This is the eighth edition of our Five To Watch series. We thank Mansfield University for coming aboard again as a sponsor on the network and our title sponsor for Five To Watch. There are 34 teams in the WVC and LFC so it’s impossible to recognize every single player in this list. The players we do list are some of the best at their position or have an interesting role coming up in 2019 for their team. For players who don’t make the list, we hope you strive to make our lists at the end of the season because that’s the ones that really count.
Next up, athletes:
Keanu Ammons, Sr. – Nanticoke
Take your pick on how Ammons will beat you. He can score in the running game, passing game, special teams and defense. For 2019, Ammons will be the main playmaker for the Trojans and opposing defenses will have to find a way to limit his impact. He was the leading receiver for Nanticoke last season and should be a main ball carrier this upcoming season. Ammons was an NPF WVC Big School Second Team defensive back in 2018
Steve Borgia, Sr. – Dunmore @YouSTEVENmyLook
Borgia will start his second year at quarterback, but can play anywhere on the field for Dunmore. Last season, he accounted for 15 touchdowns and also was the leader in the Bucks secondary. Expect Borgia to be used even more as an offensive weapon in 2019. He was an NPF LFC Division III First Team defensive back in 2018.
Tyler Carey, Sr. – Old Forge
Carey is a pure athlete and will have many more opportunites in all phases of the game with the Blue Devils losing their biggest playmakers to graduation. Last season, Carey was limited on offense because of the seniors, but will be more involved and should be very prominent on special teams where he shined as a junior.
Kristian Pon, Sr. – Riverside
Pon had 828 yards from scrimmage and was the Vikings leading rusher as a junior. With an offense that throws the ball all over the field, Pon should still be a major factor in the running game, but even more involved in the passing game in 2019. Last season, Pon was an NPF LFC Division III Honorable Mention athlete.
Garrett Swank, Sr. – Crestwood @GarrettSwank3
Swank had 60 touches on offense as a junior, but could be the primary weapon in the running game as well as still being a target in the passing game. Special teams is another place on the field that he can hurt opposing teams. Swank was an NPF WVC Big School Honorable Mention defensive back in 2018.
Nico Berrios, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
Berrios was a quarterback at one time and will return to the position for his senior year. He played in many different spots for the state runner-ups but now will get to shine on offense. He also was an impact player on Trail’s defense. Berrios was an NPF LFC Division IV First Team defensive back and Honorable Mention wide receiver in 2018.
OTHERS TO WATCH
Michael Brennan, Sr. – Montrose
Colin Conway, Sr. – Holy Redeemer
Joseph Curcio, Jr. – Hanover Area
Dallas Greiss, So. – Williamsport
Ethan Parker, Sr. – Honesdale