•Coach: John Cupples (third year, 11-14).
•Last year: 2-8 overall, 1-8 LVC.
•Impact players: Sr. TE-LB Jack Nosovitch; Sr. OL-DL Maximus Ebert; Sr. OL-DL Marc-Antony Ocasio; Sr. QB Mason Kholi; Sr. FB-LB Demari Williams; Sr. WR-DB Patrick McKellick; Sr. DB-K Robbie Fidati; Sr. WR-DB Lansana Keita; Sr. WR-DB Deionte Wilson; Sr. TE-LB Connor Walsh; Jr. RB-LB Joseph Milano; Jr. RB-DB Alvin Pacheco; Jr. WR-DB Dallas Kassis; Jr. FB-LB Thomas Plantier; Jr. OL-DL Nick Ghasab; Jr. OL-DL Zachary Hanby; So. OL-DL Brian Lloyd; So. WR-DB Darnell Ferrell.
•Biggest question: Can Central Catholic sustain and finish more drives?
•Outlook: The Vikings took a predictable dive in the standings last season after making three straight trips to the PIAA Class 3A semifinals. They have most of their offensive starters back, so there's reason to expect improved efficiency.
Central Catholic doesn't look like a team that will challenge for a division title. The Vikings could, however, climb in the standings and contend for a District 11 3A playoff berth if they make it through a difficult early season schedule.
•Coach: Steve Shiffert (22nd year, 188-77-1).
•Last year: 11-3 overall, 7-2 LVC; lost to Parkland 42-0 in District 11 4A final.
•Impact players: Sr. RB-WR-DB Shane Simpson; Sr. OL-DL Mike Fleming; Sr. OL-DL Forrest Myers; Jr. OL Craig Stahlecker; Sr. OL-DL Mike Catalano; Sr. TE-WR Kyle Walsh; Sr. P Devon Lovaasen; Sr. OL-DL Nick Tone; Sr. LB Altarik Key; Sr. RB-LB Nolan Kilpatrick; Sr. S-WR Alec Bina; Sr. S-QB Edward Roeder; Sr. RB Dalvyn Reynolds; Jr. WR-DB Greg Albertson; Jr. LB Corey Deemer; Jr. QB-S Trey Durrah.
•Biggest question: Can the Red Rovers develop a competent passing attack while breaking in a new quarterback?
•Outlook: The Red Rovers have the best group of returning offensive linemen in the division, an elite playmaker in Simpson and plenty of experience at linebacker and in the secondary. They will need their senior linemen to play both ways to help plug holes created by graduation.
Easton's ability to contend for division and district titles could come down to quarterback play. As long as the Red Rovers find someone to manage their offense, they should take their usual spot in the postseason field.
•Coach: Randy Cuthbert (second year, 6-5; 10th overall, 61-48).
•Last year: 6-5 overall, 6-3 LVC; lost to Delaware Valley in Eastern Conference 4A semifinals.
•Impact players: Sr. FB-LB Andy Davidson; Sr. RB-CB Wyl Miller; Sr. QB Logan Kober; Sr. WR-DB Daniel Velasco; Jr. OL-DL Eric Miller; Jr. FB-LB Sal Pagano; Jr. RB-LB Kyle Boney.
•Biggest question: How will Emmaus' rebuilt offensive line perform?
•Outlook: The Green Hornets return most of their front seven on defense and a load of offensive skill. That combination should keep them in the top half of the division.
Could Emmaus challenge for the division title? If they improve their passing attack and play as well along the offensive line as Cuthbert thinks they can, the Green Hornets should be in the mix.
•Coach: Jason Roeder (10th year, 49-47).
•Last year: 2-8 overall, 2-7 LVC.
•Impact players: Sr. RB-DB Joe Santos; Sr. WR-LB John Callahan; Sr. WR-DB Jake Young; So. QB-DB Joe Young; Sr. WR-DB Kylon Pretty; Jr. QB-WR-DB Jonah Gundrum; Jr. RB-DB Roberto Diez; Sr. OL-DL Jake Piazza; Sr. OL-DL Ryan Mullen; Jr. TE-DE Cordell Cotto; Sr. OL-DL John Deely.
•Biggest question: Can the Patriots cut back on the turnovers that have derailed them the last two years?
•Outlook: The Patriots struggled to produce points last season, but many of their skill players gained varsity experience. With several linemen also returning, Freedom should make strides on offense.
Freedom's defense also has several playmakers, led by Cotto. The key for the Patriots will be their quarterback play. If they cut down on their interceptions, they should see their win total increase.
•Coach: John Truby (second year, 5-5).
•Last year: 5-5 overall, 4-5 LVC.
•Impact players: Sr. OL-DL Louis Csaszar; Sr. CB-WR Izaiah Avent; Sr. LB-TE Cameron Brusko; Sr. QB-S Ray Pachecho; Sr. WR-RB-CB Darius Jones; Sr. WR-RB-CB Josiah Wright; Sr. WR-DB Eli Hall; Sr. WR-CB Jacob John; Sr. RB-LB Harvey House; Sr. RB-LB Tyrique Scipio; Sr. RB-LB Ryan Lawrence; Sr. OL-DL Darius Gomez; Jr. QB Doug Erney; Jr. WR-RB-CB Victor Santiago; Jr. OL-DL Devon Lindemann; Jr. OL-DL Livan Diaz; Jr. OL-DL Matt Richline; Jr. WR-RB-CB Joey Curzi; Jr. WR-DB Sean West; Jr. RB-LB Alex Mack; Jr. RB-LB John Soimes; Jr. OL-DL Brian Derkacs; So. OL-DL Jaohne Duggan; So. WR-CB Darian Street; So. QB-LB Thomas Murphy; So. WR-CB Carlo Perugini.
•Biggest question: Can the Hurricanes reduce their penalties and improve their special teams?
•Outlook: Liberty has the league's most experienced quarterback in Erney and a host of offensive speed. They also return several starters at linebacker and defensive back.
The talent to compete for a District 11 Class 4A playoff berth appears to be there. The Hurricanes need to prove they can execute in tight games to realize their potential.
•Coach: Tom Falzone (first year; sixth overall, 47-18).
•Last year: 6-6 overall, 4-5 LVC; lost to Delaware Valley in Eastern Conference 4A final.
•Impact players: Sr. QB Justin Albert; Sr. RB-LB Daniel Hingston; Sr. OL-DL Brandon Lance; Sr. OL-DL David Mulhearn; Fr. WR Jahan Dotson; Sr. WR-DB Marlon Johnson; Sr. WR-DB Chris Kulp; Jr. WR-DB Jared Henn; Sr. WR-DB Chase Mennona; Jr. RB-DB Nick Schepis.
•Biggest question: How quickly will the Blue Eagles adapt to their new defensive scheme?
•Outlook: The Blue Eagles graduated most of the starters from their second straight 6-6 team. Other than Albert, they don't have proven offensive playmakers.
Add in a new coaching staff, and it could be an adjustment year for Nazareth. Expect the Blue Eagles to play hard for Falzone, but a district berth may be a tall order in Year 1.
•Coach: Mark Scisly (first year; 11th overall, 52-61).
•Last year: 0-12 overall, 0-9 LVC.
•Impact players: Sr. QB Cory Croll; Sr. RB-DB Tyler Jackson; Jr. OL-DL Logan Koehler; Sr. OL-DL Ty Marinelli; Sr. OL-LB Alex Ardle; Sr. WR-DB Christian Pinnock; Jr. RB-LB Devon Turner; So. RB-DB Jovani Datis-Cordero; Sr. TE-DL Casey Danner; Sr. RB-DB James Marsh.
•Biggest question: How quickly can the Konkrete Kids master the new offensive and defensive systems Scisly is installing?
•Outlook: Northampton struggled to compete against the top half of the Lehigh Valley Conference over the last two years and is learning new systems again. How much progress can the Konkrete Kids make in this loaded division?
The schedule should ensure they won't suffer through another winless season. To start going toe-to-tie with the league's top teams, they need to match up better along the lines than they have the last few years.
•Coach: Jim Morgans (10th year, 87-28; 237-132-1 overall).
•Last year: 12-2 overall, 8-1 LVC (co-champion); beat Easton in District 11 4A final; lost to St. Joe's Prep in PIAA 4A quarterfinals.
•Impact players: Sr. DB-QB Nick Zambelli; Sr. WR-DB Anthony Pagilaro; Jr. QB-DB Devante Cross; Jr. QB-DB-WR Nolan Ridgway; Sr. WR-DB Jarey Elder; Jr. RB-LB Erik DiGirolamo; Sr. RB-LB Preston Saylor; Sr. OL-DL Kyle Krisher; Sr. OL-LB Omar Haddad; Sr. OL-DL Thomas Stenulis; Sr. P-K Jake Bissell.
•Biggest question: Who will emerge at running back after the graduation of 1,900-yard rusher Kareem Williams?
•Outlook: As was the case last season, Parkland must replace several linemen and a couple of the top skill players in the area. The Trojans still have the size and skill to match up with anyone in the league.
Parkland has won a share of a league title and the District 11 4A championship the last two years. The Trojans aren't a lock to continue winning titles, but everything suggests they will again be in the mix.
•Coach: Brian Gilbert (third year, 18-5; 12th overall, 79-48).
•Last year: 10-2 overall, 8-1 LVC (co-champion); lost to Parkland in District 11 4A semifinals.
¿Impact players: Sr. RB-LB Saquon Barkley; Sr. FB-LB Jake Buskirk; Sr. DB-WR Chad Rex; Sr. WR-DB Conor Sullivan; Sr. WR-DB Mustafa Mitchell; Sr. OL-DL Danny Roustic; Sr. OL-DL Edgardo Rivera; Sr. LB-OL Angel Rodriquez; Sr. OL-DL Orlando Bonilla; Sr. TE-LB Zachary Hixson; Jr. QB Gianni Sinatore.
•Biggest question: How quickly will the Zephyrs' new offensive and defensive lines come together?
•Outlook: Whitehall may have the best returning skill group in the league led by Penn State recruit Barkley. Its linebackers and defensive backs also look solid.
The Zephyrs need their two-way linemen to hold up, because they don't have as much depth as some of the league's larger schools. As long as they receive competent play up front and at quarterback, they should again contend for division and district titles.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun