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 quarterbacks:
Ben Chilson, Jr. – Tunkhannock
Height: 6-5 Weight 180
Chilson played wide receiver last season as his big brother Jack finished up his career behind center. The younger Chilson will now get a full-time shot at the position as a junior. He did play some quarterback as a freshman because of injury and Tunkhannock has embraced the passing game as a central part of the offense. With his physical and athletic skills, expect Chilson to put up big numbers over the next two seasons. He will play both ways for the Tigers as he was named a WVC Division 2 first team defensive back in 2020. Chilson is also an outstanding basketball player having set the District 2 record for three-pointers in one game.
Adam Howanitz, Jr. – Valley View
Height: 6-5 Weight 220
Howanitz will be in his second season as the Cougars quarterback. His role will be vital as Valley View is expected to be a favorite in the division and district. His size and athleticism will give him ability to make an impact in the passing game, but don’t underestimate his running ability. Howanitz threw for 435 yards and ran for 138 in his initial season as the starter. He has his whole receiving corp and offensive line returning. Howanitz is starting to get looks from Division I schools as a tight end, but his focus is as the Cougars quarterback right now. He also was an LFC Division II first team defensive back last season, but might focus solely on the offensive side of the ball this year with the Cougars having depth at the position.
Noah Schultz, Jr. – Crestwood
Height: 6-2 Weight 170
Schultz got thrown into the fire in 2020 and helped Crestwood win the District 2 title. He handled the situation well filling in for injured QB Ryan Petrosky throughout the season including the state playoff game. Schultz will now be the full-time signal caller although the Comets coaching staff thinks he can play any skill position on the field. He threw for 256 yards but ran for an impressive 362 yards. Not a true pocket QB but his athleticism allows him to shine in other ways. Crestwood will be looking to use him in a variety of ways to show his skill set, and it should provide them with a spark in key situations. WVC defensive coordinators will have plenty to think about when they gameplan for Crestwood.
Will Soma, Sr. – North Pocono
Height: 5-10 Weight 180
Soma begins his second season behind center for the Trojans. He threw for 472 yards as a junior, and had poise and a presence in the pocket. Soma has a really good feel for the game and will have some explosive offensive weapons returning for the 2021 season. In the end, he might not lead the LFC in passing but he will definitely be key in any success North Pocono has competing for a division and district title. Soma will play defensive back as well for the Trojans. He was an LFC Division I honorable mention at quarterback in 2020.
Dominico Spataro, Jr. – Lakeland
Height: 5-8 Weight 170
Spataro enters his junior year as one of the most experienced quarterbacks in District 2. He helped Lakeland win their first district title since 2006. The Chiefs lost a lot of stars from that team and that means Spataro might have to take more of the load on his shoulders. He threw for 799 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has several experienced receivers returning which could shift the offense to be more pass-happy. However, Spataro will also probably run the ball more than he did in 2020. Spataro will also return as a starter in the secondary.
Mabret Levant, Sr. – Wallenpaupack
Height: 5-11 Weight 195
In one of those classic wait-your-turn scenarios, Levant will now get his chance at quarterback. An outstanding athlete (especially in baseball), the Buckhorns coaching staff will be able to use him many different ways in the passing and running game. Levant has a strong arm and should progress as the season goes on. He is also a starting cornerback for Paupack.
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