Varsity Football in the Cove

Central Dragons Return With All-State Players


August 25, 2022

Gary M. Baranec

Central High School football coach Dave Baker puts his players through a drill in a light rain during practice on Monday, Aug. 15. Central has 71 players on its varsity team this year.

Coach: David Baker

Number of Years as Head Coach: 12

2021 Record: 14-1; District 6 3A Champions; Laurel Highlands Champions

Returning Starters:

Offense: Jeff Hoenstine, QB; Mason Conrath, C; Eli Lingenfelter, WR; Hunter Smith, FB; Dalton Metzger, WR

Defense: Jeff Hoenstine, S; Hunter Smith, LB; Jason Clark, DE; Wyatt Holsinger, DT; Eli Lingenfelter, SS

Strengths: "We return QB Jeff Hoenstine, who was the 3A player and all-state QB and return a strong group of receivers and running backs led by Kade Rhule and Hunter Smith. Eli Lingenfelter was an all-state receiver."

Concerns: "We need to r...

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