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2021 Team Preview: Wallenpaupack Area Buckhorns

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

 

 

Head Coach: Mark Watson

Assistant Coaches:
Jay Haupt
John Myers
Rich Palazzi
Matt Nawrocki
Lenny Spoor
Aiden Maldacker
Justin Hayney
Jeff Wentzell
Darrian Gordon
Rick Kryeski
Zach Blau
Sandon Herzlich

Team Name: Wallenpaupack Area High School (Buckhorns)

2020 Record: 2-6

District: 2

Class: AAAA

League: Lackawanna Football Conference, Division 1

Key Starters Lost:
Liam Smith OL/DL
Seamus Smith FB/LB
Alex Gardsy QB/DB
Nick Parrella LB
Thomas Dowd LB

Offensive Starters Returning:
Sr. WR TJ Schmalzle, 5’10” 190
Sr. OG Jeff Williams, 6’3″, 335
Sr. RB Shadrak Agyei, 5’10 190
Soph. C Jake LaBelle, 5’11 300

Defensive Starters Returning:
Sr. C Mabret Levant, 5’10 195
Sr. C Chris Quigley, 6’0 150
Sr. S TJ Schmalzle, 5’10 190
Jr. NG Sam Filip, 6’0″ 360

Special Team Starters Returning:
Jr. K Roman Levant, 5’9, 155
Jr. P Roman Levant, 5’9″ 155
Sr. LS Mabret Levant, 5’10” 195

Key Newcomers:
Soph. OT Ben Ostroski, 6’3″, 250
Soph. OT Justin Kowalik, 6’0, 285
Junior, OG/DT Mike Fitzgerald, 6’0, 295
Soph, TE Jordan Santiago, 6’1, 215
Sr. WR Tyler Kapschull, 5’10, 145
Sr. WR/DB Justin Stella, 5’9″ 150
Jr. LB Anthony Martucci, 5’10 190
Jr. LB Antonio Ianetta, 5’9″ 190

2020 Returning Player Stats (6 games):

Sr. Shadrak Agyei, RB 98 Carries for 634 yards (6.5 avg.) 10 TDs 134 yards on Kick Return

Sr. TJ Schmalzle, WR 15 Rec for 422 yards (28.1 avg) 5 TDs Defensively – 49 tackles / 3 INTs / 1 caused fumble

Sr. Chris Quigley, DB 29 tackles / 1 TFL / 1 INT / 1 caused fumble

Sr. Justin Stella, DB 5 tackles / 1 TFL 34 yards on punt returns 54 yards on KR

Sr. Mabret Levant, DB 25 tackles / 1 TFL / 1 INT / 1 fumble recovery

Sr. Carlo Carrozza, DL 6 tackles / 1TFL / 1 Fumble recovery

Sr. Jeff Williams, DL 6 tackles / 1 sack

Jr. Sam Filip, NG 14 tackles / 2 TFL / 2 fumble recovery

2021 Offensive Outlook: We have our running back coming back for the third year so his experience continues to grow and our receiving corp. should be good. Our offensive line, although being young (3 Soph, 1 Jr., 1 Sr.), will be big and strong. If our first-year starting QB takes control of the offense early we could be very good at moving the football. The sooner our offensive line gels and figures out all the blocking schemes for the different defenses we should be able to use our offensive weapons to hurt opposing defenses.

2021 Defensive Outlook: We lost all 4 of our starting Line Backers last year so we have to replace them with kids that understand our defensive schemes and how to be physical. Our defensive line will be big and our secondary is very experienced. The sooner we figure out our physicality and how to get 11 hats to the football the better we will be at stopping teams. We will also need to eliminate big plays, create turnovers and cause teams to punt the ball.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: We will be very good in our Special Teams. Our kicker and punter will be one of the best in the state and will be the difference in some of our games this season. If we can use our special teams to flop the field in our favor and create the opportunity to score points when we get inside the 35-yard line we will win games.

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