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2021 Team Preview: Wyoming Area Warriors

Written by: on Saturday, August 14th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

Head Coach: Randy Spencer

Assistant Coaches:
Michael Fanti- Asst.Head Coach
Rich Musinski- Asst. Coach
Kenny Kopetchny-Asst. Coach
Jason Speece- Asst. Coach
Corey Popovich- Asst. Coach
John McNeil- Asst. Coach
Don Hindmarsh- Asst. Coach
Joe Pizano- Athletic Director
Jim Pizano- Vol. Coach
Eric Speece- Vol. Coach
Kim Pace- Vol. Coach
Tom Campenni- Vol. Coach
Paul Angeli- Vol. Coach
Farrad Condry- Vol. Coach
Bryce Hinkle- Vol. Coach
Mike Laffey- Strength Coach
Corey Popovich- Asst.Strength Coach
Dave Pacchioni- Vol. Strength Coach

Team Name: Wyoming Area Warriors

2020 Record: 5-3

Stadium: Jake Sobeski Stadium

District: 2

Class: AAA

League: Wyoming Valley Conference, Division 2

Key Starters lost:
Bryce Hinkle- C/LB
Nasir Condry- OL/LB
Jacob Williams- QB/S
Shawn Kostak- OL/DL
Adam Sigman- WR/DB
Colby Gashi- FB/LB

Offensive Starters Returning:
Sr. WR Rocco Pizano 5-10, 170
Sr. WR Usamah Alansari 6-1, 180
Jr. RB Drew Mruk 6-0, 210
Sr. RB/WR Leo Haros 5-10, 180
Sr. FB/TE Jayden Rusyn 6-1, 220
Sr. OL Nick Elko 6-4, 285
Sr. OL Ryan Gilpin 6-1, 275

Defensive Starters Returning:
Sr. DB Rocco Pizano 5-10, 170
Jr. LB Drew Mruk 6-0, 210
Sr. DB Leo Haros 5-11, 180
Sr. DE/LB Jayden Rusyn 6-1, 220
Sr. DL Nick Elko 6-4, 285
Sr. DE/LB Blaise Sokach-Minnick 6-3, 210
Sr. DB Usamah Alansari 6-1, 180
So. NG/LB Aaron Crossley 5-11, 205

Special Team Starters Returning:
Sr. KR/PR Rocco Pizano 5-10, 170
Sr. P/K Jayden Rusyn 6-1, 220
Sr. LS Blaise Sokach-Minnick 6-3, 210

Key Newcomers:
Sr. QB Blaise Sokach Minnick 6-3, 210
Sr. WR/DB John Morgan 6-0,160
Sr. RB/DB Nico Sciandra 5-10, 170
Sr. RB/LB Rich Hyzinski 5-11,185
Sr. TE/DL Michael Clark 6-1, 240
Sr. OL/DL Matt Clarke 5-11, 280
Sr. OL/DL Owen Kelly 6-2, 255
Jr. OL/DL Ethan Speece 6-0, 270
Jr. OL/DL Russel VanAuken 5-11, 250
Jr. TE/LB Joe Marranca 6-0, 220
Jr. TE/DE Justin Francis 6-2, 230
Jr. FB/NG Keegan Rusyn 5-10, 175
So. RB Aaron Crossley 5-11, 205
So. OL/DL Anthony VanAuken 6-0, 265

2020 Returning Player Stats:

Rocco Pizano

2020 PA Football News Class 3A All-State 2nd Team-CB

2020 Citizens Voice WVC All-Star-WR/DB

2020 Times Leader All WVC Team-DB

2020 NPF WVC Small School All-Star-Offensive Athlete

Nick Elko

2020 PA Football News Class 3A All-State-1st Team-G

2020 All-Eastern PA Football-2nd Team-OL

2020 Citizens Voice WVC All-Star-OL/DL

2020 Times Leader All WVC Team-1st Team-OL

2020 NPF All-District 2 All Star-DL

2020 NPF WVC Small School All Star-Lineman of the Year-1st Team-OL/DL

Blaise Sokach-Minnick

*** Div 1 Power 5 FBS Commit-Penn State***

Preferred Walk-On- Long Snapper

2020 PA Football News Class 3A All-State-1st Team-Long Snapper

2020 NPF WVC Small School All-Star-1st Team-DL

Drew Mruk

2020 Citizens Voice WVC All-Star-RB/LB

2020 Times Leader All WVC Team-1st Team-LB

2020 NPF WVC Small School All-Star-1st Team-LB 2nd Team-RB

2021 Outlook: This year’s team has strong leadership, talent, and experience, giving them the potential to contend for a district title and make a state playoff run.

Offense: We need to protect the football. Demonstrate the ability to knock opponents off the line of scrimmage. Run the ball downhill effectively. Consistently give our playmakers opportunities to create explosive plays.

Defense: Force turnovers. Limit explosives. Control the line of scrimmage. Tackle well. Run to the football.  Create pressure.

Special Team: Our special teams should be to generate big plays that should be difference makers in highly competitive games. We are led by experienced, and talented players in all aspects.

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