Austin White, Quarterback, senior: “We have most of the team back. I am really comfortable in the system now. I know the plays, and I know the reads. I am ready to go this year.”
White was a Division III first-team all-star at quarterback. He ran for 812 yards and 16 touchdowns, and passed for 388 yards and four touchdowns. However, he did throw eight interceptions. A year older and a year stronger and faster, White will be the epicenter of the offense and can keep a defense on its toes with his deceptive execution of the option.
It is no secret the Sabers want to run the ball. Running back Austin Felter rushed for 355 yards and four touchdowns. Fullback Brett Hepler, who was a District 2 champion in the discus and a Division III first-team all-star, has the strength to run in between the tackles. Last season, he had 579 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Jarred Mills is an exciting newcomer.
While the Sabers are committed to running the football, their passing game is also effective. Receivers Craig Stanley and Austin Darrow are returning starters and fast targets.
Despite having a lot of talent in the backfield, the Sabers have some retooling to do up front. Evan Aldrich and Christian Miller are returning starters and solid leaders.
Miller was one of the most dominant defensive ends and pass rushers last season, and earned Division III first-team honors.
C.J. Mallery is a returning starter at defensive tackle and Aldrich should again be tough against the run at nose guard.
There is only a little experience with White returning at outside linebacker. Wes Richardson, Dalton Hogle, Logan Conrad and Jarred Mills are listed as contenders to play for the unit.
There are two returning starters for the Sabers, who yielded an average of 81.6 yards passing per game last season. Stanley is a good cover corner who will also play the run and Hepler is a strong, physical player.
Steve Jess is a solid kicker and punter. He hit 14 extra points and added a field goal last season.
Head coach: Kyle Cook (2nd season, 5-6).
Division: LFC III.
Last season: 5-6 Overall; 3-2 in LFC III.
Male enrollment: 86, Class A.
Home field: William Emminger Memorial Field.
District 12 Class A: 1994, 1995
LFC III: 2010
Suburban: 1975, 1981, 1982, 1995
Aug. 29 at Nanticoke
Sept. 6 Meyers, 1 p.m.
Sept. 12 Holy Cross
Sept. 19 at Dunmore
Sept. 26 at Montrose
Oct. 4 at Holy Redeemer, 1 p.m.
Oct. 11 Mid Valley, 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 Lackawanna Trail, 1 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Carbondale Area
Oct. 31 Old Forge, 1 p.m.
Western Wayne L, 25-20
Northwest L, 12-7
Nanticoke W, 21-14
Riverside L, 13-9
Lakeland W, 28-7
Holy Cross W, 41-7
Montrose W, 35-0
Lackawanna Trail W, 14-6
Carbondale Area L, 41-19
Old Forge L, 55-6
District 2 Class AA playoffs
Lake-Lehman L, 35-0
RUSHING Att Yds Avg. TD
Austin White 151 812 5.4 16
Brett Hepler 69 579 8.4 4
PASSING C-A-I Yds TD Rate
Austin White 27-96-8 388 4 59.2
RECEIVING Rec Yds Avg. TD
Austin Darrow 4 76 19.0 1
SCORING TD 2Pt XP FG Pts.
Austin White 16 0 0 0 96
2013 Team Statistics
Run Pass Total Avg.
Offense 2004 388 2392 217.5
Run Pass Total Avg.
Defense 1931 898 2829 257.2