TEAM: West Scranton Invaders

COLORS: Royal & White

COACH: Dennis Hricenak,  1st Season

PIAA: Class 4A

2020 CONFERENCE: LFC Division 2

2019 RECORD: 1-9 (0-4 in conference)


STADIUM: Scranton Memorial Stadium






A new coach will inject energy into a football program and that’s something that West Scranton would like to see. Dennis Hricenak takes over as the head coach and will need to rebuild the program which has a strong tradition but has struggled in recent season. It might take awhile but he has a shortened season to at least get it started.

Of course, there is a big blow before the season even starts. Veteran quarterback Cayden Merrifield is out for the season which will force the Invaders to look to freshman Sampson Repshis. The whole backfield will be new with Dan DenHaese taking over at tailback and Joustin Sandoval will be the new fullback. West has one of the better wide receiver combinations with Nick Forsette and Moet Wellington returning. Al-Khabear Russell and Antonio Evanosky will also see time. John Walsh is the new tight end for the Invaders.

The offensive line is being rebuilt with Brian Lipscomb the most experienced player. Sean Donate, John Velazquez, Don Trani and Michael Cole will be some new faces up front.

A new defense will be installed with Gianni Salmond, Velazquez and Trani starting on the defensive line. Brett Miller, DenHaese, Sandoval, Cole and Evanosky will fill the linebacker spots. Russell, Forsette, Repshsis and Justin Gockley will be the defensive backs.

Nick Gowarty will handle kicking duties while DenHaese will be the punter.

2020 West Scranton Roster

2Joustin SandovalLB, RB---
3Austin LewisDB, WR---
4Samson RepshisDB, QB---
5Brett MillerLB, QB---
6Antonio EvanoskyLB, WR---
7Nick ForsetteLB, WR---
8Al-Khabear RussellDB, WR---
9Wyatt WaludaLB, QB---
10Connor PriceDB, WR---
11Dan DenHaeseLB, RB---
12Cayden MerrifieldDB, QB---
13Jesus GonzalezDL, TE---
14Kamden WyattDB, WR---
15Jarrell HealeyDB, WR---
16Markel CookDB, WR---
17Joshua BryantDB, WR---
19Jayden LillieLB, RB---
20Brandon BarnesDB, WR---
21Kemar FrazerDB, RB---
22Justin GockleyDB, WR---
23Moet WellingtonDB, WR---
24Joseph HarrisLB, RB---
26Peter HilburnLB, RB---
30Tyler PensekLB, QB---
31Matthew KerriganLB, WR---
35Sean DonateDL, TE---
44John WalshDL, TE---
51Michael ColeDL, OL---
52Dom TraniDL, OL---
53Jace CurykDL, OL---
54Jesse CapizzuloDL, OL---
55John VelazquezDL, OL---
58Geoni SimonDL, OL---
60Zack AndersonDL, OL---
63Shannon CoreDL, OL---
66David KentDL, OL---
67Chris MarhefkaDL, OL---
68Brandon GriffithsDL, OL---
70Aiden NotzDL, OL---
71Roman KingDL, OL---
74Luke PizzoDL, OL---
75Brian LipscombDL, OL---
76Jacob MetzgarDL, OL---
82Matt MetzgarDB, WR---
83Tony Loureiro---
85Gianni SalmondDL, OL---
99Nick GowartyK---