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

#PlayerPosition2020 Grade
2Joustin SandovalLB, RB-
3Austin LewisDB, WR-
4Samson RepshisDB, QB-
5Brett MillerDL, WR10
6Antonio EvanoskyLB, WR-
7Nick ForsetteLB, WR-
8Al-Khabear RussellDB, WR-
9Wyatt WaludaLB, TE10
10Connor PriceDB, WR11
11Dan DenHaeseLB, RB11
12Cayden MerrifieldDB, QB-
13Jesus GonzalezDL, TE-
14Kamden WyattDB, WR-
15Jarrell HealeyDB, WR11
16Tyler PensekLB, QB10
16Markel CookDB, WR-
17Joshua BryantDB, WR-
19Jayden LillieLB, RB10
20Brandon BarnesDB, WR-
21Kemar FrazerDB, RB-
22Justin GockleyDB, WR10
23Moet WellingtonDB, WR-
24Joseph HarrisLB, RB10
26Peter HilburnLB, RB-
31Matthew KerriganLB, WR-
35Sean DonateDL, TE-
44John WalshDL, TE-
50Dom TraniDL, OL10
50Luke PizzoLB, OL10
53Jace CurykDL, OL9
54Jesse CapizzuloDL, OL-
55John VelazquezDL, OL10
56Shannon CoreDL, OL10
58Geoni SimonDL, OL10
60Zack AndersonDL, OL-
66David KentDL, OL-
68Brandon GriffithsDL, OL10
70Aiden NotzDL, OL-
71Roman KingDL, OL10
75Brian LipscombDL, OL-
76Jacob MetzgarDL, OL-
76Michael ColeDL, OL10
77Chris MarhefkaDL, OL10
82Matt MetzgarDB, WR-
83Tony Loureiro-
85Gianni SalmondDL, TE10
99Nick GowartyK10