This fall, the Eagles of Blue Mountain will look to improve upon a 6-5 season and earned a District 11-AAA playoff berth.
For head coach Mike Brennan, the task at hand is well known throughout the locker room. The Eagles would like to become Section 2 champions this fall and they return a pretty solid core of players to help them do so.
On offense, the Eagles will have signal caller Shane Graspy lead the way. The quarterback threw for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior last season. Grapsy also added 254 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
Graspy will be joined by fellow seniors Will Bornstein and Colin Richards in the backfield. The duo ran for a combined 571 yards and six TDs last season.
The team also returns star wide receiver Tristan Dickey, who had 17 catches for 363 yards and three touchdowns last fall. Dickey will look to have more games like the one he had against Pottsville last season, which saw him gain 100 yards and two touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Blue Mountain has a great core group returning for this season. Junior Sean Greenawalt tallied 46 tackles and five interceptions during last year’s sophomore campaign. Greenawalt, also a dangerous punt returner, figures to play a prominent role on special teams as well.
Will Bornstein will anchor the middle of the Eagles’ defense. Bornstein had a team high 57 tackles, a sack, and two forced fumbles in 2012.
Zach Yackenchick will lead the defensive line. He recorded a team high five sacks last season.
It will be interesting to see which underclassmen step up for Coach Brennan this season. Blue Mountain has a very good shot to contend for a Section 2 title this fall.