By: Danielle Dadig –
This year has been hyped up to be a big year for the Seton-La Salle Rebels and they are living up to this expectation. The Rebels currently have a 8-1 record, the only loss being to South Fayette, their toughest opponent. They are the Number 2 seed in the Century Conference.
Most of what is shown in the newspapers is all about statistics of the game, for example: Quarterback Tyler Perone, who ranks among WPIAL’s top passers with 121 completions for 1,618 yards and 21 scores. Wide reciever Danzel McKlinley-Lewis is Perone’s primary target, but he has great options with Paris Ford and Dequay Broadwater. Danzel ranks in the Top 10 of the WPIAL with 35 receptions for 444 yards. Danzel has committed to the Division I University of Toledo.
As a student, it is great going to the football games and watching how successful our school’s team can be. However, the athletes we cheer for on the field, under those Friday night lights, are fellow students that we see everyday walking down the halls of Seton-La Salle. I had the opportunity to talk with Seniors, Matt Reinmund, Jacob Blahut, Tyler Perone, Ricky Mellick and Adam Ottaviano, about this past regular season and the first playoff game awaiting them.
There were a lot of “new” things this year including, new uniforms, a new head coach, Damon Rosol, and a new field goal kicker; Justin Nedzesky.
Nedzesky, a stand-out soccer star for the Rebel’s soccer team, was called upon to be apart of the Rebel football team this season. Justin said, “It’s been an awesome experience and I am glad that I got to be apart of the Rebel football team.” Justin is cousins with Senior quarterback, Perone.
The Rebels also got a new coach this season, Damon Rosol. Seton-La Salle was his alma-mater. Rosol was apart of the Rebel’s coaching staff as assistant coach when they won the WPIAL Class AA Titles in 2002 and 2004. Rosol coached at Montour before he came back home to Seton-La Salle.
Matt Reinmund believes that with the new leadership of Coach Rosol “There’s a different attitude with the team, everyone’s more confident and the expectation for winning is greater.”
Ricky Mellick said that “Practices are more intense and everyone is working a lot harder in the weight room. Their work ethic is better.”
Coach Rosol and the rest of the team hope to get back to the level that they were at during the 2002 and 2004 seasons.
Although the Rebels are led by a lot of upperclassmen, there are some underclassmen who will be able to fill their shoes. I asked the Seniors who they think will be able to continue on the tradition of the football program.
Reinmund said, “I think all of our underclassmen are very promising for the future of the program. Paris Ford is the most talented sophomore I’ve ever seen play football. I also think Nolan Abbiatici will step up next year and will add to the great quarterback tradition this school has. Also watch out for Liam Sweeney, Andy Adamsky, Nico Popa, Zack Devenny, Michael Martuccio and Andrew Lease.”
Mellick also agrees with Reinmund saying, “Liam Sweeney, Paris Ford and Nolan Abbiatici will be important players to the Rebel’s football team.”
The Rebels shut out McGuffey (7-2) at Chartiers Valley Stadium in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs this Friday, October 31st, 2014. Mellick ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 5 Seton–La Salle (9-1) to the shutout over McGuffey
Reinmund believes that “We need to bring the intensity and physicality to the playoffs. Our team is based on controlled aggression and speed, both of which we will need to win at Hersey.”
Mellick thinks that “We need to bring back the swagger that gave us a jump in our step and made us play so well as the beginning of the season.”
The Rebels look forward to their next big game and hope to have a long playoff route to Hershey for the State Championship.