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Focused on Big Picture, Falcons Seek to Advance The Program

BY JEFF FALK

 Editor

 SOUTH LEBANON – They’ve enhanced numbers and generated greater interest in the sport.

 And that interest has filtered down into the community and the developmental levels.

 They’ve increased win totals and have become consistent District Three Class AAAAAA playoff contenders.

 They’ve raised standards and created expectations.

With a foundation solidly based in the past and with an eye to the future, the Cedar Crest football program is in a really good place right now. Now, the Falcons are not without their limitations and rarely do they afford themselves the opportunity of taking a step back to absorb the big picture, but they continue to consistently make the most of the circumstances presented them.

 “I think we’re maxing out our talent, and that’s what we want to do,” said Cedar Crest head coach Rob Wildasin, who’s in his ninth season at the helm. “The program is very different than when we took over. Exploring who we are as a program takes a little time. My staff has been the key. I’ve had a great coaching staff for a very long time. They’ve been here from the very beginning and that’s made my job easier.

“Sure, I had some goals for the program when I took over,” continued Wildasin. “One was we just wanted to get the numbers up, and we did that fairly quickly. Then on the field, the second goal was to be competitive. I had a friend tell me, ‘Your job is to keep me in the stands beyond halftime.’ Then the next goal was the district playoffs.”

 Cedar Crest has qualified for the District Three Class AAAAAA playoffs three times under Wildasin’s watch – 2015, 2017 and 2019. But Cedar Crest has been close or been in contention for them seemingly every other year, including 2021, when the Falcons went 5-4 overall.

“Last year was a good bounce back year for us,” said Wildasin. “We had great senior leadership. We were pretty competitive and we were able to piece things together as the season went on. We created some building blocks, and I think that will help this year. But at the end of the day, talent is talent.

 “I think you need to get better as a team and work on specific areas,” Widasin added. “It’s an overall improvement. But each year you have different areas to focus on. It really depends on who you have coming back.”

 In 2022, it’s all about who the Falcons have coming back. With nine starters returning on the offensive side of the ball and seven on defense, Cedar Crest is experienced and deep.

“I think we’re progressing well,” said Wildasin, of the early stages of training camp. “We have a lot of experienced guys who are stepping up as starters. We have guys who are starting to understand their roles. There is definitely some fight in them, which I like. Now, it’s about making plays, taking on blocks, making blocks. It’s real football now.

 “I think the make-up of the team is driven by (quarterback) Jay Huber on offense, and the many weapons he has at this disposal,” Wildasin continued. “Our offensive line is starting to jell. On defense, it’s all fun and games until someone has to make a tackle. That’s the next thing for them. “

 Following a break-through junior campaign last season, the 6-2 Huber is the senior trigger man for a Cedar Crest offense that should have no trouble moving the ball or scoring points. His receiving corps features senior ends Ethan Heisey, Nolan Groff and Gabe Lewis, and junior tight-end Aiden Schomp.

Wildasin promised to run the ball by committee, through a group that’s led by junior Fernando Marquez and features junior Alex Abreu and senior Izaiah Gonzalez.

 “It starts with Jay, then it’s that wide receiver group and then it’s a team effort,” said Wildasin. “Every year is different, but you’ve got to find an identity, offensively and defensively. We have to do it quickly because of our schedule. We have great opponents coming at us right away.

 “It’s critical, but some of it comes naturally,” added Wildasin. “We don’t know definitively who’s going to lead the team. Now, you’ve just got to do it. That’s how you start to come together. But I think we have the makings for it.”

 The Falcons are destined for success this season, but exactly how much will boil down to the development of the guys up front. The offensive line is anchored by junior center Nick Lambros, and built outwardly around junior guard Cam Simone, junior guard Christian Weaber and senior tackle Connor Schwartz.

 “We want to get into the playoffs,” said Wildasin. “And we want to compete when we get there. Those goals are hard, but attainable. Goals should be hard.

 “For us to do that, it’s about the identity,” continued Wildasin. “It’s about jelling. It’s about becoming a team. It’s about everybody knowing their roles.”

 Some student-athletes, like Groff and Schwartz, will also star on the defensive side of the ball for the Falcons. There, they will be joined by senior defensive end Erik McLaughlin, senior linebacker Roman Brummel, junior safety Owen Chernich and sophomore Jack Waranavage.

 But as a whole, Cedar Crest will employ less two-way players than any team in Lebanon County.

 “Over the years, I think we’ve been a tough out,” said Wildasin. “That’s what I want us to be, with where we are in the section (One of the Lancaster-Lebanon League) and who we play. I want us to be the team that no one wants to play. I want us to fight for four quarters, and I think we typically do that.”

 Cedar Crest will kick off its 2022 campaign on Friday, August 26 by hosting Abraham Lincoln High School out of Philadelphia at 7 p.m..

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 2022 Cedar Crest Football Schedule

 
 
Date Opponents    
8/26 7:00 pm Abraham Lincoln at Cedar Crest   Nonleague
9/02 7:00 pm Central Dauphin East at Cedar Crest   Nonleague
9/09 7:00 pm Warwick at Cedar Crest   Nonleague
9/16 7:00 pm Cedar Crest Penn Manor at Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium, Millersville University   League
9/23 7:00 pm Cedar Crest at Wilson   League
9/30 7:00 pm Reading at Cedar Crest   League
10/07 7:00 pm Manheim Township at Cedar Crest   League
10/14 7:00 pm Cedar Crest at McCaskey   League
10/21 7:00 pm Hempfield at Cedar Crest   League
10/28 7:00 pm Cedar Crest at Lebanon   Nonleague
 

Cedar Crest Football Coaching History

2014-2022 – Rob Wildasin
 2009-2013 – Tom Waranavage
 2004-2008 – Mike Robinson
 1996-2003 – Gene ‘Spike’ Fuhrman
 1986-1995 – Norbie Danz
 1983-1985 – Barry Heckard
 1976-1982 – Dennis Tulli
 1969-1975 – Norbie Danz
 1965-1968 – Tom Auman
 
2022 Cedar Crest Football Roster
NO. Name GR. Ht. Wt. Pos.(s)
1 Leo Tirado Jr. 11 5’8″ 140 WR/DB
2 Owen Chernich 11 6′ 180 WR/DB
3 J’veon Reyes-Vega 12 6′ 150 WR/DB
4 Jack Waranavage 10 5’11” 165 WR/DB
5 Jay Huber 12 6’2″ 195 QB
6 Izaiah Gonzalez 12 5’11” 175 RB/DB
7 Alex Abreu 11 5’6″ 145 RB/DB
8 Jackson Custer 10 5’11” 165 QB/DB
9 Jeremiah Santiago 11 5’7″ 140 WR/DB
10 Lex Reyes-Vega 11     WR/DB
11 Ethan Heisey 12 6’3″ 195 WR/DB
12 Nolan Groff 12 6’1″ 190 WR/DE
13 Logan Oriel 11 5’11” 180 WR/LB
14 RJ Young 10 6’5″ 205 QB/DE
15 Cameron Hansell 9 5’8″ 145 QB/DB
16 Gabe Lewis 12 6′ 180 WR/DB
17 Kaeleb Fees 10 5’5″ 130 WR/DB
18 Cam Kindt 12 5’8″ 170 WR/LB
19 Dillon Hoffman 10 5’10” 145 WR/DB
20 Kayden Tirado 10 5’10” 160 WR/LB
21 Caleb Dorshimer 11 6’2″ 195 TE/LB
22 Kenyon Figueroa 11 5’7″ 145 WR/DB
23 Roman Brummel 12 6′ 190 LB
24 Preston Barton 11 6’2″ 175 WR/DB
25 Cooper Emler 12 5’11” 160 WR/DB
26 Richie Hernandez 11 5’10” 220 FB/LB
27 Cristhian Viveros 10 5’7″ 130 WR/DB
28 Seth Warren 10 6’2″ 200 TE/DL
29 Malachi Victor 10 6′ 160 WR/DB
30 Andrew Weister 10 5’10” 130 WR/DB
31 Alex Thies 10 5’10” 150 WR/DB
32 Asher Ford 11 5’8″ 165 WR/DB
33 Daulton Krall 11 5’8″ 140 WR/DB
34 Julius Santana 10 6′ 180 TE/LB
35 Pal Bhavsar 11 5’10” 200 FB/LB
36 Mason Wolf 10 5’7″ 135 WR/DB
37 Dominic Roth 11 5’7″ 145 RB/LB
38 Diego Yanez 9 5’7″ 170 WR/LB
39 Tre Wamsher 10 5’9″ 140 WR/DB
40 Joe Arnt 10 5’7″ 165 RB/LB
41 Jordan Eisenhauer 11 5’8″ 135 WR/DB
42 Zion Rolon 10 6’1″ 205 RB/LB
43 Noah Miller 9 5’5″ 135 RB/LB
44 Fernando Marquez 11 6’1″ 200 RB/LB
45 Conner Rowe 9 5’11” 140 WR/DB
46 Landen Weaber 9 5’6″ 130 FB/LB
47 Travis Kemberling 9 6′ 140 WR/DB
48 Connor McCracken 9 5’10” 165 RB/LB
49 Jayden Marley 9 5’9″ 135 WR/DB
50 Erik McLaughlin 12 6’1″ 190 TE/DE
51 Aidan Arnold 10 6’1″ 210 OL/DE
52 Devin Adams 10 6′ 225 OL/DT
53 Nicholas Lambros 11 5’10” 215 OL/DT
54 Chase Habecker 12 6′ 190 OL/DE
55 Cameron Simone 11 5’10’ 215 OL/DE
56 Christian Weaber 11 6’1″ 260 OL/DL
57 Paxton Thomas 9 5’7″ 190 OL/DL
58 Alex Kissinger 10 5’11” 210 OL/DL
59 Christian Simpson 9 5’8″ 160 OL/DL
60 Wyatt Fox 9 5’9″ 170 OL/DL
61 Jordan Cullen 10 5’10” 195 OL/DL
62 Jordan Nickens 9 5’8″ 160 OL/DL
63 Austin Brubaker 10     OL/DL
64 Jayden Storm 9 5’8″ 200 OL/Dl
65 Evan Pierce 10 6’3″ 215 OL/DL
66 Landen Gross 9 5’10” 180 OL/DL
67 Steven Frank 12 6′ 215 OL/DL
68 Carter Eisenhauer 10 5’10 230 OL/DL
69 Jimmy Trump 9 5’11” 205 OL/DL
70 Tristan Long 10 5’10” 290 OL/DL
71 Tyler Toscano 9 5’9″ 200 OL/DL
72 Carter Ober 9 5’5″ 200 OL/DL
73 Nathanael Harbaugh 10 5’10” 275 OL/DL
74 Isaiah Sepulveda 11 6’2″ 290 OL/DL
75 Jake Hlatky 12 6’1″ 220 OL/DL
76 Michael Rivera 11 6’2″ 210 OL/DL
77 Connor Schwartz 12 5’11” 215 OL/DL
78 Connor Shanaman 9 5’10” 225 OL/DL
79 Gabriel Clemens 10 5’9″ 210 OL/DL
80 Landyn Kline 9 5’7″ 185 TE/LB
81 Tyler Reinhart 9 5’11” 155 WR/DB
82 Grayson Frankenstein 10 6’4″ 205 TE/DE
83 Luke Oriel 9 5’9″ 140 WR/DB
84 Yadi Rosario 9 5’8″ 140 WR/DB
85 Connor Thompson 10 5’7″ 140 WR/DB
86 Noah Koehler 10 5’8″ 170 TE/LB
87 Aiden Schomp 11 6’6″ 230 TE/DE
88 Ryan Glover 12 5’11” 165 K
91 Samantha Fink 9 5’2″ 130 K
99 Dylan Fuhrman 10 5’11” 175 TE/DE
           
  Cameron Tirado 9 5’3″ 126 WR/DB
  David Snyder 9 5’9″ 115 WR/DB
  Josh Tricoche 10      
  Luis Orta 9      
  Damarius Galarza 9      
  Brady Shobe 9      
  Jayden Schneck 10      
  Justin Moreno 10      
  Kelvin Torres 9      
 

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