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2022 Team Preview: Wyoming Valley West Spartans (2)

Written by: on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Jack Baranski

Assistant Coaches:
Paul Patara
George Simms
Jason Wall
Ken McDaniels
Matt Zlotek
Ryan Prohaska
Mike Kozick
Joe Ruddy
Pete Cwalina
Brydon Rukstalis
Mike Blessing
Brady Davison
Vinnie Colianni
Ted Jackson Jr.

Team Name: Wyoming Valley West Spartans

2021 Record: 3-7

Key Starters Lost:
Conner Olisewski
Aiden Golightley
Josh Koval
Evan Lord
Patrick Meade
Ryan Meyers
Mark Raskiewicz
Jaden Swainbank

Offensive Starters Returning: (5)
Sr. C John McLaughlin, 6′, 215
Jr. RB Isaiah Cobb, 6’1″, 225
Sr. QB Luke Buss, 6’4″, 190
Sr. TE Nick Giza, 6’4″, 230
Sr. WR Hunter Pries, 6′, 180

Defensive Starters Returning: (6)
Sr. DL John McLaughlin, 6′, 215
Jr. LB Isaiah Cobb, 6’1″, 225
Sr. DB Hunter Pries, 6′, 180
Sr. DL Jason Pearson, 6’1″, 195
Sr. LB J’Von Gamble, 5’10”, 170
Sr. LB Logan Dwyer, 5’11”, 200

Special Team Starters Returning: (3)
Sr. LS John McLaughlin, 6′, 215
Sr. P Hunter Pries, 6′, 180
Sr. K Jonathan Cardona, 5’10”, 170

Key Newcomers: Jr.
WR/DB Maki Wells, 6’5″, 180
So. RB/DB Paul Riggs, 5’10”, 175
Jr. OL/DL Cole McKenzie, 6’1″, 265
Jr. OL/DL Eliot Thomas, 6’2″, 275
Jr. OL/DL Nasir Hall, 6’2″, 230
Jr. OL/DL Dajaun Edwards, 6’3″, 305
Jr. WR/DB Ty Makarewicz, 5’9″, 160
Sr. WR/DB Devon Suda, 5’9″, 155
So. FB/LB Jake Dubaskas, 5’10”, 180
Jr. QB/DB Lucas Zdancewicz, 6’1″, 185
Sr. WR/DB Shaun Reid, 6′, 185

2021 Returning Player Stats:
RB/LB Isaiah Cobb
298 rushes
1569 yards
18 TDs
57 tackles
6 tackles for loss
2 sacks

QB Luke Buss
40 for 108
683 yards
7 TDs

LB J’Von Gamble
33 tackles
9 tackles for loss
2 sacks

LB Logan Dwyer
23 tackles
1 tackle for loss

DL John McLaughlin
76 tackles
5 tackles for loss

2022 Offensive Outlook: “We are really excited about the return of RB Isaiah Cobb. Our run game is the key to our offense. We are equally excited about the return of QB Luke Buss who did a great job running the offense last season and who is now poised to potentially take over games from the quarterback position. Helping in that passing game will be returning TE Nick Giza, WR Hunter Pries, and emerging playmaker WR Maki Wells. Much of the success will rely upon the growth process of a young, inexperienced but sizable and talented offensive line.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “Defensively we always want to play fast and be physical. Returning LB Isaiah Cobb, DL Jason Pearson, DL John McLaughlin, and DB Hunter Pries will be expected to lead a young but talented defensive unit. DBs Paul Riggs, Lucas Zdancewicz, and Shaun Reid have shown some real athleticism and potential on the back end of the defense.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “With a returning LS, K, and P, as well as an overall increase in team speed, we feel confident in our special team’s units this season.”

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