Dennis Hricenak Gianni Salmond Connor Price

TEAM: West Scranton Invaders

COLORS: Royal & White

COACH: Dennis Hricenak,  2nd Season (0-5)

PIAA: Class 4A

2021 CONFERENCE: LFC Division II

2020 RECORD: 0-5 (0-4 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 14-33

STADIUM: Scranton Memorial Stadium

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 7

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Pro

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 3-5-3

2021 PREVIEW

The Invaders were another team that had a new coach taking over the program in middle of a pandemic which is an obstacle that most first-year coaches don’t have to deal. Now with a full off-season, Dennis Hricenak hopes he can turn West Scranton into a contender again.

West has a good nucleus of returning starters from a team that went winless in the shortened season. Quarterback will be a position that will be key as Dan DenHaese and Daniel Van Dusky both competing for the spot. Joe Harris returns as the starting running back and will be backed up by Evan Leybourne-Boddie. Michael Cole is the new fullback. Connor Price, Justin Gockley, Brett Miller, Jonathon Perez, and Amir Robinson are all on the depth chart at wide receiver. Gianni Salmond is the new tight end.

The offensive line brings back three starters in left tackle Roman King, right tackle Brandon Griffiths, and right guard Jace Curyk. Shannon Core takes over at right guard and Dom Trani and Ben Miller will see time at center.

Core is returning at defensive end and will be joined by Brett Miller. John Velazquez is a returning starter at nose tackle and will be backed up by Tamier Coe. Michael Cole and Harris have experience at inside linebacker. Jonathon Perez and Shawn Beck will also play in the middle. Salmond and Jaden Lillie are newcomers at outside linebacker. Price is a returning starter at cornerback and Gockley, Leybourne-Boddie and Taron Knight will be competing for time on the other side.  DenHaese is a returning starter at safety. Robinson will be his back up.

QUOTE FROM COACH HRECINAK: I look forward to seeing the growth in this team after a very successful off-season. We are very excited with the combination of experience and youth.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – LFC DIVISION II
Honorable Mention Defensive Line – Shannon Core

2021 West Scranton Roster

#PlayerPositionWeightHeight2021 Grade
2Taron Knight GuerrierDB, WR1405'710
3Colin ManleyDB, WR1505'1110
5Brett MillerDL, WR--11
7Shawn BeckLB, RB1605'610
8Aidan SpindlerDB, WR1606'010
9Wyatt WaludaLB, TE2006'211
10Dan Van DuskyQB1705'710
10Jonathan PerezDB, WR1705'710
10Connor PriceDB, WR--12
11Dan DenHaeseLB, RB--12
11Hunter BaumgardnerLB, RB1705'910
13John GrassoDB, QB--10
14Shottas IsraelDB, WR--10
14Caiden BerardiQB2006'29
15Jarrell HealeyDB, WR--12
16Tyler PensekLB, QB--11
18Adam ZenkerDB, RB--12
19Evan Laybourne-BoddieDB, RB1605'1110
19Jayden LillieLB, RB--11
20Zachary DeeleyLB, RB1705'1011
21Wyatt WorsnickDB, WR--10
21Ryan EvansLB, RB--10
22Justin GockleyDB, WR--11
23Amir RobinsonDB, WR1455'810
23Bryan LuckeLB, RB--11
24Joseph HarrisLB, RB2006'011
25Bryce WalshDB, WR--11
31Brian KizerLB, WR1605'910
31Sean LuckeLB, WR--12
44Joe CollinsDL, TE2106'111
50Luke PizzoLB, OL1955'811
50Dom TraniDL, OL--11
53Jace CurykDL, OL--10
54Ben MillerLB, TE--10
55John VelazquezDL, OL--11
56Shannon CoreDL, OL--11
58Geoni SimonDL, OL2305'1011
66Austin HughesDL, OL--12
68Brandon GriffithsDL, OL--11
70Tamier CoeDL, OL--12
71Roman KingDL, OL2706'311
74Jaiden BalmerDL, OL--12
75Miguel JimenezDL, OL--12
76Bruce BradleyDL, OL--10
76Michael ColeDL, OL2305'1111
77Chris MarhefkaDL, OL2606'311
83Dinello CapalongoDB, WR--10
85Gianni SalmondDL, TE--11
99Nick GowartyK--11