The 81st Scranton Lions Club Dream Game will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29 at John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville. The game will offer 12 local football players a chance to shine on the gridiron one last time during their high school careers.
John Czubek DB/WR
Abington Heights head coach Joe Repshis commended Czubek’s determination to return from an injury and play a huge role for the team.
“He was a very versatile player throughout his career,” Repshis said. “At times, he played cornerback, safety and wide receiver. Coming off a knee injury at the end of his junior season, he worked extremely hard to have a very good year. He has great range and is a very instinctive player. He’s also active and physical as a run defender.”
Czubek finished his career with three interceptions.
Jake Henzes WR/DB
Repshis believes Henzes’ quickness and knowledge of the sport will make him an asset to the County roster.
“He’s a very dynamic, explosive football player,” Repshis said. “Any time he has the ball in his hands, there’s always a chance for a big play. He’s dangerous on special teams returning the football. On defense, he’s a good cover corner and very active run defender. He has a great work ethic and is a student of the game.”
During his senior season, Henzes compiled 305 yards and three touchdowns as a wide receiver.
He will continue his football career at Hobart College.
Sean Gilhooley OL
Gilhooley was added as a replacement to the County team. According to Repshis, he adapted well to a position change throughout his senior season, transitioning from fullback to offensive guard.
“He had a great season,” Repshis said. “He improved each day in practice and became a very dependable offensive lineman with very good technique. He was very coachable and became the centerpiece of our offensive line.
“All three young men made great strides over their careers at Abington Heights,” Repshis added. “I’m extremely proud of not only their accomplishments on the football field, but also in the classroom and community.”
Cooper Rosiak WB/DB
Lackawanna Trail head coach Steve Jervis believes Rosiak’s versatility will make him a valuable member of the County roster.
“He’s a very good all-around athlete,” Jervis said. “In addition to being a powerful runner, he’s also a great pass receiver. He was the leader of our defense from the free safety position and made all the checks.
Vic Mallory QB/DB
Mallory threw for 1,104 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior and also rushed for six touchdowns.
“He was a two-year starter at quarterback and produced back-to-back 1,000 yard passing seasons,” Jervis said. “As last year went on, he developed into a really good running quarterback as well as being an efficient passer.”
Jervis added that Mallory was also a key member of the Lions’ defense.
“He was our utility player,” Jervis said. “He could play any of the three secondary positions. He’s one of the hardest working players I’ve ever coached.”
Ross Fauquier WB/LB
Fauquier frequently found the end zone on the offensive and defensive side of the ball as a senior, leading the Lions in scoring. He also accounted for 1,114 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“He’s an all-around really good athlete and good kid,” Jervis said. “One of the highlights of last season was when he returned an interception for a touchdown in three consecutive games.”
According to Jervis, Fauquier, who also starred on the basketball court, showed huge improvement during his final year on the team.
“As a senior, he came into his own and became one of the best football players in the entire area,” Jervis said.
Matt Cole G/LB
Cole, a two-year starter at linebacker, also played a big role in opening holes for the Lions rushing attack last season. Jervis listed Cole’s speed and toughness as two of his best attributes on the field.
“He’s an all-around tough, physical football player,” Jervis said. “He was our leading tackler from the inside linebacker position last year. On offense he started at guard, a position that is so important in the Wing-T offense. His overall confidence and understanding of schemes on offense and defense improved throughout his career.”
Jordan Hannon OT/DT
Jervis believes Hannon’s ability to overpower many opponents played a part in his selection to the County roster.
“He has great size and is very athletic,” Jervis said. “He was our biggest player and was really tough to block in some games.”
Justin Belardi TE/DE
Scranton Prep head Nick Donato thinks Belardi’s ability to catch the football will be a big asset to the City’s offensive attack.
He had five touchdown receptions as a senior.
“He’s a good all-around football player,” Scranton Prep head coach Nick Donato said. “Last year, he was probably the best pass catching tight end in the Lackawanna League.”
Belardi was also a two-year starter at defensive end for the Cavaliers.
“He improved in all areas throughout his career,” Donato added.
Belardi will continue his football career at Carnegie Mellon University.
Eddie Gilmartin G/DT
Gilmartin was selected to the City team, but chose not to participate.
According to Donato, Gilmartin was a steadying force for the Cavaliers throughout his career.
“He was one of our captains and gave us great leadership,” Donato said. “He moved from fullback to guard as a junior and started as a linebacker (on defense). He always knew his assignments and rallied the troops.”
Kevin Sompel WR/DB
Sompel was a two-year All-Regional selection as a defensive back. He also teamed with Dan Timlin to account for 606 yards and three touchdowns as a receiving tandem.
“He has a nose for the football and is a great tackler,” Donato said. “He’s a physical kid and was also among the top receivers in the league. He’s a great route runner and has great hands.”
Dan Timlin WR/DB
Donato believes Timlin’s development during his senior season led to his selection to the City roster.
“He’s a very good athlete,” Donato said. “We were very fortunate to have a lot of good skill kids. He was our third receiver behind Dan Ryan and Kevin Sompel and they were all very good options. Toward the end of the year, he was as good as anyone playing cornerback on defense.”
Mike Terrery RB/LB
Terrery was added as a replacement to the City team. According to Donato, a strong work ethic was critical to his success as a senior.
“He started at outside linebacker and is a very physical kid,” Donato said. “He was also one of our tailbacks and did everything I asked him to do. He played hard and with a lot of intensity whether it was practice or the game.”
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