Every week Old Forge running back Brian Tomasetti runs for more than 100 yards and scores a few touchdowns. Every week the Blue Devils' senior star can't give his teammates enough credit after the game, especially his offensive line and fullback.
Last Friday, Tomasetti had another great night as he ran for more than 170 yards and scored two more touchdowns. Old Forge ran its record to an unbeaten 6-0 mark with a 49-7 win over visiting Montrose.
"I think they are the biggest part of our team right now," Tomasetti said of the line. "The way they block and handle things up front, they give me an opportunity to score. People think they are a good line, but they are better than people think."
Any offensive line needs to be a cohesive unit in order to be successful and the Blue Devils' offensive line is an unselfish group that is comprised of juniors and seniors. The group has played together since they were much younger players and Old Forge football coach Mike Schuback said he knew they would have great success on the high school level.
The players paving the road on the line for Tomasetti and protecting quarterback Brenden Wahl are Ryan Paulish, Paul Papi, Tyler Clark, Tony DeSando and Joey Bruno. Shane Schuback is the versatile tight end and Jorden Sekol is the bruising fullback.
"Everybody weighs more than 200 pounds and is very athletic," said Mike Schuback. "I think it is a credit to the coaching staff and the kids' commitment to the offseason and working toward this point."
The offensive linemen also can't say enough good things about their star tailback. They understand his success is their success and they love to block for such a skilled runner.
"He is a great running back," DeSando said of blocking for Tomasetti. "We just try to do whatever we can. We take great pride in our blocking, we are a running team, and we work really well together."
Tomasetti's backfield mate Sekol is a physical fullback that loves to lead the way to open spaces. The junior fullback is 6-foot-2 and Tomasetti said he feels Sekol is one of the best fullbacks in the state.
"It is really exciting," Sekol said of blocking for Tomasetti. "When he scores a touchdown it is real exciting to see the hard work payoff."
Coach Schuback said a win this weekend at Lackawanna Trail will put Old Forge in a great spot with just four regular season games to play. A win would put the Blue Devils in great position to win the Lackawanna Football Conference Division III title.
The Blue Devils would also like to repeat as the PIAA District 2 Class A district champions and advance to the PIAA Class A state playoffs.
"We think it is very important," DeSando said of having a great senior season. "We want to get that district championship."