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2019 Team Previews: Mt. Carmel Area Red Tornadoes @GOBIGRED19

Written by: on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019


2018 Season Record

2019 Schedule:





08-17 Pottsville  Pottsville (SCR) 10:00 am
08-23 Central Columbia  Central Columbia (0-0) * 7:00 pm
08-31 Southern Columbia  Southern Columbia (0-0) * Tiger Stadium 7:00 pm
09-06 Lewisburg  Lewisburg (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-13 Jersey Shore  Jersey Shore (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-20 North Schuylkill  North Schuylkill (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-27 Mifflinburg  Mifflinburg (0-0) 7:00 pm
10-04 Hughesville  Hughesville (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-11 South Williamsport  South Williamsport (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-18 Bloomsburg  Bloomsburg (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-25 Shamokin  Shamokin (0-0) Kemp Memorial Stadium 7:00 pm
Head Coach
John Darrah
Assistant Coaches
Bob Veach, Rob Varano, Pete Cheddar, Bill Joraskie, Jordan Marlow, Al Robbins, Marshall Mirarchi, Eddy Stewart, Mark Minnig, Brian Christiana
Key Starters Lost
John Ayres (RB/LB), Billy Anderson (OL/DL), MIke Hood (DE), Avery Demko (DB/WR), Tanner Karycki (RB/DB), Zach Artman (OL)
Offensive Starters Returning
#13 Sr. QB Tom Reisinger, 6’4″, 215lbs., #44 Sr. TE Jack Chapman, 6’3″, 215lbs, #4 Sr. TE Logan Wills, 6’1″, 210lbs, #54 Sr OL Mike Makowski, 6’1, 235, #72 Sr OL, Collin Herb, 5’11”, 265lbs, #67 Sr. OL Brad Shurock, 6’1″, 240lbs., #28 Sr. RB Shane Weidner, 5’11” 170lbs., #29 Jr. FB Damon Dowkus, 5’11”, 195lbs.
Defensive Starters Returning
#44 Sr. OLB Jack Chapman, 6’3″, 215lbs, #4 Sr. DE Logan Wills, 6’1″, 210lbs, #72 Sr DL, Collin Herb, 5’11”, 265lbs, #28 Sr. FS Shane Weidner, 5’11” 170lbs., #26 Sr OLB Nick Troutman, 6′, 200lbs. #10 Sr. SS Noah Berkoski, 5’9″ 165 lbs.
Special Team Starters Returning
#44 Sr. K/P Jack Chapman, 6’3″, 215lbs, #24 So. PK, Julien Stellar, 5’11”, 180lbs, #29 Jr. LS, Damon Dowkus, 5’11”, 195lbs.
Key Newcomers
#34 Sr RB/LB Joey Bendas, 5’8″, 150lbs, #19 Sr. WR/DB Dylan Pupo, 5’11”, 170lbs, #9 Jr. DB/RB Tyler Owens, 5’10, 165lbs, #21 Jr FB/LB Reed Witkoski, 5’10”, 190lbs, #24 So. ATH/LB Julien Stellar 5’10”, 180lbs, OL/DL Fr. Matthew Kelley 6’4″, 330lbs, OL/DL Fr. Nick Nestico 6’2″, 260lbs, OL/DE Fr. Matthew Scicchitano, 6’2, 210lbs, OL/DL Jr. Michael Gresh, 6′, 240 lbs.
What does your offense need to improve on from last year?
On offense we will look to continue to improve on our ability to throw the football.
What does your defense need to improve on from last year
On defense we need to create more turnovers.
What are your overall thoughts on this years team?
The Red Tornadoes return 8 starters offensively in 2019. There are a bevy of skill players returning & several younger players waiting in the wings for their chance to contribute. Balance & finding replacements for two 4-year starters in John Ayres & Billy Anderson will be key to MCA’s success offensively.
The “Red Death” defense also returns 8 players who started at least 1 game last season. Several young players saw plenty of action last year & now will need to be counted on full time for the MCA defense to continue to improve in 2019.

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