Coach Dennis Buchman Zander Coleman Robert Anderson

TEAM: Hazleton Area Cougars

COLORS: Scarlet, Silver & White

COACH: Dennis Buchman, 4th Season (20-10)

PIAA: Class 6A

2023 CONFERENCE: WVC Division 1

2022 RECORD: 8-3 (4-2 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 28-24

STADIUM: Harman-Geist Memorial Field

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 1

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 2

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: Spread

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-2-5

2023 PREVIEW

Hazleton had a good run over the past couple seasons, but graduation had finally emptied the talent pool. It is hard to say if it will be a total rebuild as the Cougars have one of the biggest rosters in District 2. But the inexperience will  probably show early.

The starting backfield will all be new faces. Austin Wilson or Freddy Corrado will be the new quarterback. Brady Mizenko will take over at running back with Hunter Johnson his backup. Johncarlos Peralta will be the new fullback while Zander Coleman has experience at tight end and will also back up the fullback position. Many players are in the mix at wide receiver including Yohansel Moran, Carlos Gonzalez,  Riley VanGilst, Yadier Mateo, Miguel Vasquez, Bryant Diaz, Sebastian Nivar, and Robin Munoz. Peralta, Jack Mariano, and Jacob Agramonte are on the depth chart at tight end.

The offensive line returns one starter – left tackle Brayan Calcano. Peter Youngcourt or Sebastian Reinoso will be the new left guard; Robert Anderson or Jake Zapotocky at center; Tommy King, Manny Salcedo, and Johan Cruz competing at right guard; Jeremy Ackerman or Aaron Laureano at right tackle. Jordi Urena will provide depth.

Anderson is a returning starter on defense with Youngcourt, Ackerman, and Laureano in the mix for the other defensive end. Urena, King, Reinoso and Cruz are possibilities at defensive tackle. Coleman returns at inside linebacker with Johnson, Sam Heller and Rusty Schmidt are back ups. Mizenko will be at the other linebacker spot with Peralta, Vasquez, and Ashton Karlick providing depth. The secondary will all be first-time starters.  Diaz, Nivar, Jhendrick Perez, and Yohansel Moran are cornerbacks. Gonzalez, VanGilst, and Agramonte are the safeties.

Levi Kurtz will take over the kicking and punting duties.

QUOTE FROM COACH BUCHMAN: Conistency in all three phases and attention to detail will be two major keys in determining our TEAM’s success for this season. Go Cougars!

RETURNING ALL-STARS – WVC DIVISION 1
Second Team Defensive Line – Zander Coleman
Honorable Mention Tight End – Zander Coleman
Honorable Mention Offensive Line – Brayan Calcano
Honorable Mention Defensive Line – Robert Anderson

2023 Hazleton Area Roster

#PlayerPosition2023 GradeHeightWeight
1Freddy CorradoDB, QB96'2160
2Carlos GonzalezDB, WR115'10175
3Riley VanGilstDB, WR115'11170
4Sebastian NivarDB, WR115'11160
5Miguel VasquezDB, WR115'10170
6Yohansel MoranDB, WR106'2170
7Bryant DiazDB, WR116'1165
8Hunter JohnsonLB, RB115'10190
9Zander ColemanLB, RB126'3235
10Logan GennaroLB, WR105'9155
11Austin WilsonDB, QB115'10165
12Jacob AgramonteLB, WR125'11180
13Robin MunozDB, WR115'8155
14Jack MarianoLB, WR115'11180
15Sam MillerLB, RB115'9165
16Lizandro RosarioDB, WR115'8145
17Kleiver ValdezLB, RB105'10190
18Yadier MateoDB, WR115'10160
20Ashton KarlickLB, RB106'0180
22Johncarlos PeraltaLB, RB115'10190
23Daniel MorilloDB, WR105'7140
25Elijah ContrerasLB, RB115'8150
26Elvin GuillenDB, WR105'7150
27Rusty SchmidtLB, RB105'10190
28Levi KurtzK, P125'10175
30Taitum JuneauDB, WR105'10155
31Aiden CliffordLB, RB106'2210
33Connor BaconLB, RB105'7150
34Ty HernessLB, RB115'10220
35Danny BrunetteLB, WR115'9150
38William SantiagoDL, RB105'9210
42Brady MizenkoLB, RB125'11225
43Yandel BarretoLB, RB105'5185
44Sam HellerLB, RB105'11190
45Jorge FamiliaDB, WR115'7150
50Adrian ChablaDL, OL105'11190
51Ryan WelchDL, OL105'7160
53Joel VasquezDL, OL105'10240
54Peter YoungcourtDL, OL126'0225
55Jake ZapotockyDL, OL105'10225
56Johan CruzDL, OL115'8235
57Manny SalcedoDL, OL116'0265
58Brayan CalcanoDL, OL126'0245
59Robert AndersonDL, OL125'10220
60Anthony TorresDL, OL106'1215
61Max ScherilloDL, OL115'11260
63Sebastian SantanaDL, OL115'9270
65Argeny GomezDL, OL116'0210
66Jeremy ZillerDL, OL105'8185
67Eliesel GomezDL, OL105'9200
68Gabe BorisDL, OL116'2225
69Elijah OliverasDL, OL115'5145
70Connor BodnarDL, OL105'7180
71Alexander Done NovaDL, OL126'2250
72Jayden GardnerDL, OL106'1250
73Tommy KingDL, OL115'10265
74Jeremy AckermanDL, OL116'2225
75Sebastian ReinosoDL, OL126'2265
76Jordi UrenaDL, OL116'4275
77Aaron LaureanoDL, OL116'0215
78Andrew GenselDL, OL105'8205
79Christopher MartinezDL, OL116'1210
84Chrisyadriel MartinezLB, RB116'1235
88Chase LloydDB, WR96'2170
99Brayan GonzalezLB, RB105'11200