Montrose seeks early season success

The Montrose Area football team runs through an offensive play during a scrimmage against Wyalusing Area on Saturday.

The Montrose Area football team runs through an offensive play during a scrimmage against Wyalusing Area on Saturday.

BY JOHN LUND

The Montrose Area football team found success in its last four games of the season after a slow start.

This season, head coach Russ Canevari is hoping to find that success much earlier.

“We started out slow last season but we did improve in individual areas as the year went on,” Canevari said. “Those improvements continued to grow and our young men implemented what we taught them and eventually they put everything together.”

Canevari, who is in his fifth season coaching, is preparing his team to improve on last year’s 2-8 season.

“We’re working on the fundamentals, which are key in any sport, and working as a team instead of individuals,” Canevari said. “We want to build off of last year’s success and be better than last year so we can make a run in our division.”

The Meteors will have outstanding size and strength on both the offensive line and the front seven of the defense, and have shown early energy in getting ready for the season to begin.

And regardless of the team’s final record at the end of the season, Canevari is hopeful that Meteors football will have more of an impact than just on the field.

“I always want the kids to know that life is now easy, but the harder you work, the more successful you’ll become,” Canevari said. “We want to instill basic values into our players so that no matter what they decide to do, those values will help them in any aspect of life.”

Roster:

Seniors Eric Donovan, David Maxey, Casey Nickerson, Trevor Tompkins, Brett Shelp, Chad Swift, Brenton Warner; juniors Kevin Bruno, McCade Calloway, Austin Cook, Cameron Crocker, Adam Curry, Bryce Fair, Jack Fruehan, Josh Giles, Jake Hayes, Billy Hewes, Matt Legg, Justin Loomis, Patrick Parks, Roberty Purdy, Steve Shelp, Ryan Stetson, Brandon Swift, Mike Vaness and Bryce Warner; sophomores Anthony Cina, Guy Constantino, Conner Decamp, James Heft, Corey Groschal, Conner Kajola, Travis Novakowski, William Purdy, Kenny Rose, Matt Saravitz, Sean Smith and Mike Stewart; and freshman Thomas Milandry.

Schedule:
Aug. 30, home against Carbondale, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6, home against Lake-Lehman, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13, at Tunkhannock, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20, home against Honesdale, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27, at Western Wayne, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4, home against Old Forge, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11, at Susquehanna (Battle of the Bluestone), 7 p.m.
Oct. 18, home against Holy Cross, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25, at Lackawanna Trail, 7 p.m.
Nov. 1, at Northwest Area, 7 p.m.