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Written by: Patrick Grill on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022
Cowritten by Carl Frederick
Teams in section:
Kutztown, Northern Lebanon, Hamburg, Schuylkill Valley, Anneville-Cleona, Lancaster Catholic, Pequea Valley, Columbia
Teams to Beat for the Section title– Lancaster Catholic Coach Maiorino enters his 3rd year as a head coach for the Crusaders. His program has steadily improved from 2 to 4 wins and is now looking to make the leap in the new section 5.
Coach Chris Maiorino- “New section and Berks county teams are new to us, but very excited to play them. Excited to see this group of Seniors mature over the last three years”.
Columbia– New Head Coach Brady Mathias takes over the program from Bud Kyle. Robert Footman might have moved on, but still, plenty of playmakers are available for the Crimson Tide to compete for this section title.
Dominic Diez-Ellis WR/DB-”Absolutely taking week 1 is very personable for us against Eastern York. Goal is to win the section again and go further in playoffs”.
Hamburg– The Hawks are coming off of a 7-4 season. Their first winning season since the 2016 season. Now Hamburg joins a very wide open section 5. “We expect to compete every week with high energy and effort. We have a good mix of returning players to lead the way. We lost a few key contributors from last season but I expect our younger players to step up.”
Returning: Offensive Starters Returning: Sr. QB Xander Menapace, Sr. WR Kevin McFarland, Sr. OL Charles Sheppard, Sr. OL Bryce Kamp, Sr. OL Evan Snyder Defensive Starters Returning: Sr. DB Derek Ruiz, Sr. DB Kevin McFarland, Sr. DL Charles Sheppard, Sr. LB Bradley Zettlemoyer, Sr. DL Evan Snyder, Sr. DL Ronnie Parra, So. LB Tyler Shuey, So. DB Ty Werley, So. LB Aiden Readinger
Newcomers: Jr. TE/LB Mason Semmel, Jr. WR/DB Alex Bentz, Jr. WR/DB Cohen Correll, So. WR/DB Leland Moore, Jr. RB/LB Parker Folk, Jr. OL/DL Christian Brown, So. DB/RB Daniel Brady
Northern Lebanon- Jason Rice’s initial campaign had them winning 4 games which was a lot of progress for Northern Lebanon after winning a combined 2 games the previous 4 seasons. Rice and Northern Lebanon should be in the race in the wild open section 5. “We head into the 2022 football season with a good combination of youth and experience. We have a small senior class but they all return with experience. Our junior and sophomore classes are loaded up with promising talent in both skill and big positions. Overall, we look forward to competing in the new-look Lanaster Lebanon League in Section 5. Every Friday Night will be a fight but we are excited about competing and continuing to build on our strengths and develop our weaknesses.”
Returning: Luke Shaffer – LB/H-Back – 6’1″ 210 lbs – Class of 2024
Moises Gonzalez – WR/RB/DB/KR/PR – 6′ 210 lbs – Class of 2024
James Voight – WR/CB – 6’1″ 180 lbs – Class of 2023
Grady Stichler – QB/RB/DB/KR/PR – 5’9″ 165 lbs – Class of 2023
Jared Ecenroad – OL/DL – 5’10” 200 lbs – Class of 2023
Eli Thompson – OL/DL – 6’3″ 210 lbs – Class of 2025
Hayden Adams – OL/DL – 5’10” 235 lbs – Class of 2025
Newcomers: Myles Watson – RB/WR/CB Tanner Feagley – WR/OLB Bryan Mitzel – WR/CB Brendan Ryan – WR/OLB
Schuylkill Valley- Head coach Bruce Harbaugh says “Our goals remain the same: Stay healthy, be competitive, have a winning season, win the section, make playoffs, win districts, make state playoffs. 17-18 Starters returning. Good offensive line. Solid skill position players. Best skill group I’ve had since 2011 at LC .Very quick running backs. Have to protect the football. Defensive front should be quite good. LB’s and secondary are improving. Have to get better at stopping the run. Have to teach these kids how to win and change the culture of the program. Experienced coaching staff will help. We want to be competitive and establish a solid running game to compliment our improving passing game, Minimize turnovers and put our players in a position to win football games. Very Talented overall group on both sides of the ball returning. Reminds me of my 2011 State Championship team at LC. We will challenge for the Section 5 Championship.
STARTERS RETURNING Defense
Colby Crills CB 5’10 180 JR 2nd team All-Berks DB
Paul Engleman LB 6’1 235 SR
Sabier Mateo DE 6’0 230 SR
Jadon Swain DT 6’0 240 SR
Michael Goad FS 6’0 185 SR
Jaden Gulley LB 6’1 205 JR
Theo Wysocki DE 6’4 250 JR
Christian Davilla DT 6’3 275 SR
Jake Stelluti LB 6’0 180 SR
STARTERS RETURNING OFFENSE
Paul Engleman G 6’2 235 SR
Christian Davila T 6’3 275 SR
Sabier Mateo C 6’0 230 SR
Michael Goad QB/WR 5’11 175 JR
Theo Wysocki TE 6’4 245 JR
Colby Crills WR 5’9 175 JR 2nd Team WR
Dimitri Aletras TE 6’2 190 Soph
Dominic Giuffre RB 6’0 175 JR
Julian Kemmerer WR 5’11 165 JR
Gage VanKeuren G 5’10 215 SR
OTHERS EXPECTED TO MAKE AN IMPACT
Defense Ethan Swoyer DE 6’0 240 SR Copper Hohenadel CB 5’11 175 Soph Luke Spotts LB 6’2 180 Soph Nathan Searfoss LB 6’0 190 JR Dimitri Aletras DE 6’3 200 Soph Hayden Bojako DE 6’2 210 SR Dominic Giuffre CB 5’11 170 JR Julian Kemmerer DB 5’11 165 JR Calub Moore LB 6’1 210 JR Dillon Lackner CB 5’11 160 Soph Mason Shelak CB 5’9 160 SR Jacob Stelluti LB 6’0 170 SR Brayden Woods DE 6’1 220 SR Kowen Gerner CB 5’11 180 Soph OTHERS
Offense Mason Shelak WR 5’8 160 SR Kowen Gerner WR 5’11 170 Soph Cooper Hohenadel WR/RB 5’10 170 Soph Luke Spotts TE/WR 6’1 185 Soph Jadon Swain G 6’0 245 SR Brayden Woods RB 6’1 220 SR Logan Nawrocki QB 5’9 170 Soph Dillon Lackner WR 5’10 160 Soph Alex Rider G 5’11 215 JR Hayden Bojako G 6’2 210 SR Logan Cammauf RB 5’10 160 FR Owen Eisenhofer QB 5’11 165 FR
Pequea Valley- New Head coach Michael Choi: “With a new coaching staff coming in, we have spent a lot of time installing our new offense and defense this off-season. How we learn and execute the fundamentals and techniques that continue to be taught will determine our success both offensively and defensively. We expect to be competitive in every game and believe we have the athletes to make this team and season fun to watch!”
Peyton Temple, QB/DB, 5-10, 150, Sr.;
Zachary Hollenbaugh, OL/DL, 6-2, 210, Sr.;
Evan Stoltzfus, OL/DL, 5-10, 195, Sr.;
Logan McGrane, OL, LB, 5-8, 190, Jr.;
Orlando Stoltzfus, RB/LB, 5-5, 165, Sr.;
Zachary Otstot, RB/WR/ LB, 6-0, 190, Sr.
Newcomers: Dontae Petersheim, RB/WR/CB; Cameron Bergman, WR/DB; James Stoltzfus, WR/TE/DB; Jeremiah Garber, OL/DL; J.T. Hoops, WR/DB; Bryce Logan, OL/LB; Jordan Stauffer, WR/LB; Adam Shultz, WR/LB; Jovanni Candelario, TE/DL; Antonio Chaves, TE/DL; Alex Wilkinson, OL/DL; Cayden Carter, QB/WR/DB
Players to Watch in Section 5
Will Cranford QB Lancaster Catholic
Jaevon Parker WR Lancaster Catholic
Dominic Diez-Ellis WR Columbia
Artie Pointdexter WR Columbia
Pierce Mason RB Hamberg
New Head Coach in Section 5:
Brady Mathias Columbia: Mathias is taking over for Bud Kyle who helped lead Columbia to the first section title in 20 years. The good news is Mathias has been on staff for the last two years. The other positive news is he is a teacher in the district. He is also returning a ton of production from last year’s team.
Mathias- “Been good transition for me. Something to benefit us is me being on staff. And we know what to expect from each of the players. Brought back a few members from last year’s staff to stay on and help as well.“
Matt Hoffert Hamburg- Hoffert has big shoes to fill replacing Jeff Chillot who guided the Hawks to the District quarter-finals last year. Longtime assistant Hoffert is a Hamburg alum, looking to keep the momentum going from 2021.
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