The Armstrong River Hawks are all set to open their season today as they host the Karns City Gremlins. Last year Armstrong was able to secure a 35-22 victory.
This time though, both teams will look very different – Armstrong lost the most productive running back in WPIAL history in Zane Dudek who had over 3,000 total yards last season and 278 yards and 4 touchdowns last year against the Gremlins.
Karns City also lost their starting QB Jacob King who put up 16 passing touchdowns, they also go into the season without their stable of running backs (5) who combined for over 3,000 rushing yards and 45+ touchdowns combined.
This year, the River Hawks will return just three starters – one of which is senior Dawson Porter who will take over as the teams quarterback this year. Porter combines has big play-ability with his combination of his arm and legs as he will bring more athleticism to that position this year.
In the backfield for the River Hawks, Armstrong will be utilizing size and speed, the Aretz brothers will provide the power and sophomore in Isaac Ridinger who has been turning heads at practice with his burst and agility will bring the speed.
In a local WTYM radio poll, just over 50% felt Karns City would take win what now is being referred to as the local rivalry game, much like the former Kittanning-Ford City rivalry of the past. Even if you can’t attend the game, you can hear every play on WTYM.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM from the Kittanning High School football field and you can follow every play from wherever you are on 1380 AM, via your computer at WTYMradio.com, or download the free WTYM mobile app (search for “wtym radio” on either Google Play for android or the App Store for iPhones).
Tune in at 6:30 for our pre-game show with a coaches corner segment with River Hawks Head Coach Frank Fabian and Gremlins Head Coach Ed Conto.
High school football is sponsored in part by the following local merchants: Alan’s Roadhouse, Altman Realty, Andy’s Fatback BBQ, ArmsCare, Armstrong County Building & Loan, Armstrong Associates Federal Credit Union, Andreassi for Judge, Battery Warehouse, Bugsy’s Pizza, Cindy Calarie for District Attorney, K&C Firearms, McClister for Judge, Mario’s Pizza, Kittanning McDonalds, Miller’s Hoagies, Oesterling’s Feed Store, Old Bank Deli, Donald Palmer for Manor Twp Supervisor, Rush Insurance Agency, TLC Creations, Town & Country Transit, Twin Pines, Twisted Scissors, Villa Rosa Restaurant, Vocelli’s Pizza, and Waltman Furniture.