A LANCASTER NEWSPAPERS SPECIAL REPORT • AUGUST 26, 2014

2014 LANCASTER-LEBANON LEAGUE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

PLUS

FULL SEASON
SCHEDULE
TEAM-BY-TEAM
OUTLOOKS
MIKE GROSS’
25 THINGS
TO WATCH

Inside Section Two, star running back NASSIR WEAVER hopes
to lead Lancaster Catholic to the top of the field in 2014.
But with thick competition,
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Lancaster , Pa

2014 high school football schedule
All games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted

SECTION ONE

Aug. 29

* At 2 p.m. in Dublin, Ireland

Denotes HOME games

Sept. 5

Sept. 12

Sept. 19

Sept. 26

Oct. 3

Oct. 10

Oct. 17

Oct. 24

Oct. 31

Lower
Dauphin

Manheim
Central

Warwick

Wilson

Manheim
Township

Hempfield

McCaskey

Conestoga
Valley

Penn Manor

Solanco
at 7:30 p.m.

LampeterStrasburg

Manheim
Township

Penn Manor

Warwick

Wilson

Hempfield

Cedar Crest

McCaskey

Cedar Crest
FALCONS

Lebanon

Conestoga Valley
BUCKSKINS

Ephrata

Hempfield
BLACK KNIGHTS

LampeterStrasburg

Manheim
Central

Central
York

Penn Manor

McCaskey

Wilson

Cedar Crest

Conestoga
Valley

Warwick

Manheim
Township

Central
Dauphin

Red Lion

Governor
Mifflin

Conestoga
Valley

Warwick

Cedar
Crest

Penn
Manor

Wilson

McCaskey

Hempfield

York

Reading

Wilson

Hempfield

Penn Manor

Warwick

Cedar
Crest

Manheim
Township

Conestoga
Valley

Cedar Cliff*

LampeterStrasburg

Dallastown

Hempfield

Conestoga
Valley

McCaskey

Manheim
Township

Warwick

Wilson

Cedar Crest

Warwick
WARRIORS

Manheim
Central

Garden Spot

Cedar Crest

Manheim
Township

Conestoga
Valley

McCaskey

Penn Manor

Hempfield

Wilson

Wilson
BULLDOGS

Governor
Mifflin

Central
Dauphin E.

Central
Dauphin

McCaskey

Cedar Crest

Hempfield

Conestoga
Valley

Manheim
Township

Penn Manor

Warwick

Daniel
Boone

Ephrata

Cedar Cliff

Lebanon

LampeterStrasburg

Garden Spot

Elizabethtown

Manheim
Central

Solanco

Lancaster
Catholic

Elizabethtown
BEARS

Donegal

Hershey

Middletown

Manheim
Central

Garden Spot

LampeterStrasburg

Cocalico

Solanco

Lancaster
Catholic

Lebanon

Garden Spot
SPARTANS

Twin Valley

Warwick

Exeter

Lancaster
Catholic

Elizabethtown

Cocalico

Solanco

Lebanon

Manheim
Central

LampeterStrasburg

Lampeter-Strasburg
PIONEERS

Hempfield

Penn Manor

Conestoga
Valley

Solanco

Cocalico

Elizabethtown

Manheim
Central

Lancaster
Catholic

Lebanon

Garden Spot

Dallastown

Governor
Mifflin

Littlestown

Garden Spot

Solanco

Manheim
Central

Lebanon

LampeterStrasburg

Elizabethtown

Cocalico

Cedar Crest

Northern
Lebanon

Elco

Cocalico

Manheim
Central

Solanco

Lancaster
Catholic

Garden Spot

LampeterStrasburg

Elizabethtown

Warwick

Hempfield

Cedar Crest

Elizabethtown

Lebanon

Lancaster
Catholic

LampeterStrasburg

Cocalico

Garden Spot

Solanco

CV

West Chester
Henderson

LampeterStrasburg

Lancaster
Catholic

Lebanon

Garden Spot

at 7:30 p.m.

at 7:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown

Cocalico

Manheim
Central

Donegal

Elco

Ephrata

Kutztown

Northern
Lebanon

Columbia

Pequea
Valley

Donegal

Pequea
Valley

Ephrata

Elco

AnnvilleCleona

Northern
Lebanon

Columbia

Elco

Pequea
Valley

Schuylkill
Valley

Northern
Lebanon

Ephrata

Pequea
Valley

AnnvilleCleona

Donegal

Northern
Lebanon

Columbia

Ephrata

Twin
Valley

at 7:30 p.m.

Northern
Lebanon

York
Suburban

AnnvilleCleona

Columbia

Pequea
Valley

Elco

Donegal

Manheim Township
BLUE STREAKS
McCaskey
RED TORNADO
Penn Manor
COMETS

Harrisburg
8/30 at 1 p.m.

Ephrata
at 7:30 p.m.

SECTION TWO
Cocalico
EAGLES

Lancaster Catholic
CRUSADERS
Lebanon
CEDARS
Manheim Central
BARONS
Solanco
GOLDEN MULES

Oxford

at 7:30 p.m.

SECTION THREE
Annville-Cleona
LITTLE DUTCHMEN

Biglerville

Hamburg

Schuylkill
Valley

Eastern
York

Delone
Catholic

Trinity

Donegal
INDIANS

Elizabethtown

Fleetwood

Palmyra

ELCO
RAIDERS

Hamburg

Palmyra

Lebanon

Conestoga
Valley

Cocalico

Pine Grove

Lebanon

Hamburg

Ephrata

Pequea
Valley

Williams
Valley

Elco

AnnvilleCleona

Donegal

Columbia

York
Tech

Kutztown

Octorara

Elco

Northern
Lebanon

Columbia

Donegal

Ephrata

Hamburg

AnnvilleCleona

Columbia
CRIMSON TIDE

Ephrata
MOUNTAINEERS
Northern Lebanon
VIKINGS
Pequea Valley
BRAVES

Warwick

Sept. 18

Berks
Catholic
A-C
Sept. 18

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LANCASTER-LEBANON LEAGUE

Football 2014

IN THIS ISSUE:

•Season Overview:
Changes bring challenges .....................3
•Battle Royale:
Contenders abound in Section Two .....4-5
•25 Things to watch:
Mike Gross ponders the ’14 season ......17
•Players to Watch:
Returning First-Team All-Stars ..15, 29, 39
•Central’s Moreno and Zunich:
Set for a season of impact ..................23
•Inside the Playbook:
Cocalico’s bread & butter: Inside Veer ..35
TEAM PREVIEWS
McCaskey........................................... 6
Hempfield........................................... 8
Penn Manor.......................................10
Manheim Township.............................12
Warwick............................................14
Cedar Crest.......................................16
Conestoga Valley................................18
Wilson..............................................20
Manheim Central................................22
Lampeter-Strasburg............................24
Solanco.............................................26
Garden Spot......................................28
Lancaster Catholic..............................30
Elizabethtown....................................32
Cocalico............................................34
Lebanon............................................36
Columbia...........................................38
Ephrata.............................................40
Donegal............................................42
Northern Lebanon...............................44
Annville-Cleona..................................45
Elco..................................................46
Pequea Valley....................................47
ON THE COVER: Lancaster Catholic running
back Nassir Weaver shows the intensity of the
anticipated battles among the teams in the L-L
League’s Section Two this season.
Cover photo by Marty Heisey. Cover design by
Chris Emlet. Art direction by Patrick Kirchner.
Note: The editorial deadline for this edition was
Aug. 22. Roster changes may have occurred
between then and Friday’s first game.

Editor:
Kevin Freeman
Copy Editors:
Chris Otto
Laura Eckert Thompson
Production:
Roxanne McRoberts
Photographers:
Jeff Ruppenthal
Dan Marschka
Rick Hertzler
Marty Heisey
Mark Palczewski
Andy Blackburn

Writers:
Ed Gruver
Tim Gross
Mike Gross
Dave Byrne
Burt Wilson
Diana Pugliese
Eric Stark
Gordie Jones
Graphics:
Chris Emlet
Todd Spidle
Special Thanks:
PAHelmetProject.com

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 3

Season dawns, questions arise
Finding the answers should provide L-L League-wide excitement
BY ED GRUVER

T

Sports Writer
egruver@lnpnews.com

his edition of L-L football looks to have more
story lines than the final
season of Breaking Bad
and may lead to just as much
binge-watching.
Can Wilson, which has seemingly dominated Section One since
the Nixon Administration, continue
its run of championships?
Has
Manheim
Township or
Hempfield
supplanted
Penn Manor as the primary contender to the Bulldogs?
Will Rob Monzon return McCaskey to the winning ways it enjoyed
his first season?
How will the new regimes at
Cedar Crest, Solanco and Pequea
Valley fare, and how will Conestoga Valley, Lancaster Catholic,
Garden Spot and Ephrata fit in with
their new neighbors?
Who will emerge from the Section Two slugfest?
Will retiring Manheim Central
coach Mike Williams go out on a
high note?
Can new coordinators Jim Can-

SEASON
OVERVIEW

Dan Marschka / Staff

Manheim Township is one of several teams looking to end Wilson’s
reign in Section One. Quarterback Erik Benjamin will engineer the
Blue Streaks’ designs on a title.
tafio and Gerry Novak help bring
a Section Two title to Lancaster
Catholic?
Which team will win what ap-

pears to be a wide-open Section
Three?
Will Donegal repeat, or does
Please see OVERVIEW, page 7

We want YOU in our fall coverage
By CHRIS OTTO
Sports Editor

Welcome to the 2014 Lancaster-Lebanon League
football season!
You have in your hands our 48-page preview section
(masterfully coordinated once again by Kevin Freeman), which we hope will satisfy your preseason appetite for local gridiron news.
There’s even more to check out. Head to Lancaster
Online.com to see preseason video reports on every local team. You won’t want to miss what L-L players and
coaches have to say about preparations for the fall season.
And this is just the start, fans.
Our L-L football coverage this season is designed to
bring you the news you want in the ways you want to
receive it.
But we want you to be an active participant in the
coverage, too.
Here are some highlights of what you can look forward to and get involved with:
n 
Game of the Week: Starting with Week 2, we’re
going to let you vote on the L-L Game of the Week. That
game will receive special coverage and staffers will be

on hand to interact with fans and pass out some cool
giveaways. Watch our daily sports section and the @
LancasterSports Twitter account for more information.
n 
Live blog and scoreboard on Friday nights: We
will have one-stop shopping on LancasterOnline.com
for area football fans to keep up with all the local scoring updates on Friday nights. Don’t wait. Get it first
from us.
n 
Submit and showcase your content: If you have a
great L-L sports photo or video that you want to share,
we’ll promote and publish it for you. Tweet your best
stuff to @LancasterSports or send an email to sports@
lnpnews.com.
n 
Honoring each week’s best student-athletes: Each
week, we will nominate L-L athletes for Football Player
of the Week, Boys’ Athlete of the Week and Girls’ Athlete of the Week. You get to vote on the winners.
n 
More than ever online: The L-L sports coverage at
LancasterOnline.com will include more photo galleries
to browse through, more videos and more opportunities to engage with our reporting staff.
n 
More than ever in print: Of course, we’ll continue
our comprehensive coverage of L-L sports in the daily
sports section. And there will be some additions, including a new Friday football recap in the Sunday paper.

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Lancaster , Pa

SE C TI O N TWO I S SH A P I N G U P TO B E A

ROYALE

The shifting of teams from one
section to another, caused by
enrollment and petition, has
seemingly loaded Section Two
with top-flight matchups.
Rivalries will be continued and
started anew this season.

Andy Blackburn

BY ED GRUVER

I

Sports Writer
egruver@lnpnews.com

t was Solanco athletic director Dan Baughman who,
in an interview with Lancaster Newspapers last
March to announce the hiring of Anthony Cox as new
head football coach, first applied the moniker “Murderers’ Row” to the new-look lineup of Section Two.
The sobriquet has since gained traction. Cocalico
coach Dave Gingrich used it on L-L Media Day and
the belief that football fans are in for something special this
fall has become a common theme among coaches and players.
“You take the best team (Garden Spot) in Section Three
and one of the best (Lancaster Catholic) in Section One, that’s
kind of scary,” Lebanon coach Gerry Yonchiuk said.
Scary good. The Spartans are 18-4 over the past two seasons, won a section title two years ago and in 2013 owned
the section’s best overall record at 8-3. The Crusaders,
who dominated Section Three before bumping up to
Section One, have won two state titles and are a perennial playoff squad.
Add Catholic and Garden Spot to an already
ultra-competitive field that includes four playoff teams from a year ago in district Class
AAA finalist and Section Two champ Manheim Central, Triple-A semifinalist Cocalico, recent section champ LampeterStrasburg and Lebanon and it’s easy to
see why Crusaders head man Bruce
Harbach says Section Two ranks as
“one of the top sections in the state.”
“It’s what Friday night football is
all about,” added Elizabethtown coach
Mike Cottle, whose Bears bring their
own tradition to the mix.
It was the E-town teams of the
late Eighties and early Nineties that slugged it out with
Central and Conestoga Valley for section and district
titles that evoke such
fond memories and
comparisons for retiring Barons boss Mike
Williams.
“Those years when
we had E-town, CV
and us all competing
at the district (playoff) level were really
competitive,” he said.
“But I don’t know if we
had five teams as competitive (as the current
Section Two). We’re getting
two teams (Catholic and Garden
Spot) that are pretty solid.”

Lancaster , Pa

Marty Heisey

And the section is getting two men — Jim
Cantafio and Gerry Novak, Catholic’s new offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively —
who as former CV head coaches bring additional
name recognition and give the Crusaders an allstar staff along the lines of Central’s.
“It’s like having three head coaches,” Crusaders running back/cornerback/return specialist
Nassir Weaver said, smiling.
Catholic and Central had a short-lived twoseason throwdown several years ago, and Williams said that despite its brevity it was a “great
rivalry.”
“It might be as good,” he mused, “as the ones
we had in the past with CV and E-town.”
And while Williams knows the Barons, as
reigning kings, will bear the target this season
— “Everybody’s going to want to beat us” — he
expects the Crusaders are going to be circled on
every team’s calendar as well.
“Everybody’s going to have a rivalry with
Lancaster Catholic,” he said. “(Private schools
versus public schools) is the hot topic right now.”
Consider it another chapter in a story that
looks to be a real page-turner.
“I’ve always felt that Section Two is the most
competitive in the league,” Gingrich opined.
“But this year takes it to a whole new level. Add
Garden Spot and Lancaster Catholic, a two-time
state champion, add Cantafio and Novak, holy
(smoke).”

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AUGUST  26,  2014 • 5

“Mentally, it’s going to be a challenge for
coaches to prepare their squad every week,”
Yonchiuk stated. “I don’t think anyone wants
to set any team up as their Homecoming opponent.”
The players who will take the field are
expecting nothing less than a playoff
atmosphere every Friday night for
the next three months.
“It’s become more competitive
with Catholic and Garden Spot
coming in,” Eagles wide receiver/
cornerback Devon Delpiano said.
“The games are going to be more
physical, more demolition derby.”
All of which suits Barons
linebacker Justin Moreno, who
at 6-0, 238 pounds hits as hard
as Monday morning.
“I’m ready for some competition,” Moreno said. “Blowout games are kind of boring.”
Catholic’s two-way lineman
Keegan Sheedy expects Section
Two to be as demanding as Section
One was, maybe more so.
“It’s not a step down,” he said. “It’s a step
up.”
Spartan RB/LB Tim Stoltzfus shares
Sheedy’s belief.
“I’m super excited for (competing in
Section Two); bigger games, higher intensity.”
And it’s that intensity that inspired Bears
two-way lineman Zack Semple and his teammates to go the extra mile in the offseason.
“We took that mindset into the weight
room,” he said, “and worked harder.”
All that’s left now is to run this gauntlet
of games.
“No question, it’s going to be a 10-week
grind,” Spartans coach Matt Zamperini said.
“The idea of being in a battle on Friday night and
getting back in the mix on Monday is something
we haven’t had in a while. You stand up and compete or you get your butt kicked.”
Gingrich agreed. “When you look at the
schedule, it’s a daunting task. There’s going to
be a good team with a sub .500 record.
“I’ll tell you what. Whoever wins Section Two
is going to be a great team.”
Lancaster Catholic
center Skylar Bender,
far left, and the
Crusaders are set to
take up the Section
Two gauntlet against
players like LampeterStrasburg’s Ross
Souders, top, Garden
Spot’s Mitch Martin,
left, and Manheim
Central’s Chad
Zunich.

Andy Blackburn

Dan Marschka

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McCASKEY RED TORNADO

PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

2013 SECTION: 0-7 | 2013 OVERALL: 0-10 | BASE OFFENSE: MULTIPLE-I | BASE DEFENSE: 4-4

Lancaster , Pa

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 1

Level of commitment renews
Monzon’s fire at McCaskey

HEADCOACH
Rob Monzon

(5th season, 14-28)

BY MIKE GROSS

Sports Columnist
mgross@lnpnews.com

SCOUTING REPORT

Gantz

Owens

M

Bynum

Allen

Key Players Returning:
WR/FSKyaireBynum,TE/LBTylerOwens,WR/DBKamaalGantz,
RB/CB Brandon Allen.
Key Players Lost:
WR/DB Joe Gray, RB Tyree Ballenger, RB/DB Tony Burnside.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
2
La’Detrius Sibley
6
Pedro Martinez
7
Brandon Allen
8
Kyaire Bynum
13 Kamaal Gantz
21 Michael Luke
23 Brian Montosa
24 Jorge Garcia
30 Tyler Owens
44 Eric Pitt
46 Max Chalfont
58 Orlando Davila
59 Ricky White
67 Travis Drumm
70 Azzur Glover
73 Brady Walton
74 Raymar Frias
Juniors
1
Randolph Speller
4
Michael Davis III
5
John Burnside
20 Deshawn Crosby
22 Nicholas Perez
25 Luis Burgos
38 Chiveak Lorn
41 Debron McCain
51 Angel Roldan
52 Alexander Rivera
62 Jose Acosta
63 Maxwell Peak
64 Geran Mendez
68 Skyler Davis

Pos. Ht.
QB/LB 5-8
RB/LB 5-8
RB/CB 5-8
WR/S 6-2
WR/CB 6-1
RB/LB 6-1
WR/CB 5-8
WR/DB 5-10
TE/LB 6-3
FB/DB 5-10
K
6-1
OL/DL 5-7
OL/DL 6-3
OL/LB 5-11
OL/DL 6-0
C/DL 6-2
OL/DL 6-0
Pos. Ht.
RB/CB 5-8
QB/LB 5-9
QB/CB 6-0
WR/DB 6-2
RB/LB 5-7
RB/CB 5-6
RB/LB 5-4
RB/CB 5-6
OL/DL 5-11
OL/DB 6-1
OL/DL 5-4
OL/DL 6-1
OL/DL 6-1
OL/LB 5-`0

Wt.
174
162
147
190
175
190
160
163
212
200
230
210
226
218
346
195
245
Wt.
147
160
201
175
165
131
136
164
180
210
200
264
210
202

2014 Schedule
8/30
9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

@ Harrisburg
@ York
READING
@ Wilson
HEMPFIELD
PENN MANOR
WARWICK
@ Cedar Crest
@ Manheim Twp.
CON. VALLEY

69 Deandre Bacon
OL/DL 5-11
72 Joseph Ortiz
OL/DL 5-7
78 Nicholas Segarra OL/DL 6-0
80 Gabriel Ruiz
FB/LB 5-8
83 Nathanial Volker WR/DB 5-9
85 Keenan Owens
WR/S 6-1
--
Carlos Pacheco
WR/DB 5-11
Sophomores
Pos. Ht.
31 Gregory Nunez
TE/LB 6-0
33 William Brown Jr. FB/LB 6-0
35 Julian Sitts
FB/LB 5-9
40 Carlos Lugo
RB/LB 6-0
50 Donovan Ford
C/DL 6-1
60 H. Soriano-Rosario OL/DL 5-11
66 Rashad Lofton
OL/DL 6-3
75 Ohwop Wilson
OL/DL 6-0
76 Jordae Grove
OL/DL 6-4
--
Jovanny Collado OL/DL 5-10
--
Mekhi Davis-Wilson WR/DB 5-8
--
Jordan Durham OL/LB 5-6
--
Lazaro Franco
TE/LB 6-1
--
Tarshon Gant
WR/CB 5-8
--
Juanya Gonzalez WR/DB 5-7
--
Tylik Hunter
OL/DL 5-11
--
Tycere Johnson
WR/CB --
--
Kyle Milburn
QB/DB 5-6
--
Dylan Morris
OL/DL 5-6
--
Carlos Pacheco
WR/DB 5-11
--
John Pacheco
WR/DB 5-5
--
Tony Rodriguez WR/CB 5-8
--
Camron Serrano OL/DL 5-6
Freshmen
Pos. Ht.
9
Isiah Speller
WR/DB 5-9

344
227
242
180
160
158
130
Wt
200
195
195
160
187
209
310
233
242
170
130
209
147
150
145
221
--153
246
130
117
135
164
Wt
140

2013 Results
1 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.

Reading
York
Exeter
Wilson
Hempfield
Penn Manor
Warwick
Cedar Crest
Manheim Township
Lancaster Catholic

L, 33-15
L, 28-7
L, 42-14
L, 45-7
L, 43-7
L, 55-0
L, 27-7
L, 42-14
L, 41-6
L, 49-6

cCaskey didn’t
win a game last
season, and
coach Rob Monzon did not finish the year
sounding like a man excited about the program’s
present or future.
“They need to know that
if they want this to be better
then they need to show the
commitment it takes for it to
be better,” Monzon said after
a 41-6 loss to Manheim Township in Week 9 last year.
“They have to stop looking
for excuses as to why things
aren’t right.’’
Part of the problem was
injuries; the Red Tornado lost
two rotation running backs
and two starting offensive
linemen during the season
opener, a 33-15 loss to Reading. The injuries continued,
and the Tornado simply didn’t
have the depth to patch holes
and keep chugging.
The physical wear eventually became mental and emotional wear. McCaskey mostly
played people tough the first
half of the season. Not so
much down the stretch.
“They need to start fighting
through and showing the tenacity and character needed
to show that they’re going to
overcome what barriers are
put in front of them,’’ a frustrated Monzon said then. “If
Andy Blackburn / Staff
they can’t do that, it’s bigger
Wide receiver Kyaire Bynum is one of nine returning starters on ofthan just football, it’s going
to be a problem they’re going fense for the Red Tornado.
to have in any aspect of their
life.”
year, a pair of fullbacks, senior Michael Luke and
Monzon has his fire back. He says that’s because
junior Nick Perez. With the ability to run inside and
his players have shown him some of theirs.
out, the theory goes, McCaskey will be also to run a
“These guys have responded as well as any team
true triple-option attack.
could,’’ Monzon said at Lancaster-Lebanon League
What’s unusual, for McCaskey, is a deep group of
media day Aug. 5.
lineman, many of whom played some last year, in“There’s been tremendous buy-in, great consiscluding some high-ceiling sophomores. Three sophs,
tency as far as lifting and conditioning. They know
Donovan Ford, Ohwop Wilson and Jordae Grove
they’re better than that, and they feel a responsibil(6-4, 260), could start. Also, there’s a new OL coach,
ity to set the record straight.’’
Mike Patton, who comes over from Donegal.
About the offense: Nine starters return,
“Last year, the line was young and weak,’’ Monincluding the usual group of speedy skill-position
zon said. “They’re still going to be undersized
weapons like QB La’Detrius Sibley, RB Brandon
Please see McCASKEY, page 7
Allen and WR Kyaire Bynum, and, in contrast to last

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McCaskey
Continued from 6

compared to who they have to block, but they’re
going to be much stronger, and at least they know
what to expect.’’
About the defense: The McCaskey D used
to be known for speed and odd formations,
sometimes including five linebackers and/or as
few as two down linemen. Now there’s a new
coordinator — Lance Whiteside, an old Monzon
pal who comes to Lancaster from Harrisburg
High — and, for a second straight year, relatively
standard fronts.
“We’re still going to be a four-man-front defense,’’ Monzon said, “but (Whiteside) has a way
of teaching it that the guys are grasping.’’
As on offense, nine starters are back. Tyler
Owens, a 6-3, 212 senior LB, is back after a
100-tackle 2013 season. The real strength of the
defense might be on the back end, with Bynum at
free safety and corners Kamaal Gantz and Randolph Speller, a transfer from Lancaster Catholic.
Speller could be special, at running back and

Overview
Continued from 3

Annville-Cleona or another challenger
ascend to the throne?
Even the Long Island Medium can’t
accurately forecast all of the above.
What can be stated with certainty is
that this will be the most intriguing —
and intense — L-L grid campaign in
memory.
“You make a mistake here or there,”
Black Knights coach Ron Zeiber said,
speaking of Section One but in essence
speaking for the entire league, “and
you’re going down.”
Section One boasts four district Class
AAAA playoff squads from last season,
and Wilson, Penn Manor, Hempfield
and Township look to be locked in for
another season of showdowns. Doug
Dahms’ Dawgs graduated their entire
offense and return less than half (5) the
starting members of their defense.
“We’ll be about middle of the pack,”
he deadpanned, and when a visitor
responded with the comment that
the Dawgs don’t rebuild they reload,
Dahms smiled and acknowledged that
yes, that has been true.
“It’s been a nice run,” he said. “I hope
it doesn’t end. But the higher you set the
bar the harder it is to stay there.
“We’re very similar to what we were
last year. We had very little back but
last year’s team had great chemistry
and refused to lose. Whether we have
that chemistry again will be determined.”
Also to be determined is who emerges as Wilson’s primary threat. Dahms’
choice? Township.
“They have a lot of experience,”
he said. “I think (head coach) Mark

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 7

kick returner. Monzon says he reminds him of
Aaron Swinton, a 2012 grad who played in the Big
33 game and is now at William & Mary.
Intangibles: Monzon has been program
director of Abraxas Academy, a drug and alcohol
treatment facility near Morgantown. He is about
to open his own facility in Lancaster County, a
resident program for girls called Hope’s Haven.
Not only will it fulfill a professional dream, it may
connect him a bit more readily to McCaskey and
his players.
“The days get really long during the season,’’
Monzon said. “This will at least make the commute a lot shorter.’’
Key to the season: Last season, McCaskey
did not react well to adversity within games.
“They’ve shown me, this offseason, that they
have the will to prepare,’’ Monzon said. “Now
they have to have the maturity to deal with it
when things go wrong during the course of the
game and keep fighting.’’
Andy Blackburn / Staff
Final word: “A lot of our guys have shown
McCaskey coach Rob Monzon, running a drill at practice.
that they’re ready for Monday afternoon,’’ Mon“There’s been tremendous buy-in, great consistency as far as
zon said at media day. “Now they need to show
lifting and conditioning,’’ he said.
they’re ready for Friday night.’’

(Evans) will put a pretty good product
Section Three. “I’m looking forward to
boast what longtime coach Terry
on the field.”
that.”
Lehman said is “probably the best”
So, too, will the Black Knights and
The Spartans’ former rivals in Secdefensive line he’s had in his 28 years as
Comets. Penn Manor returns a corps of
tion Three have a new foe to contend
head coach.
seniors accustomed to winning and will
with, Ephrata moving down from SecColumbia, a district champion three
also count on a large sophomore class.
tion Two.
years ago, looks to turn the corner after
“We haven’t had to count on sopho“What it entails,” Mountaineers
being detoured to a couple of down
mores since 2011,” Comets coach Todd
coach Scott Shelley said of the move, “is
seasons, and new coach Mike Choi has
Mealy said and that prompted him to
that we’ll be competing against proPequea Valley seeking the first winning
add that Penn Manor “could compete
grams more like ours.”
season in program history.
for the section championship or be
Defending champion Donegal eyes a
“I took the job because I believe
middle of the road.”
run at another title.
there’s an opportunity to build a proThe Falcons are under new leader“The kids are ready to get started,”
gram here,” he said. “I feel really good
ship, Rob Wildasin taking the reins of
head coach Jeff Polites said, and the Ina program that has struggled under
dians will likely have to fight off several about the progression and where we
are.”
recent regimes.
contenders as they did last fall.
The Red Tornado eye a return to the
Annvilleplayoffs following a year’s absence as
Cleona and
does Bob Locker and Warwick, the War- Elco were
riors seeking their first postseason trip
just a game
since 2010.
behind the
This season begins a new era for
Tribe in the
Mark Pieters and the Buckskins, who
final standings
have left their longtime rivals in Section and Northern
Two to take up residence in the highLebanon two
rent area that is Section One.
games back.
Section Two looks historically
The Little
competitive and is detailed in the cover
Dutchmen, a
story of this insert. Suffice to say that
playoff team
all participants, including new Golden
last season,
Mules head man Tony
Cox and new neighbors
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HEMPFIELD BLACK KNIGHTS

PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 1

2013 SECTION: 5-2 | 2013 OVERALL: 8-4 | BASE OFFENSE: SPREAD BASE | DEFENSE: 3-5

Taste of playof fs
not enough now

HEADCOACH
Ron Zeiber
(4th season, 15-18)

BY BURT WILSON

SCOUTING REPORT

Washington Hanna

H

Kramer

Key Players Returning:
QB Sam Kramer, LB Fady Hanna, RB Devin Washington, WR
Dustin Walter, P/DB Steve Johnson.
Key Players Lost:
WR/DB Tyrell Wickersham, OT/DT Tanner Unger, OL/DL Joey
Goodhart, LB Josh Rhoads, QB Mike Edwards.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
71 Mike Baker
OL/DL 6-1 225
54 Tyler Grier
OL/DL 6-2 240
17 Roberto Gutierrez WR/LB 5-10 180
24 Fady Hanna
WR/LB 5-9 170
21 Manny Hernandez RB/LB 5-8 175
20 Caleb Jean-Louis RB/DB 5-10 165
3 Steve Johnson K/P/DB 5-9 170
69 Preston Kimmel OL/LB 5-11 205
55 Chris Leuders
OL/DL 6-2 250
56 Brady Mathias OL/LB 5-9 215
70 Josh Montanez OL/DL 5-10 275
50 Darren Thompson OL/DL 5-11 225
51 Anthony Torres OL/DL 5-9 205
15 Blake Wahlberg WR/DB 5-10 165
7 Dustin Walter
WR/DB 5-9 160
27 Devin Washington RB/LB 5-10 185
5 Anthony Williams WR/DB 6-9 140
58 Chanvebol Yun OL/DL 5-9 180
Juniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
86 Cole Bachman
TE/LB 5-9 170
1 Will Blair
RB/LB 6-0 170
8 Evan Brown
WR/DB 5-9 165
59 Tyler Callahan
OL/LB 6-0 205
88 Riley Canouse
WR/DB 6-0 175
68 Jarod Carpenter OL/DL 5-9 225
82 Mike Clay
OL/LB 6-0 180
78 Max Diller
OL/DL 6-2 260

61 Avery Dombrowski
OL/LB 5-10
522
16 Shaun Dumond WR/LB 5-9 165
28 Andrew Green
WR/DB 5-11 165
25 Lawrence Houston WR/DB 5-9 155
9 Cade Ingram
QB/LB 6-1 185
83 Tyler Jackson
WR/DB 5-9 165
60 Isaiah Johnson OL/DL 5-11 215
81 Conner Kauffman TE/LB 5-9 175
76 Chris Kosmela
K
5-9 180
4 Sam Kramer
QB
6-2 190
2 Darnell Lathon WR/DB 5-9 165
36 David Pizzola
WR/DB 5-10 165
19 Cory Powders
WR/DB 5-11 145
33 Dillon Powers
RB/DB 5-9 145
30 Tyler Reber
WR/DB 5-9 165
35 Jordan Rivera
WR/LB 5-9 165
11 Ben Sahd
WR/DB 5-11 150
13 Rueben Sanchez RB/DB 5-6 120
18 Donovan Santana WR/DB 5-10 160
53 Kyle Smith
OL/DL 5-11 240
62 Nate Sparks
OL/DL 5-11 220
57 Nate Trimble
OL/LB 6-1 235
38 Isaiah Williams
WR/DB 5-11 170
37 Chris Youseff
WR/DB 5-10 165
Sophomores
Pos. Ht. Wt.
39 Luis Abreu
RB/DB 5-9 150
85 Austin Allison
WR/DB 5-8 125

Sports Writer
bwilson@lnpnews.com

empfield got a taste of playoff success last season, winning a first-round
game, and it wants to build on that
and advance even further this year.
The Black Knights beat Central Dauphin 17-7 in
the initial round of the Class AAAA playoffs before
bowing 17-10 in overtime to Cumberland Valley the
following week.
“It was a nice run,” coach Ron Zeiber said. “We
got our kids a little taste of that level of play and our
goal is to make sure we can compete at those levels.
I think last year we had a great season to prove that
to the kids.
“We don’t want to dwell on last year. We had a
bunch of guys graduate. But we’re at a point in our
program where those guys leave something when
they go. And what
they’ve left us is the
attitude we need to
have. The hard work
63 Tanner Anderson OL/DL 5-11 225
26 Will Baumgardner QB/DB 5-10 170
and how it pays off.
14 Mikey Crespo
WR/DB 5-9 150
So what we’ve got to
-- Rey Cruz
WR/DB 5-9 155
do as a coaching staff
32 Jimmy Dizon
WR/DB 5-9 150
is just keep stressing
21 Dashawn Edwards OL/DL 6-1 165
those things.”
72 Julian Eklun
OL/DL 6-0 260
31 Cody Elliot
OL/LB 5-9 165
12 A. Hudgins-Bowman
RB/LB 5-9
551
48 Ryan Kalwara
OL/DL 5-10 165
67 Nahome Kelati OL/DL 6-2 260
45 Shawn Kreider
WR/LB 5-8 145
66 Chris Loose
WR/LB 5-10 145
44 Ramon Lopez
WR/DB 5-9 150
74 Hans Maldonado OL/DL 6-0 255
64 Jared McComskey OL/DL 6-2 255
41 Jonah McCoy
WR/DB 5-10 165
25 Logan Mesteller WR/DB 5-9 150
42 Errik Mowery
WR/DB 5-9 145
46 Noah Olson
WR/LB 5-8 145
34 Brandon Reid
RB/LB 5-8 140
49 Christian Rivera RB/LB 5-8 150
89 Matt Sheerin
WR/DB 5-10 150
84 Jordan Styer
WR/DB 5-8 150
33 Brandon Torres WR/LB 5-9 150
65 Shawn Weidman OL/DL 5-10 170
Freshmen
Pos. Ht. Wt.
6 David Martin
QB/R/DB
6-3 190

About the offense: The Knights
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2014 Schedule
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9/12
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10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
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RIDE TO

VICTORY

Richard Hertzler / Staff

Returning running back Devin Washington
rushed for 1,149 yards and 16 TDs on 206 carries
last season.

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MANHEIM CENTRAL
CENTRAL YORK
PENN MANOR
@ McCaskey
@ Wilson
@ Cedar Crest
CONESTOGA VALLEY
WARWICK
@ Manheim Twp.

2013 Results
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7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
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Lampeter-Strasburg
Manheim Central
Central York
Penn Manor
McCaskey
Wilson
Cedar Crest
Lancaster Catholic
Warwick
Manheim Township
Central Dauphin
Cumberland Valley

W, 40-7
L, 52-19
W, 28-21
L, 34-20
W, 43-7
L, 41-23
W, 47-7
W, 40-26
W, 36-7
W, 56-28
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men back.

About the defense: “We’re going to show a lot
of the 3-5 front, but we also have some experienced
guys who will allow us to flop into a four-front and do
multiple things defensively,” said defensive coordinator Win Heisey.
Hanna, who led the team in tackles last season,
returns at outside linebacker.
“He’s a real tough kid, real physical, and he’s got
great foot speed,’’ Zeiber said.
Defensive end Tyler Grier, who led the Black
Knights in sacks, is back, as is nose tackle Josh Montanez.

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will once again run a no-huddle, spread offense with
junior quarterback Sam Kramer taking snaps out of
the shotgun.
“He’s got a lot of experience,” Zeiber said.
Kramer played in five games as a freshman and
five last season, including three starts.
When he filled in for 2014 graduate Mike Edwards
last year, Kramer completed 16 of 47 passes, totaling
Intangibles:
277 yards, three
Returning kicker/
TDs and four inpunter Steve
terceptions. He led
Johnson was 6 for
an 82-yard drive
for the winning
6 in field goal atTD against Central
tempts last season
York in the third
and averaged 34.8
game last season.
yards on 18 punts.
“He’s a cool
Key to the
kid,” Zieber said.
season:
“We want
“He doesn’t get
to
start
strong
and
too up or too down.
finish strong and
And he’s a smart
keep improving
kid. He knows our
every game in
offense inside and
Ron Zeiber
between,’’ Zeiber
out. He may call
Knights’ head coach
said. “You need to
45 percent of the
see that improvegame himself. He
ment. You need to
has his choice at
be coming off the
any time of switchfield a little bit better than when you went on it every
ing play to the other side based on the defensive front
day.
or calling a completely different play.”
“We tell our guys we’ve got to do our execution
Senior Devin Washington (206 carries, 1,149 yards,
and our things no matter what color jersey’s on the
16 TDs), who was second among L-L rushers last
other side. So we kind of put the challenge on. Here’s
season, returns to the backfield, as does junior Will
our goal: Be the most aggressive team on the field.
Blair (93 carries, 724 yards, 8 TDs). Blair also has the
Be the most disciplined team on the field. Be the most
most receptions (20, 375 yards, 2 TDs) of any returnRichard Hertzler / Staff
prepared team on the field. Those are our goals every
ing player.
game.”
Fady Hanna, who also plays defense, will see time
Although only a junior, quarterback Sam Kramer
Final word: “We have a lot of returning skill play- got varsity experience as a freshman and sophoin the slot.
ers and I think we have the potential to actually go
Center Kyle Smith and Brady Mathias, who will fill
more.
further than last year,” Hanna said.
another spot up front, are the most experienced line-

“It was a nice run. We got our kids a little
taste of that level of play and our goal is to
make sure we can compete at those levels.
I think last year we had a great season to
prove that to the kids. We don’t want to
dwell on last year.”

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2013 SECTION: 5-2 | 2013 OVERALL: 9-3 | BASE OFFENSE: MULTIPLE | BASE DEFENSE: 4-2-5

Lancaster , Pa

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 1

When every sophomore counts

HEADCOACH
Todd Mealy

BY ED GRUVER

Sports Writer
egruver@lnpnews.com

T

SCOUTING REPORT

Keller

Spangler Braun

Key Players Returning:
G/DE Noah Braun, RB/CBTyler Spangler, C/DT Matt Keller, QB
Tanner Erisman, RB/LB Ashton Leschke, G/DE Colby Doman,
OLB Seve Johnson, RB/OLB Carter Kinser.
Key Players Lost:
FB/LBLoganKinser,TB/LBCharlieBell,OT/DTMitchSweigart,
WR/OLBBrettCaggiano,TE/DTEthanBarley,G/DEGavinFreeman, RB/DB Levonta Jones..

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos.
2
Gerrin McKinnie
4
David Brown RB/DB
5
Tanner Erisman
6
Rico Cruz
WR/DB
10 Keagan Gamber
12 Kolby Wise WR/DB
19 Alec Wickstrom
24 Justin Matias RB/LB
25 Tyler Spangler RB/DB
34 Seve Johnson TE/LB
36 Erik Hill
K
42 Ashton Leschke
48 Brent Neely RB/LB
51 Matt Keller OL/DL
63 Colby Doman OL/DL
64 Ryan Miller OL/DL
67 Noah Braun OL/DL
68 Chris Stillwell OL/DL
72 Eric Shufflebottom
73 Mark Conrad OL/DL
77 Zeb Pfeiffer OL/DL
81 Andrew Flatley
Juniors
Pos.
14 James Bausano
15 Blane Richardson
22 Carter Kinser RB/LB
33 Jamal McCaskell
57 Michael McDonald
59 Jakob Markland
70 Cameron Steele
74 Andrew Brown
23 Jessie Guerrero
83 Daniel Wolf WR/DB
87 RJ Swisher TE/LB
89 Ben Habecker WR/DB
Sophomores
Pos.
3
Jason Rivera RB/DB
7
Grant Gale QB/LB
9
Josh Hiltz
QB/LB
11 Zach Gager WR/DB
17 Tristen Wall QB/LB
21 Cavan Zechman

Ht. Wt.
WR/DB 5-9
541
5-7 130
QB 6-1 091
5-10 170
WR/DB 5-11
061
5-8 175
TE/LB 5-10
571
5-8 175
5-8 190
6-0 185
6-0 155
RB/LB 5-10
581
5-10 220
6-0 225
6-2 215
6-1 225
6-2 255
5-10 230
OL/DL 6-6 02
5-8 230
6-0 230
WR/DB 5-11
561
Ht. Wt.
K
5-10
081
WR/DB 5-9
071
5-11 200
RB/DB 5-10
081
OL/DL 5-6 531
OL/DL 5-10
571
OL/DL 5-10
052
OL/DL 6-4 062
WR/DB 6-1
561
5-9 165
5-8 175
5-11 140
Ht. Wt.
5-6 140
6-2 175
6-1 150
5-9 140
5-8 140
WR/DB 5-8
051

23
28
30
31
32
35
43
46
52
53
54
55
56
58
60
61
62
69
71
76
78
82
84
85
87
88

Ryan Traup WR/LB
Shawn Harnish
Kevin Young RB/DB
Clayton Shutt WR/DB
Blair Bollow TE/LB
Mark Yoder RB’LB
Jonah Barley RB/LB
Cody Helm RB/LB
Kyle Groff
OL/DL
Harrison Eavy OL/DL
Jaden Leed OL/DL
Colton Noel OL/DL
Dante Jones TE/DE
Ian Hank
Ol/DL
Shane Shirk OL/DL
Dylan Harnish OL/DL
Daniel Mahoney
Joseph Santiago
Scott Thatcher
Tyler Hertzog OL/DL
Justice Eshleman
Tommy Campbell
Tom Aston WR/DB
Josh Hess
WR/DB
Brandon Jones
Evan Devitry WR/DB

5-7 165
RB/DB 5-10
081
5-10 170
5-6 130
5-8 165
5-8 195
5-8 150
5-9 150
5-7 180
6-0 185
5-11 190
6-0 165
6-2 175
5-8 175
5-9 170
5-11 245
OL/LB 5-10
081
OL/DL 6-0 072
OL/DL 5-7 071
5-11 150
OL/DL 6-1 062
WR/DB 5-2
011
5-7 140
5-7 145
WR/DB 5-9
041
5-9 140

hey open the regular
season in late August
against Cedar Cliff in
Ireland and close it
at home on Halloween night
against Cedar Crest.
In the interim Penn Manor is
hoping to mount another challenge to Wilson’s dominance of
Section One.
“We could be very competitive and compete for a section
championship or be middle of the
road,” Comets coach Todd Mealy
said.
Penn Manor’s fate depends in
part on a large sophomore class.
“We haven’t had to count on
sophomores since 2011,” Mealy
said, recalling a season in which
the Comets went 6-5.
Penn Manor does return a good
number of seniors, 21 in all. “They
have varsity experience,” Mealy
noted, “and they know what it’s
like to play on Friday night.”
They also know what it takes
to win.
“I like the competitive nature
of our senior class,” Mealy said.
“They’ve had a lot of success.”
About the offense: Triggerman Tanner Erisman is one of the
seniors coming back for offensive
coordinator and position coach
Gordon Eck. Erisman completed
58 percent of his passes last season, throwing for 1,334 yards and
11 touchdowns against just six
interceptions.
Senior Matt Keller, a center
who starred in national showcase
camps this offseason, serves as
the linchpin of the O-line. Keller
is flanked up front by fellow
seniors and guards Noah Braun
and Colby Doman. Tackles Zeb
Pfeiffer and Eric Shufflebottom,

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2013 Results

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Solanco
Lampeter-Strasburg
Dallastown
Hempfield
Lancaster Catholic
McCaskey
Manheim Township
Warwick
Wilson
Cedar Crest
Cedar Cliff
Wilson

9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

Cedar Cliff (Dublin) 2 p.m.
LAMP.-STRAS.
7 p.m.
@ Dallastown
7 p.m.
@ Hempfield
7 p.m.
CON. VALLEY
7 p.m.
@ McCASKEY
7 p.m.
MANHEIM TWP. 7 p.m.
@ Warwick
7 p.m.
WILSON
7 p.m.
CEDAR CREST
7 p.m.

W, 42-0
W, 28-14
W, 13-10
W, 34-20
L, 21-20
W, 55-0
W, 35-21
W, 42-13
L, 21-14
W, 63-20
W, 35-34
L, 27-0

Marty Heisey / Staff

Returning quarterback Tanner Erisman threw for 1,334 yards and
11 touchdowns last season.
seniors both, will rotate with
junior Andrew Brown, who at 6-4,
260 is the biggest of the aforementioned lot.
Senior tailback Tyler Spangler
returns from last year’s preseason injury to spark a ground
game that looks to replace running backs Charlie Bell, Logan
Kinser and Levonta Jones, who
combined for 2,748 rushing yards
and 35 TDs last season.
Senior fullback Ashton Leschke proved productive in
limited playing time and looks to
be a factor. Beyond that there is a
bevy of sophs and seniors.
“We have a nice stable of
running backs, the most selfless
group we’ve had,” Mealy said.
“We’ll be able to rotate in and
out.”
Senior Keagan Gamber (16326, 20.4 avg.) joins junior Carter
Kinser at wideout while senior
Brent Neely starts at tight end.
About the defense: Braun
and Doman line up at end, with
Pfeiffer and fellow senior Chris
Stillwell at tackle. The 255-pound
Braun is an effective rush end.
His 6.5 sacks tied for second on
the team.
Outside linebackers Kinser
and senior Seve Johnson combined for 92 stops last season, and
inside linebackers Leschke and

Neely 63.
Spangler and junior Jamal
McCaskell, a Dallastown transfer,
handle cornerback duties, while
Gamber starts at safety. Spangler
and Gamber tied for the team
lead in interceptions with two
apiece.
Senior Erik Hill, who hit on 45
of 49 point-after attempts last season, returns to help lead special
teams.
Intangibles: Comet seniors
take seriously their responsibilities as mentors to the younger
players. It’s a tradition that’s
been handed down, and that
selflessness has helped build team
chemistry.
“We’re leaders now,” Keller
said. “We need to do what others
have done.”
Braun agreed. “It’s a huge
responsibility for us, taking care
of the younger guys.”
Key to the season: Making
up the yards made by Bell will be
vital, along with the maturation
of the sophomore class. If the
Comets can achieve these things,
a date with Wilson on the season’s
penultimate weekend could be for
the section crown.
Final word: “The last two
years we’ve been in second place
in the section. We want to get over
that hump,” Spangler said.

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AUGUST  26,  2014 • 11

Pennsylvania Football News
preseason rankings
CLASS AAAA

CLASS AAA

CLASS AA

CLASS A

Rank - School (District; ’13 rec.)

Rank - School (District; ’13 rec.)

Rank - School (District ’13 rec.)

Rank - School (District ’13 rec.)

1. St. Joseph’s Prep (12; 13-3)
2. La Salle College (12; 8-4)
3. Pitt. Central Catholic (7; 15-1)
4. Woodland Hills (7;10-3)
5. Parkland (11; 12-2)
6. North Penn (1; 10-4)
7. Pennsbury (1; 10-2)
8. Seneca Valley (7; 8-2)
9. McKeesport (7; 10-1)
10. Coatesville (1; 9-2)

1. Archbishop Wood (12; 13-2)
2. Bishop McDevitt (3; 14-2)
3. West Allegheny (7; 13-1)
4. Cathedral Prep (10; 13-1)
5. Central Valley (7; 11-2)
6. Bethlehem Catholic (11; 8-5)
7. Imhotep Charter (12; 12-3)
8. Manheim Central (3; 13-1)
9. Gateway (7; 8-3)
10. Penncrest (1; 7-3 )

1. South Fayette (7; 16-0)
2. Aliquippa (7; 12-1)
3. Southern Columbia (4; 12-1)
4. Loyalsock Twp. (4; 8-4)
5. West Catholic (12; 9-3)
6. Berks Catholic (3; 14-1)
7. North Schuylkill (11; 8-4)
8. Northwestern Lehigh (11; 9-3)
9. Quaker Valley (7; 8-3)
10. Karns City (9; 12-2)

1. Clairton (7; 9-2)
2. South Williamsport (4; 10-2)
3. Card. Wuerl N. Catholic (7; 16-0)
4. Wellsboro (4; 10-1)
5. Schuylkill Haven (11; 10-4)
6. York Catholic (3; 8-4)
7. Neshannock(7; 9-3)
8. Clarion (9; 14-1)
9. Berlin Brothersvalley (5; 10-2)
10. Steelton-Highspire (3; 12-2)

Honorable Mention:

Honorable Mention:

Honorable Mention:

Honorable Mention:

Abington (1)
Bethel Park (7)
Governor Mifflin (3)
McDowell (10)
Neshaminy (1)
Pine Richland (7)
Roman Catholic (12)
Spring-Ford (1)
Wilson (West Lawn) (3)
Wyoming Valley West (2)

Berwick (2)
Cocalico (3)
Dover (3)
Franklin Regional (7)
Glen Mills (1)
Lancaster Catholic (3)
Mars (7)
Pottsgrove (1)
Thomas Jefferson (7)

Bermudian Springs (3)
Delaware Valley Charter (12)
Dunmore (2)
Hickory (10)
Kittanning (7)
Littlestown (3)
Seton La Salle (7)
Springfield Twp. (1)
Troy (4)
Wyomissing (3)

Avonworth (7)
Brockway (9)
Bishop Guilfoyle (6)
Camp Hill (3)
Fort Cherry (7)
Jeannette (7)
Pius X (11)
Portage (6)
Sharpsville (10)
Tussey Mountain (5)

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PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

MANHEIM TOWNSHIP BLUE STREAKS
2013 SECTION: 3-4 | 2013 OVERALL: 5-6 | BASE OFFENSE: SPREAD/PRO SET | BASE DEFENSE: 3-4/3-5

Mark Evans

BY TIM GROSS

(3rd season, 12-11)

Sports Writer
tgross@lnpnews.com

B

SCOUTING REPORT

Zug

Schairer

Key Players Returning:
QB Erik Benjamin, QB/WR/DB Davis Carr, WR Fisayo Oluleye,
OT Tanner Evans, G Tim O’Hara, G Jack Storz, WR John Stutz,
WR Isaac Vazquez, RB Cartier Morton, RB Jacob Zug, RB Nate
Seprinski.
Key Players Lost:
WR Logan Aument, WR Alex Zug, OL Brandon Clements, OL
Logan Muir.

y the time they step onto Central Dauphin’s football field Aug. 29 for their
season opener, the Manheim Township
Blue Streaks will have endured several
weeks of competition.
With a voluminous list of players returning from
last year’s 5-6 squad and 70-plus players on the field
for the first day of training camp, the battle for
certain positions and roster spots fueled the team’s
preparation for the season.
“Competition,” said coach Mark Evans, “is what
makes you stronger.”
It’s that strength, as well as the heavy returns at
skill positions, that Evans said makes his team the
best he’s coached in his three seasons at Township.
About the offense: Junior Erik Benjamin returns to his position under center after injury shortened his sophomore season. Senior Davis Carr, who
passed for 1,031 yards in Benjamin’s absence, shifts
to wide receiver and a utility role for the Township
offense.

2014 ROSTER

2014 Schedule

Seniors
Pos.
Ht. Wt.
25 Joe Brooks
WR/DB 5-7 150
10 Davis Carr
QB/WR/DB
5-10 165
70 George Cruz OL/DL 6-3 270
7
Tucker Evans FB/LB 6-0 235
64 Paul Groff
OL/DL 5-11 260
65 Nathan Hillegas
OL/DL 6-4
522
45 Stephen Mazeski
OL/DL 6-0
002
22 Quinn McLasky
WR/DB 5-6
051
60 Maxwell Migdon
OL/DL 6-0
091
35 Justin Morris TE/DL 5-11 190
21 Cartier Morton RB/DB 5-9 165
3
Fisayo Oluleye WR/DB 6-1 190
17 Zachary Rivera WR/LB 5-9 165
26 Noah Schairer WR/DB 6-0 195
66 John Storz
OL/DL 6-0 210
5
Isaac Vazquez RB/LB 5-10 185
4
Isaiah Vazquez RB/LB 5-8 175
27 Daniel Zeswitz K/P
5-10 160
20 Jacob Zug
RB/LB 5-9 175
Juniors
Pos.
1
Erik Benjamin QB/LB
56 Brandon Bivins OL/DL
77 Tanner Evans OL/DL
51 Justin Groff OL/DL
63 Andrew Guillen

Ht. Wt.
6-0 210
6-0 220
6-5 230
5-9 200
RB/LB 5-5
561

74
52
9
59
69
14
12
61
43
67
29
82
72
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Streaks find strength in competition

HEADCOACH

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Duncan Hartnet
Ryan Jones OL/DL
Riley MacDonald
Alex Mancini OL/DL
AJ McCloud OL/DL
Tyler McNair WR/DB
Dillon O’Connor
Tim O’Hara OL/DL
Jacob Orndoff WR/DB
Alex Plasko OL/DL
Nathan Seprinski
Michael Sharpe
Francesco Spatafora
John Stutz
WR/DB

WR/DB 5-11
561
6-2 225
TE/LB 5-11
581
6-0 230
6-3 245
5-5 140
WR/DB 5-10
061
5-10 225
6-3 180
5-10 185
RB/DB 5-9
581
WR/DB 6-0
561
OL/DL 6-0
032
5-11 170

Sophomores
Pos.
54 Ryan Aitken OL/DL
55 Mitchell Andrews
53 Derrick Bair OL/DL
87 Anthony Chaparro
71 Carson Couragen
30 Olcha Duguma
42 Jon Fogle
WR/DB
44 Chris Freeman RB/LB
34 Rozario Gerard RB/LB
83 Andrew Gish WR/DB
24 Hogan Glick WR/LB

Ht. Wt.
6-5 225
OL/DL 6-2
022
6-2 230
FB/LB 5-10
002
OL/DL 5-10
561
WR/DB 5-5
031
5-7 130
5-6 140
5-11 200
5-11 140
5-9 160

76

William Groff OL/DL 5-10 165

33

Zander Holbein

WR/DB 5-10
041

45

Joe Kelly

TE/LB

5-10 205

23

Alex Kepler

WR/DB 5-8 140

22

Kade Kubicki QB/DB 6-2 170

73

Richard Larochelle

RB/DB 5-7
031

79

Robert Larochelle

OL/DL 5-10
032

84

Zach Lucia

32

Nolan Marion WR/DB 5-10 145

40

Max McGlinchey

WR/DB 5-10
541

31

Austen Miranda

QB/DB 6-0
041

68

Avionne Montenez

OL/DL 6-0
052

88

Addam Morrales

TE/LB 6-1
561

57

Muco Nzrsabira

OL/DL 5-7
022 Central Dauphin L, 21-10

86

Juny Ramos

81

Hunter Severe WR/DB 6-2 165

50

Austin Stewart OL/DL

25

Matt Van Gorden

15

Alex Wade

WR/DB

75

Cole Waters

OL/DL

13

Jacob White QB/LB

Freshmen
85

RB/LB 5-9 150

8/29 CENT. DAUPHIN 7 p.m.
9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

RED LION
7 p.m.
@ Gov. Mifflin 7 p.m.
@ Conest. Val. 7 p.m.
WARWICK
7 p.m.
@ Cedar Crest 7 p.m.
@ Penn Manor 7 p.m.
@ Wilson
7 p.m.
McCASKEY
7 p.m.
HEMPFIELD 7 p.m.

2013 Results

Red Lion
W, 21-6
Carlisle
W, 7-0
Lancaster Catholic L, 31-28
6-0 190
Warwick
W, 19-17
RB/LB 5-10
561
Cedar Crest
W, 28-26
5-10 150
Penn Manor
L, 35-21
6-2 175
Wilson
L, 17-0
McCaskey
W, 41-6
5-11 150
Hempfield
L, 56-28
Ht. Wt.
Wilson
W, 44-6

WR/DB 5-7 157

Pos.

Drake Puffenbarger

Dan Marschka / Staff

Fisayo Oluleye, who caught 41 passes for 485
yards last season, returns at corner as well as
wide receiver.
“Why not get two of your best guys on the field at
the same time?” Evans said of his two quarterbacks.
Benjamin completed 34 of his 59 pass attempts
last season.
“Last year, as a sophomore,” Evans said, “the
game was really fast for him ... The game has
slowed down for him, and he has a good, solid grasp
on what we’re asking him to do.”
Joining Carr in the receiving corps are seniors
Fisayo Oluleye, who caught 41 passes for 485 yards
en route to a Section One honorable mention in 2013,
and Isaac Vazquez and junior John Stutz.
Complementing the receivers is the Streaks’
one-two ground punch, contrasting styles of senior
Cartier Morton’s finesse and junior Nathan Seprinski’s strength.
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About the defense: “The strength of our defense,” Evans said, “is our secondary and our linebacking corps.”
Senior Jacob Zug leads the linebackers after pacing the team in solo tackles (60) and sacks (2.0) last
season. Lining up alongside him, senior Noah Schairer
and Benjamin return with experience as starters.
The veteran secondary includes Morton, a secondteam Section One All-Star at corner. Oluleye, already

Let’s Go BLUE STREAKS!

with looks from Division I schools, mans the other
corner with Vazquez and Carr at the safety positions.
Intangibles: Evans noticed a higher level of
discipline on the team during offseason camps and
workouts, a trend in line with the “Get it” slogan the
coaches have tagged on the upcoming season.
“They get what we want,” Evans said, “and we’re
hoping that they finally start to apply the lessons
they’ve learned the last three years with us as coaches, our scheme, our philosophy, and they start to take
the initiative. I see that happening with this group.”
Linebacker Tucker Evans, Mark Evans’ son, has
been granted a fifth year of eligibility by the PIAA via
hardship exemption after missing the 2013 season —
and most of the school year — with a life-threatening

GOOD LUCK!
Blue Streaks

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 13
infection.

Key to the season: With depth and experience at
the skill positions, Township needs strong play from
its linemen on both sides of the ball.
“It’s what’s up front that counts,” Mark Evans said.
The line returns four starters with experience
— Tim O’Hara, Jack Storz, Tanner Evans, Tucker’s
brother, and AJ McCloud.
“The line has to gel,” Evans said. “They need to
continue to grow. We have an undersized group, but
hopefully they’re overachievers.”
Final word: “If something goes on with one of our
players, we’re going to stand up for him, get us all together. We’re definitely not a team that’s going to back
down,” Oluleye said.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

WARWICK WARRIORS

PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

2013 SECTION: 1-6 | 2013 OVERALL: 3-7 | BASE OFFENSE: MULTIPLE | BASE DEFENSE: 4-3

Lancaster , Pa

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 1

Ramping up the ground attack

HEADCOACH
Bob Locker

(14thseason,61-72)

SCOUTING REPORT

Maguire Brubaker

Key Players Returning:
OG/DT Austin Maguire, OT/DE Adam Wagaman, C/DT David
Brubaker, WR/DB Chris Borg, WR/SS Jordan Cipalla, SS Tyler
Melhorn.

Adam
Wagaman
is one of
three players providing
experience on
the Warriors’
offensive line.

Key Players Lost:
WR/FSAustinMyers,QBMattPennypacker,RB/WR/LBTommy
Garner, WR/DB Anthony Fatjo, OT/DT Tommy Lee Bell, FB/LB
Jake Shilady, DB Luke Newberry.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
34 Devin Berk
FB/DT 6-2 224
7 Kobi Biemesderfer
K 5-9 155
14 Chris Borg
WR/DB 6-1 187
50 David Brubaker C/DT 6-0 221
86 Jordan Cipalla WR/SS 6-1 180
11 Bret Claar
QB/LB 5-11 172
9 Alex Dagan
RB/DB 5-8 161
26 Mason Eshleman RB/LB 5-11 185
55 Austin Maguire OG/DT 6-3 237
12 Tyler Melhorn WR/DB 6-3 191
66 Avery Quinn
OT/DT 6-2 208
32 Connor Rogers WR/OLB 6-0 181
20 Joe Sommers TE/LB 6-1 182
43 Connor Spangenburg
TE/WR 6-2
391
51 Adam Wagaman OT/DE 6-3 227
28 David Weaver RB/LB 5-7 175
13 Zach Zoccolo WR/DB 5-8 147
16 Ian Garcia
WR/DB 5-8 140
-- Sharif Hancock WR/SS 6-1 170
Juniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
84 Cole Benko
WR/DB 5-11 155
42 Malik Bergman RB/LB 6-0 177
22 Tucker Bolich WR/LB 6-0 179
54 Jason Coonan OG/DT 5-8 186
21 Keegan Flahive WR/DB 6-1 184
53 Preston Forney OG/DT 5-11 223

2014 Schedule
8/29 @ Manheim Cent. 7 p.m.
9/5 GARDEN SPOT
7 p.m.
9/12 EPHRATA
7:30 p.m.
9/19 CEDAR CREST
7 p.m.
9/26 @ Manheim Twp. 7 p.m.
10/3 CONESTOGA VAL. 7 p.m.
10/10 @ McCaskey
7 p.m.
10/17 PENN MANOR
7 p.m.
10/24 @ Hempfield
7 p.m.
10/31 WILSON
7 p.m.

Marty Heisey / Staff
83 Daniel Gates
WR/DB 6-3 190
2 Collin Gibble
QB/DB 6-0 188
60 Austin Goodwin OG/DT 6-1 238
76 Robbie Grow OG/DE 6-2 217
44 Josh Miller
OG/DT 5-9 195
5 Owen Neff
QB/DB 6-1 170
83 Shane Ross
WR/LB 5-10 160
10 Justin Smith
QB/LB 6-0 187
88 Tyler Snavely
WR/DE 6-1 182
61 Ethan Sponagle OT/DT 6-0 243
Sophomores
Pos. Ht. Wt.
77 Tyler Borg
C/DT 6-0 226
25 Ryan Deibler
RB/LB 5-8 168
6 Tyler Gerhart
WR/OLB 6-2 183
63 D.Johnson-Ortiz OT/DT 5-11 215
34 Anthony Kinney RB/DB 5-10 175
15 Taylor Lentz
QB/FS 6-2 193
89 Adam Martin TE/LB 5-10 159
73 Hunter Martin OT/DT 5-11 232
59 Nate Miller
OG/DT 5-10 267
56 Chris Schober OG/DE 5-9 184
33 Brandon Segura FB/LB 5-9 207
3 Tyler Trimarchi QB/DB 5-9 142
30 Jacob Strohm WR/DB 5-8 145
80 John Wilson
WR/DB 6-0 160
Freshmen
Pos. Ht.
4 Isaac Rissinger RB/CB 5-8

Wt.
151

2013 Results
Manheim Central
Conestoga Valley
Ephrata
Cedar Crest
Manheim Township
Lancaster Catholic
McCaskey
Penn Manor
Hempfield
Wilson

L, 33-7
W, 35-16
W, 49-14
L, 32-19
L, 19-17
L, 42-21
W, 27-7
L, 42-13
L, 36-7
L, 41-13

BY BURT WILSON

Sports Writer
bwilson@lnpnews.com

W

arwick coach Bob
Locker is hopeful his team can
improve on last
season’s 3-7 record by running
more and passing less.
“Last year, it (passing) was
kind of a necessity,” Locker said.
“We had trouble running the
football.”
Quarterback Matt Pennypacker threw for 1,660 yards and
Tommy Garner, Austin Myers
and Anthony Fatjo all ranked
among the top receivers in Section One last season. All four have
graduated.
“Part of the problem when
you throw a lot is the clock stops
a lot,” Locker said. “And your
defense winds up on the field a lot
more than if you’re a run offense.
So we want to shorten the game.
We need to be able to run clock.
We need to be able to line up and
move people.”
About the offense: Junior
Collin Gibble has the “inside
track” at the quarterback position,” according to Locker. A
point guard for the basketball
team, he has not played football
for a couple of years.
“Anytime a kid’s been away
for that long, that’s a lot to fill
in,” Locker said. “But I give him

credit. He’s done his very best to
learn an awful lot of stuff.
“ … He’s a good athlete. So
it would give us a quarterback
who’s mobile. He can be a dual
threat. And I think the kids see
what he can bring to the table.”
Center David Brubaker, guard
Austin Maguire and tackle Adam
Wagaman, all seniors, will anchor
the offensive line. All three are
three-year starters.
“We have a lot of guys back
who can take care of business on
the field,” Brubaker said. “People
have come out and put the work
in. I think we can go out and have
a good season, knowing we can
count on each other.”
David Weaver (54 carries, 199
yards, four TDs) is the Warriors’
leading returning rusher.
“David sees things well between the tackles,” Locker said.
Chris Borg (14 catches, 200
yards) has the most experience at
receiver.
About the defense: The
Warriors, who will play a 4-3
defense, return six (SS Jordan
Cipalla, DB Tyler Melhorn, DT
Maguire, LB Brubaker, DE
Wagaman and DB Borg) of their
nine leading tacklers from last
season. Borg also had five interceptions last year.
Warwick is looking for Mason
Eshleman and Weaver to see
significant time at linebacker and

Austin Goodwin and Avery Quinn
to be part of the line.
“The more these guys contribute, the less I’ll have to use
anybody two ways,” Locker said.
The Warriors are hopeful that
junior Justin Smith, who broke
his hand the first week of football
last season, will be at linebacker.
Intangibles: The last two seasons, Warwick ran a rugby punt.
They would like to have a regular
punt team this season.
“But if we don’t find a punter
(in camp), there’s a philosophy
that you just don’t punt,” Locker
said. “You treat every (possession) as four downs. And we
actually talked about that. It’ll be
ironed out in camp.”
Key to the season: “The
biggest thing in football is having
a positive attitude,” Maguire said.
“If something doesn’t go your
way, you have to get up and just
keep going. “And Bru (David
Brubaker) and me and (the other
team leaders) have to be there to
help the guys who pout and don’t
see it that way.”
Final word: “I want my kids
to walk out on the field thinking
they can win games,” Locker
said, “not just hang around in
games. That’s the mindset we
want them to accept and believe
in. And I think with the nucleus of
kids we have back, I think we can
do that.”

Lancaster , Pa

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 15

DEVIN WASHINGTON

EVAN HORN

KEEGAN SHEEDY

STEVE JOHNSON
SKYLAR BENDER

AUSTIN ROSA

CHRISTIAN KEMP

Players to Watch: L-L League’s returning All-Stars
AUSTIN ROSA

CHRISTIAN KEMP

KEEGAN SHEEDY

STEVE JOHNSON

Position: TE/DE
Class: Senior
Ht. 6-0 Wt. 200

Position: RB/DB
Class: Senior
Ht. 5-7 Wt. 150

Position: OL/DL
Class: Senior
Ht. 6-5 Wt. 260

Position: K/P
Class: Senior
Ht. 5-9 Wt. 170

Wilson

NOTABLE: Rosa was selected as a Sec-

tion One First-Team All-Star at defensive
end after a season in which he recorded
a team-high 13 sacks. He made 58 total
tackles, two for a loss last season. This
season, he’ll likely line up on the weak
side, which may cause opponents to flipflop their tight end due to the contrast in
size of the Bulldogs’ two defensive ends.
As a tight end, Rosa has the speed to
stretch defenses with his quickness.
QUOTABLE: Wilson coach Doug
Dahms: “Austin’s bread and butter
is that he is quick and tenacious. He
has the ability to recognize blocking
schemes.”

Lancaster Catholic

NOTABLE: A Lancaster Mennonite

student playing for Lancaster Catholic via
a co-op agreement, Kemp was selected
as a First-Team All-Star last season as a
defensive back. He returned six kickoffs
for 24.8 yards per return. He will also be
a receiver for the Crusaders this season.
QUOTABLE: Lancaster Catholic coach
Bruce Harbach: “For a kid who played a
minimum amount of football last year,
he greatly improved. He has good hands
and quickness and he’s able to separate
himself from defensive backs and close
in on receptions.’’

Lancaster Catholic

NOTABLE: Like offensive linemate Skylar Bender, Sheedy provided the holes
for the Crusaders’ running backs, who
generated 160.3 yards per game, and
blocked for the team’s quarterbacks.
QUOTABLE: Lancaster Catholic coach
Bruce Harbach: “Keegan reminds me
of Adam DePietro (former Crusader
lineman now playing for Division I
Northwestern) as far as athletic ability
goes. He’s got good feet, is a strong
blocker and comes off the ball quickly.
He’s a mainstay
up front.’’

NOTABLE: A center, Bender helped

First-Team pick at punter last season,
when he averaged 34.8 yards per punt.
He’s also the team’s kicker, making six
of six field goals, the longest measuring
34 yards.
QUOTABLE: Hempfield coach Ron
Zeiber: “Steve is a great directional punter.
We can rugby-kick with him as well and he
does a great job with that. Any time we can
put a team in a difficult field advantage,
it’s an advantage for us.’’

Cedar Crest

the Crusaders average 308.7 yards per
game on offense last season.
QUOTABLE: Lancaster Catholic coach
Bruce Harbach: “Skylar had surgery in
the offseason but has come through
that well. He’s really improved strengthwise and quickness-wise.’’

H
M
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NOTABLE: A two-way Section One

First-Team All-Star as a sophomore at
wide receiver and defensive back, Horn
grabbed 24 passes for 390 yards and
two TDs.
QUOTABLE: Cedar Crest quarterback
Josh Bucher: “I love throwing the ball to
Evan. He’s someone to lean on, someone
to trust to get the job done.’’

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CEDAR CREST FALCONS

PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

2013 SECTION: 2-5 | 2013 OVERALL: 3-7 | BASE OFFENSE: SPREAD | BASE DEFENSE: 4-3

RobWildasin
(1st season)

SCOUTING REPORT

BY DAVE BYRNE

I

Edwards Bucher

Key Players Returning:
WR/S Evan Horn, RB/LB Damon Edwards, QB/FS Josh Bucher,
DBKobeBalanos,RB/LBChuckYost,RB/DBMarqKintzer,OL/DL
Joe Radakovitz.
Key Players Lost:
QB Gage Ocker, OL Tylique Liberte, RB/LB Grant Boehler, WR
Denzel Pierre.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
1
Damon Edwards
RB/DB 5-10
091
2
Josh Bucher QB/FS 5-11 180
8
Marq Kintzer RB/SS 5-10 175
9
Ted Wuori
WR/CB 5-6 135
11 Landy Cruz
WR/FS 6-1 185
23 Dominic Garloff
WR/CB 5-10
071
24 Kyrie Gillette WR/DB 5-7 145
30 Chuck Yost
RB/LB 5-10 205
50 Tristin Uhler OL/LB 5-8 180
62 Austin An
OL/DL 6-3 275
65 Chase Ocker OL/DE 6-0 215
70 Dean Ebersole OL/DL 6-0 215
77 Tony Fernandez
OL/DL 5-10
052
86 Ryan Gonzalez WR/P 6-1 175
99 Soren Frost
K/WR 6-2 175
-- Alex Baez
OL/DL 5-9 235
-- Jordan Greeninger
OL/DL 5-11
522
Juniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
3
Kris Urban
WR/CB 6-0 145
4
Mitch Harsh RB/DE 5-8 175
5
Matt Miller
WR/CB 5-10 150
6
Kobe Balanos WR/CB 5-9 170
10 Steve Roda
QB/FS 6-0 170
12 Andrew Zoumas
WR/CB 5-6
521
17 Dean Doumas WR/CB 5-6 125
20 Matt Mitchell RB/LB 5-10 180
21 Iziah Trimble WR/CB 5-9 160
26 Tyler Roth
RB/LB 5-9 200
28 David Santos TE/LB 6-0 190
31 Dylan Shellenhamer
RB/LB 5-10 071
32 Jake Kalbach RB/LB 5-10 195
33 Evan Horn
WR/SS 6-1 185
36 Jon Simpson QB/LB 5-9 175
40 Brandon Heist RB/LB 5-7 155
42 Austyn Brandt QB/DL 5-11 195
44 Austin Garrison TE/LB 6-0 155
52 Alex Flocken OL/DL 6-1 245
54 Jared Bybee OT/DT 5-8 220
55 Shjon Daub OL/DL 5-8 230
56 Brett Bawiec OL/DL 6-4 240
58 Granite Miller OL/DL 6-0 230
59 Brad Eisenhauer
OL/DE 5-11
051
63 David Maciel OL/DL 5-10 260
64 Donovan Pfleiger
OL/DL 5-10
002
66 Tyler Whary OL/DL 6-2 280
67 Austin Eisenhour
OL/DE 5-10
051
68 Mike Eckhart OL/DL 6-2 225
72 Sam Alvarez OL/DE 6-1 207
73 Joe Radakovitz OL/DL 6-4 300

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 1

Looking at football
in a brand new light

HEADCOACH

Horn

Lancaster , Pa

74 Davonte Davis OL/DL 6-2 260
78 Andrew Tarsa OL/DL 5-9 185
81 Raymie Ferreira TE/LB 6-3 210
83 Logan Tiffan WR/FS 6-0 150
84 David Donmoyer
WR/FS 5-8
531
88 Damian Palm TE/DE 6-0 145
Sophomores
Pos. Ht. Wt.
18 Greg Munnion QB/FS 6-1 170
22 Tate Seyert
WR/CB 5-10 150
25 Justice Belleman
RB/LB 5-10 591
27 Zach Keffer
WR/FS 5-11 165
39 Hezekiah Gonzalez
RB/CB 5-7
041
45 Greyson Williams
WR/CB 5-10
051
49 Victor Ramos RB/Lb 5-8 160
51 Garrett DeBien OT/DT 6-0 215
60 Brandon Tonini OL/DL 5-10 185
61 Ross Fisher
OL/DL 6-0 250
69 Andrew Etter OL/DL 6-2 270
71 Nick Seiple
OL/DL 6-0 265
75 Gavin Singh OL/DL 5-9 240
76 Terrell Davis Ol/DL 6-4 260
80 Devon Bernard TE/SS 5-11 175
82 Grant Neuman WR/CB 5-8 125
85 Luis Minaya WR/DE 6-1 175
87 Chris Siozos WR/LB 5-9 165
-- Matt Kramer WR/DE 5-10 155
-- Mitch Tice
WR/CB 5-7 155
-- Zeb Lasta
WR/CB 5-6 120
-- Josiah Byler TE/LB 5-9 155
-- Mike Sowers WR/FS 5-11 156
-- Wyatt McNalley WR/CB 6-1 150

2014 Schedule
8/29 @ Lebanon
9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

m
p.7.

LOWER DAUPHIN 7 p.m.
@ Manheim Cent. 7 p.m.
@ Warwick 7 p.m.
WILSON
7 p.m.
MANHEIM TWP. 7 p.m.
HEMPFIELD
7 p.m.
McCASKEY
m
p.7.
@ Conestoga Val. 7 p.m.
@ Penn Manor 7 p.m.

Sports Writer
dbyrne@lnpnews.com

s sports success transferable?
The Cedar Crest football program, a stranger to success for the last decade, believes it is.
Rookie head coach Rob Wildasin isn’t old
enough to run for president, yet. Yet he has 13
seasons of experience as an assistant football coach
under his belt and has a roster dotted with members
of the Falcons’ league champion basketball and
track and field programs.
“Football kind of lost its way at Cedar Crest,”
observed Evan Horn, Lancaster Newspapers’
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year and an
11th-place finisher in the PIAA Class AAA javelin
this past spring.
“With the success we’ve had in basketball and
track, we’re just trying to bring it back.”
“I honestly think this past basketball season
has helped the school come together as one,” said
Damon Edwards, a member of the Falcons’ District Three champion 4x100 relay, a team that also
finished fourth in Class AAA states.
“Many people have come up to me and said, ‘I
can’t wait for the Cedar Bowl.’ ”
The Cedar Bowl is the annual clash ’tween neighbors Crest and Lebanon — held this year in Lebanon’s WPA-era confines — that has become a huge
draw beyond the boundaries of Lebanon City and
South Lebanon Township/Cornwall Borough.
About the offense: Horn and Edwards, two
of the three returning vets, joined by Josh Bucher,
will step in at wide receiver and running back, and
running back and wide receiver, respectively. “It’s
going to be ‘Where’s Waldo?’ ” said Wildasin, who
shared he didn’t sleep for a week and a half after
his hire, just working on schemes to get Horn (24
receptions-390 yards, 2 TDs) and Edwards (54 carries-474 yards, 4 TDs/9 TDs overall) in one-on-one
matchups.
“I tend to be an out-of-the-box thinker,” said
Wildasin.
About the defense: After several seasons of
playing variations of the 3-3-5 stack, the Falcons
will go back to a 4-3
formation fronted
2013 Results
by linemen Tony
Fernandez, Dean EbLebanon
W, 40-24
ersole, David Maciel
Lower Dauphin
L, 31-28
and Raymie Ferrera.
Hershey
L, 35-28
They’ll be part of a
Warwick
W, 32-19
committee on the
Wilson
L, 35-0
line of scrimmage as
Manheim Township
L, 28-26
Wildasin believes
Hempfield
L, 47-7
McCaskey
W, 42-14
in developing
Lancaster Catholic
L, 42-27
depth there.
Penn Manor
L, 63-20
He also believes
Horn will make
his mark at strong

Jeff Ruppenthal / Staff

One of the goals of new coach Rob Wildasin’s offense is to get the ball to Evan Horn.
safety. “He’s going to be a phenomenal defensiveside-of-the-ball player,” says Wildasin. “He’s got a
knack for finding the ball.”
Intangibles: Wildasin, an Annville-Cleona grad
who started four years at free safety for Division
I-AA Lafayette, had two three-year tours as Terry
Lehman’s assistant at A-C and served four years on
Joe Headon’s staff at Susquehanna Township.
Watching them manage the day-to-day of leading
a program, as well as helping restore the Falcons’
hoops program as an assistant to Tommy Smith — a
position he continues to hold — led Wildasin to this
point professionally.
“I didn’t feel I was ready to be a head coach
(when the Crest job opened in 2008),” Wildasin said.
“(Now) everything I needed to give this a shot was
there. It’s up to me to either succeed or fail. It’s that
time.”
Key to the season: Getting a couple of early
victories never hurts. Seriously, though, in a program starved for success any kind of winning string
would build geometricaly. In a section balanced
from three through seven, that could be huge.
Final word: Wildasin tells his squad, “You were
3-7 last year, you haven’t had a winning season in
over 10 years. What impact does that have on you
for this year? Nothing.
“Just as if we were coming off 10 winning seasons, it has zero impact.”

Lancaster , Pa

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 17

Some years, we admit to straining a bit to come up with
enough material for our annual compendium.
This year, 25 may not be enough. We present to you…

MIKE GROSS’ 25 THINGS TO WATCH

Super powers, Ireland and a girl kicker

There are games being played overseas, bigname coaches reintroducing themselves,
big-name coaches saying goodbye, the vagaries of
Lancaster-Lebanon League realignment, and more
than the usual allotment of subplots and human interest.

2

SUPER POWER MOVES

As you will read elsewhere on these pages,
there is a newly-created nexus of theoretical or traditional power in L-L Section Two
that sounds like it was created by Marvel Comics or
something.
Lancaster Catholic moves down from One to Two,
and Garden Spot up from Three to Two, creating a
section in which six of the eight teams (Catholic, the
Spot, Manheim Central, Lampeter-Strasburg, Cocalico and Lebanon) made the District Three playoffs
in 2013.
Section Two programs own 25 of Lancaster County's 28 district championships, and all three of its
state titles.
Section Two will also have Mike Williams' swan song as head coach at
Manheim Central, and two accomplished former Conestoga Valley head men, Jim Cantafio and
Gerad Novak, returning as offensive and defensive coordinator at
Catholic.

3

ON THE OTHER HAND…

4

A REMARKABLE CAREER

Lebanon loses QB/LB Mark Pyles,
who arguably had the league's alltime MVP season. Cocalico loses an historically great QB (Jhet Janis) and RB (Spencer
Moser). Garden Spot will be punching way
up in class. Catholic and L-S went a combined 11-12 last year.
That leaves Central. Sure, one or two or
three of the above will challenge the Barons.
But the truth is Section Two has been about
Central, seemingly, since the T-formation was
trendy. The more things change …

We could probably do 25 things solely
on Williams, who will end a remarkable
career as the fifth-winningest coach in Pennsylvania history. He's currently 340-71-3, with

16 district titles, 21 section titles, one state championship and nine runs to the state semifinals.

5

PUT A HURTIN’ ON ’EM

Realignment also means two class AAAA
schools, Conestoga Valley and Ephrata, moving out of Section Two, CV to One and Ephrata to
Three.
Ephrata didn't win a game last year and, incredibly, lost all 22 starters. Given where the program is,
the move to small-school Section Three can be seen
one short-term step backward in order to two take
two long-term steps ahead.
That's how the Mounts see it.
"It's definitely the right move for us now,'' said
junior Evan Frees at media day. "We'll be playing
teams our roster size and skill level for a couple

Dan Marschka, staff

1

BIG THINGS GOING ON

Donegal’s
quarterback
Conner Ness

years. Then we'll come back to Section Two and put
a hurtin' on 'em.''

6

A FEMALE KICKER

7

ANOTHER SUPER HERO METAPHOR

8

DAHM HE’S GOOD

Ephrata has a female kicker, sophomore Caroline Stauffer. She played varsity basketball
and volleyball as a freshman last year but,
surprisingly, no soccer.

To belabor the comic-book metaphor, if Section Two is the Justice League, Wilson, in
Section One, is Superman. Doug Dahms, the Bulldogs' ninth-year coach, is 55-2 in section games, and
has won the section title seven times in eight tries.
Wilson lost plenty, but it was supposedly rebuilding last year, when it went 13-2, and reached the
AAAA district semis.

Dahms' numbers above are among a blizzard
of them in "A History of Lancaster-Lebanon
League Football, 1972-2014,'' by Skip Wolf, an
amateur football historian from Lebanon.
The latest edition of the book, which includes scores from every District Three
and PIAA playoff game ever played in
Pennsylvania and the postseason formats
employed by all 50 states, is at the printers
as this is written. More info: karlskipwolf@
verizon.net.

9

TRY AGAIN

Donegal won Section Three last year,
but ended the year with an inexplicable 27-0 loss to Annville-Cleona. The loss
cost the Indians an undefeated league season and a
district playoff berth.
They have a chance to be at least as good. Connor
Ness is the league's top returning QB statistically.
RB/DB Connor Maxwell and OT/DT are Nikkia Armstrong are among the section's top two-way players.

10

SUN RISING AGAIN

Joe Pearson resigned as head coach at Solanco at the end of last season, in the wake
of some nasty interaction with parents. Enter Tony
Please see 25 THINGS, page 37

18 • AUGUST  26,  2014

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

CONESTOGA VALLEY BUCKSKINS

PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

2013 SECTION (2): 2-5 | 2013 OVERALL: 2-8 | BASE OFFENSE: WING-T | BASE DEFENSE: 3-3-5

Mark Pieters

(2nd season, 2-8)

BY DAVE BYRNE

SCOUTING REPORT

Hunt

L

Maldonado

Key Players Returning:
TE/DE Johnny Cardina, OG/DE Colin Hunt, HB/CB Vincente
HEAD
COACH
Maldonado,WR/LB
Addison
Hurst,QB/DBGrantStoltzfus,TE/LB
Jake Heikkinen, WR/DB
Jamaar Parker, OL/DL Kole Martin.
Mark Pieters
(1st season)
Key Players Lost:
RB/DBJustusNorman,TE/DEOrlandoLopez,QB/DBBrendon
Martin.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos.
Ht. Wt.
6 Jeramie Rodriguez RB/OLB 5-11 180
12 Hunter Veitch QB/DB 6-0 175
13 John Stoltzfoos WR/DL 5-11 175
15 Jamaar Parker WR/DB 6-0 165
17 Addison Hurst WR/OLB 6-0 190
20 V. Maldonaldo RB/DB 5-10 150
21 Darion Whitfield WR/DB 6-0 160
25 Joel Lopez
RB/LB 6-0 205
29 Alex Hampton RB/LB 5-10 195
34 Johnny Cardina TE/DL 6-2 195
42 Jake Heikkinen TE/LB 6-0 190
55 Colin Hunt
OL/DL 5-11 220
56 Tyler Norwood OL/LB 5-9 190
58 Hunter Hastings OL/DL 6-1 230
60 Chris Garber
OL/LB 6-1 205
62 Sam Loch
OL/DL 5-8 205
64 Brody Hastings OL/DL 6-1 230
65 Biki Benipal
OL/DL 5-11 210
Juniors
Pos.
Ht. Wt.
19 Jaeshawn Rush QB/LB 5-9 170
3 Johnathan Ramos
WR/DB 5-11
061
7 Elijah Wolgemuth QB/DB 6-2 170
9 Javon Marrero WR/DB 6-5 185
26 Andy Miller
RB/OLB 5-10 160
28 Lance Buckley RB/LB 5-11 185
46 T. Humphreville RB/OLB 5-10 155

2014 Schedule
8/29 EPHRATA
7 p.m.
9/5 @ Solanco
7:30 p.m.
9/12 LAMP.-STRAS.
7 p.m.
9/19 MANHEIM TWP.
7 p.m.
9/26 @ Penn Manor
7 p.m.
10/3 @ Warwick
7 p.m.
10/10 WILSON
7 p.m.
10/17 @ Hempfield
7 p.m.
10/24 CEDAR CREST
7 p.m.
10/31 @ McCaskey
7 p.m.

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 1

Taking a next step after
enduring growing pains

HEADCOACH

Cardina

Lancaster , Pa

54 Cliffton Perez OL/DL 6-1 190
57 Kole Martin
OL/DL 6-0 255
70 Tyler Skelton OL/DL 5-10 165
75 Joey DeWitt
OL/DL 6-1 195
87 Andrew Cameron TE/OLB 6-1 160
89 Mervin Santana WR/DB 6-0 160
Sophomores
Pos.
Ht. Wt.
2 Connor Brinton RBV/OLB 5-11 165
4 Jerrice Stokes WR/DB 5-6 150
8 Grant Stoltzfus QB/DB 6-1 185
10 Albert Hanna QB/DB 6-2 155
14 Thomas Weidman
RB/LB 5-10 1
9
5
16 Seth Smith
RB/OLB 5-8 160
22 Bryce Shetter WR/DB 6-0 170
33 Jake Proebster RB/LB 5-8 155
35 Zack Mowrer WR/DB 5-9 160
41 Nick Ator
TE/DL 5-11 205
50 Mike Sadis
OL/LB 5-9 210
59 Jordan Snyder OL/DL 6-1 205
66 Dandre Bell
OL/DL 6-0 215
68 Joel Ortiz
OL/DL 5-9 270
77 Brandon Riefsnyder
OL/DL 5-11
081
79 Daniel Stoltzfoos
OL/DL 5-8
571
82 Daishan Marquez
WR/DB 5-4
531
83 Tyler Mini
WR/DB 5-9 155
Freshmen
Pos.
Ht. Wt.
63 Chris Dietrich OL/DL 6-3 225

2013 Results
Cedar Cliff
Warwick
Garden Spot
Cocalico
Elizabethtown
Ephrata
Solanco
Lebanon
Manheim Central
Lampeter-Strasburg

L, 53-7
L, 35-16
L, 34-15
L, 52-6
L, 37-7
W, 17-13
W, 23-13
L, 34-14
L, 77-0
L, 42-21

Sports Writer
dbyrne@lnpnews.com

ike George and “Weezie” Jefferson, Conestoga Valley is
moving on up.
There is the brand, spanking new state-of-the-art turf field and
stadium that is promised to be ready for
the first home game of the season, the
“Lampeter Bowl,” with L-S, on September 12.
But we’re not speaking of that.
Nor are we speaking of a deluxe apartment on New York City’s East Side, but
rather of the Bucks’ move to the Lancaster-Lebanon League’s Section One.
The biennial upheavel that is the L-L’s
enrollment-based realignment has had a
seismic effect this season with Garden
Spot, Ephrata, Lancaster Catholic and CV
all on the move.
For CV it’s a move away from the grueling march that is competing in Section
Two to a Section One that is a shadow of
its former self.
“I have no clue,” Bucks coach Mark
Pieters responded when asked about his
expectations in Section One.
He allowed that he’d always coached
in Two, adding, “We’re a blank slate, just
trying to figure it out as we go.”
What Pieters figured out in 2013 — a
season that saw the Bucks win twice in
10 trips to the starting gate — was that he
and his staff might have asked too much
of his Bucks in his first year in Witmer.
Richard Hertzler / Staff
“The season was total growing pains
for everybody,” he said, “coaches, players, With the move to Section One this season, the Buckskins
from the top down.”
have some experience at quarterback with the return of
About the offense: Quarterback Grant Stoltzfus, who threw for 937 yards and nine touchGrant Stoltzfus threw for 937 yards and downs as a freshman last season.
nine touchdowns as a freshman. With him
solo — including four for losses while Cardina (44
back running the offense, the Bucks look
tackles, 10 for losses) and Maldonado (39, 4) stood
to play at an uptempo, Chip Kelly speed.
Pieters says, “If we’re running 100 plays I want out in the secondary.
Intangibles: The Bucks spent a good deal of the
to see 20 snaps to each of the five skill positions.
Whether we do it by running the ball or by the pass, offseason in the weight room.
“Last year we were undersized,” said Maldonado,
I couldn’t care less.”
Those skill players include running back Vince who doubles as a defensive back. “If we lift more,
Maldonado, who averaged 5.89 yards per carry on we’ll be able to take it to these bigger Section One
53 rushes and caught six balls for 44 yards and wide teams.”
Key to the season: As with any team, Septemreceiver John Cardina, two catches for 63 yards.
ber
success is key. Also, keeping a positive attitude
About the defense: “Last year we were kind
of running two defenses and we ran a lot of man-to- until the victories come. “Persevere,” said Hunt,
man,” Pieters said. “We did too much last year and a two-way lineman. “If we’re getting down (on the
we never got really good at anything. We’ll basically scoreboard), come back and win the fight.”
Final word: “We’re optimistic and we’ve seen a
be more vanilla and try to get good at one or two
lot of progress from last year,” said Pieters. “We’re
things.”
Two-way lineman Colin Hunt had 40 stops — 17 not putting any glass ceilings on our season.”

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 19

2013 FINAL INTELL/NEW ERA L-L FOOTBALL STANDINGS, STATS
Following is Lancaster Newspapers’ final 2013 statistical report weeks for Lancaster-Lebanon League football teams. It is
compiled by Ed Gruver with statistics provided by the teams.
Players are ranked according to yardage for rushers, receptions
and the NFL rating system for quarterbacks.
A plus/minus (+/-) takeaway stat is found with each team’s
defensive stats.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
Section One

G Att. Yds. Avg.
Charlie Bell, Penn Manor.............12 161 1,407 7.7
Devin Washington, Hempfield....11 206 1,149 5.6
Levonta Jones, Penn Manor......12 128 984 7.7
John Raifsnider, Wilson................13 149 881 5.9
Trey Miller, Lanc. Cath................12 110 857 7.8
Shane Dantzler, Wilson................11 120 825 6.9
Gage Ocker, Cedar Crest...........10
77 733 9.5
Nassir Weaver, Lanc. Cath.........10 136 692 5.1
Gabe Taylor, Warwick................10 134 520 3.9
Damon Edwards, C. Crest..........10
54 474 8.8
Cartier Morton, Man. Twp.........10
70 440 6.3
Section Two

G Att. Yds. Avg.
Marc Royer, Man. Central.........14 218 2,172 10.0
Ian Hanselman, Man. Cent..........14 148 1,193 8.1
Spencer Moser, Cocalico.............13 131 1,160 8.9
Mark Pyles, Lebanon...................11 214 1,084 5.1
Jhett Janis, Cocalico.....................11 111 934 8.4
Dakota Keefer, Ephrata.............10 163 784 4.8
Toby Kreider, Solanco.................10
81 730 9.0
Robbie Hassel, Solanco.................10
89 549 6.2
Brad Whittaker, Cocalico............13
77 513 6.7
Arthur Quaye, Elizabethtown....10
96 446 4.7
Section Three

G Att. Yds. Avg.
Cameron Strause, Elco................10 196 1,145 5.9
Jarrod Smith, Donegal.................10 114 921 8.1
Kris Trimby, Donegal.....................9 113 862 7.6
Chase Bowman, Garden Spot....11 135 813 6.0
Michael Roberts, Columbia.........10 148 799 5.4
Quentin Hall, Ann.-Cleona............11 123 787 6.4
Mitch Martin, Garden Spot........11
88 768 8.7
Connor Maxwell, Donegal...........10
96 758 7.9
Derek DiAngelis, N. Lebanon......10 141 736 5.2
Tyler Hershey, Peq. Valley.........10 150 726 4.8
PASSING
Section One

G Com Att I Yds TD
Evan Purvis, Lanc. Cath....... 12 100 155 3 1,314 15
Davis Carr, Man. Twp........... 11 80 123 5 1,031 8
Michael Edwards, Hemp........ 9 67 122 8 1,263 11
Tanner Erisman, PM............. 12 94 161 6 1,334 11
Matt Timochenko, Wilson.... 11 116 198 7 1,497 15
Gage Ocker, Cedar Crest.... 10 48 107 4 798 6
Matt Pennypacker, War...... 10 133 259 9 1,660 5
Kyaire Bynum, McCaskey.... 8 61 112 7 695 3
Section Two

G Com Att I Yds TD
Colin Fry, Man. Central......... 14 79 136 2 1,278 15
Jhett Janis, Cocalico.............. 11 33 63 1 628 6
Mark Pyles, Lebanon............ 11 185 308 11 2,824 32
Collin Shank, Lamp.-Stras.... 11 130 240 9 1,992 16

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TD
22
16
9
15
11
11
12
9
4
4
7
TD
24
20
16
16
18
4
7
5
6
3
TD
19
9
12
7
3
6
9
5
7
6

Rtg.
115
96
94
93
93
74
64
56
Rtg.
120
112
110
88

Grant Stoltzfus, Con. Vall....... 9 69 129 7 937 9 78
Tyler Cottle, Etown............... 10 76 153 8 1,212 9 74
Bobby Nye, Ephrata................ 9 18 46 2 159 2 45
Gyree Durante, Ephrata...... 10 23 51 6 249 3 34
Noah McCardell, Solanco..... 10 26 73 7 294 1 14
Section Three

G Com. Att. I. Yds TD Rtg.
Connor Ness, Donegal.............8 51 85 4 1,032 12 123
Jeff Martin, Elco.....................10 158 256 11 2,109 16 91
Mitch Martin, GS....................11 89 184 11 1,683 19 90
Mitch Rodkey, AC..................10 70 142 9 1,152 15 86
Hunter Smith, PV....................10 112 204 13 1,438 14 74
Isaac Ray, N. Lebanon...........10 55 143 7 674 9 54
Kyle Warfel, Columbia............9 54 136 8 786 6 49
RECEIVING
Section One

G Rec.
Charles Scarff, Lanc. Cath.............11 53
Olufisao Oluleye, Man. Twp...........11 41
Bryce Pych, Wilson..........................12 38
Tommy Garner, Warwick.............10 32
Austin Myers, Warwick...................9 32
Tyrell Wickersham, Hempfield.....11 32
Dominic Nigrelli, Wilson...................13 29
Rafael Mateo, Lanc. Catholic........12 27
Anthony Fatjo, Warwick................10 27
Evan Horn, Cedar Crest...................9 24
Section Two

G Rec.
Jeremy De La Cruz, Lebanon.......11 73
Nicholas Negron, Lebanon.............11 34
Dan Wiederrecht, Man. Cent........14 26
Taylor Geib, Man. Central.............14 26
Arthur Quaye, Elizabethtown......10 24
Luke Eisenhour, Lebanon...............11 24
Andrew Seiverling, Man. Cent.....14 24
Kyle Horner, Lamp.-Strasburg.....11 23
Ross Souders, Lamp.-Stras...........11 21
David Vargas, Con. Valley..............8 20
Section Three

G Rec.
Derek Miller, Elco.............................10 55
Michael Figueroa, PV......................10 44
Philip Kline, Elco.................................10 36
Mason Yost, Northern Leb............10 30
Cameron Strause, Elco...................10 27
Jake Stager, Elco.............................10 24
Marqel Wansley, Columbia...........10 20
Dashawn McIlwain, Columbia.......10 19
Gabe Allgyer, Pequea Valley........10 18
Connor Maxwell, Donegal..............10 18
SCORING
Section One

G TD
Charlie Bell, Penn Manor....................12 26
John Raifsnider, Wilson...................... 13 17
Devin Washington, Hempfield ..........11 17
Hunter Rubright, Wilson................... 13 0
Trey Miller, Lancaster Catholiic.......12 12
Gage Ocker, Cedar Crest..................10 12
Shane Dantzler, Wilson.......................11 11
Levonta Jones, Penn Manor............12 10

GO BUCKSKINS

Yds Avg. TD
599 11.3 6
485 11.8 4
448 11.8 4
400 12.5 2
553 17.3 2
600 18.8 6
449 15.5 5
520 19.3 9
308 11.4 0
390 16.2 2
Yds. Avg TD
1,123 15.4 12
760 22.4 13
548 21.1 6
417 16.0 5
558 23.3 5
215 19.5 1
324 13.5 5
342 14.9 4
256 12.2 3
145
7.3 0
Yds. Avg. TD
603 11.0 5
637 14.5 6
613 17.0 4
398 13.3 6
439 16.3 5
219
9.1 2
331 16.6 6
386 20.3 5
228 12.7 2
263 14.6 4

Will Blair, Hempfield.............................10
Damon Edwards, Cedar Crest........10
Tommy Garner, Warwick................10
Cartier Morton, Man. Twp.................9
Nassir Weaver, Lanc. Catholic ........10
Tyrell Wickersham, Hempfield........11
Section Two

G
Marc Royer, Man. Central............. 14
Ian Hanselman, Man. Central......... 14
Jhett Janis, Cocalico......................... 11
Spencer Moser, Cocalico................. 12
Mark Pyles, Lebanon....................... 11
Damon Crouse, Man. Central........ 14
Jeremy De La Cruz, Lebanon........ 11
Nicholas Negron, Lebanon............... 11
Matt Wright, Lamp.-Stras.............. 11
Dan Graybill, Cocalico...................... 12
Section Three

G
Cameron Strause, Elco.................... 10
Kris Trimby, Donegal......................... 9
Jarrod Smith, Donegal..................... 10
Hunter Smith, Pequea Valley......... 10
Connor Maxwell, Donegal............... 10
Quentin Hall, Annville-Cleona.......... 11
Mitch Martin, Garden Spot............ 11
Chase Bowman, Garden Spot....... 11
Dashawn McIlwain, Columbia.......... 9
Derek Miller, Elco.............................. 10

0
0
0
0
0
0

2
0
0
0
0
0

56
54
54
54
54
54

TD
24
22
22
20
16
0
13
13
0
0

FG
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
9
3

XP
0
0
0
6
5
71
6
8
39
47

T
144
132
132
126
101
95
94
86
66
56

TD
27
12
11
9
10
10
9
7
7
7

FG XP T
0 6 168
0 2 74
0 0 66
0 9 63
0 0 60
0 0 60
0 0 54
0 11 53
0 2 44
0 2 44

TEAM STATISTICS
TOTAL OFFENSE
Section One

G Rush
Pass
Penn Manor......................12 3,269
1,504
Hempfield..........................12 2,761
1,611
Cedar Crest......................10 2,039
1,174
Wilson.................................13 2,325
1,727
Lancaster Catholic.........12 1,923
1,781
Manheim Township.......11 1,601
1,384
Warwick............................10
992
1,717
McCaskey........................10
624
1,234
Section Two

G Rush
Pass
Manheim Central............14 4,301
1,414
Lebanon.............................11 1,474
2,861

FG XP T
0
3 159
0
2 104
0
0 102
11 53 86
0
2 74
0
0 72
0
0 66
0
0 60

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PerGame
397.8
364.4
318.3
311.7
308.7
271.4
270.9
185.8
PerGame
408.2
394.1

Cocalico.............................13 3,549
Lamp.-Strasburg............11 1,595
Elizabethtown..................10 1,222
Conestoga Valley...........10 1,325
Solanco..............................10 1,610
Ephrata.............................10 1,365
Section Three

G Rush
Garden Spot.....................11 2,581
Donegal..............................10 2,618
Elco.....................................10 1,322
Pequea Valley..................10 1,463
Annville-Cleona................11 1,788
Northern Lebanon..........10 2,142
Columbia............................10 1,321

785
2,023
1,294
1,068
350
408

361.2
328.9
251.6
239.3
196.0
177.3

Pass
1,683
1,118
2,087
1,438
1,299
658
1,088

PerGame
387.6
373.6
340.9
290.1
280.6
280.0
240.9

TOTAL DEFENSE
Section One
Rush
Pass A
vg.
Wilson.................................. 1,000
1,180
175.0
Penn Manor....................... 1,202
1,864
255.5
Manheim Township.......... 1,636
1,177
255.7
Lancaster Catholic........... 1,940
1,676
301.3
Hempfield........................... 1,659
1,956
301.3
Warwick............................. 2,181
1,123
330.4
McCaskey.......................... 2,314
1,072
338.6
Cedar Crest....................... 2,429
1,381
381.0
Section Two

Rush
Pass
Avg.
Manheim Central.............. 1,594
1,866
247.1
Cocalico.............................. 1,769
1,450
254.5
Lamp.-Strasburg.............. 2,387
1,129
319.6
Elizabethtown................... 1,974
1,225
319.9
Solanco............................... 1,925
1,275
320.0
Conestoga Valley............. 2,392
1,101
349.3
Ephrata.............................. 2,099
1,419
351.8
Lebanon..................................2,446 1,460
355.1
Section Three
Rush
Pass
Avg.
Garden Spot....................... 1,516
1,358
261.3
Donegal............................... 1,314
1,363
267.7
Columbia............................. 2,043
1,050
309.3
Annville-Cleona................. 2,074
1,348
311.1
Northern Lebanon............ 1,831
1,429
326.0
Pequea Valley................... 2,594
1,081
367.5
Elco...................................... 2,335
1,544
387.9

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

WILSON BULLDOGS

PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

2013 SECTION: 7-0 | 2013 OVERALL: 12-1 | BASE OFFENSE: MULTIPLE | BASE DEFENSE: 4-4

Doug Dahms

BY GORDIE JONES

(9th season, 93-15)

Correspondent

S

SCOUTING REPORT

Zerbe

Templin

Key Players Returning:
TE/DE Austin Rosa, TE/DE Nolen Campbell, RB/LB Ike SchanHEAD
COACH
nauer, OL/LB Chris
Zerbe,
WR/DB Jon Fox.

Mark Pieters

Key Players Lost: (1st season)
QB/LB Matt Timochenko, RB/LB Hunter Hatlee, WR/DB Matt
Close, RB/DB John Raifsnider, OL/DL Madison Woodward.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos.
Ht.
3 Connor Howell WR-DB 5-10
4 Zach Button WR-DB 5-11
8 Joe Lopez WR-DB 5-9
9 Jake Templin QB-DB 5-10
14 Josef Grim WR-DB 5-8
18 Jake Walbert WR-DB 6-1
21 Tim Whitmoyer RB-LB 5-11
35 Dustin Miller RB-DB 5-9
38 Connor Ritter RB-LB 5-10
43 Jalen Figueroa RB-LB 5-10
45 Chris Osorio RB-DL 5-10
49 Nolen Campbell TE-DE 6-2
51 Nathan Bentz OL-DL 5-10
53 Chris Zerbe
OL-LB 6-1
56 Probyn Queita OL-DL 5-10
60 Eddie Santos OL-DL 5-11
61 Bailey McMillin OL-DL 5-11
62 Kyle Mawhinney OL-DL 6-1
64 Joe Peiffer OL-DL 6-2
68 Jordan Copeland OL-DL 5-9
80 Austin Rosa
TE-DE 6-10
88 Austin Uhrig WR-DB 5-9
89 Jake Himes
TE-LB 6-1
92 Brandon Weaver WR-DB 5-9
Juniors
Pos.
Ht.
2 Jake Klein QB-LB 6-0
5 Jake Gehman WR-DB 6-0
6 Shane Dantzler RB-DB 5-11
10 Jon Fox
WR-DB 6-0
12 Adam Close
WR-DB 5-9
16 Collin Powers QB-DB 6-0
20 Bryce Ritter
WR-DB 6-0
85 Salim Silah
RB-DB 5-6
37 Matt Mayer
RB-DB 5-11
41 Ike Schannauer RB-LB 6-1
44 David Satterfield RB-LB 6-0
51 Noreaga Falby OL-DL 6-0
54 Ben Harris OL-DL 6-0
58 Steve Kuipers OL-DL 5-10
67 Zach Farrell
OL-DL 6-2
69 Stone Sullivan OL-DL 6-1

Wt.
160
170
150
175
150
170
185
170
185
150
200
240
200
215
235
185
200
200
195
230
200
175
180
150
Wt.
180
175
175
185
150
155
155
140
170
230
175
240
185
175
210
190

2014 Schedule
8/29 GOV. MIFFLIN
9/5 C. DAUPHIN EAST
9/12 @ Central Dauphin
9/19 McCASKEY
9/26 @ Cedar Crest
10/3 HEMPFIELD
10/10 @ Conestoga Valley
10/17 MANHEIM TWP.
10/24 @ Penn Manor
10/31 @Warwick

70 Ben Connors OL-DL 5-11
72 Peter Weidner OL-DL 5-9
73 Nick Fabrizio OL-DL 5-10
74 Nick Kline OL-DL 6-2
75 Alim Osman OL-DL 6-1
76 Austin Fernsler OL-DL 5-10
79 Mackenzie Saloka OL-DL 6-0
83 Jake Debooth WR-DB 6-2
85 Brett Kauffman TE-DE 6-0
91 Chaz Baltz OL-DL 5-11
97 Nick Hart K
5-9
Sophomores
Pos.
Ht.
1 Foday Jollah WR-LB 6-2
11 JP Shaabar
QB/DB 5-10
15 Tyler Wilkes
QB/DB 5-8
17 Bobby Kemp QB/DB 5-9
19 Darrien Mogel QB/DB 6-0
23 Y. Rosario-Santana WR-DB 6-0
24 Tommy O’Brien RB-DB 5-10
29 Mason McElroy WR-DB 5-11
34 Alex Twiford RB-LB 6-3
39 Leo Quigley
RB-LB 6-1
46 Steve Vilbrun RB-DB 5-9
47 Chad Lewis
RB-LB 6-0
48 Vilyano Martinez RB-DB 5-10
50 Isaiah Reigel OL-DL 6-3
55 Franz Borden OL-DL 6-0
57 Jacob Morris OL-DL 5-10
59 Avyion O’Bryant OL-DL 6-0
63 Chris Soto Ol-DL 5-9
66 Bradyn Reppert OL-DL 5-9
77 Nick Cummings OL-DL 6-2
78 David Lopez OL-DL 5-9
82 Alex Jozwiak TE-DE 6-1
84 Tyler Strause TE-DE 6-1
87 Hunter McMillin WR-DB 5-9
90 Nick Borelli
K
5-7
98 Noah Mojica RB-DB 5-10
99 M.Marcinkowski OL-DL 5-9
Freshmen
Pos.
Ht.
65 Wyatt Schannauer OL-DL 6-3

185
200
180
270
240
180
215
185
185
170
150
Wt.
190
150
140
150
165
160
155
160
210
190
155
165
165
215
185
195
195
200
180
270
260
160
175
175
150
170
195
Wt.
315

2013 Results
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7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
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Governor Mifflin
Harrisburg
Reading
McCaskey
Cedar Crest
Hempfield
Lancaster Catholic
Manheim Township
Penn Manor
Warwick
Manheim Township
Penn Manor
Lower Dauphin

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 1

Some new names but same goals

HEADCOACH

Rosa

Lancaster , Pa

W, 38-7
W, 38-21
W, 46-6
W, 45-7
W, 35-0
W, 41-23
W, 24-17
W, 17-0
W, 21-14
W, 41-13
W, 44-6
W, 27-0
L, 17-14

everal years
ago, Wilson defensive end Austin Rosa recalls
being coached up by
the Bulldogs’ varsity
players at the school’s
summer youth camp,
then watching those
same players on Friday
nights in the fall.
And here is what he
said to himself: “I picture
myself doing that one
day.”
Rosa, coming off a
13-sack season in 2013, is
now one of the keepers of
a flame that has burned
brightly for decades. And
one that doesn’t figure to
be snuffed out any time
soon.
The Bulldogs have
won six straight Section
One titles and 43 straight
section games. They
have enjoyed 38 straight
winning seasons and
50 straight non-losing
seasons.
“We’ll try to be competitive,” coach Doug
Dahms said.
Then he laughed.
“Nobody buys that,” he
said, “but you know …”
Yeah, we know. Everybody knows.

About the offense:

Jeff Ruppenthal / Staff

Technically, the Bulldogs
Linebacker Ike Schannauer (116 tackles in ’13) returns as one of the keys to
don’t have any starters
the Bulldogs’ defense.
back on offense. Technilast year when Matt Timochenko
myself, and the coaches and playcally. They do have a
was laid low by mono. Templin’s
ers have confidence in me. I just
returning running back, Shane
job then was to serve as game
have to go out and show what I
Dantzler, who rushed for 825
manager — i.e., not mess things
have. I think I’ll be fine.”
yards (6.9 a pop) and 11 touchdowns in 2013, while sharing time up.
About the defense: Be“Obviously we’re going to
with the departed John Raifssides Rosa, an All-Section One
expect a little more this year,”
nider.
performer last year, there are
Dahms said.
“He’s going to be a big key
standouts like linebacker Ike
As will Templin.
offensively,” Dahms said. “He’s
Schannauer (116 tackles in ’13)
“I’m still going to go in (with
quick. He’s strong.”
and safety Jon Fox (three interthe idea) that I can’t make misThey will likely find linemen
ceptions). There’s also Zerbe, who
takes,” he said, “but I’m going
to block for him, foremost among
made 30 stops a season ago from
to take more chances because I
them Chris Zerbe, who moves
his outside ’backer spot and is
from tight end to guard, and Nick have to. I’m not going to try to do
now expecting more of himself.
too much, because that’s going
Kline, a 270-pound junior tackle.
“I’ve got to stop thinking so
to get me in trouble, too. … It’s
The new quarterback is Jake
tough, but I have confidence in
Please see WILSON, page 21
Templin, who started two games

Lancaster , Pa

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

DISTRICT THREE
FOOTBALL
CLASSIFICATIONS
AAAA
Reading (2,138)
McCaskey (1,275)
Chambersburg (1,118)
Cumber. Valley (1.038)
Hempfield (961)
Harrisburg (833)
Central Dauphin (829)
Red Lion (807)
Wilson (766)
York (764)
Manheim Twp. (748)
Penn Manor (712)
Dallastown (694)
Central York (673)
Central Dauphin East (662)
Cedar Crest (633)
Warwick (617)
Carlisle (590)
Conestoga Valley (577)
York Tech (576)
Exeter (565)
Cedar Cliff (548)
Gov. Mifflin (540)
Lebanon (507)
Ephrata (505)
Waynesboro (501)
South Western (499)
Lower Dauphin (499)
Elizabethtown (489)

AAA
New Oxford (490)
Mechanicsburg (489)
Muhlenberg (487)
Hershey (486)
Solanco (484)
Garden Spot (462)
Red Land (454)
Daniel Boone (450)
Northern (439)
Spring Grove (436)
Northeastern (429)
Shippensburg (419)
Green.-Antrim (413)
Twin Valley (411)
Dover (409)
Cocalico (407)
Manheim Central (402)

Lampeter-Strasburg (401)
Palmyra (397)
West York (367)
James Buchanan (365)
Gettysburg (358)
Big Spring (358)
Conrad Weiser (357)
West Perry (357)
York Suburban (356)
Fleetwood (356)
Donegal (351)
East Pennsboro (350)
Susquehannock (347)
Elco (340)
Milton Hershey (337)
Kennard Dale (336)
Northern Lebanon (330)
Eastern (306)
Bishop McDevitt (303)
Middletown (300)
Lancaster Catholic (233)
Kutztown (182)

AA
Hamburg (297)
Bermudian Springs (286)
Littlestown (281)
Wyomissing (286)
Boiling Springs (268)
Berks Catholic (267)
Pequea Valley (251)
Schuylkill Valley (237)
Susquenita (222)
Annville-Cleona (221)
Biglerville (215)
Trinity (201)
Hanover (200)
Newport (136)

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 21

Wilson
Continued from 20

much and just play the game,
and react to the ball,” said Zerbe,
whose older brother Pat starred at
Wilson and played at Penn State.
“Don’t second-guess so much.
Also be a leader of the defense.”
Asked about his concerns on
this side of the ball, Dahms said,
“The question is going to be at corner. We have to find some cover
corners.”
The guess here is that there
might be a couple knocking
around the program.
Intangibles: The big one, the
one that has sustained the ’Dogs
forever, is the players’ burning
desire to continue the program’s
long, glittering run.
“We don’t want to let the alums
and people in the community
down,” Zerbe said. “It helps us
work harder, because we don’t
want to let them down.”
Key to the season: Templin’s
progress is a biggie, but they
ought to be able to pound the ball
with Dantzler until the QB settles
in. Cohesion on the offensive front
is another obvious concern.
Final word: “The pressure
we kind of put on ourselves. We
know in Lancaster County we’re
the team to beat. We love knowing
that,” Rosa said.

Jeff Ruppenthal / Staff

Jake Templin, who made a pair of starts last season, is the
Bulldogs’ starting quarterback this season.

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Fairfield (162)
Columbia (162)
York Catholic (151)
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Halifax (123)
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

Lancaster , Pa

MANHEIM CENTRAL BARONS

PIAA
CLASS
TRIPLE A

2013 SECTION: 7-0 | 2013 OVERALL: 13-1 | BASE OFFENSE: SPREAD | BASE DEFENSE: 4-4

Sending him out in style

HEADCOACH
Mike Williams

(34rd season, 340-71-3)

BY GORDIE JONES

Zunich

Key Players Returning:
C/DTChadZunich,
FB/MLB
JustinMoreno,QBTonyStaffieri,WR
HEAD
COACH
DanWiederrecht,TE/LBSamMartin,WR/DBZachSylvester,WR/
DB Tucker Ford. Mark Pieters
(1st season)
Key Players Lost:
RBMarcRoyer,TE/LBTaylorGeib,RB/LBIanHanselman,OTJay
Swayne, WR/DB Andrew Seiverling, DB Nick Brubaker.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos.
9 Tucker Ford
WR/DB
11 Anthony Staffieri QB/DB
14 Derick Ruhl
WR/DB
15 Jordan Esbenshade
24 Zach Christian OL/DE
28 Frank Bowman III WR/DB
29 Dan Wiederrecht WR/DB
30 Tyler Martin
RB/LB
38 Hunter Reed
OL/DL
41 Duncan Aston FB/DL
43 Justin Moreno FB/LB
49 Reno Dart
RB/DL
52 Jared Greene OL/DL
55 Hugh Montgomery
57 Chad Zunich
OL/DL
64 Logan Root
OL/DL
68 Dominick Dombrowski
72 Bjorn Lindmark OL/DL
80 Zach Sylvester WR/DB
Juniors
Pos.
2 Damon Camacho
4 Derek Adams K/DB
16 Drew Eshleman WR/DB
19 Gavin Guyer
WR/DB
21 Alex Studenroth WR/DB
22 Craig McKee
FB/LB
23 Justin Flanagan WR/DB
27 Austin Lefever TE/LB
33 Harrison Myer RB/LB
39 Connor Pavlik RB/LB
42 Kole Dorwart FB/DL
45 Kevin Starner TE/LB

Ht. Wt.
5-9 155
6-1 185
5-11 150
WR/DB 5-8
041
6-0 190
5-9 165
5-11 189
5-5 165
5-11 195
5-11 200
6-0 238
5-9 200
6-1 205
OL/DL 6-3
502
6-3 310
6-2 271
OL/DL 5-11
532
6-1 300
5-8 153
Ht. Wt.
RB/DB 5-6
351
5-11 178
5-9 161
6-0 170
5-4 136
5-7 200
6-1 178
5-11 170
6-0 180
5-5 153
5-8 170
5-10 185

Correspondent

W

SCOUTING REPORT

Moreno Staffieri

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 2

47 Dylan Nelson RB/DB
50 Andrew Dorman OL/DL
51 Chris Carvell
LB
54 Doug Heller
OL/DL
59 Wes Geib III
OL/DL
74 Brock Fittery
OL/LB
78 Vanden Grube OL/DL
81 Justin Lundgren WR/DB
87 Sam Martin
TE/LB
Sophomores
Pos.
3 Tyler Lyons
WR/DB
5 Lowen Hanselman
6 Mitchell Ruth QB/DB
7 Kody Kegarise QB/DB
10 Trevor Hosler QB/DB
17 Austin Geib
WR/LB
25 Tyler Lutz
TE/LB
26 Jay Barreto
RB/DB
28 Andrew Erk
WR/DB
35 Nick Brown
RB/LB
36 Dante Himelright
40 Gunnar Royer WR/LB
44 Jordan Derr
FB/DL
46 Chase Miller
WR/DB
53 Adam Kline
OL/DL
58 Elliot Martin
OL/DL
60 Wyatt Zimmerman
66 Isaiah Mejias
OL/DL
73 Austin Bish
OL/LB
77 Kevin Howard OL/DL

5-7 150
5-7 183
6-1 152
5-11 198
5-9 186
5-11 200
5-10 178
5-11 140
5-10 195
Ht. Wt.
5-11 148
RB/DB 5-7
731
5-11 150
5-11 171
6-0 170
6-0 173
5-10 163
5-9 156
5-4 103
5-9 165
RB/LB 5-7
341
6-0 189
5-8 154
5-9 147
6-0 195
6-1 220
OL/DL 6-0
442
5-8 153
5-8 188
5-11 200

hile Manheim Central coach Mike
Williams has announced that this
season, his 34th on the sideline, will
be his last, occasionally even he has a
hard time believing that.
At times, he admitted, “I’m still thinking about
what we’re going to do next year: ‘Next year, we’ve
got to do this.’ Next year I won’t be in charge. I don’t
know what we’re going to do.”
Nor can he be completely sure what’s going to
happen this fall, though there are the usual suspicions that the Barons will be right in the middle of
a crowded picture in Section Two — that if they do
not win it, they will have a sizable say in who does.
About the offense: Tony Staffieri steps in at
quarterback, after starting exactly one game last
year — the District Three championship game
against Bishop McDevitt, for an injured Colin Fry.
Staffieri, who was knocked out of that 48-7 loss with a
broken collarbone, did see action in 10 other games,
and according to Williams made impressive strides
in the offseason.
“I think,” the coach said, “he can be one of the best
quarterbacks we’ve ever had.”
“It’s an honor for him to say that,” said Staffieri,
a senior. “We’ve had so many great quarterbacks at
Manheim. It’s pressure, but I’m excited to see if I can
live up to that.”
There have already been hints that he can. The
Barons won a seven-on-seven tournament at Berwick over the summer, and saw two new receivers,
Tucker Ford and Zach Sylvester, emerge after Dan
Wiederrecht suffered a shoulder injury while play-

2014 Schedule

2013 Results

8/29 WARWICK

7 p.m.

9/5

7 p.m.

Warwick
Hempfield
Daniel Boone
Elizabethtown
Lebanon
Cocalico
Lampeter. Strasburg
Ephrata
Conestoga Valley
Solanco
Garden Spot
Susquehanna Twp.
Cocalico
Bishop McDevitt

@ Hempfield
9/12 CEDAR CREST
9/19 @ Elizabethtown
9/26 @ Lebanon
10/3 LANC. CATHOLIC
10/10 @ Lamp.-Stras.
10/17 COCALICO
10/24 @ Garden Spot
10/31 SOLANCO

7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.

W, 33-7
W, 52-19
W, 52-0
W, 55-7
W, 72-0
W, 24-12
W, 56-31
W, 65-0
W, 77-0
W, 49-0
W, 34-17
W, 17-14
W, 42-20
L, 48-7

Dan Marschka / Staff

Tony Staffieri is the Barons’ starting quarterback
after a baptism by fire at the end of last season.
ing Legion baseball — an injury that will cause him
to miss an indeterminate amount of time this fall.
The Barons must also replace running backs
Marc Royer and Ian Hanselman, who combined to
rush for over 3,000 yards last season. Donegal transfer Tyler Martin is a candidate, as is Damon Camacho. Wiederrecht will also likely see some time there,
when he returns.
The line figures to once again be a strength. Chad
Zunich, the section’s Offensive Lineman of the Year
and Lineman of the Year in 2013, moves from guard
to center. Tackle Hugh Montgomery is also back.
About the defense: Justin Moreno had 119
tackles and was the section’s Linebacker of the Year
in ’13, but is thoroughly unimpressed with himself.
“Last year is last year,” he said. “I’m just trying to
be better than last year. I know I have to step up as a
leader, not only off the field but on the field. It will be
a different aspect for me.”
Wiederrecht, who doubles as a defensive back,
would be the only other returning starter on this side
of the ball, though several players — Zunich, Brock
Fittery and Jared Greene on the line, and Craig
McKee and Sam Martin at linebacker — saw time.
Also in the mix is tackle Bjorn Lindmark, a
300-pound transfer from Sweden, and linebacker
Gunnar Royer, whose older brother Dakota starred
for Central a few years back.
Intangibles: Pretty obvious.
“It’s kind of weird to think this will be the last
team Coach Williams will have,” Staffieri said. “We
want to try our best to make it a great season for
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JARRYD & SCOTT WISH THE
BARONS A SUCCESSFUL SEASON!
CONGRATULATIONS

Mike Williams on a Stellar Career!
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Moreno & Zunich: Ready for season of impact
BY ED GRUVER

Sports Writer
egruver@lnpnews.com

Chad
Zunich

O

ne is a bruising
fullback/linebacker,
a throwback, Manheim Central coach
Mike Williams said, to the
days of Dan Kreider and
Jason Parmer.
The other is a two-way
lineman, an intelligent Mike
Byrne-type and also, Williams
added, “a big ol’ bear.”
Justin Moreno and Chad
Zunich are returning stars
for the Section Two champion
Barons. They’re also Division
I prospects. On what level
they continue their respective
academic and athletic careers
will depend largely on their
play this fall.
That they have the physical
gifts to play at the next level
is apparent. Moreno is 6-foot
and 238 pounds; Zunich 6-3,
310. What may not be readily
apparent to some are the subtle
strategies they blend with their
size and skill.
Middle linebacker and
center are two of the more
mentally demanding positions
in football. Strength and quickness are not the only attributes
required. As the middle man
in the respective offensive and
defensive sets, the center and
middle linebacker are responsible for recognizing opponent’s formations and making
the correct call.
Speed-reading schemes
requires intelligence and an
understanding of the game.

Barons
Continued from 22

him.”

Key to the season: The
to-do list is long. The Barons
must get their new skill-

Dan Marschka / Staff

Moreno and Zunich will be
handling those chores fulltime
for the first time. Moreno split
play-calling duties last season
with fellow ’backer Ian Hanselman. Before switching to
center, Zunich started at guard
last fall and was a tackle before
that.
They’ve been working with
Baron coaches on the fine
points of play-calling, all the
while adding an extra 10-15
pounds of bulk apiece. As
Moreno and Zunich both told
a visitor to a recent practice,
they’re intent on bringing both
brains and brawn to the game,
playing their positions with
what may best be described as
brute skill.
A three-year starter, Moreno
remembers making the move
from the JV to the varsity.
“The transition,” he said,
smiling at the memory, “was
big.”
He praised his coaches, particularly position coach Tom
Getz and defensive coordinator
John Brubaker, for speeding
said transition. Moreno knows
that in another year he’ll be
making a similar move, from
position kids up to speed on offense, and rebuild the defense.
Still, it would be foolish to
think they cannot contend.
Final word: “The hardest thing is your ego. You’re
used to being the head coach. I
picture a big balloon full of air.
I’m letting the air out slowly,”
Williams said, on retirement.

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high school to college. He also
knows he’s got work to do
before then.
“I’m definitely taking it one
day at a time,” he said.
Not surprising, considering his responsibilities in the
classroom and on the field. Of
the latter he says it’s a matter
of “reading my keys, playing
positional football.”
He watches film before and
after games. And one thing
about the eye in the sky, he
said, is that it shows who’s doing their homework.
“You can see,” he said, “who
watches film.”
You can also see who’s in
condition. Size and strength are
key factors and they’re not neglected in the Barons’ scheme
of things.
“The weight room,” Moreno
said, “is a big thing.”
Last fall he was used on
offense primarily as a blocking back for Hanselman, a
220-pound power back who
gouged out 1,193 yards and 20
touchdowns, and Marc Royer,
who gashed opponents for
2,172 yards and 24 scores. The

two seniors were the Mr. Inside
and Mr. Outside of the L-L, one
of the best backfield tandems
in Central’s storied history.
And there was Moreno
helping lead the way. Friends
called him “Ramrod” for his
straight-ahead power blocking. Williams called his third
guard hybrid a “full-guard” or
“guard-back.”
Moreno will see time at
fullback, a position he played
when he was younger. Williams
believes Moreno combines the
power of Hanselman with the
slashing style of Joe Gruber, a
1,600-yard runner in 2009 when
the Barons went to the state
title game.
Be it on offense or defense,
Moreno’s resounding hits rouse
his teammates.
“He’s a great influence on
us,” Zunich said. “It’s reassuring to have him back there (at
linebacker/fullback).”
It’s just as reassuring for
Baron ball-carriers to have
Zunich among those fronting
their charge. Not only is he
big and strong, Zunich is agile
as well. And that agility goes
beyond his physical skills. His
ability to read fronts and make
the correct line calls attest to a
quick mind as well.
“In our system,” Williams
said, “the center has to be our
smartest player.”
Zunich said he’s learned that
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make the transition from
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“Coach Hahn knows a lot
and brings a lot of intensity
to practice,” he said. “We’re
always learning from him.”
One thing Zunich learned
the past couple of years is the
difference in playing offensive
tackle, where you’re dealing
with quick guys on the perimeter, and guard, where it’s more
about power and strength.
He seems to prefer the latter.
“I like to put my hand in the
ground and go.”
He will do that on defense
as well, and he pointed out the
difference between the two
positions.
“On offense, you’re trying to
keep (defenders) against your
body,” he said. “On defense,
you’re trying to shed the blockers.”
Other than that he sees a
basic similarity.
“Aggression,” he said, “is
key to being able to play on the
line.”
The fact that this is the final
season at Central for this group
of seniors, and for Williams as
Baron boss, adds fuel to their
fire.
“I want to be the best player
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community,” said Zunich. “And
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Lancaster , Pa

LAMPETER-STRASBURG PIONEERS

PIAA
CLASS
TRIPLE A

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 2

2013 SECTION: 4-3 | 2013 OVERALL: 5-6 | BASE OFFENSE: SPREAD/WING-T | BASE DEFENSE: 4-4/4-3

HEADCOACH
John Manion

(17th season, 120-56)

SCOUTING REPORT

Buchanan Hirst

Souders

Key Players Returning:
QBCollinShank,RB/DBRossSouders,WR/DBJasonSindorf,G/
LBAndrewBuchanan,
AustinLandis,G/LBGraysonHirst,
HEADRB/LB
COACH
OL/DL Dan Kreider, G/DT Merek Hilliker.

Ross Souders is
a dual offensive
threat for the
Pioneers, having
rushed for 364
yards and caught
21 passes for 256
yards last season.

Mark Pieters

Key Players Lost: (1st season)
G/DTMichaelWarfel,TE/OLBJordanSpahr,OT/DTJaredHorn,
TE/LB Brett Brooks, RB/LB Kyle Horner,WR/DB Kevin Souders,
K/P Matt Wright, C Cory Clites, WR/DB Reese Nelle.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos.
15 Ross Souders
RB/DB
23 Tyler Fernandez RB/DB
24 Josh Hummel
RB/LB
26 Austin Landis
RB/DB
30 Sebastian Shenk TE/LB
35 Andrew Finley TE/LB
40 R. Thompson
RB/DL
54 Grayson Hirst
OL/LB
55 A. Buchanan
OL/LB
57 Darren Smith
OL/DL
58 Bryce Dawson OL/LB
70 Shannon Fairchild OL/DL
74 John Davis
OL/DL
75 Dan Kreider
OL/DL
76 David Greenwood OL/DL
83 Grant Swift
RB/LB
85 Wei Brown
WR/DB
87 Jason Sindorf
WR/DB
Juniors
Pos.
4 George Grau
WR/DB
5 M. McCormick WR/DB
9 Kyle Metz
TE/DE
10 Collin Shank
QB/LB
22 Chase Pirozzi
RB/DB
31 Jesse Jennings WR/DB
34 Garrett Groshong RB/LB

Ht.
6-1
5-5
5-4
5-9
6-2
5-11
6-0
5-11
5-10
6-0
5-9
5-10
6-0
6-5
6-0
5-6
5-8
6-0
Ht.
5-11
6-1
6-4
6-1
5-11
5-10
5-8

Wt.
200
125
130
165
195
165
185
190
210
210
190
200
180
210
215
170
130
160
Wt.
155
155
205
215
165
155
175

2014 Schedule
8/29
9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

HEMPFIELD
@ Penn Manor
@ Conestoga Val.
SOLANCO
@ Cocalico
@ Elizabethtown
MANHEIM CENT.
@ Lanc. Cath.
LEBANON
GARDEN SPOT

36 Dan Reidenbaugh RB/LB
38 Andrew Hay
WR/DB
43 Tyler Thomas
RB/DB
52 Zach Graham
OL/LB
60 Isaiah Carr
OL/DL
63 Merek Hilliker
OL/DL
66 Logan Penry
OL/DL
71 Pete Tollinger
OL/DL
72 Brendan Webb OL/DL
78 Adam Lee
OL/DL
79 Chase Nellie
OL/DL
88 Darren Metz
TE/LB
Sophomores
Pos.
7 Justin Edwards QB/DB
8 John Manion
WR/DB
12 Caleb Lopes
WR/DB
18 Chad Gaudino RB/DB
21 Shane Lawler
RB/CB
28 Kohl Bohanan
RB/DB
42 Nathanael Kreider RB/LB
50 Joey Dreer
OL/LB
51 Josh Mellinger OL/DL
56 Josh Beiler
Ol/DL
69 Andrew Cox
OL/DL
81 Connor Ranck
WR/DB
Freshmen
Pos.
6 Peyton Denlinger K/P

5-6
6-2
5-10
5-7
5-9
6-0
5-11
6-0
5-10
5-11
5-9
6-4
Ht.
6-0
5-7
5-8
5-10
6-0
5-9
5-8
5-7
5-11
6-1
5-11
5-9
Ht.
5-7

165
165
160
182
205
215
250
230
235
266
222
215
Wt.
155
135
150
160
185
130
180
190
165
180
250
130
Wt.
125

2013 Results
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.

Hempfield
Penn Manor
Red Lion
Solanco
Ephrata
Elizabethtown
Manheim Central
Cocalico
Lebanon
Conestoga Valley
Lanc. Catholic

L, 40-7
L, 28-14
W, 34-7
W, 37-21
W, 34-0
W, 38-13
L, 56-31
L, 35-17
L, 48-44
W, 42-21
L, 49-21

Marty Heisey / Staff

Consistency, unity among
players should spark wins
BY DAVE BYRNE

N

Sports Writer
dbyrne@lnpnews.com

o, the subject of Lampeter-Strasburg
football film study in 2013 was not Dr.
Jeykll and Mr. Hyde.
It only seemed that way.
Back-to-back nonleague losses at the start of the
season were followed by four straight Section Two
victories.
Followed by three straight losses in the section
and a closing victory for a 5-5 record and an invitation to the District Three Class AAA playoffs.
Where L-S lost a first-round match to Lancaster
Catholic, 49-21.
Looking for a reason for the pendulum-like swings
’tween success and misfortune?
“I don’t think we were as united as we are this
year,” C/ILB Grayson Hirst said.
“We weren’t ourselves,” said Pioneers coach John
Manion, who attributed graduation losses from the
previous year to leaving a young squad unsure of
their roles and of each other.
A year later, a year older, the Pioneers are set to
take on a Section Two schedule that is, if anything,
exponentially tougher with Lancaster Catholic
and Garden Spot replacing Conestoga Valley and
Ephrata.
“As it’s always been, we go into the year looking
to compete for the section title,” Manion said at this
year’s L-L media gathering.

“I think we have the talent for it, but if you look
around the room, there’s no weak spot. We’re going
to have to be able to handle that week-to-week grind.”
About the offense: It’s loaded.
And it begins with junior quarterback Collin
“Bear” Shank, starting his third season at the helm.
He threw for 1,992 yards and 16 TDs last year and
ran for 361 yards and another six scores.
“Obviously,” Manion declared, “he’s established.”
Also back in the Pioneers’ hybrid Wing-T is top
rusher Ross Souders (63 carries, 364 yards, 3 TDs).
Souders also caught 21 balls for 256 yards and three
scores, fourth on the list behind returning receiver
Jason Sindorf (11-258, 3).
“I love to run the ball, I love to receive (it),” said
Souders, who does not expect more, or fewer, responsibilities this season. “Whatever coach calls,” he
said, “I’ll do it.”
The intricacies of the offense depend on pinpoint
execution at the line of scrimmage. L-S is well-staffed
there returning Hirst at center, Merek Hilliker and
Andrew Buchanan at guard and Dan Kreider at one
of the tackles.
About the defense: Buchanan and Hirst anchor
the defense from their inside linebacker positions.
Putting his finger on last season’s defensive woes,
Buchanan observed, “We weren’t good at tackling.
We over-pursued, running right past the ball.”
“We were either too aggressive, or not aggressive
enough,” Manion said. “We never found that mix that

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makes a defense solid. It was hard to
put a finger on it all year. Or else we
would’ve fixed it.”
Hirst said that it centered on trusting
the guy next to you, as well as in front of,
and behind. And earning their trust.
Kreider, Hilliker and Pete Tollinger
are part of a potential five-man rotation
on the interior line. Sindorf and Souders
moor the secondary.
Intangibles: “We have the skill to
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ness,” Manion said. “Every year we’ve share of the stops, that will be a good make a statement,” Souders said. “We
won we’ve had this kind of talent. The thing. If Souders and the other d-backs fell short the past few years with the first
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SOLANCO GOLDEN MULES

PIAA
CLASS
TRIPLE A

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 2

2013 SECTION: 2-5 | 2013 OVERALL: 2-8 | BASE OFFENSE: TRIPLE OPTION | BASE DEFENSE: 3-4

HEADCOACH
Tony Cox

(1st season)

SCOUTING REPORT

McCardell Herr

Noah McCardell
returns to engineer the Golden
Mules’ offense,
which will transition from the
Wing-T to a ballpossession, option
offense.

Spiller

Key Players Returning:
QBNoahMcCardell,DECurtisHerr,NGBoSpiller,FBDougHassel.
Key Players Lost:
RB/DBTobyKreider,RB/LBCobyKing,WR/LBCalebGroff,OL/DL
Casey Pierce, OL/DL Colin Buffington.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos.
2
Vincent Ortiz DB
3
Rafik Butler
WR
6
Matthew Hastings
25 Evan Hess
WR
33 Kyle Allen
DB
45 Blade Sedner RB
55 Curtis Herr
DL
56 Bo Spiller
DL
67 Matt McCarriston
76 Austin Pfeffer OL
83 Kyle Null
WR
84 Hayden Herr
DL
Juniors
Pos.
10 Noah McCardell QB
11 Jarett McGuire DB
13 Troy Miller
DB
14 Dennis Mitchem DB
17 Cody Kauffman OLB
20 Gary Doubts
ILB
22 Prosper Eguzouwa
23 Douglas Hassel FB
24 Reese Motter RB
27 Zeb Eshelman OLB
28 Darren Whearry RB
45 Kyle Williams OLB

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2014Schedule
8/29 @ Oxford

49 Tyler Turpen
OL
53 John Gamber DL
54 Austin Polizzi ILB
59 Christian Weder OL
61 Brandon Fernandez
64 Dawson Gote OL
77 Kodie Conrad --
80 William Cooney OLB
82 Kyle King
WR
Sophomores
Pos.
5
Ryan Yaletchko RB
7
Anthony Billings QB
8
Josh Weder
FB
12 Brandon Wiggins
16 Nate Kellenberger
35 Billy Maeda
OLB
41 Tyler McFalls
DB
52 David Baughman
58 Nick Smith
OL
59 Christian Myers ILB
62 Jake Roinson OL
63 Ben Martin
OL
71 Jarrett Girvin OL
72 Nick Gross
OL
73 Eric Hopkins
OL
75 Jayson Hopkins OL

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2013 Results
7 p.m.

9/5 CONESTOGA VAL. 7:30 p.m.
9/12 @ W. Ches. Hend. 7 p.m.
9/19 @ Lamp.-Stras.

7 p.m.

9/26 @ Lanc. Cath.

7 p.m.

10/3 LEBANON

7:30 p.m.

10/10 GARDEN SPOT

7:30 p.m.

10/17 @ Elizabethtown

7 p.m.

10/24 COCALICO

7 p.m.

10/31 @ Manheim Cent.. 7 p.m.

Penn Manor
Dover
Oxford
Lampeter-Strasburg
Cocalico
Lebanon
Conestoga Valley
Elizabethtown
Ephrata
Manheim Central

L, 42-0
L, 13-6
L, 16-6
L, 37-21
L, 48-0
L, 30-14
L, 23-13
W, 28-7
W, 37-17
L, 49-0

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Getting a fresh start with
commitment, toughness
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Sports Writer
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ew coach Tony Cox, taking over for
the embattled Joe Pearson, will try
and turn around a program that has
just one winning season in the last 10

years.
“We’re going to build from the ground up,” Cox
said. “You can’t just start at the top, you’ve got to
start from the bottom. I had to reach out to the
midget program. They’re going to do the same thing
we’re doing on offense and defense. That’s how to
get a program started.”
Cox, a graduate of Indiana State, comes from
South Carolina, where he was an assistant coach at
Berkley High School in Moncks Corner. For the last
eight seasons, he served as offensive coordinator at
the school, which has won five state championships.
“We’ve really emphasized the weight room this
summer,” said Cox, who also served as strength
coach at Berkley. “We’ve worked very hard. I’ve
made things as tough as possible with the running,
the conditioning, the workouts.
“They’ve done a great job. These kids, about 30 of
them, have been coming in (to the weight room) at 6
in the morning. They’ve become the backbone of the
team. They’ve been buying into it. And it makes the
younger kids coming into the program see what it
takes to commit and be successful.”
About the offense: Junior Noah McCardell will
return at quarterback to lead a ball-possession, option offense installed by Cox.
“It’s been tough but I’ve been doing my homework,” said McCardell, who ran the Wing-T last

season.
A year ago, he completed 26 of 73 passes totaling
294 yards with one TD and seven picks.
Junior Doug Hassel (89 carries, 549 yards) is the
leading running back this season.
“We’ll be running the ball,” Cox said, “and throwing off the option. My biggest thing is keeping the
defense off the field. So as much as we can move the
ball, the better off we’ll be keeping the defense off
the field.”
About the defense: The Mules will run a 3-4 defense led by nose guard Bo Spiller. A senior, Spiller
led the team with 75 stops last season, including 53
solo tackles. On the pass rush, he was credited with
7½ sacks and 11 hurries.
“There’s definitely a lot of excitement on the
team,” Spiller said. “We can’t wait to get on the
field.”
Defensive end Curtis Herr, who had 29 tackles
last season, is also back. “We’re all considering this
a fresh start,” said Herr, a senior. “No one is worrying about the past. We’re 0-0.”
Senior Vincent Ortiz, who made 37 tackles in
2013, will once again be in the secondary.
“Last season, these guys had to go both ways,”
Cox said. “My plan is to have 11 guys going on offense and 11 on defense so they don’t get burnt out.”
Intangibles: The Mules will have to replace
Toby Kreider, who was their leading rusher (81,
carries, 730 yards), leading receiver (six catches, 53
yards) and had five interceptions on defense.
Key to the season: “Toughness is my biggest
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

Taking an educated guess

Lancaster Newspapers’ Ed Gruver takes a shot at predicting the L-L League’s section races.

SECTION ONE

Wilson
Manheim Township

Hempfield

Penn Manor

Warwick

McCaskey
Conestoga Valley

Cedar Crest

Not as powerful as recent years but perennial champs have the pedigree.
Experienced Blue Streaks ready to make a run at the title.
Black Knights got a taste of postseason play, and want more.
Large sophomore class could determine Comets’ fate.
Warriors will ride veteran defense, amped up ground game.
Red Tornado looks to avoid injury bug that bit hard last season.
Buckskins have bulked up for move to Section One.
First-year coach Rob Wildasin hoping sports success is transferrable.

SECTION TWO
Manheim Central
Lampeter-Strasburg
Lancaster Catholic

Cocalico

Garden Spot

Lebanon

Elizabethtown

Solanco

Barons send retiring boss Mike Williams out on a high note.
Pioneers boast one of the better QBs in Bear Shank.
Crusaders contend for a title in their first season in section.
Eagles’ seniors seeking to make a name for themselves.
Section Three contenders bring experience and Spartan work ethic.
Cedars will have a new pilot leading their Air Raid offense.
Rebuilding Bears look to set a tone in season opener.
New coach Tony Cox building from the ground up.

SECTION THREE

Donegal

Annville-Cleona

Elco

Columbia

Ephrata
Northern Lebanon

Pequea Valley

Indians eye two straight titles in Section Three.
Little Dutchmen boast best defensive front in decades.
Raiders hope to maintain momentum from last season’s late run.
Crimson Tide has renewed emphasis on its ground game.
Rebuilding Mountaineers should benefit from new surroundings.
Experienced Vikings laying it on the line.
First-year man Mike Choi has Braves building for the long haul.

Solanco

and we can overcome obstacles.
That’s my biggest thing right
now is just getting these guys to
have that winning feeling and
Continued from 26
have that success in their life.”
Final word: “I’m excited,”
ball team on the field. I’m not
Cox said. “I know the kids are
a person who lives in the past.
excited. The football staff is
I live in the future and I don’t
coming together. I think the
want our kids to put their heads community’s coming together
down when things go south.
and it’s bringing everybody
“I want our leaders to speak together as a whole.”
up, to be known. And make sure
That’s a huge contrast in
everybody knows that we’re
attitude compared to how the
still a family. We’re still a team season ended last year.

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GARDEN SPOT SPARTANS

PIAA
CLASS
TRIPLE A

2013 SECTION (3): 4-2 | 2013 OVERALL: 8-3 | BASE OFFENSE: PISTOL/SPREAD | BASE DEFENSE: 3-4

Lancaster , Pa

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 2

Eyeing the
Section Two
challenge

HEADCOACH
MattZamperini

(9th season, 45-42)

SCOUTING REPORT

BY GORDIE JONES

Stoltzfus Eberly

Martin

Key Players Returning:
QB/DBMitchMartin,OL/DLRylanEberly,WR/DBKoryMontoro,
RB/LBJakeRiehl,OL/DLJustinMetz,WR/DBZachReed,WR/DB
Daryl Hartman, WR/DB Calvin King, RB/LB Tim Stoltzfus.
Key Players Lost:
OL/DLZachWalker,OL/DLAlexWilson,OL/LBChrisTrostle,OL/
DL Zach Jones, RB/LB Corey Twaddel, RB/LB Ben Swarr, TB
Chase Bowman.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
73 Trey Copenhaver OL/DL 6-1 282
53 Rylan Eberly
OL/DL 5-10 192
33 Gavin Eberly
K
--
-84 Miles Hubik
WR/DB 5-7 145
3 Calvin King
WR/DB 6-1 165
12 Ervy Labady
RB/LB 5-7 158
17 Mitch Martin
QB/DB 6-0 165
70 Justin Metz
OL/DL 5-10 206
54 Walker Metzger OL/DL 5-10 200
2 Kory Montoro WR/DB 5-9 175
10 Zach Reed
WR/DB 5-9 155
31 Jake Riehl
FB/LB 6-1 180
13 Mate Slye
WR/LB 6-0 165
75 Jeff Stewart
OL/DL 5-11 232
41 Tim Stoltzfus
RB/LB 5-11 187
44 Shaz Yang
OL/LB 5-6 175
Juniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
23 Mitch Bawell
RB/LB 5-6 155
55 Jon Byrd
OL/DL 6-2 285
5 Daryl Hartman WR/DB 5-10 150
65 Ethan Jones
OL/DL 6-2 200
26 David Kilheffner RB/DB 5-7 145
16 Steve Lapp
WR/DB 5-5 145
30 Mike Lucas
WR/DB 5-10 175
32 Victor Martin-Gomes
WR/DB 5-11
081
9 Jacob Mast
WR/DB 6-0 167

8/29 TWIN VALLEY

7 p.m.

9/5

7 p.m.

9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

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190
190
190
180
175
175
150
197
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195
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150
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Wt.
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2013 Results

2014 Schedule
@ Warwick
EXETER
@ Lanc. Catholic
ELIZABETHTOWN
COCALICO
@Solanco
@ Lebanon
MANHEIM CENT.
@Lamp.-Stras.

4 Javon McIntyre WR/DB 5-10
8 Brady Mellinger QB/LB 6-1
50 Andrew Miller OL/DL 5-9
66 Colin Norotsky OL/DL 5-10
22 Shane O’Malley WR/LB 5-11
60 Jared Rider
OL/LB 5-9
82 Trevor Sholly
WR/DB 5-10
7 William Sipes
WR/DB 5-6
56 Caleb Wagner OL/LB 5-10
14 Damian Young WR/DB 5-7
Sophomores
Pos. Ht.
28 Joe Craver
WR/LB 6-1
71 Mark Ferris
OL/DL 6-1
24 Fravis Fischer
WR/LB 6-1
3 Mac Focht
WR/DB 5-7
76 DJ Jefferis
OL/DL 5-7
6 Jahad Jeffers
RB/LB 5-10
15 Brock Kauffman QB/LB 5-10
85 Devon Lewis
WR/LB 5-10
42 Travis Rissler
WR/LB 5-8
52 Christian Roman OL/DL 6-0
27 Raine Slovak
K
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80 Tim Tlumach
WR/LB 5-7
45 Kyle White
WR/DB 5-7
Freshman
Pos. Ht.
9 Neftalie Padilla OL/DL 5-9

7 p.m.
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7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.

Twin Valley
Ephrata
Conestoga Valley
Donegal
Elco
Annville-Cleona
Pius X
Northern Lebanon
Columbia
Pequea Valley
Manheim Central

W, 48-3
W, 27-7
W, 34-15
L, 28-7
W, 48-14
L, 27-20
W, 20-13
W, 49-16
W, 34-7
W, 56-14
L, 34-17

G

Correspondent

arden Spot returns to Section Two, after two seasons in
Section Three. That promises
to make the section a gauntlet, and the season a challenge for the
Spartans.
“For the players, it’s definitely more of
a mental grind and physical grind,” coach
Matt Zamperini said. “There’s not any
weeks off. It’s just an adjustment to a 10week grind.”
To hear two-way lineman Rylan Eberly
tell it, it’s a grind the Spartans welcome.
“I’m super excited,” he said. “A lot of
people said it’s where we belong. I’m not
sure it’s where we belong, but it’s where we
want to be as a team. It challenges us not
only as players, but as men.”
About the offense: Quarterback
Andy Blackburn / Staff
Mitch Martin, an All-Section Three choice
in 2013, is back for his third season as the
Mitch Martin returns at quarterback for the Spartans after
starter, after throwing for 1,683 yards and
throwing for 1,683 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing
19 touchdowns and rushing for 768 yards
for 768 yards and nine scores last season.
and nine scores last fall.
The key for him this season, Zamperini
passes from his safety spot. Riehl had 110 tackles
said, is “not being complacent in the success he’s
and three picks.
had — understanding that success today doesn’t
“So far, we all fit together pretty well,” said
mean success tomorrow.”
Stoltzfus, who topped the team with five sacks in ’13.
Martin wants to be more of a leader. Something
“It’s definitely going to be a strong point.”
else, too.
Intangibles: The upgrade in competition figures
“Mentally I need to stay within myself,” he said.
to test the Spartans in every way. But again, they’ve
“I’m just trying to stay in the game and not get too
prepared themselves for it.
“We’ve just got to understand it’s Section Two,”
out of control. … I just got caught up in the game
Martin said. “It’s going to be better teams. As long as
(last year). The game gets a little crazy. I’m just trywe play with heart, we’re going to be fine. Football is
ing to get away from that, and remember it’s just a
all about the heart.”
game.”
Martin has at his disposal experienced targets
Key to the season: Besides the line renovations
like Daryl Hartman (17-397-4 receiving in ’13), but
on offense, Stoltzfus steps in at tailback for Chase
the Spartans must replace all five starters up front.
Bowman, who rushed for 813 yards in 2013 but has
Eberly, who played solely on defense last year, tops
since moved out of the area, according to Zamperini.
the new-look line, but said the group was “super
“I’m looking forward to playing offense, and
shaky” early in the summer.
contributing more to the team,” said Stoltzfus, who
Then, he said, “We went to Bloomsburg for team
hasn’t played the position since middle school. “So
camp (in late July) and we really started to get
far it’s going pretty well. Me and Mitch have a good
things down.”
mesh.”
About the defense: There is experience on all
Final word: “In our offense, the pieces are
three levels: Eberly, who moves from nose guard
fairly interchangeable (on the line). We’re just tryto tackle, up front. Jake Riehl and Tim Stoltzfus at
ing to figure out how the puzzle can go the best way.
linebacker. A secondary in which five guys — Mar… (Last year’s linemen) were young once, too.
tin, Hartman, Kory Montoro, Calvin King and Zach
“As the offensive line coach, I knew who the five
Reed — saw plenty of action last year.
starters were. It’s different this year. It happens. It
Eberly and Montoro were All-Section Three
needs to be dealt with.” — Zamperini, who doubles
choices last year, Montoro after picking off five
as the line coach.

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JUSTIN MORENO

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 29

CHAD ZUNICH
JOHN FRY

MITCH MARTIN

RYLAN EBERLY

DAN WIEDERRECHT
BO SPILLER
KOREY MONTORO

Players to Watch: L-L League’s returning All-Stars
DAN WIEDERRECHT MITCH MARTIN
Garden Spot
Manheim Central

JUSTIN MORENO BO SPILLER

Position: WR/DB
Class: Senior
Ht. 5-11 Wt. 189

Position: QB/DB
Class: Senior
Ht. 6-0 Wt. 165

Manheim Central

Solanco

NOTABLE: A Section Two

NOTABLE: Martin, the Sec-

NOTABLE: Moreno led the

NOTABLE: A two-way Sec-

First-Team selection at
wide receiver, the versatile
Wiederrecht tied for the team
lead in receptions with 26,
good for 417 yards and five
touchdowns. Also averaged
28.5 yards per kickoff return.
He will, however, be on the
shelf at the start of the season
after suffering a torn labrum.
He may see some time at
running back when he returns
to the lineup.
QUOTABLE: Manheim
Central coach Mike Williams:
“He’s one of the hardest working kids we’ve got. He’s fast,
fairly big and smart.’’

tion Three First-Team All-Star
pick at quarterback, rushed
for 768 yards and nine TDs
and completed 89 of 184
passes for 1,683 yards and
10 TDs. This season will be his
third under center.
QUOTABLE: Garden Spot
coach Matt Zamperini: “Mitch
runs our offense well. He’s
been very effective the last
two years.’’

Position: FB/LB
Class: Senior
Ht. 6-0 Wt. 238
Barons in tackles with 119,
33 of those solo. He recorded
three sacks and a pair of
fumble recoveries.
QUOTABLE: Manheim
Central coach Mike Williams:
“Justin understands the game
and is pretty nasty in the
middle. He’s really blossomed
into a good player.’’

Position: C/NG
Class: Senior
Ht.-- Wt. -tion Two All-Star last season
at center and on the defensive
line, Spiller led the Golden
Mules in tackles with 75. He
registered 14.5 tackles for a
loss and seven sacks.
QUOTABLE: Solanco coach
Tony Cox: “Bo has made it be
known that he wants to get
bigger, faster and stronger.
From what I’ve seen on tape,
he’s very aggressive and
very hard to block. He can
split combo blocks and get
upfield.’’

Good Luck Spartans!
Supporting Garden Spot
School District for over 18 years.

CHAD ZUNICH

KOREY MONTORO JOHN FRY

RYLAN EBERLY

Position: OL/DL
Class: Senior
Ht. 6-3 Wt. 310

Position: WR/Safety
Class: Senior
Ht. 5-9 Wt. 175

Position: OL/NG
Class: Senior
Ht. 5-10 Wt. 192

Manheim Central

NOTABLE: Earned First-Team
honors and was tabbed
Offensive Lineman of the Year
in Section Two last season
for his play at guard, helping
the Barons roll up 408.2 offensive yards per game.
QUOTABLE: Manheim
Central coach Mike Williams:
“Chad is one of those kids
who is quiet and just gets the
job done. I like to see him with
the running back right behind
him, heading up field.’’

Cocalico

NOTABLE: A Section Three

NOTABLE: Fry’s blocking

First-Team All-Star selection
at defensive back last season,
Montoro led the Spartans
with five interceptions. He
registered 41 tackles.
QUOTABLE: Garden Spot
coach Matt Zamperini: “Korey
is a heady player and puts
himself in the right position.
He has a good nose for the
football.’’

Garden Spot

Position: G/DT
Class: Senior
Ht. 5-11 Wt. 250
from the guard spot helped
the Eagles average 361.2
yards per game on offense.
He will be a starter for a
fourth straight season.
QUOTABLE: Cocalico coach
Dave Gingrich: “He’s as hard
a worker as we have. He’s
reliable and durable and
good mentor for our younger
players.’’

NOTABLE: As a noseguard

last season, Eberly was
credited with 48 tackles, two
sacks and a pair of fumble
recoveries. Will be charged
with stretching his game to
provide more help on the
offensive line this season.
QUOTABLE: Garden Spot
coach Matt Zamperini: “Rylan
is a prototypical noseguard.
Small, but pound for pound,
really strong and tough.’’

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PIAA
CLASS
TRIPLE A

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LANCASTER CATHOLIC CRUSADERS
2013 SECTION (1): 5-2 | 2013 OVERALL: 6-6 | BASE OFFENSE: MULTIPLE | BASE DEFENSE: 4-3

Bruce Harbach

(12th season, 114-28)

BY ED GRUVER

SCOUTING REPORT

Weaver

Sports Writer
egruver@lnpnews.com

Y

Kramp

Key Players Returning:
OL/DLSkylarBender,OL/DLKeeganSheedy,RB/DBChristian
Kemp,WR/DBJaredKramp,RB/DBNassirWeaver,OL/DLNoah
Thomas, RB/LB Kurt Harnish, TE/LB Darius Goudy.
Key Players Lost:
QBEvanPurvis,OL/DLThomasMcIntyre,OL/DLBenBauer,WR/
DB Charles Scarff, WR/DB Rafael Mateo.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
3 Darius Goudy
WR/LB 6-1 190
8 Christian Kemp RB/DB 5-7 150
10 Michael Jacunski QB/DB 6-1 175
11 Jared Kramp
WR/DB 6-0 170
14 Dirk Gillespie
RB/LB 5-8 165
26 Nassir Weaver
RB/DB 5-9 165
32 Skylin Miller
RB/LB 6-0 155
33 Dan Miklos
K
6-1 180
34 Joseph McShea RB/LB 5-8 170
37 S. Abolfathzadeh RB/LB 6-0 185
45 Rudolph Rigano RB/DL 5-9 180
56 Matt Mixel
OL/DL 6-1 180
66 Skylar Bender
OL/DL 5-11 235
72 Keegan Sheedy OL/DL 6-5 260
Juniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
7 Chris Heise
WR/DB 6-1 190
12 Andrew Bertz
QB/DB 5-10 150
15 Kevan Rios
WR/DB 5-7 145
21 Dajzon Garcia
RB/LB 5-9 170
23 Kurt Harnish
RB/LB 5-11 195
25 Thomas Jimenez WR/DB 5-9 170
31 Alex Zaporozec WR/DB 6-1 200
38 Eli Crone
RB/LB 5-9 175
43 Noah Costello
RB/LB 5-10 170
44 William Bourne RB/DB 5-7 145
51 William Amidon OL/DL 6-3 250
53 Guillermo Rodriguez
OL/DL 5-10
032

8/29 @ Dallastown
9/5 @ Gov. Mifflin
9/12 LITTLESTOWN
9/19 GARDEN SPOT
9/26 SOLANCO
10/3 @ Manheim Central
10/10 @ Lebanon
10/17 LAMP.-STRAS.
10/24 ELIZABETHTOWN
10/31 @ Cocalico

54 Aaron Anater
OL/LB 5-8 190
58 Isaih Perez
OL/DL 5-8 220
67 Eric Grill
OL/DL 5-9 225
69 Justin Lilly
OL/DL 5-8 250
76 Frankie Brezina OL/DL 6-3 245
77 Michael McAnany OL/DL 6-4 305
82 Andrew St. Denis WR/LB 6-0 200
86 Cole Cassel
TE/DL 6-4 195
Sophomores
Pos. Ht. Wt.
2 Christian Sweigert
RB/DB 5-9
051
4 Jordan Scott
QB/DB 5-9 155
5 Bryan Downey QB/DB 5-9 140
6 Josh Houser
RB/DB 5-10 140
9 Doug Ressler
WR/DB 5-9 135
16 Nathan Dell Isola WR/LB 5-9 145
20 Emilio Perez
RB/DB 5-6 130
24 Robby Marenick WR/LB 5-8 150
35 Justin Rivera
WR/DB 5-8 135
55 Andres Perez
OL/LB 5-6 220
57 Rufus Fulton
OL/LB 6-0 160
68 Luiz Cruz
OL/DL 5-10 205
73 Noah Thomas
OL/DL 6-4 270
78 Ezra Gorman
OL/DL 6-2 220
80 Ryan Shoesmith WR/LB 5-11 155
81 Javan Terry
WR/DE 6-2 185
83 Ben Barley
WR/DE 6-1 175
85 Leonard Thomas WR/DB 6-1 150
88 Ricky Poillon
WR/LB 6-4 195

2013 Results

2014 Schedule
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Dallastown
Governor Mifflin
Erie McDowell
Manheim Township
Penn Manor
Warwick
Wilson
Hempfield
Cedar Crest
McCaskey
Lampeter-Strasburg
Cocalico

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 2

Season of change
from top to bottom

HEADCOACH

Sheedy

Lancaster , Pa

L, 21-6
L, 28-0
L, 38-14
W, 31-28
W, 21-20
W, 42-21
L, 24-17
L, 40-26
W, 42-27
W, 49-6
W, 49-21
L, 35-21

ou don’t have to be a
contestant on a quiz
show to be spoon-fed
the answer to this
question:
Has any L-L League football
team undergone more change this
past offseason than Lancaster
Catholic?
Short answer? No.
The two-time state champions
have moved from Section One to
Section Two and will take up residence among foes both familiar
(Manheim Central, LampeterStrasburg, Cocalico) and unfamiliar (Garden Spot, Elizabethtown,
Solanco, Lebanon).
On top of that, Crusaders boss
Bruce Harbach has enlisted the
services of former Section Two
head coaches Jim Cantafio and
Gerry Novak to be his offensive
and defensive coordinators, respectively, on a dynamic coaching
staff.
“I think they both enjoy being
coordinators,” Harbach said.
“And now I can enjoy (being the
head coach) a lot more.”
Harbach has also added new
position coaches in Dave Beck
(linebackers), Julian Williams (defensive line) and Pete Anderson
(defensive backfield).
Catholic’s undergoing one
more transition as well.
“We’re definitely going to have
a different style of football,”
senior wide receiver/cornerback/
return specialist Jared Kramp
said. “We’re going to have more
speed and quickness.”
About the offense: Cantafio, long regarded as one of the
leading quarterback coaches in
Pennsylvania and a top offensive mind, joins with Harbach in
overseeing the QB competition
between sophomores Jordan
Scott and Bryan Downey.
Other than that, the Crusaders’
multiple spread offense appears
set at several positions. Senior
Skylar Bender starts at center,
junior Guillermo Rodriguez and
soph Noah Thomas at guard,
seniors Keegan Sheedy and fel-

Andy Blackburn / Staff

Running back Nassir Weaver gained 685 yards and scored nine TDs
on 136 carries last season for the Crusaders.
low senior Matt Mixel at tackle.
Sheedy (6-5, 260) and Thomas (64, 270) power a unit that averages
235 per man.
Seniors Nassir Weaver and
Christian Kemp team with juniors
Dajzon Garcia and Kurt Harnish
in the backfield, the latter being
penciled in at fullback. Kemp will
also see time at receiver, along
with seniors Kramp and Darius
Goudy and sophs Christian Sweigert and Ricky Poillon. Goudy
will also line up at tight end, along
with junior Cole Cassel.

About the defense: Sheedy
and Cassel start at the end positions, with Thomas, Rodriguez
and senior Shahram Abolfathzadeh rotating at tackle in a 4-3
front.
Goudy, Harnish, Mixel and
senior Joe McShea combine to
handle linebacker duties. Kramp,
Weaver and Garcia will share
time at cornerback. Downey and
junior Andrew Bertz are the safeties.
Please see CATHOLIC, page 31

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FINAL DISTRICT THREE 2013 POWER RANKINGS
Following are the 2013 District Three Football Power
Rankings for the Class AAAA, AAA, AA and A schools
that were eligible for the District Three playoffs. Listed
with each school are its regular-season won-loss record
and power rating. L-L teams boldface.

CLASS AAAA
1. Wilson (10-0-0)....................................... 0.813571
2. Cumberland Valley (8-2-0)...................... 0.784279
3. Dallastown (8-2-0)................................... 0.778099
4. Lower Dauphin (9-1-0)............................ 0.775228
5. Central York (8-2-0)................................. 0.774091
6. Governor Mifflin (8-2-0).......................... 0.770561
7. Central Dauphin (8-2-0)........................... 0.768644
8. Cedar Cliff (9-1-0)................................... 0.755517
9. Penn Manor (8-2-0)................................ 0.747933
10. Hempfield (7-3-0)................................. 0.746438
11. Central Dauphin East (6-4-0)................. 0.714286
12. Exeter (8-2-0)......................................... 0.680326

Catholic
Continued from 30

When it comes to special teams,
Weaver, Kramp and Sweigert
will see additional time as return
specialists, while senior Dan Miklos
handles kicking and punting duties.
Intangibles: Catholic’s season of change comes for a squad
that boasts just 12 seniors. “We’re
basically a young team,” Harbach
allowed.
Key to the season: Staying
healthy is always important, as is
avoiding turnovers and winning
the physical battles up front. That’s
a given for any team on any level.
Beyond that for Catholic there’s the

13. Chambersburg (6-4-0)............................ 0.666649
14. Lebanon (7-3-0).................................... 0.645380
15. Harrisburg (4-6-0).................................. 0.630337
16. Manheim Township (5-5-0)................. 0.630281
CLASS AAA
1. Bishop McDevitt (9-1-0).......................... 0.825320
2. Manheim Central (10-0-0)..................... 0.786890
3. Cocalico (9-1-0)....................................... 0.751128
4. Conrad Weiser (7-3-0)............................. 0.680998
5. Dover (8-2-0)........................................... 0.675134
6. Lancaster Catholic (5-5-0)..................... 0.673096
7. Hershey (6-4-0)........................................ 0.669415
8. Muhlenberg (7-3-0).................................. 0.642312
9. Shippensburg (8-2-0)............................... 0.638963
10. Susquehanna Twp. (5-5-0)..................... 0.637851
11. Lampeter-Strasburg (5-5-0)................ 0.620077
12. Milton Hershey (8-2-0).......................... 0.611407
13. Spring Grove (6-4-0).............................. 0.609525
14. Gettysburg (6-4-0)................................. 0.605244

QB competition, the maturation of
younger players and their ability to
adapt to varsity football, and how
well the offense and defense adjust
to the schemes and teachings of
Cantafio and Novak. Finally, there’s
the gauntlet that is Section Two this
season, where almost every game
will carry the intensity of a playoff
game.
Final word: “This (move to Section Two) will definitely be a step
forward for us. We can start new
rivalries,” Sheedy said.
“They (Cantafio and Novak) are
definitely bringing a lot of knowledge and experience with them,”
Kramp said.
“The offensive and defensive
changes are for the better. We have
the skill and the talent,” Weaver said.

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 31

15. Garden Spot (8-2-0)............................. 0.585907
16. New Oxford (6-4-0)............................... 0.572986
CLASS AA
1. Littlestown (10-0-0)................................. 0.727959
2. Berks Catholic (10-0-0)........................... 0.727784
3. Bermudian Springs (9-1-0)...................... 0.690803
4. Schuylkill Valley (7-3-0).......................... 0.585519
5. Wyomissing (5-5-0)................................. 0.557969
6. Hamburg (5-5-0)...................................... 0.481497
7. Newport (6-4-0)........................................0.448111
8. Annville-Cleona (4-6-0).......................... 0.440838
CLASS A
1. Steelton Highspire (9-1-0)....................... 0.592784
2. York Catholic (7-3-0)............................... 0.555672
3. Upper Dauphin (7-3-0)............................ 0.511025
4. Fairfield (6-4-0)........................................ 0.499479
5. Delone Catholic (4-6-0)........................... 0.410181
6. Camp Hill (3-7-0).................................... 0.391393
7. Columbia (3-7-0).................................... 0.372318
8. Millersburg (3-7-0).................................. 0.329767

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LUCK

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Lancaster , Pa

ELIZABETHTOWN BEARS

PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

2013 SECTION: 2-5 | 2013 OVERALL: 3-7 | BASE OFFENSE: WING-T | BASE DEFENSE: 4-3

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 2

Seeking a new identity
after graduation losses

HEADCOACH
Mike Cottle

(6th season, 15-36)

BY DIANA PUGLIESE

SCOUTING REPORT

E

Fuhrman Volchko Semple

Key Players Returning:
C/NG Shane Volchko, FB/OLB Armani Mongno, RB/DB Gabe
Fuhrman, TE/OLB Bryce Merkt.
Key Players Lost:
RB/DB Arthur Quaye,TE/LB Luke Longenecker, OL/DL Austin
Brinser,QB/CBTylerCottle,WR/DBJordanKwamanakweenda,
RB/DB Nick Lonardi, HB/SS Derrick Fake.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
1 Bryce Merkt
TE/OLB 6-0 210
7 Griffin Hartz
WR/CB 5-9 165
8 Jereme Wells
K/P
-- --23 Gabriel Fuhrman HB/SS 5-9 185
25 Armani Mongno FB/OLB 5-11 175
32 Andrew Ogilvie
HB/CB 5-10 170
36 Austin Moore
HB/CB 5-8 145
54 Zack Sedun
OL/DL 5-11 175
59 Jared Gilger
G/LB 5-8 190
63 Zachary Semple T/NG 6-2 240
67 Brandon Davis
C/DT 5-11 175
70 Jacob Vettori
T/DT/LS 6-0 200
72 Francisco Rodon T/NG 5-10 315
73 Shane Volchko
C/NG 5-11 215
74 Montana Thompson
G/MLB 50
-8
02
Juniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
5 Cole Epler
WR/CB 5-9 165
12 Kameron Burkholder
QB/FS 6-0
581
13 Daniel Buckwalter QB/CB 6-0 170
17 John Fosnot
G/DL 5=6 140
18 Matthew Beck
WR/CB 5-9 180
21 Colby Pearson
HB/CB -- --31 Nathan Schweitzer TE/DE 5-7 200

33 Evan Fertich
34 Daniel Fry
38 Connor Hileman
39 Amos Beiler
65 Thomas Gipe
68 Johnny Nicholson
69 John Bender
71 Matthew DeBerry
Sophomores
3 Logan Yohn
10 Micha Garber
11 Jonathan Jones
20 Wesley Thompson
22 Tyler Rae
27 Kenton Belmont
28 Scheck Traore
35 Scott Fox
55 Hunter Kennedy
61 Broady Spickler
62 Lathanael Olsen
80 Casey Cooper
82 Bryce Stone
84 James Kreiser
88 Jonathan Clough

FB/ILB 6-0 165
HB/ILB -- --FB/ILB 5-7 165
HB/ILB 5-11 190
G/DT 5-4 210
OL/DL 5-10 180
OT/DT 6-2 355
T/DT/LS 5-10 200
Pos. Ht. Wt.
WR/CB 5-9 120
QB/FS 5-10 175
HB/OLB 5-9 145
WR/CB 5-6 140
HB/OLB 5-10 150
WR/CB -- --WR/OLB
-- --HB/ILB 5-9 165
C/ILB -- --OL/DL 5-9 260
DT/OT 6-2 240
TE/OLB 6-0 180
WR/CB 5-8 150
WR/CB 5-4 110
TE/DL 6-0 180

Jeff Ruppenthal / Staff

Armani Mongno, above, and Gabe Fuhrman combined for
384 yards and six touchdowns last season.

2014Schedule
8/29
9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

at Donegal
HERSHEY
@ Middletown
MANHEIM CENTRAL
@ Garden Spot
LAMP.-STRAS.
@ Cocalico
SOLANCO
@ Lanc. Catholic
LEBANON

2013 Results
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.

Donegal
Hershey
Lower Dauphin
Manheim Central
Conestoga Valley
Lampeter-Strasburg
Ephrata
Solanco
Cocalico
Lebanon

W, 20-6
L, 35-21
L, 48-0
L, 55-7
W, 37-7
L, 38-13
W, 48-0
L, 28-7
L, 33-15
L, 45-17

GOOD LUCK

Sports Writer
dpugliese@lnpnews.com

very team has to deal with loss
following graduation, but no
team has been impacted more
by commencement than Elizabethtown.
Almost every one of last’s starters has
moved on, including quarterback Tyler
Cottle (76-153, 1,212 yards, 10 TDs) and
three-year starting lineman Austin Brinser,
who had a team-high 3.5 sacks.
“I think we have three or four guys who
have any type of Friday night experience,”
said coach Mike Cottle. “We’re definitely
going to need some guys to step up and fill
some positions. I need those guys that are
back to really lead this team and get everybody involved, to get those guys to practice
hard so that Friday nights are easier.”
About the offense: The running game
will be the key for the Bears.
Despite losing leading rushers Arthur
Quaye (96-446, 3 TDs) and Derrick Fake
(44-296, 4 TDs), Elizabethtown does return
Gabe Fuhrman and Armani Mongo, who
combined for 384 yards and six touchdowns
without being the featured backs.
The Bears will not be able to run the ball
if the offensive line cannot make the blocks
up front. It will be up to Zach Semple and
Shane Volchko to anchor the line and help
the offense put up more impressive stats
than last season.
About the defense: On the other side
of the ball, Elizabethtown is in complete
rebuilding mode.
“We’re really going to preach that
you’ve got to fly to the ball and you’ve got
to tackle,” Cottle said. “We’re going to look
for the 11 best guys and then find positions
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Continued from 32

Section One

Team
W
a-Wilson............7
Penn Manor.....5
Hempfield.........5
Lanc. Catholic...5
Manheim Twp... 3
Cedar Crest.....2
Warwick...........1
McCaskey........0

League
L PF
0 224
2 263
2 265
2 228
4 165
5 154
6 117
7
47

PA W
74 12
116 9
150 8
166 6
188 5
248 3
219 3
302 0

Overall
L PF PA
1 431 131
3 381 201
4 379 254
6 318 309
6 209 259
7 250 338
7 208 282
10 86 405

Section Two

Team
W
a-Man. Central....7
Cocalico............6
Lebanon............5
Lamp.-Stras.....4
Elizabethtown...2
Con. Valley.......2
Solanco.............2
Ephrata............0

League
L PF
0 398
1 276
2 201
3 243
5 144
5
88
5 113
7
79

Overall
PA W L PF PA
50 13 1 635 175
69 11 2 526 167
251 7 4 336 394
194 5 6 322 318
206 3 7 185 295
268 2 8 126 391
211 2 8 125 282
289 0 10 107 399

Section Three

League
Team
W L PF
a-Donegal.........5 1 221
Garden Spot....4 2 214
Annville-Cleona...4 2 170
Elco....................4 2 210
N. Lebanon.......3 3 127
Columbia...........1 5
70
Pequea Valley.0 6 107
a- section champion

PA W
94 6
106 8
111 4
192 4
195 3
166 3
255 3

Overall
L PF PA
4 290 190
3 360 178
7 267 262
6 318 370
7 201 290
7 150 255
7 205 331

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 33

Jeff Ruppenthal / Staff

Bryce Merkt, who led the team with
49 tackles last season, gives the Bears
some experience on defense.

tions for them to fill that in.”
There are a lot of question marks, but Semple and
Volchko will look to claim spots at tackle and lineman,
respectively. Senior linebacker Bryce Merkt, who led
the team with 49 tackles and finished second with 1.5
sacks, also returns.
Intangibles: With such a youthful squad, someone
will have to assume the leadership role and Semple
believes the veterans are up for the task.
“We have to have good leadership and then the
younger players should follow,” said the senior. “We
are setting the example, we are the example. Once
they see that, they should know, OK, we’ve got to play
as good as the older guys do and it should come.”
Key to the season: “It’s going to be a pretty
heated competition during the next two weeks,” Cottle
said. “There are a couple of kids that have stood out so
far this summer, but I don’t know if I want to mention
them or not because I don’t want them to think they’ve
got a starting job. There are a handful of guys that
have stepped up that I think are going to really have a
good year.”
So many positions are up for grabs during camp
that it will be hard to tell what type of team the Bears
will field this year. Elizabethtown will need Cottle’s
early observations to pan out to have a chance with the
increased competition in Section Two thanks to the additions of Lancaster Catholic and Garden Spot.
Final word: “Donegal,” Fuhrman, Semple and Volchko answered in unison when asked if there is a game
they are looking forward to.
“They’re basically in our back yard and what’s really better than a backyard game?” Fuhrman said of
the rivalry with the defending section champs.
“It’s always the first game of the year so it sets the
tone for the rest of the season,” Volchko added.

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COCALICO EAGLES

PIAA
CLASS
TRIPLE A

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 2

2013 SECTION: 6-1 | 2013 OVERALL: 11-2 | BASE OFFENSE: VEER | BASE DEFENSE: 4-3

HEADCOACH
Dave Gingrich

(11th season, 76-39)

SCOUTING REPORT

Delpiano Fry

Most of the
Eagles’ experience will be
on the lines of
scrimmage at
the start of the
season.

Keifer

Key Players Returning:
FB/LBMattWeinhold,OT/LBJakeKeifer,OG/DLBradyMaxwell,
OG/DTJohnFry,RB/DBDominicFabiani,RB/DBDevonDelpiano.
Key Players Lost:
QB/DB Jhett Janis, RB/LB Spencer Moser, TE/LB Casey Kerschner, RB/LB Dalton Kern, WR/DB Mitch Shober, RB/LB Alex
Buckwalter,OL/DLZachEberly,OL/DLAustinFromm,WR/DB
Mitch Deering, LB Tucker Lescoe.

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Making a name for themselves
BY DIANA PUGLIESE

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
6
Ben Kegerise WR/DB 5-11 170
9
Jeremy Marshall WR/LB 6-0 180
13 Justin Marderness TE/LB 5-11 195
58 Josh High
OL/LB 5-8 205
20 Matt Weinhold RB/LB 5-8 155
29 Devon Delpiano  RB/DB 5-10 155
36 Mitch North
WR/LB 5-8 155
40 Stewart Martin OL/DL 5-10 175
52 Dennis Boyer OL/LB 5-11 160
54 John Fry
OL/DL 5-11 250
59 Frank Ackerman OL/DL 6-0 225
64 Michael Dueck OL/DL 5-10 210
67 Jacob Keifer
OL/LB 6-0 175
73 John Hoffman OL/DL 6-3 220
56 Nick Wallace OL/LB 5-11 175
Juniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
5
Dominic Fabiani RB/DB 5-10 170
10 Dante Haines QB/DB 5-9 160
8
Trevor Fichthorn WR/DB 5-8 160
32 Travis Haley
RB/DL 6-0 175
35 Hunter High RB/LB 5-8 185
4
Moses Ulysse WR/DB 5-7 140
48 Brett Willey
TE/DL 6-1 185

50 Jake Fester
OL/DL 6-4 185
66 Wyatt Witenski OL/DL 5-11 250
68 Abdul Saad
OL/DL 5-10 200
69 William Habecker
OL/DL 5-11
062
7
Austin Sweigart WR/LB 6-1 170
1
Matthew McKinney K
6-1 071
71 Nate Eckman OL/DL 6-1 220
77 Caleb Hooper OL/DL 6-0 195
22 Henrik Bischoff WR/LB 5-10 140
10 Dante Haines QB/DB 5-11 160
Sophomores
Pos. Ht. Wt.
28 Justn Burd
WR/LB 5-8 165
11 Mitchell Caffrey WR/DB 6-0 145
65 Jonathan Granados
OL/LB 5-8
022
26 Branden Kerns WR/DB 5-8 145
51 Brady Maxwell OL/DL 5-11 260
33 Dan Miklas
TE/LB 5-7 155
89 Benjamin Puodziunas
K 5-9 15
16 Brady Sawyer QB/DB 5-7 155
12 Osaze Smith WR/DB 5-8 125
61 Mason Strunk OL/LB 5-11 190
15 Trent Walters QB/DB 5-10 145
Freshmen
Pos. Ht. Wt.
25 Brandon Brubaker RB/LB 5-9 20
62 Ben Fromm
OL/DL 5-10 195

2013 Results

2014 Schedule
8/29 DANIEL BOONE

7 p.m.

9/5 EPHRATA

7 p.m.

9/11 @ Cedar Cliff

7 p.m.

9/19 LEBANON

7 p.m.

9/26 LAMP.-STRAS.

7 p.m.

10/3 @ Garden Spot

7 p.m.

10/10 ELIZABETHTOWN

7 p.m.

10/17 @ Manheim Central 7 p.m.
10/24 @ Solanco

7 p.m.

10/31 LANC. CATHOLIC

7 p.m.

Daniel Boone
Reading
Governor Mifflin
Conestoga Valley
Solanco
Manheim Central
Lebanon
Lampeter-Strasburg
Elizabethtown
Ephrata
Gettysburg
Lancaster Catholic
Manheim Central

W, 49-14
W, 44-6
W, 59-7
W, 52-6
W, 48-0
L, 24-12
W, 48-0
W, 35-17
W, 33-15
W, 48-7
W, 43-8
W, 35-21
L, 42-20

C

Sports Writer
dpugliese@lnpnews.com

ocalico was the talk of the league last
year, and while the buzz has not yet
worn off, the topic of conversation certainly has changed.
“We’ve heard a lot about how we’ve lost all of our
seniors and how last year was our year,” said Jake
Keifer. “People are like ‘You’re not going to be good,
you lost all your talent.’ ”
True, some big names have hung up their jerseys
— starting quarterback and Section Two Defensive
Back of the Year Jhet Janis, All-Star wide receiver
Spencer Moser and Defensive Lineman of the Year
Casey Kerschner, just to name a few — but you cannot count the Eagles out yet.
“I don’t know if you replace them, but you hope
the kids that are coming through just keep getting
better and better,” coach Dave Gingrich said of the
most recent Cocalico alums.
“I think we have a good crew of seniors this year
and the goal is to improve from last year to this year
and then they develop their own name. Maybe next
year we’ll be saying we’re graduating the Jake Keifers or the John Frys or the Devon Delpianos.”
About the offense: It will be hard for Cocalico
to replicate the production of Janis and Moser.
Each scored a team-high 22 touchdowns, while
Moser rushed for 1,330 yards on 143 carries.
It may take some time for Dante Haines to find
his footing under center, but while he is learning,
the junior will have a veteran line for protection.
Anchoring the line are three returning starters:
Keifer at left tackle, Brady Maxwell at left guard
and four-year starter Fry at right guard.
About the defense: The Eagles gained a reputation for attacking the ball last season, but they
may have to change the gameplan given that they

need to replace their entire back seven.
Cocalico will be without its leaders in interceptions (Janis with eight) and sacks (Kerschner, 7.5).
Tucker Lescoe, who had team-highs in caused
fumbles (four) and recoveries (three), will also not
be back.
“All four in the secondary, our three linebackers
all have to be replaced and I think that right now
we’ll have to settle with our experience up front trying to lead us early on in the season,” said Gingrich.
Watch defensive end Stewart Martin, a senior
who made the most of the offseason by improving
his strength and athleticism. Based on what he has
seen so far, Gingrich believes Martin could surprise
a lot of people.
Intangibles: “Some teams have all the power,
but we’ve got the speed,” said Delpiano. “Some
teams just can’t keep up with us.”
Key to the season: Cocalico was supposed to
move down to Section Three this season, but the
Eagles worked out a deal to stay and now have to
face what Gingrich calls “murderer’s row.”
To have continued success in a section that now
includes perennial playoff contenders Lancaster
Catholic and Garden Spot, Cocalico will have to
get its new kids up to speed quickly and hope the
veterans have as much of an impact as those who
have departed.
“We’ve got to try to stay healthy,” said Gingrich.
“I don’t think we have as much depth this year as
we’ve had the past few years, so I think depth and
just getting all on the same page. We have a lot of
new faces and we had to replace a lot, so the sooner
we can mesh together, the better off we’ll be.”
Final word: “I’m getting pretty tired of hearing
(about the players lost to graduation),” said Keifer.
“I’m just ready to make a name for ourselves. We
have the talent necessary to make a good name for
ourselves so I’m excited to get to that and see how
we perform this year.”

Lancaster , Pa

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 35

SAF

OLB

30

X
WR

DE
T
TB

Inside Veer

ILB

ILB

DTT

DTT
D

G

C

G

OLB

DE
T

40

CB

TE

Q

30

40

CB

SLOT

FB

It’s all in the Veer
Cocalico’s signature play keeps opponents guessing
BY KEVIN FREEMAN
Sports Writer
kfreeman@lnpnews.com

To get an idea how his team might fare on any
football Friday night, all Dave Gingrich has to do at
the start of the game is to watch his offense for two or
three snaps.
You can be sure that of those several snaps, at least
one — but probably two and maybe all three — will be
the Inside Veer, run either straight or with a variation.
“The play is the staple of our offense,’’ said Cocalico’s coach. “If we can’t establish that play, we usually
aren’t very successful in any game.’’
The Eagles’ Inside Veer is a triple-option play,
designed to give the offense three choices in moving
the ball forward. The play forces the defense to make
tough choices.
“The defense has to watch three things: the quarterback, the fullback and the pitch. Cocalico uses it on
every down and distance, although it’s not designed as
a big-gain play. Yet, it can pick up big yards.
“Last season, about 30 of those plays went for 20 or
more yards,’’ Gingrich said. “You have some explosive
capability with that play.’’
The offensive players line up in a wing slot with a
tailback to the left and a slot receiver to the right. The
fullback is behind the quarterback.
On the snap, the quarterback steps to his right and
starts reading the defenders. The QB will hand off the
ball to the fullback, unless he sees that a defensive end
can tackle the fullback.
If that’s the case, the quarterback keeps the ball
and eyes the linebacker. He has two choices. He can
keep the ball and cut up field or he can pitch it to the
tailback who had lined up in the slot behind him to his
left.
That linebacker has to make a choice. Does he try
and tackle the quarterback or opt to stay with the
potential pitch target?
There is precision to the play in that the fullback’s
aim point is one of the legs of the right guard.

“The aim point has to be precise,’’ Gingrich said.
“Our offense is a precision-type offense. If the aim
points are off a little bit or if the mesh isn’t good, it’s
not an effective play.’’
The blockers have some flexibility as far as what
they do. The tight end must block from the inside linebacker to the safety. The offensive linemen scoop on
the backside, basically cutting off the penetration.
The Cocalico staff was introduced to the play by
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson when Johnson
coached at Georgia Southern.
Certainly a key to the play is the quarterback,
who has to be tough, fairly athletic, smart and a good
decision-maker.
“There are times when a defense will make a great
play, tackling the fullback or will be on our quarterback or be on the pitch,’’ Gingrich said. “But there are

also times when the defense is a fraction of a second
off. If we run it effectively and they are not disciplined to do the right thing, we can make big plays.’’
One might think that if Cocalico runs the play so
often and opponents know this, why can’t it be stopped
more times than not?
Because if teams see the play just once a season
and have just one week to prepare for it, the play can
be tough to defend. Additionally, it’s difficult to mirror
the play with an opponent’s scout team.
“Plus, we make changes, then the defense makes
changes and we adjust,’’ Gingrich said. “For instance,
we might change a blocking scheme. Our coaches are
very good at coaching it. If there’s a problem, we have
answers for those problems.
“It may seem like a vanilla play but there are a lot
of different toppings you can add to it.’’

WLBR-AM 1270/WQIC-FM 100.1

WPDC-AM 1600
ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M.

RADIO BROADCASTS BEGIN AT 6:45 P.M.

Aug. 29...................Cedar Crest at Lebanon (WQIC)
Sept. 5.......... Lebanon at Northern Lebanon (WQIC)
Sept. 12.............................. Elco at Lebanon (WQIC)
Sept. 18............Donegal at Annville-Cleona (WQIC)
Sept. 19.................. Cedar Crest at Warwick (WQIC)
Sept. 26..................Annville-Cleona at Elco (WQIC)
Oct. 3 . ........ Manheim Twp. at Cedar Crest (WLBR)
Oct. 10................ Northern Lebanon at Elco (WLBR)
Oct. 17....... N. Lebanon at Annville-Cleona (WLBR)
Oct. 24.............. Palmyra at Milton Hershey (WLBR)
Oct. 31..................................................TBA (WLBR)

Aug. 29.............................. Elizabethtown at Donegal
Sept. 5................................Hershey at Elizabethtown
Sept. 12....................... Elizabethtown at Middletown
Sept. 19...............Manheim Central at Elizabethtown
Sept. 26.......................Elizabethtown at Garden Spot
Oct. 3.............. Lampeter-Strasburg at Elizabethtown
Oct. 10...............................Elizabethtown at Cocalico
Oct. 17................................ Solanco at Elizabethtown
Oct. 24..............Elizabethtown at Lancaster Catholic
Oct. 31...............................Lebanon at Elizabethtown

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36 •• AUGUST 
AUGUST  26, 
26,  2014
2014

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

LEBANON CEDARS

PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

Lancaster , Pa

2013 SECTION: 5-2 | 2013 OVERALL: 7-4 | BASE OFFENSE: SPREAD/AIR RAID | BASE DEFENSE: 3-4

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 2

Returning experience
tempers graduation losses

HEADCOACH
GerryYonchiuk
(9th season,29-53)

BY KEVIN FREEMAN

SCOUTING REPORT

Cummins Navarro

Peiffer

T

Baez

Key Players Returning:
OL/DLConnorCummins,WR/LBNicholasNegron,WR/DBXavier
Baez, C/DL Lucas Imm, RB/LB Khaleem Garynewkirk, RB/ILB
Luke Eisenhour, OL/LB Elijah Navarro.
Key Players Lost:
QB/LB Mark Pyles,WR/LB Jeremy De La Cruz, OL/NG Joe Rupponer.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
2 Khaleem Garynewkirk
WR/DB 5-10
0 6 1
4 Nicholas Negron WR/DB 5-8 145
6 Luke Eisenhour RB/LB 6-0 205
8 Kyle Peiffer
WR/DB 5-8 140
9 Brandon Rothgaber
WR/DB 5-8
04 1
10 Xavier Baez
WR/DB 6-0 155
12 Justin Martin
QB/DB 6-0 150
15 Jeronimo Rodriguez
WR/DB 5-9
53 1
16 Demond Seabrook
WR/DB 5-8
08 1
22 Jacob Amon
K
6-0 200
24 Erik Peiffer
WR/DB 5-10 160
25 Giovanni Gonzalez
WR/DB 6-2
56 1
26 Michael A. Rivera RB/LB 5-9 170
27 Youssef Ouayakhaf
K
5-7 63 1
28 Jeffry Torres-Salinas
WR/DB 5-7
55 1
36 Gene Smoak
WR/LB 5-6 160
51 Dwayne McQueen
OL/DL 5-11
0 0 2
53 Holden Gates
OL/DL 6-0 180
54 Elijah Navarro
OL/LB 5-11 195
64 Connor Cummins OL/DL 6-1 285
77 J. Anazagazty Fernandez
OL/DL 5-11
0 2 2
88 De’Andre Quiero WR/DB 5-10 145
Juniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
3 Omel Francois WR/DB 5-11 140
5 Malik Hunter
RB/LB 5-9 165
11 A. Maldonado Hernandez
WR/DB 5-9
93 1

2014 Schedule
8/29
9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

CEDAR CREST
@ Nor. Lebanon
ELCO
@ Cocalico
MANHEIM CENT.
@ Solanco
LANC. CATHOLIC
GARDEN SPOT
@ Lamp.-Stras.
@ Elizabethtown

14 Markell Scarborough
RB/DB 5-6
04 1
19 Jonathan Maldonado
WR/DB 5-7
23 1
21 Austyn Yerger
RB/DB 5-6 130
23 Jan Suarez Torres RB/DB 5-6 135
32 Luke Fureman WR/DB 5-9 160
34 Guillen Fabian Garcia
WR/DB 5-6
33 1
50 Alan Cooper
OL/DL 6-4 180
52 Gian Fabian
OL/LB 5-11 190
55 Benjamin Kutz DL
5-5 163
57 Marcus Jimenez OL/DL 5-5 190
65 Lucas Imm
OL/DL 6-1 275
66 Edgardo Garcia OL/DL 5-5 160
75 Miguel Acosta Ridriguez
OL/DL 6-0
08 2
79 Anthony J. Martinez
OL/DL 5-10
6 8 2
80 Davian Perez Silva WR/DB 5-10 160
Sophomores
Pos. Ht. Wt.
7 Cody R. Kissinger QB/DB 6-0 175
17 Julian Imm
WR/QB/DB
5-10
04 1
29 Elijah Blauch
WR/DB 5-6 128
56 Isaiah Blauch
OL/DL 5-7 220
58 Noah Johnson OL/MLB 5-7 147
61 Jose Aviles
OL/DL 5-10 218
62 Michael Rodriguez
DL 5-9 74 2
63 Trever Armpriester
OL/DL 5-10
6 4 2
68 Khalique Washington
OL/DL 6-4
552

2013 Results
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.

Cedar Crest
Northern Lebanon
Elco
Ephrata
Manheim Central
Solanco
Cocalico
Conestoga Valley
Lampeter-Strasburg
Elizabethtown
Dallastown

L, 40-24
W, 40-39
W, 51-27
W, 44-42
L, 72-0
W, 30-14
L, 48-0
W, 34-14
W, 48-44
W, 45-17
L, 37-20

Sports Writer
kfreeman@lnpnews.com

he tendency might be to think that
Lebanon will be lost this season without
Mark Pyles and Jeremy De La Cruz.
After all, at quarterback, Pyles completed 185 passes, 32 going for touchdowns. He also
rushed for 1,084 yards.
At receiver, De La Cruz caught 73 of Pyles’
passes for more than 1,123 yards, 12 of those passes
going for TDs.
Their impact on defense — Pyles at defensive
back and De La Cruz at linebacker — was just as
substantial, the two finishing first and second in
tackles.
The duo keyed the Cedars’ resurrection from an
0-10 team in 2012 to a team that went 7-4 and made
the District Three playoffs.
So, the absence of Pyles and De La Cruz is significant, no doubt.
Those graduation losses, however, are tempered
by the volume of talent that returns for the Cedars.
Last season’s rotations in places like the offensive and defensive lines and at receiver produced
enough experience for the team to be comfortable
heading into the season without its biggest impact
players from a season ago.
About the offense: Four of five of the team’s
down linemen return, including Lucas Imm.
“We’ve never had four returning linemen before,’’ said Lebanon coach Gerry Yonchiuk.
While De La Cruz piled up the receptions, four
other returning players — Nick Negron (34 catches,
760 yards, 13 TDs), Luke Eisenhour, Xavier Baez
and Jeronimo Rodriguez — all were in double figures in catches.
While Pyles generally called his own number in
the running attack, Eisenhour (43 carries, 232 yards)
returns with some experience.
Having experienced linemen and receivers ought
to make a difference with the Cedars breaking in
a new quarterback. The camp battle came down to
three players: sophomore Cody Kissinger, senior
Justin Martin and junior Omel Francois.
Francois’ play in the backfield may be limited to
wildcat plays. Otherwise, he’ll be at receiver.
“All three bring something different to the table,’’
Yonchiuk said.
About the defense: The Cedars will have much
the same experience on the defensive line as they
do on the offensive line. Again, a rotation of six or
seven players up front has given the team experience there.
Elijah Navarro takes over for Pyles at inside linebacker. Erik Peiffer will play some outside ’backer
and be a key for the special teams unit.
The defensive backfield is anchored by Alex Maldonado Hernandez and Khaleem Garynewkirk.
“This is the first time in my nine years at Lebanon that we have two guys who can play shutdown

Jeff Ruppenthal / Staff

Luke Eisenhour gives the Cedars some experience at running back after rushing for 232 yards
on 43 carries last season.
‘man’ coverage,’’ Yonchiuk said of Maldonado Hernandez and Garynewkirk.
Although the Cedars compiled seven wins last
season, they averaged giving up 28 points in those
wins. Yonchiuk is hoping experience and speed will
slice that number this season.
Intangibles: The transformation of last season’s
team into this season’s. The ability to stay at last
season’s level without dropping back and doing it
through a beefed-up Section Two schedule.
Key to the season: The play of the quarterback, whether it’s Kissinger, Martin or Francois.
The Cedars have experience everywhere except at
QB, and while whoever fills the role will not have to
duplicate Pyles’ effort of a season ago, he will still be
the triggerman.
“This season, the quarterback will have to manage the games, not win them like Mark did,’’ Yonchiuk said.
Final word: “We need to show that they weren’t
the whole team. We have to show what we can do.’’
— Elijah Navarro, senior linebacker, on the transition between last season’s team, featuring Pyles and
De La Cruz, to this season’s team.

Lancaster , Pa

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 37
Mark J. Palczewski

25 Things

Continued from 17

Cox, who has been an assistant at South Carolina’s
Berkeley High, a longtime
power that has won four state
championships and produced
four NFL players.
Cox’s wife is from Rising
Sun, Maryland, just about 20
miles down the road from
Quarryville.
“I have three boys, and
we’re very family-oriented,’’
he said. “I love the area, and
the kids have done everything
we’ve asked them to do.’’

11

Rob Wildasin, Cedar Crest’s new head
coach, played at Lafayette and has coached as an
assistant at Annville-Cleona,
Susquehanna Twp., and in
Crest’s resurgent basketball
program.
Still, he admitted, “I didn’t
sleep for a week and a half,’’
after getting the job.
The reason? The Falcons
must largely rebuild the offensive and defensive lines,
but they have two of the
league’s most gifted, highceiling skill-position players
in WR Evan Horn and RB Damon Edwards.
He has some ideas.
“It’s going to have to be a
little, ‘Where’s Waldo?’ with
them,’’ Wildasin said. “It’s
still a spread offense … I’m
not saying I’m Chip Kelly or
anything.’’

12

MAKE AN IMPACT

Mike Choi, the new
boss at Pequea Valley, had been the head coach
at Great Valley in Malvern.
“There’s an opportunity at
Pequea Valley to truly make
an impact,’’ Choi said. “I grew
up in a small town (Newton,
Massachusetts), and I think
there’s always a pull to go
back to that.’’
Choi brought all but two
of his Great Valley assistants
with him. The roster numbers
are up. Unlike last year, there
is a youth program, with 37
kids, that will have an entry in
the Red Rose midget league.
“I’d love to be part of
something where people look
back and say, ‘That’s when
they turned it around,’ ” Choi
said.

13

Pequea Valley
coach Mike Choi

WHERE’S WALDO?

NOT REAL FOOTBALL

In the draw-your-own
conclusions
dept.,

Manheim Central won a 7-on7 tournament at Berwick in
July that included many of
the top traditional powers
in Pennsylvania (Berwick,
Mount Carmel, Southern Columbia) and St. Joseph’s Prep
of Philadelphia, last year’s
Class AAAA state champ.
Yes, SJP had John Reid,
the blue-chip defensive back
and Penn State commit who’s
in the discussion for best
player in the state. Central
beat Prep twice, in pool play
and for the championship.
“It wasn’t real football,’’
cautioned Williams, whose
favorite part of the event
was a long chat with Gabe Infante, Prep’s highly-regarded
coach.
“He wanted to know what
things you run into over the
course of (35) years.’’

14

ALSO NOT REAL

15

BEST IN PA.

On the other hand,
Central was reportedly held off the scoreboard
by Penn Manor in a scrimmage last Saturday, in which
the Comets scored twice.
Scrimmages aren’t real
football either, of course.
St. Joe’s might be the
best team in Pennsylvania regardless of class.
It was thought to be slightly down last year and was
beaten three times. But the
Hawks jelled late, return a
ton and are showing up in all
the national rankings.
The Hawks don’t play an
in-state opponent until October. They host Don Bosco
Prep, the perennial New Jersey powerhouse, Sept. 6.

16

BEST IN AMERICA

Best team in America? Here’s a vote for
Bishop Gorman of
Las Vegas, which has won five
straight Nevada big-school
titles and has at least 10 players with FBS offers.
Included are all-America
TE Alize Jones, a UCLA commit, and WR Cordell Broadus,
who counts USC, UCLA and
Notre Dame among his offers
and may not actually need the
free ride. He’s Snoop Dogg’s
son.

17

THE ODYSSEY

High school football
players aren’t often granted an extra season.
That’s usually a college thing.
But there has been nothing
usual about the odyssey of
Manheim Township FB/LB
Tucker Evans.
The story begins with an
ankle injury sustained while
playing lacrosse in the summer of 2011.
A huge hematoma developed. There were two surgeries, injuries to a leg and hip,
everything constantly re-aggravated by the endless contact of football.
Last season, in the week
between the first and second
scrimmage, Evans’ temperature rose to 105. He could
barely walk. An MRI revealed an infection that was
septic, meaning it was flowing through the bloodstream.
A doctor at Hershey Med
Center told Mark Evans,
Tucker’s dad and Township’s
head coach, that his son had
to have emergency surgery,
ASAP, or he was going to die.
There was a hard mass
— a giant hematoma hidden

within the body — in Tucker’s
hip. The surgery lasted five
hours. By the time Evans’ recovery was complete he had
not only missed the entire
football season, but half a
year of school.
He was granted a final
football season by the District Three committee in
November. He’s 6-foot-3, 235
pounds, back to full strength.
After the surgery, doctors,
astounded, told Mark Evans
that his son was an unbelievably tough kid.
“I told him I knew that,’’
Evans said.

18

ON TO COLLEGE

L-L alums who’ll play
FBS college football
this season: Sr. RB
Deron Thompson and R-Fr.
OL Tom Devenney (Warwick,
Penn State); Sr. OL Travis
Switzer (Akron, Conestoga
Valley); Sr. LB Jim Forgrave
(Army, Hempfield); Jr. OL
Justin Gilbert (Army, Elco);
Fr. K/P Matt Wright (Central Florida, Lampeter-Strasburg); Sr. FB Tyler Purvis
(N.C. State, Lancaster Catholic); So. OL Adam DePietro
(Northwestern,
Lancaster
Catholic); Fr. TE Charles
Scarff (Rutgers, Lancaster
Catholic).
Switzer, Wright, DePietro and Scarff will all play
against Penn State this fall.

19

NEW RULES

Rules changes for
2014 outlined by the
National Federation of State
High School Associations and
adopted by PIAA are heavily focused on player safety.
Targeting is now defined as,
“an act of taking aim and ini-

tiating contact to an opponent
above the shoulders with the
helmet, forearm, hand, fist,
elbow or shoulders.” It will be
penalized as illegal personal
contact.
“Defenseless player’’ has
also been defined as “... a
player who, because of his
physical position and focus of
concentration, is especially
vulnerable to injury.”
Also, roughing the passer
will now carry a penalty of 15
yards and an automatic first
down.

20

OUT OF TOWN

21

KNIGHTS CHALLENGE

22

INSTANT RIVALRY

23

PREDICTIONS: 1

24

PREDICTIONS: 2

25

PREDICTIONS: 3

Mark this one down
on your calendar,
part one: Penn Manor-Cedar Cliff at University
College Dublin, Aug. 29. This
would be a nice season-opening matchup between strong
AAAA programs even if it
wasn’t being played in, you
know, Europe.

Mark this one down
on your calendar,
part two: Hempfield
at Wilson, Oct. 3. Consider
this an educated guess that
the Black Knights are this
year’s prime challengers to
the Bulldogs in Section One.

Mark this one down
on your calendar,
part three: Lancaster
Catholic at Manheim Central, Oct. 3. Beyond the major-league football matchup,
there’s the public vs. private
thing, there’s Williams and
Cantafio, there’s probably
high stakes, and there’s an instant, juicy rivalry.

Predicted order of
finish, Section One: 1.
Wilson, 2. Hempfield,
3. Manheim Twp., 4. Penn
Manor, 5. Warwick, 6. McCaskey, 7. Cedar Crest, 8. Conestoga Valley.

Predicted order of
finish, Section Two: 1.
Manheim Central, 2.
Lampeter-Strasburg, 3. Lancaster Catholic, 4. Cocalico,
5. Solanco, 6. Garden Spot, 7.
Elizabethtown, 8. Lebanon.

Predicted order of
finish, Section Three:
1. Donegal, 2. Annville-Cleona, 3. Ephrata, 4. Northern
Lebanon, 5. Columbia, 6. Elco,
7. Pequea Valley.

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AUGUST  26, 
26,  2014
2014

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

COLUMBIA CRIMSON TIDE

PIAA
CLASS
SINGLE A

2013 SECTION: 1-5 | 2013 OVERALL: 3-7 | BASE OFFENSE: MULTIPLE | BASE DEFENSE: 4-2-5

James Burke

BY TIM GROSS

(2nd season, 3-7)

Sports Writer
tgross@lnpnews.com

E

SCOUTING REPORT

Phillips

Schreiner

Key Players Returning:
QBKyleWarfel,C/LBNickSchreiner,G/DEThomasPhillips,RB/
DB Austin Roberts, WR/DB Daeshawn Mcilwain.
Key Players Lost:
OT/DTAndresMunoz,OL/DEVanyelPeterson,WR/DBMarqel
Wansley, FB/ILB Keith Wakefield.

2014 ROSTER
Ht. Wt.

Seniors

Pos.

1

Austin Roberts

RB/DB 5-6 145

68 Robert Jackson

OL/DL 5-6 217

2

Chris Pollard

WR/DB --

71 Isaiah Young

OL/DL 5-9 172

3

Dylan Chant

WR/DB 5-8 159

--

--/--

--

5

Daeshawn Mcilwaine

Pos.

Ht. Wt.

7

Trenten Hagen

WR/DB 5-8 140

4

Tyreese Musser

8

Austin Hartman WR/S 6-0 145

9

Ethan Millhouse QB

---

66 Nathan Nikolaus OL/DL 5-4 217

Alex Roselle

WR/DB 5-9
071 Sophomores

---

TE/LB 6-0 161
5-6 115

10 Kenny Halterman TE/LB 5-11 178

40 Jeremy Elliot

RB/LB 5-8 200

16 Kyle Warfel

52 Alex Gilbert

OL/DL 5-11 252

18 Andrew Plastino TE/DL 6-0 213

58 Devon Williams

OL/DL 5-10 210

55 Nicholas Schreiner OL/DL 5-11 183

81 Isaiah Hunter

WR/DB 5-9 126

62 Julian Lintner

OL/DL 6-0 252

82 Yamil Rodriguez WR/DB 5-8 124

64 Thomas Phillips

OL/DL 5-10 238

83 Cameron Melbert WR/DB 5-8 134

QB

5-11 172

85 Bailey Millhouse TE/DL --

84 Tyler Harman

TE/LB 6-0 198

Juniors

Pos.

Ht. Wt.

Freshman

Pos.

6

QB

5-10 142

28 Isaiah Acosta

WR/DB 5-8 165

Dominic Sierra

---

Ht. Wt.

14 Terrence Simms RB/DB 5-7 140

30 Dante Williams

WR/DB 5-1 126

20 Anthony Rodriguez

OL/DL 5-4
581

43 Jaden Vazquez

TE/LB 6-0 147

32 Hunter Goldborough

WR/DB 5-7
641 60 Luis DeJesus

OL/DL 5-11 290

34 Jason Price

RB/LB 5-9 210

77 Mason Sheetz

56 Damien Rineer

OL/DL 5-9 171

78 Jonathan Hinkle OL/DL 5-10 150

65 Tyler Germer

OL/DL 5-11 190

--

Azhon Allen

OL/DL 5-11 194
WR/DB 5-3 114

2013 Results

2014 Schedule
8/29 @ Eastern York

7 p.m.

9/5 @ Delone Catholic

7 p.m.

9/12 TRINITY

7 p.m.

9/19 @ Berks Catholic

7 p.m.

9/26 @ Donegal

7 p.m.

10/3 PEQUEA VALLEY

7 p.m.

10/10 EPHRATA

7 p.m.

10/17 @ Elco

7 p.m.

10/24 ANNVILLE-CLEONA 7 p.m.
10/31 @ Northern Lebanon 7 p.m.

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 3

Run game gets renewed focus

HEADCOACH

Warfel

Lancaster , Pa

Eastern York
Northeastern
Trinity
Berks Catholic
Donegal
Pequea Valley
Annville-Cleona
Elco
Garden Spot
Northern Lebanon

W, 25-21
W, 8-7
L, 28-22
L, 33-25
L, 46-0
W, 28-6
L, 42-14
L, 29-14
L, 34-7
L, 9-7

ntering his second
year as a head coach,
James Burke has dedicated his offseason to
one main objective for turning the tide on Columbia’s 3-7
performance a year ago.
“From day one,” Burke said,
“we’ve been really focusing on
developing a run game.”
The Crimson Tide picked up
a Section Three-low 1,321 yards
on the ground in 2013, a number
Burke wants to improve.
“It’s a work in progress,”
Burke said. “We did a lot of sevenon-sevens this summer where we
competed against the big schools,
including Manheim Central. Every one of those games, we were
right there.”
About the offense: The fortification of Columbia’s running
game begins up front, where the
Crimson Tide lost guards Andres
Munoz and Vanyel Peterson, a
Second-Team All-Star, to graduation.
“They were really stalwarts up
front,” Burke said, “but we have
three coming back.”
Nicholas Schreiner, Thomas
Phillips and Robert Jackson return as starting linemen to anchor
an offense switching from the
pistol formation to a varied look.
“We’re not going to line up
against anybody to run teams
over,” Burke said. “That’s not our
game plan.”
Instead, Burke hopes the
cohesion of the offensive unit,
a respectable running game
and starting quarterback Kyle
Warfel’s three years of experience catalyze more big plays.
“The real goal of our team,”
Burke said, “is to get our athletes
the ball in space. We weren’t effective enough in that last year.”
One of the returning athletes
is First-Team Section Three AllStar Daeshawn Mcilwain, who
snagged seven touchdowns and
led the section with 20.3 yards per
catch.
It doesn’t matter if you make

Jeff Ruppenthal / Staff

Columbia coach James Burke is transitioning the offense from a
pistol look to a multiple look, which includes a more efficient run
game.
a 50-yard pass in the air,” Warfel
said, “or if you throw it 5 yards
and the receiver runs for 45 more
yards. Just get them the ball and
let them do what they do best.”
About the defense: The Tide
returns to its base 4-2-5 defense
with several backs, including
Austin Roberts, to provide coverage on the outside.
Columbia surrendered 309.3
yards per game on average in
2013, but ranked first against the
pass, holding opponents to 1,050
yards through the air.
“With the athletes that we
have,” Burke said, “it gives us a
little more freedom to play more
man-to-man and to keep guys in
the box for the run game.”
Intangibles: Burke already
feels further ahead in his second year with the experience he
picked up in his inaugural campaign as a head coach.
“No matter how much you
plan and do,” Burke said, “there’s
always going to be unexpected
things that ruin your plan. The
important thing is, how do you

respond to that?”
He also wants to emphasize accountability across the board.
“Last year,” Burke said, “we
heard a lot of, ‘It wasn’t my fault.
It wasn’t me.’ I emphasize, with
the line especially, you’re five
together. If one guy makes a mistake, that’s on all of you.”
Key to the season: The
Crimson Tide looks to establish
its run game and find an offensive
balance, giving its playmakers
more space and big-gain potential.
Final word: (“The sevenon-seven drills gave) us a lot of
confidence, knowing that we can
go up against big schools like
Manheim Central and Township.
We either beat them or gave them
a good run and stayed with them
to the end. We’re a little town,
and they’re huge school districts.
They’re going to state titles and
state playoffs, and we’re right
there, putting our nose in and giving them a run for their money. It
definitely gives us confidence for
the season,” Schreiner said.

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AUGUST  26,  2014 • 39

NIKKIA ARMSTRONG
ANDREW FOX
BRYCE SADLER

NICHOLAS NEGRON
JOHN GROH

DAESHAWN MCILWAIN

CONNOR MAXWELL

Players to Watch: L-L League’s returning All-Stars
DAESHAWN MCILWAIN BRYCE SADLER
Columbia

Donegal

NOTABLE: Mcilwain caught 19

NOTABLE: Sadler had 68

Position: WR/DB
Class: Senior
Ht. 5-9 Wt. 170
passes for 386 yards for an average of 20.3 per catch. Five of the
receptions went for touchdowns.
He was also credited with 57
tackles, three for a loss, and four
sacks.
QUOTABLE: Columbia coach
James Burke: “Daeshawn is explosive on both sides of the ball. He
can catch the ball and go, making
defenders miss. Opponents will
key on him and that should open
our offense. On defense, he’s not
afraid to hit anybody.’’
Columbia QB Kyle Warfel: “I trust
him. I know if I throw the ball up,
he’s going to come down with it.’’

Position: FB/DE
Class: Senior
Ht. 6-3 Wt. 225
tackles, 11 for a loss and led the
team in sacks with seven. Also
caught seven passes for 136
yards. Moved from linebacker to
defensive end and from fullback
to tight end last season and he
really excelled. He will stay at
defensive end this season but go
back to fullback, taking the role of
graduated Kris Trimby.
QUOTABLE: Donegal coach Jeff
Polites: “He is, by far, in all my
years as a coach, the strongest kid
I’ve ever coached. He does everything well. Very
fundamental.’’

JOHN GROH

NIKKIA ARMSTRONG CONNOR MAXWELL

Position: TE/DE
Class: Senior
Ht. 6-2 Wt. 225

Position: OL/DE
Class: Senior
Ht. 6-1 Wt. 260

Annville-Cleona

NOTABLE: Groh, a Lebanon Catholic student who reported to camp
20 pounds lighter than last season,
caught a team-high 19 passes for
293 yards and five touchdowns. He
was credited for 75 total tackles
and six tackles for a loss. He had
five sacks and one interception.
A four-year starter, Groh will be a
team captain this season.
QUOTABLE: Annville-Cleona
coach Terry Lehman: “Oh, boy,
is the way I would describe John.
He’s a stud. On offense, he
crushes the corner for us. Also, he
catches every ball thrown at him.’’

Donegal

Donegal

NOTABLE: His blocking helped

NOTABLE: A two-way Section

the Indians rush for a Section
Three-best 2,618 yards. He picked
up 47 tackles, six for a loss and
three sacks.
QUOTABLE: Donegal coach
Jeff Polites: “Nikkia was a nice
surprise for us last season. He had
a nice season and we’re anxious
to see if he can follow it up this
season. He’s thick, strong and
tough to move.’’

Position: HB/ILB
Class: Senior
Ht. 6-0 Wt. 195
Three First-Team All-Star at linebacker and kick returner, Maxwell
led the team in tackles with 129
(83 solo, 46 assists). He had six
tackles for a loss. Also rushed for
758 yards.
QUOTABLE: Donegal coach Jeff
Polites: “Defensively, he’s going
to run the show for us out there.
He makes sure his teammates are
in the right spots. He always puts
himself in position to make plays.
When it’s one-on-one, he makes
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Position: OL-DL
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Ht. 6-1 Wt. 225

Position: WR/Safety
Class: Senior
Ht. 5-8 Wt. 145

Northern Lebanon

Lebanon

NOTABLE: His blocking helped

the Vikings rush for 2,142 yards
last season, third best in Section
Three.
QUOTABLE: Northern Lebanon
coach Roy Wall: “Andrew is a
grinder. He can really move people
off the ball. He’s good techniquewise with very good feet.’’

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Lancaster , Pa

EPHRATA MOUNTAINEERS

PIAA
CLASS
QUAD A

2013 SECTION (2): 0-7 | 2013 OVERALL: 0-10 | BASE OFFENSE: SPREAD | BASE DEFENSE: 4-3

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 3

New section, new emphasis
key to rebuilding

HEADCOACH
Scott Shelley

(3rd season, 2-18)

BY ERIC G. STARK

SCOUTING REPORT

Barrett

Moyer

L

Borchert

Key Players Returning:
RB/LB Randy Barrett, OL/DL Ryan Borchert, OL/DL Cordell
Moyer.
Key Players Lost:
QB/LBBobbyNye,RB/LBKodyKeefer,RB/DBBlakeWeaver,WR/
DB Jeremy Kachel.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos.
43
Kyle Burkholder --
16
Michael Caraballo
74
Zack Cramer
--
--
Jose Cruz
--
42
Patrick Griffith --
36
Adam Horst
--
24
Hunter Kilhefner --
66
Christian Rios --
67
Noah Zimmerman
21
Lane Kurtz
--
Juniors Pos.
Ht.
44
Randy Barrett --
52
Ryan Borchert --
54
Austin Bowers --
5
Freedom Dowling
51
Peter Ehrhart --
4
Evan Frees
--
50
Hunter Lehman --
33
Zachary Lorah --
7
Jerrad Malmer --
--
Ronald Marshall --
78
Welsey Morgan --
70
Cordell Moyer --
72
Jacob Rearich --
27
Dakota Rohrbaugh

Go

Ht.
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Wt.
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--

Wt.
--- --------- ------- ------------ --

63
Noah Snelson --
22
Michael Weiss --
--
Kar-Ron Strickland --
Sophomores
Pos.
2
Jory Hagen
--
53
Joey Hoover
--
71
Mason Klaus
--
15
Larson Kopp
--
73
Trevor Lawrence --
8
Mitchell Martin --
25
Tyler Mentzer --
34
Austin Reider --
80
Alexander Rummel
55
Kyle Sadorf
--
32
Andrew Smith --
3
Caroline Stauffer --
75
Clayton Steele --

--
--
--
Ht.
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--

---Wt.
---------- ------

6

Shane Wright

--

--

--

1

Dustin Fisher

--

--

--

11

Dawson King

--

--

--

28

Bradley Horst

--

--

--

88
James Warren --
Freshman
Pos.
98
Clay Oberholtzer --

-- -Ht. Wt.
-- --

Richard Hertzler / Staff

Ephrata’s Randy Barrett, right, runs through a drill at practice.

2014 Schedule
8/29
9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

@ Conetoga Valley
@ Cocalico
@ Warwick
NOR. LEBANON
YORK SUBURBAN
@ Annville-Cleona
@ Columbia
PEQUEA VALLEY
ELCO
@ Donegal

2013 Results
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.

Exeter
Garden Spot
Warwick
Lebanon
Lampeter-Strasburg
Conestoga Valley
Elizabethtown
Manheim Central
Solanco
Cocalico

L, 34-7
L, 27-7
L, 49-14
L, 44-42
L, 34-0
L, 17-13
L, 48-0
L, 65-0
L, 37-17
L, 48-7

Staff Writer
estark@lnpnews.com

ast season was a rough one for
Ephrata, which went 0-10 on
the gridiron.
Looking for a fresh start, head
coach Scott Shelley is installing his son,
Adrian, as the offensive coordinator.
“It will be very different,” Scott Shelley
said.
Different, but more wide open and fun,
the coach hopes. The Mountaineers also
will have different opponents this season,
as the team competes for the first time in
Section Three. Shelley believes the move
will make his team more competitive.
“It is not athleticism, but numbers,”
he said. “These teams (in Section Three)
have more of the same numbers that we
have at this point. It is getting that sense
of pride, confidence back.”
About the offense: Shelley’s face
lit up when talking about his son. Adrian
Shelley, who was a standout at Ephrata
as a wide receiver and safety, is now a
respected baseball coach for the Mounts
in addition to his new football duties.
The offense will be run similar to the
way his son coaches baseball, Scott Shelley said — with an emphasis on creativity
and stressing fundamentals.
“We put in an offense that allows us to
have options and we think will be fun for
the kids,” the elder Shelley said.”It’s going
to be fun for the parents.”
Jerrad Malmer, a junior, and Jory
Hagen, a sophomore, are vying for the
starting quarterback job. Hagen is the
grandson of former Ephrata head coach
Larry Hagen.
Junior Randy Barrett is the most experienced running back the Mounts have.
The offensive line lacks experience, but
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L-L League champs
Year
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005

Section 1
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Wilson
Manheim Twp.
Wilson
Hempfield,
Manheim Twp.
2004 Wilson
2003 McCaskey, Reading
2002 Wilson
2001 McCaskey,
Cedar Crest
2000 Reading,Wilson,
Cedar Crest
1999 Cedar Crest
1998 Hempfield,
Reading
1997 Wilson
1996 Wilson,
Gov. Mifflin
1995 Wilson
1994 Hempfield
1993 Wilson, Hempfield
1992 Wilson, Reading,
Hempfield
1991 McCaskey
1990 McCaskey
1989 Wilson
1988 McCaskey
1987 Hempfield,
Wilson
1986 Cedar Crest,
McCaskey
1985 Wilson
1984 McCaskey,
Hempfield
1983 McCaskey
1982 McCaskey,
Manheim Twp.
1981 Wilson
1980 Wilson
1979 Wilson
1978 Wilson
1977 Manheim Twp.
1976 Manheim Twp.
1975 Cedar Crest
1974 Conestoga Valley
1973 Manheim Twp.
1972 Cedar Crest, CV

Section 2
Manheim Central
Cocalico
L-S
L-S
Manheim Central
Manheim Central
E-town, Solanco
Conestoga Valley
Manheim Central

Section 3
Donegal
Garden Spot
Lancaster Catholic
Lancaster Catholic
Lancaster Catholic
Lancaster Catholic
Lancaster Cath., L-S
Lancaster Catholic
Lancaster Catholic

Manheim Central Annville-Cleona
Manheim Central L-S
Manheim Central Cocalico,
Columbia, L-S
Manheim Central Columbia
Manheim Central Elco, Cocalico
Wilson
Donegal
Manheim Central Donegal, Columbia,
Lancaster Catholic
Cedar Crest
Cocalico
Manheim Central Cocalico
Manheim Central Cocalico
Manheim Central Cocalico
Manheim Central Garden Spot
Manheim Central Cocalico
CV, Solanco
Solanco
Manheim Central
Manheim Central
Elizabethtown,
Ephrata
Elizabethtown

N. Lebanon
Annville-Cleona
Donegal
Columbia
Donegal

Conestoga Valley
CV, Penn Manor

Cocalico, Donegal
Cocalico

Conestoga Valley
Conestoga Valley,
Manheim Central
Conestoga Valley
Manheim Central
Warwick
Warwick
Warwick
Elizabethtown
Man. Central
Penn Manor
Elco, Man. Central
Annville-Cleona

Annville-Cleona
Garden Spot,
Lebanon Catholic
Cocalico
Garden Spot
A-C, Elco, Garden Spot
Donegal
Lebanon Catholic
Cocalico, Elco
A-C, Elco

N. Lebanon

Richard Hertzler / Staff

Said coach Scott Shelley: “We put in an offense that allows us to have options and we think will be fun for
the kids. It’s going to be fun for the parents.”

Ephrata
Continued from 40

is a close-knit group, Shelley said. Juniors Cordell
Moyer, Peter Ehrhart and Ryan Borchert will anchor
the front.
About the defense: The Mounts are keeping
things simple: Don’t think, just read and react. Shelley
wants his linebackers to be like running backs, flying
around the field.
Barrett and fellow juniors Hunter Lehman and
Zach Lorah are keys at linebacker. Malmer, a safety,
and Tyler Mentzer, a sophomore defensive back, are
also keys.
Intangibles: New guy Mike Caraballo, a senior
transfer from McCaskey, could be a nice addition.
Caraballo, who was a backup catcher for Adrian Shelley’s baseball team, adds a speed element.
Key to the season: If Scott Shelley could change
one thing from last year, it would be the team’s scrimmage last summer.
“I would not have played Blake Weaver and Jeremy
Kachel in the Lancaster Catholic scrimmage, so then
they wouldn’t have gotten hurt,” he said. “I’d have
them for the whole year, maybe. Two of our best players and we lost them in the blink of an eye.
“It sure took the wind out of my sails. They were
such a big part of the team, as players, as leaders,

and we had to replace (them) with guys who had not
played since midget football. It was a devastating blow
for us. You just don’t replace players like that. By the
time it was all said and done, we were down to 25 players. Injuries were a big factor.”
Final word: The Mounts have 17 players who
gained some experience last year, and juniors and
sophomores are the core of the team.
A couple of those guys are two-year varsity players
who haven’t started. There are no returning starters.
The key to success will be how quickly the players
catch on to the new concepts.
“Having the kids be able to understand what we
are trying to do on a play-by-play basis,” Shelley said.
“Once they understand the concept of what each play
is like, the sooner that happens, the better we’ll be. If
that takes us till next year, then it does, because we
have all of them back.”

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Lancaster , Pa

DONEGAL INDIANS

PIAA
CLASS
TRIPLE A

2013 SECTION: 5-1 | 2013 OVERALL: 6-4 | BASE OFFENSE: WING-T | BASE DEFENSE: 4-4

Veteran players’ help is
key to increased success

HEADCOACH
Jeff Polites

(6th season, 26-25)

BY ERIC G. STARK

SCOUTING REPORT

Ness

L

Maxwell Sadler

Key Players Returning:
FB/LB Bryce Sadler, RB/ILB Connor Maxwell, QB/LB Connor
Ness, OT/DE Nikkia Armstrong.
Key Players Lost: RB/LB Jarrod Smith, FB/LB Kris Trimby, C/DE
Zach Trigg.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors

Pos.

2 Dakari Daniel

HB/DB 5-8 175

Ht. Wt.

55 Colin Barrick

T/T

6-0 235

60 Andrew Mast

G/DE

5-8 190

7 Connor Maxwell HB/LB 6-0 195

Sophomores

Pos.

Ht. Wt.

9 Kristian Padilla WR/DB 5-9 150

4 Devon Brantley HB/DB --

10 Connor Ness

16 Calvin Woods

WR/DB 6-0 170

14 Skyler Minnich WR/DB 5-10 155

26 Tyler Snyder

FB/LB 5-7 160

44 Bryce Sadler

FB/LB 6-3 225

31 Greg Chrysler WR/DB 5-8 155

75 Alex Stiver

G/T

34 Paul Alston

FB/LB 5-10 190

64 Carlos Aila

OL/DL 5-10 215

36 Kobe Bistline

QB/DB 5-10 160

QB/DB 6-3 210

5-10 185

65 Nikkia Armstrong

G/DE

74 Matt Yoder

T/T

5-10 275

80 Wilson Loja

WR/DB 5-6 135

88 Yashua Montague

TE/DE

Juniors

Ht. Wt.

6-1
062

--

48 Josh Barton

TE/DE 6-0 160

53 Erik Martin

TE/DE 6-0 180

54 Caleb Blackwell OL/DL 5-11 195
6-2
002

62 Matt Goshen

2014 Schedule

OL/DL 5-10 185

63 Giovanni Boone OL/DL 5-9 260

8/29 ELIZABETHTOWN

1 p.m.

3 Austin Dimeler HB/DB 5-8 155

66 Ian Rapp

9/5 @ Fleetwood

7 p.m.

5 Derek Mohr

70 Michael Hernandez

9/12 @ Palmyra

7 p.m.

Pos.

QB/DB 6-2 170

OL/DL 5-8 160
OL/DL

5-8
012

20 Cole Leety

HB/LB 5-8 165

71 Devin Bowers

OL/DL 5-8 210

9/18 @ Annville-Cleona 7 p.m.

21 Tanner Shirk

HB/LB 5-11 155

72 Alex Boyer

OL/DL 5-8 155

9/26 COLUMBIA

7 p.m.

24 Russell Jenkins WR/DB 6-0 160

81 Derek Lester

WR/DB 5-7 130

10/3 ELCO

7 p.m.

25 Mario Marshall FB/LB 5-8 215

82 Joseph Yuninger TE/DE 5-11 200

10/10 @ Pequea Valley

7 p.m.

32 Tyler Amspacher HB/LB 5-8 155

82 Tyler Mahon

WR/DB 5-10 160

39 Isaac Vazquez WR/DB 5-10 160

83 Cade Weaver

TE/DE 6-1 175

50 Ben Sweigart

86 Anthony Warner WR/DB 5-5 120

T/T

6-4 200

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 3

10/17 SCHUYLKILL VALLEY 7 p.m.
10/24 @ Nor. Lebanon

7 p.m.

10/31 @ EPHRATA

7 p.m.

Staff Writer
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ast season, the Donegal Indians went 5-1 in league play.
However, they finished with
a 6-4 overall record.
With that knowledge, the answer
Donegal coach Jeff Polites gave about
what he would change from last year
makes a lot of sense.
“Our approach to the nonleague
schedule,” he said without hesitation. “We still had some questions
with personnel coming out of our two
scrimmages, moving players around up
front.”
Last year the Indians were very
inexperienced, with only two returning
starters on either side of the ball.
The challenge became getting guys
in the best spots to be successful. It
took a few weeks into the season to
work out the kinks, before the Indians
got on a roll, ultimately capturing the
Section Three title.
With four guys back at key spots on
both sides of the ball this year and after
a successful summer program, Polites
believes his veterans will help the kids
with inexperience.
Dan Marschka / Staff
About the offense: Connor Ness
returns at quarterback. The senior, who
Connor
was one of the changes made during
2013 Results
Ness, who
the season last year, took over at QB in
threw
for
Elizabethtown L, 20-6
1,070 yards the second game, and went on to throw
Fleetwood
W, 27-24
for 1,070 yards on 55-for-98 passing
Palmyra
L, 31-30
on 55-forwith 12 touchdowns.
Garden Spot
W, 28-7
98 passing
Polites said Ness has good comColumbia
W, 46-0
with 12
mand of the huddle and spreads out the
Elco
W, 60-27
touchdowns defense, opening the run game with his
Pequea Valley
W, 54-12
last season, passing.
Schuylkill Valley L, 21-6
Northern Lebanon W33-21
,
returns to
Connor Maxwell and Bryce Sadler
Annville-Cleona L, 27-0
engineer
anchor the backfield. The former is a

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Polites said. “We’ve got to
get consistent play from our
offensive group. We like to
control the ball. We like to
control field position. The
quicker we can get into that
mode, the better we are going to be.”
Final word: The key
game last year was against
Garden Spot in Week Four.
The Spartans were the popular pick to win the section.
The Indians came into
the game with a great plan
and took away some of the
Spartans’ strengths to gain a
convincing victory, boosting
the confidence of the inexperienced kids and propelling
the team to a strong finish to
the season.
“That was a great week
of preparation for our kids,”
Polites said. “Great focus.
The kids really bought into
the game plan. That was one
of those times in a coaching
career where you could definitely see a game plan come
into play on a Friday night.
They executed it perfectly.
The kids did things well. We
shut (Garden Spot) down
defensively and it was fun to
watch.”

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Key to the season:

bulldozer, averaging 7.90
yards a carry last season
while collecting 758 yards.
He’s also a technician, Polites said, doing the fundamentals well.
The latter, a converted
tight end, will be a mismatch
coming out of the backfield
at fullback. His coach is
anxious to see defenses try
to tackle Sadler when he gets
into the defensive backfield
with the ball.

About the defense:

Maxwell, who collected 129
tackles (83 solo) at linebacker last season, anchors
a physical group of Indians.
Sadler, who moved from
linebacker to defensive end
last year, became a guy who
shut down the edge of an opponent’s offense. He tallied
95 tackles (62 solo) and had
11 for a loss.
Intangibles: Polites
said Sadler is “the strongest
kid I’ve ever coached in the
weight room.” … A longstanding tradition, Ness said,
is that on the first Friday of
two-a-days the quarterbacks
take the starting offensive
linemen out for pizza at a
local restaurant. It costs the
QBs about $30 each. “We
cleaned the place out,” Ness
said of this year’s feast. …
To inspire togetherness,
younger players go to a farm

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Indians’ offensive backfield.

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NORTHERN LEBANON VIKINGS

PIAA
CLASS
TRIPLE A

2013 SECTION: 3-3 | 2013 OVERALL: 3-7 | BASE OFFENSE: SPREAD/OPTION | BASE DEFENSE: 3-3 STACK

Roy Wall

(5th season, 14-26)

BY KEVIN FREEMAN

SCOUTING REPORT

Y

Ray

Key Players Returning:
OL/DLAndrewFox,OL/DLGeorgeThompson,OL/DLMattVines,
OL/LBDamianDiAngelis,QBIsaacRay,RB/DBDominicTrader,
RB/DB Mason Yost, RB/DB Travis Gates.
Key Players Lost:
RB/LB Derek DiAngelis, OL/LB Dylan Sellers, OL/DL Ian Graft.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors
Pos.
Ht. Wt.
4 Isaac Ray
QB
6-0 190
5 Travis Gates
RB/DB 5-9 170
8 Michael Hauck PK/LB 5-11 190
14 Craig Stickler SE/DB 6-2 150
16 John Randolph SE/LB/P 5-11 170
20 Andrew Deitzler OL/SS 6-0 185
22 Kahjey Warren SE/DB 5-11 170
35 Dominic Trader RB/DB 6-1 170
45 Tyler Wetzel-Haynes
SE/DB 5-9
551
55 Andrew Fox
OL/DL 6-1 225
80 Tyler Whitman SE/DB 5-9 150
81 Mason Yost
RB/DB 5-11 160
Juniors
Pos.
Ht. Wt.
6 Damian DiAngelis
OL/LB 6-0
58 1
7 David Gerth
RB/DB 5-6 149
12 Isaac Wengert QB/DB 5-1 155
19 Colton Herb
SE/DB/P 6-3 180
25 Tyler Mengel
RB/LB 5-6 150
33 Dylan Gross
SE/DB 5-10 149

39 Corey Teasdale SE/DB
42 Colton Sheffy RB/LB
45 Matthew Vines OL/DL
48 Cody Brewer
RB/LB
56 Ryan Miller
OL/DL
62 Dustin Motter OL/DL
67 Ethan Beard
OL/DL
74 George Thompson
77 Josiah Kerstetter OL/DL
Sophomores
Pos.
2 John Arrowood SE/DB
7 Luke Funck
RB/LB
21 Noah Smith
RB/DB
61 Hunter Wallace OL/DL
82 Caleb Fisher
SE/RB
Freshmen
Pos.
10 Christian Trader QB/DB
58 Tommy Schwartz
64 Cole Messinger OL/DL

2014Schedule

2013 Results

8/29
9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

Pine Grove
Lebanon
Hamburg
Annville-Cleona
Pequea Valley
Fleetwood
Elco
Garden Spot
Donegal
Columbia

@ Pine Grove
7 p.m.
LEBANON
7 p.m.
HAMBURG
7 p.m.
@ Ephrata
7 p.m.
PEQUEA VALLEY 7 p.m.
@ Williams Valley 7 p.m.
@ Elco
7 p.m.
@ Ann.-Cleona 7 p.m.
DONEGAL
7 p.m.
COLUMBIA
7 p.m.

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 3

With more experience comes
better preparation

HEADCOACH

Trader

LLancaster
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Paa

5-10 180
5-6 165
5-11 220
5-10 155
6-0 210
5-9 190
6-4 205
OL/DL 6-3
99 2
5-11 190
Ht. Wt.
5-10 150
5-11 175
5-10 150
5-10 190
5-10 140
Ht. Wt.
5-9 142
OL/DL 6-0
571
5-11 230

L, 14-7
L, 40-39
L, 24-21
W, 33-26
W, 28-21
L, 17-7
L, 59-20
L, 49-16
L, 33-21
W, 9-7

Sports Writer
kfreeman@lnpnews.com

more than 100 tackles last season.
Vines and several other returning defensive players will be charged with upgrading the defense and
to expunge from the Vikes’ thoughts last season’s
back to back losses to Elco and Garden Spot, in
which those teams scored a combined 108 points.
A tackle, Vines will be joined by Josiah Kerstetter up front with Gates, Damian DiAngelis and Randolph at linebacker. Yost will anchor the secondary.
“We just need to be more consistent on defense,’’
Wall said. “Last season, we needed to get off the
field when we had a chance. Too many third-and-8s
turned into first downs.’’
Intangibles: The Vikings won’t get discouraged.
After losing those two games by a combined 108
points last season, they rebounded to give Donegal a
game and beat Columbia to finish the season.
“They could have packed it in after the Elco and
Garden Spot games,’’ Wall said. “But we played our
best two games in our last two games.’’
Key to the season: The offensive line. It must
give Ray time to throw and enable the team to establish a running game.
Final word: “We think that everything we’re going to accomplish will start up front,’’ Wall said.

ou, too, might feel like the football
gods were against you if you started
the season the way Northern Lebanon
did last year.
Pine Grove, which went on to a 10-1 season, used
a blocked punt in the fourth quarter to set up the
winning score in a 14-7 victory over the Vikings.
In Week Two, Northern Lebanon headed to
overtime with Lebanon, an eventual playoff team,
and scored on its first possession and made the extra
point. On the first play of the Cedars’ first possession, they snapped the ball over the quarterback’s
head for a loss of seven yards.
That’s a good thing for the Vikings, right?
In the hindsight of a 40-39 loss — with the Cedars
scoring a TD and making the two-point conversion
for the win — the Vikes felt like that loss on the first
play gave Lebanon’s receivers more room to run
their crossing routes.
In Northern Lebanon’s third game, Hamburg
kicked a 27-yard field goal with less than 90 seconds
to play in regulation to win, 24-21.
“That’s a lot of freaky ways to lose,’’ Northern Lebanon coach Roy Wall said.
“We have a lot of experience coming back
and hopefully we’re better prepared for those
situations.’’
About the offense: The Vikings boast
returning experience both in the skill positions and on the offensive line. Isaac Ray (55
for 143, 674 yards, nine TDs) is back to run the
offense for a third season. While he won’t be
able to hand off to Derek DiAngelis, the Vikes’
leading rusher last season, he can choose from
Dominic Trader, Travis Gates and Mason Yost,
who caught 30 passes last season but shifts to
running back from receiver.
Holes should open and Ray should have time
with the likes of Andrew Fox, a First-Team AllStar, Matt Vines, Damian DiAngelis and tight
end George Thompson on the offensive line.
“Having Fox and Vines on the same side of
the offensive line, they are grinders, they can
really move people off the ball,’’ Wall said.
Trader, for one, is anxious to work behind the
experienced line.
“Our line should be very good, so our running
game will improve and our passing game should
be better because Isaac will have more time to
throw,’’ he said.
“Half the time last season, Isaac was being
rushed because he had a linebacker coming
at him. This year, he should have more time to
make his throws.’’
About the defense: To label someone
a beast can have negative connotations, but
in football, it’s a good thing. That’s how Wall
described Vines, around whom the Vikings’
Jeff Ruppenthal / Staff
defense will be built.
Vikings quarterback Isaac Ray completed 55 of 143
The team lost its top two tacklers, Dylan
Sellers and Derek DiAngelis. Both finished with passes for 674 yards and nine TDs last season.

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ANNVILLE-CLEONA LITTLE DUTCHMEN
2013 SECTION: 4-2 | 2013 OVERALL: 4-7 | BASE OFFENSE: POWER/PISTOL | BASE DEFENSE: 4-4

Terry Lehman

BY TIM GROSS

(28th season,130-141-1)

Sports Writer
tgross@lnpnews.com

T

SCOUTING REPORT

Hartman Bennett

Key Players Returning:
OL/DLJoshHartman,OL/DLAdamBennett,TE/DEJohnGroh,
WR/DBAlecBarr,OL/LBBrandonLight,TE/DBTraceSeiple,RB/
DL Lucas Bush, RB/LB Noah Connor.
Key Players Lost:
QB/DBMitchRodkey,RB/DTRichmondOwusua,RB/LBGeordan
Barr, RB Quentin Hall.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors

Pos.

11 John Groh

TE/DE 6-2 225

Ht. Wt.

56 Brandon Light OL/LB 6-1 200
62 Christopher Shearer
OL/DL 6-1
52 2
66 Mark Wagner OL/LB 5-10 170
15 Noah Connor RB/LB 5-9 160
73 Alex Musante OL/DL 6-1 215
24 Trace Seiple TE/DB 6-1 185
76 Juan Perez
OL/DL 6-3 260
58 Dan Coffroth OL/DL 6-1 200
88
Matt
Light
K
5-10 160
60 Kole Orfino OL/DL 6-1 195
Sophomores
Pos.
Ht. Wt.
64 Austin Deitzler OL/DE 5-10 165
4 Andrew Speraw
QB/LB 5-7
561
70 Andrew Burris OL/DL 6-4 260
10 Victor Hoffer RB/LB 6-1 175
71 Adam Bennett OL/DL 5-10 200
12 Brandon Ulrich TE/LB 5-10 170
72 Josh Hartman OL/DL 5-10 200
22 Cameron Hoch WR/DB 5-7 145
Juniors
Pos. Ht. Wt.
26 Cole Stoudt RB/LB 5-7 140
3 Luke Frattaroli WR/DB 5-9 160
31 Dylan Bomgardner
RB/LB 5-8
561
5 Adam Fox
QB/DB 6-0 180
36 Griffin Hertz WR/DB 6-0 160
9 Chris Boltz
WR/LB 5-10 160
50 Brad Balmer OL/LB 5-8 150
14 William Langan
RB/DB 5-9
06 1 53 Deron Peris
OL/LB 5-10 175
23 Alec Barr
WR/DB 5-7 145
75 Isaac Burris
OL/DL 6-3 200
30 Kurtis Reigle RB/LB 5-7 145
77 Alex Wilson
OL/DL 5-10 175
44 Lucas Bush
RB/DL 5-11 230
Freshmen
Pos. Ht. Wt.
52 Devin Long
OL/LB 5-9 175
8 Noah Myers QB/DB 6-2 185

2014 Schedule
8/29
9/5
9/12
9/18
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

BIGLERVILLE
7 p.m.
@ Hamburg
7 p.m.
@ Schuylkill Valley 7 p.m.
DONEGAL
m
p.7.
@ Elco
7 p.m.
EPHRATA
7 p.m.
KUTZTOWN
7 p.m.
NOR. LEBANON 7 p.m.
@ Columbia
7 p.m.
@ Pequea Valley 7 p.m.

2013 Results
Tri-Valley
Hamburg
Schuylkill Valley
Northern Lebanon
Tamaqua
Garden Spot
Columbia
Pequea Valley
Elco
Donegal
Littlestown

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 3

Defensive front brings strength

HEADCOACH

Groh

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 45

L, 35-17
L, 25-22
L, 21-14
L, 33-26
L, 43-34
W, 27-20
W, 42-14
W, 34-18
L, 26-14
W, 27-0
L, 27-10

hrough five games
in the 2013 season, AnnvilleCleona had its
sixth consecutive sub-.500
season all but wrapped
up. Five losses, including an 18-point drubbing
at Tri-Valley and a lastminute field goal against
Hamburg — marked by
numerous penalty flags and
one helmet-swinging incident — derailed the Little
Dutchmen on their way to
the season’s midpoint.
“We came into those first
five games thinking we were
going to lose,” said Adam
Bennett, now a senior lineJeff Ruppenthal / Staff
man, “and you can’t win a
football game when you’re
John Groh is expected to have a big impact as a tight end and defensive
thinking that way.”
lineman for the Little Dutchmen.
After a 43-34 loss to TamAbout the defense: Despite losing Richmond
aqua, A-C felt a change in attitude and saw it on the
Owusua, the Section Three Defensive Lineman
field, opening the second half with a 27-20 upset of
of the Year, to graduation, A-C returns most of its
Garden Spot.
defensive line, including Hartman, Bennett, Groh
The Little Dutchmen won four of their final five
and Bush.
regular-season games, defeating Section Three
“Our defensive front is going to be tough,”
champion Donegal 27-0 in the season finale to finish
in a three-way tie for second place in the section and Lehman said, “and we already saw that, even in the
11-on-11s and inside drills at camp and everything
earn a District Three playoff berth.
like that.”
“They just got down to the basics of playing the
Behind, the Little Dutchmen turn to returning
game,” coach Terry Lehman said, “and that’s what
linebackers Brandon Light and Noah Connor, as
carried over.”
well as defensive backs Trace Seiple and defensive
Lehman hopes the lessons learned from those
experiences — good and bad — carry over into 2014. back Alec Barr, to help fill the void left by graduated
“We’re fortunate,” he said, “that there were good linebacker Geordan Barr, who recorded a team-high
things at the end of the season that we can look back 128 tackles in 2013.
Intangibles: The Little Dutchmen have moved
on, and that’s what motivates them.”
past
a highly publicized incident in the second game
About the offense: One thing that will not carry
over into the Little Dutchmen’s offense in 2014 is the of the season, a brawl during which Hamburg’s Joey
production from Section-Team All-Star quarterback Cominsky hit Annville’s Hartman with a helmet.
“It got more outside attention than internal,”
Mitch Rodkey, who powered A-C in 2013 with 1,152
Lehman
said. “For us, we just moved on.”
passing yards and 628 rushing in his senior season.
The
two
teams meet again Sept. 5 at Hamburg.
Also gone is Quentin Hall, who led the Little
In A-C’s four wins last season, the team averaged
Dutchmen with 787 rushing yards and 10 touch31 yards in penalties. In their seven losses, the Little
downs.
Despite the loss of skill players, Annville returns Dutchmen averaged almost 60 yards in penalties.
Key to the season: The team’s strength relies
most of its offensive front, including John Groh,
a Section Three First-Team tight end; Bennett, an
on its defensive front. If the defensive line can limit
honorable mention at guard last season; and Josh
opponents, Lehman said, the offense has a chance to
win games, even without much experience at skill
Hartman.
positions.
To replace Rodkey, junior Adam Fox is in line to
go under center, and junior running back Lucas Bush
Final word: “It’s all about the mindset. You don’t
have to have the skill, but you have to want to play
looks to carry the load for an offensive attack that
and be ready,” Bennett said.
Lehman said will “pound the ball.”

46 • AUGUST  26,  2014

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ELCO RAIDERS

PIAA
CLASS
TRIPLE A

2013 SECTION: 4-2 | 2013 OVERALL: 4-6 | BASE OFFENSE: SPREAD | BASE DEFENSE: 5-2

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LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 3

Pieces may be in
place for a surprise

HEADCOACH
Bob Miller

(3rd season, 10-9)

BY DIANA PUGLIESE
Sports Writer
dpugliese@lnpnews.com

SCOUTING REPORT

Adams

L

Martin

Key Players Returning:
QB/DBJeffMartin,OL/DLPatAdams,OL/DLNateHostetter,RB/
LB Ryan Rolon.
Key Players Lost:
RB/LBCameronStrause,OL/DlSteveRhoades,OL/DLMarshall
Witmer, WR/DB Phil Kline, WR/DB Derek Miller, RB/LB Jake
Stager.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors

Pos.

88 Kyle Yoders

TE/DL 6-4 220

2

Dakotta Moyer

WR/DB 5-11 150

Ht. Wt.

Sophomores

Pos.

6

Dustin Miller

Ht. Wt.

WR/DB 5-10 150

1

Cory Kline

WR/DB 5-10 165

72 Pat Adams

OL/DL 6-4 280

3

Kyle Knight

QB/LB 5-10 160

Juniors

Pos.

7

5

Jeff Martin

QB/DB 6-4 220

9

Travis Zimmerman

Ht. Wt.
RB/LB 5-8
571

Tyler Horst

RB/LB 6-1 190

21 Garrett Hill

WR/DB 5-6 130

22 Cole Miller

RB/LB 5-8 180

10 Ryan Rolon

RB/LB 6-0 175

24 Tyler Hill

RB/LB 5-9 150

11 Kory Brown

WR/DB 6-0 150

25 Austin Thomas

RB/LB 5-8 170

17 Luis Rolon

WR/DB 5-11 170

29 Shawn Price

RB/DB 5-8 130

34 Ryan Risser

RB/LB 5-6 160

30 Josh Musser

WR/DB 5-4 140

41 James Bidlespach RB/DB 5-9 155

34 Ryan Eshleman

TE/DL 6-4 220

57 Jake Earhart

OL/DL 5-5 205

61 Dylan Hill

OL/DL 5-8 170

63 Colt Umberger

OL/DL 6-1 280

66 Tony Rodriguez OL/DL 5-9 200

67 Jeremy Habowski OL/DL 6-0 200

77 Kadin Miller

71 Nick Kitsch

OL/DL 6-4 230

78 W. Petruska-Rhoads

75 Bobby Kreps

OL/DL 6-2 235

80 Dane Miller

WR/DB 5-10 145

76 Nate Hostetter

OL/DL 5-10 185

81 Joe Rittle

WR/DB 5-10 145

87 Dylan Stoops

TE/DL 6-1 220

86 Nate Beamer

WR/DB 6-2 175

HAMBURG
PALMYRA
@ Lebanon
@ Pequea Valley
ANN.-CLEONA
@ Donegal
NOR. LEBANON
COLUMBIA
@ Ephrata
@ Twin Valley

OL/DL 6-1
082

2013 Results

2014 Schedule
8/29
9/5
9/12
9/19
9/26
10/3
10/10
10/17
10/24
10/31

WR/DB 5-10 145

7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.

Hamburg
Steel-High
Lebanon
Pequea Valley
Garden Spot
Donegal
Northern Lebanon
Columbia
Annville-Cleona
North Schuylkill

L, 55-54
L, 32-6
L, 51-27
W, 55-36
L, 48-14
L, 60-27
W, 59-20
W, 29-14
W, 26-14
L, 40-21

ast season may
have both started
and ended with a
loss for Elco, but
the Raiders still left their
mark on Section Three.
Not many teams have a
shot at the playoffs with just
one win after seven games,
but Elco turned things around
in 2013 by rattling off three
straight victories.
Their postseason hopes
eventually were squashed
by a Week 10 loss to North
Schuylkill, but the Raiders’
late run surprised the doubters — something they hope to
accomplish again this season,
even as many question the
roster after the loss of a number of big names.

About the offense:

Jeff Ruppenthal / Staff

Coach Robert Miller is work- Elco returns quarterback Jeff Martin, who threw for over 2,000 yards
ing to establish a balanced at- and 16 TDs last season.
tack, but it will all start with
on defense this year,” Miller said. “We have a lot of
Jeff Martin.
guys back that have some playing experience —
The returning quarterback had a breakout
that’s something we didn’t have last year. We won’t
season last year, completing 151 of 259 passes for
have to rely on one or two guys going both ways
2,100 yards and 16 touchdowns to earn a Section
the whole time, so hopefully that will help us out.”
Three Honorable Mention All-Star selection.
Two of those returning players are lineman Pat
Entering his third year under center, he’ll
Adams and defensive end Nate Hostetter, who
have to do it without the section’s top running
should anchor the line. Hostetter had a team-high
back, Cameron Strause (196-1,106, 22 TDs), and
three sacks and finished fourth behind a trio of
wide receiver Derek Miller (55-603, 6 TDs), who
have both graduated. Martin will also be without
seniors with 37 tackles last year.
Section Three Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year
Intangibles: The Raiders did not just lose big
Steven Rhoades blocking in front of him.
playmakers on the field, but also their valuable
“A lot more will be put in Jeff’s hands as the
leadership.
game goes on,” Miller said. “It’s getting to the
Entering his senior season, Adams feels like he
point where he can start to read defenses and see
is ready to pick up where guys like Rhoades left
things up front and make adjustments on his own.” off.
To replace Strause, the Raiders turn to a com“I want to make sure the team’s going in the
mittee of running backs led by the trio of Travis
right direction on and off the field,” Adams said.
Zimmerman, Ryan Rolon and Tyler Horst.
Key to the season: The defense struggled
As for the other playmakers, Martin has liked
last
year, but Elco still finished third in the section.
what he has seen so far.
If they can shore things up defensively and Martin
“I think our young guys are developing pretty
can replicate last season’s success, the Raiders
well,” he said. “I think we’ll be pretty good skill
could pose quite the challenge — but they cannot
position-wise.”
afford another 1-6 start.
About the defense: Some big names will be
Final word: “Beating them (Donegal),” Miller
missing on the defensive side of the ball, too.
said when asked how the program can take the
Gone is Miller, the section’s Defensive Back of
next step.
the Year, who had a team-high four interceptions,
“It will be something where you can’t have any
and fellow All-Star cornerback Phil Kline.
letdown weeks and those kinds of things. It will be
Despite the losses, Miller feels confident he has
different this year not having Garden Spot in the
the right pieces in place.
section as well, so hopefully it will be competitive.”
“We’re actually going to be more experienced

Lancaster , Pa

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

AUGUST  26,  2014 • 47

PEQUEA VALLEY BRAVES

PIAA
CLASS
DOUBLEA

LANCASTERLEBANONLEAGUE
SECTION 3

2013 SECTION: 0-6 | 2013 OVERALL: 3-7 | BASE OFFENSE: PISTOL/TRIPLE OPTION | BASE DEFENSE: 4-4

New coach brings
sweeping change

HEADCOACH
Mike Choi
(1st season)

BY DIANA PUGLIESE

SCOUTING REPORT

Allgyer

Claxton

P

Delarso

Key Players Returning:
QB/LB Gabe Allgyer, RB/DB/P Hunter Smith, OL/DL Cheyne
Claxton,WR/DB/KNickDelarso,OL/DLTylerDoratt,OL/DLJohn
Gregson.
Key Players Lost:
RB/LBTylerHershey,T/LBKeithBeiler,C/DEBenTeijaro,WR/DB
Nick Roop.

2014 ROSTER
Seniors

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

35 Austin Fisher RB/DB

5-6

150

10 Nicholas Delarso WR/DB/K 6-1 180

44 Donnie Broomell TE/OL/DL

6-1 205

15 Hunter Smith RB/DB/P 6-1

58 John Lindquist OL/DL 6-3

215

Sophomores

Wt.

17 Owen Geedey K 6-0

205

175

23 Jordan Riehl WR/DB 6-1

Pos.

Ht.

190

3 Brandon Hooper

WR/DB 5-6 145

27 Matthew Sparano RB/LB 5-8

165

32 Joshua Mobley RB/LB

5-8

50 Michael Huber TE/OL/DL 6-0

185

70 Wyatt Schwanger OL/LB 5-9

195

52 Tyler Doratt

175

75 John Gregson OL/DL

6-5

320

54 Cheyne Claxton OL/DL 6-1

235

Freshmen

Ht.

Wt.

66 Brian Sheller OL/LB

5-9

170

7 Jordan Lapp QB/DB 6-3

150

74 Cody Lutz

5-11

225

OL/DL

OL/DL

5-10

78 Zamier Owens OL/DL

6-4

260

Juniors

Ht.

Wt.

5-9

171

Pos.

1 Gabe Allgyer QB/LB

5 Chad Mullen WR/DB 5-10

150

11 Andy Belisario WR/DB 5-11

165

29 Jason Stoltzfus RB/LB

5-8

165

32 Charlie Blank RB/LB

6-0

185

Pos.

2014Schedule

2013 Results

8/29 YORK TECH
7 p.m.
9/5 KUTZTOWN
7 p.m.
9/12 OCTORARA
7 p.m.
9/19 ELCO
7 p.m.
9/26 @ Nor. Lebanon
7 p.m.
10/3 @ Columbia
7 p.m.
10/10 DONEGAL
7 p.m.
10/17 @ Ephrata
7 p.m.
10/24 @ Hamburg
7 p.m.
10/31 ANNVILLE-CLEONA 7 p.m.

York Tech
Kutztown
Octorara
Elco
Northern Lebanon
Columbia
Donegal
Annville-Cleona
Hamburg
Garden Spot

180

W, 42-16
W, 21-19
W, 18-13
L, 55-36
L, 28-21
L, 28-6
L, 54-12
L, 34-18
L, 28-18
L, 56-14

Sports Writer
dpugliese@lnpnews.com

equea Valley players only had
one thing on their minds last
season: getting to .500.
However, the Braves struggled
in their quest to bring the school the second
winning record in program history, instead
suffering their 11th consecutive losing season in finishing 3-7 (0-7 in Section Three).
With the offseason came a flurry of
changes, including third-year coach Evan
Breisblatt stepping down to take over at
District One-AAA Phoenixville. In came
Mike Choi, who spent the last 10 seasons at
the helm of Class AAAA Great Valley, ready
to install a whole new game plan.
“We’ve changed everything, to be honest
with you, and I think it needed to be done,”
Mark J. Palczewski
Choi said. “As much as you never want
to take a shot at any of the past coachIn the offensive switch from the spread to the tripleing staffs or anything, in order to get this
program at a place where we could compete option, Hunter Smith shifts from quarterback to fullback
and Gabe Allgyer takes over at quarterback.
with the other teams in this room (during
the Section Three portion of L-L Media Day)
Intangibles: Choi brought his entire staff from
we needed to change a lot.”
Great Valley along to help ease the transition and
About the offense: The offensive unit has
change the work ethic, and it seems to be working.
undergone a complete transformation.
“The kids worked really hard in the offseason,
The Braves will now run the triple-option instead
really studied our offense and our defense to put it
of the spread, and lining up under center will be
into play for the upcoming two-a-days and I couldn’t
junior Gabe Allgyer.
be happier with their effort or their participation so
“I like it,” Allgyer said of the new system. “ I’ve
far this summer,” said Choi.
always played in more of a read — like we’ve had
Key to the season: With the Braves taking on
spread in the past — so I’ve always had to work with
so many changes, it will all boil down to how quickly
reads, so it’s not a big jump for me.”
they can get comfortable. Despite a limited amount
Nick Delarso figures to be the big downfield
of time in the new system, Allgyer feels confident
threat at wide receiver, while last year’s signal
moving forward in his new role, a prospect which
caller Hunter Smith, who was a league honorable
excites Choi. If things go as smoothly for the rest
mention at the position, will shift to fullback and
of the squad, Pequea could make some noise in the
carry the load in the backfield.
section.
About the defense: The offensive scheme is
Final word: “Last year, I feel like when we won
not the only one changing.
our first three games we felt too good about ourLast year’s 3-3-5 defense will be replaced by a
selves,” said Allgyer. “We just need to stay focused,
4-4 alignment, putting the focus on the linebacking
take it week by week this season and good things
corps.
will happen for us.”
Look for Delarso, a 6-1 senior, to
have an impact on the both sides of the
ball.
Good Luck Braves!
“He’ll be able to play corner for us
and it presents challenges for quarterbacks to try to get balls over him, and
just the style of play that we have will
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Lancaster , Pa

2014 PFN Preseason All-State Picks
Class AAAA

Central Valley; Shaquille Jones, Imhotep Charter. DB: Mitchell Cooper, Palmyra;
Lyric Ellis, Uniontown; Joe Joe Headen, Bishop McDevitt; Reid Miller, Hollidaysburg; Jake Wingate, Clearfield. K: Logan English, Jersey Shore.

CLASS AA

OFFENSE
QB
RB
RB
WR
WR
TE
ATH
OL
OL
OL
OL
OL
K

Kyle Shurmur
Saquon Buckley
D’Andre Pollard
John O’Malley
Dontae Owens
Amir Ealey
T.J. Holl
Jon Runyan Jr.
Sterling Jenkins
Tyler Hudanick
Alex Paulina
Ryan Bischoff
McKinley Curran

LaSalle College
Whitehall
Neshaminy
Hatboro-Horsham
Reading
Coatesville
Seneca Valley
St. Joe’s Prep
Baldwin
Seneca Valley
Canon-McMillan
Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Dallastown

6-4
5-11
5-8
6-1
6-1
6-4
6-1
6-5
6-8
6-4
6-4
6-5
5-11

205
208
180
180
180
230
205
276
290
285
280
305
175

Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.

Others to Watch
QB: Ben DiNucci, Pine-Richland; Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North; Jon
Roberts, West Chester East. RB: Josh Adams, Central Bucks South; Samir Bullock, Archbishop Ryan; Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills; Jake McCarthy, Scranton;
Oliamide Zaccheaus, St. Joe’s Prep. WR: Billy Kinsner, Penn Hills; Bryson
Paulinelle, DuBois; Clayton Rush, Father Judge; Amechie Walker, Harrisburg. TE:
Carey Angeline, Downingtown East; Jay Flock, Hempfield Area. ATH: Shakur
Lester, Dieruff; James Way III, William Penn. OL: Louis Csaszar, Liberty; Shane
Davis, St.Joe’s Prep; John DiPasquale, Garnet Valley; Mike Fleming, Easton;
Brandon Ford, Upper St. Clair; Matt Hoffman, Mt. Lebanon; Mustafa Mitchell,
Whitehall; Tony Pilato, Hempfield Area; Manny Taylor, Roman Catholic; Frank
Tranzilli, North Penn. K: Jake Bissell, Parkland; John Domit, Hempfield Area.

OFFENSE
QB
RB
RB
WR
WR
TE
ATH
OL
OL
OL
OL
OL
K

Brett Brumbaugh
Kaezon Pugh
Donte Simmons
Patrick Anderson
Danzel McKinley-Lewis
Nick Bowers
Tre Tipton
Anthony Davidson
Dylan Brennan
Nathan Gadinski
Kyle Smith
Ryan Podgorski
Shayne Riley

Our specialists
have a healthy knowledge
of sports medicine.

Connor Guzy
Shareef Miller
Kevin Murphy
Jesse Rodgers
Tim Nickel
Steven McNeal
Kevin Givens
Jason Borosky
Jay Stocker
John Reid
Johnny Petrishen
Adam Domovich

Council Rock North
Frankford
West Chester East
Mifflin County
Shaler
Central Dauphin
Altoona
Downingtown West
Coatesville
St. Joe’s Prep
Pittsburgh CC
Lower Dauphin

6-4
6-4
6-3
6-3
6-1
5-9
6-2
6-0
6-2
5-10
6-3
6-2

240
225
275
283
220
205
235
165
185
190
197
190

Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.

Others to Watch
DL: Trey Blandford, Penn-Trafford; Caleb Fell, Downingtown East; Barrett
McMurtry, State College; Michael Menet, Exeter; Gladimir Paul, Northeast;
Brad Peterson, DuBois; Joe Peterson, DuBois; Austin Rosa, Wilson; Jake Strain,
St. Joe’s Prep. LB: Ben Bruni, Mt. Lebanon; Andrew Davidson, Emmaus; Layne
Skundrich, North Allegheny; Justice Smith, McKeesport; Tim Spinelli, Cumberland Valley; Matt Wagner, Delaware Valley. DB: Evan Anderson, West Chester
East; John Chaney, Roman Catholic; Jarey Elder, Parkland; Ahkema Evans,
Coatesville; Joe Graham, Allderdice; Jimmy Herron, LaSalle College; Nyiem Nevarez, Pleasant Valley; Deonte Ramsey, Carlisle. P: Chris Papalia, Bethel Park.

CLASS AAA

We know staying “in the game” is important to
student athletes. That’s why we set the standard
for delivering outstanding care for a full circle
of sports-related injuries, from orthopedics and
physical therapy, to neurology and neurosurgery,
and concussion management. We are on your team.

A Legacy of Trust. A Future of Excellence.

Nick Marsilio
Jarrett McClenton
Andre Robinson
Charlie Fessler
D.J. Moore
Naseir Upshur
Nico Law
Keegan Sheedy
Chad Zunich
Gabe Spurlock
Ryan Bates
Patrick Finn
Spencer Herrington

Bishop McDevitt
Archbishop Wood
Bishop McDevitt
Cathedral Prep
Imhotep Prep
Imhotep Prep
Ringgold
Lancaster Catholic
Manheim Central
Mars
Archbishop Wood
Pottsgrove
Clearfield

6-3
5-9
5-10
6-4
6-1
6-3
6-0
6-4
6-4
6-5
6-6
6-4
5-11

205
170
210
195
200
233
185
265
290
280
271
265
168

Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.

Others to Watch
QB: Ron Brown, University Prep; Andrew Koester, West Allegheny. RB: Zach
Adams, Selinsgrove; Chayse Dillon, West Allegheny; Josh Schulthies, Mars; Jeff
Skursky, Wyoming Area. WR: Mark Everton, Interboro; John Horner, Gateway;
Freddie Simmons, Bethlehem Catholic; Kobay White, Bishop McDevitt. TE: Joe
Arcangelo, Abington Heights; Cody Smith, Bishop Shanahan. ATH: Mitch Martin,
Garden Spot; Michael McDaniel, Bethlehem Catholic. OL: Connor Browning,
West Alleghney; Colby Faasuamalie, Bethlehem Catholic; Corey Fisher, Cathedral Prep; Jonah Jackson, Penncrest; Ryan Neher, Archbishop Wood; Dalton
Perla, Berwick; Bobby Rider, Greencastle-Antrim; Jake Roth, Conrad Weiser;
Zach Simpson, Hollidaysburg; John Carlo Valentin, Imhotep Charter; Zach
Venesky, Valley View. K: Andrew Luckenbaugh, Spring Grove.

DL
DL
DL
DL
LB
LB
LB
DB
DB
DB
DB
P

James Trucilla
Marshall Robinson
Ryan Buchholz
Anthony Long
Sean Orsini
Jake Cooper
Brett Zanotto
Jordan Whitehead
Donovan Pierce
Kareem Gibson
D.J. Fabiani
Skyler Cron

Cathedral Prep
Mars
Great Valley
Bishop McDevitt
West Allegheny
Archbishop Wood
Franklin Regional
Central Valley
Bonner-Prendie
Johnstown
Cocalico
Central Valley

6-2
6-4
6-6
6-3
6-2
6-3
6-1
6-0
5-10
5-10
5-10
5-9

265
330
240
295
220
234
219
175
175
170
180
195

Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.

Others to Watch

LANCASTER

Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.

DEFENSE
DL
DL
DL
DL
LB
LB
LB
DB
DB
DB
DB
P

Austin Aikins
Brandon Gary
Arrington Gipson
Wyett McLeod
J.J. Walker
Cody Deal
Zac Horner
Dane Jackson
Kyle Datres
Noah Osman
Ahkil Crumpton
Tyler Blaniar

Hickory
Sto-Rox
Aliquippa
Conwell-Egan
South Fayette
Karns City
West Shamokin
Quaker Valley
Loyalsock
Chestnut Ridge
West Catholic
Ford City

5-11
5-10
6-3
6-1
5-10
6-0
5-8
6-1
6-1
5-10
5-9
5-10

210
175
305
230
170
165
180
170
185
150
165
165

Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.

Others to Watch
DL: Zach Blystone, Washington; Trent Donlan, Southern Columbia; Tim
Drewes, Dunmore; Brandon Gary, Sto-Rox; Cameron Norris, Central; Tymir
Oliver, West Catholic; Carlo Tolesco, Meyers; Saul Wilkins, G.A.R. LB: Taizjon
Brown, East Allegheny; Nixlot Dameus, Delaware Valley Charter; Michael
DiFrancesco, Neumann-Goretti; Austin Mazonkey, Northwest; Tre Nelson,
Palmerton; Matt Wiley, Chestnut Ridge. DB: Shareef Blough, Forest Hills; Roman
Denson, South Fayette; Domonic Farronato, Mount Carmel; Blake Marks,
Southern Columbia; Matt Meloy, Danville; Drew Newcomb, Lewisburg; Cam
Richardson, Northwestern Lehigh.

CLASS A

DEFENSE

James P. Argires, MD, FACS | Perry J. Argires, MD, FACS
Carl E. Becker II, MD | Brian T. Brislin, MD
Justin R. Fisher, MD | Jarod B. John, MD
Louis A. Marotti, MD, PhD | Trevin Thurman, MD

195
185
170
220
175
245
165
230
285
260
305
275
172

Others to Watch

OFFENSE
QB
RB
RB
WR
WR
TE
ATH
OL
OL
OL
OL
OL
K

6-4
6-1
5-9
6-3
5-11
6-4
6-1
6-2
6-3
6-2
6-4
6-6
6-2

QB: Joe Donoughe, Forest Hills; Antwain McCollum, West Catholic. RB: Nasir
Bonner, Delaware Valley Charter; Te’Shaun Campbell, Westinghouse; Christian
Gretzinger, Palisades; Elijah Jackson, Highlands. WR: Chris Conlan, Quaker Valley; Nick Long, Northwest; Andrew Pryts, Hickory. TE: Jeff Burton, Lakeland;
Christian Kelly, Mt. Carmel. ATH: Louis Berry, Shady Side Academy; Braydon
Toy, Kittanning. OL: George Avdellas, Beaver; Jake Beistel, Southmoreland;
Anthony Byrd, Washington; Zach Dorsey, Springfield; Dan Drewes, Dunmore;
Jake Glavin, Loyalsock; Pat Loughran, Shady Side Academy; Colton Raabe,
Slippery Rock; Liam Sweeney, Seton-LaSalle; Steven Wyant, West Catholic. K:
Brian Coyne, South Fayette.

DEFENSE
DL
DL
DL
DL
LB
LB
LB
DB
DB
DB
DB
P

South Fayette
Aliquippa
Bristol
Aliquippa
Seton-LaSalle
Kittanning
Apollo-Ridge
South Fayette
Troy
North Schuykill
Schuylkill Valley
South Park
Danville

DL: Maximus Ebert, Allentown CC; Dante Lonardo, Bethlehem Catholic; Ryan
Monk, Dallas; Bryce Mostoller, Somerset; Kyle Pointer, Strong Vincent; Tom
Sever, Yough; Myles Turner, Bishop McDevitt; Chase Wickenheiser, Abington
Heights. LB: Frank Aigeldinger, Crestwood; Dominic Caruso, Susquehanna Twp.;
Armand Dellovade, West Allegheny; Tyler Emge, Fleetwood; Preston Johnson,

OFFENSE
QB
RB
RB
WR
WR
TE
ATH
OL
OL
OL
OL
OL
K

Michael Pietropola
William Casella
Dominick Bragalone
Sam McCloskey
Aaron Matthews
Nathaniel Zurich
P.J. Fulmore
Sam Penich
Tyler Schonewolf
Andrew Berger
Israel Melvin
Jacob Wallace
Cade Harmon

Wellsboro
Schuylkill Haven
South Williamsport
Bishop Guilfoyle
Clairton
Frazier
North Catholic
Carmichaels
South Williamsport
Bishop Guilfoyle
Clairton
Greensburg CC
Bloomsburg

6-1
5-10
5-11
5-11
6-5
6-0
5-8
6-2
6-3
6-4
6-1
6-0
5-9

190
206
205
189
175
195
185
241
260
265
274
255
165

Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.

Others to Watch
QB: Tre Jordan, Pius X; Michael Shuster, Camp Hill. RB: Braden Fochtman,
Berlin Brothersvalley; Shaheim Moody-Williams, Steelton-Highspire; Hunter
Roknich, Western Beaver. WR: Anthony Benson, Brockway; Jacob Dasher,
Northern Bedford; Cody Miller, Williams Valley; Nate Stewart, Pius X. TE: Adam
Lock, Springdale. ATH: Ryan Fink, Schuylkill Haven; Hakeem Kindard, York
Catholic. OL: Brian Carnegie, Fort Cherry; Owen Covert, Wellsboro; Joe Sadler,
North Catholic; Damian Shoop, Williams Valley; Dan Smith, Beth-Center; Nathan
Vincent, Morrisville.

DEFENSE
DL
DL
DL
DL
LB
LB
LB
DB
DB
DB
DB
P

Ian Corbett
Dante Paul
Corey Souryavong
Jake Weir
Raymone Clifford
Caleb Kephart
T. Wilkerson-Chisholm
Brandon Chadbourn
Jahvel Hemphill
Eric Marbury
Lamont Wade
Mike Tarasovitch

Clarion Area
Berlin Brothersvalley
Old Forge
Greensburg CC
Clairton
Portage
Steel High
Bishop Guilfoyle
Bloomsburg
Pius X
Clairton
North Catholic

5-11
6-2
5-11
6-3
6-2
5-8
5-11
6-1
5-9
5-10
5-10
5-11

179
225
210
235
175
175
190
192
160
175
185
150

Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
So.
Sr.
So.
Sr.

Others to Watch
DL: Ken Harig, Schuylkill Haven; Christian Miller, Susquehanna; Devin Rice,
Avonworth. LB: Quinn Barnett, Tussey Mountain; D.J. Kitt, Bishop Guilfoyle;
James Lingenfelter, Kane Area; Jared Maurizio, Windber; Jason Stay, BethCenter; Destin Strauser, Clarion Area. DB: Zach Altieri, Jeannette; Nate Baker,
Carmichaels; Brett Biever, Schuylkill Haven; Mason Evitts, Mahanoy Area;
Brendan Miller, Clarion Area; Austin Myers, Conemaugh Twp.; Santino Paris,
Avella; Reed Relosky, Bishop Canevin. P: Mike Jabco, St. Joseph’s Academy.

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