Mac Karner, Reporter, Kael Godshalk, Reporter

In a year that began in remembrance of late Bangor Football coach Paul Farnan, the Slaters played with conviction, returning the program back to its winning ways. The football team came out of the gate strong with convincing wins over Palisades and Pottstown. COVID-19 issues going into their game against Blue Mountain led to a hard stretch through the middle of the season as they won 1 of their next 4 games, but morale was strong going into the final half of the season.

A bounce-back win at Lehighton and statement victory against Wilson opened the Slaters up to win 4 of their last 5 games. They crushed Pen Argyl in the rivalry game and got revenge against Saucon Valley in the Eastern Conference Championship. This was the Slaters’ second Eastern Conference Championship win in the last 5 years and quite the turnaround after only winning a total of 3 games the previous two years.

The Slaters’ success was a complete team effort, with the offensive line leading the way. They helped set the school record of 3,143 rushing yards in a single season, and produced two 1000 yard rushers. The offense’s monster season also paved the way to score 400 points in a single season, another school record. The defense held its own as well, keeping opponents to two touchdowns or less in each of the team’s 7 wins.

CHARGING ON! The Slaters storm the field on September 17, 2022. The young and hungry Slaters, led by head coach Paul Reduzzi, recorded one of the best seasons in recent history. (Christmas City Studio)
FACE OFF! The Slater Football offensive line stares down the Southern Lehigh defensive line at the start of the game on September 17, 2022. The strength and speed of the young o-line led the team to an impressive 7-4 record. (Christmas City Studio)
DYNAMIC DUO! Junior Eric Striba hands the ball off to senior Kael Godshalk at Paul Farnan Field. This iconic duo had a record-breaking season, as they each racked up over 1,000 rushing yards. Godshalk finished this season with 1,357 rushing yards, while Striba finished with 1,277 rushing yards. (Christmas City Studio)
CAN’T CATCH KAEL! Senior captain Kael Godshalk moves swiftly past the Southern Lehigh defense in the annual Homecoming game. Godshalk finished the game with four touchdowns. (Christmas City Studio)
STRENGTH IN STRIDES! Senior running back Kael Godshalk pushes past the Southern Lehigh attempt of a tackle at Paul Farnan Field. Godshalk finished his final season in a Slater uniform with 377 carries, 24 of which were touchdowns. (Christmas City Studio)
HAWK EYES! Junior quarterback Eric Striba scans the field within the pocket during the annual Homecoming game. Striba finished the season with 57 completions, seven of which were touchdowns. (Christmas CIty Studio)