’ 175
Nate D’Angelo JR OL- 6”2 235
Ryan Knightly- SR TE 6’2 215
Luke Shriver SR WR  6’1 170 

Defensive Starters Returning:
Nate Holt SR DE 6’5 245
Luke Shriver SR FS 6’1 170 
Richard Miller SR DE 6’3 225
Brendan D’Amico SR LB 5’10 185
Danny Dunphy SR LB 6’ 180
Ryan Knightly SR LB 6’2 215
Tucker Opdahl JR FS 5’8  155
Ethan Bennink SR DB 6’ 175 

Special Teams Starters Returning:
Brin Dym  SR   K/ P  6’ 180
Quintan Boyle- JR LS 5’10 175

Top New Performers
Tanner Trojanowski SR OL/DL 6’2 245
Quintan Boyle  JR OL/LB  5’10 175
Christian Deming JR OLB/TE 6’3 190
Joe King JR RB/ OLB 5’8 170
David Hoffmann SR CB 6’1 170
Owen Prysock JR OL 6’6 270
Sean Tollen- SR FS 5’10 165
Stephen Carello- SOPH 5’9 160 WR/DB

Offensive Outlook: We lost some key pieces in our backfield, but Ethan Bennink returns along with our QB Matt McCloskey. We return 5 OL and 2 TE with game experience and if we execute, should have a solid run game. Jack Tuel could be the best OL in our league next year. He has the great athletic ability for a big body. We need to find our explosive play guys on offense. Nate Holt and Luke Schriver will be valuable in the passing game. Like any offense, we have to limit mistakes and penalties.

Defensive Outlook: We return most of our LB core and these guys know our defense. Nate Holt can be the best defensive player in our league, and his offseason prep has been impressive. Bennink is back at the corner, and Luke Schriver is a 3-year starter at FS. Luke is a big play guy who runs our secondary. We are excited to have him for a full season ( he played only one game last year). We start with 3 run teams on our schedule so we will have to be physical. Any good defense will have 11 good tacklers and will pursue relentlessly to the ball!

Special Teams Outlook: We lost Weston Grim, our punter. However, Brian Dym, who kicked last year, will take over punting as well. Brian has had a great offseason! His hang time on punts and his accuracy and distance in the kicking game has improved tremendously! He should have a very productive year.

Mike Hebb, our special team’s coordinator, does a great job with schemes, and we think that we have 2 young returners who can put pressure on coverage teams. 

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