Second-year coach Donnie Militzer said the Cougars are ready to do something they haven't accomplished since 2004 — make the playoffs.
A big reason for the optimism is the return of Brock Shannon (5-8, 165, Sr., RB), who Militzer said has the potential to be one of the better running backs in the WPIAL. Shannon (701 yards) led the Cougars in rushing last season and scored a team-high 12 touchdowns.
"He's a really dynamic kid. He's one of the best all-around backs I've had," said Militzer, who was previously a head coach at Gateway.
Charleroi returns seven starters on offense. Among them is Trey Douyon (5-9, 170, Sr., WR), the team's second-leading receiver last season with 26 catches. Matt Carr, who set the school single-season passing record last season, graduated, so two sophomores have fought to replace him — Ryan Workman (6-0, 175) and George Lukach (6-2, 210).