This is the 11th edition of our Five To Watch series. We thank The Mattioli Law Firm for returning as our title sponsor for Five To Watch. There are 33 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 2022 for their team. Players will be recognized at only one position, even if they are capable two-way players. 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:
Matthew Buchman, Sr. – Hazleton Area
Height: 6-1 Weight 200
Buchman is the starting running back for the Cougars but he does so much more. Last season, he rushed for 701 yards and also added 33 receptions for 338 yards while also tacking on 10 total touchdowns. Hazleton should have one of the best offenses in the WVC and Buchman is smack in the middle of it. He also is a good blocker which the Cougars will need if they throw the ball 250+ times again this season. And we can’t forget him on the defensive side of the ball as well. Buchman was named a WVC 6A/5A First Team running back and defensive back last season. He also received all-state honors in Class 6A as an athlete.
Casey Holzman, Sr. – Old Forge
Height: 5-9 Weight 170
Holzman will be one of those players who can line up anywhere on the field and creates mismatches offensively. Last season, he lined up in the slot, the wing, tailback and split out in various Blue Devil formations. He accumulated 687 total yards from scrimmage while scoring 10 total touchdowns. Holzman was also a standout in the secondary for Old Forge. In 2021, he was named an LFC Division IV First Team wide receiver and defensive back.
Mekhi Nelson, Jr. – Wilkes-Barre
Height: 6-0 Weight 185
When the starting quarterback went down with an injury, the Wolfpack threw Nelson behind center and he immediately had success. When he wasn’t subbing in at QB, he was making plays many different ways using the great speed he has. Nelson rushed for 568 yards and added 86 receiving yards and 156 passing yards to his sophomore resume. He is the poster boy for a playmaker. He also is a valuable member of the ‘Pack’s secondary. Nelson earned a WVC 6A/5A First Team athlete nod in 2021.
Zach Paczewski, Jr. – Dallas
Height: 5-10 Weight 165
The Mountaineers expect Paczewski to be the main playmaker this season and even though he is the leading returning receiver (31 receptions, 525 yards), Dallas will find ways to get the ball in his hands. He also should be the primary kick and punt returner which will give him even more opportunities to make big plays. On defense, he will be one of main defensive backs and should be relied on to support the run game and cover the dangerous receivers on the opposing offense. Paczewski was a WVC 4A First Team defensive back and Honorable Mention wide receiver last season.
Jon Seamans, Sr. – Lakeland
Height: 5-10 Weight 180
Seamans is one of those rare players whose track speed carries over well to the football field. Last season, he caught 30 passes for 467 yards and 7 touchdowns. Because of the speed, the Chiefs will find other ways to get him the ball. Seamans is also the quarterback of the secondary and one of the better returning safties in the LFC. He had 70 tackles and 2 picks last season. Seamans was an LFC Division III First Team defensive back and Honorable Mention wide receiver in 2021.
Christian Henzes, Sr. – Abington Heights
Height: 5-9 Weight 180
The name is familar as Henzes is the grandson of Hall of Fame coach Jack Henzes. The Comets need playmakers so look for the senior to be one of the players to step into the role. He already was the best defensive back for Abington Heights and they hope he can match those accolades on the offensive side of the ball. Henzes was an LFC Division I Honorable Mention defensive back last season.
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Bo Sheptock, So. – Berwick – Highlights | Twitter
Matt Shilling, Sr. – Scranton – Highlights | Twitter