Trojan Football

8/27/2021
GAMEFACE 2021: Trojans hoping to be more dimensional on offense


Using the Wing-T as his base offense, there were years when Nanticoke Area head coach Ron Bruza had a stable of running backs
, but an inexperienced offensive line.

There were other times where the backs were inexperienced, but the line was filled with veterans. Rarely have both matched.

This is one of those seasons when the math adds up for the Trojans and they can feature an experienced group of backs to go along with an offensive line that has been around for a while.

“We have experience on the offensive line. Braden Zaremba is a three-year starter going into his fourth year,” Bruza said. “Our running backs have some game experience. It is the first time we have had this. There have been years where are backs are seasoned and the line is young. We have some size up front that can move. If we stay healthy, I think we will be all right.”

The Trojans navigated their way through last season’s eight-game schedule without any postponements or cancellations. That afforded Bruza the opportunity to see his team develop a rhythm. There were nights he was able to get a look at his depth, especially at the running back position.

Ashton Brozusky averaged 5.1 yards per carry, Ayden Everett rushed for 101 yards on 31 carries and Aidan Jaskulski was second on the team in rushing with 301 yards, while averaging 7.3 yards per carry.

All ingredients for optimism heading into this season.

Along with the experience in the backfield and up front, Bruza’s offense will receive a spark with athlete Payton Kepp, transfer Jaylin Collins, and wideout Jaidyn Johnson, who makes the move from tight end to receiver.

Kepp, who primarily played defense last season, scored the team’s only special teams touchdown on a 70-yard kick return.

The Trojans will have a new quarterback, who may look more like a lineman or tight end. Bruza will go with strong-armed sophomore Seth Raymer, who checks in at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds. Raymer completed his only pass attempt last season for a 50-yard touchdown.

“He’s the biggest quarterback with the best arm,” Bruza said. “He sees the field. He is a big kid, but won’t be much of a run threat. We are going to find out early in camp what we are made of.”

With Raymer, Bruza has the potential to do multiple things on the offensive and plans to utilize his athletes based on the best scenario for the team.

While this has the potential to be one of Bruza’s most diverse teams, it does not mean he is going to scrap the base offense entirely.

“The Wing-T will still be our foundation offense,” Bruza said. “We should be able to do some other things to get to the edge. The backs have good vision, and we have to take advantage of our athletes.

“Last season, we went to the shotgun for a bit. I think we have some different things we can do this year. We have a lot of athletes on the field, but Seth is young.”

Defensively, Bruza hopes the Trojans can be aggressive, but still play within their assignments. He wants to be physical and be able to take advantage of the size up front and the athletes in the back end. How they reacted during camp will go a long way in helping him determine just how physical they will be on the defensive side.

“Bend but not break,” Bruza said. “We have to know who is going to stick their nose in there.

“For our weight room not being open, they did a good job taking care of their bodies. This is the best we have looked starting camp in a while. It is just a matter of getting our heads right and our bodies right.”

QUARTERBACKS

Seth Raymer will be the starter. He has a strong arm and can see the field. He brings a different dimension to the offense with his 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame. Payton Kepp and Jaylin Collins could also take some snaps at various times.

RUNNING BACKS

Aidan Jaskulski, who was second on the team in rushing last season with 301 yards and Kepp will be the halfbacks. Ashton Brozusky, who averaged 5.1 yards per carry and Ayden Everett will be the fullbacks.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Frankie Torres, Jaidyn Johnson and JJ Kus will be the receivers. None of the three caught a pass last season, so this group is pretty green in terms of actual game experience.

OFFENSIVE LINE

The tight ends will be Josh Pashinski and JJ Kochanski. Dylan Shires will be the right tackle, while Brandon Brojakowski will be the right guard. Ryan Wiaterowski is the left guard, with Jeff Ultsh playing left tackle. Braden Zaremba is the center.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Johnson, Kochanski and Raymer will be the ends. Ryan Fisher, Zaremba and Wiaterowski are the tackles.

LINEBACKERS

Alex Fine and Brozusky will play inside. On the outside will be Kus, Everett and Mykal Julian.

SECONDARY

Jaskulski, Collins and Torres are the corners. Kepp will be the safety.

SPECIAL

Sophia Lukowski, who kicked eight extra points and made one field goal from 22 yards will kick the PATs. Kus will do the punting.

8/25/2021
NEPAFootball.com
2021 Preview

TEAM: Nanticoke Trojans

COLORS: Navy, White & Scarlet
COACH: Ron Bruza,  12th Season (43-68)

PIAA: Class 3A

2021 CONFERENCE: WVC 3A

2020 RECORD: 2-6 (2-4 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 21-30

STADIUM: Frank Chicknoski Stadium
OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6
OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Wing-T
DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-4

2021 PREVIEW

A lot of new faces and a lot of young talent will be the calling card for the 2021 Nanticoke Trojans. The offensive line will be the key on how fast they can mature.  The coaching staff feels this is a hard-working group and will see progress sooner rather than later.

Seth Raymor comes in as the new quarterback and the Trojans think he can take control of the offense despite the lack of experience. A.J. Jakulski returns at running back and Payton Kepp should also get carries. Ayden Everett, Ashton Brozusky, and Alex Fine are the fullbacks. Jaydon Johnson and Frank Torres will be the wide receivers. John Pashinski and J.J. Kochanski will be the new tight ends.

The offensive line consists of left tackle Ryan Fisher, left guard Brandon Brojakowski, center Braden Zaremba, right guard Ryan Wiaterwoski and Dylan Shires at right tackle.

On defense, Johnson and Pashinski will play at the ends in the 4-4 with Wiaterowski and Fisher at the defensive tackle. Mykal Julian, J.J. Kus are the outside linebackers while Fine and Brozusky man the inside. Jaskulski and Torres will be the starting cornerbacks. Kepp will start a safety with help from Collins.

QUOTE FROM COACH BRUZA: With a strong weight room and a lot of young guys getting experience last season, we are looking to surprise some teams this season.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – WVC DIVISION 2
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2021 Nanticoke Schedule

Date

Event

Time/Results

Venue

August 27, 2021

Nanticoke at Scranton Prep

7:00 pm

Dunmore Veterans Memorial Stadium

September 3, 2021

Lake-Lehman at Nanticoke

7:00 pm

Frank Chicknoski Stadum

September 10, 2021

Nanticoke at Wyoming Area

7:00 pm

Jake Sobeski Stadium

September 17, 2021

Shamokin at Nanticoke

7:00 pm

Frank Chicknoski Stadum

September 24, 2021

Susquehanna at Nanticoke

7:00 pm

Frank Chicknoski Stadum

October 1, 2021

Nanticoke at Pittston Area

7:00 pm

Charley Trippi Stadium

October 8, 2021

Montrose at Nanticoke

7:00 pm

Frank Chicknoski Stadum

October 16, 2021

Nanticoke at Holy Redeemer

7:00 pm

McCarthy Stadium

October 22, 2021

Honesdale at Nanticoke

7:00 pm

Frank Chicknoski Stadum

October 29, 2021

Nanticoke at Hanover Area

7:00 pm

Hanover Memorial Stadium

2021 Nanticoke Roster

#

Player

Position

Grade

Height

Weight

1

Payton Kepp

DB, LB, RB, WR

10

6'0

165

4

Alex Fine

LB, RB

11

5'10

195

5

Owen Brown

K

11

6'1

175

6

Chris Benjamin

LB, QB

11

6'0

195

7

Cameron Fox

DB, WR

12

6'3

175

8

Sebastian Kryznewski

LB, QB

12

5'10

165

9

Jaylin Collins

DB, LB, RB, WR

11

5'10

175

10

Frank Torres

DB, WR

11

6'0

180

11

Nakyi Williams

DB, WR

11

6'0

205

13

John Kus

LB, TE

11

6'0

180

14

Lucas Stachowiak

LB, RB

11

5'10

170

17

Aidan Jaskulski

DB, RB

12

6'0

175

20

Sam Petrini

LB, RB

10

5'9

165

22

Zach Fox

DB, RB

10

5'9

150

23

Mykai Julian

LB, RB

10

5'10

180

24

Lucas Jaskulski

DB, WR

10

5'9

175

25

Jayden Helset

DB, WR

9

5'8

150

26

Ayden Everett

LB, RB

12

6'0

205

27

Braden Emel

LB, TE

10

6'0

185

32

Sophia Lukowski

K

11

5'9

145

34

Joseph Krieger

LB, RB

12

5'11

175

35

Gene Gyle

LB, RB

9

5'10

185

36

Jesses Helset

DB, WR

9

5'8

155

38

Jason O’Borski

LB, RB

9

5'8

160

39

John Pashinski

DL, TE

11

6'0

205

40

Ashton Brozusky

LB, RB

11

6'1

210

43

Nemico Sosa

DB, WR

9

5'10

180

49

Owen Atkins

LB, RB

9

5'9

180

50

Stephen Armstrong

LB, OL

10

6'0

185

53

Ryan Wiaterowski

DL, OL

10

6'1

265

56

Dylan Shires

DL, OL

11

6'0

245

59

Kevin Lokuta

DL, OL

11

6'1

290

60

Austin Blank

DL, OL

12

6'4

295

62

Nick Colianni

DL, OL

11

6'0

265

65

Brandon Brojakowski

DL, OL

12

5'10

210

66

Michael Park

DL, OL

10

5'9

250

67

Jeffery Ultsh

DL, OL

11

5'10

267

68

Jadon Guszak

DL, OL

11

5'10

230

70

Ryan Fisher

DL, OL

12

6'3

265

71

Brandon Thrash

DL, OL

9

6'0

265

72

Aiden Zwiebel

DL, OL

11

6'0

225

74

Braden Zaremba

DL, OL

12

6'4

330

75

Joseph Waichulis

DL, OL

9

6'1

218

80

Seth Raymor

QB, TE

10

6'5

250

84

Chase Pierontoni

DB, WR

12

6'1

185

86

Jonathn Kochanski

DL, TE

12

6'0

205

88

Jaidyn Johnson

DL, WR

10

6'6

220