Passing will be key to success of Yorktown
by DAVE FACINOLI, Staff Writer
The path to a successful season for the Yorktown Patriots could rest with a passing attack that has the potential to be potent. Yorktown, which finished 4-6 a year ago, opens its high school football season at home, Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. against Wilson.
“We have some weapons. Our passing game could be pretty good,” Yorktown coach Bruce Hanson said. Catching the ball for Yorktown will be returning senior starting wide receivers Tanner Wall, Paul Dalzell and Davis Patterson. The quarterbacks will be junior Will Porter or sophomore Grant Wilson. Both will play and be first-year starters. “They have similar skill sets,” Hanson said of the quarterbacks.
Running backs for Yorktown are seniors Adrian Alverez and Adam Luncher and juniors Zach McCoskrie, Jake Riley and Will Cantwell. Luncher also is the place-kicker and punter. Junior Jack McCool is a tight end. Anchoring the line are seniors Wesley Saulnier, Clayton Chadwick and George Stamatopolous and juniors Nathan Strickland, Grayson Jones and Matt Herrlein.
On defense, Wall, the Sun Gazette’s 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, plays in the secondary among Luncher, Patterson, Riley, McCoskrie and Wilson. Dalzell, Saulnier, Chadwick, McCool and senior Justin Slack are linebackers or linemen. Senior Adam Kwiterovich and junior Sawyer Monticello are other linebackers.