Football: Training camp confidential: Lenape

 

By Phil Anastasia

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Training camp confidential: Lenape

Coach: Tim McAneney

Last year: 4-6, fourth in WJFL American, beat Southern in consolation game

Schedule: at Nottingham, Seneca, Trenton, bye, at Allentown, Cherokee, Notre Dame, Cherry Hill East, at Rancocas Valley, at Shawnee (Thanksgiving)

Player to watch: Senior RB/DB Ben Hunt (pictured). The 6-0, 180-pound Hunt is a three-year starter and member of a deep senior class that is determined to raise the program to another level this season. A good student, Hunt has drawn recruiting interest from Penn, Monmouth, Colgate and Rutgers. He is one of 22 seniors who have been part of a program that has hovered around .500 through their careers. "We feel like this is our year," Hunt said.

Outlook: It's a season of change for Lenape. After years as a member of the American Division (first in the Olympic, then in the WJFL), the Indians have been switched to the Colonial division in the WJFL's latest re-alignment. Lenape will play division games against Nottingham, Trenton, Allentown, Notre Dame and, interestingly, Rancocas Valley. The Indians could make some hay this season as they have a deep and experienced senior class. The team should be strong up front with seniors Brandon Searles (6-4, 260), Paul Fullerton (6-1, 265), Pat Byrne (6-2, 220, Dan Gerdes (6-2, 235) and Nick Ianconelli (5-10, 225). "Last year (because of injuries), our guards were 170 pounds," McAneney said. Hunt is a top two-way player, as is senor RB/DB Malcolm Anthony (5-9, 180) and senior FB/DE Stevie Anderson (5-10, 220). Senior QB/LB Jimmy Kennedy (5-11, 195) is another veteran. Other players to watch include senior WR/DB Anthony Brunetti (6-1, 175) and senior TE Darren Spitzer (5-11, 195), among others.

Fast fact: Lenape has gone 4-6 in each of the last four seasons.

Quote: "These are our guys. They walk the way we want them to walk. They've put in the time. They want to make the playoffs but the No. 1 goal for them is to win the first game," said McAneney, set to begin his fourth season.

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