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Aaron Tamplin, Senior TE/DE, Blairsville – Tamplin finished as the leading tackler on the Bobcats’ 2010 defensive unit. He racked up 84 tackles (53 solo), a forced fumble and a blocked field goal, posting five games with 10+ tackles. Tamplin had a season-best 19 tackles against Purchase Line, 13 tackles against Marion Center and a trio of 12-tackle games against Bishop Ready (Columbus, OH), Saltsburg and Homer Center.

 

Alec Tressler, Senior WR/S, Huntingdon Area - A key returner to the Bearcats’ defensive backfield, Tressler registered 28 tackles (14 solo), a team-leading six interceptions, three deflected passes and a fumble recovery. Tressler averaged 2.3 tackles and nearly half an interception per game last season, and was part of a Huntingdon defense that held five opponents to 14 points or less.

Alex Atkins, Junior OL/LB, Northern Cambria - Atkins was part of a Northern Cambria defensive unit that held three opponents to 16 points or less last season. He accumulated 89 tackles (58 solo) and deflected a pass, averaging 9.9 tackles per game and posted four games with 10+ tackles, including a season-high 15 stops against Ligonier Valley and 13 tackles against Saltsburg.

Alex Jennings, Senior OG/ILB, Blairsville - A force for the Bobcats at linebacker, Jennings ripped off 76 tackles (47 solo), an interception, a deflected pass and a forced fumble, averaging more than eight tackles per game. Jennings posted a season-best 22 tackles (10 solo) against Saltsburg and also had a 10-tackle game against Purchase Line.

Alex Smith, Senior OL/DL, Bishop Carroll - A 6’1, 280-pound behemoth along the Huskies’ defensive line, Smith finished his junior season with 35 tackles and four sacks. Smith averaged 2.5 tackles per game and finished four games with a season-best four tackles. Smith was part of a Bishop Carroll defense that held six opponents to 13 points or less.

Alkwan Williams, Senior RB/LB, Greater Johnstown - A Pitt recruit, Williams received interest from programs like Kent State, Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, West Virginia and Wisconsin before choosing the Panthers. Williams racked up 137 tackles (87 solo), five sacks, an interception, six deflected passes and two forced fumbles. He averaged 11.4 tackles per game, finishing nine of Johnstown’s 12 games with double-digit tackle totals. Also one of the featured targets in the Trojans’ aerial assault, Williams snared 25 passes for 516 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging more than 20.6 yards per catch.

Andrew Buck, Senior QB/LB, Penn Cambria – Offensively, Buck did a little bit of everything for the Panthers, amassing 763 total yards of offense (165 passing, 545 rushing, 53 receiving) and had a hand in five total touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 passing). Buck completed 6-of-14 passes, averaged more than 4.2 yards per carry on 128 rushes and averaged more than 13.2 yards per catch on four receptions. Defensively, Buck added 52 tackles and an interception.

Andrew Brawley, Junior WR/DB, Cambria Heights - A two-way threat for Cambria Heights, Brawley recorded 49 tackles, an interception, three deflected passes and a fumble recovery. He averaged 4.9 tackles per game for the Highlanders, posting a pair of games with 10+ tackles. On offense, Brawley snagged 12 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns, averaging nearly 16.6 yards per catch.

Andrew Iezzi, Senior RB/CB, Blairsville - The featured tailback in Blairsville’s offensive scheme, Iezzi just missed posting a 1,000-yard season, running for 985 yards and 10 touchdowns on 177 carries, averaging just under 5.6 yards per carry and more than 100 yards per game. Iezzi finished six of the Bobcats’ nine games with at least 100 yards rushing. He also caught 18 passes for 191 yards (10.6 yard avg.) and returned a combined 16 kickoffs and punts for 356 yards, scoring a touchdown on a 79-yard kickoff return against Saltsburg. Defensively, Iezzi racked up 45 tackles (35 solo), two interceptions and four deflected passes.

Andrew Stiles, Senior OL, Bishop Carroll - A returning starter from the Huskies’ offensive line a season ago, Stiles helped to pave the way for a Bishop Carroll offense which averaged 339.2 yards (305.6 rush, 33.6 pass) and 27.1 points per game, winning the District 6 Class A championship and reaching the PIAA A semifinals opposite Taylor-Riverside. The Husky offense produced four backs with season rushing totals between 445 to 2,110 yards (including a pair of 1,000+-yard rushers) and a 450+-yard passer, scoring 54 total offensive touchdowns (51 rushing, three passing).

Anthony Tutino, Senior SE/DB, Ligonier Valley - The featured target in Ligonier Valley’s aerial assault that averaged more than 67 yards per game, Tutino hauled in 30 passes for 405 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 13.5 yards per catch. Tutino finished three games with four or more catches and four games with at least 50 receiving yards. Tutino was also a terror defensively, leading the Rams in interceptions, with nine, in addition to 29 tackles (19 solo), eight deflected passes and a forced fumble. Tutino posted two games with multiple interceptions.

Anthony Unger, Senior ATH, Forest Hills – A weapon in all three phases of the game, Unger primarily made his impacts on offense and special teams, amassing 1,166 all-purpose yards (527 rushing, 50 receiving, 619 kickoff returns) and scored 11 total touchdowns (8 rushing, 3 kickoff returns). Unger averaged 5.5 yards per carry on 95 attempts and 38.6 yards per kick return on 16 attempts, with three returns of 90 yards or more. Defensively, Unger added 32 tackles (25 solo), an interception and a fumble recovery. Unger is the top returning rusher to the Rangers’ 2011 squad.

Austin Auman, Senior RB/LB, Penns Valley Area - The featured running back in Penns Valley’s ground attack that averaged more than 105 yards per game, Auman was the leader, amassing 418 yards and five touchdowns on 82 carries and snagging another seven passes for 72 yards. He averaged more than 5.1 yards per carry and nearly 10.3 yards per reception. From his spot at linebacker, Auman racked up 72 tackles (36 solo) and two deflected passes, averaging more than seven stops per game, with a pair of games with 10+ tackles against Clearfield and Bald Eagle Area.

Austin Crimmins, Senior K, Central Cambria - Crimmins was quite the weapon for the Red Devils last season, booting 36 kickoffs an average of 52.5 yards, with 21 touchbacks (58.3 percent). He finished five of Central Cambria’s 11 games with multiple touchbacks, including two games with five touchbacks or more. He also handled the placekicking chores, converting 18 extra points and two field goals, accounting for 24 of CC’s 232 points scored on the season (10.3 percent).

Ben Fowler, Senior OL/LB, Mifflin County High (Indian Valley) - The Warriors’ leading tackler from a season ago, Fowler ripped up the opposition for 78 tackles (48 solo), 1.5 sacks, an interception, a deflected pass, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 7.8 tackles per game and posted a pair of games (Juniata & Lewistown) with 10+ tackles. Fowler was part of an Indian Valley defense that held three opponents to 17 points or less.

Ben Myers, Junior TB/CB, Cambria Heights - A near-equal threat as a rusher or receiver, Myers finished his sophomore season with a combined 937 yards rushing and receiving (535 rush, 402 receiving) and scored eight total touchdowns (3 rushing, 5 receiving). #24 averaged over 3.9 yards per carry and nearly 18.3 yards per reception, posting one 100-yard rushing and receiving performance each. Defensively, Myers racked up 61 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. He returned one of the recovered fumbles 95 yards for a touchdown.

Brian Laskowski, Senior RB/LB, State College Area - Laskowski returns to anchor one of the Little Lions’ linebacker slots after totaling 72 tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries. He averaged six tackles per game for State High. Laskowski also saw some action on special teams, returning one punt 18 yards and four kickoffs for 70 yards (17.5 yard avg.), with a long of 28 yards.

Brock Eisenhuth, Senior OL/DL, Greater Johnstown – A 314-pound athlete in his junior season, #77 proved to be a force on the defensive line and also, surprisingly, on kickoffs. While it’s not always common to see trenchmen boot the pigskin, Eisenhuth booted 38 kickoffs and posted a pair of touchbacks. Along the defensive line, the 6’4 Eisenhuth tallied 48 tackles (26 solo), two sacks, a deflected pass, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.

Brodey Thompson, Junior RB/LB, Marion Center - Thompson was one of the four-pronged Marion Center rushing attack, racking up 381 yards and four touchdowns on 57 carries and snagging four passes for 58 yards, averaging more than 6.6 yards per carry and 14.5 yards per reception. He ran for at least 55 yards in four games, including a season-best 100 yards against Saltsburg. Defensively, Thompson recorded 37 tackles.

Casey Gray, Sophomore TB/CB, Bellwood-Antis – Gray contributed to an 8-win season for the Blue Devils by totaling 663 all-purpose yards (265 rushing, 181 punt returns, 217 kickoff returns) and scoring four total touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 punt return, 2 kickoff returns). He averaged more than 8.2 yards per carry, 22.6 yards per punt return and 43.4 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Gray added 10 tackles (9 solo) and booted his only punt attempt 47 yards.

Chad Speigle, Junior QB/MLB, West Branch - A key returning two-way threat for the Warriors, Speigle led the team in tackles last year with 114 of them, to go along with two deflected passes and a forced fumble, averaging 11.4 tackles per game, finishing six of 10 games with 12+ tackles, including a season-best 19 stops against Moshannon Valley and 17 tackles against Juniata Valley. Offensively, amassed 458 all-purpose yards (222 rush, 153 pass, 85 receiving) and had a hand in two total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing), connecting on 8-of-17 passes (47.1 percent) and averaging 3.5 yards per carry on 63 rushes and 9.4 yards per reception on nine catches.

Christian Getz, Senior RB/LB, Tyrone Area - The featured tailback in Tyrone’s offense, Getz had quite a successful junior season, racking up 1,379 yards and 21 touchdowns on 227 carries, averaging nearly 6.1 yards per carry. Getz also caught 14 passes for 271 yards and one additional touchdown, averaging nearly 19.4 yards per reception. Getz surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in nine of Tyrone’s first 12 games. He was the Golden Eagles’ leading scorer on the season, accounting for 132 of the Golden Eagles’ 403 total points. Getz was the only Golden Eagle player to score an average of more than 10 points per game in 2010.

Christian Leech, Senior WR/S, Bishop McCort - One of four Crusher receivers with at least 10 receptions in 2010, Leech was the featured target, snagging 31 passes for 533 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging nearly 17.2 yards per catch and 41 yards per game. He finished six McCort games with at least three catches and went over 100 yards against Westmont Hilltop. Leech was also a critical force in the Crushers’ defensive backfield, amassing 77 tackles (40 solo), a team-leading six interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He averaged 5.9 tackles per game.

Cody Wood, Senior OL/LB, Marion Center - The leading tackler on the Stingers’ defensive unit last season, Wood posted 87 tackles. He averaged just under 10 tackles per game, finishing with a season-best 22 tackles against United and 13 stops against Northern Cambria. Wood also had an 11-tackle performance against District 3 AA finalist Wyomissing. Wood was also a force along the Stingers’ offensive line, helping pave the way for an offense that averaged 275 yards and 23 points per game.

Cole Welham, Senior TE/DE, Mifflin County High (Lewistown) - The featured target in the Panthers’ aerial assault that averaged more than 120 yards per game, Welham snagged a team-best 28 passes for 467 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging nearly 16.7 yards per catch. Welham did not post any 100-yard receiving performances, but did finish five of the Panthers’ games with between 69 to 93 receiving yards and three games with five or more catches. Welham also completed 1-of-2 passes for 31 yards.

Colton Schertzer, Senior ATH, Juniata - Schertzer did a little bit of everything offensively for the Indians, racking up 362 total yards (146 passing, 42 rushing, 173 receiving) and had a hand in five total touchdowns (3 pass, 1 rush, 1 receiving). Schertzer completed 9-of-28 passes, registered 26 rushing attempts and caught nine passes for an average of more than 19.2 yards. Defensively, #23 added 46 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Schertzer posted a season best 11 tackles against Central Mountain.

Corbin Nevling-ray, Senior OL/DE, Tyrone Area - One of the key returners to the Golden Eagles’ defensive unit, Nevling-ray racked up a team-leading six sacks, picked off a pair of passes and recovered a fumble. Nevling-ray was part of a Tyrone defense that held seven opponents to eight points or less, with three shutouts in a four-game span.

Dakota Zook, Senior ATH, Juniata - The top returning rusher to the Indians’ football team, Zook chalked up 993 all-purpose yards (38 passing, 490 rushing, 24 rushing, 439 kickoff/punt returns) and scored six total touchdowns (4 rushing). Zook averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 90 attempts, eight yards per reception and 18.8 yards per kickoff return. Additionally, Zook went 1-of-2 passing, completing his only pass for a touchdown, and also handled the punting chores for Juniata, averaging nearly 34 yards per punt on 35 attempts, with one punt down inside the 20.

Dalton Weicenburg, Senior RB/DB, Juniata Valley - The number two rusher in the Green Hornets’ Wing-T offense, Weicenburg totaled 787 all-purpose yards (515 rushing, 103 receiving, 135 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 13 total touchdowns (12 rushing). He averaged over 6.9 yards per carry, 27.4 yards per reception and 13.5 yards per kickoff or punt return. He ran for 60+ yards on four occasions, had 60+ receiving yards on two occasions and posted 34 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense.

Damon Braniff, Junior TB/OLB, Glendale - The featured running back in the Vikings’ ground attack that averaged more than 130 yards per game last year, Braniff ran for 595 yards and five touchdowns on 80 carries and also caught nine passes for 100 yards and one additional touchdown. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry and 11.1 yards per reception, running for a season-best 218 yards and two scores against Williamsburg. Defensively, Braniff chipped in with 79 tackles, averaging 7.9 stops per game and recording three games of 10+ tackles.

Danny Ferens, Junior QB, Penns Manor - The field general of a Penns Manor offense that averaged 343 yards and 34.5 points per game last season, Ferens put up another solid season, racking up 1,194 yards of offense (674 rushing, 520 passing) and accounted for 19 total touchdowns (14 rushing, 5 passing). Ferens completed 33-of-70 passes and averaged more than 8.7 yards per carry on 77 attempts, twice rushing for more than 100 yards in a game. In the last two years, Ferens has posted a 19-3 overall record and run for 1,657 yards and 26 touchdowns. Defensively, Ferens added 48 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, four deflected passes and a forced fumble. He also returned seven punts for 140 yards (20 yd. avg.). Oregon, TCU and Texas have expressed interest.

Daquan Minter, Senior WR/DB, Greater Johnstown - A weapon on both offense and defense for the District 6 AAA champions, Minter snared 21 passes for 447 yards and scored five touchdowns, averaging nearly 21.3 yards per catch and posting a 179-yard, two-touchdown performance against PIAA AA state semifinalist Forest Hills. But Minter also had a big impact from his spot in the defensive backfield, tallying 41 tackles (29 solo), one sack, three interceptions and seven deflected passes.

David Yale, Senior RB/DB, Mifflin County High (Indian Valley) - A rushing/receiving threat for the Warriors, Yale returns for what will ultimately be the final season of Indian Valley football after amassing 903 all-purpose yards (305 rushing, 363 receiving, 235 kickoff returns) and scored six total touchdowns (4 rushing, 2 receiving). Yale averaged 8.7 yards per carry on 35 attempts, 16.5 yards per reception on 22 catches and nearly 19.6 yards per kick return on 12 attempts. Defensively, Yale chipped in with 40 tackles (31 solo), two deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Dean Bimle, Senior RB/CB, Portage Area - The top returning rusher from the Mustangs’ 2010 ground attack that averaged more than 255 yards per game, Bimle racked up 753 all-purpose yards (226 rushing, 334 receiving, 193 kickoff/punt returns) and scored six total touchdowns (3 rushing, 3 receiving). Bimle averaged just under 8.7 yards per carry on 26 attempts, more than 22.2 yards per catch on 15 receptions and 23 yards per kickoff return on eight attempts. Bimle also had an impact defensively for Portage, racking up 76 tackles (52 solo), one sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He posted three games of 10+ tackles, including a pair of 13-tackle games.

Derek Southern, Senior FB/CB, Moshannon Valley - The featured back in a Black Knight rushing attack that averaged more than 220 yards per game, Southern ran for an impressive 1,360 yards and 12 touchdowns on 195 rushes, averaging more than 6.9 yards per carry and 135 yards per game. He ran for 100+ yards six times, including a pair of games with more than 245 yards rushing. He also caught three passes for 59 yards, averaging more than 19.6 yards per catch. Defensively, Southern racked up 42 tackles, two interceptions and a deflected pass.

Deven Fultz, Senior FB/LB, Ligonier Valley - Foltz helped Ligonier Valley during its 9-2 campaign a season ago by anchoring his position at linebacker, racking up 47 tackles (31 solo), one sack, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Fultz was part of a Ligonier Valley defense that held nine of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with five shutouts.

Devin Lawhead, Junior RB/LB, Penn Cambria - Lawhead had a respectable sophomore season at linebacker for the Panthers, ringing up 73 tackles (48 solo), a half a sack and an interception, averaging more than nine tackles per game. Lawhead had a season high 14 tackles against Bishop Guilfoyle and 12 tackles against Central Cambria. Lawhead also played a role on offense, running for 102 yards on 31 carries and adding seven receptions for 68 yards. He averaged just under 3.3 yards per carry and a little more than 9.7 yards per reception.

D.J. Burkey, Senior WR/DB, Forest Hills - One of the top returning players to the Rangers’ defensive backfield, Burkey put up solid numbers in his junior season, posting 43 tackles (41 solo) and a team-best six interceptions. Burkey finished with 10 tackles against Greater Johnstown and had a two-interception game against Penn Cambria. Burkey also returned six kickoffs for 89 yards, averaging just over 14.8 yards per return.

Dominic Novella, Junior OL/DE, Cambria Heights – A key returner along the Highlanders’ defensive line, Novella amassed 59 tackles as a sophomore. He averaged 5.9 tackles per game for CH, finishing three games with 10+ tackles.

Dwight Andrews, Senior WR, Greater Johnstown - The leading recevier in the Trojans’ aerial assault in terms of receiving yards, Andrews hauled in 25 passes for 623 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging more than 24.9 yards per catch. Andrews caught at least two passes in nine of Johnstown’s 12 games last year and posted a pair of 100-yard receiving games against Somerset Area and Central Cambria. Johnstown’s aerial assault averaged more than 200 yards per game en route to the District 6 AAA championship.

Dylan Knable, Senior ATH, Mount Union Area - Mostly utilized on defense and special teams in 2010, Knable tallied 508 all-purpose yards (4 rushing, 103 receiving, 401 kickoff/punt returns). He averaged over 10 yards per reception, 9.5 yards per punt return and 19.1 yards per kickoff return. Knable also chalked up 55 tackles (30 solo) on defense for the Trojans.

Dylan Ludwig, Senior QB/CB, Moshannon Valley - A two-way weapon for the Black Knights, Ludwig registered 588 yards and six touchdowns on 121 rushes, averaging more than 4.8 yards per carry. He topped the 100-yard rushing mark three times, including a pair of 126-yard performances against Claysburg-Kimmel and Southern Huntingdon County. Defensively, Ludwig chalked up 74 tackles, a team-best five sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. He posted three games of 10+ tackles and one game with multiple sacks.

Eric Kowalewski, Senior OL/DL, Ferndale - A force along the defensive line for the Yellow Jackets, Kowalewski played in only six games in 2010, but he made an impact in those games. He finished with 44 total tackles (34 solo) and led the team in sacks, with four. He posted a season-best 11 tackles against Rockwood and had a pair of sacks against Conemaugh Township. Kowalewski also blocked a punt, averaged 40.5 yards per punt on two attempts, 37.1 yards per kickoff on 11 attempts and converted a trio of extra points.

Ethan Morrison, Senior RB/LB, Juniata Valley – The featured tailback in Juniata Valley’s ground attack that averaged more than 200 yards per game, Morrison ran for 1,129 yards and 12 touchdowns on 154 carries and caught another 16 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, averaging more than 7.3 yards per carry and 15.1 yards per reception. Morrison ran for at least 139 yards in five of JV’s games and twice surpassed the 200-yard mark. He also returned four kickoffs for 123 yards (30.8 yard avg.), one of which was an 80-yard touchdown. Defensively, Morrison contributed 48 tackles and one sack.

Gap Barbin, Junior OL/DL, Bishop McCort – A key performer along the McCort defensive line, Barbin totaled 118 tackles (70 solo), five sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Barbin averaged 9.1 tackles per game, finishing six of the Crushers’ 13 games with 10+ tackles, including a pair of 11-tackle games against Somerset and Bishop Carroll. Barbin was part of a McCort defense that held seven opponents to 16 points or less, with one shutout.

Gary Paronish, Senior RB/LB, Northern Cambria - A contributor in all three phases of the game for the Colts, Paronish chalked up 607 all-purpose yards (441 rushing, 28 receiving, 138 kickoff/punt returns) and scored four total touchdowns. Paronish finished second on the team in rushing yards, averaging over 3.9 yards per carry on 111 attempts, posting seven consecutive games of 45+ rushing yards. Defensively, Paronish was the second-leading tackler on the Northern Cambria team, racking up 65 tackles (40 solo) and a half a sack. Paronish also handled the punting chores, averaging 31 yards per boot on 30 attempts, with a long of 57 yards.

Gervon Simon, Senior QB, Greater Johnstown - The field general operating the reins of a Johnstown offense that averaged more than 385 yards and 34 points per game, Simon completed 120-of-223 passes (53.8 percent) for 2,338 yards with 30 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Simon threw for at least 123 yards in 11 of Johnstown’s 12 games, throwing for 200+ yards four times and 400+ yards once, to go along with four games of at least four touchdown passes. Simon also tacked on 659 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 108 attempts, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Simon was the leading rusher for the Trojans last season.

Greg Walters, Senior RB/DB, Ferndale - A multi-purpose weapon for the Yellow Jackets, Walters amassed 623 all-purpose yards (139 rushing, 24 receiving, 460 kickoff/punt returns) and scored one rushing touchdown in 2010. Walters averaged 2.2 yards per carry, eight yards per reception, 10 yards per punt return and nearly 19.6 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Walters made his presence known by racking up 57 tackles (46 solo), two sacks and a team-best six fumble recoveries. Walters averaged 6.3 tackles per game and had a game with three fumble recoveries against Rockwood.

Houston Riley, Senior ATH, Huntingdon Area - An all-around type of athlete for the Bearcats, Riley amassed 1,223 all-purpose yards (885 rush, 41 receiving, 297 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 12 total touchdowns (11 rushing). Riley averaged a little more than seven yards per carry on 126 attempts, 6.8 yards per reception on six catches, 18 yards per punt return and nearly 21.4 yards per kickoff return. Riley was also a factor on defense for Huntingdon, racking up 45 tackles (32 solo), three interceptions, six deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Jack Haffner, Senior RB/LB, State College Area - The top returning rusher from State College’s 2010 rushing attack that averaged more than 160 yards per game and featured four backs with at least 200 yards, Haffner racked up 471 yards and 12 touchdowns on 71 carries and caught four passes for 20 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and five yards per catch. Haffner ran for a season-best 104 yards against Lower Dauphin and had four games with multiple rushing touchdowns. Defensively, Haffner added 71 tackles, a deflected pass and a fumble recovery from his spot at linebacker.

Jake Bryja, Senior QB, Portage Area - The ringleader of the Mustangs’ Wing-T offense, Bryja stepped up to replace the successful Taylor Swires, and posted a solid junior season. Bryja completed 72-of-147 passes for 1,262 yards and 12 touchdowns against nine interceptions, completing 49 percent of his passes and averaging more than 114 yards per game. Bryja threw for 100+ yards in six of Portage’s 11 games and had three games with multiple touchdown passes. He also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns on 24 keepers.

James Dodson, Senior QB, Claysburg-Kimmel - The man at the controls of a Bulldog offense that averaged more than 225 yards and 12 points per game, Dodson rolled up 802 yards of offense (645 passing, 167 rushing) and had a hand in three total touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing). He completed 40-of-106 passes, throwing for 100+ yards three times and averaging more than three yards per carry on 55 attempts. Defensively, Dodson added 26 tackles, a sack and an interception.

James Stodart, Junior TE/DE, Moshannon Valley - One of the key players along the trenches of the defensive line for the Black Knights, Stodart racked up 43 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Stodart averaged more than seven tackles per game, posting his best performance of the year – 13 tackles and two sacks – in a 49-33 victory over Tussey Mountain. As a tight end in Moshannon Valley’s seldom-utilized aerial assault, Stodart caught one pass for nine yards.

Jared Shope, Junior SE/S, Forest Hills – Shope made his biggest impacts as a defensive back, though he also made contributions on offense and special teams as well for the Rangers second consecutive 13-win season. Shope registered 35 tackles (29 solo) and picked off four passes. Shope also caught seven passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns (20.6 avg.) and returned a combined nine kickoffs and punts for 159 yards.

Jarron Knisely, Senior RB/DB, Martinsburg-Central - The top returning rusher to the Dragons’ 2011 team, Knisely amassed 612 all-purpose yards (307 rush, 139 receiving, 166 kickoff returns) and scored four total touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 receiving). He averaged 4.7 yards per carry, nearly 11.6 yards per reception and more than 23.7 yards per kick return. Defensively, Knisely also contributed 48 tackles (39 solo), two interceptions, two deflected passes, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Javon Vuckovich, Senior RB/DL, Greater Johnstown - Vuckovich was able to make impacts in all three phases of the game for the Trojans in his junior season. He chalked up 69 tackles (49 solo), three sacks, two deflected passes, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt, averaging more than five tackles per game. On special teams, he booted 22 punts for an average of nearly 31.6 yards, with four of his punts being downed inside the 20 yard line. In limited offensive action, Vuckovich registered 41 carries for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.

Jeff Hogan, Junior QB, Northern Cambria - Hogan was at the controls of the Colts offense that averaged 235 yards and 16.9 points per game. He threw for 525 yards and five touchdowns and added 16 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He completed 41-of-69 passes (59.4 percent) and averaged just under 2.3 yards per carry. Hogan threw for a season-high 174 yards against Homer Center and had two touchdown passes against Marion Center.

Jesse Cooper, Senior QB, Bishop McCort - Cooper helped provide the Crushers’ offense with an aerial dimension it hadn’t had the luxury of the past couple of seasons, throwing for 1,262 yards and nine touchdowns against six interceptions on 93-of-208 passing. Cooper completed 44.7 percent of his passes, threw for 130+ yards three times and posted three games with multiple touchdown passes. Cooper also added 160 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on 52 carries, averaging just under 3.1 yards per attempt.

Jesse Kreutzberger, Senior RB/LB, Portage Area - A key returning defensive weapon for the Mustangs, Kreutzberger registered an impressive 116 tackles (76 solo), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. He averaged 10.5 tackles per game, finishing six of Portage’s 11 games with 10+ tackles, including an impressive 17 tackles against Chestnut Ridge, 15 tackles against Windber and 14 tackles against Conemaugh Township. Offensively, Kreutzberger recorded 30 total touches combined between rushing and receiving, totaling 328 yards (189 rushing, 139 receiving) and scored eight total touchdowns (6 rushing).

Joe Delgrosso, Senior C/DE, Bellwood-Antis – Delgrosso was part of a Blue Devils’ defensive unit that held seven opponents to 14 points or less, including two shutouts. He posted 51 tackles (30 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles, averaging 5.1 tackles per game.

Joel Martin, Senior QB/FS, Moshannon Valley - More of a threat to run than pass, Martin directed the Black Knights’ offense that averaged more than 200 yards per game on the ground. Martin accumulated 386 yards of offense (253 rushing, 133 passing) and had a hand in six total touchdowns (5 rushing) for MV. He completed 10-of-38 passes and averaged more than 4.9 yards per carry on 51 attempts. He ran for 49+ yards in three games and threw for 100+ yards once.

Joey Vodopevic, Senior RB/LB, Penns Manor - The top returning rusher in the Comets’ run-centric offensive attack that averaged more than 280 yards per game on the ground, Vodopevic ran for 751 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 56 carries, averaging an impressive 13.4 yards per carry. He ran for 100+ yards four times and had five games with multiple rushing touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 85 yards and one additional touchdown, averaging more than 21 yards per catch. Defensively, Vodopevic was a force, racking up 90 tackles, three sacks, a deflected pass and two fumble recoveries, recording four games of 10+ tackles.

John Dubovi, Senior G/MLB, Bishop McCort - A wrecker from his position at linebacker, Dubovi racked up 107 tackles (61 solo), five sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Dubovi averaged 8.9 tackles per game, posting four games of 10+ tackles and two games with multiple sacks. He recorded a season-high 13 stops against Somerset.

John Levi Ohler, Senior OL/DL, Forest Hills - A key returner to the Forest Hills defensive line, Ohler finished his junior season with 43 tackles (39 solo) and four sacks. He finished second on the team in sacks, trailing only senior Chris Callaher, who had six. Ohler averaged 3.1 tackles per game and also recovered a fumble for the Rangers.

John Rizzo, Senior RB/DE, Richland Township - A potential Division-1 prospect, Rizzo has received interest from programs like Georgia Tech, Maryland, Navy, Penn State and West Virginia, among others. The leading rusher for the Rams a season ago, Rizzo ran for 957 yards on 131 carries and caught six passes for 51 yards, scoring nine total touchdowns (all rushing) and averaging 7.3 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per reception. Rizzo ran for 100+ yards in four of Richland’s 10 games, including a season high 203 yards and three touchdowns against Bedford Area.

Johnny Sheesley, Junior ATH, Blacklick Valley - One of the key athletes to the Vikings’ season a year ago, Sheesley amassed 1,335 all-purpose yards (410 rushing, 609 receiving, 316 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 14 total touchdowns (5 rushing, 7 receiving, 2 kickoff returns). Sheesley averaged 5.3 yards per carry on 77 attempts, hauled in 33 passes for an average of nearly 18.5 yards per catch with three 100-yard receiving games, averaged just under 26.8 yards per punt return and 52.3 yards per kickoff return. As if that wasn’t enough, Sheesley also registered 73 tackles, an interception, two deflected passes and a fumble recovery on defense and converted 15 extra points. He scored 103 of the Vikings’ 232 points (44.3 percent).

Jojo Adams, Senior FB/LB, Central Cambria - Adams was part of a Red Devils’ defensive unit that held five 2010 opponents to 13 points or less, racking up 70 tackles, one sack, a deflected pass, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. He averaged seven tackles per game. Adams had a 14-tackle game against Penn Cambria and a 10-tackle game against Westmont Hilltop. He also ran for 41 yards on nine carries, caught one pass for five yards and returned four kickoffs for 36 yards.

Jordan Fuller, Senior RB/DL, Penn Cambria - The leading rusher in the Panthers’ rugged ground attack that averaged more than 213 yards per game, Fuller ran for 621 yards and nine touchdowns on 110 carries and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass, averaging more than 5.6 yards per carry. He twice ran for more than 100 yards, including a season high 194 yards against Cambria Heights. Defensively, Fuller added 40 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.

Jordan Spangler, Junior K/P, Bishop McCort - Spangler handled the punting, kickoff and placekicking chores for the Crusher last season. He averaged just over 30.8 yards per punt on 45 attempts, with five being downed inside the 20 yard line and a long of 48 yards. He booted 54 kickoffs for an average of 43.1 yards, with four touchbacks. He also converted 31 extra points, seven field goals and scored a receiving touchdown, accounting for 58 of McCort’s 319 points scored on the season (18.1 percent).

Josh Barzdo, Senior QB/RB, Bishop Carroll - Barzdo was at the reins of a Husky offense that averaged more than 300 rushing yards per game. #2 finished with more than 1,500 yards of total offense (1,077 rushing, 471 passing) and had a hand in 23 total touchdowns (20 rushing, 3 passing). Barzdo completed 28-of-84 passes and averaged nearly 6.3 yards per carry on 172 attempts, rushing for 100+ yards in seven games and throwing for 100+ yards once. Defensively, Barzdo racked up 102 tackles (58 solo), two interceptions, four deflected passes, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 7.3 tackles per game and finished with a pair of 13-tackle games against Cambria Heights and Bishop McCort.

Josh Clothiaux, Senior K, State College Area - Clothiaux handled the kickoff chores for the Little Lions last season, booting a total of 51 kickoffs for an average of 47.2 yards, with seven touchbacks (13.7 percent). He also returned three kickoffs for a total of 147 yards, averaging 49 yards per return, in a non-league game against New York state power St. Anthony’s.

Josh Duplin, Senior OT/DT, Westmont Hilltop - A 280-pound behemoth along the Hilltoppers’ defensive line, Duplin tallied 87 tackles (55 solo), two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked field goals. He averaged 8.7 tackles per game, posting a pair of 13-tackle games against Bedford and Richland Township. He blocked both of his field goals in Westmont’s 29-26 victory over Cambria Heights.

Josh Huey, Junior RB/OLB, Purchase Line – The featured tailback in Purchase Line’s ground attack that averaged more than 110 yards per game, Huey ran for 514 yards and four touchdowns on 118 carries, averaging just under 4.4 yards per carry. Huey twice ran for more than 125 yards, including a season-best 141 yards against Blairsville. He also caught four passes for 26 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per reception. Defensively, Huey posted 35 tackles and three sacks.

Josh Mock, Sophomore OL/DL, Bishop Carroll – Don’t let his grade fool you – Mock, a 6’5, 237-pound athlete as a freshman – made significant impacts for the Huskies in helping the blue and white to its first District 6 football championship since 2005. Mock recorded 61 tackles (33 solo), three sacks and a forced fumble. He averaged 4.4 tackles per game, finishing seven games with tackles totals above his season average.

Josh Weakland, Senior QB, State College Area - Weakland’s passing ability helped provide State College a season passing output it hadn’t enjoyed since 2006. The Little Lion field general completed 174-of-317 passes for 2,179 yards and 21 touchdowns against 13 interceptions, leading State High to its third consecutive District 6/9/10 AAAA subregional championship and a berth in the PIAA playoffs. Weakland threw for 100+ yards in 10 of State High’s 14 games, including four 200-yard games. He also scored four rushing touchdowns on 71 keepers.

Justin Gdula, Senior QB, Forest Hills - A relatively unproven commodity for the Rangers entering the 2010 season, Gdula stepped up to the plate and helped lead Forest Hills to the PIAA AA semifinals and a 13-2 record. Gdula completed 93-of-143 passes (65 percent) for 1,613 yards with 27 touchdowns against three interceptions. He averaged more than 106 passing yards per game, throwing for 100+ yards in eight of FH’s 15 games and posting seven games with at least two touchdown passes. Four of those seven games were performances of four scoring passes. Gdula also added two rushing touchdowns on 49 keepers.

Kelvin Abrashoff, Senior QB, Mount Union Area - Abrashoff was one of the keys to the Trojans’ efforts last season, totaling 1,142 yards of offense (815 passing, 327 rushing) and had a hand in four total touchdowns (all passing). #12 completed 72-of-174 passes, throwing for 100+ yards three times, and averaging more than 3.7 yards per carry on 88 attempts. Abrashoff directed a Mount Union offense that averaged more than 160 yards and just under 10 points per game.

Kirby Moist, Senior RB/DB, Mifflin County High (Lewistown) - The Panthers’ leading rusher last season, Moist accumulated 769 yards and seven touchdowns on 156 carries and caught nine passes for 115 yards. Moist averaged 4.9 yards per carry and nearly 12.8 yards per reception. Moist finished two games with 100+ rushing yards, including a season-high 159 yards against Bellefonte.

Kyle Flick, Sophomore WR/DB, Richland Township - The featured target in the Rams’ aerial assault that averaged just over 92 yards per game, Flick hauled in 18 passes for 417 yards and six touchdowns, averaging nearly 23.2 yards per reception. Flick was the only Rams’ receiver with more than 15 receptions and one of only two receivers to catch more than 10 passes all season. He finished with a season-best 106 yards against Bishop Carroll and finished a total of four games with at least 69 receiving yards.

Lucas Hearn, Senior G/LB, Williamsburg - The top returning tackler to the Pirates’ defensive unit in 2011, Hearn registered 109 tackles (73 solo) and forced two fumbles. He averaged just under 11 tackles per game, finishing seven of Williamsburg’s 10 games with 11+ tackles, including a season-high 15 tackles against Everett and a pair of 14-tackle performances against Tussey Mountain and Mount Union Area.

Luke Stolitza, Junior QB, Purchase Line - The field general operating the Dragons’ offense that averaged more than 200 yards and 12.9 points per game last season, Stolitza threw for 685 yards and seven touchdowns against 12 interceptions, averaging a little more than 76 yards per game. Stolitza completed 44-of-121 passes, throwing for more than 100 yards three times and tossing a season-best three scoring passes in a loss to Homer Center. Stolitza also added two rushing touchdowns on 27 keepers.

Marc Watson, Senior ATH, Greater Johnstown - Watson did a little bit of everything for the Trojans last season, racking up 679 all-purpose yards (9 passing, 166 rushing, 370 receiving, 134 kickoff/punt returns) and scored five receiving touchdowns for the District 6 AAA champions. He averaged more than five yards per carry and 14.2 yards per reception. Defensively, Watson posted 17 tackles (13 solo), three interceptions and three deflected passes.

Mason Varner, Senior RB/DB, Juniata Valley – A weapon in the Green Hornet defensive backfield, Varner tallied 35 tackles, two sacks, led the team in interceptions with five and recovered two fumbles. He posted a two-interception game against Mount Union and was part of a JV defense that held six opponents to 12 points or less. Offensively, Varner posted 262 total yards between rushing and receiving, averaging nearly 4.4 yards per rush and 9.5 yards per catch. He scored four total touchdowns (2 rush, 1 rec., 1 fumble return).

Matt Dillon, Senior OL, Bishop Carroll - A returning starter from the Huskies’ offensive line a season ago, Dillon helped to pave the way for a Bishop Carroll offense which averaged 339.2 yards (305.6 rush, 33.6 pass) and 27.1 points per game, winning the District 6 Class A championship and reaching the PIAA A semifinals opposite Taylor-Riverside. The Husky offense produced four backs with season rushing totals between 445 to 2,110 yards (including a pair of 1,000+-yard rushers) and a 450+-yard passer, scoring 54 total offensive touchdowns (51 rushing, three passing).

Michael John, Senior RB/DB, Philipsburg-Osceola - The top returning rusher to the Mountaineers’ offense in 2011, John finished his junior season with 748 combined yards rushing and receiving and scored six total touchdowns (4 rushing, 2 receiving). He averaged nearly 8.7 yards per carry on 61 attempts and 12.1 yards per catch on 18 receptions. John ran for 100+ yards twice and also had one game with 100+ receiving yards. Defensively, John recorded 28 tackles, deflected two passes and recovered a fumble.

Mike Cavazza, Senior QB, Marion Center - A dual-threat athlete operating the controls of the Stingers’ Wing-T offense, Cavazza racked up 761 total yards of offense (649 passing, 112 rushing) and had a hand in eight total touchdowns in MC’s 4-5 campaign (7 rushing). Cavazza completed 37-of-87 passes, throwing for 100+ yards three times within Marion Center’s first four games. He also averaged 2.1 yards per carry on 53 attempts. Defensively, Cavazza tallied 57 tackles and an interception, averaging 6.7 tackles per game with a 12-tackle performance against Northern Cambria.

Mike Marcinko, Senior QB, Philipsburg-Osceola - A dual-threat athlete at the helm of the Mountaineers’ offense that averaged more than 300 yards and 22 points per game, Marcinko finished his junior season with 1,206 total yards (956 passing, 250 rushing) and had a hand in 14 total touchdowns for P-O (9 passing, 5 rushing). Marcinko completed 54.2 percent of his passes (77-of-142) and averaged 3.3 yards per carry on 75 attempts. Marcinko threw for 100+ yards three times and had three games with multiple touchdown passes. Defensively, #5 posted 26 tackles, three interceptions and four deflected passes.

Mike Newhouse, Sophomore FB/LB, Homer Center - Newhouse had a solid freshman season for the Wildcats, posting 103 tackles (74 solo), one sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. He averaged more than 10 tackles per game, finishing four games with 11+ tackles, including a season-best 21 tackles against United and 14 tackles against Pittsburgh City League representative Langley. Newhouse is also the top returning rusher to the Wildcats offense after accumulating 396 yards and a trio of touchdowns on 77 carries, averaging over 5.1 yards per attempt.

Nakota Reed, Senior ATH, Southern Huntingdon County – Reed had quite the junior season during the Rockets’ 4-5 campaign, chalking up 1,053 all-purpose yards (11 passing, 685 rushing, 92 receiving, 265 kickoff/punt returns) and scored seven rushing touchdowns. Reed was the leading rusher for the Rockets, whose ground attack averaged more than 150 yards per game. He averaged more than 5.9 yards per carry on 115 rushes, 9.2 yards per reception, 15 yards per punt return and 26.1 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Reed contributed 32 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Nate James, Junior HB/OLB, Bishop McCort - Primarily a defensive threat for the Crushers, James tallied 80 tackles and one sack, averaging 8.9 tackles per game and finishing four games with 10 total tackles. He was part of a McCort defense that held seven opponents to 16 points or less, with one shutout. In limited offensive action, James chalked up 26 yards rushing on four carries.

Nate Sharkey, Junior OL/DL, Bald Eagle Area - A force along the defensive line for Bald Eagle Area, Sharkey rattled off 78 tackles (57 solo), five sacks and a deflected pass. He averaged 7.8 tackles per game, including a season-best 15 stops against District 6 AAA finalist Bellefonte and 10 tackles against District 6 AA finalist Tyrone Area. Sharkey also posted a two-sack game against District 9 AAA champ Clearfield. In limited offensive action, Sharkey ran for 33 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

Nate Zachesky, Junior RB/LB, Northern Cambria - Zachesky had a solid sophomore season for Northern Cambria, totaling 553 yards of offense (332 rushing, 221 receiving) and scored five total touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving). He averaged 6.5 yards per carry on 51 rushes and 13 yards per reception on 17 catches. Zachesky had one game each of 100 rushing and receiving yards and posted two games with multiple rushing touchdowns. Defensively, #47 chipped in with 54 tackles (32 solo), averaging six tackles per game.

Nathan Bearer, Junior QB, Cambria Heights - Bearer saw limited action backing up senior Caleb Vescovi, completing 5-of-9 passes for 64 yards with a pair of touchdowns and zero interceptions. Bearer, it would appear, would have the inside track to replacing Vescovi, who threw for more than 2,400 yards last year and finished his career for the Highlanders with 5,319 passing yards and 41 touchdowns. Defensively, Bearer registered 32 tackles and a fumble recovery, including a season-best 11 stops against Penn Cambria.

Nathan Martin, Senior QB, Mifflin County High (Lewistown) - The field general for a Panthers’ offense that averaged more than 230 yards and 15 points per game, Martin completed 83-of-178 passes for 1,176 yards and five touchdowns against 13 interceptions. Martin finished three games with at least 200 yards passing and two games with multiple touchdown passes. He also scored one rushing touchdown on 31 keepers.

Nathan Patterson, Senior FB, Southern Huntingdon County - A two-way threat for the Rockets, Patterson totaled 433 all-purpose yards of offense (308 rushing, 125 receiving) and scored a rushing touchdown in his junior season. Patterson averaged 4.6 yards per carry on 67 attempts and 15.6 yards per reception on eight catches. Defensively, Patterson chipped in with 22 tackles and an interception.

Nathan Walters, Senior RB/LB, Southern Huntingdon County – One of the key returners to the Rockets’ defense in 2011, Walters posted solid numbers as a junior. He ended 2010 with 57 tackles, four sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries, averaging more than seven tackles per game, including a pair of 10+ tackle games. Walters put up a season-best 13 tackles against Moshannon Valley to end the season. He also had 10 tackles and two sacks against Williamsburg.

Neil Bodley, Sophomore QB/TB/DEF, Juniata - A defensive force for the Indians, Bodley recorded 47 tackles, two sacks, an interception and five fumble recoveries, averaging nearly five tackles per game. Bodley had a two-sack game against Central Mountain and recovered a pair of fumbles against District 9 AAA champion Clearfield. Offensively, Bodley ran for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 26 carries, went 0-for-2 passing and caught three passes for 28 yards.

Nicholas Maruca, Senior OL/LB, Bishop Carroll - A force along the defensive line for the Huskies, Maruca totaled 113 tackles and a pair of sacks. He averaged 8.1 tackles per game, finishing five games with 11+ tackles, including a 15-tackle performance against Westmont Hilltop and an 11-tackle performance in the PIAA Class A semifinals against Riverside.

Nick Lamantia, Senior RB/LB, Marion Center - One of four Stinger backs with at least 50 rushing attempts during 2010, Lamantia posted 345 yards and a touchdown on 68 carries and caught 10 passes for 88 yards, averaging just under 5.1 yards per carry and 8.8 yards per reception. Lamantia had three games of at least 85 rushing yards, including a season-high 115 yards against Purchase Line. Defensively, Lamantia recorded 60 tackles, averaging 6.7 tackles per game with three 10-tackle performances.

Nick Patton, Senior WR/DB, Tyrone Area - The featured target in the Golden Eagles’ aerial assault, Patton hauled in 30 passes for 584 yards, averaging more than 19 yards per catch. He finished Tyrone’s first two games (Bellwood-Antis & Lewistown) with six or more catches, but then caught no more than three passes in each of the Golden Eagles’ remaining games. Patton finished the Bellwood game with more than 170 receiving yards. As a sophomore, he averaged more than 20 yards per catch.

Nick Watson, Senior TE/DE/P, Juniata Valley - Primarily seeing action as the punter for the Green Hornets, Watson had a productive season, averaging nearly 34.6 yards per punt on 24 attempts, with nine of those punts downed inside the 20 yard line (37.5 percent) and a long of 58 yards. Offensively, Watson caught two passes for 28 yards and one touchdown as a tight end in JV’s Wing-T scheme. Defensively, Watson added 10 tackles and one sack.

Russell Markosky, Senior RB/DB, Ligonier Valley - One of four Ram backs with at least 46 rushing attempts in a ground attack that averaged more than 280 rushing yards per game, Markosky ran for 607 yards and seven touchdowns on 91 carries, averaging more than 6.6 yards per carry. He twice ran for more than 125 yards in a game, finishing two LV games with multiple rushing touchdowns. Markosky also caught three passes for 21 yards, returned nine punts for 108 yards and five kickoffs for 94 yards. Defensively, #1 added 52 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, a deflected pass, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.

Ryan Burnheimer, Senior FB/LB, Westmont Hilltop - The featured tailback in the Hilltoppers’ offensive attack, Burnheimer ran for 677 yards and four touchdowns on 150 carries, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He ended the season on a positive note, running for a combined 341 yards in games against Forest Hills and Penn Cambria. Defensively, Burnheimer chipped in with 73 tackles (47 solo), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He averaged 8.1 tackles per game, finishing with a season-best 12 tackles against Richland Township.

Ryan Knupp, Senior FB/LB, Ligonier Valley - The leading rusher in Ligonier Valley’s multi-faceted rushing attack, Knupp finished his junior season with 831 yards and 10 touchdowns on 105 carries, averaging more than 7.9 yards per carry. Knupp finished four games with at least 100 rushing yards and had a three-touchdown game against Purchase Line. Defensively, Knupp added 24 tackles (18 solo), two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Sam Snyder, Senior QB, Penns Valley Area - The leader of a Rams’ offensive unit that averaged 186 yards and 10 points per game, Snyder amassed 731 yards of offense (560 passing, 171 rushing) and had a hand in three total touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing). Snyder completed 48-of-125 passes and averaged exactly three yards per carry on 57 attempts. He threw for a season-high 231 yards against Bald Eagle Area and ran for a season-best 82 yards against Huntingdon Area. Defensively, Snyder chipped in with 15 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.

Scott Bellock, Senior RB/FS, Central Cambria - One of the keys to the Central Cambria defensive backfield, Bellock registered 102 tackles (57 solo), one sack, a deflected pass, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, averaging 9.3 tackles per game. He posted a season-best 18 tackles against District 6 Class A champion Bishop Carroll and 13 stops against Westmont Hilltop. Between offense and special teams, Bellock racked up 573 all-purpose yards (103 rushing, 173 receiving, 293 kickoff/punt returns) and scored two total touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 receiving). He averaged 4.2 yards per carry, 17.3 yards per reception, 16.6 yards per punt return and 17.3 yards per kick return.

Scott George, Senior K/P, Forest Hills - George had quite the solid season kicking for the Rangers, booting a total of 94 kickoffs for an average of 51.5 yards and recording at least one touchback in 11 of Forest Hills’ 15 games. George also served as the placekicker for the Rangers, converting 59 extra points and two field goals, accounting for 65 of the Rangers’ school-record 539 points scored, or nearly 12.1 percent of the team’s total season scoring output.

Shawn Brink, Senior T/DT, Glendale - A 280-pound behemoth along the offensive and defensive lines for Glendale, Brink helped pave the way for a Viking offense that averaged more than 360 yards and 29 points per game. Defensively, Brink recorded 77 tackles, averaging 7.7 stops per game. Brink recorded a season-best 18 tackles in a season-ending loss to United.

Shawn Dell, Junior FB/LB, Forest Hills - The second-leading rusher returning to the Forest Hills team in 2011, Dell ran for 254 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards per carry on 39 attempts. Defensively, Dell posted 48 tackles (43 solo) and an interception, averaging a little more than three tackles per game and finishing with a season-high seven tackles against Penn Cambria. Dell’s interception, posted against Greater Johnstown, was returned 31 yards for a touchdown.

Steve Franco, Senior QB, Tyrone Area - Over the last two seasons, Franco has posted an overall record of 22-4 and led the Golden Eagles to consecutive District 6 AA championship games. Franco completed 108-of-184 passes (58.7 percent) for 1,962 yards with 19 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He threw for 100+ yards in 11 of Tyrone’s 13 games, had two games of 200+ passing yards and five games with multiple touchdown passes, including a season-best five scoring strikes against Juniata. He has thrown for 3,474 career yards and 34 touchdowns.

Stewart Borst, Senior DL, Juniata Valley - Borst may be one of the best sack artists returning to the Inter-County Conference’s North Division. He finished his junior season with 49 tackles and an impressive 11 sacks, averaging 4.9 tackles per game and finishing four games with multiple sacks. He also intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and blocked a punt. Between offense and special teams, Borst registered 508 all-purpose yards (288 rushing, 48 receiving, 172 kickoff returns) and scored four rushing touchdowns. He averaged nearly 9.3 yards per carry, 16 yards per reception and 19.1 yards per kick return.

Taylor Ferguson, Senior WR/S, Blairsville - One of the leaders in the Blairsville defensive backfield last season, Ferguson recorded 21 tackles, led the team in interceptions, with three, deflected five passes and blocked a field goal. Ferguson was also one of the featured receivers in the Bobcats’ aerial assault, snaring 19 passes for 288 yards, averaging more than 14.1 yards per catch. He posted consecutive 5-catch, 76-yard games against Ligonier Valley and Marion Center.

Toby Boyd, Senior G/LB, Juniata Valley - The second-leading tackler on the Green Hornets’ defensive unit in 2010, Boyd registered 73 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt. He averaged more than eight tackles per game and finished three games with 10+ tackles, including a season-best 15 stops and two forced fumbles against West Branch and 10-tackle games against Moshannon Valley and Bellwood-Antis.

Tyler Campbell, Junior FB/ILB, Bellwood-Antis - One of the top returning rushers to the Blue Devils’ ground attack from a season ago, Campbell finished with 281 yards and four touchdowns on 49 carries and caught another six passes for 55 yards and one additional touchdown. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry and nearly 9.2 yards per catch. Campbell also added 44 tackles (29 solo), a sack and a deflected pass on defense, averaged 40.3 yards per kickoff on 30 attempts with a long of 52 yards and returned three kickoffs for 64 yards (21.3 yard avg.).

Tyler Crawford, Junior FB/LB, Cambria Heights - A wrecker on the defensive side of the ball from his linebacker position, Crawford ripped up the opposition for 121 tackles, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. He averaged 12.1 tackles per game, finishing eight of the Highlanders’ 10 games with 10+ tackles, including 18 tackles against Central Cambria and a pair of 15-tackle games against Forest Hills and Somerset Area. Additonally, Crawford was the second-leading rusher on the Cambria Heights team a season ago, amassing 466 yards and six touchdowns on 78 attempts and adding 10 receptions for 52 yards and one additional touchdown. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry and 5.2 yards per reception.

Tyler Ickes, Senior RB/LB, Claysburg-Kimmel - The leading tackler on the Bulldogs’ defensive unit last season, Ickes registered 81 tackles (all solo), an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. He averaged 10.1 tackles per game for C-K, posting a season-best 18 tackles against District 5 Class A champion Northern Bedford County and 15 tackles against Everett. Offensively, Ickes ran for 307 yards and three touchdowns on 63 carries, averaging just under 4.9 yards per attempt. He also returned eight kickoffs for 146 yards (18.3 avg.), with a long of 42 yards.

Tyler Ferguson, Senior QB, Blairsville - Ferguson only played in the Bobcats’ first five games of the 2010 season, and he was off to a pretty good start, racking up 689 yards of offense (574 passing, 115 rushing) and accounting for six total touchdowns (3 passing, 3 rushing). He completed 40-of-82 passes, throwing for 130+ yards in three consecutive games and averaging nearly 3.2 yards per carry on 36 attempts. Defensively, Ferguson posted 13 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

Tyler Strong, Senior OL, Bishop Carroll - A returning starter from the Huskies’ offensive line a season ago, Strong helped to pave the way for a Bishop Carroll offense which averaged 339.2 yards (305.6 rush, 33.6 pass) and 27.1 points per game, winning the District 6 Class A championship and reaching the PIAA A semifinals opposite Taylor-Riverside. The Husky offense produced four backs with season rushing totals between 445 to 2,110 yards (including a pair of 1,000+-yard rushers) and a 450+-yard passer, scoring 54 total offensive touchdowns (51 rushing, three passing).

Von Walker, Junior RB/LB, Central Mountain - The leading rusher in the Wildcats’ offensive attack last year, Walker ran for 605 yards and six touchdowns on 100 carries, averaging just under 6.1 yards per carry. He also caught six passes for 66 yards (11 yard avg.). In the last two seasons, Walker has run for more than 1,100 yards. Defensively, he recorded 54 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions. On special teams, he booted 28 punts for an average of nearly 33.4 yards, with a long of 54 yards.

Zach Hanley, Senior TE/DE, Richland Township - A two-way threat for Richland, Hanley recorded 65 tackles, five sacks, a deflected pass, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He averaged 6.5 tackles per game, finishing three games with 10+ tackles and two games with two sacks. From his tight end position, Hanley caught 10 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 21.9 yards per catch. Hanley was one of only two Ram receivers to reach double digits in receptions.

Zach Helsel, Junior RB/LB, Claysburg-Kimmel - Helsel finished his sophomore season by totaling 500 all-purpose yards (287 rushing, 142 receiving, 71 kickoff returns) and scored four total touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 receiving). He averaged just under 4.1 yards per carry, more than 10.9 yards per reception and 14.2 yards per kick return. Helsel ran for a season-high 110 yards against West Branch. Defensively, #34 tallied 62 tackles (all solo), one sack, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries.

Zach Lingenfelter, Senior FB/DL, Martinsburg-Central - Lingenfelter is one of the top returning players on the defensive side of the ball for the Dragons. He amassed 50 tackles (39 solo), a team-leading 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. He posted a three-sack game against District 6 AA semifinalist Huntingdon Area and really came alive in the playoffs, racking up 23 total tackles (16 solo) and two sacks combined in games against Ligonier Valley and Tyrone Area.

Zach Rugg, Senior T/DT, Bishop McCort - A two-way threat in the trenches for McCort, the 6’5, 269-pound Rugg helped pave the way for a Crushers’ offense that averaged more than 265 yards and 24 points per game. McCort finished 8-5 overall, reaching the District 6 Class A championship game for the third consecutive year and a fifth consecutive season of reaching a District 6 final (McCort won D6 AA titles in 2006 and 2007). Defensively, Rugg amassed 99 tackles (60 solo), 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged 8.3 tackles per contest. Rugg is a potential Division-1 prospect.

Zack Varga, Senior RB/OLB, Bishop McCort - The featured back in Bishop McCort’s offensive scheme, Varga finished with 812 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 181 carries and caught another five passes for 103 yards for the Crushers, averaging just under 4.5 yards per carry and 20.6 yards per reception. Varga twice ran for more than 100 yards in a game and finished a total of six games with at least 75 rushing yards. Defensively, Varga was just as lethal, accumulating 111 tackles (66 solo), an interception and a fumble recovery, averaging 8.5 tackles per game.

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