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2017 Team Previews: Armstrong Riverhawks (7)

Written by: on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

 

Head Coach: Frank Fabian

Assistant Coaches: Chris Hooks
Mike Lattanzio
Mike Cominos
Bill McGregor
Brandon Fulton
Garret Brumbaugh
Dwayne Weitzel

Team Name: Armstrong High School

2016 Record: 9-1 (Big East Champs)

2017 Schedule

Key Starters Lost:

Zane Dudek – RB / S
Michael Lhote – CB / QB
Shawn Giddings- WR/ OLB
Levi Butler- OT/DT
Christian Young- G/ILB
Kyle Bowser- OT/DE
James Cessna- WR/DB

Offensive Starters Returning:

Nate Ballie- Sr. Guard, 6-2, 280lbs
Ryan Pearce- Sr. WR, 5’11, 190lbs
Michael Cornman- Jr. C, 6’2, 250lbs

Defensive Starters Returning:

Nate Baillie- Sr. DE, 6’2, 280lbs
Zac Aretz- Jr. DT, 5’4, 190lbs
Jacob Aretz- Jr. DT, 5’4, 190lbs
Tanner Stivason- Sr. ILB, 5’10, 225lbs
Ryan Pearce-Sr. OLB, 5’11, 190lbs
Isaiah Price- So. C, 5’9, 180lbs

Special Team Starters Returning: N/A

Key Newcomers:

Dawson Porter, Sr. 6-1, 180lbs
Devin Goodgasell, Jr. 5’11, 190lbs
Zac Crissman, Jr. 6-2, 290lbs
Eric Zimmerman, Jr. 6’1, 270lbs
Jalen Price, Jr. 5’10, 180lbs
Ryan Vargo, Sr. 5’9, 175lbs
Nick Russo, So. 5’9, 165lbs
Nick Goodman, Sr. 5’8, 270lbs

Key Stats:

Tanner Stivason- 70 tackles; 2 sacks; 3 TFL
Nate Baillie – 60 tackles; 5 sacks; 8 TFL
Z. Aretz- 30 tackles; 7 sacks; 10 TFL

2017 Offensive Outlook: The offense will center around the offensive line, which returns two starters from last year’s team. The Hawks have a number of young lineman who had tremendous off-seasons and will count on them to fill the remaining three spots. The line should have plenty of size this upcoming year. Dawson Porter will return to the starting lineup and will be a welcomed sight. Dawson won the starting QB job as a 10th grader, but sat out his 11th grade year due to injury. Ryan Pearce is the leading returning receiver and possess top end speed.

2017 Defensive Outlook: The defense will will be anchored by the defensive line, which returns three starters from last year’s team. All conference selection Tanner Stivason returns at inside linebacker to give the defense a physical presence. Sophomore Isaiah Price returns to anchor the secondary after receiving all conference honors as a Freshman.

2017 Special Teams Outlook: The River Haws must replace both their kicker (Tyler Fries) and Punter (Zane Dudek) from a year ago. Fries was a four year starter at Kittannig and Armstrong.

 

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