Latrobe offense not afraid of adjustments
Latrobe coach Ray Reitz doesn't mind tweaking his offense.
He tries to mold his game plan around the talent that he has.
Reitz runs a version of the wing-T, and he brought in a coach from New York to show the players different ways to succeed.
“You're always looking for new things,” Reitz said after his team finished 5-4 in 2011 and 2-4 in the Quad South Conference. “He showed us a version of the wing-T from the shotgun.”
This year, the offense will revolve around junior quarterback Logan Carns, a good athlete and leader, according to Reitz.
Cairns will be asked to play a bigger role in the offense this season.
And while the team graduated talented running backs Scott Mohring, Derrick Zavatsky and Richie Hall, Reitz feels Robert Vasinko, Lucas Weltz, Isaiah Jones, Dylan Kovatch and Luke Monteparte are capable replacements. Vasinko was the team's leading rusher last season.
“A lot of sophomores will get a chance to play,” Reitz said. “We're going to be young in spots, but the plan is to rotate a lot of players on the offensive and defensive lines and in the backfield. We want to keep players fresh.
“We probably will use five or six running backs during a game, and we'll have depth along the lines. A lot will depend on how fast the line gels.”
Despite the key losses, which also include tackle Dylan Colucci (now at Youngstown State), Reitz said a lot of underclassmen got playing time last fall. Among the returning starters are tackle Jake Pawlowski, tackle Anthony Delellis and center Chris Brant.
Other players who saw a lot of playing time on both sides of the ball were Alec Hoopes, Josh Shivetts and Brandon Friedline.
“We have some players who can be pretty good,” Reitz said. “It's always nice to have senior leadership, and we're looking for a couple seniors to step up and assume the role.”