SCA Football Preview 2014
This will be an historic season for one of the state’s most successful football programs as the Tigers move to Class AA for the first time. Eleven starters including all stater Luke Rarig and quarterback Nick Becker return from a team that went 12-1 winning the HAC-3 and District 4 Class A titles.
Three starters return to the front six including senior Trent Donlan who will start at center for the third straight season, junior Josh Yoder at right guard and tight end Gabe Delbo, another junior. The right tackle position will be filled by senior Grayson Belles and the left tackle spot should go to junior Aaron Kroh. The left guard will be one of two seniors- Jason Vought or Charles Wertman who missed last season due to injury.
Nick Becker had an outstanding sophomore season as the starting quarterback throwing for 1699 yards and 20 touchdowns. Luke Rarig is an outstanding senior wide receiver who caught 37 passes, 8 for touchdowns. Rarig is sure to get plenty of attention so the Tigers need some other receivers to emerge, and they feel they have some great candidates in sophomore Cameron Young , junior Steve Toczlousky and senior Mike Klebon. Southern Columbia should have a very good passing game , and that should open things up for their always potent running game.
Blake Marks (577 yards and 9 touchdowns) had an outstanding sophomore season at running back. An injury in the summer will keep him from playing at the start of this season. Brad Noll returns at running back. A very physical senior, Matt Jeremiah, replaces Adam Feudale at fullback. At the other running back spot junior Billy Marzeski and sophomore Hunter Thomas will share duties at the other running back spot until Blake Marks returns.
The key to the Tigers success this season could be how the front 8 on defense develop. Five of of the 8 will be newcomers. Up front, Trent Donlan returns for his 4th year as a starting tackle. Chase Tillet returns at defensive end. Gabe Delbo could start opposite Tillet. Josh Yoder and Nick Freeman will rotate at the other tackle position.
At linebacker, Brad Noll returns as a starter. Blake Marks will see lots of action when he returns. Matt Bell will start at one inside position. Chase Tillet might go there with Charles Wertman replacing him at Defensive end. Billy Marzeski will likely start at outside. Led by Luke Rarig, Southern Columbia’s secondary should be very strong. Mike Klebon returns as a starter, and Steve Toczylousky saw lots of time at safety this summer.
Rarig was very good at placekicker last season and may be the punter as well.
While the offense may not meet last year’s standards when the Tigers averaged almost 50 points a game, it should be very strong again especially with the passing game to complement the wing-T rushing attack. If the newcomers to the defensive lineup can develop, Southern Columbia will be a contender for what would be the school’s first District 4 AA title. For once they will not necessarily be the favorite to win a district championship.