Here are some athletes to keep an eye on for 2018:
Janaasah Boone, Jr. – Valley View
The hard-hitting Boone was a key component to help Valley View win the District 2 Class 4A title last year. He really stood out in the Cougars secondary and will now be one of the playmakers on the offense. Boone can line up anywhere on the field including under center which is a possibility. He was an NPF Second Team LFC Division II defensive back in 2017.
Steve Borgia, Jr. – Dunmore
Borgia was a key contributor in Dunmore’s district championship and state run. He is very versatile as he ended up the Bucks second leading receiver and hauled in 9 touchdowns. He also was a standout on the defensive side of the ball. Borgia is expected to be under center for Dunmore in 2018 as the Bucks try to continue their district title runs which now stands at four straight. Borgia was an NPF First Team LFC Division III defensive back and Honorable Mention wide receiver in 2017.
Darren Boseman, Sr. – Nanticoke
The Trojans didn’t throw a lot last season, but when they did, Boseman was making big plays. He averaged 35.2 yards per catch and caught 7 touchdown passes. Expect Boseman’s role to be expanded for his senior season as Nanticoke lost their two leading rushers. He will also be a threat on special teams and a starter on the defensive side of the ball. Boseman was an NPF Second Team WVC Small School wide receiver last season.
Tommy Souriyavong, Sr. – Old Forge
Souryavong emegred as a team leader on a senior-laden team. He has explosive speed and football smarts. Souriyavong caught 17 passes, 7 of them going for touchdowns. He added two touchdowns on special teams. On the defensive side of the ball, he is a three-year starter. Souriyavong was an NPF First Team LFC Division III athlete and defensive back.
David Smith, Sr. – Hazleton Area
At 6-2, 205 pounds, Smith is long and physical. He has 90 career receptions and received state-wide recognition as a defensive back. The Cougars are on the rise and Smith has been a contributor since his freshman season. He was named an NPF Second Team WVC Big School wide receiver and defensive back last season.
Jerrod Brown, Sr. – Scranton
“Rodo” Brown had 56 carries for 524 yards last season and added 11 receptions as well. He was a contributor in the special teams game with16 kick returns for 382 return yards. On defense, he recorded 36 tackles and 9 passes defended. Brown is athletic and has speed and will step in the role created by Ky’ron Harbin’s graduation.
Rafael McCoy, Coughlin
Dale Moore, North Pocono
Christian Motley, Dallas
Kristian Pon, Riverside
Darren Rodney, Wyoming Area