The Wyomissing Spartans accomplished what high school football athletes dream of when they put on their pads every August: a state championship.
Wyomissing finished 16-0 with excellent leadership from its 22 seniors. Many of those players were key contributors to the Spartans title run.
As the team heads into 2013, Wyomissing will have to replace Division I talents Alex Anzalone (Florida) and Justin Causa (Villanova) along with eight other offensive starters from the PIAA Class AA champions.
Defending the state championship will not be an easy task for Wyomissing, but Wolfrum will have players ready to compete this fall. Here are a few offensive skill players to watch as the season approaches:
Scotty McAvoy (RB): McAvoy was the fifth leading rusher in Wyomissing’s Wing-T offense last season. He had 36 carries for 315 yards with an average of 8.75 yards per carry. Expect the senior to get the bulk of the carries for the Spartans.
Thomas Paolini (RB): Paolini should also benefit from the Wing-T offense. The junior had 25 carries for 192 yards with a yard per carry average of 7.68 in 2012. Since the Spartans prefer to put two running backs on the field, Paolini will see increased carries in the backfield.
Scott Kuczala and Brian Walters (QB): The Spartans lost Joe Cacchione and Corey Unger to graduation, which brings Kuczala and Walters into the mix for playing time at QB. Kuczala was 5-for-8 for 51 yards in 2012, but it’s unclear if the junior will be No. 1 on the depth chart heading into camp. Walters completed 1-of-2 passes for 4 yards and will compete for the starting job this fall.
Sean Smith and Caleb Naylor (WR): The Spartans do not throw the ball as frequent as other teams in the Berks Football League, but lose their top nine pass catchers from 2012. Smith and Naylor should see immediate playing time at receiver. Naylor, a junior, had one catch for 14 yards while Smith, a senior, had one catch for 10 yards in limited action.