Unsung quarterback Carns returns to lead Latrobe
Latrobe senior quarterback Logan Carns won't find his name on many lists as one of the WPIAL's top players.
According to his coach, Ray Reitz, colleges are missing out on a special player.
“He's one of the best-kept secrets in the WPIAL,” Reitz said. “He's an athlete. We can use him at wideout and at wingback. He might even play safety.
“College coaches need to get off their butts and check him out. A lot of the coaches in the (Quad East) conference think he's pretty good.”
Carns shined at a passing camp at Youngstown State this summer, and Reitz said the Youngstown State coaches liked him a lot.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Carns will be the main figure in the Latrobe offense in 2013 as the Wildcats try to rebound from a 2-7 season.
Even though he didn't take snaps in four games because of a hand injury, Carns led the Wildcats in rushing (543 yards) and in passing. He completed 57 of 103 passes for 692 yards and five touchdowns and five interceptions.
“Logan has a better supporting cast around him this year,” Reitz said. “We graduated five starters and were basically a glorified junior varsity team. All the players returning will be much improved.”
How much better? Reitz isn't sure, because he said the entire conference will be better.
Plus, there are some unknowns in the Quad East.
Gateway and McKeesport went through coaching changes this offseason.
“There isn't an easy game in the conference,” Reitz said.
Reitz said his team has better depth at: running back, wide receiver, offensive and defensive line and the secondary.
“Logan has a lot of receivers he's confident will catch the ball,” Reitz said. “Luke Monteparte and Brandon Friedline return in the backfield, and most of the linemen return.”
Some of the linemen Reitz highlighted were center Kyle Garris, guards Tyler Mears and Cody Henry and tackle T.J. Green.
“I expect the offense to be ahead of the defense earlier in the season,” Reitz said.
“We have seven or eight linemen and athletes in the secondary on defense that will contribute. Monteparte, a two-year starter, returns at middle linebacker. The defense will be improved.”
In the secondary, Alec Hoopes and Nick Halula are back.