Two-A-Days: Mountain League
Our first stop within the Mountain League takes us to Penns Valley. The rams will look to rebound from a 3-7 season a year ago, and as Martin Tobias welcomes back 9 total starters from last year, he will continue to value the development of his playersas he enters year number 23.
The Clearfield Bisons enter 2018 coming off a 6-5 season back in 2017. Tim Janocko has been a mainstay within the program for three decades as he enters year number 34 at the helm. Clearfield won three of their last five games in 2017 so there is something to build off of.
The Bishop Carroll Huskies enter year number one in the Mountain League, and 2nd year head coach Sean Billings is excited for the opportunity to compete against teams that have not been on the schedule in some time. The Huskies return seven on each side of the ball from a team that won just two games in 2017.
Tyrone enters 2018 coming of a three win season in 2017. Head coach Jason Wilson enters year number 5, welcomes back 12 total starters, and can not wait for the Backyard Brawl.
The Central Scarlet Dragons welcome back just 3 starters on both sides of the ball from a team that went 6-1 in the conference last season. David Baker knows there will be challenges, but at least he returns his starting quarterback Noah Muthler.
Huntingdon lost just one regular season game all year en route to the district playoffs and a 10 win season in 2017. Head coach Michael Hudy will look for the development of leadership within his Bearcats as they prepare for 2018.
The Bald Eagle Golden Eagles welcome back almost their entire team from 2017 as they look for big things in 2017. Jesse Nagle enters his third season as head coach fresh off a 4-7 season that saw them qualify for the playoffs.
Philipsburg Osceola welcomes new head coach Brian McGonigal, who takes over the program after one season as offensive coordinator in 2017. The Mounties went 1-9 last season, but with a lot coming back for 2018 there is a sense of optimism.
The Bellefonte Red Raiders rode the wave all the way to the state playoffs in 2017, but a good portion of that talent graduated at the end of the school year. Shanon Manning believes what he has coming back is ready to take the next step as he enters year number six. He likes his senior class, and believes they will follow the example of the previous two classes before them. Each year is created different, and thus each team will make its own identity for the Red Raiders.