2015 SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY SCOUTING REPORT
written by TJM
In 2014 Susquehanna Valley emerged from gridiron obscurity and put a team on the field that was worthy of mention in the STAC. In fact, they had bolstered their roster to a level that they were able to not only stick with the Spartans, but actually give us some serious grief in their last meeting. Led by seniors Dave Matthews, Marquis Jackson, Lane Zembeck and Bruce Canady, the Sabers were a bonified threat to anyone in Section four on any given day. 2015 sees a second wave of good SV teams rise to the surface with origins reaching back to the early part of the millennium. The above names were the pioneers of an aggressive youth program seed that was planted in Conklin back in the early part of the decade and has begun to bare fruit. Although those seniors have graduated, SV will arrive this weekend ready to play with a young but talented roster.
Despite dressing twelve seniors, SV starts mainly juniors on its offense. In fact, all but the center of the entire starting offensive line are juniors and they’re big! Juniors Jeff Corell 6-2, 275; Caleb Strong 6-2, 310; Alex Babiel 6-1, 235 and Austyn Winans 6-2, 265 come with impressive physical numbers. They aren’t bad on their feet either, but regardless of how SV fairs in the 2015 season these guys will certainly be a force come 2016. Ironically, Matt Depersiis, the one senior joining them on the line is the only member under the six foot and 200-pound standard. Where the offensive line is populated with mostly juniors, the opposite is true of the skilled backs. Nearly all of the athletes running out of the backfield for SV are seniors and have seen action at this level over the past couple of years. At quarterback senior Cameron Manchester (10) will be attempting to fill the considerable shoes of Dave Matthews. While we haven’t seen much tape on him in 2015, his father and uncle, Brad and Keith, hail from Maine-Endwell and manned the Spartan ranks in the early to mid-eighties so he’s gotta have something. Returning from a very good season in 2014 are senior running backs Zac Knewasser (32) and Kyle Novobilski (33), each of whom will go both ways in the defensive backfield. Last season, each of these players had their names chimed across Spartan stadium on many plays. They were the perfect off-set for the rushing efforts of Jackson and Zembeck along with Matthews for whom teams opposing SV built their defensive schemes around. Novobilski will be a kid to watch for the Spartans as he brings a lot of poise and leadership the Sabers squad in 2015. However, it’s the junior again that looks like a power to reckon with. 6-foot, 175 pound Brandon Vosbury (24) is a powerful runner that looks great on the film in the last two SV outings. Despite a suffering a loss to Windsor in week one, this Saber offense moves the ball on the ground pretty well and Vosbury appears the chief ball carrier when big plays are needed.
The flip side of this coin is that they’ve battled in class B thus far losing to Windsor and struggling in a barn burner one point win over Norwich last weekend. Measured against Maine-Endwell this weekend, they’ll have to use every ounce of their weight up front and hope for the best against a crazy-good Spartan defense that’s really starting to gel after their last two high-octane opponents. Maine-Endwell comes off a dog fight of their own besting Forks last weekend and looking forward playing a better brand of cerebral fourth quarter football in week three. But that said, a perfect M-E Spartan performance is plainly a scary proposition for any team in section four this year.