This is the 13th edition of our Five To Watch series. We thank Attorney Michael Ossont of The Mattioli Law Firm for returning as our title sponsor for Five To Watch. There are 32 teams in the WVC and LFC plus Holy Redeemer so it’s impossible to recognize every single player who might be deserving. The players we do list are some of the best at their position or have an interesting role coming up in 2024 for their team. Players will be recognized at only one position, even if they are capable two-way players. For players who don’t make the list, we hope you strive to make our lists at the end of the season because they are the ones that really count.

Here are the quarterbacks (Listed alphabetically):

Nick Bradley, Jr. – Abington Heights
Height: 6-1 Weight 195
@nb8_nick

Bradley had already made his mark as a top baseball prospect with a Division I offer, but now he is getting attention on the gridiron. He emerged as a prolific passer and also was able to use his athleticism in the running game. His accuracy was noticeable completing 60% of his passes. As a sophomore, Bradley led District 2 in several categories including 2,072 passing yards, 148 completions and 248 attempts. He also threw 22 touchdown passes and amassed 291 rushing yards. Bradley was named an LFC Division I Second Team quarterback in 2023.
Bradley Highlights


Jake Howe, Jr. – Wilkes-Barre
Height: 6-3 Weight 195

@jakehowe_2

Howe started for the Wolfpack as a freshman and took even bigger strides last season. After throwing for over 1,000 yards in 2022, he raised his passing yard total to 1,634. His accuracy was much better raising his completion rate from 47% to 56%. He doubled his touchdown pass total while he threw one less interception. The maturity was evident with his on-field presence and him becoming a leader as a sophomore. Howe was named an WVC Division 1 Second Team quarterback last season.
Howe Highlights


Louis Paris, Sr. – Scranton Prep
Height: 5-11 Weight 215
@LouisParis514

After taking over as the starting quarterback his sophomore year, Paris came into the 2023 season with lots of expectations and he delivered. He was the best dual-threat quarteback in the LFC and his numbers weren’t as high as some of the other signal callers because of Prep’s dominance throughout the season which put Paris on the bench early most games, sometimes not even playing the second half of games. He led LFC quarterbacks with 11 rushing touchdowns and rushed for 524 yards last year. Paris looks more like a fullback running the ball. He also threw for over 1,000 yards for the second straight season and doubled his touchdown pass total while throwing less interceptions. Paris was the LFC Division I Offense Player of the Year and First Team quarterback in 2023.
Paris Highlights


Chase Taddonio, Sr. – Riverside
Height: 5-11 Weight 195
@ChaseTaddonio

The Vikings offense is high-octane and Taddonio now heads into his senior season with full control of it. Despite battling an injury and missing some games last year, he still threw for 1,727 yards and 23 touchdowns which was one more than he had his sophomore season. He also stayed away from turnovers for the second straight season. Taddonio can run the ball when he needs to as he has 658 rushing yards for his career. Riverside has talent once again and think a healthy Taddonio can get over the 2,000 passing yard mark like he did in 2022 and could also increase those rushing numbers. He was named the LFC Division III First Team quarteback last season.
Taddonio Highlights


Brady Zapoticky, Sr. – Dallas
Height: 6-0 Weight 175
@BradyZapoticky

Zapoticky has evolved into one of the best quarterbacks in District 2 with accuracy and football smarts. He led Dallas to the state championship game with steady performances and big plays. He threw for 2,016 yards and 26 touchdowns which led all signal-callers. Zapoticky also limited mistakes with only seven interceptions. After negative rushing yards his sophomore year, he also became a threat on the ground when he had  331 rushing yards and a District 2 high for quarterbacks  12 rushing touchdowns. Zapoticky was named the WVC Division 1 First Team and All-District 2 Quarterback in 2023.
Zapoticky Highlights


SLEEPER

Logan Olsommer, Sr. – Delaware Valley
Height: 6-1 Weight 175
@logan_olsommer

Sleeper might not be the best designation for Olsommer. Under the radar seems more accurate. With a talented senior class now graduated, Olsommer steps in the spotlight as the leader on the defending LFC I and Class 5A champs. He threw for 1,267 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 266 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. He also completed 58% of his passes. Expect Olsommer’s numbers to go up as he becomes the focus of the Warriors’ offense rather than a complementary piece. Olsommer was named an LFC Division I Honorable Mention quarterback last season.
Olsommer Highlights








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Caden Berardi, Sr. – West Scranton – Highlights  | Twitter
Aiden Collins
, Sr. – Honesdale – Highlights | Twitter
Brody Coyle, Jr. – Scranton – Highlights | Twitter 
Anthony DeLucca, Sr. – Wyoming Area – Highlights | Twitter
T.J. DiMattia , Sr. – Old Forge – | Twitter