2016 Team Preview: Norwin (7)
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, July 16th, 2016
Eli Visnick, Steve Smith, Tim van Horn, Al Carson, Steve Socrates, Mark Crovak, Ben Baird, Dylan McElfresh
5 wins 4 Losses (Reg. season, Lost to North Allegheny in round 1 of WPIAL AAAA Playoffs)
Key Starters lost:
Nick Amendola (QB/LB), Peyton Deri (RB/LB), Steve Petrick (TE/DE), Dante Rizzo (OL/DL), Hayden Rice (OL/DL)
Offensive Starters Return: (Ex. Sr. OT John Smith, 6-5, 320)
Sr. WR Anthony DelleFemine (6’1″170 lbs)
Sr. OL Quenten Aranda (6’4″285 lbs)
Sr. RB Kyle Turcovsky (5’8″170 lbs)
Sr. RB Aaron Carr (6’1 195 lbs)
Defensive Starters Returning: (Ex. Sr. DT John Smith, 6-5, 320)
Sr. DB Aaron Carr (6’1″195 lbs)
Sr. LB Remmington Lojas (6’1 200 lbs)
Sr. DB Anthony DelleFemine (6’1″170 lbs)
Soph. DB Jayvon Thrift (5’11″185 lbs)
Special Team Starters Returning: (Ex. Sr. K John Smith, 6-3, 220)
Sr. LS Matt Lamanti (5’10″205 lbs)
Key newcomers: (Ex. Fr. DB John Smith, 6-1, 170)
Jr. OL/DL Jake Smetak (6’4″265 lbs)
Sr. Wr/LB Pedro Schmidt (6’1″185 lbs)
The Norwin Knights have made the WPIAL AAAA playoffs for 2 consecutive years for the first time since 2007-2008 football seasons.
2016 Offensive outlook: (Please let us know the keys about your team on offense. What are your keys to having a successful year?)
We will look to have a balanced rushing attack which will have several players earn their opportunity to carry the ball for our team. The o-line will have 4 new starters this year who will have a direct impact on the success of the offense and the overall success of our team.
2016 Defensive Outlook: (Please let us know the keys about your team on defense. What are your keys to having a successful year?)
The success of the 2016 Norwin Knights depends upon the overall success of the defensive unit. The focus of the defensive unit will be to control the rushing game while eliminating big plays in the passing game. We will have only 4 returning starters on the defensive side of the ball this year which will provide the opportunity for many new players to earn their spot to help improve the defensive unit for the 2016 season.
2016 Special Teams Outlook: (Please let us know the keys about your team on special teams. What are your keys to having a successful year?)
Senior Henry Whyte has earned his opportunity to start the year as the kicker for the 2016 Norwin Knights. Also, 2 year returning starter at longsnapper Sr. Matt Lamanti returns to handle the important duties of long snapping.
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