Steve Jervis Frankie Cocchini Evan Litwin

TEAM: Lackawanna Trail Lions

COLORS: Red, Black & White

COACH: Steve Jervis,  14th Season (92-54), 20th Overall (115-93)

PIAA: Class 1A

2022 CONFERENCE: LFC Division III

2021 RECORD: 8-4 (2-1 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 43-14

STADIUM: Lions Pride Stadium

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 4

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Wing T

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-4

2022 PREVIEW

It was another banner year for the Lions as they won another District 2 title and also stopped Dunmore’s district title streak. Trail will have a new challenge ahead of them in 2022 as they move back to Class 1A. They will battle rival Old Forge for the district title in the post-season. But the Lions will be right in the mix for the division and district.

Although Lackawanna Trail lost their starting quarterback, Stephen Jervis will step in with significant experience the last two years. Lukas Gumble returns as one of the running backs in the Wing T offense while Jacob Bartush, Max Kimmel, and Demetrius Douglas will see some time. Hunter Patterson returns at fullback and will be backed up by Logan Edwards. Evan Litwin is a returning starter at wide receiver with Kimmel playing at the other spot. Frankie Cocchini steps in at tight end with two freshmen – Cooper Patterson and Byron Axtell – providing depth.

Three starters return for the Lions including Alex Castellano, who moves from guard to left tackle, center Gary Shaw, and right guard Kolbee Soltis. Jacob Noakes is penciled in at left guard and Jacob Breckinridge at right tackle. Brian Gow, Lucas Evans, Drew Kilmer, and Blake Borick will provide depth.

It will be an all new-look up front for the Lions. Competing for the defensive ends spots will be Shaw, Noakes, Cooper Patterson, Borick, and Kilmer. Castellano, Gow, Breckinridge,  Evans, and Axtell will be in the mix insider. The linebacking group will be a strength. Hunter Patterson and Soltis are returning starters at middle linebacker. Ryan Wilbur, Bartush, Edwards and  Kilmer will serve as backups. Gumble, Douglas,  Cocchini, and Gavin Mulhern will play outside. Litwin is a returning starter at cornerback while Kimmel is back at safety. Cole Rosengrant and Wyatt Laytos will compete for the other corner. Cocchini will also see some time at safety.

Kimmel will be the punter and will also compete for kicking duties along with Borick, Edwards, and Axtell.

QUOTE FROM COACH JERVIS: We will have a nice mix of players returning with quality game experience as well as some young talented players moving up from our jr. high team. Kids have been working hard and expectations are high.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – LFC DIVISION IV
First Team Defensive Back – Max Kimmel
Honorable Mention Fullback – Hunter Patterson
Honorable Mention Linebacker – Hunter Patterson

2022 Lackawanna Trail Roster

#PlayerPosition2022 GradeWeightHeight
4Kolbee SoltisLB, TE111905'9
5Demetrius DouglasLB, RB101705'9
8Evan LitwinDB, WR121556'0
9Frankie CocchiniDB, TE121705'10
10Issac RyonDB, RB91505'8
11Ethan RansomDB, WR101856'3
12Hunter PattersonFB, LB111906'1
14Gavin MulhernLB, RB111556'0
15Stephen JervisLB, QB111905'11
20Lukas GumbleLB, RB121806'0
21Jacob BartushLB, RB121705'10
23Max KimmelDB, WR101806'2
24Cole RosengrantDB, RB111605'10
34Blake StageDL, TE92006'2
44Logan EdwardsFB, LB101706'0
44Byron AxtellDL, FB92106'2
45Wyatt LaytosDB, WR101506'1
47Ryan WilburLB, TE111655'9
50Drew KilmerLB, OL101806'0
55Will KilmerDL, OL102106'0
56Christopher KohinskyDL, OL101905'7
58Blake BorickDL, OL111855'10
65Brian GowDL, OL102505'10
72Cooper PattersonDL, OL92006'1
74Lucas EvansDL, OL92456'1
75Alex CastellanoDL, OL112455'10
75Jacob NoakesDL, OL121906'1
76Gary ShawDL, OL112005'10
77Jacob BreckinridgeDL, OL122456'1