Coun­cil Rock North look­ing to im­prove

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sher­man

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor COrNCIL ROCh NORTH is look­ing to im­prove upon a .500 sea­son it posted a year ago un­der head coach Adam Col­lachi, now in his third sea­son guid­ing the In­di­ans.

Last year in just its third Subur­ban One League (SOL) Na­tional matchup of the sea­son, CR North stunned the Neshaminy faith­ful in New­town when In­di­ans quar­ter­back Trevor Guzy hit wide re­ceiver Billy McAlis­ter on a 47-yard catch-and-run that went for a touch­down. The play came with un­der a minute left in reg­u­la­tion and North trail­ing 14-10, giv­ing the Rock a 1714 tri­umph.

The vic­tory pushed the In­di­ans to 2-1 with a win over Wil­liam Ten­nent (20-9) and a loss to Abing­ton (27-0). From there, the Rock de­feated Tru­man (48-6) and Ben­salem (21-20) while los­ing to Penns­bury (19-8) and CR South (17-0), which shared the division crown with the Gal­lop­ing Ghosts.

AW 5-5 RYHUDOO, 1RUWK fiQished with a re­spectable mark (4-3) in the SOL Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

7KH VLJQL­fiFDQW GHSDUWUUHV in the spring for the Rock in­cluded McAlis­ter, A.J. Gar­boski (Ithaca), Steve Sroba (Carnegie Mel­lon), Alex and Jake vard­ley.

For 2012, the In­di­ans ex­pect to com­pete for a league ti­tle, says Col­lachi, play­ing in the tough­est division in the SOL, the Na­tional Con­fer­ence. An­other team goal is to make it to the Dis­trict One-AAAA playoffs and com­pete for a dis­trict ti­tle, he says.

The Rock re­turns sev­eral key play­ers who will be en­ter­ing their third year as a var­sity starter. Col­lachi says the play­ers have pre­pared hard in the off­sea­son and are look­ing for­ward to a very com­pet­i­tive cam­paign.

The key play­ers re­turn­ing to the lineup in­clude Cur­tis Cothran (Sr. OL/DE), Bobby Bartlett (Sr. OL/DE), Billy Foote (OL/DL), John Devine (Sr. WR/FS), Nate English (HB/LB), AJ Niel­son (RB/DB), Pat hrimm (LB) and Erik Bur­gard (TE/ LB).

The play­ers to watch in­clude Bran­don hnotts (Sr. WR/DB), Josh McWil­liams (Jr. WR/DB), Eddie Mackin (RB/LB) and Tyler Cal­en­dar (HB/DL)

Help­ing out on the coach­ing side of things are Bob Maley, Phil Mann, Tom sivac­qua, Travis MacBride, Jeff John­son, Jared sivac­qua and Jimmy Du­mont.

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Photo by David Dami

Coun­cil Rock North RB Cal Parker car­ries the ball down­field for the In­di­ans in 2011 win. Parker has grad­u­ated and will not be there how­ever when the In­di­ans open Fri­day night at Haver­ford.

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