By Tom Robinson, NPF Sports
PLYMOUTH – Chuck Crews earned NPF Sports Coach of the Year honors for his work a year ago in continuing the revival of a proud Williamsport football program.
Crews will be tested once again in his third season guiding the Millionaires.
Williamsport is regarded as the top Big School team in the WVC in a preseason poll of conference coaches, but will try to maintain that status without all-state and all-district running back Treyson Potts, who has already been lost for the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Potts ran for 2,016 yards last season.
The Coach of the Year award – in conjunction with the all-District 2 team, which includes Williamsport because the Millionaires compete in the Wyoming Valley Conference and qualify for state play through the district in football – came at the end of a championship season that saw Williamsport finish as the WVC’s top big school and the District 2-4 Class 6A Subregional champion.
The Millionaires were just 8-32 in the four seasons before Crews arrived and are 18-7 since.
They will be challenged for top honors among the WVC’s three Class 6A-5A teams.
Wyoming Valley West returns all-District 2 lineman Chris Bleich, who has committed to play at UCLA, and linebacker Zach Davies, who was also named 2016 WVC Big School Defensive Player of the Year by NPF Sports.
Hazleton Area also returns an all-District 2 linebacker in Adrian Otero.
Crews said repeating the titles “will not be easy because of the quality teams that we face.”
A look at the 6A-5A Division, with teams in the order they were ranked in a preseason poll of WVC Big School coaches:
2, Wyoming Valley West
3, Hazleton Area
Click on the helmet for the team preview.