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2017 Team Previews: Punxsutawney Chucks (9)

Written by: on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017


Head Coach: Brad Wright

Assistant Coaches:

Todd Heigley: Defensive Coordinator
Jeremy Hospodar: Offensive & Defensive Line/ J.V. Head Coach
Ryan Lightcap: WR/DB/ J.V. Defensive Coordinator/ Asst. Strength Coach
Rob Weaver: RB’s/Defensive Assistant
Tom Weaver: LB’s/ Defensive Assistant
Fred Bilar: DE’s/TE’s/ Offensive Assistant
Tim Reagle: Jr High Head Coach
Jeremy Moore: Jr. High Defensive Coordinator
Joel Martin: Jr High WR’s/DB’s

Team Name: Punxsutawney Chucks

2016 Record: 2-7

Key Starters Lost: Blake Bizousky: LB/OT
Ethan Riley: WR/RB/DB/P/KR
Jacob Weaver: WR/DB

Offensive Starters Returning: Sr. OT Zander Neal, 6’1” 251
Sr. C Carl Medsger, 6’2”, 257
Sr. OG Preston Brubaker 5’11”, 190
Sr. RB/WR Tyler Richardson 5’10” 175
Sr. RB Stone Smith 5’10” 175
Sr. TE Jake Pearce, 6’2” 185

Jr. QB Dylan Ishman, 6’0” 180
Jr. OG Ricky Litak, 5’8” 206
Jr. RB/WR Alex Gianvito, 5’10’ 180

Defensive Starters Returning: Sr. DT Levi Molinari, 5’10”, 220
Sr. DT Carl Medsger, 6’2” 257
Sr. DT Zander Neal, 6’1” 251
Sr. LB Stone Smith, 5’10” 175
Sr. LB Tyler Richardson, 5’10” 175
Sr. DE Jake Pearce, 6’2” 185
Sr. DB Robbie Stormer, 6’1” 180

Jr. C Alex Gianvito, 5’10”, 180
Jr. DT Ricky Litak, 5’8” 206

Soph. DB Max London, 5’9”, 145

Special Team Starters Returning: Sr. K Zander Neal, 6’1”, 251

Key Newcomers: Sr. WR/DB Brent Huey, 5’10”, 160
Sr. WR/DB Cameron Coble, 6’2” 170
Sr. DE/TE Triston Bair 6’1”, 190

Jr. RB/LB Logan Deats, 5’9” 170
Jr. WR/DE Carter Newcome 6’0”, 170

Key Stats: Our key stats for this upcoming season is the experience we return on both sides of the ball. With only 4 seniors last season, we will return 9 players who logged time as starter on offense and 10 players on defense who logged time as a starter.

2017 Offensive Outlook: The keys for us having a successful year is having our experienced offensive line and backfield pick up where they left off at the end of last season with a strong rushing attack. Additionally, our offensive line must continue to improve in protecting our QB who will hopefully settle in and take command of our offense as a second year starter.

2017 Defensive Outlook: The keys to this season on defense is winning battles at the line of scrimmage with our experienced defensive line and finding a replacement for Blake Bizousky who was an all district LB with over 130 tackles last season. Additionally, we are going to look to use our good defensive team speed to gang tackle and get to the football. Lastly, with over 20 turnovers caused last year we would like to continue this trend.

2017 Special Teams Outlook: For us to be successful this season, we need to find a replacement for Ethan Riley, who was an all District Punter. He was outstanding in helping us be successful in winning the field position battles. With our speedy return men in Max London, Alex Gianvito and Stone Smith, we hope to give our team great starting field position on offense through some big punt & kick off returns.


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