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2021 PFN Team Preview: The Ringgold Rams @CoachManges14 @RinggoldBooster @PABackyard

Written by: on Thursday, July 15th, 2021

 

Ringgold Rams PFN PAGE

PIAA District 7 – Class AAAA
League: Big 8

Head Coach Darwin Manges

@CoachManges14

2020 Season Record 1-7

2021 Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME/SCORE

08-21 McGuffey  @ McGuffey (SCR) 10:00 am
08-27 Elizabeth-Forward  vs. Elizabeth-Forward (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-03 Yough  vs. Yough (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-10 South Allegheny  @ South Allegheny (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-17 Laurel Highlands  vs. Laurel Highlands (0-0) * 7:00 pm
09-24 Uniontown  @ Uniontown (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-01 McKeesport  @ McKeesport (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-08 Belle Vernon  vs. Belle Vernon (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-15 Thomas Jefferson  @ Thomas Jefferson (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-22 West Mifflin  @ West Mifflin (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-29 Trinity  vs. Trinity (0-0) * 7:00 pm

(SCR) – denotes scrimmage

2020 RECAP

Ringgold struggled against one of the best conferences in the WPIAL in 2020, only defeating Uniontown before their exit out of the season.  Now with the WPIAL dropping the Red Raiders altogether, it looks like Ringgold will be at the basement of the Big Eight. Jacob Walsh and Clayton Rosensteel both graduate and Darwin Manges will be strapped for someone who can score. 

OFFENSE

Either DEONDRE DOTSON or ALEX COCCAGNA will take over under center after splitting time each of the past two years. DONTE KINDS returns as the only big play threat on an offensive that was abysmal in 2020. The line will miss Julien Altemere but brings back almost everyone else. The question will not be the line for the Rams but if the weapons emerge for the new QB to use. 

DEFENSE 

The Rams bring back almost everyone from a defense that struggled early in the season but did very well down the stretch. The Rams lack the star that nearly every other team in the conference has and if the group gels together it could be used as a strength rather than a weakness. Keep a look out for POLEFKO, OSLOWSKI and WILLIS down the middle of the field, their play could decide whether the Rams compete in games. 

OVERVIEW

It has been a dark couple years at Joe Montana Stadium. The Rams are now solidified as a basement dweller in 4A competition after an unimpressive 1-7 season. The good news is that the defense stays almost intact long with everyone along the trenches. If DOTSON or COCCAGNA can take a big step and have the weapons to do it, Ringgold could be closer to playing with the West Mifflins and the Laurel Highlands than the Uniontowns. It doesn’t help that the Rams get McKeesport, Belle Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson all in a row this year, that’s the type of stretch that can break the spirit of a team. In that stretch in 2020, the Rams did not score a point. The Rams should play well in a game with Yough and compete with West Mifflin, but beside that there shouldn’t be much room for optimism.

Key Starters Lost
Julien Altemere
Jacob Walsh
Clayton Rosensteel

Offensive Starters Returning
Donte Kinds
Jacob Mayer
Jacob Frahlich
Dante Campagni

Defensive Starters Returning
Jacob Mayer
Dante Campagni
Kevin Willis
Donte Kinds

Key Newcomers
Deondre Dotson
Alex Coccagna
Landon Oslowski
Donte Newton Jr.

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