West Middlesex, PA (WYTV) – The Big Reds are coming off 10 wins and yet another postseason trip, but with one of the most successful classes in school history now gone, the Big Reds will have to reload for 2015.
Despite all the losses, head coach Ed Roberson is confident with this group, that returns 12 seniors and 9 letterwinners from a year ago. Offensively, quarterback Nick Cannone takes over after transferring from Hickory last season, while senior Luke Hemminger is back as a dual threat, who racked up over 700 yards of total offense last year. The defense has the potential to be good with 5 guys back, including senior lineman Josh Porterfield, who had 5 sacks last year. Of course, there’s plenty of gaps to fill, but these Big Reds are up for the challenge.
“Well you don’t replace a Trey Staunch and an Eric Lucich…those kids are probably once in a generation kids,” said Roberson. “But i think with the balance and the different types of kids we have coming out, very unselfish group of kids but yet very talented. You talk about hungry, these kids are starving. I mean, the past couple years they were apart of a very successful program and now it’s their opportunity to step up and see what they can do. They don’t want to be the team that lets the program go backwards, they want to take it even further.”
“We obviously lost a lot, but it’s a lot different mentality this year,” said Porterfield. “We have a lot of guys that, we just want to win. So that’s what we’re doing, we’re focusing on coming together and winning as a team this year, especially in our league and we’re just gonna go out and do what we do and hopefully keep winning.”
The Big Reds open the regular season against Cambridge Springs on September 4th.