High school football: 'Moment of truth' arrives for Greencastle seniors

August 26, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI |

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — It’s time.

This is what it’s all about for guys like Matt Montedoro, Ashtin Byers, Jackson Hall and Kristian Sheeley to name a few. There are 13 more like them on the Greencastle-Antrim football team.

It’s what playing football is all about.

“When a program gets to a certain point, you get between 15-20 kids from each class every season,” said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. “Most of them only get one shot — and it comes in their senior year. The moment of truth is here.”

And what a shot it could be. The Blue Devils have 17 seniors who can basically control their own destiny.

They will be the leaders of a team of 65 players, including 27 sophomores. But there are only two starters returning to the offense and three on defense — with one of them going both ways.

They are taking the baton from the likes of quarterback Austin Scott, running back Hunter Szaflarski and the rest of the 5-5 team of 2012.

And they will be in charge of keeping Greencastle football on its successful curve.

It’s time.

“They have all put their time in, now it’s time for them to get their shot,” Tinninis said. “We have some athletes and some nice size up front. I’m enjoying this team.”

The quarterback role will fall to Montedoro, who was Scott’s backup last season while starting in the defensive backfield. Byers returns from 2012’s stable of runners to become more of the main horse out of the backfield.

“We moved Byers over to running back and we have David Woody at fullback, who is coming back after injuring his knee in the first JV game last year,” Tinninis said.

“Montedoro has played running back and fullback and now he’s going to be the quarterback. This is going to be his shot. (Sam) Sprague is a sophomore and will be our backup. It was a tight race, but we decided to go with our senior leadership. Sprague will work in at split end.”

Rider was the anchor on both of Greencastle’s lines.

But with new seasons and replacements, there will always be changes on the offense. This season might be a little different for the Blue Devils.

“The trick to running the Wing-T offense is to find what you’re good at and mold around it,” Tinninis said. “Last year, Scotty ran a 4.4 and could do a lot of things. This year, we have good backs and we have a bigger line. We aren’t going to be a big spread team with Scott running around. Now, we are a power football team. It’s all about knowing what you know.”

The line will consist of Ben Buhrman, Joseph Koons, Dalton Webster and Andrew Sheller, all joining Rider. Everyone but Sheller is a senior.

Matthew Oberholzer will see time in the backfield, while Hall and Eli Webster will be among Montedoro’s receiving targets.

On defense, Rider will anchor the line, and Jared Starliper will be a linebacker/defensive end.

“Rider is the leader of our lines,” Tinninis said. “He’s a stud and has to be one of the best linemen in the area.”

Tinninis labeled Sheeley as the leader of the defense from his linebacking spot. Byers and Montedoro will play as outside linebackers, while Sprague, Hall and sophomore Derek Measell will work in the defensive backfield.

The placekicking duties will be handled by Justin Hovey, who plays soccer, and Zachary Miller, who kicked for the JVs, while Byers could return as the punter.

Greencastle’s seniors take over at a very opportune time. Much of the Mid-Penn Colonial is in the same boat with the Blue Devils as many teams are starting over after losing last year’s senior-laden teams.

“The league is wide open,” Tinninis said. “A lot of teams are playing young kids, so they are all the same as us. We have three seniors who will be in their first year as starters. They know what’s going on, but they have to do it on the field.”

That’s because it’s time.

Date, Opponent, Time

Aug. 30, at Chambersburg, 7
Last season: Chambersburg, 49-7

Sept. 6, vs. Boiling Springs, 7:30
Last season: Greencastle, 28-3

Sept. 13, vs. Susquehanna Township, 7:30
Last season: Susquehanna Township, 43-14

Sept. 20, at Gettysburg, 7
Last season: Greencastle, 50-3

Sept. 27, vs. Northern York, 7:30
Last season: Northern, 21-7

Oct. 4, at West Perry, 7
Last season: West Perry, 35-28

Oct. 11, vs. Shippensburg, 7:30
Last season: Shippensburg, 36-17

Oct. 18, at Big Spring, 7:30
Last season: Greencastle, 44-27

Oct. 25, at Waynesboro, 7:30
Last season: Greencastle, 49-14

Nov. 1, vs. James Buchanan, 7:30
Last season: Greencastle, 62-7

No., Name, Class, Pos., Ht., Wt.  
2, Justin Hovey, Sr., K, 5-10, 155
5, Elijah Webster, Sr., SE-CB, 6-2, 165
7, Matthew Christman, Soph., 5-7, 135
8, Spencer Meyers, Soph., QB, 6-2, 170
9, Matt Montedoro, Sr., QB-DB, 5-11, 190
10, Tre Arnsparger, Soph., 5-9, 140
11, Collin Blubaugh, Soph., 5-11, 175
12, Derek Measell, Soph., 6-0, 170
13, Ashtin Byers, Sr., FB-LB, 6-1, 210
14, Caleb Root, Soph., 5-10, 155
15, Sam Sprague, Soph., QB-DB, 6-0, 155
16, Mateo Loaiza, Jr., WB-DB, 5-8, 155
20, Joseph Burns, Soph. , 5-7, 145
21, Jordan Crouse, Jr. SE-DB, 5-9, 150
22, Nick Silva, Jr., WB-DB, 5-7, 165
24, Wayne Kline, Jr., 5-8, 155
25, Jackson Hall, Sr., WB-DB, 5-8, 150
26, James Hines, Soph., 5-8, 170
26, Liam Okal, Soph., 5-10, 150
27, Andrew Votral, Soph., 5-11, 185
28, Luke Kayga, Jr., 6-1, 160
29, Nolan Carbaugh, Sr., TE-DE, 6-0, 185
31, Nathaniel Monn, Sr. SE-DB, 5-8, 145
32, Garret Langston, Jr., WB-LB, 5-10, 165
33, Bailey Parker, Soph., 5-10, 180
35, Clayton Hartman, Jr., WB-LB, 5-11, 180
37, Cory Kennedy, Jr., 5-9, 150
38, Evan Bingaman, Sr., 6-2, 190
40, Zachary Miller, Sr., TE-LB, 5-10, 155
41, David Woody, Jr., FB-LB, 6-1, 210
42, Luke Robertson, Soph., 5-10, 175
45, Jensen Stoner, Sr., OL-DE, 6-1, 185
47, Jesse Yoder, Sr., TE-DE, 6-2, 190
48, Jay Johnson, Jr., 5-9, 145
49, Matthew Oberholzer, Jr., FB-LB, 5-9, 198
50, Sean Walck, Soph., 6-1, 215
51, Kristian Sheeley, Sr., OL-LB, 6-0, 200
52, Dalton Webster, Sr., OL-DE, 6-2, 210
53, Morgan Bush, Jr.
54, Connor Shank, Jr., OL-DE, 6-2, 225
55, Jack Lindeman, Jr., OL-LB, 5-11, 210
56, LeErin Plasterer, Soph., 6-2, 225
58, Anthony Dunagan, Jr., OL-LB, 6-1, 228
61, Garett Conner, Soph., 5-10, 225
62, Stefaun Johnson, Jr., OL-DE, 5-10, 195
63, Dante Tyler, Soph., 5-7, 210
64, Joseph Koons, Sr., OL-DT, 5-11, 235
65, Casey Bard, Soph., OL-DL, 6-2, 235
66, Andrew Sheller, Soph., 6-0, 255
68, Jeremy Anderson, Soph., OL-DL, 6-1, 300
70, Matthew Potter, Soph., 6-1, 225
71, Jesse Laman, Sr., OL-DT, 5-10, 255
72, Ben Buhrman, Sr., OL-DT, 5-11, 235
73, Cory Jerin, Soph., 5-11, 205
76, Robert Rider, Jr., OL-DT, 6-5, 290
77, Ryan Baluta, Jr., OL-DT, 5-11, 240
78, Randy Harne, Soph., 5-8, 235
79, Kyle George, Sr., OL-DT, 5-11, 265
81, Geoffrey Helfrick, Sr., SE-DB, 5-9, 160
83, Brae Peck, Soph., 6-2, 221
85, Zachary Koons, Soph., 5-10, 180
86, Jared Starliper, Jr., TE-LB, 6-2, 227
87, Tyler Jeffreys, Soph., 5-11, 180
89, Christian Gleichman, Soph., 6-4, 175

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