Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2018 Lycoming football season preview - A chance to turn the corner

Sr WR John Kim catches a pass from Fr QB Elijah Shemory (Now listed as #19 in Lycoming's roster)
Photo by John Green
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – With 13 starters returning and several other significant returnees, the 2018 Lycoming College football team will mix some familiar faces with some new ones as the team looks to reenter the Middle Atlantic Conference title picture.

Head coach Mike Clark, entering his 11th year on the sidelines at David Person Field, will work with a team that features 63 returners and 43 newcomers after posting a 4-6 record in 2017. The group includes some talented depth both on the offensive line and wide receiver position, while defensively, the team’s front seven has the ability to make it one of the best defenses in the conference.

Coach’s Take: “I thought we were a better team than our record indicated last year. Every game we had a chance to win – even against (MAC champion) Delaware Valley, it was a two-score game heading into the fourth quarter. I think we return an unbelievable nucleus and our senior class is the most talented and deepest we’ve had in a while and they have provided some excellent leadership. The guys behind them have really worked hard this offseason. This year, I think this will be our best team in four years.”


Courtesy of Lycoming College Sports Information 
Juniors Elisiah Bayne (Birdsboro, Pa./Reading) and Christoff Minott (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) are the only quarterbacks on the roster that return to the team in 2018. However, a group of eight freshmen continue entered camp ready to battle for the position, including Elijah Shemory (Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area), a 2016 all-state selection.

Both Bayne and Minott bring a dual threat to the position. Bayne, who has played significant snaps with the junior varsity team each of the last two years, was a two-year starter at Reading High School. Minott, who will also lineup as a wide receiver, was also a two-year letterwinner at Upper Darby.

Freshman Chase Snavely (Middletown, Pa./Middletown) transferred to Lycoming in the spring after redshirting at Division II Lock Haven. He helped lead Middletown to a state title game appearance in 2016.

Who Returns: Elisiah Bayne, Jr., Birdsboro, Pa./Reading; Christoff Minott, Jr., Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby.

Newcomers: Walter Coles, Fr., Avoca, Pa./Pittston Area; Darian Mort, Fr., Fairfield, Pa./Fairfield Area; Elijah Shemory, Fr., Jersey Shore, Pa./Jersey Shore Area; Markus Sidwell, Fr., Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie; Chase Snavely, Fr., Middletown, Pa./Middletown Area; Jeremy Stanton, Fr., Blakely, Pa./Valley View; Quidanie Vega Cosme, Fr., Allentown, Pa./Dieruff.

Coach’s Take: “We have a good base with two returners and a mid-year transfer, plus the big class coming in. Elisiah Bayne has been here for two years and has a great understanding of what we want to do. Christoff Minott was a quarterback in high school. Chase Snavely transferred in who is a guy that we liked in high school. He played on a team that finished second in the state. He was very accurate in his high school career. There are a couple high school guys that came in that are pretty good. Elijah Shemory was an all-state guy at Jersey Shore. Walter Coles had very good numbers at Pittston. We’re going to look at all those guys, but they have to impress us fast. Our challenge is going to be to narrow it down. We have to settle on a quarterback sooner than we did last year.”