Talented linemen, experienced RB boost expecations for Pine-Richland
TribLIVE Sports Videos
If there is a positive the Pine-Richland football team can take into the season ahead, it is how it finished last year.
The Rams concluded the season with three straight convincing wins, two of which came against perennial playoff contenders Woodland Hills and Shaler.
“We will build off of that,” Pine-Richland coach Clair Altemus said. “How we started was nothing like how we finished.”
The strong finish, coupled with what should be a strong offensive line, will be the foundation for what the Rams do this season.
If running back Brock Baranowski remains healthy, Altemus believes he should improve on a 1,000-yard, 13-touchdown season from a year ago.
Altemus said he has to find a pair of guards, but what he does have is a big tackle in T.J. Muzzonigro, a Division I recruit in center Pat Kline and a bookend tackle with Mike Kiefer.
The power up front does not end there, as tight end C.J. Jackson (6-foot-3, 206 pounds) will help bully the opposition's front seven.
The plan is to flip that powerful offensive line over to defense as much as possible to get some push the other way, as well.
Altemus is searching for depth as camp winds down so he does not have to wear his big men out.
If the push up front is as potent as Altemus expects, he will offer a healthy dose of Baranowski.
“I know how good Forrest (Barnes) is up at Seneca Valley, but I think Brock is the best back in the conference,” Altemus said. “He can go north-south or east-west, and he had a huge winter in the weight room. I think he will be able to push people back, something that will be huge for us.”
Baranowski's skill and the strength of the line will be aided by the emergence of fullback Nate Roberts, who will add to the Rams' ability to clear running lanes.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Rutherford shines as old boss pouts
- Penguins’ Kessel ‘thrilled’ with chance to play with Crosby, Malkin
- Attorney general’s twin sister sued by FBI agent ex-boyfriend
- Hurricanes owner rips Rutherford, Penguins
- Young Nebraska girl’s organs give 2 Pittsburgh-area boys a chance to live
- Liriano, Pirates complete sweep of Tigers
- Shaken by economic, political turmoil, MLB forsaking Venezuela
- Lower Burrell couple charged with 6 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty
- Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system
- Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $37B deal
- Hempfield bicyclist gets one last chance from Westmoreland County judge