40 teams in 40 days – Day 38: Marian Catholic (11)
The Colts finished the season with an 5-5 record. Marian Catholic had a huge win against Shenandoah Valley week eight.
Paul Martin rushed for 1,177 yards on 201 carries and 17 touchdowns.
Corey Quirk passed for 395 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan Karnish passed for 333 yards and five touchdowns.
Last season Marian Catholic had three receivers over 100 yards. Eric Swankoski had 10 catches for 186 yards and two scores. Martin added 123 yards and one score. When Quirk isn’t at quarterback he was catching the ball. He had three catches for 108 yards receiving.
Q & A with Marian Catholic head football coach Stan Dakosty
We sat down with Dakosty and talked to him about his team for the 2012 season.
How is your camp going this summer?
Off-season has been successful and our numbers are strong. We will turn out 44 players for varsity. We are looking forward to the season.
Who do you have coming back on offense?
Our biggest question mark on offense is on the offensive line. We only have one player coming back with experience. So it’s wide open. JP O’Connor is the player coming back. He started about four or five games for us.
We have two quarterbacks coming back. They are Ryan Karnish and Corey Quick. Both will see time.
Our tailbacks will be Dylan Quirk and Anthony Agosti. Both are very athletic and big play players. My fullbacks are Derich Holman and Sam Budusky. Both have experience.
Lukas Damian is our tight end. He has had an outstanding off-season. My receivers are Eric Swankoski, John Julian and Mike Cataldo. We can go four or five deep at receiver. That is our strength on offense.
Who do you have coming back on defense?
Our anchor on the defensive line is our nose guard, Derich Holman. My tackles and ends are pretty much wide-open.
We have three linebackers. They are Lukas Damian, Sam Budusky and Damian Richards.
In the secondary we have John Julian, Ryan Karnish, Dylan Quirk and Anthony Agosti. Mike Cataldo and Frank Nietz will see some time.
Our secondary is our strength on defense.
Who do you have coming back on special teams?
Punting wise we have Dylan Quirk back. He had an outstanding year punting for us last year. We are bringing up a ninth grader to kick for us.
We need to be consistent. One thing about the Anthracite is every week it’s a battle. We play some tough non-league teams. We have Lehighton and Pius X.
To have a successful season you have to?
One thing that killed us last year was turnovers. We need to do better this year if we want to be successful.
Marian Catholic opens at Lehighton on August 31st
40 teams in 40 days
Day 28 – Whitehall (11)
Day 29 – Valley View (2)
Day 30 – Wyomissing Area (3)
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