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2022 PFN Player Spotlight- Tyler Wolfe- Hazleton Area

 

Written by: David Burnworth on Friday, June 3rd, 2022

 

Tyler Wolfe

Hazleton Area Senior High School

class 2023

Quarterback

Jersey 14

Height: 5-11

Weight: 170

Other Sports: baseball, basketball, ran track and field, swimming

Twitter: @TylerWolfeQB_23

Overall, you guys had a very nice 2021 season, adding four wins to your total from the previous year. What must you guys as a team do to keep up the success?

We have a lot of guys coming back! We need this core senior class to be the leaders for the younger guys. Show them the ropes. And I think we just need to compete. Our moto is to trust, love, and commit. If we do those things, we can bring out the best in one another and be successful.

If the stats I have looked at are correct, you personally had a nice season with 23 touchdowns, 2,181 passing yards, and 9 picks. Six of those picks came in two games (Delaware Valley). What do you hope to improve on the most this season?

I believe I can improve on my completion percentage, get that to above 70%, minimize the mistakes and take advantage of what the defense is giving me.

What was the biggest thing you were able to learn last season as far as being the starter goes?

I think just my overall confidence. I trust in my abilities and what I can do, and I trust in the coaching.

Last year, I asked you who was the one team you really wanted to beat that you had not been able to beat in the past, and you said Delaware Valley. They got you twice last season. How much did that hurt and how much fuel did it add to the fire as far as really wanting them this season?

I remember, like it was yesterday, talking to you and saying that I wanted to beat Delaware Valley. Those two games hurt badly. We made mistakes when the game was on the line. That happens, but we as a team learned from those mistakes and we won’t make those same mistakes again. I think we have closed the gap between us and the Delaware Valley. Both games came down to the last possession and were hard-fought games. It is what District 2 is all about. Unfortunately, Delaware Valley has now moved from 6A to 5A, so we will not be playing them this season.

Can you share with us any of the colleges that are looking at you? Is there a frontrunner?

It is still early in the recruiting process right now for a frontrunner. I have had very good visits to Dartmouth, Saint Anselm, Wagner, Kutztown, and King’s College. I am planning a number of visits over the summer. It has also been great to meet a lot of coaches who have come into the school to visit. I am very excited to see what the future holds in the recruiting process.

As far as road games go, where do you enjoy playing the most?

The Road Games were great fun. Last year, we were undefeated on the road during the regular season! I think the most memorable games on the road were the wins versus Berwick at Crispin Field and our overtime win at Dallas. In both games, we were down and came back to win the game. It was the first time since 2008 that we won at Crispin Field. In the Dallas game, we were down 15 with seven minutes to go and we ended up beating them in overtime on a fourth down pick to end the game. They were both great games.

After your senior season, how important will it be for you to make one or two of the state all-star games?

It would certainly be a blessing if I were to be selected for a state all-star game! It would be a great experience to be able to compete with the best in the state. But my focus is on the season, to just work hard, compete, and be a good teammate. The rest will take care of itself.

What have you done during the offseason to help improve yourself on the field?

The biggest thing was just fine-tuning some little things on the field and working on mechanics, so every move is just second nature. In the weight room, just being more explosive and moving the weight fast with control is enough. I have already exceeded my initial goals in the weight room, so it is just to continue to set bigger goals and get stronger and more explosive.

Have you watched any of the USFL games? If so, what are your thoughts on them?

To be honest, I really have not watched much of the USFL games. It seems like it is getting some good attention in the sports world. It is great to have football in the springtime; it really fills that void. I just haven’t had the time to sit down and watch some games.

Where is your favorite place to eat in your town?

The boys and I would go to Cusat’s Cafe on Thursday nights after our walkthroughs during the season. We would get cheese steak sandwiches with two orders of waffle fries. Another favorite spot to go to is Jimmy’s Hot Dogs. The boys and I will go after practice sometimes during the summer.

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