The 79th annual Dream Game will be held July 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Scranton Memorial Stadium. Head coaches from several local teams provided a breadown of their former players’ careers.
Jeremy Greenley- Running Back/Defensive Back
“He’s a tremendous athlete and very gifted ball carrier,” Lackawanna Trail head coach Steve Jervis said. “He’s very knowledgeable in the secondary and is equally as dangerous on offense, defense and special teams.” According to Jervis, Greenley did it all for the Lions. He led the team in rushing yards, points, interceptions and special teams touchdowns.
Greenley plans to continue his football career at Misericordia University.
Peter Murazzi- RB/Linebacker
“He’s a very intelligent player,” Jervis said. “He was our leading tackler two years in a row. He has a great nose for the ball on defense and is a hard-nosed runner on offense. We could always count on him to get the tough yards. He was also a great receiver out of the backfield.”
Murazzi also handled both the punting and place kicking duties for the Lions.
Murazzi plans to attend Penn State University to study biology/pre-med.
Justin Barber- Offensive Line/Defensive Line
“He’s one of the overall most gifted football players I’ve ever had the privilege to coach and he’s the strongest overall football player I’ve ever coached,” Jervis said. “We ran behind Justin about 80 percent of the time last fall. On defense, he was one of the most prolific defensive lineman in the area.”
Barber has accepted a football scholarship to play at Slippery Rock University.
Joey Natale- Wide Receiver/DB
“He was a shutdown corner for us,” Lakeland head coach Jeff Wasilchak said. “He also made some nice catches as a wide receiver. He’s a good all-around player.”
Tyler Brady- RB/LB
“He’s an all-around tough kid,” Wasilchak said. “He had some bad breaks with an knee injury, but he fought his way back into the lineup and played several different positions for us.”
AJ Rudalavage- OL
“He might be a little undersized, but he’s tough as nails and always gets the job done,” Wasilchak said of the three-year starter at guard.
Kyle Griffin- OL
“He’s a big offensive tackle who gets off the ball well and knocks people off the ball,” Wasilchak said. “He was a big part of the success of our running game.”
Kolby Clauss-Walton- OL/DL
“He moves really well for a big guy (almost 300 lbs.),” Wasilchak said. “On offense, he knocks people off the ball. He’s a force upfront defensively and has the ability to run people down.”
Cody Delfino- Tight End/DL
“As a three-year starter at tight end, he faced a lot of double teams and was still able to knock people off the ball,” Wasilchak said. “Defensively, if there was something we needed to stop we would put him in that spot.”
Delfino plans to continue his football career at Millersville University.
Jake Stafurky- WR/DB
“He’s a very good athlete with a great deal of speed,” Scranton Prep head coach Nick Donato said. “He did a lot of things well for us and works hard at everything he does.”
Griff DiBileo- Quarterback
“He has a good football sense,” Donato said of the two-year starter at quarterback. “He’s good at reading coverages and knows where to go with the football.”
Marshall Kupinski- RB/LB
“He’s as good an all-around football player as I’ve ever coached,” Donato said. “He did a great job as an inside and outside linebacker. He’s a real tough kid, during his two years as our starting tailback he carried the ball 20-30 times.”
Clem Rinaldi- FB/LB
“He’s a very durable player,” Donato said of the three-year starter at linebacker. “As a fullback, he’s a good blocker and can catch the ball out of backfield.”
Mike Burke- OL/DL
“He has a great, quick first step,”Donato said of the two-year starter at left tackle. “He knows how to use his hands and position his body effectively.”
For information on the former Abington Heights players participating in the game, please see the July 31 issue of The Abington Journal.