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Poole keeps Panthers in deep end

September 01, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • The 2010 Hancock Panthers varsity football team
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HANCOCK -- Ryan Poole is one of three captains on the Hancock football team in 2010. He also has the unusual assignment of wearing two different numbers.

And when head coach Dave Mahaffey mentions Poole's name, he is all smiles about his senior tri-captain.

"Win, lose or draw, (Ryan) epitomizes the favorite saying 'That the team comes first. It doesn't matter how you get there, just get there,'" said Mahaffey.

The reason for such admiration intensified when Poole volunteered to switch positions this year after spending the last two seasons as a tight end.

He is going to play guard -- all 5-foot-10, 160-pound of him -- which will make him wear No. 54 while battling defensive linemen who will probably be much bigger. He'll switch to No. 88 when he goes back to play defensive end.

"We needed a guard and the staff was talking about it. Ryan was nearby, turns around, and says 'I'll play guard,'" said Mahaffey. "He is 160 pounds of heart."

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Quickly learning the wing-T playbook, Poole is ready to get the season started.

"Making the move was fine with me," he said. "I've learned over the years to not be greedy. The team comes first. I know I'm going to be at a disadvantage (with weight) but I won't be scared."

Mahaffey has a 33-man squad, which will also enable some growth because of a limited junior varsity schedule.

The Panthers, 4-6 last year, have five returning starters on each side of the line.

Offensively, junior Garrett Wiles (5-9, 145) is returning for a third year at quarterback. He threw for eight touchdowns, but had 15 interceptions last year.

The Panthers lost Nick Lanehart and Dakota Clark to graduation along with 700 yards rushing, so senior tri-captain Tanner Dobrzanski (5-10, 160), who picked up 285 yards, will be one of the key backs.

Anchoring the offensive line will be senior tri-captain Jarrod McCoy (6-2, 235), a three-year starter.

When Hancock throws, as it did more than expected in 2009, Wiles' top target is likely to be All-County selection Eli Souders (5-11, 170), who tied for the top spot in receptions with 28, four for touchdowns.

"We only have seven seniors so we're a little young," said Mahaffey. "We're sophomore-driven and we'll have seven two-way starters. We had a good group of kids dedicated to the weight room."

Hancock will employ a 3-5-3 defense, taking advantage of the athleticism of its linebacker corp, led by McCoy and Dobrzanski.

The Panthers, long a doormat in the kicking game, are hoping they've added a weapon with placekicker Tyler Cheng, a 5-9 junior who has the Hancock staff smiling over his potential.

"We're learning some consistency with the wing-T," said Mahaffey. "It doesn't happen overnight. There are no short cuts."

Hancock Panthers



Head Coach: Dave Mahaffey

No., Name, Yr., Pos., Ht., Wt.

1, Tanner Faith, So., FB-LB, 5-7, 165

3, Tyler Cheng, Jr., HB-LB-K, 5-9, 155

5, Austin Edgerton, Fr., HB-DE, 5-7, 140

9, Devon Mitchell, So., TE-LB, 6-2, 145

11, Hunter McKinley, Sr., HB-DB, 5-9, 145

12, Vinnie Foreman, Jr., QB-DB, 5-9, 150

14, Logan Manning, Fr., QB-DB, 5-7, 135

18, Garrett Wiles, Jr., QB, 5-9, 145

21, Dalton Heinbaugh, Fr., DE, 6-2, 215

22, Jordan Keefer, Fr., SE-DB, 5-8, 130

24, Ben True, So., FB-LB, 5-8, 165

30, Jonathan Younker, So., HB-LB, 5-7, 125

32, Tanner Dobrzanski, Sr., HB-LB, 5-10, 160

40, Nate Souders, So., TE-LB, 5-9, 155

45, John Mullen, So., TE-LB, 5-9, 170

50, Jordan Leach, Jr., OL-DL, 5-10, 215

51, Jarrod McCoy, Sr., OL-DE, 6-2, 235

54, Ryan Poole, Sr., OL-DE, 6-2, 215

55, Richard Fender, Jr., OL-DE, 5-11, 215

56, Aaron Hall, Jr., OL-DL, 5-9, 225

59, Dylan Finney, Jr., OL-DL, 6-1, 205

60, Lucus Rose, So., OL-DL, 5-9, 170

61, Tanner Younker, Fr., OL-DL, 5-8, 140

65, Harrison Layman, Fr., OL-DL, 5-9, 165

66, Trenton Helmstetter, Sr., OL-DL, 6-1, 190

71, Evan Smith, Jr., OL-DL, 6-2, 295

73, Hudson Barrett, So., OL-DL, 5-8, 165

75, Chris Farley, Sr., OL-DL, 5-10, 215

77, Cody Long, Fr., OL-DL, 5-9, 180

79, Tucker Price, So., OL-DL, 5-10, 165

81, Shawn Barnhart, Sr., SE-LB, 5-9, 150

82, Eli Souders, Sr., SE-DB, 5-11, 170

89, Hunter Reynolds, So., SE-DB, 5-7, 130

2010 Hancock schedule



Date, Opponent, Time

Sept. 4, Rappahannock County, 6

Sept. 11, at Saint James, 2:30

Sept. 17, Clear Spring, 7

Sept. 24, Carson-Long Academy, 7

Oct. 1, Silver Oak Academy, 7

Oct. 9, at Randolph-Macon Academy, 2

Oct. 15, at Hundred, 7:30

Oct. 22, at Allegheny-Clarion Valley (Pa.), 1

Oct. 29, Lourdes Regional, 6

Nov. 6, at Bishop Walsh, 2

2009 Hancock results



Date, Opponent, W/L, Score

Sept. 4, at Rappahannock County, W, 20-12

Sept. 11, Saint James, L, 0-40

Sept. 17, at Clear Spring, W, 34-25

Sept. 25, Shade, L, 0-14

Oct. 2, Trinity (W.Va.), W, 36-20

Oct. 9, Randolph-Macon Academy, L, 16-19

Oct. 16, Ferndale, L, 0-41

Oct. 24, Rockwood, L, 0-54

Oct. 31, at Bucktail, W, 38-22

Nov. 6, Bishop Walsh, L, 22-48

Hancock coaching history



Years, Coach, Record

1957-71, Paul Imphong, 44-73-4

1972, Terry Mumaw, 0-9-0

1973-74, Mike Henshaw, 3-15-0

1975-79, Tom Oglebay, 16-30-0

1980-81, Leon Benadom, 4-16-0

1982-91, Jeff Bailey, 43-55-1

1992, Tom Flowers, 3-6-0

1993-98, Steve Campbell, 12-48-0

1999-2003, Bill Sterner, 19-30-0

2004-07, John Blake, 15-26-0

2008-09, Dave Mahaffey, 4-15-0

Overall record (53 seasons), , 163-323-5

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