Here are some running backs from the WVC and LFC to keep an eye on in 2018:
Andy Carroll, Sr. – Honesdale
Carroll raised some eyebrows with success against some formidable foes early in the season in 2017. Unfortunately, he was sidelined by an injury which ended up being a devastating blow for the Hornets offense. He averaged over 7.5 yards per carry and ended up with 599 rushing yards for the shortened season. Carroll is expected to be back healthy for the beginning of the season and will have an experienced offensive line in front of him. Carroll was named an NPF LFC Division II Second Team running back
Joe Chylak, Sr. – Mid Valley
Chylak was part of a lethal running combination for the Spartans in 2017. Even with splitting time with Colin Hazelton, Chylak rushed for 1,386 yards last season and now has rushed for 2,000 yards for his career. He also has run for 27 touchdowns over the past two seasons. With both running backs returning this year, experience is not an issue for Mid Valley going into 2018. Chylak was an NPF LFC Division III First Team running back and Second Team defensive back.
Damon Horton, Sr. – Hazleton Area
Horton was asked to take some of the load off Adrian Otero last season, but ended up carrying the ball 122 times for 708 yards. He should get more carries in 2018 with opposing defenses focusing on QB Sparky Wolk. The Cougars improved to seven wins and Horton was a big-time contributor. Horton was an NPF WVC Big School Second Team running back.
Treyson Potts, Sr. – Williamsport
Potts blew his knee out and missed the 2017 season, but that didn’t make major college football teams flinch. The senior received many offers to play Division I college football and decided to commit to play in the Big 10 at Minnesota. He rushed for 2,016 yards his sophomore season and also rushed for 34 touchdowns. He is an elite talent and ranked one of the top 20 prospects in Pennsylvania.
Giovanni Spataro, So. – Lakeland
Spataro was thrown into the fire as a freshman and although the Chiefs struggled with a young team early, they were very strong the second half of the season and Spataro was a big part of it. He rushed for 1,221 yards and 13 touchdowns. There probably won’t be a slow start in 2018. Spataro was named NPF LFC Division III Second Team running back
Mason Kordish, Sr. – Valley View
Kordish played second fiddle to Seth Vernon last season for the Cougars but received more touches late in the season. His entire offensive line returns so he should be able to take advantage of that. Valley View is poised to compete for another district title and Kordish will be an important part of the offense.
Sam Cosmello, Susquehanna
Kevin Dessoye, Meyers
Joe Inguilli, Paupack
Owen Shoemaker, Berwick
Nick Vadella, Carbondale