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Scouting the Best: Karns City w/video interview of head coach Ed Conto

This is the second in a 3-part series where we take a look at the top three teams in the 2014 First Commonwealth Bank/ District 9 Preseason rankings. It is an experimental part of the site. Something that we hope to expand on in the future. Hope you like it – team.  See DuBois feature

Interview and cover photo by Mike Schnelle – For a complete gallery of Karns City team photos with ability purchase click here


(Team information below video) 


 TEAM: Karns City Gremlins – ScheduleRoster

PRESEASON RANK: 2nd (See Rankings)

2013 RECORD: 12-2 overall, 4-0 KSAC Large School Division (Beat St. Marys 55-6 in D9 Class AA Semifinals; Beat Kane 49-21 in D9 Class AA Championship Game; Beat Chestnut Ridge 35-14 in PIAA Class AA First Round Game; Lost to eventual state champion South Fayette 57-21 in PIAA Class AA Second Round)

HEAD COACH: Ed Conto (15th season at Karns City, 127-41; 25th season overall 150-105-3)

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS: Sr. RB/DB Tristan Rhoades (2013: 60 carries, 697 yards, 9 TDs; 7 catches, 110 yards, 3 TDs; 14 tackles, 4 interceptions); SR WR/DE Logan Moroney (34 catches, 571 yards, 9 TDs; 25 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks); SR QB/LB Cody Deal (2013: 99 tackles, 2 sacks; Named 2014 PFN Preseason All-State at LB; 16 carries, 88 yards, 1 TD; 1 catch, 28 yards, 1 TD); SR WR/DB Ethan Conto (2013: 59 tackles, 2 interceptions; 14 carries, 128 yards, 2 TDs); Sr. RB/LB Christian Turner (2013: 45 tackles; 16 carries, 95 yards); Jr. RB/LB Maverick Kelsea (2013: 45 tackles, 2 interceptions; 15 carries, 103 yards, 2 TDs; 1 catch, 12 yards); SR OL/DL Dalton Callihan (6-foot-2, 215 pounuds; 40 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks); Jr. OL/DL Ben Ealy (6-foot-3, 206 pounds); Sr. OL/DL Ryan Sacco (5-foot-8, 232 pounds)


OPENER: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 home to Brookville