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Montour to rely more on ground game this year

Chris Harlan
| Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Mountour running back Cole Macek takes a hand-off from quarterback Tynan Greer during a work-out in Robinson Twp.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Mountour running back Cole Macek takes a hand-off from quarterback Tynan Greer during a work-out in Robinson Twp.
Mountour quarterback Tynan Greer loks to pass during a work-out in Robinson Twp.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Mountour quarterback Tynan Greer loks to pass during a work-out in Robinson Twp.

Ask Montour's Tynan Greer about his team's chances for a successful season, and the quarterback isn't bashful about his role.

What will be the key?

“I'll be honest. It's going to be me,” he said, accepting a senior leadership position. “Me and Cole Macek, we're putting it on our shoulders.”

Graduation has simplified the multiple-quarterback rotation that Montour used last year, leaving Greer as the only incumbent. Unlike last August, the 6-foot senior carries the comfort, confidence and higher expectations that come with job security.

“(The rotation) worked last year, but I didn't like it,” said Greer, who emerged from last summer's camp sharing the job with then-seniors Ryan Mihelcic and Max Rosinski. “It's a lot better just with one, trust me.”

Montour's solid performance this summer at Pitt's passing camp was promising. Greer led the Spartans to the finals, where they lost to a team from Michigan.

“That was good for me to see,” coach Lou Cerro said, “because I wasn't sure what to expect. It helped our whole team's confidence.”

Only a few starters return from last year's team that finished 9-2 and reached the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals.

Graduation removed several pieces left from Montour's championship lineup of two years ago, including record-setting receiver Devin Wilson and three Division I-recruited teammates.

Wideout Justin Hill, a Georgetown recruit with 46 catches last season, also graduated.

“That group has a legacy that's hard to top,” Cerro said, “but these kids don't want to be seen as unsuccessful.”

An important two-way starter will be Macek (6-foot, 220 pounds), who's a tailback in a fullback's body. On defense, the senior will move from defensive end to inside linebacker. Macek had 454 yards and five touchdowns on 92 carries last season.

He'll run this season behind a line that lost two Temple recruits but still should average 250 pounds, Cerro said. Lou Caliguire, a senior, and Jordan Vicheck, a junior, both are returning as starters.

“We'll bruise the ball a little,” Cerro said.

That ground game also will include Greer. He threw for 750 yards and nine touchdowns last season, completing 48 of 82 passes, but his athleticism makes him versatile.

“One good thing about Greer, he can throw the ball real well, but he can run well, too,” Cerro said, “so we're going to take advantage of his legs.”

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