South Side Beaver
Luke Travelpiece takes the reins from his former boss Glenn McDougal, who resigned after last season due to personal reasons and will try to guide the Rams back to the playoffs again.
Travelpiece, who was an assistant on McDougal’s staff and is a former player and assistant coach at Geneva, appears to have an excellent cast of characters from which to build a team so a postseason trip doesn’t seem that farfetched.
But the Rams could be good and struggle to make the playoffs in the Midwestern Conference because it is one of the most competitive conferences top to bottom in the WPIAL and there aren’t many breathers on the schedule for anyone.
This Rams team should be up to the task, though, as they are both veteran and experienced as they return 16 starters from last year’s 6-4 squad and have seven seniors and two juniors among the offensive starters.
Senior quarterback Robby Heberle leads the Rams attack and he has three of the top rushers from last year returning in running backs Cole Campbell, Matt Roach and AJ Crider.
Senior tackles Logan Jones (6-3, 210) and Ryan Ozenbaugh (6-2, 285) anchor both the offensive and defensive lines and junior center Jack Navarra (5-11, 205) is an excellent tactician.
Travelpiece will need to do some work to rebuild the secondary but the Rams do have a very good defensive back in junior Ridgon Doran to build around so that unit should be fine.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Neshannock figure to be the favorites in the Midwestern Conference but the rest of the league is wide open but the Rams are clearly capable of crashing that party and finishing in the top two spots if they get a few things to break their way.