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2021 Team Preview: Warrior Run Defenders

Written by: on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

Head Coach: Chris Long

Assistant Coaches:
Rich Gardner
Gary Meehan
Zane Simpson

Team Name: Warrior Run Defenders

2020 Record: 1-8

District: 4

Class: AA

League: PA Heartland Athletic Conference, Division III

Key Starters Lost:
OT/DT Caleb Long
DB/QB Nathan Michael
WR/DB Coltin Pentycofe
OT/DL Braden Snyder
G/DL Austin Witmer
TE Spencer Tanner
LB Ethan Litchard

Offensive Starters Returning:
Sr. OL Ethan Carper, 6-1, 260
Sr. RB Justin Blair, 5-10, 200
Sr. RB Logan Smedley, 5-9, 190
Sr. WR Derek Thomas, 5-10, 165
Jr. C/G Evan Doresky, 5-11, 240

Defensive Starters Returning:
Sr. DL Ethan Carper, 6-1, 260
Sr. LB Justin Blair, 5-10, 200
Sr. LB Logan Smedley, 5-9, 190
Sr. LB Derek Thomas, 5-10, 165
So. LB/DE Isaac Sherman, 5-9, 155

Special Team Starters Returning:
Sr. KR Justin Blair, 5-10, 200

Key Newcomers:
Sr. OL/TE/DE Brandon Strous, 5-10, 175
Sr. OL/DL Nathan Yohn, 6-5, 255
So. QB Ryan Newton, 6-3, 165
So. WR/DB Ian Jones, 5-10, 145
Sr. OL/DL Logan Harrison 5-11, 185
Sr. OL/DL Jake Byers, 5-9, 183
So. WR/DB Isaac Butler 5-11, 145
Jr. RB/DB Xander Beaver, 5-9, 145
So. RB/DB Roman Pierce, 5-8, 140

2020 Returning Player Stats:

Justn Blair Rushing: 95 Carries 181 Yards 34 Long 1 TD Defense 42 Tackles

Logan Smedley Rushing 21 Carries 48 Yards Defense 61 Tackles 1 QB Sack; 1 Interception

Derek Thomas Receiving 1 Catch 6 Yards Defense 37 Tackles

2021 Offensive Outlook: Offensively we need to move the ball efficiently in the run game and the short passing game to hopefully open up more opportunities to score points. We must be disciplined with taking care of the football and seizing opportunities.

2021 Defensive Outlook: We must be strong up the middle. We have two starting inside linebacker returning and a defensive tackle. That can be a big help. We must stop the run and put what will be a young secondary into favorable positions to defend the pass. We must be sure tacklers and look to create turnovers at every moment.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: We must win the field position game with good kicking and sure tackling.

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