As Benjamin Franklin pointed out, there are two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. In Peckville, it’s beginning to feel like there’s a third inevitability: Valley View winning the district championship.
Each year, Valley View manages to assemble an army of talent. But behind every good army is a great general.
That general, for Valley View, is head coach George Howanitz, former free safety at Bucknell University.
Howanitz’s teams won the LFC District 2 championship in dominant fashion in 2017 and 2018. To no one’s surprise, the Cougars are once again considered the favorite to win the district in 2019.
One reason is the breakout season of all-state quarterback Janaasah Boone, who finished the 2018 season with 33 touchdowns. With the senior quarterback leading the charge, many are predicting Howanitz’s Cougars will take home a district championship for the third year in a row.
Valley View takes on West Scranton on Friday, Sept. 6.
We sat down with Howanitz for a Q and A.
How did you get into coaching?
I played football in college. My college football coach told me about an opening at a division 3 college. I ended up getting hired for the position right out of Bucknell.
What’s a typical day like for you?
Busy. I teach during the day. Then it’s two-and-a-half hours of practice. Then I go home. I try to eat something quick. Get ready for the next day. Little bit of sleep.
What’s it like coaching your sons?
Actually, it’s been really fun. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to for a couple of years. We’re big into football.
What are the Cougar’s chances for a three-peat?
Good, I hope. These are good kids. These kids work hard, too. We hope everything turns out the same way it has for the past couple of years so they can win three in a row.
What’s something people might not know about you?
I’m a big superhero fan. Big Marvel fan.
We also caught up with quarterback Boone. The Cougars football sensation is also a member of the basketball, wrestling and track and field teams. Despite an all-selection and winning two district championships, Boone remains humble and eager to win as ever.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m outgoing. More of a funny guy, but I know when to be serious. I’m a hard worker.
Who is your biggest influence?
My mom. She’s my biggest supporter. I try to play great for her.
What was your family’s reaction to the all-state selection?
We were all surprised. It was really joyful. Everyone was so happy for me.
How do you prepare for a game?
I’ll eat some fruit and watch film on the team we’re playing. I’ll listen to music and relax.
Do you model anyone’s playing style?
Lamar Jackson from the Baltimore Ravens. He’s my favorite football player. I get a lot of comparisons.