Thursday, August 30, 2012

Camp Kovak, Conemaugh Township (third stop)

When it comes to scholastic sports success, Conemaugh Township seems to have it covered.

The Indians are perennial postseason contenders in just about every sport and every season. This fall, the football team should be no exception even if Conemaugh Township has one of its smallest groups of returning starters in recent memory.

And a big reason why is the guys up front.

Conemaugh Township has the ability to be one of the toughest teams in the WestPAC.

As senior tailback Tanner Cahill said, "When our smallest lineman is 185, I know we're in good shape."

Cahill will be the primary runner behind a line which includes Ben Shaw, listed at 290 but a plyer head coach Sam Zambanini is extremely mobile for his size. Another lineman poised for a breakout season is sophomore Steve Summits, who weighs 250 and lettered as a freshman. Alex Stahl, another sophomore, is a returning starter.

The size and toughness will be needed in a conference where North Star is considered the favorite but Berlin, Windber, Blacklick Valley and Portage are also considered contenders. Plus, the Indians figure to lean more heavily toward the run this season and plan on using a wishbone formation on occasion.

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