August 24, 2008
Coach: Chris Kinane (first year)
Last year: 0-10 (0-9, LVC)
Impact players: QB Justin Quaye, sr.; QB Nick Rhodes, jr.; WR Matt Wingler, sr.; WR Nik Davis, sr.; WR/RB David Gibbs, sr.; WR Siddiq Shabazz, sr.; OL Lance Troxell, sr.; OL Eddy Torres, sr.; RB/LB Luciano Martinez, sr.
Biggest question: How will the Canaries respond from having their third head coach in three years?
Outlook: Allen is 1-19 over the last two seasons and appears to be in for another grim season.
Coach: Tarik Haddad (fourth year, 17-14)
Last year: 4-6 (4-5)
Impact players: QB/FS Brian Morris, sr.; WR/CB Tevrin Brandon, sr.; WR/FS Zach Glagola, sr.; WR/FS Steve Schleder, sr.; WR/LB David René, sr.; FB/LB Kevin Bencsics, sr.; OG/DT Marc Baumann, sr.; OG/DT Brandon Lally, sr.; OT/DE Matt Sonon, sr.; OT/DT Josh Haag, sr.; OG/LB Chad Billy, sr; FB/LB Peter Rivera, jr.; WR/FS John Oliver, jr.; TB/CB Darrius Webb, jr.; WR/CB Joe Connell, jr.; OT/DT Sam Trunzo, jr.
Biggest question: Can the Golden Hawks mount an effective running game without experienced linemen and the departed Eddie Mateo, last season's LVC rushing leader who transferred to Freedom?
Outlook: Golden Hawks may lack experience in the trenches but they will still be formidable and have a speedy wideout in Brandon, who will keep secondaries on constant alert. A 3A district playoff appearance is possible if the Hawks can beat Liberty a third straight year, upset Freedom or Easton and, of course, beat all the teams they're better than on paper.
Coach: Harold Fairclough (third year, 8-11)
Last year: 5-6 (5-4)
Impact players: FS/WR Adam Schweyer, sr.; OL/ILB Omar Collaso, sr.; OL/DL Garrett Bisbing, sr.; RB/LB Jamie Airoldi, sr.; C Eric Schwartz, jr.; TE/LB Shane McNeely, so.; RB/LB Jared Pitts, so.
Biggest question: Will the Vikings, victimized by big plays throughout last season, manage to have enough energy to contend to the final whistle of tough games?
Outlook: Vikings will be gritty again but lost too much talent and muscle from last year and may struggle to post a winning season.
Coach: Keith Brader (second year, second stint overall at school, 15-48)
Last year: 1-9 (1-8)
Impact players: QB/S Sonny Odom, sr.; FB/LB A.J. Kuhns, sr.; WR Kyle Grimes, sr.; WR Jovan Ferreira, sr.; G/NG Matt Carraballo, sr.; DE Justin Figueroa, sr.; C/LB John Nunez, jr.; T Brendon Hausman, sr.; T/DE Leondro Perez, sr.; C Shamar Lawson, sr.; G/DE Robert Squires, sr.; RB/S Rodney Gilmore, jr.; WR/S Jacoby Smith, sr.; WR/C Tiffone Porter, jr.; FB/OLB Kyle Grady, jr.; RB/OLB Alex Rodriguez, sr.; NG John Fulmer, sr.; LB Darius Mendez, sr.
Biggest question: Can the Huskies, 1-29 over the last three seasons, maintain the toughness and discipline necessary to make it through a 10-game season?
Outlook: Expectations can't be too high for a program that has not won more than two games in a season since 2002, when it went 7-5. This team is stronger, more talented and has more depth than recent squads and may not lose by the 35-point mercy rule as much. Posting a winning season, however, seems impossible.
Coach: Steve Shiffert: (16th year, 124-58-1)
Last year: 8-4 (6-3 LVC), lost in District 11-2 Class 4A quarterfinals
Impact players: C Sean McDoughall, jr.; TE Chad Gruver, sr.; RB Kyle Harbridge, sr.; RB/OLB Tom Furman, sr.; OG Ryan Barrick, sr.; Jarrell Swick OG; RB/DB Jashaad Gaddy, jr.; OG Patrick Ellison, sr.
Biggest question: Without four-time Morning Call All-Area defensive back Jarred Holley, who graduated with a school-record 21 interceptions in June, can the Red Rover secondary thwart opposing quarterbacks as it did during Holley's four seasons?
Outlook: Some things never change. Easton being tough and good are two of them. Once again, the Rovers will be a punishing team on both sides of the ball and should qualify for the district playoffs a 10th straight season.
Coach: Joe Bottiglieri (seventh year, 36-28 at Emmaus, 42-33 overall)
Last year: 7-4 (6-3, LVC), lost in District 11-2 Class 4A quarterfinals.
Impact players: TE/DE Ryan Foltz, sr.; RB/DB C.J. Billera, sr; FB/ OLB Luke Trexler, sr.; QB/DB Matt Johnson, sr.; OT Bill Viscuso, sr.; ILB Jake Hildebrans, sr.; OG/DT Adam Polster, sr.; OG/DT Shawn Tomsic, sr.; WR/FS Frank Wiseley, sr.; WR/DB Ryan Onuscho , sr. RB/DB Tate Klidonas, jr. FB/ILB Ty Souders, jr.
Biggest question: Without Joe Davis, last year's emotional and physical leader on both sides of the ball, and two other key two-way starters, will the Green Hornets be as formidable in the trenches?
Outlook: It helps that the unquestionably talented Green Hornets do not play Liberty in the regular season, but they still have games against Freedom, Easton and Parkland and may need to win at least two of those to validate themselves as one of the LVC's and district's best. Capable? Of course. Emmaus just needs to do it and stop talking about it.
Coach: Jason Roeder (fourth year, 16-16)
Last year: 9-3 (6-3 LVC), won Eastern Conference Class 4A title
Impact players: RB/DB Jermel Lee, sr.; QB Ryan Tress, sr.; RB/DB Eddie Mateo, sr.; WR/DB Will Velekei, sr.; WR/DB Yusef Reddick, sr.; WR/DB Colin Freitas, sr.; TE/LB Mike Muzyka, sr.; FB/LB Ivan Encarnacion, sr.; OL/DL Kyle Peters, sr.; OL/DL John Kazcmarek, sr.; OL/-DL Sean Searfas, sr.; OL/DL Zach Grube, sr.; RB/DB D'Shawn Serrano, sr.; OL/DL Christian O'Connor, sr.; WR Josh Fortin-Smith, sr.; DB Tyree Pompey, sr.; OL/DL Mike Coccia, Jr.; RB/LB Todd Persinko, jr.; FB/LB Joe Liberati, jr.; DB Dylan Markwith, jr.
Biggest question: Can the Patriots continue the momentum established by winning the Eastern Conference 4A title last season by earning a district playoff berth for the first time since 2002?
Outlook: It's the season of no excuses for Freedom. Speed, size and experience are there. If the Pates also have the confidence, they could enjoy the greatest season in school history. Huge games against Liberty, Parkland and Easton are ahead, and the Pates need to win at least two of them to place themselves among the LVC elite.
Coach: Tim Moncman (ninth year, 67-28)
Last year: 10-2 (8-1, LVC), lost in District 11-2 Class 4A semifinals.
Impact players: QB Anthony Gonzalez, jr.; RB Branden Brader, sr.; FB/LB Daryl Klotz sr.; TE/LB Horvin Latimer, sr.; W/S Devin Street, sr.; OL/DL Levi Brown, sr.
Biggest question: Can the Hurricanes snap a two-game losing streak against city rival Bethlehem Catholic?
Outlook: An undefeated regular season is possible if the big, athletic and powerful Hurricanes can beat North Penn and Parkland to open the season, then display the intensity necessary to topple less-talented Bethlehem Catholic.
Coach: Rob Melosky (first year, 40-19 overall)
Last year: 1-9 (1-8)
Impact players: RB/LB Justin Altemose, sr.; QB/DB Ben Bradley, so.; QB/DB Matt Carhart, jr.; WR/DB Ryan Cordero, jr.; RB/DB Kyle Dauscher, jr.; OL/DL Mike Frace, sr.; OL/LB Glenn Klemka, jr.; OL/DL Shawn Mitchell, jr.; RB/DL Steve Searfoss, sr.; OL/LB Anthony Stampone, jr.; QB/LB Shawn Tripp, sr.; WR/DB Dan Wilk, jr.
Biggest question: Are the Blue Eagles headed for a winless season?
Outlook: Melosky is the only coach to lead a Lehigh Valley team to a 4A state football title, but he's now coach of a Blue Eagles team that's always been undermanned against LVC foes and doesn't appear to have enough talent or experience to avoid another disappointing year.
Coach: Bob Steckel (second year, 4-7)
Last year: 4-7 (2-7)
Impact players: RB/DB Ryan Mickley, sr.; RB/DB Shane Fenningham, sr.; WR/DB Andre McDermott, sr.; OL/DL Galen Clemons, sr.; LB/WR Alek Farkas, sr.; TE/DL Billy Boyko, sr.; LB/OL Aaron Chamberlain, sr.; RB/LB Brock Baker, jr.; QB/DB Zach Szoke, jr.
Biggest question: How well can the Konkrete Kids' offensive and defensive lines assert themselves?
Outlook: Kevin Kowalishen, a breakway threat every time he touched the ball the last two years, graduated. He's a major loss for a program that keeps losing star talent instead of gaining it. Another losing season is likely.
Coach: Jim Morgans (fourth year, 34-6; 184-110-1 overall)
Last year: 15-1 (9-0 LVC), state Class 4A runner-up.
Impact players: SE/FS Jaleel Clark, sr.; TE/DE Clint Miller, sr.; FB/LB Pete Bross, sr.; FB/LB Daryl Herod, sr.; QB Sean Keiper, sr.; HB/DB Marc Cecchini, sr.; HB/DB Eric Zuber, sr.; DE John Funk, sr.; NG Nick Deluca, sr.; OG Matt Frederick, sr.; OG Ian Tomcho, sr.; HB/LB Adam Gristick, sr.; TE/LB Matt Haugh, jr.
Biggest question: Can the Trojans, who open against St. Joseph's Prep, Liberty and Easton, finish undefeated in the regular season a third straight year?
Outlook: Clark, who has verbally committed to Missouri, figures to be a gamebreaker again. Parkland will contend for league, district and state titles again if its more physical players -- Herod, Miller and Bross -- have standout seasons.
Coach: Tony Trisciani (second year, 8-4)
Last year: 8-4 (6-3 LVC), lost in Eastern Conference 4A finals.
Impact players: TE Aaron Hoenl, sr.; QB Jimmy Lahue, sr.; OL Nick Timer, sr.; OL Abe Ndiaye, sr.; WR/DB Pat Bet, jr.; DE Tarey Carey, jr.; LB Matt Eck, jr.; DT Carl Kreidler, sr.; DE Doug Henninger, sr.; OLB Hunter Grol, jr.
Biggest question: Do the Zephyrs have a replacement for multiple-purpose star Matt Hamscher?
Outlook: Without Hamscher, who made game-turning plays on offense, defense and special teams, Whitehall will have to rely on more players to help make Year 2 under Trisciani just as much of a success. It's likely because of the spread offense Trisciani employed last year and because of the formidable cast of players the Zephs have once again.
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