A look at the 2016 LeRoy Oatkan
Football Knights

Chris Metcalf - The Livingston County News

LEROY - Brian Herdlein took over as LeRoy's varsity football head coach last fall (2015) from legendary figure Brain Moran.

Herdlein's did OK, going 5-4, which included an upset win over Attica in the first round of the sectionals, before losing to powerhouse Bath in the semifinals. Two of the losses last season came against state semifinalist Bath, while the other two losses were close battles with Class B Hornell and Livonia, by respective scores of 14-7 in OT and 28-22.

Senior Josh Laurie (QB/DB) returns as the Knights' signal caller. Last year Laurie was 42 of 102 passing for 712 yards and 6 TDs. Senior Nate Flint, who was second on the team in receiving last year with 11 catches for 215 yards, is back this fall as a running back and linebacker.

Other key returners that should contribute this fall include seniors Luke Hogle (OL/DL), Jason Doemling (WR/DB), and Dominic Filio (RB/LB).

Top newcomers this season include juniors Bryce Bordanaro (OL/DL) and Canyon Roster (WR/DB).

The Knights will be relying heavily on the senior QB Laurie as a team leader.

"I think Josh is really stepping into the leadership role nicely," Herdlein said at the team's opening practice. "He and I have had conversations already and I am definitely expecting more from him."

Laurie will also play defensive back.

Wide receiver Ryan Boyce should also be a key factor in the offense this season as he can look to take advantage of his size and speed on the outside.

Doemling and Boyce will also play in the defensive backfield.

"We expect to be competitive in every game we play this season," Herdlein said. "Our team speed should be a strength for us this season. Our newcomers, with the help of the returning players, are filling the positions open from graduation very nicely."


Luke Hogle, Justin DiFalco, Josh Laurie, Jason Doemling, Nate Flint


Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator - Brian Herdlein

Pete Greene - Defensive Coordinator
Jim Bonacquisti - Special Teams

2016 LeRoy Oatkan Knights Varsity Football

Front Row 1: Luke Hogle, Justin DiFalco, Jason Doemling, Tyler Rider, Jesse Lytle, Dom Filio, Cole Biggins.
Row 2: Marcus Jackson, Gaven Cassidy, Ethan Roy, Nate Flint, Tom Mellon, Joe Baer, Steve Lyness.
Row 3: Josh Laurie, Alex Hahn, Luke Stella, David Privatera, Reece Tresco, Ryan Boyce, Canyon Roster, Lenny Hahn.