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IMG_0269BY JEFF FALK

SOUTH LEBANON – When it’s a process, all one is really looking for is a little progress.

Last season, the first under new head coach Rob Wildasin, the Cedar Crest football team won two of its last three games to complete a 3-7 campaign. Perhaps not what the Falcons were looking for, but pretty much what was to be expected given the circumstances.

But here’s the question: Can the Falcons build off of that late-season momentum? Can Cedar Crest carry that 2014 finish over into the start of 2015? Can it single out what worked then and replicate it now?

IMG_0304Can the Falcons generate more progress for the process?

“Absolutely, we were playing better football at the end of the season,” said Wildasin. “And we were young. We were playing young guys and it wasn’t like I was firing seniors. It was new. I don’t know if it will carry over to this season. We’ll find out next week (in the season opener against Lebanon).

“Any time you have transition, it’s a transition year,” Wildasin. “You don’t want it to be, but there’s not a lot you can do about it. It takes time for kids to learn new things, to know things. It could’ve been 5-5, and it could’ve been 1-9. So we probably finished right where we belonged.”

IMG_0328Much of the attention surrounding the Falcons this season will be directed towards Division One safety/receiver Evan Horn, and deservedly so. But the success of the season could hinge more on the development of the Cedar Crest line, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Heading the Falcons’ men in the trenches is all-Lancaster-Lebanon Section One performer Alex Flocken, junior center Garrett DeBien, senior tackle Joe Radakovitz, senior tackle Brett Bawiec, and tight-end Raymie Ferriera. But perhaps just as important to the Falcons’ fortunes will be the development of their younger linemen.

IMG_0313“I think most high school teams want to run the ball,” said Wildasin. “Some of it depends on the opponent and how much you’re able to establish. I’d love to not have to throw the ball. If an offense can gain five or ten yards every time they carry the ball, they’re not going to stop.

“I think our defensive line needed to improve, and it has improved,” added Wildasin. “I don’t think it’s a weakness. But we need to be better up-front.”

IMG_0296The guys who may benefit most from the line’s overall improvement will be senior quarterback Stevie Roda and junior tailback Justice Belleman. With Horn, Ferriera, senior Kobe Bolanos, Iziah Trimble and junior Greyson Williams, Cedar Crest boasts a fleet of fleet skill personnel.

“You have to look at who you are,” said Wildasin. “We know from our off-season workouts, and when we come into training camp we can say, ‘Here’s who we are’. That’ll morph and change as the season goes on. You end up focusing on the areas that will benefit you most. You’re playing to your strengths.

“This is a great group of kids,” Wildasin continued. “I know every coach says that and it’s not always true. But it’s true with these guys. They are grinders. They’re hard workers. We practice very hard. They’re very receptive to coaching, and that makes my job very enjoyable.”

IMG_0289Anchoring a Falcon defense which is always looking for ways to get better will be senior tackling machine Matty Mitchell and junior safety Zach Keffer.

“Our goal is the district playoffs,” said Wildasin. “That pushes us. But it’s also not unrealistic. We’ll have to be clean to attain it. If we limit our mistakes, we’ll be alright. For us to take the next step we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot.

“This is an important year for us,” continued Wildasin. “I have zero concern with pressure from anybody else. That’s how I operate. I don’t think an ounce of outside pressure can affect me more than I can put on myself. I’m running at max capacity. There’s no, ‘I need to step my game up’. I think the kids have bought in. Now it’s our job as coaches to show the way. Oh, and one other thing, ‘Go Falcons!'”

IMG_0228In an attempt to maximize his talents and free him up, Cedar Crest will move Horn all over the field, on both sides of the ball.

The Falcons will try to get him the ball in the slot, in the backfield and out wide. On defense, Horn will play a hybrid linebacker/safety position that is designed to keep blockers off of him and allow him to run and make plays.

“He’s a great kid. Everybody knows that,” said Wildasin of Horn, who’s being looked at hard by schools like Temple, Bucknell and the Naval Academy. “I think he’s the best athlete in central Pennsylvania. There might be kids stronger, and there might be kids faster. But what makes Evan so good is his instincts, knowing the game, his ball skills. Temple said his instincts are off the chart. Those are the things that set him apart.

“Evan can do whatever he wants,” added Wildasin. “My job is to get him as many opportunities in football as I can, just as Coach (Tom) Smith is doing in basketball and Coach (Rob) Bare is doing in track and field. Then whatever he picks, I want to go and watch him perform.”

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2015 Cedar Crest Football Roster

NO NAME POS GRAD YEAR
 
72 Sam Alvarez DE, OL 2016
24 A.J. Apple LB, RB 2018
69 Brett Bawiec DL, OL 2016
25 Justice Belleman LB, RB 2017
30 Devon Bernard LB, TE 2017
12 Davis Boland CB, WR 2016
6 Kobe Bolanos CB, WR 2016
65 Austyn Brandt LB, OL 2016
18 Jordan Brown LB, RB 2018
54 Jared Bybee DT, OG 2016
85 Nathan Cavic DE, TE 2018
55 Shjon Daub DL, OL 2016
74 Devante Davis DL, OL 2016
76 Terrell Davis OG 2017
51 Garrett DeBien DT, OL 2017
Zach Dishong LB, TE 2018
Stefan Dissinger 2017
84 David Donmoyer FS, WR 2016
Felton Durant CB, RB 2016
68 Mikael Eckhart 2016
Luke Edwards 2017
59 Brad Eisenhauer DE, OL 2016
60 Brock Eisenhauer DL, OL 2018
82 Tyler Eisenhauer FS, WR 2018
67 Austin Eisenhour DL, OL 2016
68 Mike Ekhart DL, OL 2016
Megan Espada CB, WR 2016
56 Andrew Etter DL, OL 2017
81 Raymie Ferreira DE, TE 2016
49 Blake Fischer K, WR 2017
61 Ross Fisher DL, OL 2017
52 Alex Flocken DL, OL 2016
80 Nate French LB, WR 2018
44 Austin Garrison LB, TE 2016
39 Hezekiah Gonzalez 2017
Austin Graby 2018
82 Neuman Grant 2017
4 Mitch Harsh DE, RB 2016
40 Brandon Heist LB, RB 2016
86 Frank Honey LB, WR 2018
33 Evan Horn SS, WR 2016
21 Logan Horn CB, QB 2019
5 Jabin Joseph CB, WR 2017
50 Jake Kalbach LB, OL 2016
27 Zach Keffer FS, WR 2017
Kevin Kiscadden 2017
62 Trevor Kline DL, OL 2018
Matt Kramer 2017
87 Zeb Lasta CB, WR 2017
42 Adam Loehr SS, WR 2018
76 Austin Long DL, OL 2018
63 David Maciel DL, OL 2016
55 Brayden Martinez LB, OL 2017
39 Roland Martinez CB, WR 2016
Wyatt McNalley 2017
Tommy Mee-say 2018
58 Granite Miller DL, OL 2016
1 Matt Miller CB, RB 2016
17 Tanner Miller CB, QB 2018
71 Tyler Miller DL, OL 2016
4 Luis Minaya DE, WR 2017
20 Matt Mitchell LB, RB 2016
2 Greg Munnion DE, QB 2017
11 Grant Neuman CB, WR 2017
88 Damien Palm DE, TE 2016
Joshua Peffley K 2016
64 Donovan Pfleiger DL, OL 2016
88 Alex Progin CB, WR 2018
54 Trevor Quarry DL, OL 2018
73 Joe Radakovitz DL, OL 2016
32 Victor Ramos LB, RB 2017
82 Jesse Riegel DB, WR 2016
10 Stevie Roda FS, QB 2016
26 Tyler Roth LB, RB 2016
Michael Rubinstein K 2017
Ricardo Salgado 2016
28 David Santos MLB, TE 2016
71 Nick Seiple DL, OL 2017
22 Tate Seyfert 2017
45 Kendell Shand CB, RB 2018
99 Zabby Sharifi K 2016
31 Dylan Shellenhamer LB, RB 2016
23 Brandon Showers FS, WR 2018
22 Sam Sierra CB, WR 2018
36 Jon Simpson LB, QB 2016
75 Gavin Singh DL, OL 2017
70 Alex Smith DL, OL 2018
78 Andrew Tarsa DL, OL 2016
 
Blake Thomson 2018
83 Logan Tiffany DB, WR 2016
8 Iziah Trimble CB, WR 2016
26 Nate Trovinger LB, WR 2018
3 Kristian Urban CB, WR 2016
77 Isaac Viera LB, OL 2018
83 Dylan Walborn CB, WR 2018
66 Tyler Whary DL, OL 2016
9 Greyson Williams CB, WR 2017
12 Andrew Zoumas 2016
17 Dean Zoumas 2016

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 2015 Cedar Crest Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION
09/04
Lebanon
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
09/11
@Lower Dauphin
7:00 PM Lower Dauphin High School
09/18
Manheim Central
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
09/25 *
Warwick
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
10/02 *
@Wilson West Lawn
7:00 PM Wilson West Lawn High School
10/09 *
@Manheim Twp.
7:00 PM Manheim Twp. High School
10/16 *
@Hempfield
7:00 PM Hempfield High School
10/23 *
@McCaskey
7:00 PM McCaskey High School
10/30 *
Conestoga Valley
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School
11/06 *
Penn Manor
7:00 PM Cedar Crest High School

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Cedar Crest Football Coaching History

2014-2015 – 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

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