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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

West Catholic Falcons 2017 Football Preview




City / County: Grand Rapids / Kent
School Mascot Name: Falcons
2016 Record: 12-2
Conference/Division: OK Blue
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 5
Record last 3 seasons: 38-4
Record last 5 seasons: 58-12
Record last 10 seasons: 111-21

Head Coach: Joe Hyland
Head Coaching Experience:  10 total, 2 at West Catholic (second year)
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Darren Smith - Defensive Coordinator
Caleb Houser - Receivers
Kj Landis - Linebackers
Ryan Pieske - Offensive Line
Charlie Roberts - Defensive Line
Captains: TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 7-8 depending on personnel
Returning Starters on Defense: 7-8 depending on personnel
Returning Key Players:
Gaetano Vallone - QB -2018
Connor Bolthouse - ATH 2018
Dom Stornant - DB/ATH - 2018
Zack Lee - LB - 2018
Nathaniel Mitchel - LB - 2018
Zaavon Scott - WR/DB - 2018
Alex Forteir - RB/DB - 2018
Gabe Rohn - DL -2018
Matt Bilski - OL/DL - 2019
Upcoming Players:
Alex King WR - 2018
Jack Schichtel - WR/DB - 2019
Nick Dorato - WR - 2019
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Veteran Team
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
David Fox - ATH - 2017 (GVSU Signed)
Sam Neville - WR - 2017 (Ferris State Signed)
Brett Meyers - WR - 2017 (Davenport Signed)
Chad Wildman - ATH - 2017 (Concordia AA Signed)
Aaron Hall - ATH - 2017 (Davenport Signed)
2017 Season Outlook:
Veteran team who has played at the biggest stage consecutively, but leadership is a key piece that will determine success.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
Tough OK-Blue Conference. GRCC defending D4 State Champion. Sparta looks to improve under 2nd year head coach. Coopersville will look to improve with new head coach. Allendale looks to continue their winning ways. Comstock Park always tough, and Spring Lake has improved under their new head coach.




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