2012 JJHuddle Previews: Cortland Lakeview

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Cortland Lakeview Bulldogs

Key Returners, News of Note, Schedule Thoughts, Coaches Quotes and more…


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2012 JJHuddle HS Football Previews

Cortland Lakeview (6-4)

High School Name: Lakeview
High School City: Cortland
Coach’s Name: Tom Pavlansky
Years at School (Career record): 13; 83 wins 54 losses
Last Season’s Record (Conference/Finish): 6-4; 2nd in Conference
Last Winning Season: 2011   
Division/Region: Division IV Region 13

Key Returners:

*Zac Sicilian SR OL LB 6’0 195
*Trevor Watson SR OL DL / 2 year letter winner
*Drew Bell SR WR LB 6’5 210 2 year letter winner
*Brandon Bensing SR WR LB 6’1 195 2 year letter winner
*Elijah Henderson SR WR DB 6’4 190 2 year letter winner
*Zach Kendall SR WR DB 5’10 160
*Evan McCollum SR RB DB 5’8 165
*Erich Schmitt SR QB 6’2 215
*Jake Pishotti JR WR DB 5’11 160
*Isaac Daffron JR WR DB 5’11 150
*Justin Journey JR RB LB 5’10 170
*Tyler Gilmore JR QB LB 5’10 160
*Michael Mannella SO RB LB 5’11 190

Potential college prospects:     

Elijah Henderson
Drew Bell
Michael Mannella

Noteworthy News: Henderson has the opportunity to become the school’s career leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

Schedule:  Division II playoff teams Madison and Howland are opponents in Weeks 1 and 3, resepctively. D-IV Regional runner-up Girard is Week 5 opponent.

Coach’s Quote: “2012 is going to pose numerous challenges for us. We have to replace Anthony Franco who was arguably the best quarterback in the Mahoning Valley the past 3 years. He set 13 school records during his time as our quarterback. For as strong as he was a performer on the field, he was an even larger presence in the locker room and practice field. Filling that void is without question our biggest challenge.”

“Trevor Watson and Zac Sicilian are returning two-way starters for us who were playing their best football at the end of the season last year. Elijah Henderson is threat every time he touches the ball, and is complemented by fellow returning receivers in Jake Pishotti, Drew Bell, and Isaac Daffron. The RB position will be filled by returning letterman Michael Mannella, Justin Journey, and also juniors John Guinn and Cesar Moreno. At QB, senior Erich Schmitt is the only returning player with varsity experience. He will be pushed by junior Tyler Gilmore. We have to replace 3/5ths of our OL, which was a strength of the 2011 team.”

“Defensively, we will be young up front as only Trevor Watson is a returning starter. Linebacker and defensive back should be a strength. Zac Sicilian, Brandon Bensing, Justin Journey, Drew Bell, and Michael Mannella all return at LB. Elijah Henderson, Evan McCollum, and Zach Kendall all return as letter winners in the secondary.”

“For us to compete at a high level in 2012, our seniors need to have their career best year, and we need to stay healthy as depth, especially up front will be an issue.”

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