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

#PlayerPositionHeightWeight2022 Grade
Anthony KarpinskiWR--12
1Robbie GarveyFB, LB6'020011
2Chase TaddonioDB, QB5'1019510
3Neftali FelicianoDB, RB5'916512
4Reese GaughanDB, WR6'018011
5Casey O’BrienDB, QB, WR5'917511
6Matt MckeeferyDB, WR5'71309
7Angel GrandeDB, WR5'61309
8Nick D’AmicoK6'018012
9Yabdiel VeleazquezDB, RB5'813511
10Gary MrozinskiP, WR5'814512
11J.J. RogersDB, WR5'1014510
12Seamus ConnorDB, WR5'91509
14Caleb HawkinsDB, RB5'1018012
16Tony PavloviczFB, LB5'1017012
17Timani PoteatLB, WR6'015010
18Jim AndersonDB, WR5'715011
22Blake ZubyDB, WR5'715512
25Ny-Jai Scott-HoltLB, RB5'91709
33Miracle OkorojiLB, RB6'019012
35Dominick DeangeloDB, WR5'918011
36Marcos OrtegaDB, RB5'616511
36Quinn PuchilowskiLB, RB6'018010
50Chad HoskinsDL, OL5'1022011
51Custus AlontaeDL, OL5'721512
52Paul HigginsDL, OL5'1024512
54Zack ChilekDL, OL6'022011
55Connor SanskyDL, OL5'1018510
56Anthony NorrisDL, OL6'124512
58David KeiperDL, OL5'81759
60Christian HutchinsDL, OL6'42709
64Graydon DupreeDL, OL6'02059
65Jorge RosarioDL, OL5'634011
66Vincent ScottiDL, OL5'824511
72Tyler JonesDL, OL6'027510
73Joe WickiserDL, OL6'327511
74Dearae BirdDL, OL5'617011
75Tavian BranchDL, OL6'33059
77Ed SneeDL, OL6'631511
87Richie KostoffLB, TE6'120510