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 defensive linemen:

Parker Bolesta, Sr. – Dallas
Height: 6-0 Weight 205
@parkerbolesta
Bolesta was a force on both sides of the ball last season. With a combination of speed and power, he was disruptive on the edge and demanded double teams. He had seven tackles for loss and 5 sacks and was a team captain as a junior. On offense, he rushed 1,147 yards, 9th in the district, and 20 touchdowns. He recently committed to play college football at Division 1 FCS Stonybrook. Bolesta was named a District 2 All-Star lineman, a WVC 4A First Team defensive lineman and running back in 2021.
Bolesta Highlights


Jaidyn Johnson, Jr. – Nanticoke
Height: 6-6 Weight 220

@JaidynJohnson18
When opposing offenses see Johnson line up at defensive end, he is truly a physical specimen who’s size can be intimidating in itself. At 6 foot 6, he uses a fast first step to beat blockers and is a always the area of the football. He will be the focus defensively for the Trojans who expect their young defense to take the next step. Johnson was a WVC 3A First Team defensive lineman last season.
Johnson Highlights


Brendan Kearney, Sr. – North Pocono
Height: 6-1 Weight 245
@B_k_62
Kearney was the best two-way lineman on the division champion Trojans in 2021. With his size, North Pocono had him occupying blockers with the linebackers being able to make plays. Kearney also excelled on the offensive line as a tough and agile run blocker. The Trojans line will be key on both sides of the ball if they want to repeat last season’s success. Kearney was an LFC Division I Honorable Mention defensive lineman in 2021.
Kearney Highlights


Jacob Martinez, Sr. – Scranton
Height: 5-8 Weight 260
@Jak3TheSav23
Martinez is another defensive lineman that uses his size to clog the middle of the field. His compact size delivers a big blow at 260 pounds. Martinez had 65 tackles for the Knights including 14 tackles for loss and five sacks. He was a big reason Scranton’s run defense was formidable last season. Martinez was an LFC Division I First Team defensive lineman last season.
Martinez Highlights


Cyllel Rose, Sr. – Old Forge
Height: 6-0 Weight 225
@CyllelR
The Old Forge interior lines have been a major factor in the Blue Devils’ success and Rose has been a part of that for the last three seasons. In 2021, he had 10 tackles for loss and recorded 4 sacks which led the Devils. More important, Rose was very good at getting leverage on offensive blockers which freed up other Old Forge defenders to make plays. He was also a consistent blocker for one of the better offenses in the LFC. Rose was an LFC Division IV First Team defensive lineman and offensive lineman in 2021. 
Rose Highlights


SLEEPER

Harrison Snyder, Jr. – Berwick
Height: 6-3 Weight 200
Synder embodies an old-school Berwick player with toughness and ability to make plays. Despite being smaller in weight, he did the dirty work on the inside on both defense and offense. Coaches love players like Snyder who plays with heart and a motor that doesn’t quit. Snyder was a WVC 4A First Team defensive lineman last season.
Snyder Highlights


OTHERS TO WATCH

Jon Clauss-Walton, Sr. – LakelandHighlights | Twitter
Chad Honeywell, Sr. – Lake-Lehman – Highlights | Twitter
Ben Ostroski, Jr. – Wallenpaupack
Max Shnipes, Jr – Scranton Prep – Twitter
Kolbee Soltis
, Jr. – Lackawanna TrailHighlights