The NEPA Miners were founded in 2006 continuing a long history of Semi-Professional Football in North Eastern Pennsylvania. Now in 2012 as a Non-Profit organization, the NEPA Miners continue to pioneer growth and change in semi-pro football in an area full of minor league teams with the SWB Yankees and WBS Penguins. The NEPA Miners are becoming an organization of opportunity for Division I and II collegiate athletes to continue their careers on and off the field. The Miners have had a successful off season signing college standouts such as Ray Wagner, David Castillo, Marc Best, Jayson Davis, Nick Del Grosso, Jared Manzer, Ricky Infante and Justin Gannon who have all recently played at the Division I and II levels. This week the NEPA Miners signed Free Safety Raymond Berry a two year starter and graduate from Mississippi Valley State University in 2010, the same college of Jerry Rice.
Ray played college ball at LA Pierce Junior College before transferring to Mississippi Valley State. He played two seasons for coach Dennis "Dirt" Winston a former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers Steel Curtain Defense and Willie Totten who was the Quarterback for Jerry Rice in the eighties. Ray played only five games in his first year due to a dislocated elbow. He still finished the season with 20 tackles (10 Solo), three pass deflections and an interception. As a senior Ray moves to cornerback and had 40 tackles. Two pass deflections and 160 return yards. Ray was also recruited by Washington State, New Mexico State and New Mexico. Ray lettered in football, baseball, basketball, track and soccer at Willowridge High School in Mo City Texas. Ray gives the NEPA Miners an athletic back that can hit and play the entire field.
Berry will make his Miners debut this Saturday 7pm versus the Red City Outlaws at Scranton Memorial Stadium, a game supporting Marley's Mission and will be televised live on My Network Television. Also making a debut at the Miners game will be the Go Pro Helmet cam sponsored by JVW Inc. a local production company that has won several awards for their work. JVW will be using Go Pro to capture the game action right from the NEPA kickers helmet in addition to cameras on the sidelines for upcoming Miners promotions, a first for North Eastern Pennsylvania Semi-Professional Football. The NEPA Miners also have an Iphone, Ipad and Android App currently being developed. More information on the Miners roster and social media sites can be found at www.nepaminers.com.
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