2018 preview: Lake Blue Streaks

BY Joe Scalzo

 

HEAD COACH Dan DeGeorge, sixth year, 24-26

LAST YEAR 1-9, 0-6

POSTSEASON Division II, Region 7

RETURNING LETTERMEN (21)

Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr.

Camden Boarman 6-0 190 TE-LB Sr.

Noah Collins 5-10 190 RB-LB Sr.

David Harbaugh 5-7 185 RB-LB Sr.

Tye Hunt 5-10 155 WR-DB Sr.

Cameron Martin 5-11 205 RB-LB Sr.

Michael Mather 6-3 290 OL-DL Sr.

Owen Pinion 5-11 230 OL-DL Sr.

Jared Sanders 6-0 230 RB-DL Sr.

Cole Shreve 6-1 200 RB-DL Sr.

Paul Troyer 6-1 200 QB-DB Sr.

Hunter Zacharyj 6-2 250 OL-DL Sr.

Logan Fedor 6-3 205 WR-DL Jr.

Vincent Garro 5-10 155 RB-DB Jr.

Sean-Michael James 5-10 190 RB-DB Jr.

Aaron Phillips 5-10 150 WR-DB Jr.

David Rhodes 6-1 245 OL-DL Jr.

Brady Tobin 6-1 240 OL-DL Jr.

Nicholas Maricocchi 5-10 190 RB-LB So.

Dreden Owens 5-8 190 RB-DB So.

Bryce Snow 6-2 170 WR-DB So.

Joseph Spohn 6-6 330 OL-DL So.

IMPACT PLAYERS: Everything starts with senior RB Cameron Martin, who led last year's team in rushing (815 yards, 10 TDs) and passing (36 of 60, 526 yards, 5 TDs) after an early-season injury to QB Paul Troyer forced him to move under center. Martin, who missed two games last season with a concussion, also will play some linebacker. "He's a very good player who unfortunately battled some injuries last year," Lake coach Dan DeGeorge said. "He had a great offseason and was chosen as one of our captains. He's gonna get the ball a lot." ... Senior RB-LB Noah Collins also battled injuries last year but DeGeorge finished fourth on the team in tackles (56) despite only playing seven games. "He's a great kid, a great leader and he's very athletic," DeGeorge said. ... Senior WR-DB Tye Hunt is a three-year starter at wide receiver and the team's fastest player. He led the team in receiving (31 catches, 455 yards, three TDs) and was also a weapon as a runner and returner. "He's had a great offseason," DeGeorge said. "I think he really understands the Xs and Os portion of the game and he's going to be a big threat for us offensively because of his speed and his hands." Troyer is back after missing seven games last fall with a broken foot. He completed 50 of 112 passes with two TDs and five interceptions. He is also a pitcher on the baseball team. "He's got a very strong arm," DeGeorge said. ... Senior Cole Shreve is a returning starter at defensive end who also will see time at fullback. He's the younger brother of former Lake standouts Drew (who played at Malone) and Clay (who plays at Ashland). "He had a great offseason, getting a lot stronger, a lot faster," DeGeorge said. "He's a great leader for us. He's a good blocker offensively and a very solid defensive player." ... Senior TE-LB Camden Boarman is a three-year starter and one of the team's hardest workers. "He's a quiet leader," DeGeorge said. "I don't think he missed a day of our offseason workouts. He dedicated himself to getting better and he's definitely done that, so we're looking for big things from him." ... OL-DL Hunter Zacharyj is another senior who had a strong offseason, mentally and physically, DeGeorge said. "He really bought into the program in the offseason," DeGeorge said. "He got a lot stronger and became a better leader."

WHAT'S NEW: OT Joe Spohn (6-6, 330), one of Lake's Super Sophomores, started four games last season as a freshman because of injuries on the Blue Streak offensive line. "That was the first time we started a freshman in about 10 years," DeGeorge said. "He wasn't ready to play last year but he got some really good game experience. He's got a chance to be really, really good. He had a really good offseason. He's still young, but he's starting to figure it out and is doing a really nice job." ... Junior WR Logan Fedor started every game last season, catching eight passes for 66 yards and a TD. "He put some weight on and got very good at blocking," DeGeorge said. "He's a really good leader, as well." ... OL-DL David Rhodes started every game last year at guard. "He was one of our better linemen as a sophomore," DeGeorge said. "He's playing great right now as a leader up front."

OUTLOOK: After making the playoffs in both 2015 and 2016, Lake had a nightmarish 2017, losing its last nine games. Much of that was injury-related, as the Blue Streaks were forced to elevate eight freshmen to the varsity squad. "There were a couple games last year where we had 15 or 16 guys on the sideline injured, which was really hard to see," DeGeorge said. ... If there was one benefit to the injuries, it gave several young players the chance to see varsity game experience. The Blue Streaks return 21 lettermen this fall. Four of them are sophomores. "Those guys got some good experience, but they also got their butts kicked," DeGeorge said. "Hopefully they'll be better for it in the long term." ... Lake opened camp with 61 players in grades 10-12, including 19 seniors. "The numbers are important, but it's also about the guys in those numbers," DeGeorge said. "The attitude is very good so far. We've had great support from our administration, we have great parents and I'm lucky to have a great coaching staff."

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