Trojans building some confidence
JOHN ERZAR H.S. FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK - Times Leader
The opponents wont be mistaken as state title
contenders. Not in the past, not in the present and its highly
doubtful in the future.
Now that he's three years into his tenure, Bruza's players know him only as a coach.
The way Bruza sees it, that change is a good thing for the Nanticoke Area program.
In two years under Bruza's direction, the Trojans are 7-12. Prior to his arrival, it took the program six years to win that many games.
"The generations have changed," Bruza said. "We go over the history and the pride of the program quite a bit. Some have an understanding of the history we have here. But we have been in a slump so long, some people think it is a joke."
Bruza sees the community becoming more interested and he has shown that he is not afraid to let the younger kids play, which he proved last year when he benched a number of upperclassmen in the final two weeks.
"We fell on some hard times and we gave the upperclassmen a shot all year," Bruza said. "We figured we would let some of the younger kids play and let them show what they can do. There has to be a point where you stop looking at this year and start looking toward next year."
Fullback Mike Colatosti and halfback Pat Hempel are the most experienced players on offense. Hempel rushed for 444 yards a year ago and Colatosti averaged 4.4 yards per carry in a limited role.
The most intriguing part of the offense may be the passing game, where J.T. Levandowski takes over as the starting quarterback.
He played in the final two weeks of the 2011 season, so he does have some varsity experience. One of his appearances was a season-ending win over rival Hanover Area.
Levandowski completed four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in two games.
"That win over Hanover Area gave us a positive outlook coming into this season," Bruza said. "It gave us some confidence knowing the younger kids stepped up and played."