Following a disappointing 2012 season in which the Kutztown Cougars won only one game (which was by forfeit); it would be easy to dismiss this team.
However, behind head coach Ben McKnight III, the Cougars are ready to face any and all challenges this fall. With a strong crop of returning players, Kutztown should improve from last season.
The team welcomes back junior quarterback Bryce Galczynski to lead the offense. Galczynski, a former running back, took over the reins at QB midway through last season.
Galczynski, a dual-threat signal caller, passed for 674 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 536 yards.
Tucker Maletta, who began last season as the starting QB, will also be back for his senior season. It will be interesting to see where he falls into the plans for the Cougars.
In the backfield, the Cougars will see a pair of returning contributors. Senior Nate Onorofsky rushed for 379 yards and caught 14 passes for 146 yards in 2012. He figures to get the bulk of the reps at tailback.
Onorofsky will be joined by junior Zach Sessions, who ran for 308 yards last season.
Junior Bryce Santos is one of the top targets in the passing game. Santos caught eight passes for 120 yards last fall and will look to fill the void left by recent graduates Dustin Smith and Justin Bales.
On defense, Kutztown will be looking for junior Kody Reichert to hold down the secondary. Reichert, a safety, was second on the team in tackles last season.
The secondary will also be aided by Maletta, who will be a key for the Cougars defense regardless if he takes snaps at QB.
The defensive line will be anchored by the Moyer wall, built by senior Mike and junior Nate. Senior Pete Hilliard will look to plug the middle as the team’s nose guard.
The Cougars will open the season against Bristol at Kutztown on Friday, August 30th. Bristol finished just three wins away from a Class A state title last season and will be a tough test for a young Kutztown squad.