Team # 6 Lewisburg (4) 0-0
Head coach Todd Tilford has breathed some fire into the Green Dragons’ program, and the results have shown, with two consecutive seasons of 10+ wins and a District 4 AA championship last season, the first in Lewisburg’s history. The run didn’t stop there, as Lewisburg finished 14-1 and gave eventual PIAA AA champion West Catholic a run for its money in the state semifinals..
While several quality pieces return from last year’s edition, one notable two-way threat, junior tight end/linebacker Brandon Smith, will not be among them. Unfortunately, a source familiar with Lewisburg reports Smith had offseason back surgery and will be lost for the entire season. Smith had recorded 188 tackles and six sacks on defense and caught 10 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns on offense as a sophomore. With the return of quarterback Camden Cassels (77-of-132, 1,162 yds, 11 TD), fullback Merle Moscarello (174 rush, 1,390 yds, 10 TD) and offensive linemen Nick Cozza, Austin Steen and Josie Hendricks, Lewisburg should provide a nice nucleus to build around.
Defensively, key returnees include Jared Laino (55 tackles, 4 INT, 16 PD); Mark Hall (47 tackles, 2 INT, 6 PD); Cozza (108 tackles, 4 PD, 4 FF); Pat Ostrowsky (69 tackles, 2 FR); Hendricks (37 tackles); and Steen (16 tackles, sack) from a unit which allowed an average of 12.8 points per game, holding nine of 15 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.
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