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2022 NTL Large School Division Preview

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| August 16, 2022


In 2021 the Northern Tier League had one of their most successful season as the Canton Warriors, the Large School Division champions, reached the PIAA state semi-finals against Bishop Guilfoyle. Both the Warriors and Small School Division champions Muncy both finished undefeated in their divisions.

2021 Final Standings

Canton 9-0, 13-1 (overall)
Troy 5-2, 8-4 (overall)
Wellsboro 4-2, 5-4 (overall)
Athens 4-4, 6-5 (overall)
North Penn-Mansfield 3-4, 5-6 (overall)
Towanda 1-6, 1-8 (overall)
Wyalusing 1-8, 2-8 (overall)

Canton Warriors

Head Coach: Tyler Sechrist

Assistant Coaches: Greg Bellows, Brock Kitchen, David Reynard, Craig Route, Shane Wilber, Davey Machmer, Ryan VanNoy, Seth Robbins

Returning Starters: Weston Bellows, Riley Parker, Hayden Ward, Hudson Ward, Michael Davis, Austin Allen, Baily Ferguson, Mason Nelson, Brennen Taylor, Gage Pepper, Mason Harold

Key Newcomers: Holden Ward, Ben Fitch, Michael Beers, Averey Dibble, Wesley Castle

Key Starters Lost: Cooper Kitchen, Caiden Williams, Connor Davis, Mason Shultz, Gavin Morse

Season Outlook: “We are looking forward to a exciting season. We have a senior heavy team with tons of experience and leadership. We need to stay focused on our goals and work hard to improve every week in the 2022 season. Take it one week at a time being careful not to look ahead and enjoy the journey.”

Troy Trojans

Head Coach: Jim Smith

Assistant Coaches: Joe Millard, Chance Wright, Ryan Ammerman

Returning Starters: Kory Schucker, Evan Woodward, Mason Woodward, Jackson Taylor, Nick York, Justice Chimics, Clayton Smith

Key Newcomers: Jed Feldmier, Kael Millard, Mason Smith, Charles Oldroyd, Ty Spencer

Key Starters Lost: Mason Imbt, Jayden Renzo, Eli Crane, Damien Landon, Gavin Cohick, Jeff Roy

Wellsboro Hornets

Head Coach: Matt Hildebrand

Assistant Coaches: Nate Babcock, Bryce Bitner, Ethan Nichols, Brent English, Tyler Hancock

Returning Starters: Conner Adams, Jack Poirier, Spencer Wetzel, Joe Brown, Hayes Campbell, Cameron Brought, Wyatt Gastrock

Key Newcomers: Ryder Bowen, Will Gastrock

Key Starters Lost: Isaac Keane, Darryn Callahan, Ryan Sweet

Season Outlook: “We bring back 8 starters on both sides of the ball. We have grown our team from 23 players last year to 36 this year. We hope to combine our experience with some of the new youth we bring in. I think we can be very competitive and with added numbers we should be able to get guys off the field to get rest this year. We do have a very difficult schedule this year. The league will be very tough, and our non league games are equally tough.”

Athens Wildcats

Head Coach: Jack Young

Assistant Coaches: Keith Kline, Steve Satterly, Mike Keathley, Landon Henry, Mike Hibbert

Returning Starters: Caleb Nichols, Mason Lister, Matt Machmer, Jaden Wright, Joe Blood

Key Newcomers: Kolsen Keathley, Xavier Watson

Key Starters Lost: Shayne Reid, JJ Babcock, Dylan Harford, Jared Peterson, Tom Forrest, Troy Jennings,

Season Outlook: 

North Penn-Mansfield Panthers

Head Coach: Chris Olson

Assistant Coaches: Derek Hall, Shaun Wilson, Derrick McLean, Rob Davis, Phil Leid

Returning Starters: Kohen Lehman, Cooper Shaw, Jacob Johnson, Karson Dominick, Sammy Lawrence, Dante Stiger

Key Newcomers: Derek Litzelman, Easton Cleveland-Pequignot

Key Starters Lost: Cam Fabian, Gaven Sexhauer

Season Outlook: “The Panthers will have a new look this year without long time (28 years) Head Coach Tom Dickinson. Chris Olson takes over as the new HC after playing for Coach Dickinson and coaching beside him for 24 years. The Panthers will look to build on the strong sophomore season of Karson Dominick at QB and will lean on two year starter at running back Kohen Leahman. Jacob Johnson, a 3 year starter, will solidify both the OL an DL.”

Towanda Black Knights

Head Coach: Craig Dawsey

Assistant Coaches: Ryan Larcom, Dan Cook, Nate Ross, Bryan Bechdel, Guy Kapichok, Drandan Dinelli, Tim Smith, Bob Horton

Returning Starters: Grady Flynn, Justin Schoonover, Tim Parker, Elias Shrawder, Riley Vanderpool, Zach?, Andy Vanderpool, Mitch Mosier, V Ferrell?, Jared Gunther, Quinton Woodburn, Will Shrawder

Season Outlook: “We are looking to improve in all areas of the game! Hopefully, we will have experienced kids in key positions that will stay healthy!”

Wyalusing Rams

Head Coach: Henry Laboranti

Assistant Coaches: Mike Raymond, Jerry Kipp, Ryan Johns, Michael Earle, Jake Grover

Returning Starters: Cade McMicken, Aiden Hunsinger, Tyler Gardner, Ken Warfle

Key Starters Lost: Jacob Bruyn, Jacob Horner, Hunter Bailey, Brian Arnold

Season Outlook: “The Wyalusing Rams look to build off of a strong offensive group returning for the 2022 season. The offensive and defensive line that the Rams have this year will be sure to turn some heads with their size and strength. With Cade McMicken at starting quarterback, who brings years of experience to the field, the Rams hope to capitalize on everything the team learned last season and make a run for the NTL title.”

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