This is the 10th edition of our Five To Watch series. We thank The Mattioli Law Firm for coming aboard as 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 who might be deserving. The players we do list are some of the best at their position or have an interesting role coming up in 2021 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 they are the ones that really count.
Here are the athletes:
Caden Brungard, Sr. – Western Wayne
Height: 6-1 Weight 195
Brungard was behind center in 2020 and it was evident from the way he played the position, he could do anything the Wildcats coaching staff wanted him to do. For 2021, he will move to the tailback position and be the main offensive weapon for Western Wayne. Last season, he rushed for 302 yards and six touchdowns. He also was a standout at defensive back. Brungard recently committed to playing college football at West Point for Army. In 2020, he was a LFC Division II first-team athlete and honorable mention defensive back.
Keith Freeman, Sr. – Williamsport
Height: 6-0 Weight 180
There probably wasn’t a more dynamic player in the WVC in 2020. The Millionaires used Keith Freeman all over the field. He rushed for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 229 yards to help Williamsport win the division last season His game-breaking ability should be on full display this year. Freeman also was a standout on defense and special teams. He was named WVC Division 1 Offense Player of the Year, first-team running back and first-team defensive back in 2020.
Peyton Kepp, So. – Nanticoke
Height: 6-0 Weight 180
Kepp started all 8 games as a freshman and the Nanticoke coaches are excited to see what he can do with a full year of varsity football under his belt. Kepp can change the game at anytime and his athleticism will allow the Trojans to line him in all different positions on the field. Nanticoke is very young and they should be able to build around him on both sides of the ball and special teams.
Noah Parchinski, Sr. – Riverside
Height: 5-9 Weight 160
The best word to describe Parchinski is ‘warrior’. After every game in 2020, he would come off the field exhausted from leaving it all on the field. He rushed for 185 yards and had 52 receptions for 461 yards. Parchinski will be moved to quarterback for 2021 but will remain on the defensive side of the ball where he was the Vikings leading tackler. Parchinski was named an LFC Division III first-team athlete and first-team defensive back last season.
Rocco Pizano, Sr. – Wyoming Area
Height: 5-9 Weight 170
Pizano was the leading receiver for the Warriors in 2020, but expect him to get the ball even more in 2021. Among the top sprinters/jumpers in District 2. Wyoming Area consideres him a playmaker in all three phases of the game. As a slot receiver that has vertical speed, quickness, and change of direction to win in space. As a defensive back, he has great cover skills, ball skills, and anticipation. A threat to score anytime he touches the ball in the return game. Pizano was a WVC Division II second-team athlete last season and an all-state second-team cornerback.
Joe Sciascia, Sr. – Delaware Valley
Height: 5-7 Weight 175
Sciascia missed 2020 with an injury, but Delaware Valley expects him to be ready for the new season and an important part of the offense and defense. He has very good speed and his explosiveness will help him make big plays for the Warriors. Expect him to have an impact on both sides of the ball.
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