Harry Armstrong Miracle Okoroji Paul Higgins

TEAM: Riverside Vikings

COLORS: Red & Blue

COACH: Harry Armstrong,  10th Season (63-43)

PIAA: Class 2A

2021 CONFERENCE: LFC Division III

2020 RECORD: 2-8 (0-4 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 18-36

STADIUM: Taylor Veterans Memorial Stadium

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 8

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 8

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Spread

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-4

2022 PREVIEW

The Vikings took some lumps last season, but that should pay off with experienced players returning for the 2022 season. It will be essential that the quarterback position is stable and healthy to execute Harry Armstrong’s spread offense and an improved defense could push the Vikes to contend in the postseason.

Chase Taddonio was supposed to step in as quarterback last season, but an injury knocked him out for the season forcing Riverside to use multiple personnel at the position. He is healthy entering 2022 and the Vikings coaching staff is confident he can handle the job. Taddonio will be throwing to an experienced receiving group led by Reese Gaughan. Gary Mrozinski and Casey O’Brien. All were consistent targets in the offense in 2021. J.J. Rogers will be the fourth receiver of the group. Miracle Okoroji returns as the starting running back and expect him to get more touches this season in the passing game as well as the running game. Neftali Feliciano and Kaleb Hawkins will back him up. Richie Kostoff started at tight end as a freshman last season and gives Riverside another target in the passing game.

The offensive line could determine the win total this season with three-year starter Paul Higgins leading the way at right tackle. Right guard Ed Snee and center Zach Chilek are also returning starters. The left side will have newcomers tackle Anthony Norris and guard Chad Hoskins. Tavian Branch and Connor Sansky will also compete for playing time.

Hoskins, Chilek and Higgins are all returning starters on the defensive line while Snee will fill the other tackle spot. Norris and Sansky will back up at the defensive ends while Branch, J.J. Rosario and Tyler Jones will provide depth inside. Linebacker will be the strength of the defense with all four starters returning. Robbie Garvey and Okoroji will play outside while Quinn Puchilowski and Kostoff will play inside the 4-4 defense. Gaughan is one of the best returning safeties in the LFC and O’Brien is a returning starter at cornerback. Feliciano and Rogers will compete for the other corner spot.

The Vikings special teams are in very good hands and feet. Nick D’Amico returns as the kicker and Mrozinski was given an honorable mention knod as the punter. Norris returns as the long snapper.

QUOTE FROM COACH ARMSTRONG: With an abundance of experienced players and an extremely productive offseason, we will be highly competitive in a 3 phases this season. Our OL & DL is likely to be our most improved position groups. We will rely on them to set the tone and bring back a physical brand and dominate the line of scrimmage. We also have expect to have a multitude of playmakers and our vastly improved overall team speed & strength will open the door for more players to be high impact players. And our special teams unit led by K Nick D’Amico will be a weapon in the field position battles.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – LFC Division III
First Team Athlete – Reese Gaughan
First Team Defensive Back – Reese Gaughan
First Team Punter – Gary Mrozinski

2022 Old Forge Roster

#PlayerPosition2022 GradeWeightHeight
1Robbie GarveyFB, LB112006'0
2Chase TaddonioDB, QB101955'10
3J.J. RogersDB, WR101455'10
3Neftali FelicianoDB, RB121655'9
4Reese GaughanDB, WR111806'0
5Casey O’BrienDB, WR111755'9
6Matt MckeeferyDB, WR91305'7
7Angel GrandeDB, WR91305'6
8Nick D’AmicoK121806'0
10Gary MrozinskiP, WR121455'8
10Yabdiel VeleazquezDB, RB111355'8
14Caleb HawkinsDB, RB121805'10
16Tony PavloviczFB, LB121705'10
17Timani PoteatLB, WR101506'0
18Jim AndersonDB, WR111505'7
22Seamus ConnorDB, WR91505'9
22Blake ZubyDB, WR121555'7
26Quinn PuchilowskiLB, RB101806'0
33Ny-Jai Scott-HoltLB, RB91705'9
33Miracle OkorojiLB, RB121906'0
35Dominick DeangeloLB, TE111805'9
36Marcos OrtegaDB, RB111655'6
50Chad HoskinsDL, OL112205'10
51Custus AlontaeDL, OL122155'7
52Paul HigginsDL, OL122455'10
54Zack ChilekDL, OL112206'0
55Connor SanskyDL, OL101855'10
56Anthony NorrisDL, OL122456'1
58David KeiperDL, OL91755'8
60Christian HutchinsDL, OL92706'4
64Graydon DupreeDL, OL92056'0
65Jorge RosarioDL, OL113405'6
66Vincent ScottiDL, OL112455'8
72Tyler JonesDL, OL102756'0
73Joe WickiserDL, OL112756'3
74Dearae BirdDL, OL111705'6
75Tavian BranchDL, OL93056'3
77Ed SneeDL, OL113156'6
87Richie KostoffLB, TE102056'1
88Anthony KarpinskiWR12--