Football preview 2015: Corunna Cavaliers

Football preview 2015: Corunna Cavaliers

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Football preview 2015: Corunna Cavaliers

James Hudak (22) and Brandon Blair (57), shown blocking for quarterback Marshall Walters last season, are two returning contributors for the Cavaliers in 2015.

James Hudak (22) and Brandon Blair (57), shown blocking for quarterback Marshall Walters last season, are two returning contributors for the Cavaliers in 2015.

LAST YEAR

2-7 overall, 2-4 GAC Red (T-4th)

SCHEDULE

Aug. 28 at Owosso, 7 p.m. (L 33-22)

Sept. 3 Montrose, 7 p.m. (L 28-21)

Sept. 11 at Goodrich, 7 p.m. (L 31-6)

Sept. 18 Bay City John Glenn, 7 p.m. (35-6)

Sept. 25 Flint Beecher, 7 p.m. (L 33-7)

Oct. 2 Mount Morris, 7 p.m. (W 30-26)

Oct. 9 at Durand, 7 p.m. (W 50-0)

Oct. 16 at Lake Fenton, 7 p.m. (L 27-26)

Oct. 23 at Chesaning, 7 p.m. (L 49-25)

COACH

Kyle Robinson

Age: 32

Playing experience: Grand Ledge 1998-2001, Albion College 2003-06

Head coaching experience: First season

Career record: 0-0

Full-time job: Corunna High physical education teacher

Assistant coaches: Jason Beldyga, Buck Heiney, Steve Herrick, Scott Moeller, Dean Welte

FOURCAST

MR. ROBINSON’S TEAM

After serving as an assistant for the Cavaliers under Chris Curtiss the past two seasons, Kyle Robinson is now Corunna’s head coach. This fall will mark the seventh involved at the high school level for Robinson, who began his coaching career with a two-year stint on Albion College’s staff before spending four seasons as an assistant at Cheasning.

BACK TO THE PLAYOFFS

After an eight-year playoff drought, Corunna will be trying to qualify for the postseason for the second time in three seasons. Robinson believes the Cavaliers have plenty of pieces back to shoot toward accomplishing that goal in what is a tough GAC Red. Corunna has eight starters returning on offense and six on defense.

BETTER IN THE TRENCHES

Corunna was young in the trenches last season, but that area has now become one of the team’s strengths. The offensive line will especially be strong with four starters returning in Cooper Clapp, Max Nations, Dylan Pavka and Brandon Blair.The unit has size with Clapp at 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, Nations at 6-0 and 285 pounds and Blair at 6-4 and 244 pounds. Robinson believes the continuity will be a big plus for the Cavaliers, who will have a new starting quarterback.

KEYS TO A REBOUND

If Corunna is going to bounce back from its two-win season, Robinson believes it will need to respond better to adversity. He also believes the Cavaliers need to come out of the gate strong each week. Robinson has seen positives from his team and has noticed dedication and a willingness to do what it takes to compete.

ROSTER

1 Spencer Mort WR/DB sr.

2. Kaleb Toney SB/LB sr.

3 Dylan Briggs RB/LB jr.

4 Corey Mort WR/DB sr.

5 Chris WooleyQB/LB jr.

6 Jerod Fattal QB/LB jr.

7 Owen Walter SB/LB jr.

8 Ethan Quinn WR/DB jr.

9 Jaron VanFleteren SB/DB jr.

10 Cole Conklin WR/DB jr.

11 Cam Welte WR/LB jr.

12 Dakota Ryan SB/DB sr.

15 Josh Chapman WR/DB sr.

18 Austin Mahoney SB/LB jr.

21 Nik Gutowski SB/CB sr.

22 James Hudak RB/LB sr.

30 Michael Parker RB/DL sr.

32 David Dumond SB/LB jr.

39 Marcus Jablonski RB/LB jr.

42 Taylor Jackson TE/LB jr.

52 Josh Richardson OL/DL jr.

53 Max Kelly OL/DL sr.

54 Adrian Hall OL/DL jr.

55 Dylan Pavka OL/LB sr.

57 Brandon Blair OL/DL jr.

58 Max Nations OL/DL jr.

61 Tyler Sampson OL/DL jr.

66 Luke Cortez OL/DL jr.

70 Chris Steffes OL/DL jr.

75 Cooper Clapp OL/DL jr.

76 Corey Ylitalo OL/DL jr.

77 Kenny Johnston OL/DL sr.

80 Michael Kerjses TE/LB sr.

82 Devin Hersha WR/DB sr.

RETURNING STARTERS ( 8 on offense, 6 on defense)

OFFENSE

Mikey Parker RB

Dakota Ryan SB

Corey Mort WR

Spencer Mort WR

Cooper Clapp OL

Max Nations OL

Dylan Pavka OL

Brandon Blair OL

DEFENSE

Brandon Blair DT

Cooper Clapp DT

Dylan Pavka LB

Taylor Jackson LB

Corey Mort DB

Spencer Mort DB

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS

Kaleb Toney- SB/LB

Jerod Fattal- QB

Owen Walter- SB/LB

Ethan Quinn- WR/CB

Jaron VanFleteren- SB/CB

Luke Cortez- OL/DL

Michael Kerjses- TE/LB

-Brian Calloway

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