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2021 PFN Team Preview: The Easton Area Red Rovers @EastonFootball @GoRedRovers

Written by: on Thursday, August 19th, 2021

 

Easton Area Red Rovers PFN Page

Head Coach Jeff Braido

PIAA District 11 – Class AAAAAA
League: Eastern PA – South
Stadium: Cottingham Stadium

@EastonFootball

Assistant Coaches
Bryan Falcone
Matt Baltz
Brian Gaumer
Scott Ransom
Scott Ordway
Jeff Zimmerman
Jarrid Myers
Bob Stroble
Tyler Merrick

2020 Season Record 3-4

2021 Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME/SCORE

08-21 Central Bucks South  @ Central Bucks South (SCR) Titan Stadium 10:00 am
08-27 Pocono Mountain East  vs. Pocono Mountain East (0-0) Cottingham Stadium 7:00 pm
09-03 Parkland  vs. Parkland (0-0) * Cottingham Stadium 7:00 pm
09-10 Bethlehem Freedom  @ Bethlehem Freedom (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-17 Allentown Central Catholic  vs. Allentown Central Catholic (0-0) Cottingham Stadium 4:00 pm
09-24 Whitehall  @ Whitehall (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-01 William Allen  vs. William Allen (0-0) Cottingham Stadium 7:00 pm
10-09 Bethlehem Catholic  @ Bethlehem Catholic (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-15 Bethlehem Liberty  vs. Bethlehem Liberty (0-0) * Cottingham Stadium 7:00 pm
10-22 Emmaus  @ Emmaus (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-29 Nazareth  @ Nazareth (0-0) * 7:00 pm

* – denotes league game
(SCR) – denotes scrimmage

What are your expectations for your team this year?
Hoping to improve on our 3-4 season from last year and are looking to get back to competing for a league/district championship.

When your team is on offense, what are the keys to success?
With 8 returning starters, we have plenty of experience coming back. We also have a lot of depth at the WR/RB positions and our QB is a returning 2 year starter. We need to be able to balance our run/pass attack this year and eliminate mental errors.

When your team is on defense, what are the keys to success?
We return 3 starters in our secondary and 2 linebackers. We lost our front 4 and will be looking to try to replace them. We have a hungry group of new/younger players who will have to step up for us on defense.

Key Starters Lost
Nahjee Adams
Jaden Kelley
Tamir Jackson
Dom Falcone
Derek Frinzi
Zion Jones
Donovan Lance

Offensive Starters Returning
Sr. RB Marcus Williams 5’10 180
Sr. WR Javion Thompson 5’9 170
Sr. WR Kyle Evancho 6’ 175
Sr. QB Cole Transue 6’2 200
Sr. TE Nino Rizzolino 5’10 205
Sr. OL Matt Cruise 6’2 255
Jr. OL Sean Wilson 6’5 255
Jr. OL Anthony Embardino 6’ 245

Defensive Starters Returning
Sr. DB Marcus Williams 5’10 180
Sr. DB Kyle Evancho 6’ 175
Sr. DB Javion Thompson 5’9 170
Sr. LB Mikey Hynes 5’10 205
Sr. LB Nino Rizzolino 5’10 205

Special Team Starters Returning
Marcus Williams – KR/PR
Javion Thompson – KR

Key Newcomers
Sr. OL/DL Cadell Samuel
Sr. WR/DB Bryce Billings
Sr. OL/DE Josh Mitzak
Sr. WR/DB Tarif Muhammed
Sr. RB/DB Simeon Reed
Jr. RB/LB. Aidan Hutchison
Jr. RB/DB. JV Johnson
Jr. WR/DB JuJu Fears
Jr. OL/DL Odin Ferency
Jr. OL/DL Ibrahim Dail
Jr. WR/DB Michael Phillips

Players we should keep an eye on?
Cole Transue
Marcus Williams
Javion Thompson
Mikey Hynes
Kyle Evancho
Nino Rizzolino
Aidan Hutchison

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