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2022 Team Preview: Valley View Cougars (2)

Written by: on Wednesday, August 24th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: George Howanitz

Assistant Coaches:
Scot Wasilchak
Jeff Wasilchak
Christian Reese
Corey Mitchko
Josh Lupini
Anthony Mengoni
William Cawley
Rob Nolan
Bobby Aiello
Willy Rebar
Anthony Kenney
Mike Shemonski
EJ Sumski
Tyler Kapinus
Sam Pittsman
Todd Bargella

Team Name: Valley View Cougars

2021 Record: 12-2

District: District 2

Class: AAAA

League: Lackawanna Football Conference, Division 1

Key Starters Lost:
Sean Mackinder
Colin Skeen
Danny Vislosky
Jordan Rebar
Chris Conserette
Dante Randle
Andrew Heid
Matt Cole
Louis Marion
Corey Bushta
Zack Rudalavage

Offensive Starters Returning: (6)
Sr. QB Adam Howanitz, 6-4/230
Sr RB Connor Hilling, 5-9/180
Sr G Jacob Casarin, 5-9/220
Sr G James Casarin, 5-9/230
Sr WR Taheed Jewell, 6-3/180
Sr TE Rafe Evans, 6/255

Defensive Starters Returning: (7)
Jr DE Steven Halloran, 6-3/245
Sr LB Dylan Walsh, 5-10/190
Sr LB AJ Kucharski, 6-1/185
Sr DL Robert Altieri, 6/235
Sr DB Taheed Jewell, 6-3/180
Sr DB Adam Howanitz, 6-4/230
Jr DB Chris Savkov, 6-1/175

Special Team Starters Returning:

Key Newcomers:
Jr RB Cam Higgins, 5-9/180
Jr OL Jerry Wasilchak, 6-1/240
JR DE Robbie Nolan, 6/230
Jr WR/DB Dom Memo, 6/175
Jr DL Logan Smith, 5-11/255

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Connor Hilling
187 carries
1,537 yards
24 touchdowns

Adam Howanitz (6 Games)
591 yards
10 touchdowns
405 yards
6 touchdowns

2022 Offensive Outlook: “With Hilling & Howanitz returning, our offense should be explosive. We have a few young OL that will be thrown into the mix early and I expect them to perform well for us. If we can stay away from the injury bug which got us last season, our backfield could be one of the best in NEPA.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “A big chunk of our defense is returning with big game experience and even our non-starters last year got a lot of playing time. If we can stay healthy and produce turnovers, the group has a chance to be very good.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “Our young players take a lot of pride in getting on the field as special teams players & they’ve come up with a lot of big plays – we’d expect nothing less this season.”

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