Waynesboro

Matt Peck, right, was the area's leading receiver last year and will once again lead the Indians in 2015 as their No. 1 wide receiver. (Ryan Blackwell -- GameTimePA.com)



Indians


Coach: Steve Myers (0-4) // Mid Penn Colonial // District 3 // Class AAAA

Summary

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Despite claiming a share of the Mid Penn Colonial Division championship last season, Waynesboro isn’t grabbing the headlines so far in 2015.

And that’s perfectly fine.

 

Even though the Indians have a new head coach and a new quarterback, they have plenty of continuity, and that gives them confidence that they can battle for another league title this season.

“I don’t feel like we’re starting over at all,” coach Steve Myers said. “We have a lot of the same kids, and we have other guys that are ready to step right in and take the reins. Our record (6-4, 5-1 MPC) last year wasn’t good enough for us. We want to be better.”

Myers may be a first-year head coach, but he isn’t new to the Waynesboro program. He was the interim head coach in 2013 and the offensive coordinator last season under head coach Brennan Marion.

At quarterback, junior Brady Riddell will be asked to fill the shoes of Connor Fetterhoff, who threw for 2,291 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. Riddell is also no stranger to the offense, having started at quarterback for the junior varsity team last season.

“Brady had a very good 7-on-7 season, and he’s working every day,” Myers said. “He should help make the transition smooth, because he knows what we expect out of him at the position.”

Said senior wide receiver Matt Peck, who broke out to catch 40 balls for 1,079 yards and 17 total touchdowns in 2014, “It’s been great not having to change offenses, and I think it has really helped us grow as a unit. Brady may not be as mobile as Connor was, but I think he will be a better thrower.”

Jake Wertz will be expected take most of the carries at running back, and three players – Anthony Garland, Clay Wolfe and Brock Persons – will anchor an experienced offensive line.

At receiver, Peck and Charlie Patterson will team up to try and match last year’s success, when the team used a productive spread offense to average 36.6 points per game.

“I’d love to get 1,000 yards again, but it’s really about what’s best for the team,” Peck said. “If me getting 1,000 yards is what it takes for us to win, then bring it, but if teams start to cover me differently, we have to change it up and get other guys the ball.”

Myers said, “We plan to be a very balanced team and take what the defense gives us. If they try to stop the pass, we’re going to run, and vice versa. I think we can be just as explosive as last season.”

On the defensive side, the Indians also bring back plenty of playmakers.

Forrest Rhyne, who finished with 102 tackles last season, returns to lead the linebacking corps, and Brandon Baer will return at safety to lead the defensive backs. At cornerback, Myers plans to rotate about four guys to keep them fresh, and he plans to do the same on the defensive line, which will be led by Kody Brown and Trevor Biller.

“We will have a lot of moving parts, especially in the defensive backfield, because a lot of them play offense and have to stay fresh,” Myers said. “We want to put our 11 best guys on the field, but we have to keep our guys fresh throughout the game.”

The defense got off to a tough start last season but turned it around. Over its last five games, Waynesboro gave up an average of just 16.2 points per game – it went 4-1 during that stretch.

“We’ve been working very hard on execution,” Baer said. “We want to fine tune things on the defensive side and really be solid when the season rolls around.”

The Indians will also focus on making big plays to put the ball in the offense’s hands more often.

“We want to put up a goose egg every game,” Baer said. “Anytime we can make a big play or big hit to get the team pumped up, we’re going to do it.”

Talk to any Waynesboro player or coach, and their main goal is the same: make the playoffs, which is something that the football team has never accomplished.

“We almost have to go 8-2 because we’re in Class AAAA,” Myers said. “These guys have the confidence and motivation to be great. They have bought into our goal, and they want to out-perform the team from last season. We were good last season, but we want to be great.”

Said Baer, “I feel like we can win the division and make the playoffs. From there, we just want to get as far as possible.”

Waynesboro has a tough road to reach the postseason, but it has the confidence, and hopefully the talent, to do what its program never has.

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Schedule/Results

2015 schedule

Date/Result // Opponent // Time/Score

W // Kennard-Dale // 60-28

W // @ Biglerville // 14-13

9/18 // @ Gettysburg // 7 p.m.

9/25 // Cedar Cliff // 7 p.m.

10/2 // Northern // 7 p.m.

10/9 // @ Shippensburg // 7 p.m.

10/16 // East Pennsboro // 7 p.m.

10/23 // @ James Buchanan // 7 p.m.

10/30 // Greencastle-Antrim // 7 p.m.

11/6 // @ Big Spring // 7 p.m.

2014 results

Result // Opponent // Score

W // Kennard-Dale // 53-7

L // Biglerville // 28-34

L // Gettysburg // 6-48

L // Cedar Cliff // 20-60

W // Northern York // 40-25

L // Shippensburg // 12-18

W // East Pennsboro // 54-28

W // James Buchanan // 54-21

W // Greencastle-Antrim // 28-14

W // Big Spring // 71-0

Five-year trend

Map

Rosters
  Class Position Height Weight
1. Brandon Baer 12 WR/DB 5’10 165
2. Matt Peck 12 WR/DB 5’10 175
3. Ogochukwu Akamelu 12 WR/DB 6’1 190
5. Jerry James 11 RB/DB 5’9 165
6. Jimmy Hoffman 10 QB/DB 5’8 150
8. Mason Frampton 10 RB/LB 5’8 175
9. Dylan Cummins 11 WR/DB 5’9 165
10. Charlie Patterson 12 WR/DB 6’2 200
11. Forrest Rhyne 11 RB/LB 6’1 215
12. Dalton Mowen 10 WR/DB 5’10 165
13. Brady Riddell 11 QB/DB 6’3 180
15. Dakota Rhyne 12 WR/DB 6’4 205
17. Nick Wade 12 QB/DB 5’9 175
19. Jake Gouge 11 WR/DB 6’0 165
20. Jake Wertz 12 RB/DB 5’9 165
21. Jason Monteil 12 WR/DB 5’10 170
22. Justin Gouge 10 WR/DB 5’9 160
23. Cameron Keck 11 WR/DB 6’2 170
24. Austin Kassman 12 WR/DB 5’9 170
28. Patrick Swiney 11 RB/LB 6’0 185
30. Brady Beckner 11 RB/DB 5’9 170
36. Dustin Kline 10 WR/LB 5’9 165
40. George Souders 10 K 6’2 170
42. Aiden Smith 12 RB/LB 6’1 195
50. Tyler Hahn 12 OL/LB 5’10 180
51. Tucker Januchowski 11 OL/DL 6’0 185
52. Justin Cassidy 12 OL/DL 5’10 180
54. Anthony Garland 12 OL/DL 6’2 230
55. Ben Potts 11 OL/DL 6’0 205
56. Kody Brown 12 OL/DL 6’2 230
57. Bronson Musser 12 OL/DL 5’10 220
60. Eric Miller 12 OL/DL 5’10 200
61. Shjon Blagg 11 OL/DL 5’10 230
62. Matt Cash 11 OL/DL 5’10 240
63. Clay Wolfe 11 OL/DL 6’0 245
64. Brock Persons 11 OL/DL 6’2 255
66. Riley Stouffer 12 OL/DL 5’10 200
70. Nathan Heibeck 12 OL/DL 5’10 210
71. Shawn Robinson 12 OL/DL 6’1 280
72. Seth Dick 10 OL/LB 6’0 185
74. Landon Brown 11 OL/DL 6’0 230
75. Hayden Boling 10 OL/DL 6’0 200
76. Trevor Biller 12 OL/DL 6’5 290
77. David Henke 10 OL/DL 6’0 190