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2021 PFN Team Preview: The Mapletown Maples @mapletownmaple @MaxVanata5 @PABackyard

Written by: on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

 

Mapletown Maples PFN PAGE

PIAA District 7 – Class A
League: Tri-County South

Head Coach George Messich

@mapletownmaple

2020 Season Record 2-5

2021 Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME/SCORE

08-21 Hundred (WV)  vs. Hundred (WV) (SCR) 10:00 am
08-27 Avella  vs. Avella (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-03 Northgate  @ Northgate (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-10 Chartiers-Houston  @ Chartiers-Houston (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-17 Carmichaels  vs. Carmichaels (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-24 California  @ California (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-01 Monessen  vs. Monessen (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-08 Avella  @ Avella (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-15 Jefferson-Morgan  @ Jefferson-Morgan (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-22 Bentworth  @ Bentworth (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-29 West Greene  vs. West Greene (0-0) * 7:00 pm

* – denotes league game
(SCR) – denotes scrimmage

2020 RECAP

Despite finishing with a 2-5 record, the anticipation and excitement around the current iteration of the Mapletown Maples is palpable. After giving up consecutive 43-8 losses, Mapletown regained and finished as one of the most improved teams of the year. The Maples were two touchdowns off from finishing the year on a 4 game winning streak, and have a generational talent in the backfield.

OFFENSE

The numbers were up in 2020 and it showed down the stretch. MAX VANATA played well for his third year under center for the Maples. LANDAN STEVENSON looks like the next great TCS running back and commanded the offense in 2020. CLAY MENEAR, the primary pass-catcher also returns. Mapletown finally has the size in the trenches to play with the big boys too. George Messich finally has the weapons and the numbers to game plan against TCS defenses.

DEFENSE 

With such a potentially explosive offense, the Maples defense needs to prevent 40 burgers and it will have a successful season. The defense played well down the stretch and names like GAIGE SHAW and LEVI HOWARD return to anchor.

OVERVIEW

There’s a very good chance that the Maples may be the Avella Eagles of 2021. The energy around the program and the participation is there. LANDAN STEVENSON has the chance to turn toss ups into blowouts and blowouts into toss ups. MAX VANATA finally has a line in front of him for the offense to work. The schedule lines up nicely for the Maples as well. If Mapletown can knock off the first 3, they host the Carmichaels Mikes in a possible trap game. Another game at home is the season finale at home against West Greene, which depending where both teams are, could decide the final playoff spot in the conference. In an extended playoff format, Mapletown is right in the mix for a playoff spot. 

Offensive Starters Returning
Max Vanata
Clay Menear
Landan Stevenson
Gage Siders
Riley Franks
Gaige Shaw
Cohen Stout

Defensive Starters Returning
Riley Franks
Gaige Shaw
Landan Stevenson
Levi Howard
Max Vanata
Clay Menear

Key Newcomers
AJ Vanata
Roger Gradek

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