Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Class 1a: Chartiers-Houston Tri-County South Conference

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Class 1a: Chartiers-Houston Tri-County South Conference

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For Chartiers-Houston and head coach Terry Fetsko, optimism is rooted in a 14-man senior class.

The class was thrust into the fire as sophomores in 2017, tasked with replacing a senior class that led the Buccaneers to a 7-4 record in Class 2A in 2016. And after going winless in 2017, a return to Class 1A last year brought moderate success for Chartiers-Houston, as it finished 3-7 overall and 3-4 in Tri-County South.

"Naturally when you're talking 1A, you're always thin at some areas, but we do have a good group of experienced players back," Fetsko said. "The kids have been working hard all summer so hopefully that translates to more success on the football field."

For the Buccaneers to take the next step this season, that group will need to continue improving. Senior wide receiver Tyler Blumen was Chartiers-Houston's only player named to the all-conference team a year ago, despite its run-heavy offense.

"All the receivers, how we set it up, they are all eligible to run two or three different run plays," Fetsko said. "We will mix them in as well. Naturally, the running backs will carry the load, but we do like to either fake to one of the receivers, hand to the running back or hand it off to one of the receivers."

The primary ball carriers, though, will be senior running back Sam Dewalt and sophomore running back Nathan Cavallo, both of whom were critical members of an offense that averaged 15.1 points per game last season.

The Buccaneers' experience carries over to quarterback, where senior Anthony Lento is expected to be the starter. Lento took over midway through last season and showed progress despite his lack of experience at the position.

"He showed some athletic ability, which was nice," Fetsko said. "He does have a strong arm. He needed to and he's worked in the offseason, just understanding the position of quarterback, his reads, timing of throws. …

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