2017 Season Preview: Williamsport Millionaires

 WILLIAMSPORT

Kurt Danneker
 

Jonah Nicklaus

2016: 9-1 in regular season to finish first of three teams in WVC Class 6A-5A Division; 12-2 overall; Won District 2-4 Class 6A title by beating Hazleton Area, 48-14, and Delaware Valley, 55-21; Reached quarterfinals of state Class 6A tournament by beating State College, 35-28, before losing to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 62-21.

Coach: Chuck Crews, 3rd season at Williamsport, 18-7; 7th season overall, 29-36.

2017 Class: 6A

Returning starters: 4 offense, 7 defense

Returning division all-stars: Treyson Potts, 1st-RB, HM-DB (injured); Chase Bower, 1st-OL; Kurt Danneker, 1st-OL; 2nd-DL; Tucker Kreisher, HM-OL; Angelo Girardi, HM-K; Jamaure Burget, HM-DL; Cam Dickey, HM-DB.

Offense: Multiple

Defense: 4-4

2017 PREVIEW

Williamsport won last year’s title by combining its explosive offense with a significantly improved defense.

With major absences on offense, including the injured Treyson Potts, the veteran defense will be relied on more than ever.

Jamaire Burget and Kurt Danneker lead a defensive line where Dalton Kriner and Ben Garverick also have experience. Burget can play tackle or end.

Leading tackler Cam Dickey moves from defensive back to linebacker where he will be joined by Nate Welch and Alec Dickey. Welch was the team’s second-leading tackler.

Jonah Niklaus is in his third season in the secondary and will play with Marcus Simmons, Joe Fagnano and T.J. Robinson.

The line is the strength of the offense with Danneker, an all-state choice, and Chase Bower back for their third season as starters. Bower anchors the line from the center position.

Tucker Kreisher, who started all 14 games as a sophomore, is also back.

They’ll work with Marshall Nork and Quadir Walker. Burget provides depth.

Cam Dickey, Robinson and Colin Esposito are wide receivers.

Simmons caught 11 passes as a sophomore, making him the leader among returnees.

Ethan Stryker, who could also see some time at defensive end, is the tight end. Welch is another tight end.

Latrelle Jackson will be the single setback in many formations and Fagnano is the new quarterback.

Fagnano took advantage of his playing time behind Isaiah Hankins to hit 17 of 32 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown.

Angelo Girardi gives the Millionaires a weapon in the kicking game.

 

Coach Quote

“We are looking forward to defending our league and district titles.”

Chuck Crews