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Palmyra Football Season Outlook: 2023


Mid Penn Conference – Keystone Division (AAAAA)

Head Coach: Chris Pavone – 2nd season

Top Returners: Matthew Bordner (Sr., Kicker); Nathan Eisenhooth (Sr., WR/DB); Logan Howard (Sr., OL/DL); Kadin Jones (Sr., OL/LB); Keagen Kleinfelter (Sr., WR/DB); Kyle Koennecke (Sr., RB/LB); Andrew Manning (Sr., OL/DL); Jason McCurdy (Sr., TE/DL/Punter); Jon McDannell (Sr., WR/DL); Titus Orlando (Sr., TE/DL); Kadan Readinger (Sr., WR/DB); Ryan Kowalski (Jr., QB/DB); Beau Toler (Jr., OL/DL)

Key Losses: Kyle Chapin; Wyatt Herr; Colton Long; Jose Morales

2022 Results: 1-9


On the Radio: Palmyra Cougar Football can be heard on WLBR/Froggy Valley three times this season: August 25 on the road at Lebanon, September 22 against Mifflin County, and October 6 versus Red Land. Click for the full radio schedule.


Palmyra Football Season Outlook

In 2022, the Cougars finished with a 1-9 record.  That roster was full of sophomores and juniors, only carrying nine seniors.  While they could have laid down throughout the season, they battled hard and picked up valuable experience each week of Coach Pavone’s first season as their head coach.

Along with their veteran status, Palmyra now has a chip on its shoulder and is out to prove itself in 2023.  This year’s roster boasts nearly ten returning starters on both sides of the ball. This should provide a decent reset for the program, as they can rely on battle-tested players on offense, defense, and special teams.

On offense, the Cougars will be working with a new scheme.  In 2022, they relied heavily upon the run game led by Juan Figueroa, who has since transferred to McDevitt.  This new scheme will allow Palmyra to use the veteran, skill players still wearing the orange and black.  Among the offensive weapons who will look to play big roles this year are seniors Keagan Kleinfelter, Kadan Readinger, and Jon McDannell. The speedy trio of receivers will look for new ways to contribute to the success of this year’s team after combining for 45 receptions a season ago. Readinger will also look to continue his role as a special teams threat after hitting paydirt on two kickoff returns last year.

Defensively, expect much of this same hard-nosed play that will allow the offense to perform. This style starts with the strength of the line and the linebackers. This unit is led by senior linebacker Kadin Jones, who racked up 97 tackles in ’22.  Senior lineman Andrew Manning will look to add to the 2 sacks he had last year. As quarterbacks are being pressured, this will also have to consider the Cougar defensive backfield, especially with Kleinfelter and Kyle Koennecke on the prowl.

A Week 1 clash with Lebanon will be a test for the 2023 Palmyra Cougars to see how far they have come with a year of experience.

 – Written by Dan Rau


2022 Key Stats

Kadin Jones – 97 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries

Keagan Kleinfelter – 19 receptions, 2 TDs / 2 INTs

Kyle Chapin* – 5 sacks

Kaden Readinger – 16 receptions, 223 yards, 2 kickoff TDs

Jon McDannell – 10 receptions, 128 yards

Juan Figueroa# – 206 carries, 793 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs




2023 Palmyra Football Schedule

8/25     @ Lebanon (radio)

9/1       vs East Pennsboro

9/8       @ Donegal

9/14     @ Bishop McDevitt*

9/22     v  Mifflin County* (radio)

9/29     @ Lower Dauphin*

10/6     v  Red Land* (radio)

10/13   v  Cedar Cliff*

10/20   @ Milton Hershey*

10/27   v   Hershey*

* Keynote Division game


2023 Palmyra Football Roster

Number Name Year Position
2 Kleinfelter, Keagen Sr. WR/OB
3 Kowalski, Ryan Jr. QB/DB
4 Readinger, Kadan Sr. WR/DB
5 Snyder, Austin Jr. WR/DB
7 Mccurdy, Jason Sr. WR/DUP
8 Hodgson, Micah Sr. WR/LB
9 Orlando, Titus Sr. TE/DL
10 Diguardia, Peter So. WR/DB
11 Eisenhooth, Nathan Sr. QB/DB
13 Russek, Roman Fr. QB/DB
14 Speck, Talon So. QB/DB
15 Holt, Nate So. WR/LB
17 Halbleib, Robert Fr. QB/DB
18 McDannell, Jon Sr. WR/DL
19 Kaplan, Justin Jr. RB/LB
20 Ramos, Jr., Duran Fr. WR/DB
21 Kurash, Caleb Jr. WR/DB
22 Altebrando, Joseph Jr. RB/LB
23 Stewart, Charles Jr. WR/DB
24 Francis, Jasiah So. WR/DB
26 Levan, Hayden Jr. WR/DB
27 Sherman, Jacob Sr. RB/DL
28 Risser, Braxtin So. RB/DB
30 Vanatta, Luke So. WR/DB
31 Ferretti, Aldo Jr. RB/LB
32 Koennecke, Kyle Sr. RB/DB
33 Rose, Eli Jr. RB/DB
34 McDannell, Travis So. RB/LB
35 Morgan, Thomas Fr. RB/DB
36 Ray, Dylan Fr. WR/DB
37 Bordner, Matt Sr. K
38 Martin, Quentin Fr. WR/DB
42 Sears, Wyatt Fr. RB/LB
43 Campisano, Chris So. RB/LB
44 Christman, Brendan Fr. TE/LB
47 Campisano, Nick So. RB/LB
49 Csongradi, Alex Fr. RB/LB
50 Doone, Richie Sr. OL/DL
52 Jones, Kadin Sr. OL/LB
53 Comarnitsky,  Tyler So. OL/DL
55 Hathaway, Jack Jr. OL/DL
56 Basehore, Braeden Fr. OL/DL
58 Howard, Logan Sr. OL/DL
60 Manning, Andrew Sr. OL/DL
61 Wadel, Dominic Fr. OL/DL
62 Kipp, Jackson Fr. OL/DL
63 Heisey, Ashton Fr. OL/DL
64 Koennecke, Kam So. OL/DL
67 Ward, Wesley Fr. OL/DL
70 Reed, Ethan Sr. OL/DL
72 Manning, Harry So. OL/DL
73 Custer, Kale Jr. OL/DL
74 Coles, Kenneth Fr. OL/DL
75 Toler, Beau Jr. OL/DL
76 Albright, Jayson Jr. OL/DL
78 Snyder, Anthony Sr. OL/DL
79 Hamer, Andrew Sr. OL/DL
83 Hoover, Brayden So. TE/DL
84 Litzenberger, Riley So. WR/DB
86 Armstrong, Tristan So. WR/DB
87 Burns, Matthew Fr. WR/DB
88 Smith, Xavier Fr. TE/DL
89 Tshudy,Joshua Fr. WR/DB

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