Jack Baranski Luke Buss John McLaughlin

TEAM: Wyoming Valley West Spartans

COLORS: Burgundy & Gold

COACH: Jack Baranski, 4th Season (8-18)

PIAA: Class 5A

2022 CONFERENCE: WVC Division 1

2021 RECORD: 3-8 (0-3 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 20-32

STADIUM: Spartan Stadium

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 5

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Pro

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 3-4

2022 PREVIEW

The Spartans were ground and pound last season, but they hope that will change to a more balanced offense in 2022. Valley West will also need to fill some key spots on both lines if they are going to compete with the upper echelon in WVC Division 1. They also have more competition in the district as Class 5A now has six teams this cycle.

Nobody carried the ball more than Isaiah Cobb in 2021. He amassed 298 carries, 83 more than any other running back in District 2. The hopes are returning starting quarterback Luke Buss will take pressure off the running game with a more efficient passing game.Lucas Zdancewicz will be the backup at quarterback with Paul Riggs spelling Cobb at running back. Jake Dubaskas is the new fullback although Logan Dwyer and J’Von Gamble could see time there. Hunter Pries returns at wide receiver with Maki Wells, Devon Suda, Ty Makarewicz, and Shaun Reid also being considered for playing time. Nick Giza is back at tight end with Zdancewicz and Erick Munoz providing depth at the position.

The offensive line will be a work in progress with only center John McLaughlin back as a returning starter. Cole McKenzie is penciled in at left tackle and Eliot Thomas at right tackle. Nasir Hall will be the new right guard and joined by tackle Dajuan Edwards on the right side.

McLaughlin returns at nose tackle with Jason Pearson back at defensive end. Giza is going to play at the other end position. The linebackers will be the strength with three starters returning. Inside backers Cobb and Dwyer are back. Outside linebacker Gamble is also back and will be joined by newcomer Jake Dubaskas. Pries is the only returning member of the secondary at cornerback. Reid will play the other side. Zdancewicz and Riggs are expected to be the new safeties.

Jonathan Cardona will be the placekicker with Lauren Richie providing depth. Pries is back as the punter and McLaughlin as the long snapper.

QUOTE FROM COACH BARANSKI: We are really excited about the return of RB Isaiah Cobb. Our run game is the key to our offense. We are equally excited about the return of QB Luke Buss who did a great job running the offense last season and who is now poised to potentially take over games from the quarterback position. Helping in that pass game will be returning TE Nick Giza, WR Hunter Pries, and an emerging playmaker at WR in Maki Wells. Much of the success will rely upon the growth process of a young, inexperienced but sizable and talented offensive line. Defensively we always want to play fast and be physical. Returning LB Isaiah Cobb, DL Jason Pearson, DL John McLaughlin, and DB Hunter Pries will be expected to lead a young but talented defensive unit. DBs Paul Riggs, Lucas Zdancewicz, and Shaun Reid have shown some real athleticism and potential on the back end of the defense. With a returning LS, K, and P, as well as an overall increase in team speed, we feel confident in our special teams units this season.

RETURNING ALL-STARS – WVC DIVISION 6A/5A
First Team Running Back – Isaiah Cobb
Honorable Mention Offensive Line – John McLaughlin

2022 Wyoming Valley West Roster

#PlayerPositionHeightWeight2022 Grade
1J’Von GambleLB, RB5'916512
2Jake DubaskasLB, RB5'1118510
3Erick MunozLB, TE5'1017012
4Maki WellsDB, WR6'518011
5Az-Zubair SharifDB, WR5'1119011
6Luke BussDL, QB6'419012
7Kamau IngramLB, WR6'019010
8Ty MakarewiczDB, WR5'1015011
9Shaun ReidDB, WR6'017512
10Tajae AlbrittonDB, WR5'918511
11Hunter PriesDB, WR6'018512
12Jonathan DanielsDB, WR6'621012
13Tyler MattisDB, RB5'1116510
14Alexander LelandDB, WR5'715510
15Lucas ZdancewiczLB, QB6'119511
16Jonathan CardonaK5'1017512
16Keegan WalshDB, WR5'1114210
17Nick VeldersDB, WR6'013510
21Lauren RichieK--12
22Paul RiggsDB, RB5'1117510
23William LebronLB, RB5'717510
24Isaiah CobbLB, RB6'222111
25Carson BrownDB, QB6'017010
28Xsavior MorrisonDB, WR5'915510
32Chase SkolodaDB, WR5'916510
33Isaiah VeldersDB, WR5'1113011
34Jaiden CossDB, WR5'916010
35Bronx MaldonadoLB, RB5'920011
36Devon SudaDB, WR5'915012
42Wesley BrennanDB, WR5'1016511
44Roger StaronK5'814510
45Logan DwyerLB, RB5'1120212
50Elliot ThomasDL, OL6'229011
51Tyler RuddyDL, OL6'018010
54Nasir HallDL, OL6'222710
55Scott GreeneDL, OL5'924010
58Dabian MaldonadoDL, OL6'226510
62Logan ColianniDL, OL5'921010
64Chris BonoskiDL, OL5'925012
65John McLaughlinLB, OL6'022812
67Dajaun EdwardsDL, OL6'230811
68Jason PearsonDL, OL6'120512
69Carlos de la RosaDL, TE6'121212
70Cole McKenzieDL, OL6'125511
72Dominic SpeceDL, OL5'918011
74Sonique Murray-ConnellDL, OL6'324010
75Mark WigginsDL, OL5'719011
77Jamari RiversDL, OL6'329510
78Ben ZeraDL, OL5'1125010
79Jacoy GrantDL, OL5'1029511
87Aviree JonesDB, RB5'1017512
88Nick GizaLB, TE6'423812
92Carter IsbelDL, RB6'120510
95Romare BritoDL, TE6'020510