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2019 Team Previews: Apollo-Ridge @ApolloRidgeFB

Written by: on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

 

2018 Season Record
2-8

2019 Schedule: https://pafootballnews.com/apollo-ridge-vikings/

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME/SCORE

08-17 Freeport  Freeport (SCR) 10:00 am
08-23 Leechburg  Leechburg (0-0) 7:00 pm
08-30 Summit Academy  Summit Academy (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-06 Carlynton  Carlynton (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-13 East Allegheny  East Allegheny (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-20 Avonworth  Avonworth (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-27 Shady Side Academy  Shady Side Academy (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-04 Valley  Valley (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-11 Steel Valley  Steel Valley (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-18 Freedom Area  Freedom Area (0-0) 7:00 pm
10-25 Charleroi  Charleroi (0-0) 7:00 pm
Head Coach
John Skiba
Assistant Coaches
Bruce Yard, Jeff Zelonka, Mark Duriancik, Adam Ross, Dave Giunta, Dom Duso, Matt Gourley, Lonny Wells
Key Starters Lost
Alex Gamble WR-OLB, Jake Clark OL-DL, Kent Harkleroad C-DT,
Offensive Starters Returning
Jr. QB Jake Fello 6′ 170, Jr. WR Klay Fitzroy 6’3 185, Jr. WR/TE Keighton Reese 5’11 180, Jr. RB Logan Harmon 5’9 212, Sr. WR/RB Cade Grguric 5’9 140, So. OT Greg Klingensmith 6’4 225, Jr. G Jake Duriancik 6’2 205, Jr. G Lucas Yard 5’10 185, So. OT Bradey Schrock 6′ 245, Sr. C/OT Robbie Harkleroad 5’11 205
Defensive Starters Returning
Jr. FS Jake Fello 6′ 170, Jr. DB Klay Fitzroy 6’3 185, Jr. SS Keighton Reese 5’11 180, Jr. ILB Logan Harmon 5’9 212, Sr. DB Cade Grguric 5’9 140, So. DE Greg Klingensmith 6’4 225, Jr. ILB Lucas Yard 5’10 185, So. DT Bradey Schrock 6′ 245
Special Team Starters Returning
Jr. P Keighton Reese 5’11 180, Jr. PR Jake Fello 6′ 170, Sr. KR Cade Grguric 5’9 140
Key Newcomers
Jr. FB/LB Dom Reiter 5’10 180, Sr. DB/WR Brandon Kimmel 5’10 155, Sr. DB/WR Cam Bush 5’11 175, Fr. SS/RB Nick Curci 5’11 187
What does your offense need to improve on from last year?
As we’ve gained experience over the last couple of years and after taking our lumps with a young team the maturation process should make us a more formidable opponent in 2019. We have a solid nucleus of players who have played a lot of football and their knowledge of the offense should be pivotal to our success. We finished the season last year getting back to basics and using an offense that was run first and physical.
What does your defense need to improve on from last year
As mentioned the maturation process should be a benefit on the defensive side of the ball immensely. We’ve played against some the of most explosive offenses last year within our conference and I believe we learned a lot playing against those teams. We need to focus on not giving up the big play and become a ball hawking take away defense. We have a great core returning that is bigger and stronger and a year older. We’ve had a great summer of work and are excited to get into camp.
What are your overall thoughts on this years team?
Our core group of players comes from the what is now our Junior class, we have several seniors who have played a lot of football as well and all these young men are now ready to reap the rewards of the sticking together and toughing it out. We’re excited about the upcoming season, we know we are in a very competitive conference but believe we can compete with anyone and look forward to Friday Night Lights.

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