Steve Shumbres Kareem Jefferson Sean Norton

TEAM: Scranton Knights

COLORS: Cardinal & Gold

COACH: Steve Shumbres,  4th Season (9-18)

PIAA: Class 6A

2021 CONFERENCE: LFC Division 1

2020 RECORD: 2-3 (0-3 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 19-30

STADIUM: Scranton Memorial Stadium

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 5

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6

OFFENSIVE SCHEME:  Spread

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-4

2021 PREVIEW

The Knights have size up front and key skill players back that should have them in the mix in LFC Division I. However, there are still question marks on how much they have closed the gap between them and their division rivals after going winless in LFC I last season. No doubt, they will be competitive, but in order to compete for a title, they will have to avoid injury and find some playmakers on defense.

On the offensive side, quarterback Arvel Chandler returns. He is a true dual-threat option and will run the spread but the Knights will need more production from him in both the running and passing game. Charlie Thompson has a chance to be one of the best running backs in the LFC, but he has to stay healthy which has been an issue for the senior. Bashiyr Murphy will also see time at running back. Antonio Hairston is the leading, returning receiver and will be joined by Donato Stepney, Donovan Laybourn-Boddie, Jalen Chandler and Elijah Ortiz. Dustyn Miller and Nick Carerra are the tight ends.

Scranton has great size on the offensive line, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into success. They must execute better than they did in 2020. Left guard Matt Coursen and center Sean Norton return. Michael Diehl and Javin James are the favorites to start at the tackle positions as Gavin Henderson and Kareem Jefferson will provide depth at the position. Adan Salazar and Jacob Martinez are in the mix at right guard.

Coursen returns at defensive end and Salazar is back at defensive tackle. Jefferson and Norton should see time at tackle and end with depth provided by Martinez, Diehl and Packy Rissmiller. Matt Shilling is the lone returning starter at linebacker. Jalen Chandler and Lamaire Soldano are in contention for an outside spot while Carrera, James, Donovan Laybourn-Boddie and Noah Ardestani should see playing time inside. The secondary is very experieced. Stepney returns from injuries during his junior season after having a breakout season at cornerback his sophomore year. Hairston returns at the other cornerback. Thompson is experienced at safety. Ortiz will provide secondary depth.

Jeremiah Ortiz is back as the kicker and punter. Henderson will be the long-snapper.

QUOTE FROM COACH SHUMBRES: We have had a great offseason in the weight room and throughout conditioning. We look forward to improving from our record last year and competing in every game.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – LFC DIVISION I
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2021 Scranton Roster

#PlayerPositionWeightHeight2021 Grade
1Elijah OrtizDB, WR1555'911
1Antonio HairstonDB, WR1846'212
2Charlie ThompsonDB, RB1815'912
2Dohnavin Laybourn-BoddieLB, RB1956'111
3Charlie BartlebaughDB, QB1445'911
3Bashiyr MurphyDB, RB1445'612
4Adrien JohnsDB, WR1686'010
4Nasir MooreDB, WR1606'111
5Donato StepneyDB, WR1855'1111
7Matt ShillingLB, WR1705'1011
8Izzy WilliamsDB, WR1556'011
9Noah ArdestaniDL, FB1905'1011
10Billy MaloneyDB, QB1555'910
11Chris ChandlerLB, WR1636'010
11Elijah GarciaDB, WR1405'810
11Collin MillerDL, TE2006'111
12Arvel ChandlerDB, QB1556'012
12John AlmonteDB, WR1485'910
14Tristan ReeseLB, RB1605'712
16Craig PabstFB, LB1755'1010
17Kemar FrazerDB, RB1585'1112
18Rayhan WibowoDB, WR1675'910
19Dylan FinnertyLB, QB1745'1010
20Elijah AllenLB, RB1505'912
21Lamiare SaldanoLB, RB1625'811
28Nick CardoneLB, RB1855'812
30Richard ThorneDB, RB1455'1011
32Cooper HuyserDB, WR1585'911
33Jalen ChandlerLB, WR1725'712
34Connor OndekLB, RB1425'610
39Erik BaconFB, LB1735'1011
44Dustin MillerDL, RB2506'412
45Shawn SmithLB, RB2055'1111
49Jeremiah OrtizK2455'912
50Nick CarreraLB, OL2005'1111
50Gavin HendersonDL, OL2525'1112
52Tyler AncheraniDL, OL2206'011
55Michael DiehlDL, OL2806'612
56Hector OrtizDL, OL2025'1011
61Will RobbinsDL, OL2335'911
63Dayshan FulcherDL, OL2105'811
65Sean NortonDL, OL2586'412
66Adan SalazarDL, OL2155'910
67Matt CoursenDL, OL2226'012
68Javon JamesDL, OL2446'110
70Bobby SherpinskasDL, OL2606'012
71Connor GriggsDL, OL2395'1010
72Evan SpindlerDL, OL2756'110
73Nate KwiatkowskiDL, OL2566'412
76Noah PetrewskiDL, OL3656'111
77Packy RissmillerDL, OL2406'111
78Kareem JeffersonDL, OL3336'112
80Amir WilliamsDB, WR1606'211