Kittatinny looking to improve this season

Kittatinny looking to rebound in 2014


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  • Two Kittatinny Cougars try to catch the ball during a practice drill




  • Kittatinny varsity football head coach Joe Coltelli observes the Cougers.




  • Kittatinny Cougars Matt Cerbo (52) is covered by Vinny Franco (7).




  • Kittatinny varsity football head coach Joe Coltelli tosses the ball to players.




  • Kittatinny Cougars face each other.




  • Two Kittatinny Cougars collide during drills.






  • Kittatinny Cougars muscle each other during drills.




  • Kittatinny Cougar Vinny Franco (7) covers teammate Chris Russell (5) during drills.




  • A Kittatinny Cougar muscles a piece of equipment.



— Kittatinny Regional High School conducted summer football practices at their campus on Monday, Aug. 18. The team is preparing for the upcoming fall season.

Football is a fall sport but gearing up for a season begins months in advance. As early as June, many school begin putting in place the building blocks for a strong foundation. Weight room training, conditioning, film viewing and incoming player scrutinizing is all part of the routine. Football basics are practiced over and over again until it is automatic and to the coaching staffs satisfaction. On field schemes are practiced. In the early weeks things are at a slow to steady pace.

But as September nears regular routines are intensified.

The Kittatinny Cougars varsity head coach Joe Coltelli and his staff direct activities under the glare of a hot sun. Senior and underclassmen vied for starting positions. Coltelli has been an assistant football coach for 15 yeas and this upcoming season will be his first as head coach at Kittatinny.

Coltelli hopes to make an impact with the Cougars in his debut season. Kittatinny finished the 2013 season an 4-6-0 record. North Warren Regional High School defeated Kittatinny Regional High School 48-7 in the first round of the North 1 Group 2 football playoffs.

Coltelli echoed the sentiments of some of his counterparts by saying, "We've been practicing since early July without pads. We have had a good turnout for the summer. Offense and defense have been worked on and we are now going into the heart of our camp with some contact drills and really start playing football right now. We have three players battling it out for the starting quarterback position. Chris Russell, Drew Walker and Nick Geimer are all in the mix right now. We are hoping to have a better 2014 season even though we have only two starters coming back on offense and three on defense. So the challenge is to see how fast some of the younger players can fit into starting spots and start making a difference for us."

Kittatinny has chosen senior Vinny Franco as team captain and will choose two more soon, Coltelli said.



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