Football

9/9/2020
Gameface 2020: Nanticoke Area Trojans
Steve Bennett-Citizens Voice

After spending the last couple of seasons at Class 4A, Nanticoke Area is back at Class 3A for this two-year cycle.
Even under normal circumstances that would not guarantee success. But this year’s schedule is anything but
normal for teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
Two of Nanticoke Area’s first three games are at home, but they are against Williamsport and Crestwood,
 bookending a trip to Lake-Lehman. Near the end of the season, the Trojans travel to Spartan Stadium to take on Valley West before returning home to host Wyoming Area, the defending Class 3A state champion.
“It is definitely going to be a challenge,” Nanticoke Area coach Ron Bruza said. “There is really
 nothing that we can do about it. There are some teams on the schedule this year that we haven’t played in a while.”
The good news for the Trojans is that they will be pretty well equipped to take on the schedule.
 There were years the Trojans were experienced at the skill positions, but lacked experience up front. This year, there is a combination of experience on both ends.
“We have a lot of guys coming back,” Bruza said. “These guys have experience with what they can do. We had a few guys that played positions last year that we didn’t think we would have to put them there. But I am happy with the way they reported for camp. They came in in better shape than I thought they would be in with the pandemic.
“We just have to stay healthy and move forward and keep getting better every day.”

QUARTERBACKS
Mike Marcella and Sebastian Kryznewski will be the quarterbacks. Marcella saw plenty of action last year, throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns. He appeared in eight games.
RUNNING BACKS
Joe Fox and Devin Lowman will be the running backs. The fullbacks are Ayden Everett an Nico Czeck. Lohman led the team in rushing last year with 430 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry. Fox had two receptions out of the backfield for 66 yards and one score.
WIDE RECEIVERS
Sincere Shiloh, Nate Penko and Payton Kepp. Shiloh is clearly the leader of the group and qualifies as another skill position player who has the potential to change a game when the ball is in his hands. Last year, he had seven catches and averaged 15.6 yards per catch.
OFFENSIVE LINE
The tight ends are Jaidyn Johnson and Jonathan Kochanski. Johnson is a freshman, who checks in at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds. At tackle will be Elijah Collison and Brandon Zaremba. The guards are Brandon Brojakowski and Ryan Fisher. The centers are Ryan Wiaterowski and Austin Blank.
DEFENSIVE LINE
Johnson and Collison will be the ends. At tackle will be Henry Sedorchuk and Zaremba.
LINEBACKERS
On the outside are Aidan Jaskulski and Lohman. Playing inside will be Czeck and Fox.
SECONDARY
The defensive backs who can either play safety or corner will be Shiloh, Penko, Kepp and Dylan Tuthill. Penko had one interception last year.
SPECIAL TEAMS
Alex Fine is the kicker. Ethan Evanitus is the punter.