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2019 Team Previews: Blacklick Valley @vikingpride4

Written by: on Thursday, July 25th, 2019


2018 Season Record

2019 Schedule:





08-17 Glendale  Glendale (SCR) 10:00 am
08-23 Portage  Portage (0-0) * 7:00 pm
08-30 Meyersdale  Meyersdale (0-0) * Meyersdale Stadium 7:00 pm
09-06 North Star  North Star (0-0) * War Memorial Sports Complex 7:00 pm
09-13 Shade  Shade (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-20 Conemaugh Township  Conemaugh Township (0-0) * Indians Stadium 7:00 pm
09-27 Conemaugh Valley  Conemaugh Valley (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-04 Ferndale  Ferndale (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-11 Windber  Windber (0-0) * Windber Stadium 7:00 pm
10-18 Berlin-Brothersvalley  Berlin-Brothersvalley (0-0) * 7:00 pm
Head Coach
Rich Price
Assistant Coaches
Don Robertson
Joe Teklinsky
Bob Delosh
Dave Thomas
Dan Palko
Garry Wurm
Gary Welsh
Connor Dulashaw
Tavis Price
Key Starters Lost
Corey Simmons, QB/DB
Jude Gdula, WR/DB
Ryley Cressley, OL/LB
David Schilling, OL/DL
Offensive Starters Returning
Dominic Dipaolo, Athlete/QB (Sr.) 5’11” 170lbs
Isaac Thomas, RB (Sr.) 5’9″ 185lbs
Joe Beiler, OL (Sr.) 6’1″ 215lbs
Ian McGhee OL (Sr.) 5’10” 220lbs
Noah McEvoy WR (Sr.) 5’10: 155lbs
Josh Little FB (Jr.) 5’10” 215lbs
Kolton Szymusiak Athlete/Slot (So.) 5’9″ 160lbs
Cody Williams WR (So.) 6’0″ 165lbs
Rudy Lazendorfer OL (So.) 6’0″ 180lbs
Defensive Starters Returning
Dominic Dipaolo, DB (Sr.) 5’11” 170lbs
Isaac Thomas, OLB (Sr.) 5’9″ 185lbs
Joe Beiler, DE (Sr.) 6’1″ 215lbs
Ian McGhee DL (Sr.) 5’10” 220lbs
Noah McEvoy DB(Sr.) 5’10: 155lbs
Josh Little DE (Jr.) 5’10” 215lbs
Jack Wurm OLB (Jr.) 5’9″ 165lbs
Weston Zeglen OLB (Jr.) 5’10” 165lbs
Kolton Szymusiak DB (So.) 5’9″ 160lbs
Rudy Lazendorfer DL (So.) 6’0″ 180lbs
Nathan Schilling MLB (So.) 5’10” 170lbs
Special Team Starters Returning
Dominic Dipaolo, KR/P (Sr.) 5’11” 170
Ian McGhee, LS/PK (Sr.) 5’10” 220lbs
Key Newcomers
Chris Clark OL (Fr.) 6’0″ 235lbs
What does your offense need to improve on from last year?
We need to run the ball more effectively. The boys are in weight room (4) days a week getting stronger and faster. In our conference you must be able to run the ball. We want to be more physical up front. We have (3) quality linemen with some experience. We’re looking for 3 or 4 more guys to step up and give us some depth on the line.
What does your defense need to improve on from last year
Our defense improved each week last season. With our injuries last season, a lot of younger players got a chance to play. We hope that pays dividends this year. Our LB’s and secondary are experienced and aggressive. We hope that we can find (2) defensive tackles to compliment Joe Belier and Josh Little at Defensive Ends.
What are your overall thoughts on this years team?
I really like our returning skill guys. We got hit with the injury bug last season, but that gave our young players varsity reps. We hope that pays off this year. We have the potential to be explosive at the receiver position. Dominic Dipaolo will be moved around. He will take snaps at QB, Slot, and Wideout. Isaac Thomas and Josh Little should give us a physical presence at the RB position. The key is up front. We lack numbers on the line right now. In Joe Beiler, Ian McGhee, and Rudy Lanzendorfer, we have (3) experienced and hard working linemen, If we can get 3 or 4 more guys to step up and give us quality minutes and add depth we can be competitive. The WestPac is historically a very physical conference and this year will be no different. There are no “off weeks” on our schedule.

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