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2019 Team Preview: Wilmington Greyhounds @houndsroundup @smcconahy44

Written by: on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

 

2018 Season Record
13-2

2019 Schedule: http://pafootballnews.com/wilmington-greyhounds/

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME/SCORE

08-17 Shenango  Shenango (SCR) 10:00 am
08-23 Sharon  Sharon (0-0) Greyhound Stadium 7:00 pm
08-30 Farrell  Farrell (0-0) Greyhound Stadium 7:00 pm
09-06 Northwestern  Northwestern (0-0) Louis J. Rogers Field 7:00 pm
09-13 Lakeview  Lakeview (0-0) * Lakeview Stadium 7:00 pm
09-21 Conneaut (OH)  Conneaut (OH) (0-0) Greyhound Stadium 7:00 pm
09-27 Greenville  Greenville (0-0) * Greyhound Stadium 7:00 pm
10-04 Iroquois  Iroquois (0-0) John L. Post Stadium 7:00 pm
10-11 Sharpsville  Sharpsville (0-0) * Greyhound Stadium 7:00 pm
10-18 Hickory  Hickory (0-0) Hornets Stadium 7:00 pm
Head Coach
Brandon Phillian
Assistant Coaches
Robb Shimrack, Dave Welch, Bob Mitcheltree, Mike Crawford, Mark Shenker, Casey Hilton, Sean McConahy, Mike Neurohr, Josh Phillian, Pat Matsook, Dom Johnjulio, Zack McCluskey, Jimmy Reed, Alex Ramirez, Emilio Griffin
Key Starters Lost
Jordan Gray- OT/DT. Noah Hunt- FB/LB. Cam Marett- RB/S. Robert Pontius- QB/S. Alex Ramirez- OG/DE. Jimmy Reed- OT/DT. Colton Richards- OG/LB. Jacob Yohman- TE/DE
Offensive Starters Returning
Junior McConahy- Sr., WR. Ethan Susen- Jr., RB. Weston Phanco- Jr., OL.
Defensive Starters Returning
Junior McConahy- Sr., DE. Shane Cox- Sr., LB. Ethan Susen- Jr., CB.
Special Team Starters Returning
Ethan Winters- Jr., K
Caelan Bender- Jr., P
Key Newcomers
Caelan Bender- Jr., QB/S. Darren Miller- Jr., RB/LB. Braxton Shimrack- Jr., WR/S. Mason Reed- Jr., WR/CB. Henry Behm- Jr., FB/LB. Jake Chimiak- Jr., OL/DT. Connor Vass Gal- Jr., OL/DT. Morgan Whiting- Jr., OL/DE.
What does your offense need to improve on from last year?
I think the strength of the offense will be at the skilled positions. We return starters at halfback and wide receiver. While we still need to fill some skilled positions we have guys returning who got a lot of experience last year and made significant contributions in big games. The key to the offense will be our ability to fill both guard and tackle positions. We need guys to step in and strive to understand the positions the way the four seniors did a year ago. Filling those spots will go a long way in determining how we perform on offense this season.
What does your defense need to improve on from last year
The key defensively will be filling the eight spots vacated by our graduating seniors. We return one starter on the defensive line, one starter at the linebacker level, and one starter in the secondary. How well our new starters are able to communicate and play with one another will determine how strong we are on defense. During camp, we will be looking for guys to compete for these spots. Every player will be given an opportunity and the best competitors will win these spots. Filling these spots with the best players will be the focus on defense heading into camp.
What are your overall thoughts on this years team?
Giving ourselves the opportunity to repeat last year’s success will require a great work ethic from the members of this year’s team. While the faces will be new, these same faces played key roles last season on special teams, as backups, and as scout team players. In playing these roles they witnessed first hand from last year’s seniors what it takes to be successful at the highest level. They are very eager to to take the lessons they’ve learned and keep the program’s momentum going while creating their own identity.

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