By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | April 12, 2017
SAYRE — After a historic season, two members of the Sayre Redskins football team will be taking their talents to the next level. Monday afternoon, Sayre seniors Chris Ray and John Esposito signed their letters of intent to play football for Mansfield University in the fall. The Mountaineers are part of the Collegiate Sprint Football League.
Ray got right to the point as to why he chose Mansfield.
"It's close to home," said Ray. "I get to play some football and I like the campus."
As for Esposito, the draw was the course that both signees will be taking in the fall.
"They have a good criminal justice program," said Esposito. "Studies are first."
Last fall, Ray and Esposito both played key roles in helping the Redskins to an 8-4 record, an NTL Small School title, and an appearance in the District IV Class A championship game.
Ray will be giving a word of advice to those on the team who will be returning next year.
"When I see these guys again, I'm going to tell them you have to play as hard as they can and they can hopefully play at the next level someday," said Ray.
With the Redskins' success last season, confidence should be easy to come by. Something Esposito hopes to transition into his college play.
"It's going to build a lot of confidence and I'll just take my work ethic," Esposito said. "We had a lot more work ethic this year, we were able to accomplish more things this year and I'll take that to college and hope to do great things there"
With sprint football having a weight limit, the duo will be playing with and against players more their size.
"Sprint football are kids sized like me, 178 and below,"said Esposito. "It gives me a good chance to show my talent."
Even though it's a step up from the high school game, it'll still be the same game.
"It'll be different," said Esposito. "It's college, next level, but we'll all be around the same size, so it should be nice."
When asked if this is a dream come true, Ray had no hesitation.
"Oh yeah, I've always wanted to play at the college level."
The Redskins duo is projected to vie for time in defensive secondary. Ray and Esposito, who plan to share a dorm, will both study criminal justice.
The Mountaineers finished the 2016 season with a 2-6 record, with their only wins coming in the final two games of the year. Last year's roster also consisted of three former Redskin players along with many others from the NTL and District IV.