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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Dominic Rossetti finished transferred from Salisbury and enjoyed a fine season with the Trojan football team. PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Dominic Rossetti finished transferred from Salisbury and enjoyed a fine season with the Trojan football team.

Rossetti enjoyed his season at PHS

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by TODD KRESS in HS Sports

As the Parkland football team recently captured its second consecutive District 11 Class AAAA championship, Dominic Rossetti's journey to that level was a bit different than many of his Trojan teammates.

Rossetti, a senior left guard for the Trojans, was looking for a change after his junior football season. The thing is, he wasn't a member of the Trojans just yet.

As a member of the Salisbury High School football team last year, Rossetti and his parents thought about the transfer to Parkland. A few months after his final game as a Falcon, Rossetti decided he wanted to suit up for the Trojans in his senior season.

"It was kind of just a thought at first," Rossetti said. "Eventually my junior school year started winding down, and everything started to come into picture more. As soon as my junior year ended, we had made the decision.

"It was amazing, and everything that I could've ask for. Everything that I thought it was going to be, it turned out to be. It was the best move I ever made."

While he was walking into a completely new environment, both on the field and in the classrooms, he felt comfortable from the get-go.

The student body, and football team for that matter, was a drastic change from what he was accustomed to at Salisbury. So was the competition level between the sidelines. But Rossetti stepped in immediately on the offensive line to help lead the league's most potent offense.

"Coming in as a football player, you're known just based off of the sport," Rossetti said. "You have the brotherhood right away with the football team. Through that, I met many friends at football.

"I met a lot of people [and] made a lot of friends that I honestly never thought I would. It's been great so far."

With the Trojan football team amongst the LVC's elite in recent years, Rossetti certainly had high expectations as he stepped into the team's weight room on June 17 to meet his new team for the first time. All of the coaches, including head coach Jim Morgans, offensive coordinator Frank Lane and offensive line coach Paul Hagadus all made Rossetti feel like part of the team immediately.

"When I stepped in the weight room and I met all the coaches, I just felt at home," Rossetti said. "Right from that moment, I knew these coaches were the coaches I wanted to be around [and] the players were the players I wanted to be around. They welcomed me with open arms.

"Coming over I only knew a few of the players. They were kind of just acquaintances at first. Throughout all of the summer workouts and everything, we all bonded together. We became a family."

Rossetti helped the Trojans to a co-league championship with Whitehall, a district title and an appearance in the PIAA semifinals, all first-time accomplishments for him.

While the ultimate goal was a state title, Rossetti and the Trojans aren't hanging their heads after another successful campaign.

"Being an LVC champion is great, and being a district champion is great," Rossetti said. "That's something that nobody is ever going to be able to take away from us. I couldn't be happier. I'm very happy with what we did."

While his high school football career has now come to an end, Rossetti has hopes of playing four more years at the collegiate level. A number of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) schools have shown interest in Rossetti so far, including Shippensburg, Bloomsburg, West Chester and Kutztown.

"Right now my options are kind of open," Rossetti said. "I really haven't narrowed it down yet. I'm very excited. I definitely want to play college ball. It's always been a dream of mine."

Rossetti plans on majoring in Business or Criminal Justice in college.