Reynolds Raiders Excessive College Soccer Preview 2021
GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Last season was a magical year for Reynolds football. The Raiders won their first district title in 15 years by defeating Eisenhower (27: 0). Reynolds moved up to the western final, where she was defeated by Jeannette (48-12).
“At Reynolds, we believe we have developed a standard of success over the past few years and will work hard to continue that success,” said coach Josh Mull. “Our young athletes understand that this year’s success depends on the effort and preparation that goes into this year. Last year is over and we have to focus on getting better every day. I will never hold a “class” of players to the expectation of wins and losses. They are expected to work hard, hold each other accountable, and strive tirelessly. “
This season kicks off on Friday, August 27th in Wilmington.
Record 2020: 9-1 (6-0), 1st place in Region 1 (Class A)
Trainer: Josh Mull, Season 9 (41-42)
2020 Big 22: Cole Toy
Preview of Reynolds’ offense
Scoring Offense: 34.8 (8th in the range)
Total infraction: 333.6
Recurring starters: 4
Most important returnees: Nate Leksell, JR / OL; Mitchell Mason, SR / OL; Brayden McCloskey, JR / QB; Nate Miller, JR / TE; Jalen Wagner, JR / RB; Kolton Wilkinson, SO / OL
Key Losses: Luke Faber, OL; Rocco John-Daniello, OL; Dreyvin Livingston, RB; Aidan Mull, WR; Cole Toy, RB
Name to be observed: Jalen Wagner, RB
Reynolds will miss the standout running back Cole Toy, who has run 1,200 yards each for the past two years. As a senior, he won 1,333 yards in rushing as he was able to cross the goal line 24 times on the ground.
QB Brayden McCloskey received the region’s 2nd team award after completing 43.3% of his passes and throwing 358 yards in his sophomore year. He also hit the ground three times and won 157 streaks.
“Brayden really is a student of the game,” said Mull. “Since the end of wrestling, he has helped break down the film and reading coverage for the coming season. We are happy that he can develop as a passer-by and signal caller. “
Junior Jalen Wagner averaged 7.6 yards per carry (60 tries, 458 yards) last year.
“Jalen will most likely be the target of our opponents,” said Mull. “He won’t surprise the teams. Jalen has the opportunity to develop all aspects of a running back on our offensive. “
Be on the lookout for Haydin McLaughlin, Clayton Rhoades and Travis Blackburn so everyone has a chance to get involved in the Raiders’ backcourt.
The Raiders return with Mitchell Mason and the Centers Nate Leksell and Kolton Wilkinson with a trio of grid members.
“We believe the experience of these four could be critical to our success,” said Mull. “We’re assuming to get Nate and / or Kolton to guard or attack and leave the center open so someone can win in a camp battle. We even thought about moving Nate Miller, who has been called to the first-team all-region team as tight end for the past two seasons, to an inside line. I believe our children will be ready to do what is best for the team. “
Gavin Aley, Alex Winklevos and Travis Blackburn could also play key roles on the offensive front.
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Preview of Reynolds’ Defense
Scoring Defense: 12.9 (3rd in the range)
Recurring starters: 5
Main returnees: Mitchell Mason, SR / DE; Haydin McLaughlin, JR / DB; Nate Miller, JR / LB; Clayton Rhoades, SR / DB; Jalen Wagner, JR / LB
Loss of keys: Luke Faber, DE; Rocco John-Daniello, DT; Dreyvin Livingston, DB; Aidan Mull, LB; Cole Toy, LB
Name To Look For: Mitchell Mason, DE
The Raiders had six all-region first-team selections, five of which were graduating. The only returnee is junior linebacker Nate Miller.
Cole Toy leaves a huge void in his linebacker seat after leading Reynolds for the past three years in each of the past three years (278 tackles during that time span).
Senior defensive lineman Mitchell Mason returns to the front to give the Raiders an established end. Mason collected 28 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks in his sophomore year. In 2020, he increased both numbers to 40 tackles and 6 quarterback takedowns.
“Mitchell really enjoyed the weight room,” said Mull. “He’s become a great physical ball player. He knows he will be a key to our success and a force on both sides of the ball. We expect him to become an offensive and defensive leader and encourage young, developing players like those who came before him. “
2020 Class A Region 1 place in the table
Reynolds – 6-0 (9-1)
West Middlesex – 4-2 (4-3)
Mercer – 2-4 (3-5)
Kennedy Catholic – 0-6 (0-7)
August 27 – in Wilmington
September 3 – Kennedy Catholic
September 10th – at Mercer
September 17th – at Farrell’s
September 24 – West Middlesex
Oct 1 – in Saegertown
October 8 – Greenville
Oct 15 – at Lakeview
October 22 – Sharpsville
October 29th – in Cambridge Springs