By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
(4th year, 14-16 career record)
Coaching Staff: Jack Blasiole, special teams coordinator; John Baldwin, defensive coordinator; Bruce Rininger, offensive coordinator; Nate Peters, quarterbacks and defensive backs; Tom Scorch, offensive and defensive lines; Jake Lieberth, wide receivers and linebackers; Chris Stanley, wide receivers and linebackers; Bob Lieberth, running backs and defensive backs.
2022 Record: 4-6 overall.
Returning Lettermen (18): AJ Januska, sr.; Gavin McIntyre, sr.; Blake Baumgardner, sr.; Cody Brugmann, sr; Nate Blasiole, jr.; Charlie Sommer, jr.; Bryce Giel, jr.; Bryce Bennett, jr.; Mason Satterlee, jr.; Tommy Georger, jr.; Tristen Addis, jr.; Noah Horne, jr.; Jackson Rattray, jr.; Landon Keener, jr.; Corey Barnauskas, jr.; Nolan Huntington, soph.; Jake Eyerman, soph; Logan Gojtko, soph.
Lettermen Lost (6): Noah Baker, Josh Eyerman, Jonas Honeycutt, Jayden Julian, David Ittel, Hunter Yoder.
The Red Devils will employ a spread-multiple offense, with gap and zone runs.
Junior Charlie Sommer and sophomore Wyatt Januska are vying for the starting position.
“Both have had good off-seasons and are competing well in camp. The competition is still ongoing,” D’Amato said.
Last season as the full-time starter, Sommer completed 40-of-114 passes for 545 yards, with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
Nate Blasiole returns as the primary ball-carrier to follow up on a sophomore season in which he ran for 1,018 yards on 220 carries and scored seven touchdowns.
“We’re looking forward to seeing Nate compete to be one of the top backs in the area this year,” D’Amato said. “Our blocking up front will be the key for our success.”
Tristen Addis will also be in the backfield for the Devils.
Three returning senior starters anchor the line, with Cody Brugmann, Gavin McIntyre and Blake Baumgardner.
In addition to those three, there are two juniors that will start on the offensive line with junior returning starter Landon Kuenzer and junior newcomer Dan Doering.
Bryce Bennett and Angelo Dinardo will be the tight ends.
AJ Januska, Mason Satterlee, Bryce Giel, Tommy Georger, Wyatt Januska and Nolan Huntington will all see time at receiver.
They will work together to try to offset the loss of leading receivers Jonas Honeycutt and Noah Baker, who both graduated and totaled 18 receptions for 368 yards last season.
D’Amato wants his defense to be fast and physical, swarming to the ball.
Addis, Jackson Rattray and Jake Eyerman will be the starters.
“They have had a good summer so far and are not afraid to come down and play physical football,” D’Amato said.
Of the group, Addis had the most tackles last season with 47.
Adding depth will be Corey Barnauskas.
The group is made up of Bennett, Tristen Arnold, Brugmann, McIntyre, Kuenzer, Baumgardner, Doreing and Dinardo.
“Defensively, we are looking forward to seeing Bryce (Bennett) have a breakout year as a defensive end,” D’Amato said. “He has the size and speed to be an impact player for us.”
While Blasiole was the team’s returning leader offensively in rushing yards, he also returns as the top tackler from last year’s defense.
Blasiole totaled 63 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
Also in the defensive backfield will be AJ Januska, Wyatt Januska, Satterlee, Georger, Giel and Huntington.
“All are fast, athletic kids that will make a rotation,” D’Amato said.
Nate Blasiole, Charlie Sommer, Wyatt Januska, Mason Satterlee, Tommy Georger, Bryce Giel, Nolan Huntington, Bryce Bennett, Tristen Arnold, Landon Kuenzer, Dan Doering, Jake Eyerman, Tristen Addis, Jackson Rattray, Corey Barnauskas, Logan Vojtko, Angelo Dinardo.
“We only have four seniors. Our team will be young again in terms of grade level, but we will have a lot of Friday night experience in all phases of the game,” D’Amato said.