Colonial League Team Capsules


Coach: Frank Scagliotta (third year, 142-101-2)

Last year: 1-9 (1-9 Colonial)

Impact players: WR/OLB Dyvek Ott, sr.; TE/LB Corbin Moffett, sr.; RB/DB Shane Yetter, sr.; QB/RB/DB Scott LaValva, so.; RB/LB Ryan Fraunfelter; FB/LB Evan Brown, sr.; WR/DB Brian Smith, sr. (transfer from Pius X, 6-2, 190).

Biggest question: Offensive line. The Slaters lost both guards and both tackles. Scagliotta has several solid guys to choose from, but all have limited experience.

Outlook: Scagliotta likes the number of players who participated in summer workouts (40-60 per session) and is encouraged by the size of several players, especially Moffet (6-foot-6, 230 pounds) and Ott (6-5). With eight starters back on defense and offense, including all of the skill players, look for the Slaters to win a few more games.


Coach: Mike Litzenberger (third year, 7-15)

Last year: 4-7 (4-6 Colonial)

Impact players: RB/LB Devin Malarchik, sr.; QB/WR/FS/P/KR Chris Litzenberger, jr.; C/DT Steve Wetherhold, sr.; OT/DT Branden Strohl, sr.; OG/DE Tyler Donchez, sr.; FB/SS Brandon Lesko, jr.; QB Nathan Stewart, sr.; G/DE Curtis Garner, jr.; WR/CB Steve Yost, jr.; TE/LB John Lynn, jr.

Biggest question: Can the Rough Riders, who have just eight seniors, re-establish their running game? Because of injuries last season, they were forced to spread things out, and coach Litzenberger wants to get away from that.

Outlook: If Malarchik, who is being recruited by several Patriot League schools, comes into his own, and the offensive line, anchored by three returning starters, performs the way the coach thinks they can, Catty should be in the middle of the pack.


Coach: Joe Tout (third year, 14-8)

Last year: 7-4 (7-3, Colonial), District 11 qualifier.

Impact players: QB/CB Kris Krawchuk, sr.; G/ILB Troy Silfies, sr.; WR/CB Randis Pryor, sr.; RB/S Cody Remaley, so.; RB/ILB Matt Gill, so.

Biggest question: With a team made up of mostly sophomores and juniors (there are just six seniors), consistency is a concern. ''We return the most starters since I've been the head coach, but we're still young,'' Tout said. ''I really think it will pay dividends next year.'' Tout added they're still two players away from boasting a really stingy defense, something for which the Bulldogs have become known.

Outlook: Despite their youth, the Bulldogs should have a potent running game with Remaley and Gill, who as freshmen last season combined for more than 1,350 yards rushing. Plus, Krawchuk bulked up in the offseason and is primed to improve his throwing game. ''We were honest with [Krawchuk] last year,'' Tout said. ''He didn't push himself in the weight room. … He didn't have the strength to make some of the throws. He's addressed that. He worked hard in the weight room.''


Coach: Bob Mitchell (27th year, 165-120-1)

Last year: 7-5 (6-4 Colonial), District 11 Class 3A runner-up.

Impact players: QB/CB Kyle Stelmack, sr.; RB/CB/LB Billy Dayton, sr.; C/MLB Adam Lynn, sr.; WR/S Josh Dalrymple, sr.; TE/OLB Josh Mackes, sr.; OT/DT Cory Schwartz, sr.; OL/DL Jake Leiby, sr.

Biggest question: The lines. ''There is no doubt about that,'' Mitchell said. ''The offensive line was decimated [by graduation].''

Outlook: Without all-around standout Ben Clymer, the Tigers have a lot of holes to fill. He led the team in rushing, lined up as a receiver sometimes, returned kicks and punts, kicked and played a huge role on defense. ''We're going to have five people do the jobs he did,'' Mitchell said. Stelmack, who established himself a season ago, will be the key to this group, which despite being in the Wing-T, will continue to mix in the passing game.


Coach: Bob Pietrobon (second year, 1-9)

Last year: 1-9 (1-9 Colonial)

Impact players: WR/SS Andrew Mitzak, sr.; OT/DE Jeff Knappenberger, sr.; G/OLB Mike Gabat, sr.; RB/S George Vaught, jr.; QB/S Nick Walsh, jr.; QB/CB Blaise DelFino, jr.

Biggest question: Quarterback. Pietrobon is tossing around the idea of giving both candidates playing time. ''The competition has been intense,'' he said. They need to be more effective throwing the ball. Last year, the Crusaders threw for less than 500 yards.

Outlook: The Crusaders, who have made alterations to the traditional Wing-T they ran last year, will be more competitive when they gain confidence and start playing more aggressively on defense. Pietrobon is hoping the switch from a 4-3 to a three-man front will spawn more of a killer attitude.


Coach: Brian Gilbert (eighth year, 46-33)

Last year: 10-3 (8-2, Colonial), league co-champ with Palmerton; district champion).

Impact players: WR/RB/DB John Gruver, sr.; OL/DL Will Fletcher, sr.; OL/DL Spencer Carr, sr.; WR/DB David Kirk, sr.; FB/LB Jake Kramer, sr.; C/DT Wayne McNichol, jr.; WR/DB James Stanell, jr.; QB Adam Hardy, jr.; OL/DL Alastar Ponzol, jr.; WR/LB Hunt Rose, jr.; RB/LB Tyler Saxton, jr.

Biggest question: With the loss of QB Kyle Jensen, who was a 1,000-yard rusher and passer a year ago, Palisades has three players battling for the starting job.

Outlook: Gilbert has a diverse crew, especially with Gruver (1,200-plus yards of offense and 21 TDs) and Stanell, who can line up in the backfield or at wideout. Factor in an offensive line that returns three starters and they should be in the thick of things.


Coach: Paul McArdle (fifth year, 21-23)

Last year: 9-3 (8-2 Colonial), league co-champ with Palisades; district runner-up.

Impact players: QB/DB Matt Falcone, sr.; WR/DB Austin Cseh, sr.; FB/LB Kevin Booth, sr.; RB/LB Jeff Noyes, sr.; OL/DE Greg Romig, sr.; OT/DT Russell Derrick, sr.; TE/DE Joe Weber, jr.; RB/OLB James Hunsicker, sr.; RB/DB Travis Labyack, so.

Biggest question: It's almost tough to find one. Perhaps the biggest hole is on the offensive line, where the Bombers lost two starters (however, Booth's absence is caused by a position change and not graduation).

Outlook: The Bombers have a talented, experienced core returning, including Falcone, who posted nearly 2,000 yards of total offense; Cseh, one of the league's fastest receivers; and Booth, expected to be a force at fullback. They are considered, by many, the favorite to win the league.


Coach: Paul Reduzzi (second year, 5-6)

Last year: 5-6 (5-5 Colonial), Eastern Conference qualifier.

Impact players: OL/DL Kevin Smith, sr.; OL/DL Tony Iudicello, sr.; OL/LB Eric Riediner, sr.; RB/LB Mike Huth, sr.; OL/DL Andrew McManus, sr.; WR/DB Nick Holderman, sr.; RB/S Pete Paluscio, sr.; TE/LB Tyler Horn, so.; QB Kyle Hess, sr.

Biggest question: The offense. Last year, the Green Knights couldn't decide if they were a single-wing or a Delaware-wing T team. Reduzzi has settled on a multiple-I team, but how his players adjust to it will make or break the season. ''We won't do what Wilson does and have four wideouts for 50 plays a game, but we will be a little more opened up,'' he said.

Outlook: Reduzzi is excited to have Hess back; he broke his collarbone in Week 3 and missed the rest of the year. ''He has all the tools,'' Reduzzi said. And with a defense that returns almost totally intact, scoring on the Knights could be a tough task for foes.


Coach: Rob Sawicki (first year)

Last year: 5-6 (5-5, Colonial), District 11 qualifier.

Impact players: WR/DB Scott Gardus, sr.; TE/DL Stephen Bubenko, jr.; RB/LB Matt Eherts, jr.; QB Brian Ernst, sr.; TE/DE Kevin Moyer, sr.; WR/FS Jake Kovach, jr.

Biggest question: How will the offensive line come together? With Sawicki, formerly the team's defensive coordinator, having to replace all five starters, it could take time for the line to jell.

Outlook: The Falcons have promising skill players back who will be counted on greatly. Ernst was second in the league in passing yards (1,160 in 10 games) a season ago and Gardus led the conference in yards per catch (26.9 average). Despite having two big guns back, Sawicki is planning to make changes offensively. ''We are going to be in a little more of a multiple formation,'' he said. ''We are going to try to come out and be more physical and be more time-controlled on offense.''


Coach: Matt Evancho (second year, 7-5)

Last year: 7-5 (5-5 Colonial), won Eastern Conference title.

Impact players: QB/DB Robbie Kressler, sr.; WR/LB Taylor Kreitz, sr; WR/DB Keith Okken, jr.; TE/DE Jason Okken, so.; RB/DB Terrell Drayton, jr.; WR/DB Wayne Miller, sr.; OL/DL Nick Oblas, jr.; RB/LB Ian Gimbar, so.

Biggest question: Will the offense be able to jell despite losing seven starters, including four linemen and two running backs? Bulk of the team's offense a year ago came from now-graduated Eric Kuester, who ran 324 times for 1,868 yards and 17 TDs, and all were tops in the league.

Outlook: Panthers will not rely so heavily on any one player like they did last year. They'll look to spread the field more and distribute the ball more evenly. They could cause teams problems with their depth on offense. ''We can probably go two deep at receiver and we have a talented back coming up from JV,'' Evancho said. ''I really think that we can do a lot more running and downfield action.''


Coach: John Toman (third year, 5-15)

Last year: 3-7 (3-7, Colonial)

Impact players: HB/CB Rocco DelPriore, sr.; C/DE Nathan Deturk, sr.; OG/DE Kyle Pochek, sr.; OT/DT Matt Stengel, sr.; TE/DT Randy Mohr, sr.; QB/S Corey Sroka, jr.; FB/LB Hunter Johnson, jr.; MLB Kevin Cameron, jr.

Biggest question: Linebacker. Toman lost a pair of two-year starters, and both were captains.

Outlook: The Spartans peeked their heads around the corner last year with wins over Palmerton and Northwestern. With nine starters back on offense and six on defense, though, this could be the year the Spartans turn the corner for good. Getting a win or two in the first four weeks will be critical, but not easy. Their first four foes are Northern Lehigh, Wilson, Northwestern and Pen Argyl.


Coach: Bret Comp (11th year, 76-40)

Last year: 7-4 (7-3, Colonial), District 11 qualifier.

Impact players: QB Tyler Smith, jr.; WR/DB Justin Scerbo, sr.; DE Dennis Rhyder, sr.; WR Connor Kuharik, sr.; WR/CB Brian Cooper, jr.; OT/DT Frances Roscioli, jr.; OT Matt Lippincott, jr.; RB Ray Mosby, jr.

Biggest question: Will this team put too much pressure on itself?

Outlook: With nine returning starters on offense and defense, this team has the look of the 2005 team that went to the state final. Smith has a strong, accurate arm; Scerbo, Cooper and Kuharik have speed; Rhyder has gotten even bigger and stronger and Mosby brings outstanding footwork. ''We're really excited about where we're at and who we have playing for us,'' Comp said.