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IMG_9222BY JEFF FALK

FREDERICKSBURG – Following two highly successful campaigns, the Northern Lebanon football program took a step back last season. So was it an aberration, or the beginning of a downward trend?

It is a question that only the Vikings’ class of 2018 will get a chance to answer.

There is some pressure on Northern Lebanon as the 2017 scholastic season unfolds. But the Vikings sport a strong senior class of 13 student-athletes, who have experienced their share of success, in football and other sports.

IMG_9157Northern Lebanon won back-to-back Lancaster-Lebanon Section Three championships in 2014 and 2015, and qualified for the PIAA District Three postseason both years. But last season, the Vikings came back to the pack with a somewhat disappointing 4-6 campaign.

“They were part of the 2015 team,” said Northern Lebanon head coach Roy Wall of his 12th-graders. “They know what it’s like to win. They know what it’s like to lose. They have an opportunity to create their own legacy.

“Last year doesn’t matter,” Wall continued. “Every season is different. Every year I’ve been here we’ve had a good group of guys. We expect to win all of our games. If you expect .500 you’re setting yourself up for defeat.”

Last year’s club didn’t have the senior numbers that this year’s has. The Vikings were beset with some key early injuries and were never able to quite pick themselves off the canvas.

IMG_9063But that’s not to say that 2016 was without highlights.

“On the first play of the third game, we lose Luke Funck,” said Wall, who’s in his eighth season at Northern Lebanon and in his 29th overall coaching. “Then we lose Hunter Wallace. We didn’t have too much in our senior class. It was a struggle.

“Our non-conference schedule is more demanding than it’s been in the past,” continued Wall. “We lost some close games. All in all, we played a lot of younger kids. Three of our losses were by a total of 16 points. We weren’t that far away.”

Northern Lebanon’s 13 seniors comprise a significant portion of the squad’s overall roster of 33 members. In addition to their experience, as a group they are talented, balanced and versatile.

“It’s going well,” said Wall. “You can’t really judge until you go up against an opponent. We’re really not that deep. I’m really pleased with the first 22 (players), but we only have another 11. So we’re not real deep.

“Once we get into competition, I’ll know what I’m looking at,” added Wall. “I think we have an opportunity to be very, very good. We have experience, Even though we had to rebuild from 2014 and 2015, we weren’t horrible last year. We beat the (Lancaster-Lebanon, Three) section champs (Annville-Cleona) at their place. We’re right there. Depth is a concern, but we have some talent.”

With athletic, three-sport, senior Michigan Daub at the controls, the Viking offense is well armed at the quarterback position. But Daub is just as much a threat with his decision-making and running ability as he is with his throwing.

IMG_9214Seniors Stevie Herb and Luis Negreiros form a competent and sometimes explosive backfield tandem. After taking over for Funck as Northern Lebanon’s feature back last year, Herb gained over 750 rushing yards in his seven starts.

The Vikings’ receiving corp is paced by speedy senior Christian Trader, who averaged 27 yards per reception a season ago. That group also includes seniors Caleb Light and Isiah Davila.

“He’s a great athlete,” said Wall of Daub. “He could be a strong athlete in any sport he plays. He can be the best player on the field. He’s the heart and soul of our team. Offensively, he’s going to have his hands on the ball a lot.

“Our goal is to win all our games. That doesn’t change,” Wall added. “That’s what we set out to do every year. There’s only three stats that matter in football – points for, points against and turnovers. We’re going to do whatever it takes to win. It’s a matter of doing what needs to be done. We have some tough, scrappy kids.”

IMG_9068But ultimately the guys who will make the Vikings go are the men in the trenches. Along the line, Northern Lebanon will receive contributions from seniors Blaise Bressler, Alex Martz, Tom Schwartz, transfer Ryan Walker, Cole Messimer, Brendan Madiera and Tajae Adams, and junior Ethan Herb.

“We want to get better on the defensive side of the ball,” said Wall. “That’s been our goal in camp, to get better defensively. We have a number of linemen who started for us last year.

“We can be gouged for 200 yards rushing,” continued Wall. “There were times last year when we couldn’t get off the field defensively. We couldn’t get that stop on defense. That’s been our main focus. And we can’t rest on our laurels on offense.”

Northern Lebanon will open its season on Friday, August 25th – so-called Week Zero – at Fred Gahres Stadium against its long-time rival from the north, Pine Grove.

 

 

 

 

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2017 Northern Lebanon Football Roster

Seniors

#

Off Pos

Def Pos

HT

WT

Tajae Adams

50

OL

DL

5’11’’

180

Blaise Bressler

35

RB

LB

5’11’’

170

Michigan Daub

3

QB

DB

6’1’’

190

Isiah Davila

8

RB

LB

5’10’’

168

Stevie Herb

5

RB

LB

5’10’’

165

Caleb Light

86

SE

DB

6’0’’

160

Brendan Madeira

59

OL

DL

5’10’’

205

Alex Martz

55

OL

DL

5’11’’

245

Cole Messimer

73

OL

DL

6’1’’

210

Luis Negreiros

22

RB

LB

5’10’’

180

Tom Schwartz

53

OL

DL

6’1’’

220

Christian Trader

11

SE

DB

6’0’’

158

Ryan Walker

70

OL

DL

5’10’’

235

Juniors

Brandon Criswell

74

OL

DL

6’0’’

308

Nicholas Goodyear

75

OL

DL

6’4

220

Ethan Herb

68

OL

DL

5’7’’

165

Austin Kofroth

78

OL

DL

5’10’’

185

Spencer Linton

4

RB

DB

5’7’’

145

Nate Lum

54

OL

DL

6’4’’

225

Eyan Margut

2

QB

DB

6’0’’

175

Phil Sanger

52

OL

DL

5’11’’

200

Tyler Shearer

7

RB

DB

5’10’’

170

Larson Stichler

56

OL

LB

5’10’’

195

Caleb Wilson

71

OL

DL

6’1’’

210

Sophomores
Ethan Borcky

12

QB

DB

5’11’’

160

Chase Bressler

23

RB

DB

5’10’’

145

Devin Carrol

72

OL

DL

5’9’’

275

Alex Folmer

25

SE

DB

5’10’’

150

Nate Leedy-Reidel

27

SE

DB

5’11’’

165

Addison Steiner

51

OL

LB

5’6’’

150

Josh Werni

60

OL

LB

5’7’’

165

Nickols Winters

21

SE

LB

5’8’’

145

Freshman
Kirby Kornhaus

32

RB

LB

5’9’’

160

 

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  2017 Northern Lebanon Football Schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME LOCATION
08/25
Pine Grove
7:00 PM Northern Lebanon High School
09/08
@Cedar Crest
7:00 PM Northern Lebanon High School
09/15
@Daniel Boone
7:00 PM Northern Lebanon High School
09/22 *
Pequea Valley
7:00 PM Pequea Valley High School
09/29
York Suburban
6:30 PM York Suburban High School
10/06 *
Donegal
7:00 PM Donegal High School
10/13 *
@Annville-Cleona
7:00 PM Northern Lebanon High School
10/20 *
@Elco
7:00 PM Northern Lebanon High School
10/27 *
@Columbia
7:00 PM Columbia High School
11/03 *
@Lancaster Catholic
7:00 PM Lancaster Catholic High School

 

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NORTHERN LEBANON FOOTBALL

       COACHING HISTORY

Roy Wall (2010-2017)

Jack Beidler (1999-2009)

Carl Fischl (1981-1998)

Frank Wickenheiser (1980)

Ron Brewer (1976-79)

 

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