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 IMG_5564BY JEFF FALK

SOUTH LEBANON – Today is Thursday. Tomorrow is Friday. Yesterday was Wednesday.

Local football teams have been preparing for the upcoming season for more than two weeks now. The start of the campaign is about seven days away.

So at what point does training camp end and individual game prepartion begin?

For the Cedar Crest footballers, Cedar Bowl Week is right around the corner.

As they continue to prepare for what they hope will be another successful year, the Falcons are currently honing their skills, paying attention to details, crossing their Ts and dotting their Is. Cedar Crest has prepared to the point where they’re just about ready to turn their full attentions to their rival.

IMG_5634“We worked all summer long,” said Falcon head coach Rob Wildasin. “We know who we are. Now it’s tackling and blocking, and who can break tackles. We’re about to go live. That’s what it’s really all about.

“When you walk off the field after Bishop McDevitt (Cedar Crest’s first and only scrimmage, on Saturday), it’s Lebanon Cedar week,” continued Wildasin. “We’re focusing on us until it hits us in the face. We’ll be ready. We’ll be ready as a staff. We’ll be ready as a team. We’ll be ready as a program.”

Cedar Crest will open its 54th year of football on Friday, April 24th with its 47th annual clash with rival Lebanon. The Falcons are coming off their best season yet under Wildasin, one in which they went 8-2 during the regular season and qualified for the District Three Class AAAAAA postseason.

Lebanon certainly matters, but the Falcons are seeking to use it as a springboard to season-long success.

IMG_5677“What I remember about last year was just the good group of kids we had,” said Wildasin, who’s in his fifith season as the head coach in South Lebanon. “We were balanced and we had the ability to make some plays. I don’t think there’s any carry-over from last year. We’ve been bad before and it didn’t seem to have an impact when we were good the following year.

“We’re in a good place,” added Wildasin. “Now that we only have one scrimmage, I think that first game will be sloppier than usual. We have to iron those things out now.”

Here’s the Falcons’ storyline for 2018: They have an esablished quarterback in four-year starter Logan Horn and emerging skill people. But just like the prospective for the season, they have the potential to be very good in the trenches – on both sides of the ball.

“Our goal is to get into the playoffs, and win a game,” said Wildasin. “I like setting realistic goals. It’s attainable, but it’ll be hard to achieve. It’s a challenge we want.

“We’ve got to beat the teams we’re supposed to beat,” Wildasin continued. “We’ve got to figure out how to win close games. We’re going to be in three or four close games this year. That’s where we hope our senior leadership will come in.”

IMG_5678The guys up front will be led by three-year starter Nate Shaeffer and anchored by fellow senior Nick Stout. The Falcons possess the ability to be both physical and athletic along each side of the line of scrimmage.

The Cedar Crest roster numbers 64 student-athletes and is made up of a near equal distribution of seniors, juniors and sophomores. The Falcons return five starters on offense and three on defense.

IMG_5504“That’s a little misleading,” said Wildasin, whose troops are back to competing in Section One of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. “We’ve always had that number of returning starters. We’ll be alright. We’ve got guys who have taken snaps and gotten reps. They just have to take that next little step.

“The guys on our offensive line and defensive line, they’re physical,” Wildasin added. “They’re going to have to bring their ‘A’ game every night. If they do, we’ll have a chance every game.”

If the line can give Horn time and protection, he can make things happen. He is equally adept at running as passing, but his true strength may be in his quick decision-making.

Offensively, Cedar Crest is expected to build around Horn, Brody Dunlop, another versatile 12th-grader, and fleet senior Neisso Dorvil.

IMG_5652“He’s sharp,” said Wildasin of Horn. “He makes the right reads. He’s a gamer and a competitor. Every team on every level – from midgets to high school to college to the pros – needs a quarterback, and we’ve got ours. We expect him to lead our offense.

“I do have some concerns in the skill spots,” continued Wildasin. “But we’ve got some guys who are good football players. Brody Dunlop is a kid who’s never going to come off the field. We have guys who aren’t as experienced. They’re ‘The Guys’ now. They’ve got to step up.”

The improvements Cedar Crest has made under Wildasin have been incremental, measurable and systematic. It would seem winning a District Three Class AAAAAA playoff game would just be the next logical step.

“When I took over, I felt like there was a prevailing sentiment that you couldn’t win at Cedar Crest,” said Wildasin. “I took that personally. That was the reason I took the job. I think we’ve done that. We’ve made strides in our organization and the commitment from our players.

“Go Falcons!,” Wildasin added.

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2018 Cedar Crest Football Roster

 

NO. Name GR. Ht. Wt. Pos.(s)
1 Neisso Dorvil 12 5’3″ 135 RB/CB
2 Tony Brewer 12 5’10″ 150 WR/CB
3 Chris Rios 11 5’10″ 173 WR/CB
4 Logan Horn 12 6′ 185 QB/CB
5 Lawson Seyfert 11 6′ 195 TE/LB
6 Trey Kalbach 12 5’10″ 160 WR/FS
7 Kyle Poorman 12 6′ 185 WR/CB
8 Jack Beasley 11 5’9″ 145 K/P
9 Hayden Mease 10 5’11″ 165 WR/DB
10 Gekye Hampton 12 6’2″ 190 WR/CB
11 Zach Garrett 12 6′ 190 QB/LB
12 Chris Danz 10 5’10″ 150 QB/DB
13 Tyrese Stewart 10 6’1″ 150 WR/DB
14 Dary Diaz 12 5’7″ 140 WR/DB
16 Josh Donnachie 12 6’1″ 175 K/P
17 Jake Arnold 10 5’5″ 150 WR/DB
18 Ruddy Garcia 12 5’7″ 165 RB/DB
20 Taylor Gehman 10 5’5″ 130 RB/DB
21 Tyler Cruz 11 5’10″ 195 RB/LB
22 Keon Grier 10 5’8″ 160 WR/DB
23 Cole Miller 11 6’1″ 175 WR/DB
24 Blake Hoke 11 5’10″ 185 RB/LB
25 Chris Byler 11 5’10″ 155 WR/DB
26 Aadyn Richards 9 5’9″ 180 RB/LB
27 Brayden Koehler 9 5’9″ 155 WR/DB
28 Essay Santos 12 5’9″ 160 RB/LB
30 Dylan Stiver 10 5’10″ 150 WR/LB
31 Jepel Gibbs Jr. 12 5’8″ 140 RB/DB
32 Christian Morales 10 5’11″ 165 WR/DB
33 Brody Dunlop 12 6’1″ 190 WR/SS
35 Kasper Tanberg 11 5’9″ 170 WR/LB
36 Eric Wawrzyniak 11 6’3″ 215 TE/DE
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40 Gage Ebersole 12 5’9″ 190 RB/LB
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42 Hunter Bojanic 11 5’10″ 175 RB/LB
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45 Robert Twardowski 11 5’9″ 150 WR/DB
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50 Travis Zang 12 6′ 185 OL/LB
51 Andrew Foltz 11 5’9″ 240 OL/DL
52 Ethan Beare 12 5’10″ 220 OL/DL
53 Simon Gruber 10 5’7″ 280 OL/DL
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55 Owen Kreider 11 6′ 245 OL/DL
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58 Austin Bohr 12 5’10″ 175 OL/LB
59 Gabe Ruiz-Roman 11 5’10″ 190 OL/LB
60 Michael Boltz 12 6′ 190 OL/DL
61 Ryan Howard 10 5’10″ 220 OL/DL
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63 Blake Sowers 10 5’10″ 245 OL/DL
64 Cade Rambler 11 6’2″ 235 OL/DL
65 Zak Claman 10 5’10″ 250 OL/DL
66 Nate Shaeffer 12 5’11″ 260 OL/DL
67 Derrick Via 12 5’7″ 215 OL/LB
68 Cole Pennington 10 6′ 230 OL/DL
69 Mike Stanilla 12 6’2″ 315 OL/DL
70 Nick Stout 12 6’2″ 260 OL/DL
71 Jaydon Showers 12 5’11″ 230 OL/DL
72 Kyler Sloss 10 5’8″ 240 OL/DL
73 TJ Moore 11 6’1″ 225 OL/DL
74 Darren Garcia 11 5’10″ 285 OL/DL
75 Billy Eddy 11 6′ 235 OL/DL
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77 Ian Bowser 10 6’2″ 200 OL/DL
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79 Owen Horst 10 5’11″ 160 OL/LB
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81 Max Scipioni 10 6’2″ 210 WR/DE
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84 Joe Castma 10 6′ 195 TE/DE
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87 Kyle Flowers 10 5’10″ 180 TE/LB
88 Nick Achey 10 6’3″ 195 TE/DE

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2018 Cedar Crest Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION SHARE
08/24
@Lebanon
7:00 PM Lebanon High School
08/31
@Hershey
7:00 PM Hershey High School
09/07
York
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
09/14
McCaskey
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
09/21
@Hempfield
7:00 PM Hempfield High School
09/28
Warwick
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
10/05
@Penn Manor
7:00 PM Penn Manor High School
10/12
Manheim Twp.
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
10/19
@Wilson West Lawn
7:00 PM Wilson West Lawn High School
10/26 *
Garden Spot
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_56062017 Cedar Crest Football Outcomes

DATE OPPONENT TIME RESULTS
09/01
Lebanon
7:00 PM W 42-14
09/08
@Northern Lebanon
7:00 PM W 35-7
09/15
@Lower Dauphin
7:00 PM W 41-35
09/22 *
Ephrata
7:00 PM W 41-7
09/29 *
@Garden Spot
7:00 PM W 60-30
10/06 *
Cocalico
7:00 PM L 6-55
10/13 *
Solanco
7:00 PM W 42-21
10/20 *
@Manheim Central
7:00 PM L 6-42
10/27 *
Elizabethtown
7:00 PM W 31-7
11/03 *
Lampeter-Strasburg
7:00 PM W 49-27
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@Cocalico
7:00 PM L 7-42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cedar Bowl History

 2017 – Cedar Crest 42, Lebanon 14

2016 – Cedar Crest 26, Lebanon 14

2015 – Cedar Crest 41, Lebanon 7

2014 – Cedar Crest 38, Lebanon 24

2013 – Cedar Crest 40, Lebanon 24

IMG_56822012 – 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
IMG_55352002 — 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
IMG_55801987 — 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 30-15-1

 

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Cedar Crest Football Coaching History

2014-2018 – 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

IMG_56431969-1975 – Norbie Danz

1965-1968 – Tom Auman

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