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 BY JEFF FALK

 SOUTH LEBANON – Scholastic football groups aren’t teams to be molded, they’re squads to be unfolded. Football doesn’t develop character, it reveals it.

 The development of this season’s Cedar Crest Falcons should be interesting, intriguing and fun to follow. Ultimately, the Falcons will be a product of the program, and then come to represent it.

 Under current head coach Rob Wildasin, Cedar Crest has made measurable strides, winning as many games in his five years at the helm as the Falcons had in the ten years prior to him taking over. During the Wildasin years, Cedar Crest has gone a combined 27-25 – a total which includes a pair of playoff losses – after going 27-73 during the previous decade.

 “Draw whatever conclusion you want,” said Wildasin. “We’re certainly in the mix. I don’t think anyone rolls into Cedar Crest any more and thinks it’s over. We went 5-5 last year, but we were in the mix. Sleep on us at your own risk.

 “Twenty players per class has always been my goal,” continued Wildasin. “We’re a small six-A team. I think we’ve done a good job of that. We’re not going to play 22 kids on Friday nights. We’re going to have 45-50 kids hit the field.” 

 After exhibiting steady progress in Wildasin’s first four years, the Falcons took a bit of a step back last season. That 5-5 mark came on the heels of an 8-2 regular-season mark in 2017, one in which Cedar Crest qualified for the District Three postseason.

 “Last year, we had our opportunities to be a little better,” said Wildasin. “We just couldn’t get over the hump. We had injuries at the wrong time. We’re a diiferent team this year. Last year means nothing.

 “When  you come into camps, you’re always looking at places where guys left,” added Wildasin. “Where you know you have new spots. Obviously for me, this year it’s at quarterback. But that’s where your attention goes to first.”

 There will be no quarterback controversy in South Lebanon this season, just some good old-fashioned competition. Following four productive years from the departed Logan Horn, juniors Chris Danz and Dalton Reinhart are currently running neck-and-neck for his vacated starting gig.

 It’s a situation that may need some time to work itself out, if at all.

 “They’re both in the mix,” said Wildasin. “That’s the best answer I can give you. They’re both capable. I’m in no hurry. I think they both do things well, and they’re both inexperienced. I think they’re a little different in what they bring to the table. I want them to grow into their idea of what a quarterback is.

 “It might be moment-to-moment, or game-to-game,” Wildasin continued. “Or it might be how the defense presents itself. Both need to be ready, as do all of our players. That’s who we are. That’s who we’re going to be. We’re a collective group.”

 Whoever calls the Cedar Crest signals will be surrounded by a talented supporting cast. The Falcons will be lead by captains Tyler Cruz, Eric Wawrzyniak and Cole Miller, and complemented capably by emerging sophomore Aadyn Richards.

 “I think a lot of teams talk about togetherness,” said Wildasin. “But I’m starting to get the sense that our guys know what it means. I’m thinking that will carry us a long way.

 “Obviously our discipline and concentration can improve,” added Wildasin. “It’s where everybody is at this point.”

 The Falcons are big and strong and physical across the offensive front. Cedar Crest will line up with T.J. Moore at left tackle, Billy Eddy at left guard, Andrew Foltz at center, Cole Pennington at right guard and Cade Rambler at right tackle.

 “We definitely want to get into the playoffs,” said Wildasin, “and we want to win a game. It’s a very difficult, but attainable goal. It starts with Week One.”

 For the Falcons, Week One also goes by the name of ‘Cedar Bowl’, which will be contested on Friday, August 23rd at 7 p.m. at Arnold Field at Earl Boltz Stadium.

 

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 2019 Cedar Crest Football Schedule

 
 
Date Opponents    
8/23
7:00 pm
Lebanon
at Cedar Crest
   
8/30
7:00 pm
Hershey
at Cedar Crest
   
9/06
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at York High
   
9/13
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at McCaskey
   
9/20
7:00 pm
Hempfield
at Cedar Crest
   
9/27
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Warwick
   
10/04
7:00 pm
Penn Manor
at Cedar Crest
   
10/11
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Manheim Township
   
10/18
7:00 pm
Wilson
at Cedar Crest
   
10/25
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Garden Spot
   
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedar Crest Football Coaching History

2014-2019 – Rob Wildasin

2009-2013 – Tom Waranavage

2004-2008 – Mike Robinson

1996-2003 – Gene ‘Spike’ Fuhrman

1986-1995 – Norbie Danz

1983-1985 – Barry Heckard

1976-1982 – Dennis Tulli

1969-1975 – Norbie Danz

1965-1968 – Tom Auman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedar Bowl History

2018 – Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 19

 2017 – Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 14

 2016 – Cedar Crest 41, Lebanon 7

 2015 – Cedar Crest 41, Lebanon 7

2014 – Cedar Crest 38, Lebanon 24

2013 – Cedar Crest 40, Lebanon 24

2012 – Cedar Crest 67, Lebanon 0

2011 – Lebanon 47, Cedar Crest 14

2010 – Lebanon 35, Cedar Crest 7

2009 – Cedar Crest 33, Lebanon 14

2008 — Lebanon 39, Cedar Crest 7
2007 — Cedar Crest 30, Lebanon 19
2006 — Lebanon 28, Cedar Crest 7
2005 — Lebanon 14, Cedar Crest 13
2004 — Cedar Crest 34, Lebanon 7
2003 — Lebanon 29, Cedar Crest 24
2002 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 7
2001 — Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 24
2000 — Cedar Crest 39, Lebanon 6
1999 — Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 6
1998 — Cedar Crest 63, Lebanon 21
1997 — Cedar Crest 49, Lebanon 12
1996 — Lebanon 41, Cedar Crest 6
1995 — Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 0
1994 — Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 0
1993 — Cedar Crest 35, Lebanon 20
1992 — Lebanon 7, Cedar Crest 0
1991 — Cedar Crest 20, Lebanon 14
1990 — Lebanon 35, Cedar Crest 31
1989 — Lebanon 13, Cedar Crest 6
1988 — Lebanon 0, Cedar Crest 0
1987 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 6
1986 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 0
1985 — Cedar Crest 28, Lebanon 23
1984 — Lebanon 23, Cedar Crest 7
1983 — Cedar Crest 14, Lebanon 7
1982 — Cedar Crest 23, Lebanon 0
1981 — Lebanon 15, Cedar Crest 9
1980 — Cedar Crest 15, Lebanon 13
1979 — Cedar Crest 34, Lebanon 0
1978 — Lebanon 14, Cedar Crest 0
1977 — Cedar Crest 20, Lebanon 8
1976 — Lebanon 14, Cedar Crest 6
1975 — Cedar Crest 32, Lebanon 14
1974 — Cedar Crest 39, Lebanon 8
1973 — Lebanon 22, Cedar Crest 0
1972 — Cedar Crest 15, Lebanon 13

Note: Cedar Crest leads the all-time series 31-15-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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