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2018 Team Previews: Kiski Area @kiskifootball

Written by: on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 

Head Coach: Sam Albert

Assistant Coaches: Aaron Albert
Aaron Frye
Scott Newell
Todd Anuszek
Jeff Graham
Derek Mazur
Jimmy Joe Collins
Jon Bouchat
Justin Amadolia

Team Name: Kiski Area

2017 Record: 1-9

Key Starters Lost:

Ross Greece (Clarion) RB/LB
Jessop Wilson WR/DB
Kaden Harden OL/DL
Issac Reid FB/DE
Aidan Sames DL/OL
Brian Sames DL/OL

Offensive Starters Returning:

Ryne Wallace SR QB 6’5 225lb
Jack Colecchi SR WR 6’2 205lb
Troy Kuhn SR TE 6’5 215lb
Drew DiNunzio-Biss SR RB 6’0 205lb
Tracey Morris SR WR 6’1 200lb
Dane Fitzsimmons SR TE 6’1 215lb
Hunter Dilts SR OL 6’1 225lb
Peyton Simmons SR OL 6’1 220lb

Defensive Starters Returning:

Drew DiNunzio-Biss SR LB
Jack Colecchi SR DB
Troy Kuhn SR MLB
Dane Fitzsimmons SR MLB
Tracey Morris SR Corner
Andrew Mason SR DB 5’9 170lb
Justin Hessom JR NG 5’10 195lb
Luke Lander JR DB 5’9 175lb
Peyton McCann JR DB 5’9 175lb

Special Team Starters Returning:

Jared Custer SR P 6’4 200lb

Key Newcomers:

Hayden Wright JR DB 6’0 205lb
Jared Curciob JR DB 5’9 170lb
Nick Smith SR PK 6’5 200lb

Key Stats: Drew DiNunzio Biss 111 Solo Tackles in 2017 (school record)
Jack Colecchi 800 Rec yards and 6 Rec TDs in 2017
Ryne Wallace 400 passing yards in week 9 lead WPIAL

2018 Offensive Outlook: After officially claiming the QB job with several great passing games to finish off last season, Ryne Wallace is back to lead the Cavs offense. Surrounded by great receiving threats in SR Jack Colecchi, SR Troy Kuhn, SR Tracey Morris and many others, the Cavs passing attack should be kicked into high gear in 2018. After splitting time with Ross Greece (Clarion) Drew DiNunzio-Biss will take over full time as the feature back. He will be joined by JR Peyton McCann who is expected to contribute some big plays and hard nose running. The offensive line returns 3 starters and after learning the system in year 1 of new head coach Sam Alberts tenure, all facets of the offense expect to show much improvement from 2017.

2018 Defensive Outlook: The defense returns 3 senior LBs who will lead this Cavs defense. Drew DiNunzio-Biss set the single season school record for tackles and will once again be flanked by Troy Kuhn and Dane Fitzsimmons. Justin Hessom returns to lead a D-line that will be searching for new starters at DE. The secondary will be manned by a host of returning starters including Jack Colecchi and some new faces in Hayden Wright and Jared Curcio. As always, the D plans to be an in your face, hard hitting unit, who will try to carry this team to a 2018 playoff birth.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: SR Punter Jared Custer was among the top punters in the state for net yardage as a JR in 2017. He will be joined by new SR PK Nick Smith.

 

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