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2017 Team Previews: South Allegheny Gladiators (7)

Written by: on Saturday, July 29th, 2017

 

Head Coach: Mike Crown

Assistant Coaches:

Rich Abbott WR/DB – by way of Baldwin
Brian Dawson OC – by way of Woody High
Frank Cortazzo DC – by way of Franklin Regional
Bob Bednar – longtime SA Line Coach
Frank Cortazzo Jr. OL/DE

Team Name: Gladiators

2016 Record: 1-9

2017 Schedule

Key Starters Lost: Ian Napinski – OL/DL Clarion
Tyler Hinerman – QB
Luke Johnston – RB

Offensive Starters Returning: Sr. C/DT Nick Stecak 5-10, 260
Sr. TE/LB Jalen Koontz, 6-1, 195
Sr. RB/LB A.J. Yarborough, 5-10, 185
Sr. WR/DB Juwan Mitchell, 6-0, 170

Defensive Starters Returning:

Sr. TE/LB Jalen Koontz, 6-1, 195
Sr. RB/LB A.J. Yarborough, 5-10, 185
Sr. DB Jason Stevans, 5-11, 155

Special Team Starters Returning: Sr. K Jared Brysh, 6-0, 215

Key Newcomers:

SR. WR/DB Derek Lockhart, 6-2, 200 Injury last yr
SO. OL/DL Zach MArtin, 6-1, 220
Jr. OL/DL Zach Betters, 5-9, 260
Jr. QB Brandon Nolder, 5-11, 180
Jr. RB Gerard Lawrence, 5-10, 175
So. OL/DL Chase Nicomatti, 6-2, 200
Jr. TE/DE Zach Thomas, 6-2, 210
So. OL Chuck Sethman, 5-10, 180
Jr. LB Austin Matczak, 6-1, 190
So. OL/DL Frank COrtazzo, 5-9, 210
So. OL/DL Troy Mitchell, 6-0 210

Key Stats:

2017 Offensive Outlook: Offensive we will spread the ball around, be more pass orientated. With Nolder and Lockhart and Linhart things could progress rapidly in the pass game. Line will be young and a bit inexperienced but if all pulls through we will pass and run effectively.

New Offensive Coordinator Brian Dawson and former TJ and WJ QB will bring a ton of experience and offensive fire power with him, last years he was at Woody High.

2017 Defensive Outlook: Will run a 4-4 base defense that can morph into a lot of looks and we will bring a lot of heat from the outside. Good group of linebackers and a young offensive line and secondary will be a weakness. So far though they look good.

New Defensive Coordinator Frank Cortazzo spent that the last years as DC at Franklin Regional.

2017 Special Teams Outlook:

 

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