• Coach: Randy Cuthbert (eight seasons)
• Assistant coaches: Bob Rosenberger, Chuck Burgy, Derek Kunkle, Colin Cronmiller, Jay Jones, Phil Sams
• Last year’s record: 7-5 overall, (5-2 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: James Marrero (linebacker/fullback), Cody Reimel (linebacker), James Worthington (lineman), Carter Peters (linebacker)
• Key returnees: Seniors – John Dubyk (defensive end/tight end), Kenny Crawford (fullback/linebacker), John Kim (defensive back), Kyle Bigam (linebacker), Alex Krivda (quarterback); Juniors – Mike Class (running back), Shane Kryanik (lineman), Micah Stutzman (wide receiver)
• Others to watch: Senior – Tyler Kio (lineman), Mike Supp (tight end/defensive end), Andy Graff (lineman), Alex Fedele (linebacker), Mike Sollazzo (lineman); Juniors - Matt Pasquale (linebacker), Ryan Anton (lineman); Sophomore – Imeir Simmons (linebacker)
• Strengths: The start 7-2 finish to the season has the returning Rams ready to roll. With a veteran line, a secondyear starting quarterback, and junior Mike Class, the Rams can see their running game being very effective. Their defense also has become a constant factor, limiting some of the area’s top offenses to single-digit outputs. The Rams expect their defense to be stingy once again.
• Question marks: In order for the Rams to keep Class and run game effective they are going to need to prove to opposing defenses that they can throw the ball. The Rams are hoping see their junior receivers and senior quarterback mature and make it a balanced attack. They also need to stay healthy at certain positions because of depth issues.
• Outlook: With one of the most experienced groups in years the Rams are hoping to push front-running North Penn for the Suburban One Continental Conference. They also have their eyes set on securing a spot in the District One playoffs.
• Coach: Dick Beck (11 seasons) • Assistant coaches: Mike Kapusta, Jeff Childs, Ryan Major, Bill Bannik, Zach Raffle, Dave Franek, Ed Harkins, Jim Laky
• Last year’s record: 13-3 overall (7-0 in Suburban One Continental Conference; District One Champions) lost in Class AAAA state championship game to Central Dauphin
• Notable losses: Ralph Reeves (linebacker/fullback), Corey Ernst (quarterback), Dan Gevirtz (cornerback/wide receiver), James Fielder (fullback), John Garland (lineman)
• Key returnees: Seniors – Kyle Mayfield (running back), Steve Gozur (linebacker), Joe Potkovac (lineman), George Shipp (linebacker), Derek Brandt (lineman), Brandon Mandes (kicker)
• Others to watch: Seniors – Mike Berstacher (quarterback), Eddie Posavec (wide receiver), Chris McGinnis (running back); Juniors – Mike Isabella (running back), Austin Shearer (quarterback), Kris Akins (wide receiver/defensive back), Luke Berry (fullback)
• Strengths: The Knights are not short of playmakers. Their skill positions, wide receivers and running backs, are talented and have a chance to break off a big play every time they touch the ball. While senior captain Kyle Mayfield is expected to lead the charge in the backfield, the Knights are excited about four or five different guys who could see some handoffs.
• Question marks: The Knights went into preseason workouts with an open competition at quarterback. The tandem fighting for the starting position will be chosen because of their ability to make a play when asked and their leadership abilities. Coach Beck will choose based on who gives him the best chance to win games.
• Outlook: The Knights want to win the league every season, which they have done since realignment, and that goal never changes. Once playoffs approach, they hope they are playing their best football and can make a run at District One championship and find themselves in the mix for a state title.
• Coach: Ed Gallagher (10 seasons) • Assistant coaches: Barry Benfield, Matt Brown, Tony Cipriano, Paul Fargo, Mike Heath, Jim Henning, Jim Rutkowski
• Last year’s record: 6-5 overall (5-2 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: Javon White (running back), Tyler Scholl (running back), Tanner Allem (quarterback), Mike Dimming (lineman), Zakk Hecht (linebacker), Ry Yozallinas (tight end/defensive end)
• Key returnees: Seniors – Anthony Williams (safety/running back), Jarrett Reinhard (linebacker)k Colby Johnson (linebacker), Kyle Wenger (wide receiver/defensive back), Connor Newlin (lineman), Jon Horton (linebacker), Jeff Wolf (kicker); Juniors – Ricky Young (lineman), Josh Lister (tight end/defensive end)
• Others to watch: Seniors – Ben Licona (lineman), Tyler Hangey (lineman), James Dunston (tight end/defensive end), Dan Knight (defensive back), Kenny Yoder (defensive back), Tyler McKeon (wide receiver), Troy Johnson (safety); Juniors – A.J. Curotto (quarterback), Cameron Trick (linebacker); Sophomores – Nate Landes (linebacker), Evan Sweet (lineman)
• Strengths: If there is one battle, the Indians expect to win, it is in the trenches. Their experience on both the offensive and defensive line, led by junior Ricky Young, should be able to
ballgames. • Question marks: Losing the quarterback to graduation is always a difficult challenge for high school football teams and this year the Indians are one of the teams dealing with transition under center.
• Outlook: Coach Ed Gallagher believes his team is capable of being very competitive in the league and the district. The leadership group is more encouraging than the talent itself, but the Big Red is glad to have skills all over the field as well.
• Coach: Tom Kirk (first season) • Assistant coaches: Dave Duggan • Last year’s record: 2-7 overall, (2-2 in the Philadelphia Catholic League)
• Notable losses: Evan Coughlin (linebacker), Tim Dugan (linebacker), Tyler Smith (lineman/fullback)
• Key returnees: Seniors – Pat Duggan (quarterback), Kevin Sabo (fullback/linebacker), James Ward (runningback), Tyler Viers (defensive end), Dan Pederson (linebacker), Evan DeHaven (lineman); Junior – Mike Iacono (running back)
• Others to watch: Junior – Joe Schmidt (running back), Zach Talley (tight end/defensive end), Phil Seager (linebacker), Max Wengyn (lineman), Jude Coughlin (fullback/linebacker), Ryan Gianoni (linebacker)
• Strengths: A majority of the Crusaders have been through a full varsity season and know what to expect against the Philadelphia Catholic League. Though the wins did not translate in 2011, players realized they were more than capable of competing with the teams they will see on their 2012 schedule.
• Question marks: A few important players are coming off injuries and in order for the Crusaders to have a successful season they will need to stay healthy. The move from the AA Division to the AAA Division will be a challenge, especially with their roster size being half of what most teams in their league are.
• Outlook: Coach Kirk will worry about the wins and losses at a later time, but in his first season at the helm he just wants his team to compete in every game no matter what the score. Coach Kirk wants to have a chance to win in the fourth quarter and then see how the chips fall. The Crusaders expect to gel and improve as the season goes along.
• Coach : Gary Pagliaro, third Season • Last year’s record : 5-7 • Notable losses: Matt Schuck, Dom Defazio, Casy Saverio
• Key returners: Seniors: Steve Palo QB/LB, John Molnar OL/DL, Gary Pagliaro OL/DL, Travis Young RB/LB, Chris Ejimonyeugwo RB/LB, Kyle Mullen SE/DB, Jimmy Murphy SE/DB; Junior: Luke Spahits RB/LB.
• Others to watch: Seniors: T.J. Keleher TE/DL, Ryan Higgins SE/DB.
• Outlook : The Hatters come into the season with six returning starters on defense and five returning players on the offensive side of the ball. Look for senior running back Travis Young to get a lot of carries. At 6 foot, 230 pounds, Young will be a force in the run game. The Hatters will also count on junior Luke Spahits and senior Chris Ejimonyeogwo to get a lot of carries throughout the season. The Hatters O-line will be anchored by senior John Molnar, senior Gary Pagliaro and junior Shane Delp.