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2017 Team Preview: Laurel Highlands Mustangs

Written by: on Sunday, July 30th, 2017


Head Coach: Zack Just

Assistant Coaches:

Andrew Rossi
George Mikluscak
AJ Bosley
Chris Edenfield
Jake Just
Carl Shusko

Team Name: Laurel Highlands Mustangs

2016 Record: 1-9

2017 Schedule

Key Starters Lost:

Hunter Scott- OL/DL
PJ Savini- RB
Cameron Lizza- K/P

Offensive Starters Returning:

Sr. OT Brandon Churt 6-0 245
Sr. OT John Lightsey 5-11 220
Sr. C Will Kusniar 5-10 235
Sr. Jake Mikluscak Wing 5-8 170
Sr. Jacob Dukman WR 6-2 185
Sr. Ian Edenfield TE 6-3 230
Sr. Chad Petrush RB 5-9 170

Defensive Starters Returning:

Sr. Ian Edenfield 6-3 230 LB
Sr. Chad Petrush LB 5-9 170
Sr. Ryan Richter LB 5-10 185
Sr. Shawn Richter LB 5-9 175
Sr. Cody Christopher DL 5-10 250
Sr. Brandon Chury DE 6-0 245
Jr. Ryan Fike FS 5-8 155
Jr. Conner Basinger CB 6-0 170

Special Team Starters Returning:

Key Newcomers:

Jr- QB Conner Basinger 6-0 170
Jr- Wing Ryan Fike 5-8 155
So- DB Robbie Sleighter 5-7 145
So- DB Daniel Izzi 6-0 165
So- OL Joey Conley 6-1 255
So- James Price 5-9 235

Key Stats: Not a lot of key stats after a 1-9 season. It was nice to end on a win against cross town rival Albert Galletin. Offensively we turned the ball far to many times and struggled to find consistency. On the defense side we need to create more turnovers and eliminate the big play.

2017 Offensive Outlook: The offense will be lead by an experienced offensive line that returns 3 starters from last year’s team. The key to success is creating more of balance with the run and pass. The offense will focus on getting the ball to their experienced players in Jacob Dukman, Jake Mikluscak, Ian Edenfield, and Chad Petrush. The development of Jr. QB Conner Basinger will be the key to the teams success.

2017 Defensive Outlook: The defense returns the entire LB corp. The success of the defense will revolve around the Edenfield, Petrush, and the Richter brothers. They have plenty of game experience and need to provide leadership. The key will be the development of a young defensive line. Their is depth but a lot of inexperience.

2017 Special Teams Outlook: Special times must find a way to replace 3 year starter Cameron Lizza. We have to replace his consistency with XP and FGs. Special teams will rely on young players to have success in order to give our 2-way starters a break.


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