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2019 Team Previews: Tamaqua Blue Raiders @TASDAthletics1 @Reedy160 @SCFCA

Written by: on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019


2018 Season Record

2019 Schedule:





08-17 Hamburg  Hamburg (SCR) 10:00 am
08-23 Line Mountain  Line Mountain (0-0) 7:00 pm
08-30 Mahanoy Area  Mahanoy Area (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-06 Schuylkill Haven  Schuylkill Haven (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-13 Panther Valley  Panther Valley (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-20 Blue Mountain  Blue Mountain (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-27 Pottsville  Pottsville (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-04 North Schuylkill  North Schuylkill (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-11 Lehighton  Lehighton (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-18 Jim Thorpe  Jim Thorpe (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-25 Marian Catholic  Marian Catholic (0-0) 7:00 pm
Head Coach
Sam Bonner
Assistant Coaches
Clarence Opolsky, Mike Bonner, Jarrett Reigel, Eddie Titus, Nails Knoblauch, Mark Lavine, Bill Stalgaitis
Key Starters Lost
Nick Breiner – RB/LB, Matt Amodea – OL/DL, John Franko – S, Pat Burns – S
Offensive Starters Returning
Sr. QB Brayden Knoblauch, 5-10, 170. Sr. RB Nate Boyle, 5-9, 180. Jr. FB Nate Curvey, 5-8, 180. Sr. WR Matt Kistler, 5-11, 165. Sr. WR Cody Hamm 5-10, 135. Sr. TE Jake Barron, 5-11, 215. Sr. OT Jared Reed, 6-1, 215. Jr. OG Lucas Schickram, 5-10, 220. Sr. C Sean Lavine, 5-11, 180. Sr. OT Bronson Strouse, 6-0, 245.
Defensive Starters Returning
Sr. DE Jared Reed, 6-1, 215. Sr. DT Bronson Strouse, 6-0, 245. Sr. DT Carl Valentine, 5-11, 245. Sr. OLB Nate Boyle, 5-9, 180. Sr. MLB Jake Barron, 5-11, 215. Sr. CB Pierce Demetriades, 5-8, 145. Sr. S Matt Kistler, 5-11, 165.
Special Team Starters Returning
Sr. K Nate Boyle, 5-9, 180. Sr. P Matt Kistler, 5-11, 165.
Key Newcomers
Sr. TE Lucas Gregoire, 6-4, 210. Sr. CB Cam Schilling, 5-9, 135. Jr. OLB Nate Wickersham, 5-10, 180. Jr. DE Lucas Schickram, 5-10, 220. Sr. LB Braxton Whitaker 6-0, 220
What does your offense need to improve on from last year?
We need to be better at finishing drives once we are in the redzone this year. Also, we are looking to be balanced by getting the ball into our playmaker’s hands.
What does your defense need to improve on from last year
We look to fly to the ball and play fast on defense. Our secondary is looking to replace 2 safeties from last year and keep that position group playing at a high level.
What are your overall thoughts on this years team?
We are looking to having a high powered offense with most of the starters returning after averaging 38.4 PPG last year while also having a solid defense after pitching 6 shutouts in 11 games last year. Special teams should be a strong point as well with our kicker and punter both returning and having good years last year. We are a senior led team and we will go as far as the seniors on our team take us.

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