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2021 PFN Team Preview: The Wilmington Greyhounds @NW_Hounds_FB @Jason14Hess @smcconahy44 @wilm2021

Written by: on Saturday, August 21st, 2021

 

Wilmington Greyhounds PFN Page

Head Coach Brandon Phillian

PIAA District 10 – Class AA
League: District 10 Region 1
Stadium: Greyhound Stadium

Assistant Coaches 
Robb Shimrack, Dave Welch,
Bob Mitcheltree, Mike Crawford,
Mark Shenker, Casey Hilton,
Sean McConahy, Mike Neurohr,
Josh Phillian, Jason Hess,
Pat Matsook, Dom Johnjulio,
Jimmy Reed, Alex Ramirez,
Jordan Hess

2020 Season Record 10-1

2021 Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME/SCORE

08-21 Meadville  @ Meadville (SCR) Dr. Albert Bender Stadium 10:00 am
08-27 Reynolds  vs. Reynolds (0-0) * Greyhound Stadium 7:00 pm
09-03 OPEN DATE  @ OPEN DATE (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-10 Oil City  @ Oil City (0-0) Oil Field 7:00 pm
09-18 Greenville  @ Greenville (0-0) * Stewart Field 7:00 pm
09-24 Lakeview  vs. Lakeview (0-0) * Greyhound Stadium 7:00 pm
10-01 Sharpsville  @ Sharpsville (0-0) * Sharpsville Field 7:00 pm
10-08 Farrell  vs. Farrell (0-0) * Greyhound Stadium 7:00 pm
10-15 Kennedy Catholic  vs. Kennedy Catholic (0-0) * Greyhound Stadium 7:00 pm
10-22 Mercer  @ Mercer (0-0) * Mercer Field 7:00 pm

* – denotes league game
(SCR) – denotes scrimmage

What are your expectations for your team this year? 
Giving ourselves the opportunity to repeat last year’s success will require a great work ethic from the members of this year’s team. Throughout the winter and spring they have demonstrated a great work ethic and showed a hunger to compete at a high level. I think we have created a culture which demands a high standard of excellence from our players. 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 strong.

When your team is on offense, what are the keys to success? 
I think the strength of the offense will be at the skilled positions. 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, along with the tight end position. We need guys to step in and strive to understand the positions the way the five seniors did a year ago. Filling those spots will go a long way in determining how we perform on offense this season.

When your team is on defense, what are the keys to success? 
The key defensively will be filling the eight spots vacated by our graduating seniors. We return two starters 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.

Key Starters Lost 
TE Hess, Jordan
OT/DT Chimiak, Jake
G/DE Whiting, Morgan
G/DL Phanco, Weston
OT/DT Vass-Gal, Connor
HB/S Susen, Ethan
HB/LB Miller, Darren
SE/CB Reed, Mason
QB/S Bender, Caelan

Offensive Starters Returning 
POS # Offense YR
C 74 Penwell, Brayden 12
HB 1 Edwards, Luke 12

Defensive Starters Returning 
POS # Defense YR
MLB 61 Sholler, Skyler 12
OLB 1 Edwards, Luke 12
C 3 McCallister, Cole 12

Special Team Starters Returning
All graduated

Key Newcomers
Seniors
Horchler, Elon

Juniors
Chrastina, Michel
DeCaprio, Gage
Koi, Hunter
Milliron, Ty
Sevachko, Matthew

Sophomores
Book, Buddah
McConahy, Tuff
Mikulin, Tyler
Miller, Benjamin
Serafino, Rocky

Players we should keep an eye on? 
Gage DeCaprio
Luke Edwards
Ben Miller
Tyler Mikulin
Brayden Penwell
Skyler Sholler
Elon Horchler

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