By Steve Svetovich
The Dunmore Bucks football team lost its first two games this season, but one of the positives has been the performance of junior linebacker-fullback Karl Kincel.
Kincel is leading the Bucks in tackles at press time and rushed for 56 yards on nine carries in his team’s 30-17 loss to Mid Valley in the second game of the season.
Son of Karl, Sr., and Danielle Kincel, the hard-nosed junior has been a member of the Dunmore football team for the past three years. He is a member of the track and field team where he performs the 100, 200 and 4 by 1. He is a guard on the Dunmore basketball team.
He is a member of the Spanish Club, Engineering Club and has an impressive 96 academic average. His best subject is Math.
The scholar-athlete said his parents are always very positive influences.
“My parents teach me to keep a level head and always be humble.”
He said new Dunmore head football coach Kevin McHale has been a strong influence.
“Coach McHale tells us we have to work hard for anything we get. Nothing comes easy.”
The junior stalwart said retired Dunmore football coach Jack Henzes visited the team before its first two games. “It was awesome to see him. He looked great. It’s nice to see he is there for our players.”
Henzes coached Karl in his freshman season.
Karl said he would like to study engineering in college and would like to attend Penn State or Temple University.
“My future goal would be to study engineering in college and possibly play college football. I want to graduate and possibly become an engineer.”
Karl said he enjoys listening to hip hop and rap music in his spare time and would like to see Little Baby, Drake, or Meek Mill in concert.
He talked about what it takes to excel at the linebacker and fullback positions in high school football.
“To be a good linebacker, ” he said, “you need to have good instincts and be able to read the ball.
“To be a good fullback, you need to be hard nosed and willing to take a hit. You need to be able to make a good block too.”
Intelligent and thoughtful, he talked about the team goals. “First, we want to rebound from our first two losses. We want to work hard in practice and then go out there and beat Carbondale.
“Our goal for the season is to go out and win a state championship.”
He praised Dunmore High School. “Dunmore has been great to me. They teach you to be a leader and a good person. Dunmore has done a lot of great things for me. It has been an awesome experience.”