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2017 Team Preview: Central Cambria Red Devils (6)

Written by: on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

 

Head Coach: Shane McGregor

Assistant Coaches:

Wade Klezek
John Sikora
Clint Gochnour
Mitch Brown
Dave Moore
Josh Bracken
Jerrod Nixon
Bob Nikolishen

Team Name: Central Cambria Red Devils

2016 Record: 1-9

2017 Schedule

Key Starters Lost: WR Billy Davis
RB David O’Saben

Offensive Starters Returning: Sr. QB Justin Bezek, 6-0, 210
Sr. FB John Croft, 5-9, 220
Sr. WR Luke Bennett, 6-0, 165
Sr. WR Kayden Kutchman, 6-1, 155
Sr. OL Nate Martin, 6-0, 280
Sr. OL TJ Bracken, 6-1, 200
Sr. OL Marc Garzarelli, 5-11, 300
Jr. OL Caleb Sand, 5-11, 290
Jr. OL Chris Waters, 6-4, 235

Defensive Starters Returning: Sr. DT Nate Martin, 6-0, 280
Sr. DT Marc Garzarelli, 5-11, 300
Sr. DE TJ Bracken, 6-1, 200
Jr. MLB John Croft, 5-9, 220
Jr. OLB Nick Knopp, 5-10, 175
Sr. DB Luke Bennett, 6-0, 165
Sr. DB Kayden Kutchman, 6-1, 155

Special Team Starters Returning: Jr. K Dalton Baker
Sr. P Justin Bezek
Sr. PR Luke Bennett

Key Newcomers: Jr. DB Blake Pellegrino, 5-8, 157

Key Stats: – John Croft returns at MLB after leading the team in total tackles (100) last year as a sophomore
– Justin Bezek enters his third year as a starting quarterback and will look to surpass the 1000-yard passing mark for a third time in his career
– Luke Bennett returns to lead a deep receiving corps after finishing 5th in the conference in receiving yards (483) last season as a junior

2017 Offensive Outlook: Playmaking experience on both the line and in the backfield should allow the offense to play solid complementary football with both the run and pass game. A multiple attack will be used. Six players who started games on the offensive line will return from what was a young group last year, and will look to protect a 3-year starting quarterback and pave the way for a solid crew of athletes on the edges. Winning the line of scrimmage will be the foundation for the Devils’ success; making consistent plays on the outside could make the offense special.

2017 Defensive Outlook: A bounty of experience on the defensive line and in the defensive backfield could help the Devils establish a formidable defensive identity this season. CC’s 2016 Team Defensive MVP Nick Knopp returns for his junior season in his OLB/SS position. Fully solidifying the linebacking corps around Knopp and Croft could result in the stingiest Red Devil defense since 2013, the last time CC made the postseason.

2017 Special Teams Outlook: Returning experience and depth in the both the kicking and return games should help “gain the extra offensive play” and win the field position battle.

 

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