Chris Morral - Head Coach

The most difficult part of football is there is always adversity. Quite often when I think about the seniors on this team, I think about the young men that were able to overcome adversity and refuse to settle for anything less than the best.

I look back to the beginning of the off-season workouts and look at the willingness to learn and the motivation to become a better football player by each senior athlete. I look back to summer camp when the coaching staff demanded each athlete to challenge themselves and strive for more. It was during that time that I realized that each of these seniors had a mental edge like no other group I have seen. For these seniors, their individual fear of failure was their biggest motivation, and it was clear that each of these young men were determined to give it everything they had on a daily basis.

Without a doubt, these seniors will be forever remembered as a group of young men with integrity and class. These young men will be forever remembered as the group of seniors who set the standard for being role models by building positive relationships with others.

Individually, I want each athlete to remember one thing. "You're always working to play a perfect game, but you're never going to achieve it and play that perfect game. Out on the field, you never know which play is going to be that one that can change the complexion of the game. You've just got to play every play to the best of your ability. You should look back, even though you didn't win every game and everything didn't go your way, still having no regrets about how you performed and how hard you worked at it."

I wish these young men the best of luck in all future endeavors and wish them the best of luck in the most important game of all, LIFE! And remember, you will not always play that perfect game, but play every play to the best of your ability and you will have no regrets.

Senior Football Players

Ed Baxter - WR/DB

Ed Baxter
 
Ed is an example of what I call a "playmaker." On countless occasions throughout Ed's career, he was able to make big plays. For the past two seasons Ed has returned punts, made great catches, and played excellent defense from his defensive back position. During most games, Ed was assigned to the toughest receiver from the other team and did an outstanding job of defending that particular person. For that reason, I am confident that Ed will continue in life making great choices and proving himself as an outstanding person. I hope you athletes today can take from you the sense of being a playmaker because in the game of football, big plays are what makes the difference between winning and losing. Good luck Ed with all that you do, and I wish you happiness and success in the years to come. Good luck!

Ed Baxter - WR/DB

Ed Baxter
 
Ed is an example of what I call a "playmaker." On countless occasions throughout Ed's career, he was able to make big plays. For the past two seasons Ed has returned punts, made great catches, and played excellent defense from his defensive back position. During most games, Ed was assigned to the toughest receiver from the other team and did an outstanding job of defending that particular person. For that reason, I am confident that Ed will continue in life making great choices and proving himself as an outstanding person. I hope you athletes today can take from you the sense of being a playmaker because in the game of football, big plays are what makes the difference between winning and losing. Good luck Ed with all that you do, and I wish you happiness and success in the years to come. Good luck!
 
Willie Blackwell
 
When I think of attitude and determination to succeed, I think of Willie and his approach to football during the 2004 football season. Willie proved to be a valuable asset to the team on countless occasions, and helped to lead the defense in many outstanding performances. Through 7 games in 2004, Willie accounted for a team high 20 solo tackles and 54 assisted tackles. Willie's contributions to special teams and offense were recognized as well. In 2003, Willie was named as NTL Honorable Mention at Linebacker, and in 2004 is very deserving of the same honors. Within the program, Willie could always be noticed paying attention to our younger athletes and helping other players to become better. Willie is what I would consider a "class act." Day in and day out, Willie would knock a teammate down but immediately help him up. On many occasions, Willie would play through pain and do whatever was in the best interest of the team. For this reason, I am confident that Willie will be successful in the most important game of all, life. Willie, I wish you the best of luck in the future, and hope that with your work ethic and determination, you can accomplish whatever you wish. Good luck.
Willie Blackwell
 
When I think of attitude and determination to succeed, I think of Willie and his approach to football during the 2004 football season. Willie proved to be a valuable asset to the team on countless occasions, and helped to lead the defense in many outstanding performances. Through 7 games in 2004, Willie accounted for a team high 20 solo tackles and 54 assisted tackles. Willie's contributions to special teams and offense were recognized as well. In 2003, Willie was named as NTL Honorable Mention at Linebacker, and in 2004 is very deserving of the same honors. Within the program, Willie could always be noticed paying attention to our younger athletes and helping other players to become better. Willie is what I would consider a "class act." Day in and day out, Willie would knock a teammate down but immediately help him up. On many occasions, Willie would play through pain and do whatever was in the best interest of the team. For this reason, I am confident that Willie will be successful in the most important game of all, life. Willie, I wish you the best of luck in the future, and hope that with your work ethic and determination, you can accomplish whatever you wish. Good luck.
 

Kyle Borden - OL/DL

Kyle Borden
 
Kyle proves that with hard work, anything can be accomplished. Two years ago, Kyle set his mind to becoming a better football player and that is what he did. In the off-season, Kyle spent countless hours in the weight room and it showed in 2004. In fact, on many occasions, I would be at the weight room and Kyle would be there alone working out and putting in extra time to become a better football player. For this reason, I know Kyle will be successful in anything he sets his mind to. To out younger athletes, look at Kyle as to the results from hard work and a dedication to get bigger, faster, and stronger. Kyle, never settle for anything less than your best. Remember, with hard work, anything can be accomplished. Good luck in all that you do, and if you continue to strive for excellence in all that you do, you will have great success in your life. Good luck!

Kyle Borden - OL/DL

Kyle Borden
 
Kyle proves that with hard work, anything can be accomplished. Two years ago, Kyle set his mind to becoming a better football player and that is what he did. In the off-season, Kyle spent countless hours in the weight room and it showed in 2004. In fact, on many occasions, I would be at the weight room and Kyle would be there alone working out and putting in extra time to become a better football player. For this reason, I know Kyle will be successful in anything he sets his mind to. To out younger athletes, look at Kyle as to the results from hard work and a dedication to get bigger, faster, and stronger. Kyle, never settle for anything less than your best. Remember, with hard work, anything can be accomplished. Good luck in all that you do, and if you continue to strive for excellence in all that you do, you will have great success in your life. Good luck!
 

Pat Coolidge - QB/DB

Pat Coolidge
 
In 2003, Pat was named as an Honorable Mention as a kicker and receiver in the NTL. In 2004, Pat's attitude and determination to do what is best for the team set the standard for Hornet Football. Pat was dedicated in the off-season to making himself a better all-around football player. Pat also took on the role as a captain and did it with authority. On numerous occasions in the off-season and summer camp I spoke with Pat about where he could help us the most. Pat always had one simple reply, "I will do whatever is best for the team." As a result of these conversations, I understood that Pat was a "team player" and role model for younger athletes. Pat, keep in mind that with hard work, determination, and a positive attitude, anything can be accomplished. When faced with adversity, put one foot in front of the other and move forward. Never, ever lose your focus on what is important and keep working hard. Good luck!

Pat Coolidge - QB/DB

Pat Coolidge
 
In 2003, Pat was named as an Honorable Mention as a kicker and receiver in the NTL. In 2004, Pat's attitude and determination to do what is best for the team set the standard for Hornet Football. Pat was dedicated in the off-season to making himself a better all-around football player. Pat also took on the role as a captain and did it with authority. On numerous occasions in the off-season and summer camp I spoke with Pat about where he could help us the most. Pat always had one simple reply, "I will do whatever is best for the team." As a result of these conversations, I understood that Pat was a "team player" and role model for younger athletes. Pat, keep in mind that with hard work, determination, and a positive attitude, anything can be accomplished. When faced with adversity, put one foot in front of the other and move forward. Never, ever lose your focus on what is important and keep working hard. Good luck!
 

Justin England - OL/DL

Justin England
 
Justin broke into the starting lineup at the halfway point of the season in 2004. Justin worked tremendously hard in practice and proved that "getting mad" goes a long way. Each time a coach would get on Justin he would laugh, but inside he would work hard to prove himself as a football player. At the same time, Justin took great pride in a sport that he truly loves. On most occasions, Justin played with his heart in his hand and played each play like it was his last. Justin, I am certain that you will find success in your future. You played the game of football with emotion and each day you took great pride in becoming better. At the same time, you were a great teammate to others and always showed great respect towards your teammates and coaches. Keep going along this same path. Put into life what you want to get out of life. Keep working hard and great things will come. Good luck!

Justin England - OL/DL

Justin England
 
Justin broke into the starting lineup at the halfway point of the season in 2004. Justin worked tremendously hard in practice and proved that "getting mad" goes a long way. Each time a coach would get on Justin he would laugh, but inside he would work hard to prove himself as a football player. At the same time, Justin took great pride in a sport that he truly loves. On most occasions, Justin played with his heart in his hand and played each play like it was his last. Justin, I am certain that you will find success in your future. You played the game of football with emotion and each day you took great pride in becoming better. At the same time, you were a great teammate to others and always showed great respect towards your teammates and coaches. Keep going along this same path. Put into life what you want to get out of life. Keep working hard and great things will come. Good luck!
 

Dustin Harsch - OL/DL

Dustin Harsch
 
Dustin broke into the starting lineup for the Hornets when he was in ninth grade and never looked back. In 2003, Dustin was named to the Second Team NTL, and was also named as a pre-season player to watch in the Twin Tiers in 2004. Dustin is considered by coaches within the area as the best linemen in the NTL that can play both sides of the ball. What I always enjoyed the most about Dustin was the attitude and effort he gave against tough opponents. Dustin was never intimidated and always seemed to raise his level of competition in key situations. In my mind, Dustin is second to none as an overall good football player. At the same time, Dustin is a great leader and excellent role model for younger athletes. Dustin, I wish you the best of luck in the future. With the dedication and commitment as a teammate you have shown on this football team, I am certain you will succeed.

Dustin Harsch - OL/DL

Dustin Harsch
 
Dustin broke into the starting lineup for the Hornets when he was in ninth grade and never looked back. In 2003, Dustin was named to the Second Team NTL, and was also named as a pre-season player to watch in the Twin Tiers in 2004. Dustin is considered by coaches within the area as the best linemen in the NTL that can play both sides of the ball. What I always enjoyed the most about Dustin was the attitude and effort he gave against tough opponents. Dustin was never intimidated and always seemed to raise his level of competition in key situations. In my mind, Dustin is second to none as an overall good football player. At the same time, Dustin is a great leader and excellent role model for younger athletes. Dustin, I wish you the best of luck in the future. With the dedication and commitment as a teammate you have shown on this football team, I am certain you will succeed.
 

Eric Miller - WR/DB

Eric Miller
 
Eric's attitude and determination to succeed in 2004 was clearly evident on the field. Eric thrived on making "big plays" and always seemed to come through. Eric proved to be one of the best receivers in the league with great catches in key situations. In my mind, Eric brings something to the game that is not teachable and is very important, that is very soft hands. On many occasions, I had no idea how he could make the catch but he always seemed to bring it in. What I liked most about Eric was that he always wanted the ball. Eric has never run a route and not been wide open. Each time he came off the field he would say, "I can take that guy, he is nothing." Eric, I hope you can carry this attitude on with you in the future. You attitude is great and you have served as a great role model for young athletes within our program. Good luck!

Eric Miller - WR/DB

Eric Miller
 
Eric's attitude and determination to succeed in 2004 was clearly evident on the field. Eric thrived on making "big plays" and always seemed to come through. Eric proved to be one of the best receivers in the league with great catches in key situations. In my mind, Eric brings something to the game that is not teachable and is very important, that is very soft hands. On many occasions, I had no idea how he could make the catch but he always seemed to bring it in. What I liked most about Eric was that he always wanted the ball. Eric has never run a route and not been wide open. Each time he came off the field he would say, "I can take that guy, he is nothing." Eric, I hope you can carry this attitude on with you in the future. You attitude is great and you have served as a great role model for young athletes within our program. Good luck!
 
Marcus Pryzbycien
 
Marcus is a great example of why players should start earlier to be able to develop into great football players. This was Marcus' first year back to football after taking a few years off. Marcus dedicated countless hours in the summer and way always the first guy on the field. As a result, Marcus showed a commitment to the game and proved to be a very large presence on numerous occasions in 2004. Marcus, I wish we could have had you for a few more years because you have shown signs of greatness within the course of this football season. I hope that you can take the work ethic and determination you have shown with you into the real world. Good luck!
Marcus Pryzbycien
 
Marcus is a great example of why players should start earlier to be able to develop into great football players. This was Marcus' first year back to football after taking a few years off. Marcus dedicated countless hours in the summer and way always the first guy on the field. As a result, Marcus showed a commitment to the game and proved to be a very large presence on numerous occasions in 2004. Marcus, I wish we could have had you for a few more years because you have shown signs of greatness within the course of this football season. I hope that you can take the work ethic and determination you have shown with you into the real world. Good luck!
 

Andy Rinehart - RB/LB

Andy Rinehart
 
Andy joined the football team in 2004 after week five of the regular season. Andy was immediately noticed as a skilled player with a passion for competition and immediately made an impact on special teams for the Hornets in 2004. Andy's athletic ability is second to none, and I wish I could have had Andy in the off-season and summer camp because I feel Andy could have played significantly on both sides of the ball. In the short time Andy was with the Hornets in 2004, it was very obvious that his character and work ethic is second to none. At our publicity day at the Green Home, Andy was the first athlete to sit down and make conversation with the residents. On numerous occasions, Andy showed great character with very high integrity. Andy, keep working hard and great things will come. Good luck!

Andy Rinehart - RB/LB

Andy Rinehart
 
Andy joined the football team in 2004 after week five of the regular season. Andy was immediately noticed as a skilled player with a passion for competition and immediately made an impact on special teams for the Hornets in 2004. Andy's athletic ability is second to none, and I wish I could have had Andy in the off-season and summer camp because I feel Andy could have played significantly on both sides of the ball. In the short time Andy was with the Hornets in 2004, it was very obvious that his character and work ethic is second to none. At our publicity day at the Green Home, Andy was the first athlete to sit down and make conversation with the residents. On numerous occasions, Andy showed great character with very high integrity. Andy, keep working hard and great things will come. Good luck!
 

Colie Stone - RB/LB

Colie Stone
 
Colie proves that with a belief in yourself and a little bit of attitude, football is fun. Colie made big play after big play in 2004, and has always been a player who was simply not afraid of anything, or anyone. In 2003, Colie was named to the First Team NTL at Linebacker and proved that he was worthy of recognition in 2004. On countless occasions, Colie would make tackles that seemed impossible. At the same time, Colie was always positive and always set a good example for younger athletes within our program. For being only 5' 10" and weighing 180 lbs., Colie could hit as hard as most over-sized linemen. For this reason, Colie will be greatly missed and his contributions to Wellsboro Football will always be remembered. Colie, you size did not matter in football. Your attitude made you a great asset to our team. Take this with you as you enter the real world and work hard towards your goals. Good luck!

Colie Stone - RB/LB

Colie Stone
 
Colie proves that with a belief in yourself and a little bit of attitude, football is fun. Colie made big play after big play in 2004, and has always been a player who was simply not afraid of anything, or anyone. In 2003, Colie was named to the First Team NTL at Linebacker and proved that he was worthy of recognition in 2004. On countless occasions, Colie would make tackles that seemed impossible. At the same time, Colie was always positive and always set a good example for younger athletes within our program. For being only 5' 10" and weighing 180 lbs., Colie could hit as hard as most over-sized linemen. For this reason, Colie will be greatly missed and his contributions to Wellsboro Football will always be remembered. Colie, you size did not matter in football. Your attitude made you a great asset to our team. Take this with you as you enter the real world and work hard towards your goals. Good luck!
 

Shawn Tom - RB/LB

Shawn Tom
 
Shawn has what I consider as a breakout year. For the past three seasons, the coaching staff has hounded Shawn to do things better in a game. For us to have success in 2004, we needed Shawn to improve overall as an athlete and more importantly, as a football player. In 2004, Shawn made big plays and never gave up. Shawn would always contribute positively to all situations and always seemed to care about our younger athletes in the program. Shawn was always the first guy on the field for practice and always showed a great love for the game. It is this love for the game and passion for getting better that Shawn can take with him into the future. Shawn, keep working hard and remember the passion for the game is equally important in the real world. Good luck!

Shawn Tom - RB/LB

Shawn Tom
 
Shawn has what I consider as a breakout year. For the past three seasons, the coaching staff has hounded Shawn to do things better in a game. For us to have success in 2004, we needed Shawn to improve overall as an athlete and more importantly, as a football player. In 2004, Shawn made big plays and never gave up. Shawn would always contribute positively to all situations and always seemed to care about our younger athletes in the program. Shawn was always the first guy on the field for practice and always showed a great love for the game. It is this love for the game and passion for getting better that Shawn can take with him into the future. Shawn, keep working hard and remember the passion for the game is equally important in the real world. Good luck!
 

Jeremy Walrath - FB/DL

Jeremy Walrath
 
With hard work and a commitment to excellence, anything is possible. Jeremy has proven that "team" has always comes before individuals. In 2003, Jeremy was named to the Second Team NTL and was a pre-season player to watch in the Twin Tiers. During the off-season, Jeremy dedicated countless hours in the weight room and on numerous occasions was observed at early morning workouts alone. When I think of Jeremy Walrath, I think of a first class athlete with character and integrity second to none. Jeremy started the season at tight end and played well in the first two games. After necessary personnel changes, I approached Jeremy to move to fullback and without finishing my question, Jeremy replied, "I will do whatever is best for the team." This is just one instance where Jeremy showed his character. Overall, Jeremy will be missed greatly next season. Not only for his athletic accomplishments and abilities, but also for his integrity as a role model for younger athletes. Jeremy, you are an excellent young man with tremendous potential. Set your goals high and work to achieve them. Don't ever settle for anything less than your best. Good luck!

Jeremy Walrath - FB/DL

Jeremy Walrath
 
With hard work and a commitment to excellence, anything is possible. Jeremy has proven that "team" has always comes before individuals. In 2003, Jeremy was named to the Second Team NTL and was a pre-season player to watch in the Twin Tiers. During the off-season, Jeremy dedicated countless hours in the weight room and on numerous occasions was observed at early morning workouts alone. When I think of Jeremy Walrath, I think of a first class athlete with character and integrity second to none. Jeremy started the season at tight end and played well in the first two games. After necessary personnel changes, I approached Jeremy to move to fullback and without finishing my question, Jeremy replied, "I will do whatever is best for the team." This is just one instance where Jeremy showed his character. Overall, Jeremy will be missed greatly next season. Not only for his athletic accomplishments and abilities, but also for his integrity as a role model for younger athletes. Jeremy, you are an excellent young man with tremendous potential. Set your goals high and work to achieve them. Don't ever settle for anything less than your best. Good luck!
 

Dontae Williams - FB/DL

Dontae Williams
 
In 2004, Dontae Williams became what I consider a "role player." In the off-season, Dontae faced challenges and eligibility issues and still continued to work hard and put in the extra effort to be prepared for the football season. After starting the season at fullback, the coaching staff decided to move Dontae to the offensive line. Without hesitation, Dontae stepped up. On countless occasions, Dontae would be seen driving the opponent 10-15 yards deep. On other occasions, Dontae was not happy until the opponent was on the ground. It is for this reason Dontae was a valuable asset to our team. Through adversity, Dontae always seemed to be able to smile and keep going. Dontae, keep your head held high and keep putting in the extra effort. Your efforts each and every day are important and many people look up to you as a leader. Don't forget your priorities and keep in mind that adversity will occur in your life. Learn from your mistakes and good things will come. Good luck!

Dontae Williams - FB/DL

Dontae Williams
 
In 2004, Dontae Williams became what I consider a "role player." In the off-season, Dontae faced challenges and eligibility issues and still continued to work hard and put in the extra effort to be prepared for the football season. After starting the season at fullback, the coaching staff decided to move Dontae to the offensive line. Without hesitation, Dontae stepped up. On countless occasions, Dontae would be seen driving the opponent 10-15 yards deep. On other occasions, Dontae was not happy until the opponent was on the ground. It is for this reason Dontae was a valuable asset to our team. Through adversity, Dontae always seemed to be able to smile and keep going. Dontae, keep your head held high and keep putting in the extra effort. Your efforts each and every day are important and many people look up to you as a leader. Don't forget your priorities and keep in mind that adversity will occur in your life. Learn from your mistakes and good things will come. Good luck!
 

Cliff Wood - TE/DL

Cliff Wood
 
Throughout the season, Cliff was faced with numerous obstacles on and off the field. I can remember a time in summer camp when Cliff became so frustrated with himself that he just had to laugh. During week six, Cliff became ill and struggled for the remainder of the season working hard to become healthy. It was during these times that I noticed that character in Cliff Wood. Cliff is an outstanding young man that played the game because he had a love for the game. Cliff didn't always play in game situations, but Cliff always practiced very hard and was always the first person in practice pushing other players to become better. It is for this reason that Cliff was invaluable to our football team. Cliff, you have tremendous potential, and if your passion for being successful in life is half of what your passion for playing football is, I have complete confidence that you will be successful. Always remember that with hard work, great things will come. Good luck!

Cliff Wood - TE/DL

Cliff Wood
 
Throughout the season, Cliff was faced with numerous obstacles on and off the field. I can remember a time in summer camp when Cliff became so frustrated with himself that he just had to laugh. During week six, Cliff became ill and struggled for the remainder of the season working hard to become healthy. It was during these times that I noticed that character in Cliff Wood. Cliff is an outstanding young man that played the game because he had a love for the game. Cliff didn't always play in game situations, but Cliff always practiced very hard and was always the first person in practice pushing other players to become better. It is for this reason that Cliff was invaluable to our football team. Cliff, you have tremendous potential, and if your passion for being successful in life is half of what your passion for playing football is, I have complete confidence that you will be successful. Always remember that with hard work, great things will come. Good luck!