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 specialists:
Jordan Carr, Sr. – North Pocono
Height: 5-10 Weight 190
Carr is one of those players who has a very powerful leg. A soccer player by trade, he once again will handle kicking and punting duties for the Trojans. The coaching staff won’t hesitate to give him opportunites for some field goals this season if they want to get a points on a possession.
Dan DenHaese, Sr. – West Scranton
Height: 5-11 Weight 175
West Scranton special teams were a strength last year and DenHaese is one of the better punters in District 2. Field position is important for a team who will struggle on offense early in the season with some new pieces in place. Although he stood out as a punter last season, he will have more important roles for the Invaders including one of the returning starters at safety in the secondary and he is vying for the starting QB job as well.
Roman Levant, Jr. – Wallenpaupack
Height: 5-8 Weight 145
Levant is on the radar of college coaches all over the country. He led the league with a 36.2 punt average last season and was 19 of 20 PAT. Levant had two field goals with a long of 39. In his freshman season, he kicked 5 field goals with a long of 42 yds. He was rated as one of the top 5 kickers in the country by Kohl’s Kicking. Levant was an LFC Division I first-team kicker and All-District 2 kicker in 2020.
Blaise Sokach-Minnick, Sr. – Wyoming Area
Height: 6-3 Weight 205
The family tradition continues. Like his older brothers, Sokach-Minnick was pursued by major colleges for his long snapping abilities and has already committed to Penn State. He was rated one of the best long snappers in the country by several sources. Sokach-Minnick is also a key member of the Wyoming Area defense making 30 tackles including 7.5 for loss. He also had 3 receptions on offense. Sokach-Minnick was a WVC Division 2 first-team defensive lineman in 2020.
Luke Russo, Sr. – Hazleton Area
Height: 5-8 Weight 170
Russo is another player who takes on the dual role in the kicking game. As the placekicker, he was 24 for 25 in extra points and 4 for 6 in field goals attempts. He also has a strong leg for kickoffs which will be key for the field position game. As a punter, he led District 2 with a 40.3 yard average. Russo was named a WVC Division 1 first-team punter and second team kicker last season.
OTHERS TO WATCH
Layne Fisk, Sr. – (Kicker) Susquehanna – Highlights
Nick Gowarty, Sr. – (Kicker) West Scranton
Michael Hartshorn, Sr. – (Kicker/Punter) Abington Heights
Gavin Montross, Jr. – (Kicker) Tunkhannock
Tyler Winters, Jr. -(Punter) Honesdale – Highlights