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- December 20, 2023
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Coach Dave “Whitey” Williams
Since coming to Mt. Carmel, Coach Williams has a record of 46 wins and only 8 loses. Overall as a head coach he is 74-23-1. In his 4 year stint with the Tornadoes they have won 2 State Championships, 1 Eastern Conference Championship, 1 District 11 Championship, and 1 District 4 Championship. He has produced 13 All State Players. Twice he was named Nike Pennsylvania Coach of the Year; Twice Pa. Football Coaches Coach of the Year; Associated Press Small School Coach of the Year and Reading Eagle Coach of the Year.
CHARLES “CHICK” CONNELY
Chink has been the architect of the devastating defenses of the Tornadoes over the past 4 years. Previous to coming here, he was a defensive coordinator at Marian Catholic for 17 years. In the 46 victories posted by the Tornadoes during Connely’s tenure 16 have been shutouts and another 15 only one score allowed. 10 of the 13 All State players in the last 4 years have been linemen or defensive players.
Brett is the Tornado’s all time leading rusher with 5261 yards and the leading all-purpose yardage leader with 7323 yards. His career has been one of solid outstanding consistency. Game in and game out he was marvelous. When they stacked defenses he still got the yards…when they broke in new linemen it still didn’t matter. He played both ways, carried the ball inside and outside and still showed us his remarkable, even performance game after game. He was the 1996 “Small School” Player of the Year in Pennsylvania. He was one of 5 finalists for Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year…and he will play in August’s Big 33 Game against the best in Ohio. It will be a long time before you see another one like him.
Joey was the defensive version of Brett Veach. Someone once said “a great defensive player sighted the ball early and arrived in ill humor”. They certainly had Joe Costello in mind. He was twice First Team All State Linebacker and you could make a good case for him doing it three times. He started a record 54 consecutive games for the Red Tornadoes. During his Senior year alone he had 138 tackles…35 of them for losses. He was Reading Eagle defensive player of the year in 1996.
Dave was named 1st Team All State as a defensive back, and defensive back of the year by both Reading Eagle and Bloomsburg Press Enterprise. He led the team with 10 interceptions…and was also the leading receiver with 29 catches. He is class President and ranked #8 in his class. He will play at Bucknell University.
Joe Shick made Second team AP All State as a linebacker. He was second on the team with 104 tackles. During his career he made 223 tackles good for eighth place on the all-time Tornado list. He was named Reading Eagle offensive lineman of the year in 96. He is the last of 5 brothers who wore 66 for the Big Red. His grandfather Sam Scicchitano is a member of the Ed Romance Hall of Fame.
Eric saw action in all 54 varsity games in his career. As a three-year starter at Tight End he finished 12th on the all time list with 49 receptions for 6 touchdowns. Made Reading Eagle All Anthracite as tight end for the past two years, and this year made Third Team All State at tight end. In top 5 in his class. Will play at Bucknell.
A relative late-bloomer. Mike came on like gangbusters to be voted First Team All State offensive lineman. He was a large part of the reason the Tornado offense was able to run up 5227 yards this year. Probably the best part of Mike’s career is still ahead of him…and apparently Boston University agrees since he’ll go there on a 4-year grant in aid.