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

#PlayerPosition2022 GradeWeightHeight
1J’Von GambleLB, RB121655'9
1Paul RiggsLB, RB101755'11
2Jake DubaskasLB, RB101855'11
3Tyler MattisDB, RB101655'11
3Erick MunozLB, TE121705'10
4Maki WellsDB, WR111806'5
5Az-Zubair SharifLB, TE111905'11
6Isaiah CobbLB, RB112216'2
6Luke BussDL, QB121906'4
7Kamau IngramLB, TE101906'0
8Ty MakarewiczLB, RB111505'10
9Shaun ReidDB, WR121756'0
11Hunter PriesDB, WR121856'0
12Tajae AlbrittonDB, WR111855'9
12Jonathan DanielsDB, WR122106'6
14Leland AlexanderDB, WR101555'7
15Lucas ZdancewiczLB, QB111956'1
16Jonathan CardonaK121755'10
17Carson BrownDB, QB101706'0
21Lauren RichieK12--
22Nick VeldersDB, WR101356'0
23William LebronLB, RB101755'7
26Keegan WalshDB, WR101425'11
32Chase SkolodaLB, RB101655'9
33Isaiah VeldersDB, WR111305'11
34Jaiden CossDB, WR101605'9
35Bronx MaldonadoLB, RB112005'9
36Devon SudaDB, WR121505'9
42Wesley BrennanDB, WR111655'10
44Roger StaronK101455'8
45Logan DwyerLB, RB122025'11
50Elliot ThomasDL, OL112906'2
51Tyler RuddyDL, OL101806'0
54Nasir HallDL, OL102276'2
55Scott GreeneDL, OL102405'9
58Dabian MaldonadoDL, OL102656'2
62Logan ColianniDL, OL102105'9
64Chris BonoskiDL, OL122505'9
65Dajaun EdwardsDL, OL113086'2
65John McLaughlinLB, OL122286'0
68Jason PearsonDL, OL122056'1
69Carlos de la RosaDL, TE122126'1
70Cole McKenzieDL, OL112556'1
72Dominic SpeceDL, OL111805'9
74Sonique Murray-ConnellDL, OL102406'3
75Mark WigginsDL, OL111905'7
77Jamari RiversDL, OL102956'3
78Ben ZeraDL, OL102505'11
79Jacoy GrantDL, OL112955'10
87Xsavior MorrisonDB, RB101555'9
87Aviree JonesDB, RB121755'10
88Nick GizaLB, TE122386'4
95Romare BritoDL, TE102056'0
99Carter IsabellDL, RB102056'1