2013 Season Preview
With 13 starters returning from the 2012 team that finished 12-1 and won a league and district title, expectations are typically high at Southern Columbia. In his 30th season as head coach, Jim Roth also has some talented newcomers on his roster which could offset some of the graduation losses.
This unit averaged over 40 points a game last season and could be even better this fall. Four starting offensive linemen return including tackle Josh Tripp, a 6-5, 270 pound senior, guards Logan Reynolds, a 5-10, 220 pound senior and Josh Yoder, a 6-2, 270 pound sophomore along with center Trent Donlan, a 5-10, 270 pound junior. Replacing all state tackle Ryan Cherwinski will be 6-3, 225 pound senior John Stanishefski. All of the starting running backs return including senior Adam Feudale who rushed for over 1000 yards, senior Matt Lupold, and two underclassmen who rotated at a running back position last season- sophomore Blake Marks and junior Brad Noll.
The Tigers will have new starters at quarterback, tight end, and wide receiver, but Roth is confident that his team will have an above average passing attack to go with their devastating ground game. Leading the way will be 6-3, 210 pound sophomore Nick Becker who threw 9 varsity passes last season three of which went for touchdowns. The Tigers two leading receivers from 2012, Joe Kleman and Bryce Parry have departed, but there is plenty of talent at that position starting with junior Luke Rarig whom Roth describes as “probably one of the best skill players who ever played here.” Along with Rarig, the Tigers have speedy senior Zach Tillet, a transfer from Shamokin and Mike Klebon, a starter on the basketball team who is playing football for the first time in several years. At the tight end position, the Tigers will alternate sophomore Gabe Delbo and 6-0, 235 pound senior Mitch Stanziale.
Linebackers should be the strength of this unit with three returning starters including all state selection Cody Pavlick, a 6-2, 215 pound senior who led the team in tackles. Joining Pavlick on the inside will be senior Rob Delbo. Senior Garrett Sosnoski returns at one outside spot. The other outside spot will be occupied by senior Matt Lupold who will alternate with sophomore Blake Marks.
Junior Luke Rarig is the only returning starter to the secondary, but Nate Hunter has recovered from the injury which cut his 2012 season in half and newcomers Mike Klebon, Zach Tillet and Mason Peters, all seniors, should fill in nicely.Peters is an outstanding baseball player who has not played football for several seasons.
Two of the front four return in tackle Trent Donlan and end Mitch Stanziale. Rotating at the other tackle spot will be 5-5, 235 pound senior Angelo Forti and 6-0, 230 pound senior Collyn Drake. Alternating at an end position will be Ken Fegley, a 5-11, 185 pound senior and Chase Tillet, a 6-0 185 pound sophomore.
The Tigers lost some excellent special teams players in placekicker Dylan Swank and punter Jake Becker, but they expect to be strong in those areas once again. Luke Rarig, who kicked off last season, will do the placekicking, and Adam Feudale should do well at punting.
It’s a sobering thought for SCA opponents, but this team could be even better than last year’s team. That doesn’t guarantee another unbeaten regular season. Selinsgrove, Mount Carmel, and Bloomsburg figure to be major hurdles for the Tigers, but, if they stay healthy, this Southern Columbia team has the talent to make a deep run in the postseason playoffs.