Harriton football team tries new schedule route this fall

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Rosemont >> Harriton High School’s football team, which was winless last year, is trying a different schedule route this fall.

The Rams, who have 43 players on their varsity team, play an independent football schedule in 2022 and 2023 that will pit them against teams with roster sizes more similar to Harriton’s. The Rams plan to return to a Central League football schedule in 2024.

“Building a schedule with similar sized teams created a nice buzz around our program,” Harriton head coach Justin Mellor said. “If our team can learn to ‘Flip the Switch’, we can be very competitive in all of our contests.”

The Rams will play seven games against non-Central League opponents this fall – Roxborough, Springfield Township (Montco), Pottstown, George School, New Hope-Solebury, Academy of the New Church and Lower Moreland.

Harriton’s biggest strength is his passing game, with senior quarterback Logan Rothberg (6-0, 175) throwing to senior wide receiver Matt Krebbs (5-10, 175) and tight end Colin Sullivan.

It’s a versatile trio – last year Rothberg threw for over 1,500 yards, ran for over 250 yards and scored eight touchdowns; Krebbs had 64 receptions, gained over 1,200 all-purpose yards, and scored 5 touchdowns; and Sullivan grabbed 23 passes for 250 yards.

“Our Rothberg-Krebbs-Sullivan trinity is one of the strongest triads in the region,” Mellor said.

All three players earned the respect of Central League coaches last fall, with Krebbs receiving Central League First-Team honors at defensive back and Second-Team recognition at receiver; Sullivan receives second-team All-Central honors at linebacker and an honorable mention at short end, and Rothberg receives an All-Central honorable mention at quarterback.

A big key to the Rams’ success this fall will be their offensive line.

“The development of our offensive line will determine the fate of our team,” Mellor said. “They are making great progress in the camp and becoming a more cohesive unit.”
Another player to watch for the Rams is junior running back Benny Gutowski (5-foot-9, 175 pounds), who also shows promise at linebacker.

Defensively, the Rams are led up front by junior Roei Curca (5-9, 220) and senior Seth Rubin (5-9, 200). Seniors Sage Angelis (5-6, 180) and Jeremiah Patterson (5-7, 165) are two key linebackers.

The Rams will open their 2022 season on August 26 at home against Roxborough, with a scheduled kickoff at 6 p.m.

Harriton 2022 Football Schedule

Aug. 26 – vs. Roxborough, 6 p.m.

September 2 – Springfield Township (Montco), 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 – vs. Pottstown, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 – vs. Penncrest, 7 p.m.

September 23 – George School, 7 p.m.

September 30 – at Radnor, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 – vs. Lower Merion, 7 p.m.

October 14 – at New Hope Solebury, 7 p.m.

October 22 – at the New Church Academy, 1 p.m.

Oct. 28 – vs. Lower Moreland, 7 p.m.

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