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NAZARETH – With his team down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Dan Harding directed three Blue Eagles touchdown drives in the last 12 minutes of the game. Harding completed the comeback to stun the Red Rovers 35-28 at Andrew Leh Field Friday night in Nazareth. It was the first win over the Red Rovers since 1998.

The Blue Eagles got on the scoreboard first on their second drive. The Blue Eagles striked first. Harding hit Adam Bridgeforth for a 67-yard bomb for the score. Jack Portnoy’s extra point made it 7-0 Blue Eagles.

The Red Rovers answered the Blue Eagles drive by engineering a 73-yard, eight-play drive. Quarterback Ian Hayden found Zach Herres in the back of the end zone for the 17-yard touchdown pass. The game was tied at 7.

The second quarter saw the Red Rovers running game take over. James Middleton scored on an 84-yard run and Kevin Griffin plowed in from two-yards out. The Blue Eagles added one score on a Kani Camacho three-yard run.

At halftime the Red Rovers led 21-14. The first half the Red Rovers showed a nice balance by throwing for 112 yards and rushing for 213 yards. They had 12 first downs.

The Red Rovers took a commanding 28-14 lead in the third quarter on Griffin’s 12-yard run. The drive went 58 yards on five plays.

In the fourth quarter it would be all Blue Eagles. The comeback started early in the fourth quarter. Harding’s eight-yard score capped off an eight play, 78-yard drive, to cut the Red Rover lead to 28-21 with 11:36 remaining.

Nazareth’s defense came up with the big stop and got the ball back with 9:56 remaining. The Blue Eagles offense used a balanced attack during this drive, passing and rushing five times each as Harding finished off the drive hitting Dan Shepherd. Shepherd made an amazing catch fighting off the defender for a 17-yard touchdown pass. The score tied up the game at 28 with 6:21 remaining.

Shepherd’s interception ended another Red Rover drive late in the game. The Blue Eagles started on Easton’s 34-yard line with less than three minutes to go.

Harding finished off the go ahead drive with a one-yard run putting Nazareth up 35-28 with 1:33 remaining in the game.

The Red Rovers drove inside the 20-yard line. The drive ended on a fumble that was recovered by Nazareth. Nazareth held on for a 35-28 win over Easton.

The teams combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense. Easton had 535 total yards of offense and Nazareth had 480 total yards.

Harding led the way for Nazareth completing 19 of 29 passes for 312 yards and two scores. His favorite target was Adam Bridgeforth who caught six passes for 135 yards and one score. Freshman running back Jordan Gray added 101 yards rushing on 14 carries.

The Red Rovers Ian Hayden passed for 188 yards and James Middleton added 147 yards rushing.

Nazareth (2-0) travels to Bethlehem to take on (2-0) Liberty. Easton (1-1) hosts Northampton (0-2).

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WARMINSTER, Pa. – West Catholic’s game plan against Archbishop Wood was rather simple.  Run the ball, control the clock and keep Wood’s explosive offensive unit watching helplessly from the sideline.

West did the run the ball – 47 times to be exact – and limited the Vikings to only 38 total offensive plays.  But Wood made those plays count.

Joey Monaghan threw for 279 yards in just 10 passing attempts and West Catholic (0-2) had to endure three turnovers on downs and an anemic passing attack as Archbishop Wood (1-1) posted a 28-0 shutout of the Burrs Saturday night at William Tennett High School in Warminster.

West head coach Brian Fluck said the effort came down to two words: missed opportunities.

“In the beginning, we did what we wanted to do,” the Burrs’ boss said.  “But we made too many mistakes.”

From the beginning, West showed its hand of trying to take the air out of the ball, orchestrating a 14-play march which drained 7:07 of game clock.  Junior running back David Williams saw six of the first 14 plays go his way, but the Burrs turned the ball over on downs at the Wood 37 yard line following a costly holding penalty and a pair of injured quail looking passes from Jaleel Reed fell incomplete.

West had another similar drive late in the first half.  Highlighted by a Williams 50-yard run to the Wood 27, the Burrs got as far as the Viking 14-yard line, but Jalil Shoatz fumbled away the opportunity at the seven yard line with 2:33 left in the first half.

Wood, already up 7-0 at that juncture, wasted no time in making West Catholic pay.  One play after West was flagged for pass interference, Monaghan hooked up with Nate Smith for a 52-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 Viking advantage.  Smith caught a 31-yard pass from Monaghan earlier in the drive and had four catches for 153 yards in the first half.

“Nate’s a good one,” said Wood head coach Steve Devlin.  “I kinda kick myself for not using him more (in the Central Catholic game the week before).  He’s definitely one of our playmakers.”

Monaghan wasn’t slowing down – on Wood’s second possession of the second half, he hit Kyle Adkins on a 45-yard screen pass which went all the way to the Burrs’ 19 yard line.  Three plays later, senior Ryan McMullin crashed into the end zone for Wood to push the lead to 21-0.

McMullin saw action this night as Rutgers commit Desmon Peoples was held out of action due to a sprained ankle, shifting Brandon Peoples to the tailback slot.  #5 got Wood on the board to start the scoring with a 14-yard run just five seconds into the second quarter.

“He’s one of our guys – we have several guys who can carry the ball,” Devlin said. “Tonight, Ryan ran it well for us.”

Just for good measure, Monaghan signed, sealed and delivered Wood’s win with one more long connection with Smith – a 65-yard bomb down the middle of the field after forcing a West punt.  In all, Smith caught five passes for 218 yards – and none of the passes went for any length fewer than 31 yards.

“The goal was to shut down their ground game and force them to pass,” Fluck said.  “And we got caught playing some man-to-man coverage.”

West had one last chance to try to dent the scoreboard, driving from its own 31 to the Wood 14 with runs of 22 and 13 yards by Williams along the way.  But Wood stiffened, sacking Reed for a 14-yard loss and bringing up a 4th-and-26 situation, which ended in a turnover on downs when Reed’s pass intended for Williams was incomplete.

From there, Wood strung together four first downs on a series of runs from Kendall Singleton and Jake Cooper to run out the clock.

Wood finished with 420 yards of offense and 16 first downs – most of that came from Monaghan, who reached his passing total with an 8-of-10 night.  McMullin ran for 55 yards on eight carries and the two touchdowns.  Cooper ran for 49 yards on six carries and Singleton 17 yards on three carries.

West was paced by Williams’ 211 yards on 32 carries.  Shoatz added 18 yards on four carries.  Reed finished with minus-31 rushing yards and connected on 4-of-9 passes for 15 yards.  West finished with only 11 first downs, gained either by way of Williams’ runs or Wood penalties.

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PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Behind the area on the sidelines where the La Salle College High School football team stood, a weathered penny lie buried into the artificial surface, with the heads side facing upward.

Supposedly, pennies facing heads side up bring good luck.  But fate was not ready to yield the Explorers a lucky day.

Bergen Catholic (1-0) got a 306-yard passing effort from field general John Germano and two-time PIAA AAAA state finalist La Salle (1-1) had trouble keeping up with the Crusaders’ speed and spread offensive attack in a humbling 41-17 loss Saturday afternoon at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.

BC, a 16-time New Jersey football state champion, wasted little time in flashing and dashing its way over, around, and through the La Salle defense en route to 396 yards of offense – mostly through the air – using an up-tempo offense.

“We really always want to play with that type of pace,” said BC head coach Nunzio Campanile. “We’re always trying to keep the opponent on its toes.  We want to be certain the other team is as uncomfortable as possible at all times.”

La Salle barely had time to settle in before Bergen began its offensive assault.  In just four plays after picking off La Salle’s Matt Magarity, Bergen had a 6-0 lead thanks to a Germano four-yard touchdown run.  But the Crusaders were just getting warmed up.

After La Salle went three-and-out, it took three plays for Bergen to find paydirt again.  Germano hit J.J. Rulsar for an 87-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 13-0 and then recovered the ensuing onsides kick.  Six plays later, Bergen was in the end zone again on a 15-yard connection from Germano to Charles Wingate.

“They have great speed and quickness,” said La Salle head coach Drew Gordon.  “It’s hard to replicate their speed in practice.”

The Explorers seemed to quell the bleeding a little bit with a small rally, slicing the BC lead from 20-0 to 20-9 on a Tim Wade three-yard run and a Ryan Winslow 32-yard field goal.  Wade’s touchdown run was one of the few scant highlights on the day.  Yards were hard to come by for #33 – in three and a half quarters, he ran for 35 yards on 19 carries.

But any momentum La Salle had built up deflated quicker than a balloon with a hole in it.  Winslow’s field goal came with 1:46 left in the half, but that was more than enough time for the Crusaders to break the Explorers’ backs.  Beginning at its own 20, the red and gold marched 65 yards in just three plays – all Germano passes – to the La Salle 15.  Two plays after an Explorer timeout to stop the bleeding, Bergen lodged the proverbial dagger in the blue and gold’s heart as Germano found John Tsimis from four yards out and a 27-9 lead.

Five plays.  Eighty yards.  All in a mere 51.8 seconds.  Who needs those two-minute drills, anyway?

“Bergen Catholic will test you every play,” Gordon said.

The Crusaders tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half – a James Dawson two-yard run and a 15-yard pass from Germano to Tsimis – to push the advantage to 41-9.

Using its reserves, La Salle capped the game scoring with a one-yard touchdown run by Jared Herrmann with 2:00 left in the contest.  Herrmann’s run capped a 12-play, 80-yard, 4:17 march which saw five total first downs and back-up field general Chris Kane connect on all four of his pass attempts.

All told, La Salle finished with 211 yards of offense and 11 first downs.  Magarity connected on 11-of-19 passes for 79 yards with the one interception.  Wade paced the Explorer ground attack, which finished with 65 yards on 34 carries.  Herrmann added 23 yards on seven carries and Kane threw for 57 yards.  Sean Coleman caught five passes for 39 yards and Colin Buckley snagged three passes for 44 yards.

Germano’s banner day also saw him add 16 yards on 12 carries.  Dawson ran for 22 yards on six carries and Michael Gerst added 27 yards on six totes.  Tsimis caught seven passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns and Kulsar added two receptions for 98 yards.  Bergen was flagged eight times for 45 yards – about the only negative from the Crusaders’ season opener.

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Pardon Ridley’s starting quarterback Matt Davis for being nervous prior to Friday night’s season opening non league contest against Inter Ac power Malvern Prep. Just how nervous was Davis?  “I was so nervous, I felt like I was going to throw up all day,” he said adding that once he arrived at Phil Merion Field the nerves went away. Davis’ completion percentage was not too good as he completed only five of 13 passes but they amassed 234 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Raiders overcame a 20-7 deficit to down the Friars 21-20 in battle of Southeastern PA Heavyweights.
After going three-and-out to open the season the Green Raiders defense seemed to start slow allowing the Friars to drive down to their 25 yardline before toughing up and forcing the Friars to turn the ball over on downs. The first quarter ended with a scoreless tie.
In the second quarter the Green Raiders looked poised to take a 3-0 lead but their field goal was blocked by Northwestern commit Connor Mahoney. Blake Gunther scooped up the loose ball and raced down the Green Raider sideline 88 yards for the touchdown. The lead was short lived however as on the very next play from scrimmage Davis connected with Jalen Randolph on a swing pass and Randolph raced 74 yards to tie things up at 7 at intermission.
Paul Finley gave the Friars the lead in the third quarter with his four-yard touchdown plunge. Shawn Wilson added to the lead in the fourth quarter with a ten yard touchdown run but the extra point failed and the Friars were up 20-7.
Back came the Green Raiders on the ensuing drive with a two play 44 yard drive that resulted in Davis connecting with Mike Smoluk for the touchdown.
Following a three and out the Green Raiders were back on the attack and got a huge play from Mike Crowley who hauled in a pass from Davis and took it 82 yards down to the Malvern eight yard line. On the next play Crowley ran it in for the touchdown. The extra point was good and the Green Raiders had now battled all the way back. The Friars had two chances but ended with a interception by Randolph and a turnover on downs preserving the victory.
Next week the Green Raiders will host the Haverford Fords in the teams Central League opener while Malvern will travel to take on Roman Catholic.
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CATAWISSA- The 2011 football season opened in resounding fashion at Tiger Stadium as Southern Columbia hosted fellow top-ten, state-ranked Line Mountain. These two premier class A teams are no stranger to each other or to hard-nosed football. The Eagles spread offense, piloted by quarterback Marty Beninsky, proved difficult to corral for the Tiger defense. However, Southern’s Wing-T, featuring an entirely new backfield, proved nearly impossible for the Eagles to stop. The rushing trio of Casey Savitski, Tyler Levan, and (converted tight-end) Matt Moore put on a veritable running clinic en route to their school’s 400th all-time victory. The win also marks the fourth time in-a-row that Southern defeated an otherwise unbeaten Line Mountain team.
The Eagles got the ball to open the game with Beninsky pounding it forward on three consecutive plays before a bobbled hand-off and an incomplete pass stalled the drive.
The Tigers came up a yard short of a first down on their opening three plays and decided to punt deep into Eagle territory. The punt was muffed by the return-man and recovered at Line Mountain’s 5 yard marker. On the following play Savitski darted in for the opening score.
Once again the Tiger defense held strong with Keith Day up-ending Beninsky at the line-of-scrimmage. Southern had the ball back in short order, setting up an eight-play, 75 yard drive for another score. The series featured a 20 yard burst by Savitsky and Moore’s first touches as a running back of 7 and 20 yards respectively. A false start penalty forced SC into a third & 15 situation at the LM 23. Quarterback, Brad Fegley called his own number and proved he has some good legs as well, cutting to the outside and racing 23 yards into the end zone. The score was 14-0.
Everything seemed to be going Southern’s way, but the Eagles were nowhere near ready to throw in the towel. Forced into a punting situation after just four plays, LM caught its first brake on an encroachment penalty which yielded them a fresh set of downs. Then a personal foul call got them to the Tiger 26. Three snaps later, Kyle Troutman flew through a huge hole in the middle of the line and went 17 yards for the score. The PAT by Austin Snyder made it 14-7 in favor of Southern.
The Tigers answered right back after a short kick-off was covered at the Tiger 33. A 30 yard toss from Fegley to Day got them deep into Eagle territory at the 26. On third & two at the 18 yard line Moore got his third shot at carrying the leather. Once again he showed his ability to find a seam before turning on the jets for an 18 yard touchdown.
Not to be outdone, after the kick-off Troutman once again found a hole and out-ran the defenders. The 63 yard touchdown run was the longest of the game  and more than doubled Line Mountain’s total offense up to that point. Moore blocked the PAT attempt leaving the score 21-13 – the shoot-out was on!… Or was it?
Things settled down a bit for the remainder of the first half.  SC’s next drive fizzled after a sack by Luke Erdman and Alex Karlovich, a holding call, and two incomplete passes. For their part, the Eagles could only net three yards on three plays before punting. Then Southern started to roll again. Levan was finding his feet and pounded the ball forward on a 19 yard run to the Eagle 15. Four plays later, on fourth & four at the nine, Levan rumbled in for the score. However it was denied due to an illegal block call which occurred after he crossed the goal line. Instead of a score the ball was given back on downs to the Eagles. With the final minutes of the half ticking away, SC’s defense played prevent and kept the score at 21-13 going into the locker rooms.
With the first possession of the second half, Southern capitalized quickly. The Eagles were kicking short line-drives to keep the ball out of the hands of the speedster return men (Moore & Day). That only provided the Tigers with good field position to start their drives. After two rushes by Levan, netting ten yards and a first and ten near mid-field, Moore got the hand-off and would not be denied.  Shedding tacklers and breaking loose in the defensive backfield, he bulleted 55 yards for his second TD.
Trailing 28-13, the Eagles needed to make something happen. After an excellent kick-return by Troutman to near mid-filed, Beninsky engineered LM’s best drive of the game, going 53 yards on nine plays, capped by a keeper around the left side for the three yard TD. The two-point conversion failed when Beninsky’s pass sailed high, leaving the score 28-19.
Southern kept the ball on the ground and the clock running as the O-line surged forward and the runners pounded the rock right at the defenders. Levan rumbled for 23, Moore clawed his way for 25, and Savistski punched it in from the five to go up 35-19.
After trading series, Line Mountain was able to score one more time. On his only carry, Austin Snyder found the middle wide open and blasted 43 yards to pay dirt. Another  two-point conversion pass sailed high and the score left the Eagles in the hunt at 35-25.
To make sure LM’s potent offense didn’t get the chance for a come-back, the backfield did what they do best. Levan had punishing rushes of 22, 10, and 12 yards, where he just ran straight through the defensive players, plowing his way down field. Finally Savitsky sealed the deal with a 22 yard score. Dylan Swank went six for six on PAT’s, and this game was in the books at 42-25.
LINE MOUNTAIN (0-1) Showed no let-up in this game. Their offense is potent and dangerous from anywhere on the filed. Marty Beninsky went 9/19 passing for 94 yards. On the ground he gained 99 yards on 19 carries and one TD. Kyle Troutman netted 110 yards on 9 carries with two touchdowns, and Austin Snyder scored a 43 yard TD on his lone rush. The Eagles travel to Panther Valley next week to take on JIM THORPE (0-1) before starting Twin Valley Conference play at WILLIAMS VALLEY (0-1) on week three. You can expect Coach Carson’s Eagles to be one of the best teams in the TVC again this season. You can also expect to see them challenging the Tigers again in the District IV play-off.
SOUTHERN COLUMBIA (1-0) Answered a lot of questions in their opener against a quality opponent. Questions regarding how well they could overcome the loss of all-state RB Tyrell Thomas were quickly laid to rest. Matt Moore stepped into the role and was the night’s leading rusher with 142 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries. That comes to a whopping 15.8 yards per carry. Tyler Levan compiled 140 yards on 19 touches, and Casey Savitski rushed for 85 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns. In Brad Fegley’s debut at QB, he rushed for 44 yards and a TD and threw seven times with three completions for 46 yards. Kieth Day caught two passes for 30 & 13 yards. In all, the Tigers rushed for 326 yards and six touchdowns. One question that remains is how well the defense will be able to regroup and fix some of their deficiencies. As coach Roth pointed out, there are many players playing in new positions so there will be a learning curve until it all comes together. The Tigers host MONTOURSVILLE(1-0) next week to start Heartland Conference action.
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MONROEVILLE, Pa. – Having a great defense goes a long, long way.  And if that great defense can set up several short field opportunities for its offense, it gets even better.
Meet the Gateway Gators, who got a stout defensive effort in their season opener against the defending PIAA AAA runners-up.
Gateway (1-0) limited Bishop McDevitt (0-1) to just 167 yards of offense, including a paltry 39 on the ground, and forced three second half turnovers to pull away for a 28-7 victory from a soaking wet Antimarino Stadium in Monroeville.  The game was the nightcap of the Gateway Kickoff Classic.
Mind you, the meeting between Gateway and McDevitt was thought to play into a showcase of two unrelenting defensive units, as the District 3 champion Crusaders returned nine of 11 starters from a unit which blanked Gateway one year ago in Harrisburg.  Defensive end Noah Spence and linebacker Brock Dean, a Maryland recruit, headline the unit, and Gators’ boss Terry Smith explained the black and gold’s game plan was to attack Spence all night long.
“(Offensively), we went right at him,” Smith said.  “The game plan was to go right at him because if we didn’t, he’s a ‘reader’ and can react to where plays are going.  He (Spence) is one of the fastest defensive end we’ve ever seen.”
The Gators offensive effort this night – 221 yards, 197 of which came on the ground – wasn’t flashy, save for the opening drive when dual-threat junior Thomas Woodson scooted 50 yards to the McDevitt 1 yard line on Gateway’s third play from scrimmage.  One play later, Darin Franklin made it 7-0 on a run up the middle.
Play was stopped for an hour with 10:53 left in the second quarter as a heavy thunderstorm rolled through the area, bringing with it vivid lightning and torrential rains.  More heavy rain stayed to the south and west during the remainder of the contest, but officials shortened halftime in order to complete the game before additional precipitation came.
McDevitt was getting together its best offensive possession of the game to that point, stringing together three first downs on Alec Werner passes of eight yards to Shaun Seif and 11 yards to Nate Showalter and a 15-yard run by sophomore Rashad Lawson.  After play resumed, it only took two snaps for the Crusaders to knot things up at 7, as Dean crashed in from one yard out.
That’s how things stayed until halftime, score-wise, until the second half, when the Gators broke things open, thanks to their defense.
After Devante Werner picked off Werner three plays into the third stanza, Gateway took just five plays to score on a short 32-yard drive, thanks to Woodson’s 24-yard connection with Franklin and #5′s second touchdown run, another of the one-yard variety.
McDevitt proceeded to go three-and-out, and Gateway took its sweet time – 6:32 of game clock – to be exact – to go 55 yards, capped with Franklin’s third one-yard touchdown run of the night.
Eleven seconds later, Gateway went up 28-7 when Brian Jones scooped up a Lawson fumble and rumbled 23 yards down the home sideline, literally breaking McDevitt’s backs and putting the game well out of reach.
“Our defense is experienced,” Smith said. “Our defensive ends were so quick off the ball tonight.  Our unit played very well, and we play 11 men to the ball.  We played a full 48 minutes, not without some mistakes, but the effort was there.  And that’s what we want to see.”
Walking off the field, Weachter could be heard talking with his assistants about getting the offense to start clicking so the defense didn’t have to continually bail the blue and gold out.
“We made too many mistakes,” Weachter said.  “Things just aren’t quite there yet in the passing game.  With the defense we have, we cannot continually turn the ball over.
“They’re a tough football team,” Weachter continued. “It was a tough opener for Werner to make his first varsity start at quarterback against a team like that.  We’ve got to keep our heads above water through these first four games.”
McDevitt got a 13-of-22 night from its junior field general with 129 passing yards and one interception.  Lawson added a team-high 71 yards on 11 carries and freshman Andre Robinson added 12 yards on seven carries and Darnell Holland five yards on three totes.
Gateway got a game-high 104 yards on 12 carries from Woodson, and Franklin posted 41 yards on 11 carries and Graham Davis chipped in with 54 yards on six carries.  Woodson finished 2-of-5 for 24 yards, but he did not commit any turnovers.  The Gators did commit eight penalties for 60 yards to McDevitt’s four flags for 30 yards.
NOTES: The Gators honored fallen teammate Darrell Turner during a poignant pregame ceremony.  Turner was tragically killed in a shooting over the summer months in Durham, N.C.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, Gateway cheerleaders released a bundle of black, gold and white balloons into the air.  The Gateway team will honor Turner by wearing his number 25 on their helmets and Turner’s jersey will accompany the team to all games, both home and away.
“That was one of the hardest things our team has ever had to deal with,” Smith said.  “I wasn’t sure how our kids would come out tonight.  During the ceremony, there were tears in all of our eyes.”
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MONROEVILLE, Pa. – There’s something about the big stage of Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s season openers and the performances of Damion Jones-Moore.
The career 3,400-yard rusher torched Youngstown Ursuline for more than 200 yards in 2009, then ran for 110 more to open the Vikings’ 2010 opener against eventual Ohio state champ Akron Buchtel.  So 2011 figured to be no different, especially since Central’s game with Archbishop Wood was being televised nationally on ESPN2.
“He set his mind that he was going to have a great game,” said Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten. “He knew Peoples (Archbishop Wood’s senior back Desmon Peoples) was a great back with BCS offers.”
Pittsburgh Central Catholic (1-0) got a game-high 192 rushing yards on 17 carries from Jones-Moore and got a game-sealing 69-yard run from quarterback Perry Hills to fend off a physical, punishing, rugged effort from Archbishop Wood (0-1) for a 20-17 victory in the Gateway Kickoff Classic from Antimarino Stadium in Monroeville.
The ending wasn’t without controversy – Archbishop Wood kicker Nick Visco lined up to attempt a game-tying 40-yard field goal with 1:14 left in the game, but the kick was ruled to have sailed just slightly wide of the left upright of the north goal post.  Visco stood in shock on the field after the call.  It was his second field goal attempt of the game ruled no good.
“I thought it went through (the uprights), but I’m not standing out there in the center of the field,” said Wood head coach Steve Devlin. “The only thing you can do is to take the negative and turn it into a positive.”
Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten tipped his hat to Wood.
“We were fortunate to get a stop,” Totten said.  “They (Wood) are one hell of a football team – they’re big up front and have a lot of skill behind it.  They played a heck of a football game today.”
Central Catholic, the state’s consensus #1 AAAA team, got pushed right from the onset.  After forcing a three-and-out, Wood went 61 yards in four plays – all runs – to take a 7-0 lead on a Brandon Peoples 29-yard touchdown run on a trap play, coming out of the gate like gangbusters.
“They used the tailback and fullback effectively,” Totten said.  “That’s very tough to stop when a team runs it as good as Wood.”
“We did what we wanted to do,” Devlin said of Wood’s early game plan.
Central Catholic fired back quickly to break its goose egg.  Jones-Moore scored on a 51-yard run to slice Wood’s advantage to 7-6 with 3:19 left in the opening stanza, set up by a 39-yard connection from Hills to Brandon Farrell.  Jones-Moore’s big touchdown run lifted Central’s running game out of the doldrums, as up until that point, PCC had only four team carries for one solitary yard.
Wood widened its margin to 10-6 with 11:10 left in the first half on a Visco 35-yard field goal, but within two plays, the PCL reps were out of the lead.
Jones-Moore busted a 70-yard touchdown and Central had itself a 13-10 lead just 25 seconds after Visco’s field goal.  The scoring run was made possible by a punishing pancake block from PCC senior fullback Rob Brown, allowing Jones-Moore to find the sideline and rocket away from the Wood defense.
“I had great blocking (on that run),” Jones-Moore said.  “I wouldn’t want anyone else beside Rob Brown blocking for me.”
The game appeared to be swinging towards Central Catholic’s favor when Hills (6-of-13, 122 yards) hooked up with fellow Maryland recruit Anthony Nixon (4 rec., 75 yards) on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 2:41 left in the third quarter, capping a 13-play, 76-yard, 6:10-drive.  Nixon caught three of his four passes on that drive.
But Wood was not done.  Brandon Peoples brought Wood to within 20-17 on its ensuing possession thanks to a 19-yard scoring run.  After both teams combined for three three-and-outs, that set the stage for Wood’s final drive.
Hatboro-Horsham transfer Benji Abercrombie got behind the Central Catholic defense and southpaw Joey Monaghan lofted a spiral his way, resulting in a momentum-shifting 57-yard completion to the CC 13 yard line.  That momentum, however, was short-lived, as the teams were called off the field for a 30-minute weather delay, believed to be caused by lightning in the area.
“We thought we had it (set up),” Devlin said. “We ran some crossing action and Benji got behind them.”
On Wood’s third play following the stoppage, Monaghan was sacked for a 10-yard loss, setting the stage for Visco’s game-tying 40-yard field goal attempt.
Wood finished the day with 335 yards of offense – an impressive 226 of that came by way of the ground game, spearheaded by the line play of Nick Arcidiacono, Brandon Arcidiacono, Frank Taylor, Fran Walsh, George Griffin and tight end Colin Thompson.  Desmon Peoples finished with 102 yards on 23 carries; Brandon Peoples added 87 yards on nine totes; Monaghan finished with six yards on nine carries; and Andrew Guckin had 33 yards on two rushes.  Monaghan threw for 109 yards on a 6-of-7 day, and did not turn the ball over.
Central Catholic, paced by Jones-Moore’s effort on the ground, chewed up 289 yards, with additional contributions from Hills (six rushes, 71 yards, long of 69), sophomore Luigi Lista-Brinza (three rushes, 12 yards) and Nixon (13-yard rush in the third quarter).  Farrell added two receptions for 47 yards for PCC.
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Plymouth Whitemarsh, Pa. A quarterback benching, three interceptions by one quarterback, three lost fumbles by another quarterback, over 200 rushing yards for a running back and four touchdown receptions by a receiver all contributed to the LaSalle Explorers wild 44-27 showcase game victory over the North Penn Knights at Plymouth Whitemarsh stadium in what may eventually point to a potential rematch of their AAAA eastern championship from a year ago.
What makes players stand out has been the ability to forget about the past mistakes and begin to make plays. LaSalle Quarterback Matt Magarity found himself in that situation and he looked for an old buddy in Senior Colin Buckley to help him turn around his game.
After a scoreless first quarter,  Magarity threw the first of his three interceptions giving the ball to the Knights on LaSalle’s 35. Six plays later North Penn’s Ralph Reeves blasted in from the two for a 7-0 lead. LaSalle came right back on their next drive with Magarity connecting with Junior Sean Coleman for gains of 20 and 24 and a Tim Wade 18 yard TD run and a 7-7 tie. North Penn countered immediately with Junior Kyle Mayfield’s 71 yard TD run down the right sideline and later in the quarter with a 16 yard TD pass from Corey Ernst to Don Gevirtz and a 21-10 lead going into the half.
Magarity started the second half on the bench after his second interception. Gordon inserted him back into the lineup after replacing him with Junior Chris Kane for a couple of series. At that point in the game the Explorers needed someone to step up and make a play. Enter Magarity’s childhood friend, Buckley. Getting his second chance, Magarity, found the 6-foot-3 receiver on a nine yard fade pattern for a touchdown. The team pulled to within 21-16. The Knights responded immediately with another long run by Mayfield (75 yards) putting the ball on the five before James Fielder punched it in for a touchdown and a nine point Knight lead. However on LaSalle’s next possession Magarity sold the run with a beautiful play fake and lofted a pass over the outstretched arms of a Knights defender right into Buckley’s hands and a 64 yard TD to bring them to within 27-23.
After a 40 yard punt return by Explorer Casey Eidenshink putting the ball on the Knights 10, LaSalle took their first lead when Magarity rolled the dice on third down from the one with another beautiful play fake and hit Buckley on a hitch pattern in the end zone and an Explorer 30-27 lead.
As one quarterback started to hit his mark, the other began to struggle. Ernst then lost a fumble at their 31 and Magarity went right back to work with his favorite target ending with another nine yard TD to Buckley. Another late touchdown by Tim Wade put the game out of reach for the Knights.
Besides Buckley’s four TD’s Magarity threw for 227 yards. The Knights Mayfield (only a Junior) ran for 206 yards and a touchdown. Reeves played a monster game with a touchdown, an interception and a load of tackles at MLB. Sean Burke was in on a host of tackles for LaSalle. The LaSalle Offensive line of Dan Wasylenko, Connor Kerrigan, Tyler Kern and Patrick Hoffman provided great protection for Magarity in the second half.
Originally North Penn was supposed to have wrapped up a two year, start of season series with western Pa. power Gateway high school. When that didn’t happen these two schools decided to make this showcase series to shape. In addition to their wild eastern AAAA final last year (38-35 LaSalle), this has now become a major league rivalry.
North Penn (SOL Continental Conference) looks to be as formidable as they have been for the last 10 years. No doubt they will contend for the D1 district title. LaSalle will be in the mix of a very competitive PCL schedule.
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ALLENTOWN – This game looked more like a basketball score. Both teams  combined for 103 points, which would make Wilt Chamberlin proud. In his  first start at quarterback, Kyle Lauletta threw for 254 yards and four  touchdowns to lead Downingtown East over Allentown Central Catholic  62-41 in a nonleague football game Saturday night at J. Birney Crum  Stadium.

The partnership of Harris & Harris set the tone early Saturday  night. Drew Harris scored on runs of 1 and 10 and Jay Harris hauled in a  33-yard touchdown pass from Lauletta and before they could catch their  breath Allentown Central Catholic trailed 18-0.

After a Colin McDermott three-yard touchdown run, Downingtown East  answered right back with a Jay Harris 54-yard touchdown reception. East  scored on its first four possessions and led 25-7.

Downingtown East head coach Mike Matta talked about Harris, “Jay  Harris is a tremendous athlete and no one works harder than he does. He  is the first one in the weight room and the last to leave. He is just a  explosive player on the field and is fun to coach.”

ACC scored the next 20 points to take a halftime lead 27-25. South  Carolina bound Quarterback Brendan Nosovitch hit Kevin Gulyas for a  91-yard touchdown pass and McDermott added runs of 4 and 3.

With all the momentum on the Vikings side they had a chance to add to  their lead with under a minute remaining in the first half. But the  threat ended on an interception by Downingtown East defender in the end  zone.

That ended up being a key play going into the second half. Matta  said, “I think that was huge. If we went down nine points at halftime it  may have been a little more difficult to rally.”

In the second half it was all Downingtown East, scoring five times.  Lauletta threw two touchdowns, Eddie Kozlowski’s 60-yard run and Drew  Harris’ 49-yard run. Nick Dudley finished off the scoring with a 45-yard  interception return.

Downingtown East’s defense held Central Catholic to two scores in the  second half. Coach Matta talked about making the adjustments, “We did a  lot of three men front in the first half and we did more four man front  in the second half.”

Nosovitch finished the game throwing for over 300 yards and two  scores. But turnovers hurt their chances throughout the game and four of  the five turnovers were interceptions. Last season he only threw 11  interceptions total in 16 games.

NOTE: The big three:  Drew Harris rushed for 220  yards and three scores. Emerging star wide receiver Jay Harris caught  five passes for 107 yards and two scores. Lauletta threw for over 200  yards and four scores. East finished the game with over 600 total yards  of offense.

Allentown Central Catholic (0-1) will try to regroup next week on the  road against Bethlehem Freedom. Downingtown East (1-0) is home against  Bayard Rustin.

 

First quarter

DE – Drew Harris 1 run 11:03

DE – Jay Harris 33 pass from Kyle Lauletta 6:52

DE – Drew Harris 10 run 5:16

CC – Colin McDermott 3 run 1:10

 

Second quarter

DE – Jay Harris 54 pass from Lauletta 10:58

CC – Kevin Gulyas 91 pass from Brendan Nosovitch 9:58

CC – McDermott 4 run 7:15

CC – McDermott 3 run 2:48

 

Third quarter

DE – Ryan Bond 21 pass from Lauletta 7:32

DE – Wade Mastrog 83 pass from Lauletta 4:44

 

Fourth quarter

DE – Eddie Kozlowski 60 run 11:49

DE – Drew Harris 49 run 10:42

CC – G.B. Harkins 2 run 9:08

DE – Nick Dudley 45 interception return 6:17

CC – Gulyas 11 pass from Nosovitch 5:01

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Aaron Collins, Senior QB/DB, Mercer Area – The dual-threat field general leading a Mercer Mustang offense that averaged more than 250 rushing yards and 21 points per game, Collins accounted for 592 yards of offense (359 passing, 233 rushing) and had a hand in four total touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing). He completed 22-of-53 passes (41.5 percent) and averaged 3.1 yards per carry on 75 rushing attempts.

 

Adam Snarski, Senior OL/DL, Fort LeBoeuf - A key returner in the defensive trenches for the Bison, Snarski racked up 42 tackles (26 solo), tied for the team lead in sacks, with five, and recovered a fumble. He averaged 4.7 tackles per game.

Alex Kimble, Senior WR/DE, Conneaut Valley - A key returner along the defensive front for the Indians, Kimble finished his junior season with 57 tackles (37 solo), 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged 5.7 tackles per game, including a season-best 12 tackles in a shutout loss to Farrell.

Alex Minnis, Senior OL/LB, Meadville - An integral part of the Meadville defensive unit at linebacker, Minnis accumulated 91 tackles (second-best total on the team) and added 2.5 sacks and a deflected pass. He averaged 9.1 tackles per game for the Bulldogs, finishing six games with 10+ tackles, including 15 stops against Corry Area in the District 10 AAA playoffs and 12 stops against Franklin.

Alex Spahn, Senior G/LB, Cochranton - The top returning defensive player for the Cardinals, Spahn was all over the place, racking up an impressive 115 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged an impressive 12.8 tackles per game, posting an incredible 23 tackles against Cambridge Springs, 19 tackles against Maplewood and 18 tackles against Youngsville. Spahn’s lone touchdown of the 2010 season came on an interception return against Lourdes Regional.

Alex Svetz, Senior RB/OLB, North East - One of the keys to the Grape Pickers’ Wing-T offense that averaged more than 260 rushing yards per game, Svetz ran for 1,007 yards and 11 touchdowns on 177 carries and caught another six passes for 46 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and 7.5 yards per reception. Svetz finished six consecutive games for NE with at least 120 rushing yards. Defensively, #28 contributed 60 tackles, a team-leading five sacks, a forced fumble and three blocked punts.

Andy Hajec, Senior K, Corry Area - The athlete responsible for the punting and placekicking chores for the District 10 AAA semifinalist Beavers in 2010, Hajec was practically automatic, converting 37-of-39 extra points (94.9 percent) and 8-of-9 field goals (88.9 percent). He scored 61 total points for the Beavers and, among PA schools that submit statistics to Maxpreps, finished as the 16th-leading scorer among kickers in the state. As a punter, Hajec averaged 30.4 yards per punt on 40 boots, with five of those punts downed inside the 20 yard line.

Anthony Derrick, Senior ATH, Wilmington Area - Derrick had a respectable junior season for the Greyhounds, totaling 970 all-purpose yards (555 rushing, 42 receiving, 373 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (8 rushing, 1 punt return, 1 kickoff return). He finished as the second-leading rusher in the Greyhounds’ power Wing-T offense, averaging 9.6 yards per carry on 58 rushes with a 182-yard performance against Reynolds. He averaged 10.3 yards per reception, 19.6 yards per punt return and 30.6 yards per kickoff return.

Anthony Ernst, Senior OL/DL, Erie Cathedral Prep - Ernst is a returning starter from a 2010 Rambler offensive line that helped to pave the way for a unit which averaged 293.9 yards of offense (166.8 rushing, 127.1 passing) and 34.5 points per game en route to the program’s second consecutive District 10 AAA football championship and a berth in the PIAA semifinals for the first time since 2000. Cathedral Prep’s offensive arsenal produced four backs with season rushing totals between 275 to 701 yards and a 1,700+-yard passer. The Ramblers scored 59 total offensive touchdowns (38 rushing, 21 passing).

Anthony Jordan, Senior WR/DB, Erie Cathedral Prep – Jordan had quite the solid and well-rounded season for the District 10 AAA champion Ramblers, totaling a combined 1,394 rushing and receiving yards (701 rushing, 693 receiving) and scored 22 total touchdowns (13 rushing, 9 receiving). He averaged 6.7 yards per carry on 105 rushes and 22.4 yards per catch on 31 receptions. He finished three games with 100+ rushing yards and three games with 100+ receiving yards. Jordan also added 19 tackles, an interception and two deflected passes on defense and returned five kickoffs for 151 yards (30.2 yard avg.).

Artrel Foster, Junior RB/DB, Meadville - The featured tailback in Meadville’s multi-faceted rushing attack that averaged more than 290 yards per game, Foster rang up 1,191 yards and 11 touchdowns on 157 carries and caught another seven passes for 127 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per carry and 18.1 yards per reception. He finished five games with at least 100 rushing yards, including a season-best 239 yards against Titusville. Defensively, Foster was a key part of the Bulldog unit, amassing 47 tackles, four deflected passes and four forced fumbles.

Austin Andrews, Junior RB/DB, Cochranton – Andrews finished his sophomore season having amassed 999 all-purpose yards (499 rushing, 126 receiving, 374 kickoff/punt returns) and scored eight total touchdowns (7 rushing, 1 receiving). He averaged 6.6 yards per carry on 76 rushes, 15.8 yards per reception on eight catches and 21.2 yards per kickoff return on 17 attempts. Defensively, Andrews also had a respectable impact, posting 63 tackles (36 solo), two sacks, three interceptions, four deflected passes and a blocked field goal.

Brian Murone, Senior K, Grove City - Murone handled the placekicking and kickoff chores for the Eagles last season, converting 47 extra points and two field goals, scoring 53 of Grove City’s 462 points on the season. He also booted 54 kickoffs for an average of 43.5 yards with five touchbacks and handled six punts for an average of 36.6 yards, with one punt downed inside the 20.

Brian Suminski, Senior FB/LB, General McLane - One of five backs in General McLane’s potent flexbone offense that averaged 323.4 rushing yards per game to finish with more than 400 yards on the season, Suminski ran for 442 yards and seven touchdowns on 73 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per rush. He ran for 100+ yards once and finished a total of five games with at least 55 rushing yards. Suminski also recorded 21 tackles on defense and returned one kickoff for nine yards.

Chad Eisenhooth, Sophomore QB, Cochranton - The 6’1, 170-pound sophomore-to-be had a decent 2010 season for the three-win Cardinals, throwing for 651 yards and seven touchdowns against 11 interceptions. Eisenhooth connected on 51-of-129 passes (39.5 percent). He threw for 100+ yards in the Cardinals’ first two games of the 2010 season, but did not surpass the 80-yard mark in passing in any of Cochranton’s remaining games. He finished two games with multiple touchdown passes and is on pace to throw for more than 2,500 yards in his career.

Chad Kulka, Senior FB/LB, General McLane - A two-way threat for the Lancers, Kulka ran for 584 yards and nine touchdowns on 98 carries and caught one pass for 21 yards. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry and finished five games with at least 70 rushing yards, including one 100+ yard performance. Defensively, Kulka added 75 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, four deflected passes and a fumble recovery.

Chris Bleggi, Senior OL/DL, Erie Cathedral Prep – Bleggi is a returning starter from a 2010 Rambler offensive line that helped to pave the way for a unit which averaged 293.9 yards of offense (166.8 rushing, 127.1 passing) and 34.5 points per game en route to the program’s second consecutive District 10 AAA football championship and a berth in the PIAA semifinals for the first time since 2000. Cathedral Prep’s offensive arsenal produced four backs with season rushing totals between 275 to 701 yards and a 1,700+-yard passer. The Ramblers scored 59 total offensive touchdowns (38 rushing, 21 passing).

Clay Allen, Junior HB/DB, West Middlesex - The leading rusher in a Big Reds’ ground attack that averaged more than 186 yards per game in 2010, Allen posted 604 yards and five touchdowns on 90 carries and added another 10 receptions for 116 yards and one additional touchdown, averaging 6.7 yards per carry and 11.6 yards per reception. Allen ran for a season-best 125 yards and two scores against Kennedy Catholic a total of six WM games with at least 62 rushing yards. Defensively, Allen added 32 tackles and three deflected passes.

Cole Graham, Senior WR, Cochranton - Graham had a limited impact in 2010, playing in only six games for the Cardinals. But he had respectable numbers in spite of the fact, snagging 16 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown, averaging 14 yards per catch and posting a 100-yard performance in the season opener against Conneaut Valley. Defensively, Graham added 50 tackles (27 solo) and three sacks, posting an impressive 16-tackle performance against Cambridge Springs.

Colin Patten, Senior HB/DB, West Middlesex - Patten only played in the Big Reds’ first five games of the 2010 season, and he was working toward some solid numbers. In five games, Patten amassed 330 all-purpose yards of offense (219 rushing, 111 receiving) and scored four total touchdowns (1 rushing, 2 receiving, 1 misc.). He averaged 7.5 yards per carry and 27.7 yards per catch. Defensively, he added 33 tackles, an interception, four deflected passes and a forced fumble. He posted a season-best 15 tackles against Sharpsville and 10 tackles against District 10 AA runner-up Hickory.

Corey Douglas, Senior RB/DEF, Greenville Area - Primarily a defensive force for the Trojans last season, Douglas racked up 84 tackles (43 solo) and one sack. He averaged 7.6 tackles per game and finished four games with 10+ tackles, including a season-best 12 stops against Slippery Rock. He also saw some action offensively, running for 155 yards and one touchdown on 40 carries, averaging just under 3.9 yards per carry.

Corey Lynn, Senior OL/DL, Meadville - A two-way weapon for Meadville, Lynn helped pave the way for a Bulldog offensive unit that averaged more than 290 rushing yards, 348 total yards and scored 45 total touchdowns (40 rushing, 5 passing). Defensively, Lynn tallied 65 tackles, an interception, a deflected pass, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He averaged 5.9 tackles per game and finished two games with 10+ tackles. Lynn scored a defensive touchdown on a 61-yard interception return against Oil City Area.

Cornelius Barclay, Junior RB/LB, Mercyhurst Prep - The third-leading rusher in the Lakers’ run-heavy offense that averaged more than 390 yards per game in 2010, Barclay ran for 840 yards and 11 touchdowns on 53 carries, averaging an impressive 15.9 yards per rush. He ran for 100+ yards in a game five times and had three games in which he scored multiple rushing touchdowns. Barclay also handled the placekicking chores for the Lakers, converting 30 extra points. He accounted for 96 of Mercyhurst Prep’s school-record 612 points scored in 2010, or 15.7 percent of the team scoring.

Craig Heidelberg, Junior RB/DB, Erie Cathedral Prep - One of the bevy of backs featured in the Ramblers’ rushing offense last season, Heidelberg ran for 359 yards and six touchdowns on 56 carries and caught another six passes for 46 yards and one additional touchdown. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per reception, finishing with one 100+ yard rushing performance and four total games with at least 50 yards on the ground. Defensively, Heidelberg chalked up 21 tackles (14 solo) and deflected four passes. He also returned two kickoffs 52 yards.

Damion Terry, Junior QB, Erie Cathedral Prep - Terry is on pace to have one of the best statistical careers of any Cathedral Prep quarterback before him. A dual-threat athlete, Terry completed 99-of-191 passes for 1,780 yards and 19 touchdowns against five interceptions and ran for 555 yards and eight more touchdowns on 107 carries. He connected on 51.8 percent of his passes and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Terry threw for 100+ yards in nine of the Rambers’ 14 games and ran for 100+ yards once. He’s on pace to throw for more than 5,600 yards in his career. Only one District 10 quarterback has ever thrown for more than 5,600 yards – Oil City Area’s Mark Kulinski (6,040).

Darrin Donikowski, Senior TE/DE, Mercyhurst Prep - A key returning weapon in the defensive trenches for the Lakers, Donikowski racked up 59 tackles (39 solo), a team-leading eight sacks, a team-leading six forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. He averaged just under five tackles per game, finishing two games with multiple sacks and one game with multiple forced fumbles. Donikowski was part of a Mercyhurst Prep defense that held 10 of 13 opponents to 16 points or less, with two shutouts.

Delton Williams, Junior RB/DB, Erie Cathedral Prep - A big weapon in the Rambler defensive backfield, Williams had quite the solid sophomore season, chalking up 91 tackles (49 solo), two interceptions, five deflected passes, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He averaged 6.5 tackles per game and had three games of 11+ tackles, including a season-high 13 stops in the District 10 AAA finals against Grove City. Williams also amassed 701 all-purpose yards (208 receiving, 316 punt returns, 177 kickoff returns) and scored four total touchdowns (1 rushing, 3 misc.). He averaged 20.8 yards per reception, 13.7 yards per punt return and 22.1 yards per kick return.

Denzel Jones, Senior QB/SS, Erie Strong Vincent - The field general at the reins of a Colonels offense that averaged 250 yards and nearly 19 points per game, Jones amassed 1,165 yards of total offense (720 passing, 445 rushing) and accounted for 10 total touchdowns (6 passing, 4 rushing). He connected on 40-of-86 passes (46.5 percent) and averaged 4.7 yards per carry on 95 rushes. Jones threw for 100+ yards three times and ran for 100+ yards once.

Diallo Lewis, Senior RB/LB, Farrell - One of the key returners from a Farrell defense that held 10 of 15 opponents to 14 points or less in 2010, with six shutouts, Lewis racked up 87 tackles, a half a sack, an interception, a deflected pass, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He averaged 7.3 tackles per game, including 13 stops in the Steelers’ narrow 26-21 victory over Sharpsville.

Dwayne Canady, Senior WR/DB, Mercyhurst Prep - The featured target in the Lakers’ very seldom-utilized aerial assault, Canady snared a team-leading 15 passes for 433 yards and three touchdowns, averaging nearly 28.9 yards per reception. Canady was the only Laker receiver to surpass the 10-reception mark in the 2010 season. He had five games with at least 60 receiving yards. Defensively, Canady added 18 tackles (16 solo), an interception and a deflected pass.

Dylan Taylor, Junior TE/DL, Lakeview - Graduation may have ripped away several key components of the Sailors’ 2010 squad that went 8-4 and posted a surprising regular season shutout victory over Farrell, but it did not claim this 6’3, 195-pound sack artist. Taylor finished his sophomore season with 48 tackles, a team-leading eight sacks and two fumble recoveries. He posted three games with at least two sacks and also scored a defensive touchdown in a victory against Conneaut Lake.

Erik Record, Senior RB/LB, Grove City - One of District 10 Region 5s better returning all-around athletes, Record had quite a solid junior season for the District 10 AAA runner-up Eagles, finishing with 1,711 all-purpose yards (978 rushing, 388 receiving, 345 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 17 total touchdowns (13 rushing, 4 receiving). Record finished as GC’s second-leading rusher, averaging 9.1 yards per carry on 108 rushes and was the team’s featured receiving target, hauling in 13 passes for an average of more than 29.8 yards per catch. He finished four games with 100+ rushing yards and had one 100+ yard receiving game. Defensively, Record added 41 tackles (24 solo), three sacks, a deflected pass, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Evan Daley, Junior OL/LB, Fort LeBoeuf - An important returner to the Bison linebacking corps in 2011, Daley amassed a team-leading 85 tackles (44 solo), one sack and a blocked field goal. He averaged 8.5 tackles per game, finishing with a season-best 17 stops against Erie Strong Vincent and a pair of 14-tackle games against Bradford Area and Girard.

Forest Wested, Junior QB, Farrell - Wested had a respectable sophomore season for the Steelers, helping lead the blue and yellow to a 13-2 record, District 10 Class A championship and berth in the PIAA Class A semifinals. He completed 41-of-83 passes for 682 yards and 12 touchdowns against three interceptions, connecting on 49.4 percent of his passes and averaging 52 yards per game. He threw for 100+ yards three times and had three games with multiple touchdown passes. Wested also ran for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 40 carries.

Foster Reznor, Sophomore RB/DB, Grove City - One of five Eagle rushers with at least 400 yards on the season, Reznor finished with 439 yards and seven touchdowns on just 43 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards, averaging 9.3 yards per carry and seven yards per reception. Reznor posted games of 100+ rushing yards against Franklin and Moniteau. Defensively, he intercepted a pair of passes and also returned a combined 15 kickoffs and punts for 197 yards.

Fred Epps, Senior RB/DL, Meadville - Epps spent the bulk of the season on the defensive side of the ball for the Bulldogs, but his brief period of time in the backfield blossomed into quite a productive stat line. In just four games, Epps ran for 535 yards and 10 touchdowns on 73 carries, averaging 7.3 yards per rush, finishing in a tie for the top-scoring player on the Meadville team, with 72 points. He finished three of four games with at least 135 rushing yards and had three games of at least two touchdowns scored. Defensively, Epps added 30 tackles, two sacks, an interception, a deflected pass, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.

Harold Price, Junior RB/LB, Grove City - Price had a solid sophomore season on both sides of the ball for the 11-1 Eagles, accumulating 826 all-purpose yards of offense (666 rushing, 160 receiving) and scoring eight total touchdowns (6 rushing, 2 receiving). Price averaged 6.3 yards per carry on 105 carries and 22.8 yards per reception on seven catches. Price ran for 100+ yards on three occasions and posted a season-best 88 receiving yards in the District 10 AAA playoffs against Corry Area. Defensively, Price totaled 95 tackles (48 solo), one sack, one interception, one deflected pass, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, averaging 7.9 tackles per game.

Jace Pardee, Sophomore DEF, Linesville - Pardee had a solid freshman season for Linesville, posting 84 tackles, one sack, an interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 8.4 tackles per game. Pardee established a career-high 17 tackles against Mercer, then just missed tying it with a 16-tackle performance in a season-ending loss to Sharpsville.

Jake Plonski, Junior RB/LB, Erie Cathedral Prep - One of the keys in the Ramblers’ linebacking corps last season, Plonski rolled up 96 tackles and a half a sack, averaging 6.9 tackles per game. He finished consecutive playoff games against Grove City, Central Valley and Bishop McDevitt with 10+ tackles and was part of a Rambler defense that held seven of 14 opponents to 14 points or less.

James Wills, Senior FB/MLB, West Middlesex - Wills was quite a weapon on offense for West Middlesex last season, rolling up 870 all-purpose yards of offense (15 passing, 535 rushing, 320 receiving) and accounting for 10 total touchdowns (1 passing, 6 rushing, 2 receiving, 1 INT return), scoring nine. He completed his only pass attempt; averaged 9.7 yards per carry on 55 rushes; and averaged 18.8 yards per reception on 17 catches. Wills had consecutive games with 170+ rushing yards against Kennedy Catholic and Linesville. Defensively, #5 chipped in with 26 tackles (17 solo), two interceptions and three deflected passes.

Jason Ondic, Senior QB, Sharon Area – Ondic had a solid junior season going for the Tigers, leading the orange and black to an 8-2 record before sustaining an injury against Oil City. With the premature end to his junior season, Ondic had chalked up 1,396 yards of total offense (865 rushing, 531 rushing) and accounted for 13 total touchdowns (7 rushing, 6 passing). Ondic averaged 7.1 yards per carry on 122 rushes and completed exactly 50 percent of his passes (43-of-86). He ran for 100+ yards five times and threw for 100+ yards twice. Defensively, Ondic added 31 tackles (20 solo) and a pair of interceptions.

Jason Pinkins, Senior RB/DB, Farrell - The top returning rusher from a 2010 Farrell Steelers’ offensive unit that averaged 283 rushing yards per game, Pinkins ran for 743 yards and five touchdowns on 91 carries and caught another seven passes for 100 yards and one additional touchdown, averaging 8.2 yards per carry and 14.3 yards per reception. Pinkins was also a force defensively for the Steelers, totaling 85 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He also returned two kickoffs for 32 yards.

Jeremy Jancso, Junior QB, West Middlesex - Jancso became the first Big Reds’ field general to throw for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Kolten Hoffman’s sensational senior season in 2006. The junior-to-be completed 76-of-144 passes for 1,045 yards and eight touchdowns against seven interceptions, connecting on 52.8 percent of his passes and throwing for 100+ yards in six of WM’s 10 games. Jancso is on pace to throw for more than 3,200 yards in his career.

Jesse Rodgers, Junior QB/FS, Sharon Area - Rodgers stepped up to the reins of Sharon Area’s offense when Jason Ondic was lost to injury, and he responded, accumulating 868 yards of offense and accounting for six total touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 passing). Rodgers ran for 748 yards on 79 carries, averaging 9.5 yards per rush and completed 9-of-21 passes for 120 yards. He ran for 100+ yards in three games, including the District 10 AA championship game against Hickory, and threw for a season-best 91 yards against Oil City.

Jimmy Kearns, Senior RB, Linesville - The leading returning rusher from the Lions’ 2010 offensive arsenal, Kearns rolled up 846 yards and 11 touchdowns on 94 carries and caught another 18 passes for 315 yards and five additional touchdowns, averaging nine yards per carry and 17.5 yards per reception. Kearns ran for 100+ yards four times and also had a 100-yard receiving performance. In the last two years, Kearns has run for 1,608 yards and 21 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, #2 contributed 64 tackles, three sacks, an interception, two deflected passes and two fumble recoveries. He posted a season-high 14 tackles against West Middlesex.

Joe Hess, Senior RB/DE, Mercer Area - The leading returning rusher to the Mustang’s run-centric offense that averaged more than 250 yards per game, Hess ran for 1,261 yards and 11 touchdowns on 140 carries, averaging more than nine yards per rush and more than 120 yards per game. He ran for 200+ yards in four of Mercer’s 11 games. Defensively, Hess added 45 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Joe Tomko, Senior TE/LB, Sharon Area - One of the top returning leaders from a Sharon Tiger defensive unit that held 10 of 14 opponents to 14 points or less, Tomko tallied 90 tackles (55 solo), two sacks and a forced fumble, averaging 6.9 tackles per game. He posted a season-best 14 tackles in the Tigers’ regular season meeting with Wilmington Area and 10 stops in the District 10 AA championship game.

John Pascuzzi, Junior RB/LB, Eisenhower - One of the Knights’ best all-around returning players, Pascuzzi accumulated 1,254 yards (791 rushing, 99 receiving, 364 kickoff returns) and scored six total touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 kickoff return). He averaged 4.9 yards per carry on 160 rushes and posted three 100-yard performances, 12.4 yards per reception and 21.4 yards per kickoff return. Pascuzzi had a remarkable year on defense, tallying 124 tackles, a deflected pass, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. He averaged 12.4 tackles per game and had 22 tackles against Cambridge Springs and two 15-tackle games against Iroquois and Lakeview.

Jon Yohman, Junior OL/DE, Wilmington Area - A force along the defensive line for the District 10 AA semifinalist Greyhounds, Yohman recorded 72 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. He averaged 7.2 tackles per game, including a season-high 12 tackles against Warren, Ohio-based John F. Kennedy and 10 tackles against Karns City.

Jordan Gurdak, Junior HB/OLB, Youngsville – One of four featured backs in Youngsville’s offense attack that averaged more than 215 rushing yards per game, Gurdak ran for an even 400 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries, averaging 7.4 yards per carry and more than 57 yards per game. He also contributed 59 tackles on defense.

Jordan McClearn, Senior RB/DB, Mercer Area - The second-leading rusher in Mercer’s multi-faceted ground attack, McClearn ran for 364 yards and six touchdowns on 54 carries, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. McClearn twice ran for more than 100 yards in a game and also had two games with multiple rushing touchdowns scored. Defensively, McClearn contributed 20 tackles and deflected four passes.

Josh Davis, Junior RB/FS, Maplewood - The top returning rusher from the Tigers’ 2010 offensive arsenal that averaged 191 yards per game, Davis ran for 395 yards and four touchdowns on 75 carries, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and posting a season-best 168 yards and three scores against Union-Rimersburg. Davis also caught four passes for 23 yards and returned four kickoffs for 85 yards.

Josh Ponsoll, Senior QB/DB, General McLane - The ringleader of the Lancers’ quick-hitting flexbone offense that averaged 400 yards and more than 39 points per game, Ponsoll rang up 1,567 yards of total offense (884 passing, 683 rushing) and had a hand in 18 General McLane touchdowns (11 passing, 7 rushing). Ponsoll completed 31-of-58 passes (53.4 percent) and only threw two interceptions and averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 132 carries. Ponsoll threw for 100+ yards four times and ran for 100+ yards three times. Defensively, Ponsoll chalked up 46 tackles, a half a sack, four interceptions and two deflected passes.

Justyn Roda, Junior P/K, Iroquois - Roda had a solid statistical season handling the punting chores for the Braves, averaging 34.5 yards per punt on 43 boots. He also averaged 39.3 yards per kickoff on 28 attempts, with one touchback. He converted 12 extra points and one field goal and added a rushing touchdown, accounting for 21 of Iroquois’ 119 points scored on the season. Roda also recorded six rushes for 44 yards and had 23 tackles and an interception on defense.

Kimani Smith, Senior WR/LB, Erie Cathedral Prep - A solid two-way threat for Erie Prep, Smith finished second on the team in receiving yards last year, snagging 19 passes for 437 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 23 yards per reception. He finished eight of Cathedral Prep’s 14 games with multiple receptions and had three games with at least 60 receiving yards. Defensively, Smith ripped off 57 tackles, two sacks, an interception, three deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Kyle Mariacher, Senior RB/LB, Mercer Area - Mariacher played in only one game for the Mustangs last year – the season opener against Mercyhurst Prep – before missing the remainder of the season. He ran for 77 yards on 14 carries in the shutout loss to the District 10 Class A runners-up. As a sophomore, Mariacher ran for 1,244 yards and 16 touchdowns and had been on pace to rush for more than 3,700 yards in his career.

Lars Baumann, Senior OL/DL, Erie Cathedral Prep - Baumann is a returning starter from a 2010 Rambler offensive line that helped to pave the way for a unit which averaged 293.9 yards of offense (166.8 rushing, 127.1 passing) and 34.5 points per game en route to the program’s second consecutive District 10 AAA football championship and a berth in the PIAA semifinals for the first time since 2000. Cathedral Prep’s offensive arsenal produced four backs with season rushing totals between 275 to 701 yards and a 1,700+-yard passer. The Ramblers scored 59 total offensive touchdowns (38 rushing, 21 passing).

Luke Patten, Junior HB/OLB, West Middlesex - Patten was one of three West Middlesex backs with at least 60 rushing attempts last season, finishing with 415 yards and a trio of touchdowns on 61 carries and adding 16 receptions for 96 yards. Patten averaged 6.8 yards per carry and six yards per reception. From his spot at outside linebacker, Patten also added 53 tackles, an interception, a deflected pass, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Matt Astorino, Senior RB/LB, General McLane - An all-around type of athlete for the scarlet and silver, Astorino accumulated 823 all-purpose yards of offense (33 passing, 709 rushing, 81 receiving) and scored eight total touchdowns (7 rushing, 1 misc.). He completed 1-of-2 passes and averaged 12.7 yards per carry on 56 carries and 16.2 yards per catch on five receptions. He posted a trio of 100-yard rushing performances. Defensively, Astorino contributed 63 tackles, four sacks, two deflected passes, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal. On special teams, he returned three punts for 42 yards and 10 kickoffs for 110 yards.

Matt Cragg, Junior QB, Corry Area - A dual-threat athlete for the 9-3 Beavers, Cragg rolled up 1,612 yards of total offense (976 rushing, 636 passing) and accounted for 18 total touchdowns (12 rushing, 6 passing) for the orange and black. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry on 204 carries and completed 54-of-134 passes (40.3 percent). Cragg finished six games with passing yardage totals between 66 to 88 and eight games with rushing yardage totals between 71 to 138. Corry reached the District 10 AAA semifinals last season, averaging 274 yards of offense and 27.3 points per game.

Mason Depeal, Senior QB/DB, Grove City - Primarily a weapon in the Grove City defensive backfield, Depeal registered 26 tackles, a team-leading four interceptions and six deflected passes. He averaged 2.2 tackles per game. As a back-up to Tyler Dagres, Depeal completed 4-of-14 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown.

Matt Desin, Senior QB, Iroquois - Given the reins of the Braves’ offense which averaged 168 yards and 11.9 points per game in 2010, Desin racked up 756 yards of offense (614 passing, 142 rushing) and accounted for 10 total touchdowns (7 passing, 3 rushing). He completed 34-of-105 passes (32.4 percent), throwing for 100+ yards once and averaging 2.5 yards per carry on 57 rushes. Desin finished two games with multiple touchdown passes and one game with multiple rushing touchdowns. Defensively, Desin chalked up 63 tackles, three sacks, a deflected pass and three fumble recoveries.

Matt Lidey, Senior DEF, Linesville - A key defensive weapon for the Lions, Lidey returns after posting 35 tackles, a team-leading seven sacks and two fumble recoveries in 2010. He averaged 3.5 tackles and seven-tenths of a sack per game, finishing two games with multiple sacks.

Michael Neavins, Senior RB/LB, Erie Strong Vincent - One of the returning athletes to the Colonels backfield, Neavins totaled 433 yards of offense (277 rushing, 156 receiving) and scored six total touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving). He averaged 6.1 yards per carry on 45 rushes and 26 yards per reception on six catches. Neavins also returned two kickoffs for 31 yards.

Mike Hall, Senior WR/DB, Fort LeBoeuf – In limited action, Hall wound up leading Fort LeBoeuf in interceptions, with four. He posted 13 tackles (8 solo) and also deflected six passes. He also caught five passes for 13 yards.

Nick Billingsley, Senior QB, Franklin - The field general of a Knights’ offense that averaged more than 20 points per game in 2010, Billingsley connected on 60-of-132 passes for 998 yards and 12 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, finishing with a completion percentage of 45.5. He threw for 100+ yards four times and had four games with multiple touchdown passes. Billingsley also added 68 rushing yards and a trio of touchdowns on 42 keepers.

Nolan Griffin, Junior QB, Conneaut Valley - Griffin had a respectable sophomore season for the Indians, playing in nine of 10 games and throwing for 1,484 yards and 17 touchdowns against 20 interceptions. He connected on 100-of-194 passes (51.5 percent) and threw for 100+ yards in eight of nine games played. Griffin had three 200+ yard passing games and five games with at least two touchdown passes. The Indian field general is on pace to throw for more than 4,400 yards in his career.

Nolan Varee, Senior WR/CB, Conneaut Valley - Varee had a spectacular season on both sides of the ball for the Indians, finishing with 46 receptions for 754 yards and eight touchdowns to wind up being the #1 receiver in the Indians’ aerial assault that averaged more than 175 yards per game. He averaged 16.4 yards per reception, finishing five games with five or more receptions and three 100-yard receiving games. At cornerback, Varee was just as lethal, chalking up 19 tackles (all solo), a team-best seven interceptions, a deflected pass and two fumble recoveries. He also returned a combined 29 kickoffs and punts for 505 yards, including an 83-yard kickoff return for touchdown against Allegheny-Clarion Valley.

Parrish Brown, Senior RB/DB, Iroquois - The featured running back in the Braves’ offensive arsenal and leading returning tackler on defense, Brown had an all-around respectable junior season for the black and gold. He ran for 688 yards and three touchdowns on 142 carries and caught another two passes for 47 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 23.5 yards per reception. Defensively, Brown amassed 95 tackles, an interception, three deflected passes, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He posted a pair of 14-tackle games against Mercyhurst Prep and Cambridge Springs.

P.J. Wycech, Senior QB, Mercyhurst Prep - The leader of Mercyhurst Prep’s record-setting offensive unit that averaged more than 390 rushing yards and 47.1 points per game, Wycech connected on 36-of-63 passes for 845 yards and seven touchdowns against four interceptions, averaging a steady 65 passing yards per game for the District 10 Class A runners-up. Wycech threw for 100+ yards three times, including a cool 7-of-7, 188-yard effort to open the season against Mercer. The Laker field general also added 15 rushing yards and two touchdowns on seven rushes.

Quinn Thompson, Junior TE/DE, General McLane - A 6’5 target in the Lancers’ seldom-used passing attack, Thompson is GM’s top returning receiver after snaring six passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns and running for 149 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Thompson averaged 9.9 yards per carry and 33 yards per reception and scored a touchdown at a rate of every third touch (rushing or receiving combined). Defensively, #10 chipped in with 35 tackles, four sacks, an interception, three deflected passes, a forced fumble and two blocked punts. He scored a defensive touchdown on an interception return against Greenville Area.

R.J. Swartz, Senior G/DT, Mercer Area - A key returner in the offensive and defensive trenches for the Mustangs, Swartz helped pave the way for a Mustang offensive unit that averaged more than 290 yards and 21 points per game. Defensively, #77 totaled 52 tackles (all solo), four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged 5.2 tackles per game, including a 10-tackle, two-sack performance against Linesville in a 34-33 victory. Swartz also scored his lone touchdown of the season against Linesville.

Rocco Gatta, Junior QB, Youngsville - The ringleader of a Cardinal offensive attack that averaged 249 yards and 14.9 points per game, Gatta accumulated 813 yards of offense (522 rushing, 291 passing) and contributed to eight total Youngsville touchdowns (7 rushing, 1 passing). Gatta completed 21-of-63 passes (33.3 percent) and averaged just over five yards per carry on 104 rushes.

Romeo Cooley, Senior RB, Franklin - Cooley had a respectable junior season for the Knights, racking up 630 all-purpose yards (344 rushing, 74 receiving, 212 kickoff/punt returns) and scored six total touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving, 1 kickoff return). He averaged 7.2 yards per carry, 18.5 yards per reception and 21.3 yards per kickoff return.

Ryan Crawford, Senior WR/OLB, Wilmington Area - A two-way threat for the Greyhounds, Crawford tallied 71 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two deflected passes, averaging 7.1 tackles per game. Crawford was also the feature target in the Hounds’ aerial assault, snagging 14 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 15.4 yards per reception. He also had four carries for 41 yards.

Sage Sivak, Senior HB/MLB, Youngsville - A force on both sides of the ball for the Cardinals, Sivak had an incredible defensive season, posting 113 tackles for an average of 11.3 tackles per game. Offensively, Sivak was the featured tailback in Youngsville’s offensive attack that averaged more than 215 yards on the ground per game. He ran for 594 yards and three touchdowns on 134 carries, averaging 4.4 yards per rush.

Sam Lucas, Senior HB/OLB, Youngsville - Lucas finished the season as the Cardinals’ second-leading rusher, running for 587 yards and a trio of touchdowns on 111 carries. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry. He also caught one pass for 23 yards and a touchdown and added 59 tackles and an interception on defense.

Sawyer Daninny, Senior OT/DE, Youngsville - A force along the defensive trenches for the Cardinals, Daninny racked up 62 tackles and a team-leading 7.5 sacks. He averaged 6.2 tackles per game for Youngsville.

Sean Rain, Senior DE/RB, Farrell - Rain played in nine of Farrell’s 15 games last season, making the most of the opportunities by totaling 61 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 6.8 tackles per game for the Steelers, finishing with a season-high 11 tackles in a 35-0 rout of Mercer Area.

Terrence Goodrum, Senior RB/DB, Meadville - An all-around weapon for the Bulldogs, Goodrum had quite the solid junior season for Meadville, amassing 1,396 all-purpose yards (925 rushing, 145 receiving, 326 kickoff/punt returns) and scoring 11 total touchdowns (7 rushing, 2 receiving, 1 fumble return, 1 kickoff return). He averaged 7.7 yards per carry, 14.5 yards per reception, 25 yards per punt return and 28.5 yards per kickoff return. Goodrum ran for 100+ yards in four games and finished two games with at least three receptions and 50 receiving yards. Defensively, Goodrum added 51 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Travis Foster, Senior WR/SS, Conneaut Valley - Foster handled the punting chores for the Indians last season, averaging 34 yards per boot on 29 punts, with a long of 66 yards and five punts downed inside the 20 yard line. But that wasn’t all #20 did for Conneaut Valley. He also registered 45 tackles and forced a fumble on defense and caught four passes for 73 yards and one touchdown, averaging 18.3 yards per catch.

Trevor Spicer, Sophomore RB/LB, Eisenhower – Spicer had a respectable freshman season for the winless Knights, totaling 67 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, a deflected pass and four forced fumbles. He averaged 6.7 tackles per game, posting a season-high 12 tackles in a loss to Iroquois. Offensively, in limited action, Spicer ran for 62 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and caught another three passes for 46 yards.

Tyler Dagres, Senior QB, Grove City - In the last two seasons, Dagres has helped lead Grove City to a 19-5 record and consecutive berths in the District 10 AAA championship game opposite Erie Cathedral Prep. 2010 was Dagres’ best statistical season to date – he rolled up a combined 1,464 yards rushing and passing and accounted for 13 total touchdowns (6 passing, 7 rushing). He averaged 6.8 yards per carry on 69 rushes and completed 42-of-76 passes for 997 yards. Dagres threw for 100+ yards three times and ran for 100+ yards once. For his career, Dagres has thrown for 1,805 yards and 10 touchdowns, leading GC to an overall record of 27-8 (.771) over the last three years.

Tyler Donati, Junior FB/ILB, Wilmington Area - Primarily used on the defensive side of the ball as a sophomore, Donati racked up 75 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery, averaging 7.5 tackles per game. He posted a season-high 13 tackles in a loss to Hickory and 12 tackles against Northwestern. In limited offensive action, Donati registered nine carries for 91 yards and a touchdown, averaging 10.2 yards per rush.

Tyler Gentile, Senior QB, Greenville Area - Gentile was the man at the controls of the Trojans’ offensive unit that averaged 311 yards and 21.6 points per game in 2010. He completed 73-of-157 passes for 999 yards and nine touchdowns against nine interceptions, connecting on 53.3 percent of his passes. Gentile also ran for 223 yards and one touchdown on 47 carries, averaging just under 4.8 yards per rush attempt. He threw for 100+ yards in five of Greenville’s 11 games and ran for 100+ yards once. On defense, Gentile tallied 32 tackles, a sack, an interception, two deflected passes and a fumble recovery.

Tyler Johnson, Senior RB/SS, North East - Johnson finished his junior season in the Grape Pickers’ run-centric offense as the leading rusher, totaling 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns on 177 carries, averaging 6.4 yards per carry and more than 100 yards per game. Johnson finished six of North East’s 11 games with 100+ rushing yards. He also caught five passes for 32 yards. Johnson teamed with teammate Alex Svetz to form one of 26 backfield tandems in the state to each rush for 1,000 yards on the season.

Wesley Phipps, Senior RB/LB, Grove City - The featured tailback in Grove City’s Wing-T offense and the leading tackler on the Eagles’ defensive unit, Phipps had a banner year in 2010 for the District 10 AAA runners-up. Phipps ran for 1,014 yards and 19 touchdowns on 146 carries and caught another 13 passes for 296 yards and one additional touchdown, averaging 6.9 yards per carry and 22.8 yards per reception. He ran for at least 80 yards in seven of the Eagles’ 12 games and had one 100+ yard receiving performance. On defense, Phipps was a tackling machine, racking up 107 tackles (55 solo), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He averaged 9.7 tackles per game, finishing with a season-best 16 stops against Wilmington Area.

Zachary Towers, Senior RB/LB, Meadville - A two-way threat for the Bulldogs, Towers played bigger than his 5’7 frame despite only playing in Meadville’s first six games of the season. Towers ran for 405 yards and seven touchdowns on 81 carries and caught another six passes for 61 yards, averaging five yards per carry and 10.1 yards per reception. He ran for 100+ yards twice. Defensively, Towers racked up 67 tackles, a half a sack, an interception and two fumble recoveries, averaging more than 11 tackles per game. He finished with a season-best 17 tackles in a loss to Grove City and had 15 tackles against Corry Area.

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Aaron Burnside, Senior OL/DL, Cameron County - One of the top returning sack artists in District 9, Burnside posted 67 tackles (43 solo), a team-best 12 sacks and a fumble recovery. Burnside averaged more than six tackles per game, racking up two games of 10+ tackles and three games with at least two sacks. His fumble recovery, recorded against Curwensville in the District 9 Class A semifinals, was returned for a touchdown.

 

Aaron Graham, Junior WR/DB, Union-Rimersburg - A key piece returning to the Golden Knights’ defensive backfield, Graham chalked up 57 tackles (40 solo), three interceptions, six deflected passes and three forced fumbles. He averaged 5.7 tackles per game, including a season-best 11 stops against Keystone. Offensively, Graham totaled 275 total yards (187 rushing, 88 receiving) and scored one touchdown, averaging 12.5 yards per carry and 17.6 yards per reception.

Adam Garing, Senior ATH, Karns City - Charged with the kickoff and placekicking duties for the Gremlins last season, Garing averaged 41.5 yards per kickoff on 39 attempts, with one touchback. He also converted 15 extra points and two field goals, scoring 21 of Karns City’s 227 total points on the season.

Alex Holland, Senior RB/ILB, Curwensville - Holland might be the best all-around returning player in the District 9 Class A landscape. He was the feature tailback in Curwensville’s power-I offense, tallying 2,600 yards on 346 carries, snaring nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, returning six kickoffs for 181 yards and totaling 107 tackles (66 solo), two sacks, an interception, a deflected pass, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal on defense. Holland averaged 7.5 yards per carry, 15.2 yards per reception, 30.2 yards per kick return and 8.2 tackles per game. He posted 11 games of 100+ rushing yards and four games of 10+ tackles. He ran for a season-best 419 yards against Kane and posted 26 tackles against Brockway.

Alex Kinkela, Senior FB/DE, Karns City - One of three Gremlin backs to rush for more than 400 yards last season, Kinkela finished with 420 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 63 carries and caught five passes for 51 yards, averaging nearly 6.7 yards per carry and 10.2 yards per reception. Kinkela ran for at least 60 yards in three of KC’s games last year, but did not surpass the 100-yard mark. Defensively, #33 accounted for 61 tackles (35 solo), three sacks, three deflected passes and a blocked punt.

Andrew Stage, Senior OL/DL, Clarion-Limestone - Stage only played in six games last season for C-L, but he made the most of his time, accruing 49 tackles, averaging more than eight stops per game. Stage’s best game of the season came against arch rival Clarion Area. He posted 16 tackles against the Bobcats.

Austin Davis, Senior FB/LB, Union-Rimersburg - One of the leading returning tacklers to the Golden Knights’ defensive unit in 2011, Davis totaled 95 tackles (68 solo), two sacks, three deflected passes, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He averaged 9.5 tackles per game for Union, finishing five games with 10+ tackles, including 16 tackles against Clarion-Limestone, 14 tackles against Moniteau and 13 stops against Keystone. Offensively, Smith was one of the keys to the Kinghts’ ground game, running for 486 yards and three touchdowns on 86 carries and catching another five passes for 70 yards. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry and 12 yards per reception.

Beau Swales, Senior RB/LB, Clearfield Area - The top returning rusher to the Clearfield offensive arsenal from a season ago, Swales ran for 691 yards on 96 carries and caught another 16 passes for 242 yards, scoring 17 total touchdowns (11 rushing, 3 receiving, 3 misc.). He averaged 7.2 yards per carry and 15.1 yards per catch. Defensively, Swales added 81 tackles, a sack, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Ben DeHart, Senior OL/DL, Keystone - A 6’4, 260-pound force in the trenches for Keystone, DeHart rolled up 53 tackles (all solo), three sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 5.9 tackles per game. DeHart also helped pave the way for a Keystone offensive unit that averaged 271 yards and 21.3 points per game in 2010, scoring 28 total touchdowns (19 rushing, 9 passing).

Billy Kelley, Senior QB, Clarion-Limestone - The field general at the helm of Clarion-Limestone’s spread offense that averaged more than 220 yards and 15.6 points per game, Kelley completed 88-of-179 passes for 1,282 yards and 11 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He averaged more than 128 passing yards per game and finished five games with more than 100 passing yards and three games with at least 200 yards. He also added 58 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 80 keepers. Defensively, Kelley chipped in with 40 tackles.

Brady Ellenberger, Senior QB/LB, Karns City - Primarily a defensive weapon for the Gremlins, Ellenberger tallied 54 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged 5.4 tackles per game and finished games against Keystone and Hickory with 10 tackles each. Ellenberger posted a three-sack game against Clarion-Limestone.

Brock Beitz, Senior WR/DB, Brookville - A key presence in the Raiders’ defensive backfield last season, Beitz registered 55 tackles (all solo), five interceptions and eight deflected passes. He averaged 4.6 tackles per game, including a season-best 10 tackles against Karns City. Beitz also made some impacts at wide receiver, using his 6’2 target to snag 14 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown, averaging 12.7 yards per catch.

Brock McCullough, Junior ATH, Elk County Catholic - McCullough should see his roles increase for the Crusaders as time goes by after amassing 425 all-purpose yards (170 rushing, 115 punt returns, 140 kickoff returns), averaging five yards per carry, 23 yards per punt return and 17.5 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, McCullough posted 30 tackles (23 solo), two interceptions, a deflected pass and a fumble recovery.

Brock Taylor, Senior T/LB, Port Allegany - A two-way weapon for the District 9 Class A runners-up, Taylor registered 61 tackles (33 solo), two sacks and a deflected pass. Offensively, he helped pave the way for a Port Allegany offense that averaged 376 yards and 31.8 points per game, scoring 50 total touchdowns (28 rushing, 22 passing).

Brody Pollock, Senior WR/DB, Union-Rimersburg - The featured target in the Golden Knights’ aerial assault that averaged more than 90 yards per game, Pollock snagged 22 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns, averaging nearly 18.8 yards per reception. He finished four games with three or more catches and three games with at least 60 receiving yards. Defensively, Pollock brings a veteran presence to the defensive backfield after posting 61 tackles (43 solo), four interceptions, five deflected passes, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Pollock also returned 11 kickoffs for 194 yards, averaging 17.6 yards per return.

Bryce Straffin, Senior TE/DE, Clarion Area - A defensive weapon for the Bobcats, Straffin racked up 39 tackles, four sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. He finished with a season-best 15 tackles against Clarion-Limestone and had a pair of sacks against Redbank Valley. A 6’5 target in the Clarion aerial assault, Straffin snared seven passes for 127 yards and a touchdown, averaging 18.1 yards per catch and returned five kickoffs for 148 yards, an average of 29.6 yards per return.

Cam Yard, Junior K/ATH, Brookville - Yard did a little bit of everything for the Raiders en route to the blue and white’s appearance in the District 9 AA championship game. He converted 25 extra points and three field goals, scoring 34 total points and averaged 29.3 yards per punt on 12 attempts. Defensively, he tallied 29 tackles (all solo) and a pair of deflected passes. Yard also amassed 485 all-purpose yards (97 passing, 128 rushing, 260 kickoff returns), completing 3-of-6 passes, averaging 6.7 yards per carry and 16.3 yards per kickoff return.

Camron Kirkland, Junior WR/FS, Clarion Area - Kirkland played much larger than his 5’8, 155-pound frame, amassing 961 all-purpose yards (156 rushing, 490 receiving, 305 kickoff/punt returns) and scored five total touchdowns (4 receiving, 1 rushing). He was the featured target in the Bobcats’ aerial assault, hauling in 23 passes for an average of 21.3 yards per catch. He also averaged 9.2 yards per carry, 6.8 yards per punt return and 21.1 yards per kickoff return. But Kirkland was also quite the asset in the Clarion defensive backfield – racking up 49 tackles, five interceptions, eight deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He picked off three passes against Allegheny-Clarion Valley.

Charlie Buchanan, Senior WR/CB, Port Allegany - A two-way threat for the Gators, Buchanan caught 12 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns, finishing as the third-leading receiver in the Port Allegany aerial assault that averaged more than 167 yards per game. Buchanan averaged more than 27.2 yards per catch and posted two games of 100+ receiving yards. Defensively, Buchanan contributed 40 tackles (26 solo), three interceptions and a deflected pass.

Chris Cooper, Senior OL/LB, Sheffield - One of the defensive athletes returning to the Wolverines in 2011, Cooper finished his junior season with 52 tackles and one sack, averaging 7.4 tackles per game and recording one game of 10+ tackles.

Christian Bakewell, Sophomore QB/DB, Clarion-Limestone - In limited action behind junior Billy Kelley, Bakewell finished his freshman season completing 24-of-56 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns against three interceptions. He posted consecutive games of 90+ passing yards against Saint Marys and Keystone and finished the Saint Marys game with two passing touchdowns.

Cole Gerber, Senior FB/LB, Elk County Catholic - The second-leading rusher in the Crusaders’ offensive attack last season, Gerber ran for 248 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries, averaging 5.2 yards per rush. He also caught seven passes for 44 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per catch. He added 58 tackles (43 solo), an interception and two deflected passes.

Colt O’Neil, Senior RB/DE, Keystone - One of the featured backs in the Keystone offensive arsenal, O’Neil ran for 391 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 58 carries, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Defensively, #45 recorded 45 tackles (all solo), two sacks, an interception (returned 23 yards for a touchdown), four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. O’Neil averaged 4.5 tackles per game.

Conan Gilhousen, Senior RB/LB, Brookville - A key returner to the Raiders’ linebacking corps in 2011, Gilhousen racked up 55 tackles (all solo), three sacks, two deflected passes, a fumble recovery and a safety, averaging five tackles per game with two 11+ tackle performances and one game with multiple sacks. Offensively, Gilhousen ran for 168 yards and a touchdown on 43 carries and caught another two passes for 38 yards.

Curtis Frye, Senior QB/DB, Clearfield Area - Frye is coming off of a very productive junior season, helping lead Clearfield to a school-record 13 wins and a berth in the PIAA AAA quarterfinals against Allentown Central Catholic. The Bisons field general threw for 1,830 yards and 19 touchdowns against five interceptions and ran for 304 yards and nine additional touchdowns on 110 carries. Frye completed 119-of-206 passes (57.8 percent) and averaged 2.8 yards per carry. He threw for 100+ yards in 10 of 14 games and has thrown for 3,607 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career. Defensively, Frye added 24 tackles (all solo), five interceptions and six deflected passes.

Dan Kline, Senior C/DT, Bradford Area – A key returner to the defensive trenches for Bradford, Kline tallied 63 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 6.3 tackles per contest with a pair of 10+ tackle performances against Erie Central Tech and General McLane.

David Reinhardt, Senior G/LB, Bradford Area - An important presence at linebacker for an Owls’ defensive unit that allowed an average of 19.4 points per game last season, Reinhardt amassed 97 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 9.7 tackles per game and finishing seven games with 10+ tackles, including a 16-tackle game against General McLane and a quarter of 11-tackle performances.

Dustin Geegan, Sophomore RB/CB, Moniteau - The second-leading rusher in the Warriors’ offensive arsenal that averaged more than 200 yards per game on the ground, Geegan totaled 937 yards of offense (676 rushing, 261 receiving) and scored nine total touchdowns (6 rushing, 3 receiving). Geegan averaged 6.4 yards per carry on 106 carries, rushing for 100+ yards on three occasions and 15.4 yards per reception on 17 catches. Geegan also added 15 tackles and an interception and returned a combined nine kickoffs and punts for 142 yards.

Ethan Pry, Senior WR/DB, Moniteau - The featured receiver in Moniteau’s aerial assault that averaged more than 120 yards per game, Pry hauled in 24 passes for 593 yards and five touchdowns, averaging more than 24.7 yards per catch. He posted a pair of 100-yard receiving games. Pry also ran for 137 yards on 16 carries and returned a combined 22 kickoffs and punts for 290 yards. Defensively, Pry chipped in with 38 tackles (26 solo) and three interceptions.

Ethan Williams, Senior RB/LB, Karns City - Williams had more of an impact for the Gremlins from his position at linebacker during the 2010 season, racking up 60 tackles, one sack and a deflected pass, averaging six tackles per game and posting a pair of 10+ tackle games against Punxsutawney and Clarion Area. Used sparngly on offense, Williams ran for 32 yards and one touchdown on six carries and returned a combined 10 kickoffs and punts for 135 yards.

Evan Jamison, Senior WR/DB, Sheffield – The third-leading receiver behind George Fitch and Kalil Slaughter, Jamison hauled in 14 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown, averaging more than 17.1 yards per catch. He finished three games with at least 62 receiving yards. Defensively, Jamison added 35 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

George Fitch, Senior TE/DE, Sheffield - The primary receiver in the Wolverines’ aerial assault that averaged over 110 yards per game, Fitch snagged 21 passes for 440 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging more than 20.9 yards per reception. He did not finish any of Sheffield’s games with more than three receptions, posting eight games of at least two catches and five games of at least 50 receiving yards. Defensively, Fitch chipped in with 89 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery, finishing five games with 10+ tackles, including a pair of 13-tackle games against Curwensville and Coudersport.

Glenn Toy, Junior RB/DB, Karns City - Toy was named D9Sports.com’s Rookie of the Year for his efforts in his sophomore season. Toy finished with 782 all-purpose yards for the purple and gold (461 rushing, 37 receiving, 284 kickoff/punt returns) and scored nine rushing touchdowns. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry, 9.2 yards per reception, 16.8 yards per punt return and 12.9 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Toy chalked up a team-leading 73 tackles (37solo) and also added two interceptions, nine deflected passes and a fumble recovery.

Hunter McCracken, Junior QB, Curwensville - One half of the Golden Tide’s two-quarterback platoon in 2010, McCracken completed 45-of-92 passes for 758 yards and 13 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. He threw for a season-high 136 yards against Farrell in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals and posted two games with at least two touchdown passes. He also ran for 28 yards and two scores on 15 keepers. Defensively, McCracken chalked up 23 tackles, two interceptions and six deflected passes.

Ian Matson, Senior G/DT, Clarion Area - Matson had quite the junior season, accumulating 95 tackles, two sacks, a deflected pass and four forced fumbles. He averaged 10.1 tackles per game, finishing six games with 10+ tackles, including a 16-tackle game against Saint Marys and a trio of 11-tackle games against Keystone, Moniteau and Allegheny-Clarion Valley. Matson also forced three fumbles in the Keystone game.

Ike Nearing, Senior QB, Sheffield - The field general operating the reins of Sheffield’s offense, Nearing accounted for 1,226 yards of total offense (1,134 passing, 92 rushing) and had a hand in 10 total touchdowns (5 each rushing/passing). Nearing completed 70-of-157 passes and averaged just under one yard per carry on 97 attempts. He threw for 100+ yards in seven of the Wolverines’ 10 games. Defensively, Nearing added 72 tackles, one sack and three interceptions.

Jason Gibson, Senior ATH, Coudersport – You name it, Gibson probably did it during the 2010 season for Coudersport. He finished his junior season with 842 all-purpose yards (416 passing, 200 rushing, 26 receiving, 200 kickoff/punt returns) and had a hand in six total touchdowns (4 passing, 2 rushing). Gibson completed 23-of-57 passes, thrice throwing for 90+ yards and averaged 3.5 yards per carry, rushing for 100+ yards once. Defensively, Gibson added 54 tackles, three sacks, two deflected passes and a fumble recovery. He also averaged 32.3 yards per punt on three attempts.

Jesse Zorger, Senior WR/OLB, Curwensville - Primarily a defensive force for the Golden Tide en route to a District 9 Class A championship, Zorger totaled 55 tackles (43 solo), three sacks, an interception, two deflected passes and two forced fumbles. He averaged 4.2 tackles per game. Zorger chipped in offensively with 11 receptions for 106 yards and scored one touchdown, averaging 9.6 yards per catch.

Jimmy Holton, Junior OL/LB, Allegheny-Clarion Valley - Statistically speaking, Holton was the leader of the Falcons’ defensive unit last season, racking up a team-leading 72 tackles (49 solo), four sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Holton averaged nine tackles per game for A-C Valley and finished four games with at least 10+ tackles.

Joe Tommasi, Junior RB/LB, Clarion-Limestone - The leading returning rusher for the Lions, Tommasi tallied 487 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 99 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Tommasi finished with a season-best 244 rushing yards and four touchdowns against Union-Rimersburg. Defensively, he contributed 54 tackles, averaging 7.7 stops per game.

Josh Eberhart, Junior ATH, Keystone - Eberhart finished his sophomore season by amassing 569 all-purpose yards (29 rushing, 165 receiving, 40 punt returns, 335 kickoff returns) and scored three total touchdowns (2 receiving, 1 rushing). He averaged 9.7 yards per carry, 23.6 yards per reception, 10 yards per punt return and 23.9 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Eberhart chipped in with nine tackles (all solo) and a pair of interceptions.

Josh Greslick, Junior RB/DB, Curwensville - Mostly used in a reserve capacity for the Tide, Greslick finished with 246 rushing yards and one touchdown on 35 carries, averaging just under 7.1 yards per attempt. Greslick finished four games with between 49 to 71 rushing yards. Defensively, he chipped in with 13 tackles (11 solo) and a forced fumble.

Josh Kibbie, Senior OL/DL, Kane Area - The 6’2, 260-pound Kibbie was literally a force along the defensive line for the Wolves, amassing 70 tackles (68 solo), five sacks and two fumble recoveries. He posted 10 tackles and three sacks against Coudersport and 10 tackles against Curwensville.

Justin Quiggle, Senior RB/S, Saint Marys - Quiggle figures to be an integral part of the Flying Dutchmen’s offensive attack after totaling 960 all-purpose yards of offense (713 rushing, 247 receiving) and scored 14 total touchdowns (10 rushing, 3 receiving, 1 misc.). He averaged 10.3 yards per carry and 22.4 yards per reception, running for 100+ yards three times and surpassing 100 receiving yards once. Quiggle posted two games with four touchdowns scored – against Clarion-Limestone and Moniteau.

Kaden McGregor, Junior RB/LB, Union-Rimersburg - McGregor handled the punting chores for Union last season, averaging 36.4 yards per punt on 30 attempts with a long of 50 yards and one punt downed inside the 20 yard line. He also recorded 24 tackles (19 solo), two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery and ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on six carries.

Kalil Slaughter, Senior TB/OLB, Sheffield - A dual threat running back, both as a pass catcher and a rusher, Slaughter amassed 855 all-purpose yards of offense (601 rushing, 254 receiving) and scored seven total touchdowns (4 rushing, 3 receiving). He averaged 6.2 yards per carry and 14.1 yards per reception, posting a pair of 100-yard rushing performances. Defensively, Slaughter contributed 69 tackles, a sack and an interception, averaging 7.7 tackles per game and accounting for three 10+ tackle performances.

Keaton Delp, Senior WR/OLB, Redbank Valley - The featured target in Redbank Valley’s aerial assault that averaged more than 120 yards per game, Delp snagged 29 passes for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging more than 22.1 yards per reception. Delp finished three games with at least four receptions and seven games with at least 51 receiving yards, including a season-high 173 yards on four catches against Moniteau. He also ran for 57 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, registered 66 tackles and an interception on defense and returned eight kickoffs or punts for 150 yards.

Kevin Lord, Senior QB, Smethport - The ringleader of Smethport’s triple option offense that averaged more than 220 rushing yards per game, Lord finished with 1,325 all-purpose yards (673 passing, 591 rushing, 61 receiving) and had a hand in 16 total touchdowns (6 passing 9 rushing, 1 receiving) for the Hubbers, who qualified for the District 9 Class A playoffs. Lord completed 39-of-99 passes and posted three 100+ yard passing performances, averaged 6.4 yards per carry on 92 attempts with three 100-yard rushing performances and averaged 30.5 yards per reception.

Kyle Armagost, Senior QB/ATH, Moniteau - Armagost was Moniteau’s “Mr. Everything” in 2010 – literally. When the dust settled on the Warriors’ 5-6 campaign, Armagost accumulated an astounding 3,046 all-purpose yards (1,361 passing, 1,186 rushing, 231 punt returns, 268 kickoff returns) and contributed 25 total touchdowns (11 passing, 14 rushing). Armagost threw for 100+ yards six times, ran for 100+ yards five times and finished the season as District 9s second 1,000/1,000 quarterback in the last three years. Defensively, #5 racked up 120 tackles (80 solo), two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two blocked field goals. He averaged 10.9 tackles per game, finishing with 17 tackles against Punxsutawney, 16 tackles in the District 9 AA playoffs against Brookville and a pair of 14 tackle-games in the Warriors’ regular season meeting with Brookville and against Clarion Area. On special teams, Armagost averaged 40.4 yards per punt on 32 attempts, with 10 punts downed inside the 20 yard line and also averaged 19.3 yards per punt return and 29.8 yards per kickoff return.

Kyle Barger, Senior TE/DE, Karns City - A key returner to the Gremlins’ defensive line, Barger recorded 52 tackles (32 solo) and 2.5 sacks in 2010. He averaged 5.2 tackles per contest. Also a tight end in Karns City’s Wing-T offense, Barger hauled in a pair of passes for 17 yards.

Kyle Bloom, Junior G/DT, Curwensville - A force along both the Golden Tide’s offensive and defensive lines, Bloom helped to pave the way for a Curwensville offense that averaged more than 275 rushing yards and 39 points per game last season en route to the District 9 Class A championship. Defensively, Bloom racked up 18 tackles (12 solo) and three fumble recoveries. Bloom also handled some limited kickoff duties, averaging a little more than 30 yards per attempt, with a long of 46.

Kyle Braun, Senior WR/DB, Brockway - Braun had a solid junior season for the Rovers, amassing 1,086 all-purpose yards of offense (168 passing, 116 rushing, 802 receiving) and accounted for 10 total touchdowns (8 receiving, 1 passing, 1 rushing) through Brockway’s first 11 games. Braun completed 11-of-21 passes, averaged 7.3 yards per carry on 16 rushes and 21.7 yards per reception on 37 catches. He posted one 100+-yard passing effort, one 90+ yard rushing effort and three games of 100+ receiving yards.

Kyle Lee, Senior RB/OLB, Redbank Valley - Lee has some speed to burn, as evidenced in the Bulldogs’ District 9 Class A semifinal against Port Allegany when he piled up more than 200 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown. #24 finished the 2010 season amassing 663 all-purpose yards of offense (411 rushing, 252 receiving) and scored five total touchdowns (3 rushing, 2 passing). Lee averaged 4.8 yards per carry and nearly 19.4 yards per reception. He finished three games with at least 55 rushing yards and went over the 100-yard receiving mark against Port Allegany. Defensively, Lee added 38 tackles and one sack.

Kyle Scribe, Senior G/DT, Curwensville – Injured in the District 9 Class A semifinals against Cameron County, Scribe was one of the keys to the Curwensville offensive line that helped pave the way for the Tide offensive unit to average 367.5 yards per game (277.5 rushing) and 39.8 points per game.

Lee Russell, Senior OL/DL, Allegheny-Clarion Valley - Primarily used on the Falcons’ defensive line, Russell tallied 38 tackles (20 solo), 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble, averaging a little more than five tackles per game and posting a pair of games with at least two sacks. Russell also saw some action on offense for A-C Valley, recording 23 rushing attempts for 90 yards with one touchdown.

Logan Weaver, Senior QB, Punxsutawney - Weaver has led Punxsutawney to consecutive District 9 Class AAA championship games, including the 2009 district championship. He’s District 9s top returning career passing yardage leader, having thrown for 3,676 yards and 43 touchdowns. Weaver finished his junior season completing 81-of-141 passes for 1,126 yards and 18 touchdowns against five interceptions, connecting on 57.4 percent of his passes. He threw for 100+ yards five times and had six games with at least two touchdown passes. Weaver also added 167 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 51 keepers, averaging 3.3 yards per carry. Defensively, Weaver added 53 tackles (37 solo), two interceptions, four deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Marcus Smerker, Senior RB/LB, Clarion Area - A two-way threat for the Bobcats, Smerker is the top returning rusher to the orange and black after running for 507 yards and five touchdowns on 105 carries and catching another eight passes for 109 yards and one additional touchdown. Smerker averaged 4.8 yards per carry and 13.6 yards per reception. Defensively, #35 tallied 74 tackles, two sacks and deflected a pass.

Matt Bodamer, Junior QB, Port Allegany - Bodamer is one of the top returning quarterbacks among the District 9 Class A landscape. He helped lead the Gators to a 7-5 record and berth in the District 9 Class A championship game opposite Curwensville by amassing 2,566 yards of offense (1,992 passing, 574 rushing) and 32 total touchdowns (22 passing, 10 rushing). Bodamer completed 102-of-174 passes (58.6 percent) and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. He threw for 100+ yards nine times and posted five games of at least 77 rushing yards. Defensively, Bodamer chipped in with 34 tackles (26 solo) and a team-best five interceptions. Bodamer has thrown for 3,231 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career.

Max Hine, Senior WR/DB, DuBois Area - The featured wide receiver in DuBois’ aerial assault that averaged more than 159 yards per game, Hine hauled in 35 passes for 582 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 16.6 yards per reception. He finished five games with at least four receptions and six games with at least 65 receiving yards. Hine also ran for 197 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries. Defensively, he compiled 28 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. On special teams, Hine booted seven of his 40 kickoffs for touchbacks and averaged 33.2 yards per punt on six attempts.

Mike Shuey, Senior OT/DE, Johnsonburg - One of the key returners to the Johnsonburg defense, Shuey tallied 63 tackles (35 solo), two sacks, three forced fumbles and a blocked punt. He averaged seven tackles per game and finished games against Kane and Brockway with 11+ tackles.

Mikey Harris, Senior RB/LB, Union-Rimersburg – Harris returns to man a position in the Union linebacking corps after posting 61 tackles (45 solo), an interception, a deflected pass, two fumble recoveries, a blocked field goal and a safety. He finished three games with 10+ tackles, including 13 stops against Allegheny-Clarion Valley and 12 tackles against Keystone. Offensively, Harris ran for 242 yards on 43 rushes and caught three passes for 22 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per reception.

Mitch Freeman, Junior RB/LB, Coudersport - One of four Falcon backs to finish the season with 200+ rushing yards, Freeman led the way, rushing for a team-best 642 yards and 10 touchdowns on 119 carries, averaging 5.4 yards per carry and posting three 100-yard games. Freeman also caught four passes for 58 yards and one additional touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Freeman tallied 47 tackles and two forced fumbles, finishing the Smethport game with an even 10 tackles, which was his season best.

Mitchell Holmberg, Junior ATH, Johnsonburg - Holmberg made impacts for the Rams in all three phases of the game, chalking up 822 rushing and scored four total touchdowns. Holmberg racked up more than 520 of those yards between kickoff and punt returns, averaging more than 25.7 yards per kick return and 8.9 yards per punt return. Defensively, Holmberg registered 73 tackles (51 solo), two interceptions, three deflected passes, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, posting a season-best 16 tackles against Cameron County.

Mitchell Vallone, Junior ATH, Johnsonburg - A threat on both sides of the ball for the Rams, Vallone totaled 373 yards of offense and had a hand in five total touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing, 1 receiving). Vallone completed 6-of-16 passes, averaged nearly 3.8 yards per carry on 32 carries and averaged more than 13.8 yards per catch on 12 receptions. Defensively, Vallone amassed 50 tackles (29 solo), two interceptions, a deflected pass and two fumble recoveries. He posted a season-best 12 tackles against Kane.

Nick Bonavita, Senior WR/OLB, Sheffield - A weapon on both sides of the ball for the Wolverines, Bonavita tallied 303 all purpose yards of offense and scored a rushing touchdown, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and 17.4 yards per reception. Bonavita posted a five-catch, 133-yard performance in the Wolverines’ season-opening loss to Brockway. Defensively, #21 amassed 58 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble, recording a pair of 11-tackle games against Brockway and Curwensville.

Nick Hepfl, Senior OL/DL, Keystone - A key returning presence in the defensive trenches for the Panthers, Hepfl amassed 37 tackles (all solo) and five sacks. He averaged 4.1 tackles per game.

Pat Anderson, Senior RB/DB, Kane Area – Anderson did a little bit of everything for Kane last season, running for 301 yards and a touchdown on 61 carries, returning 16 combined kickoffs and punts for 280 yards, averaging 30.2 yards per punt on 46 attempts with 12 of the punts downed inside the 20 yard line, and recorded 21 tackles and an interception on defense. Anderson is Kane’s top returning rusher and best returning weapon on special teams.

Phil Esposito, Junior K, Brockway – Esposito converted 68 extra points and one field goal for Brockway through its first 11 games, scoring 71 total points. The Rovers’ kicker has scored more than 100 points in his career to date.

Ryan Counts, Junior OL/LB, Coudersport - A force on the Coudersport defense from his spot at linebacker, Counts posted 68 tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries in his sophomore season, averaging 7.6 tackles per game. Counts finished three of the Falcons’ final four games with 10+ tackles, including a season-best 14 stops in a victory against Otto-Eldred.

Ryan Kerr, Senior RB/LB, Brookville – The featured tailback in Brookville’s offense last season, Kerr exploded for 1,543 yards and 15 touchdowns on 248 carries, averaging more than 6.2 yards per carry and 128.5 yards per game. Kerr ran for 100+ yards in nine of the Raiders’ 12 games and scored at least two touchdowns in four games. #5 also completed his only pass attempt for 24 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards. Defensively, Kerr registered 89 tackles, three sacks, two deflected passes and three forced fumbles. Brookville does not report assisted tackles, only solos. Kerr had three games of 10+ tackles, including a season high 12 stops against DuBois.

Sean Jordan, Junior QB/DB, Kane Area - Jordan played in the Wolves’ final three games of 2010, and he performed well, completing 22-of-48 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns against only one interception. He connected on 45.8 percent of his passes and finished two games with at least 120 passing yards. He averaged 114 passing yards per game and fired three scoring passes in a win against Ridgway.

Sean Sleigh, Senior QB, DuBois Area - The top returning offensive weapon to a Beavers’ offense that averaged 324 yards and 20.5 points per game last season, Sleigh completed 101-of-205 yards for 1,517 yards and 11 touchdowns against 13 interceptions and ran for 264 yards and six additional touchdowns on 109 carries. Sleigh finished with a completion percentage of 49.3 and averaged 2.4 yards per carry. He threw for 100+ yards in six of the Beavers’ 10 games.

Spencer Smeal, Junior C/DE, Curwensville - Smeal helped to pave the way for a Curwensville offense that averaged 277.5 rushing yards and 39.8 points per game and was a 1st-team selection to the Pennsylvania Football News All-state football team. Defensively, Smeal was a force along the line, amassing 22 tackles (16 solo), a half a sack, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Steve Kennedy, Senior QB/DB, Brookville - A dual-threat quarterback operating the reins of the Raiders’ run-oriented offense, Kennedy finished his junior season with 1,846 yards of total offense (1,045 passing, 801 rushing) and had a hand in 16 Brookville touchdowns (10 rushing, 6 passing). Kennedy completed 71-of-137 passes, throwing for 100+ yards three times, and averaged more than 7.4 yards per carry on 108 attempts, surpassing 100 yards rushing in a game twice. He helped lead the Raiders to a 9-3 overall record and a berth in the District 9 AA championship game opposite Brockway.

Tanner Hannold, Senior WR/DB, Keystone - A veteran presence in the Panthers’ defensive backfield, Hannold racked up 62 tackles (all solo) and intercepted a pass. He averaged 6.2 tackles per game, including a season-high 12 stops against Union-Rimersburg. Hannold also hauled in 11 passes for 144 yards, averaging 13.1 yards per catch. He returned one punt for 18 yards and four kickoffs for 45 yards.

Taylor Smith, Senior ATH, Union-Rimersburg - Smith had an all-around solid junior season for the Golden Knights, amassing 1,441 all-purpose yards (90 passing, 459 rushing, 269 receiving, 623 kickoff/punt returns) and had a hand in 13 total touchdowns (2 passing, 7 rushing, 2 receiving, 2 misc.). He posted three 100-yard rushing performances and one game with 100+ receiving yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry on 82 rushes and 17.9 yards per reception on 15 catches. Smith also averaged 30.8 yards per punt return and 21.9 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Smith chalked up 77 tackles (57 solo), one sack, an interception, four deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, posting a pair of 11-tackle games against Keystone and Clarion-Limestone.

Tim McCusker, Senior QB/DB, Coudersport - In limited offensive action last season, McCusker totaled 349 yards of offense (269 passing, 80 rushing) and had a hand in four total touchdowns (two rushing and two passing). He threw for 100+ yards once and posted a season-best 45 rushing yards in a game against Elk County Catholic. Defensively, McCusker registered 19 tackles and deflected a pass.

T.J. Armstrong, Junior DE, Clarion Area – Armstrong missed the vast majority of Clarion’s 2010 season with an injury, but in very limited action did total 15 tackles and one sack for the Bobcats. As a freshman, the now-6’3, 204-pound defensive end posted more than 14 sacks and earned D9sports.com’s Rookie of the Year honors. He is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 class at linebacker, having received interest from programs like Pitt, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Purdue, Syracuse and Toledo, among others.

Todd Munchak, Senior OL, Curwensville - A 1st-team Associated Press All-state selection on the Class A team’s offensive line, Munchak helped pave the way for the Golden Tide’s potent power-I offense that averaged 367.5 yards and 39.8 points per game, finishing 11-2 overall. Munchak helped block and open holes for 2,600-yard rusher Alex Holland and a pair of 450-yard passing quarterbacks. Curwensville finished 11-2 on the season.

Tyce Miller, Junior HB/CB, Port Allegany - Primarily used as a receiver in the Gators’ aerial assult, Miller totaled 31 touches between rushing attempts, receptions and punt and kickoff returns, totaling 519 all-purpose yards and scoring three total touchdowns. Miller’s 24 receptions and 392 yards were good enough for second on the team in each category. He also averaged 25 yards per punt return and 21.7 yards per kickoff return.

Tyler Smead, Senior OL/DL, Smethport - A key two-way player up front for the Hubbers, Smead helped pave the way for a Smethport offensive unit that averaged 283 yards and more than 28 points per game last season. He was also a force along the defensive line, racking up 29 tackles (26 solo), a team-leading five sacks and a fumble recovery.

Zach Cumby, Senior OL/DL, Coudersport - A force along the Falcons’ defensive line, Cumby posted 54 tackles, a trio of sacks and recovered a fumble in his junior season. He averaged six tackles per game and posted a season-best 13 tackles in Coudersport’s final game of the season – a loss to Port Allegany.

Zack Austin, Senior QB/DB, Cameron County - The field general in Cameron County’s Wing-T attack that averaged more than 240 rushing yards per game, Austin registered 1,142 yards of total offense (661 passing, 481 rushing) and had a hand in 11 total touchdowns (5 passing, 6 rushing). He completed 48-of-121 passes and averaged more than 5.5 yards per carry on 87 attempts. Austin twice threw for 100+ yards in a game and also ran for 100+ yards twice as well. Defensively, Austin added 39 tackles and a trio of interceptions.

Zack Brinkley, Senior T/LB, Brockway - Through the Rovers’ first nine games, Brinkley was having himself quite a junior season. He racked up 89 tackles and two sacks, averaging 9.9 tackles per game, including a season-best 21 tackles in a victory over District 9 Class A champion Curwensville. Brinkley also had a pair of 11-tackle games against Elk County Catholic and Kane.

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Jon Turner, Senior OL/LB, Freeport - Another key presence returning at linebacker for the Yellowjackets in addition to Brian Welsh, Turner tallied 73 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 7.3 tackles per game, finishing a pair of games with 11+ tackles. Turner’s best game came against Burrell – he finished with 12 tackles and three sacks in a 24-6 Yellowjacket victory.

 

Jordan Brown, Junior QB, Seneca Valley - Brown had a respectable sophomore season for the Raiders, leading the reins of an SV offensive unit which averaged 24.6 points per game. Brown connected on 93-of-156 passes (59.6 percent) for 1,253 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 139.2 passing yards per game.

Jordan Farrow, Senior OL, Central Valley - One of four returning starters from Central Valley’s offensive line a season ago, Farrow helped to pave the way for a Warrior offensive unit which averaged 305.4 yards (213.9 rush, 91.5 pass) and 26 points per game, producing five backs with season rushing totals between 335 to 870 yards and two quarterbacks with between 500 to 760 passing yards. Central Valley scored 44 total offensive touchdowns last season (29 rushing, 15 passing), winning the WPIAL AAA championship in its inaugural season of football.

Jordan Maloney, Senior WR/DB, Bishop Canevin - An experienced presence returning to Bishop Canevin’s defensive backfield, Maloney finished his junior season by chalking up 60 tackles (all solo), one sack and two interceptions (returned for a total of 95 yards). He averaged 5.5 tackles per game, finishing with a season-best 10 stops against Northgate. Maloney returned an interception against Leechburg 46 yards for a touchdown.

Jordan McClung, Senior QB, West Mifflin - The man at the reins of a West Mifflin offensive attack which averaged 256.6 yards and 19.9 points per game, McClung totaled 1,137 yards of offense (892 passing, 245 rushing) and had a hand in nine Titan touchdowns (eight passing, one rushing). He connected on 52-of-126 passes (41.2 percent) and averaged 3.4 yards per carry on 72 rushes. McClung threw for 100+ yards five times and finished two games with multiple touchdown passes.

Josh Beverly, Senior RB, Sto-Rox - The featured running back for Sto-Rox last season, Beverly has run for more than 1,500 yards in the last two years, including more than 900 yards as a sophomore. He was the Vikings’ leading scorer during the regular season in 2010, posting 14 total touchdowns and four successful two-point conversions.

Josh Falatovich, Senior QB, Greensburg-Salem - Falatovich helped lead the Golden Lions to a 7-3 overall record and the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Knoch by connecting on 78-of-135 passes (57.8 percent) for 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 112 passing yards per game. G-S is 15-5 overall since 2009.

Josh Zelonka, Senior QB, Apollo-Ridge - A 6’5 athlete at the helm of the Vikings’ spread offensive attack, Zelonka finished his junior season with 1,117 yards of offense (891 passing, 226 rushing) and had a hand in 13 total Apollo-Ridge touchdowns (nine passing, four rushing). He connected on 76-of-169 passes (45 percent) and averaged 2.5 yards per carry on 92 rushes. He threw for 100+ yards in four of A-R’s nine games, throwing four touchdown passes in a Week 2 loss to Washington and three touchdown passes in a Week 9 victory over West Shamokin.

Julian Durden, Senior RB, Montour - The move from Class A Pittsburgh North Catholic to the WPIAL’s Parkway Conference and AAA classification proved good for Durden, who exploded for 2,033 rushing yards on 263 carries and added 15 receptions for 216 yards, scoring 27 total touchdown (25 rushing). Durden ran for 100+ yards in 11 of Montour’s 13 games, including 163 yards in the WPIAL AAA title game against Central Valley. In the last two seasons, Durden has run for more than 2,900 yards and 40 touchdowns. As a sophomore at North Catholic, Durden ran for 954 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has racked up interest or offers from a total of nine FBS and FCS programs.

Justice Rawlins, Sophomore LB, Monessen - Selected to the Maxpreps’ U.S. Air Force 2010 Freshman All-American team’s 1st-string defensive unit, Rawlins tallied 99 tackles and five interceptions for a Greyhound defensive unit which allowed an little more than 10 points per game last season. Rawlins was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Tri-County South Conference team as a linebacker. Monessen finished 9-2 overall, reaching the WPIAL A quarterfinals.

Justin Fleo, Senior RB/LB, New Castle - One of the Red Hurricanes’ key returning offensive catalysts, Fleo will unfortunately miss his senior season of football due to a knee injury sustained during summer camps. Fleo gets an honorary nod on the top returning players list, as, through New Castle’s first five games of the 2010 season, he had already run for 410 yards on 71 carries and hauled in another 13 passes for 184 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry and 14.2 yards per reception, scoring six total touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving). He ran for 100+ yards in NC’s first two games of the year. Two seasons ago, Fleo hauled in more than 30 passes as one of the team’s featured receivers and also ran for more than 500 yards in that same season.

Justin Gentile, Senior WR/DB, South Side Beaver - The featured receiver in the Rams’ aerial assault last season, Gentile hauled in a team-best 48 passes for 765 yards, averaging 15.9 yards per reception. In the WPIAL’s nine-game regular season, Gentile’s 48 receptions were fourth-best among the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s football statistical leaders.

Justin Kempka, Senior WR, Greensburg Central Catholic - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class at wide receiver, Kempka has received interest from programs like Boston College, Buffalo, North Carolina State, Penn State and Pitt. Kempka caught 17 passes for 419 yards and added 91 rushing yards on 10 carries, scoring 11 total touchdowns (seven receiving, four rushing), averaging 24.7 yards per reception and 9.1 yards per carry. He also recorded two interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense.

Justin Williams, Senior OL, Penn-Trafford - One of four Penn-Trafford offensive linemen selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Foothills Conference team, Crossey helped to pave the way for a Warrior offensive unit which averaged 320 yards (202.8 rush, 117.2 pass) and 27.6 points per game, reaching the opening round of the WPIAL AAAA playoffs. Penn-Trafford’s offensive arsenal produced two backs with at least 340 rushing yards and an 1,100-yard passer, scoring 35 total offensive touchdowns (22 rushing, 13 passing).

Juwan Haynes, Senior WR, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - One of the favorite targets of Maryland-bound quarterback Perry Hills in 2010, Haynes hauled in 39 passes for 405 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 10.4 yards per reception.

Juwan Mull, Senior OL/DL, Monessen - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection on the defensive line, Mull was part of a Monessen defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 10.7 points per game, holding eight of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts. Monessen reached the WPIAL A quarterfinals opposite Springdale. Also, Mull helped to pave the way for a Monessen offensive unit which averaged 31.9 points per game.

J’Waymon Stone, Senior OL, Aliquippa - A returning starter on the Quips’ offensive line, Stone helped to pave the way for an Aliquippa offensive unit which averaged 31.7 points per game, producing three backs with season rushing totals between 520 and 820 yards and a 1,500-yard passer, reaching the WPIAL AA championship game opposite South Fayette.

Khalil Seaburn, Junior DL, Aliquippa - A returning presence along the defensive line for the WPIAL AA runner up Quips, Seaburn was part of an Aliquippa defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 8.6 points per game, holding 12 of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with a pair of shutouts in the WPIAL playoffs. Entering the WPIAL championship game opposite South Fayette, Aliquippa’s defense had only allowed one touchdown in 12 quarters of playoff football – to Ford City in the semifinals. Seaburn was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Midwestern Athletic Conference team.

Karvonn “Mud Puppy” Coles, Junior RB/DB, Clairton - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 class, Coles will unfortunately miss his junior season of football after tearing his ACL over the summer months. Coles was a key part of the Bears’ rushing attack last season, running for 589 yards and seven touchdowns on 63 carries through Clairton’s first 13 games, averaging 9.34 yards per carry in that span.

*Keion Lambert, Senior DB, Rochester - A key returning presence in the Rochester defensive backfield, Lambert was a part of a dominant Rams’ defensive unit which allowed an average of 7.4 points per game, holding 11 of 13 opponents to 13 points or less, with six shutouts.

Kevin Hitlan, Senior OL, South Fayette - A returning starter on the offensive line for the defending WPIAL AA champion and PIAA AA finalist Lions, Hitlan helped to pave the way for a South Fayette offensive unit which averaged 379.7 yards (225.9 pass, 153.8 rush) and 40.3 points per game, producing a 1,570-yard rusher and a 3,700+-yard passer, scoring 87 total offensive touchdowns (52 passing, 35 rushing).

Kevin Hart, Senior RB/DEF, Seton-LaSalle - The feature tailback in Seton-LaSalle’s potent offense, Hart finished the Rebels’ nine-game regular season by running for 1,335 yards and 21 touchdowns on 198 rushes, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He helped the green and gold reach the WPIAL AA quarterfinals. Hart was part of a Rebel offense that averaged more than 35 points per game. Including the WPIAL playoffs, Hart ran for 1,588 yards and scored 30 total rushing and receiving touchdowns for the Rebels. Hart has run for nearly 2,100 yards the last two years and has scored 41 total touchdowns in his career.

Killan Mulkern, Senior K, Upper St. Clair - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Great Southern Conference selection at kicker, Mulkern converted 30 extra points and five field goals, scoring 45 of the Panthers’ 264 total points on the season, or 17 percent of the team’s scoring output. Mulkern was the second-leading scorer for USC last season, trailing only Dakota Conwell, who scored 96 points.

Kolten Kobrys, Sophomore WR/DB, Avella - Avella didn’t have a lot to write home about during the 2010 season, but Kobrys was one of the highlights, finishing third in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s statistical leaders with 52 receptions. He turned those 52 catches into 457 yards, averaging 8.8 yards per reception. Kobrys was one of two Avella receivers with 40+ receptions last season – the other was now-graduated senior Damon Cupp.

Kory Wood, Senior K. Knoch - Wood had a solid junior season for the Knights, helping the team reach the WPIAL AAA quarterfinalists, converting 43 extra points and four field goals, accounting for 55 of Knoch’s 371 points scored on the season, or 14.8 percent of the team’s season scoring output.

Kris Stern, Senior RB/DB, Hollidaysburg Area - The third-leading rusher in Hollidaysburg’s rushing attack which averaged 189 yards per game, Stern ran for 524 yards and three touchdowns on 88 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He finished two games with 130+ rushing yards. He also recorded four tackles and returned two kickoffs for 29 yards, averaging 14.5 yards per kick return.

Kyle Crawford, Senior ATH, Ellwood City - Ellwood City became one of the state’s success stories in the 2010 season, reaching the WPIAL playoffs after many years of less-than-stellar finishes in the Midwestern Athletic Conference. Crawford helped key the Wolverines’ effort – finishing with a combined 1,161 yards rushing and receiving and scored 10 total touchdowns. Ellwood City finished fourth in the MAC and bowed to South Fayette in the opening round of the WPIAL AA playoffs. He was one of the players selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s West regional Fabulous-22 team. Most impressively, Crawford was the only WPIAL athlete selected to three different positions on his all-conference team – he was named as a wide receiver, defensive back and punter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Midwestern Athletic Conference team.

Kyle Colborn, Junior ATH, Bethlehem-Center - Another key multi-purpose athlete returning for Beth-Center in 2011, Colborn finished his sophomore season with 67 tackles (41 solo), a sack, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal, averaging 6.1 tackles per game and finishing with a season-high 13 stops in a narrow 28-20 loss to Avonworth. Colborn didn’t stop there – he caught 12 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns – averaging 13.9 yards per reception and also converted 30 extra points and one field goal, scoring 45 of Beth-Center’s 407 total points on the season, or 11.1 percent of the team’s output.

Kyle Gray, Senior FB/LB, Waynesburg Central - The second-leading rusher in the Raiders’ ground attack behind only Nick Zupper, Gray ran for 321 yards and two touchdowns on 58 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per carry, running for a season-best 113 yards against Brownsville. Defensively, Gray chipped in with 48 tackles and a blocked field goal, averaging six tackles per game.

Kyler Kenyon, Senior QB, Knoch - The man at the controls of Knoch’s offensive arsenal, Kenyon helped lead an explosive Knight offense which averaged 357.4 yards and 33.7 points per game. When it was all said and done, Kenyon had registered 1,589 all-purpose yards of offense (905 passing, 606 rushing, 83 receiving) and had a hand in 18 total Knight touchdowns (12 passing, four rushing, two receiving). Kenyon connected on 49-of-106 passes (46.2 percent) and averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 106 rushes and 20.8 yards per reception on four catches. He threw for 100+ yards four times and ran for 100+ yards twice, finishing as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at quarterback.

Latrell McKnight, Senior OL/DL, New Castle - A key returning presence in the trenches for New Castle last season, McKnight helped to pave the way for a Red Hurricane offensive arsenal which averaged 392.2 yards (199.5 rush, 192.7 pass) and 23.3 points per game through its first five games, producing a pair of 400+ yard rushers and an 1,100-yard passer in that span. Through its first five games, NC scored 22 total offensive touchdowns (17 rushing, five passing).

LeJay Buckenheimer, Senior DL, Rochester - A key returning presence on the Rochester defensive line, Buckenheimer was a part of a dominant Rams’ defensive unit which allowed an average of 7.4 points per game, holding 11 of 13 opponents to 13 points or less, with six shutouts.

Lenny Williams, Sophomore QB, Sto-Rox - Williams helped lead Sto-Rox to a 7-3 overall record and a berth in the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Pittsburgh North Catholic by throwing for 1,370 yards and 10 touchdowns in his freshman season. His 1,370 passing yards are believed to be the fifth-most in a season for a freshman quarterback in state history and are believed to be the highest season total for a freshman field general in WPIAL history. Williams is on pace to throw for 5,480 yards and 40 touchdowns in his career.

Logan Deitz, Senior OL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - Dietz is a returning starter from a Viking offensive line which paved the way for a unit which averaged 30.1 points per game and produced a pair of backs with 770+ rushing yards and a 1,550+-yard passer. Dietz is a potential Division-1 prospect and currently holds five offers from Division-1 FBS and FCS programs. He was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big East Conference selection on the offensive line.

Louis Bettwy, Senior QB, Altoona Area - Bettwy finished the 2010 season as the Mountain Lions’ leading passer, connecting on 44-of-105 passes (41.9 percent) for 542 yards. He threw for 100+ yards in Altoona’s final three games of the season. He also added two rushing touchdowns on 17 keepers, averaging 1.7 yards per carry.

Louis Taglianetti, Senior LB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big East Conference selection at linebacker last season, Taglianetti was part of a Central Catholic defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 8.3 points per game, holding 10 of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.

Luigi Lista-Brinza, Sophomore RB. Pittsburgh Central Catholic - An athlete who burst onto the scene midway through Central Catholic’s season when feature back Damion Jones-Moore sustained a groin injury, Lista-Brinza ran for 779 yards and eight touchdowns on 110 carries, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. In a three-week span, Lista-Brinza posted a pair of 150+-yard rushing performances, cementing himself as a reliable #2 option in the Vikings’ punishing ground attack. He’s on pace to run for more than 3,000 yards in his career.

Luke Brumbaugh, Junior QB, Seton-LaSalle - A transfer from South Fayette, Brumbaugh will likely inherit the reins of Seton-LaSalle’s high-octane offense from one-year senior starter Dave O’Brien, who threw for more than 1,800 yards in 2010. Seton-LaSalle finished its 2010 season with an overall record of 9-2 and reached the WPIAL AA quarterfinals. Brumbaugh is the younger brother of graduated South Fayette quarterback Christian Brumbaugh. He threw for 96 yards and two touchdown passes in the Rebels’ WPIAL AA quarterfinals loss to Ford City.

Luke DeHart, Senior FB/LB, Erie McDowell - DeHart played in nine of the Trojans’ 10 games last season, and he wound up finishing with 57 tackles (43 solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 6.3 tackles per game. He also ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, averaging 7.1 yards per carry.

Luke Hagy, Senior RB, Mt. Lebanon - One of the WPIAL’s top returning rushers, Hagy was one of the representatives on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Great Southern Conference team at running back. He finished his junior season with 1,981 yards and 29 touchdowns on 282 carries, averaging seven yards per carry and more than 180 rushing yards per game. In the last two years, the Blue Devils’ featured back has run for 2,888 yards and 45 touchdowns. Hagy helped Mt. Lebanon win the Great Southern Conference championship and reach the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals opposite Woodland Hills.

Luke Tappe, Senior LB, Neshannock - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Seven Conference selection at linebacker, Tappe was part of a Lancer defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 16.8 points per game, holding six of nine opponents to 14 points or less, with zero shutouts. Neshannock finished 4-5 on the season following a 2-0 start.

Mack Megahan, Senior LB, Knoch - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at linebacker, Megahan is one of the top returning defensive players from a 2010 Knoch unit which allowed an average of 11.7 points per game and held eight of 11 opponents to 16 points or less, with two shutouts.

Manny Simpson, Senior RB/LB, Penn-Trafford - One of the top rushers returning to the Foothills Conference in 2011, Simpson is a potential Division-1 prospect at running back in the 2012 class with interest from programs like Pitt, Penn State, Michigan State, Missouri, Akron and Temple, among others. Simpson finished his junior season by running for 1,235 yards on 208 carries and caught another nine passes for 111 yards, scoring 17 total touchdowns (13 rushing, three receiving, one kickoff return). He averaged 5.9 yards per carry and 12.3 yards per reception, posting seven games with 100+ rushing yards. He’s run for more than 1,500 yards in the last two years combined.

Marcell Ittner, Senior RB/DB, Freeport - The second-leading rusher in Freeport’s Wing-T offensive attack which averaged 153.8 yards per game on the ground last season, Ittner ran for 337 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries, averaging 9.9 yards per carry. Ittner ran for a season-best 174 yards and three touchdowns against Quaker Valley and also ran for 73 yards against Burrell. Defensively, Ittner added 18 tackles (nine solo).

Marcus Carter, Senior WR/CB, New Castle – The featured target in New Castle’s aerial assault which averaged more than 183 yards per game a season ago, Carter snagged a team-leading 31 passes for 570 yards, averaging 18.4 yards per reception. He is receiving some Division-1 interest from FBS programs.

Mark Bleggi, Senior K/P, Neshannock - Bleggi made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Big Seven Conference team as both a kicker and a punter and was one of three athletes selected to the all-conference team at multiple positions – the other two were Jasson Adamson (Rochester) and Marzett Geter (Sto-Rox).

Mark Nicholas, Senior WR/S, Franklin Regional - The featured receiver in the Panthers’ aerial assault which averaged 116 yards per game, Nicholas hauled in 15 passes for 451 yards and six touchdowns, averaging a whopping 30.1 yards per reception. He did not have any 100-yard receiving performances last year, but did post four games with between 65 to 99 receiving yards. Defensively, Nicholas was active in the FR defensive backfield, totaling 48 tackles (34 solo), an interception (returned 47 yards for a touchdown), five deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, posting a pair of 11-tackle games against Ringgold and Greensburg-Salem. He also ran for 91 yards on 10 carries and returned a combined nine kickoffs and punts for 176 yards, averaging 13 yards per punt return and 22.8 yards per kickoff return.

Marzett Geter, Senior WR/DB, Sto-Rox - A Pitt recruit, Geter was a force on both sides of the ball for Sto-Rox, earning nods to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Big Seven Conference team as both a wide receiver and a defensive back. Geter hauled in a team-leading 23 passes for 523 yards, averaging 22.7 yards per reception, and also picked off four passes on defense. He was also a threat on special teams for Sto-Rox. In his career at Sto-Rox, Geter has caught 43 passes for 905 yards.

Matt Barone, Junior OL, Montour - A driving force on the offensive line for the Spartans, Barone helped pave the way for a unit that produced a 2,000-yard rusher and a 2,000-yard passer and averaged 372.1 yards (201.3 rush, 170.8 pass) and 32.1 points per game, scoring 57 total offensive touchdowns (33 rushing, 24 passing). The Montour ground game averaged 6.76 yards per carry as a teams. Defensively, he posted a tackle and recovered a fumble. He is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 class, having received interest from programs like Boise State, Cincinnati, Oregon and UCLA.

Matt Bradford, Senior QB, Central Valley - The Warriors’ primary field general utilized through their electrifying playoff run and WPIAL AAA championship, Bradford put the finishing touches on a respectable junior year stat line which saw him go 43-of-89 passing (48.3 percent) for 757 yards and 11 touchdowns against five interceptions. He threw for 100+ yards twice and had a four-touchdown pass performance against Ambridge and a three-touchdown pass game in the WPIAL AAA playoffs against Thomas Jefferson. Not quite the rushing threat that quarterback Curtis Lewis was, Bradford still averaged 3.8 yards per carry on 29 rushes and scored one touchdown.

Matt Buckley, Senior QB, Keystone Oaks - One of two quarterbacks used by the Eagles last season en route to a 7-4 season and berth in the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite Beaver Falls, Buckley connected on 38-of-86 passes (44.2 percent) for 534 yards and five touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He threw for a season-best 114 yards in a 32-22 loss to Seton-LaSalle. In the last two seasons, Buckley has thrown for more than 1,250 yards.

Matt Christiansen, Senior OL, Montour - A driving force on the offensive line for the Spartans, Christiansen helped pave the way for a unit that produced a 2,000-yard rusher and a 2,000-yard passer and averaged 372.1 yards (201.3 rush, 170.8 pass) and 32.1 points per game, scoring 57 total offensive touchdowns (33 rushing, 24 passing). The Montour ground game averaged 6.76 yards per carry as a team.

Matt Paxton, Senior WR/CB, Upper St. Clair - The fourth-leading rusher in Upper St. Clair’s ground attack which averaged more than 215 yards per game last season, Paxton ran for 232 yards on 56 carries and caught another three passes for 26 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and 8.7 yards per reception. Defensively, Paxton left his mark on the Panthers’ defensive backfield, recording 19 tackles (12 solo), an interception and 10 deflected passes, averaging 1.7 tackles per game. He also returned three kickoffs for 47 yards, averaging 15.7 yards per return.

Matt Spegal, Senior P, Bethel Park - Spegal was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Great Southern Conference team as a punter last season.

Matt Weber, Senior K, Springdale - Weber was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection at kicker last season for the Dynamos.

Michael Kizzie, Senior RB, Greensburg-Salem - The feature tailback in the Lions’ offensive arsenal, Kizzie burst onto the scene in the Keystone Conference in 2010. He finished the season by running for 1,607 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns for Greensburg-Salem, which has made consecutive WPIAL AAA playoff appearances. Kizzie is one of the Keystone Conference’s top returning running backs and is the #3 rusher in the WPIAL among running backs returning to the AAA classification, trailing only Rushel Shell (2,510 yards) and Julian Durden (2,033 yards).

Michael Nowicki, Senior DB, Greensburg-Salem - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Keystone Conference selection at defensive back, Nowicki was part of a Golden Lion defensive unit which allowed an average of 21.8 points per game, holding four of 10 opponents to 13 points or less, with one shutout. G-S finished 7-3 last year and reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Knoch.

Mikal Hall, Senior QB, Aliquippa - In the last two seasons, Hall has led Aliquippa to consecutive WPIAL championship games and posted an overall record of 23-3. Those numbers are not too shabby. Neither are his season numbers in 2010 – 1,537 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, while connecting on 84-of-133 passes (63.2 percent). Hall has thrown for 2,588 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career leading the Quips’ offense. In the 2010 WPIAL AA title game against South Fayette, Hall threw for 133 yards. In its storied football history, Aliquippa has never had a career 4,000-yard passer, but has produced a pair of 4,000-yard rushers. Hall was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Midwestern Athletic Conference team at quarterback.

Mike Beveridge, Senior TE/DL, Ringgold - Beveridge was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Keystone Conference team as a defensive lineman, and he was a driving force in the Rams’ defensive unit which allowed an average of 11.8 points per game, holding seven of 10 opponents to 13 points or less, with zero shutouts. Beveridge tallied 20 tackles (14 solo) and one sack in five games, posting a season-best 11 tackles against Uniontown.

Mike Caprara, Senior LB, Woodland Hills - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class at linebacker, Caprara had a solid junior season for Woodland Hills, tallying a team-leading 120 tackles to go along with eight sacks, averaging 9.2 tackles per game. Caprara was part of a Wolverine defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 11.9 points per game, holding nine of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with three shutouts. Caprara has received interest from Michigan State, Pitt, Penn State, South Carolina and Syracuse, among others.

Mike Dunn, Junior TE/LB, Bishop Canevin – The leading tackler on Bishop Canevin’s defensive unit last season, Dunn finished with 87 tackles (all solo), one sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, averaging 7.9 tackles per game. He finished with a season-best 19 tackles in the Crusaders’ WPIAL A quarterfinal loss to Clairton and also posted 13 tackles against Leechburg.

Mike Fetchet, Junior DB, South Fayette - A key returning presence to the South Fayette defensive backfield, Fetchet was part of a Lion defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 17.9 points per game last season, holding eight of 16 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout.

Mike King, Senior OL, Central Valley - One of four returning starters from Central Valley’s offensive line a season ago, King helped to pave the way for a Warrior offensive unit which averaged 305.4 yards (213.9 rush, 91.5 pass) and 26 points per game, producing five backs with season rushing totals between 335 to 870 yards and two quarterbacks with between 500 to 760 passing yards. Central Valley scored 44 total offensive touchdowns last season (29 rushing, 15 passing), winning the WPIAL AAA championship in its inaugural season of football.

Mike Shansky, Senior RB/LB, Blackhawk - The Cougars’ featured tailback and leading scorer last year, Shansky ran for 461 yards and a team-best 12 touchdowns on 99 carries and caught another nine passes for 78 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 8.7 yards per reception. Shansky did not post a single 100-yard rushing performance but had four games with at least two touchdowns scored. Defensively, Shansky added 65 tackles (38 solo), two sacks, an interception, two deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 7.2 tackles per game.

Mike Steals, Senior OL, Woodland Hills - A returning starter on the Woodland Hills’ offensive line, Steals helped to pave the way a season ago for a Wolverine offensive unit which averaged 26.2 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAAA championship game. Woodland Hills boasted an 1,800-yard rusher and two quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in 2010. Steals was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big East Conference selection on the offensive line.

Mike Wilcox, Senior WR, Upper St. Clair - The second-leading receiver in Upper St. Clair’s aerial assault which averaged 83.3 yards per game last season, Wilcox snagged 12 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown, averaging 19.3 yards per reception. He was one of only two USC receivers with more than 10 catches in 2010 – the other was the now-graduated Mitchell Fawcett (23 catches). Defensively, Wilcox added 18 tackles (11 solo), an interception and four deflected passes, averaging 1.8 tackles per game. He also returned 12 punts for 96 yards.

Mykel Dorsey, Senior RB, Chartiers-Houston - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Black Hills Conference selection at running back, Dorsey was part of a Buccaneer offensive unit which averaged 23.3 points per game and reached the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Monessen.

Nate Grandelis, Senior DL, Chartiers-Houston - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Black Hills Conference selection on the defensive line, Grandelis was part of a Buccaneer defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 21.7 points per game, holding six of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with zero shutouts.

Nate Nachazel, Senior DE, North Allegheny - A key returning defensive weapon for the Tigers, it was Nachazel, not Purdue-bound Rob Kugler or Ohio-bound Justin Haser who led North Allegheny in quarterback sacks last season. Nachazel tallied 35 tackles (25 solo), a team-best 10 sacks, three deflected passes, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 2.5 tackles per game, posting a pair of three-sack games against Butler and Pine-Richland and a two-sack game against Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Nachazel’s 10 sacks accounted for 19.6 percent of the Tigers’ season team sack total of 51.

*Nathan Zimmerman, Senior OL/LB, Southmoreland - Zimmerman had a respectable junior season for the Scotties, posting 56 tackles, a sack, a deflected pass and two fumble recoveries, averaging 6.2 tackles per game. He posted a season-high 12 tackles against East Allegheny and 10 tackles against Waynesburg Central.

Nick Guyan, Senior OL, South Fayette - A returning starter on the offensive line for the defending WPIAL AA champion and PIAA AA finalist Lions, Guyan helped to pave the way for a South Fayette offensive unit which averaged 379.7 yards (225.9 pass, 153.8 rush) and 40.3 points per game, producing a 1,570-yard rusher and a 3,700+-yard passer, scoring 87 total offensive touchdowns (52 passing, 35 rushing).

Nick Lodovico, Junior QB/S, Franklin Regional – In limited action behind senior field general Chris Little (who amassed 986 yards of offense and accounted for 15 total touchdowns), Lodovico connected on 12-of-23 passes (52.2 percent) for 416 yards and ran for another 54 yards on 11 carries, accounting for six total Franklin Regional touchdowns (four passing, two rushing). He threw for a season-best 173 yards and two touchdowns against Uniontown and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. In limited defensive action, Lodovico recorded five tackles, two deflected passes and a forced fumble.

Nick Korzon, Senior OL/DL, Springdale - A key contributor on the offensive line for the Dynamos, Korzon helped to pave the way for an offensive unit which averaged 33.8 points per game and reached the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Clairton. Korzon helped to pave the way for a unit which produced a 1,000-yard rusher in Bill Arch and backs Chris Liberto, Sean Dugan and Joe Killian who teamed up to run for more than 3,000 yards last season.

Nick Passodelis, Senior FB, North Allegheny - One of the Tigers’ key blockers in the backfield at fullback, Passodelis totaled 196 all-purpose yards of offense (101 rushing, 95 receiving) and scored one receiving touchdown last season, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 22 rushes and 11.9 yards per reception on eight catches. He mostly helped provide blocking for NA’s lethal feature back Alex Papson and a ground game which averaged close to 271 yards per game and scored 50 touchdowns.

Nick Raimondi, Senior WR/LB, Thomas Jefferson - One of three Thomas Jefferson receivers to finish the 2010 season with a double-digit number of receptions, Raimondi hauled in 14 passes for 415 yards and six touchdowns, averaging a whopping 29.6 yards per reception, finishing with a season-best 102 yards against Elizabeth Forward and posting two receiving touchdowns in games against Chartiers Valley and Central Valley. Raimondi also recorded two carries for 16 yards offensively. Defensively, he chalked up 35 tackles (27 solo), a sack and a forced fumble, averaging 3.2 tackles per game.

Nick Welsh, Senior OL/DL, Springdale - A key contributor on the offensive line for the Dynamos, Korzon helped to pave the way for an offensive unit which averaged 33.8 points per game and reached the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Clairton. Korzon helped to pave the way for a unit which produced a 1,000-yard rusher in Bill Arch and backs Chris Liberto, Sean Dugan and Joe Killian who teamed up to run for more than 3,000 yards last season.

Nick Zupper, Senior RB/DB, Waynesburg Central - The featured rusher in a Waynesburg rushing attack which averaged more than 170 yards per game on the ground, Zupper ran for 963 yards on 164 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and more than 100 yards per game. He ran for 194 yards against Southmoreland and 240 yards against Yough. He also caught five passes for 56 yards, averaging 11.2 yards per reception.

Nico Mamula, Senior OL/DL, Chartiers Valley - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Eight Conference and Post-Gazette West regional Fabulous-22 selection along the offensive line, Mamula is a potential Division-1 prospect, having received interest from programs like Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina State, Penn State, Pitt, Temple and West Virginia, among others. He finished the season as the Colts’ leading tackler on defense.

Nolan Harmatto, Senior QB, Hopewell - Harmotto assumed the reins of Hopewell’s power-I offense in 2010 and put up respectable numbers, completing 66-of-120 passes for 860 yards and running for 336 yards on 85 carries. Harmotto accounted for 10 total touchdowns for the Vikings (7 passing, 3 rushing). Despite the fact that Hopewell normally doesn’t pass the ball, Harmotto averaged nearly 13 pass attempts per game, throwing for 100+ yards three times and running for 100+ yards once.

Pat Hall, Junior C, Thomas Jefferson - A returning starter on the offensive line for the Jaguars, Reber helped to pave the way for a Thomas Jefferson offensive attack which averaged 306 yards (172.5 rush, 133.5 pass) and 33.1 points per game, producing three backs with season rushing totals between 300 to 865 yards and a pair of 840+-yard passers. TJ scored 52 total offensive touchdowns last season (32 rushing, 20 passing).

Pat Kugler, Junior OL, North Allegheny - One of the Tigers’ returning starters on the offensive line, Kugler helped to pave the way for a punishing North Allegheny offensive unit which averaged 345.1 yards (270.8 rush, 74.3 pass) and 31.6 points per game, winning the WPIAL and PIAA AAAA championships and posting an impressive 15-1 record. NA’s offensive arsenal included five backs with between 245 to 2,500 rushing yards and a 1,000-yard passer. The Tigers scored 63 total offensive touchdowns (50 rushing, 13 passing). He is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 recruiting class on the offensive line. A rising junior who checks in at 6’5, 265 pounds, Kugler is a potential Division-1 prospect who already holds 13 verbal scholarship offers, and that total probably will climb.

Pat Menifee, Senior QB, Woodland Hills - One of two quarterbacks utilized by Woodland Hills last season, Menifee saw the reins of the Wolverines’ offense for much of the second half of the season. He finished by connecting on 43-of-75 passes (57.3 percent) for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns. He helped WH average 88.4 yards per game through the air last season and account for 15 total passing touchdowns.

Patrick Ferguson, Junior RB, Allderdice - One of the top returning rushers to the City League, Ferguson helped pace the Dragons by running for 1,009 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns. Allderdice advanced to the City League semifinals for the first time in four years thanks in part to Ferguson, who averaged more than 100 yards rushing per contest. Among the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s four regional Fab-22 teams, Ferguson was only one of two sophomores selected among the 88 players. The other was Franklin Regional RB Dane Brown.

Paul Caletri, Senior LB, Mt. Pleasant Area - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Interstate Conference selection at linebacker, Caletri was part of a Viking defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 15 points per game, holding five of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts. Mt. Pleasant reached the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Seton-LaSalle.

Perry Hills, Senior QB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - Hills assumed the starting quarterback role midway through his sophomore season, and he’s not looked back, leading Central Catholic to a 5-1 record as a sophomore and 11-1 record last season. Hills had an impressive junior season, throwing for 1,582 yards and 10 touchdowns, giving him more than 2,000 yards passing for his career. Hills chose Maryland as his destination to continue his football career, and also received interest from programs like Minnesota, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Pitt and Rutgers. He owns an overall record of 16-2 as a varsity starting quarterback and has thrown for 2,092 yards in his career.

Pete Thistle, Senior OL, North Allegheny - One of the Tigers’ returning starters on the offensive line, Thistle helped to pave the way for a punishing North Allegheny offensive unit which averaged 345.1 yards (270.8 rush, 74.3 pass) and 31.6 points per game, winning the WPIAL and PIAA AAAA championships and posting an impressive 15-1 record. NA’s offensive arsenal included five backs with between 245 to 2,500 rushing yards and a 1,000-yard passer. The Tigers scored 63 total offensive touchdowns (50 rushing, 13 passing).

Quad Law, Senior QB/WR/DB, Ringgold - A dual-threat field general for the Rams, Law helped to lead the Rams to a 9-1 overall record and a berth in the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Central Valley. A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Keystone Conference selection at running back, Law amassed 796 total yards of offense (599 rushing, 197 passing) and accounted for nine total Ringgold touchdowns (six rushing, three passing). He averaged 7.4 yards per carry on 81 rushes and connected on 12-of-24 passes (50 percent), rushing for 100+ yards twice and throwing a pair of touchdown passes against Laurel Highlands.

Quentin Goettman, Senior LB, Rochester - A key returning presence in the Rochester linebacking corps, Johnson was a part of a dominant Rams’ defensive unit which allowed an average of 7.4 points per game, holding 11 of 13 opponents to 13 points or less, with six shutouts.

Reggie Mitchell, Senior QB/DB, Shady Side Academy - A Wisconsin recruit, Mitchell is an offensive catalyst returning from an Indian offensive arsenal which averaged 18.4 points per game. Mitchell accounted for more than 1,000 total yards (500+ rushing, 500+ passing) and scored 12 total touchdowns. Just from the points accumulated from his total touchdowns scored, Mitchell accounted for 39.1 percent of Shady Side Academy’s season scoring output. The Indians, a representative of the WPIAL’s Allegheny Conference, finished 5-5 overall, posting a four-game winning streak following a disappointing 1-3 start to its season. SSA was eliminated in the opening round of the WPIAL AA playoffs by eventual runner-up Aliquippa, 41-0.

Ricky Lawniczak, Senior RB/DB, Avonworth - Lawniczak helped the Antelopes reach the WPIAL Class A semifinals in 2010. He finished his junior season by running for 901 yards and scored 12 touchdowns, and figures to be one of the keys to Avonworth’s success in 2011. The Anetlopes are 29-6 overall in the last three seasons.

Riley Shane, Senior OL, Highlands - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Greater Allegheny Conference selection on the offensive line, Shane helped to pave the way for a Golden Rams’ offensive unit which averaged 18.2 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Thomas Jefferson.

Robert Foster, Junior ATH, Central Valley - A weapon as both a rusher and a receiver in Central Valley’s Wing-T/option offense, Foster burnt many an opponent with his blazing speed, but none moreso than Thomas Jefferson and Montour in consecutive weeks in the WPIAL AAA playoffs, where he scored six total touchdowns in two weeks (four receiving, one rushing, one punt return). In all, the potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 class at wide receiver ran 45 times for 406 yards and caught another 25 passes for 520 yards, scoring 12 total touchdowns (seven receiving, three rushing, two misc.). He averaged more than nine yards per carry and 20.8 yards per reception, posting four games with 55+ rushing yards and five games with 55+ receiving yards. Central Valley did not submit special teams stats to Maxpreps, but #4 also had an impact in that phase of the game, too. Ohio State, Pitt and Penn State are showing interest.

Rock Vargo, Senior QB, Frazier - The man at the helm of Frazier’s offensive arsenal returns for his senior season after connecting on 63-of-116 passes (54.3 percent) for 874 yards and three touchdowns, averaging just under 100 yards passing per game.

Royce Watson, Senior WR, Beaver Falls - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class at wide receiver, Watson provides a 6’5 target at which to throw the football. He has received interest from Pitt. In Beaver Falls’ first eight games last season, Watson caught six passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, averaging 18 yards per reception.

Rushel Shell, Senior RB/LB, Hopewell - Shell is dynamic, and rarely can a AAA team ride the back of one player like Hopewell can, but Shell single-handedly carried the Vikings to the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals opposite Thomas Jefferson. #1 wound up running for 2,510 yards and 27 touchdowns on 324 carries and caught another 12 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 7.7 yards per carry and 16.5 yards per reception. Shell ran for no fewer than 130 yards in any of Hopewell’s 11 games last season, surpassing the 200-yard six times and the 300-yard mark three times. He has run for 6,766 yards (second all-time in WPIAL history) and needs just 2,263 yards to tie former Steelton-Highspire back Jeremiah Young for the state career rushing yardage record. Scout.com ranks Shell as the #3 running back in the nation this 2012 class and as a five-star prospect, and he holds more than 30 scholarship offers from Division-1 football programs.

Ryan Babirad, Senior WR/CB, Fort Cherry - The second-leading receiver in the Rangers’ aerial assault which averaged more than 134 yards per game last season, Babirad hauled in 21 passes for 420 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 20 yards per reception. He posted a pair of 100-yard performances against Bentworth and Chartiers-Houston.

Ryan DuPain, Senior QB, Burgettstown - Stepping up to fill the team’s quarterback position after former field general Dylan Bongiorni transferred to West Allegheny, DuPain completed 77-of-162 passes (47.5 percent) for 833 yards and seven touchdowns.

Ryan Gralish, Senior K, Mars Area - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at kicker, Gralish was definitely deserving of the honor, as he dominated on special teams for the Fighting Planets. He booted 23 touchbacks out of 67 total kickoffs (34.3 percent) and also converted 38 extra points and five field goals, scoring 53 of Mars’ 360 total points on the season, accounting for 14.7 percent of the Plants’ season scoring output.

Ryan Hickey, Senior OL, Franklin Regional - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Keystone Conference selection on the offensive line, Hickey helped to pave the way for a Franklin Regional offensive unit which averaged 314.8 yards (198.6 rush, 116.2 pass) and 34.7 points per game, reaching the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Hopewell. The Panthers’ offensive arsenal included a 1,300-yard rusher and two quarterbacks with at least 400 passing yards, scoring 45 total offensive touchdowns (31 rushing, 14 passing).

*Ryan Mincher, Senior QB, Shaler - Mincher posted a respectable passing stat line for the Titans in his junior season, connecting on 78-of-154 passes (50.6 percent) for 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns. He averaged nearly 128 passing yards per game during the 2010 season.

Ryan Ruffing, Senior RB/DB, Thomas Jefferson - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Eight Conference selection at running back, Ruffing was the featured runner in Thomas Jefferson’s rushing attack which averaged 172.5 yards per game. Ruffing finished with 861 yards and 12 touchdowns on 138 carries and caught another two passes for 14 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry and seven yards per reception. Ruffing finished with 100+ rushing yards in four Jaguar games last year. Defensively, #25 posted 45 tackles (36 solo), one sack, two interceptions and two deflected passes, averaging 3.8 tackles per game.

Sal Faieta, Senior QB/LB, Bethlehem-Center - A dual-threat athlete at the helm of a Bulldogs’ offensive unit which averaged 37.2 points per game, Faieta accounted for 1,175 yards of offense (809 passing, 366 rushing) and had a hand in 16 total Beth-Center touchdowns (eight rushing, eight passing). He connected on 57-of-120 passes (47.5 percent) and averaged 4.5 yards per carry on 82 rushes. Faieta threw for 100+ yards four times and ran for 100+ yards once. Defensively, Faieta was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Tri-County South Conference team at linebacker, totaling 73 tackles (50 solo), an interception, seven deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 6.6 tackles per game and posting a season-best 14 stops against Jefferson-Morgan.

Sal Oliverio, Senior RB/LB, Bishop Canevin - A key returning presence at linebacker for the Crusaders, Oliverio chalked up 65 tackles (all solo), two sacks and two fumble recoveries, averaging 5.9 tackles per game, posting a season-best 10 stops in a Week 1 victory over eventual WPIAL A semifinalist Avonworth.

Sam Scifo, Senior K, Woodland Hills - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class at kicker, Scifo converted 42 extra points and six field goals, scoring 60 total points for a Woodland Hills team to finish as the Wolverines’ second leading scorer, trailing only senior running back Lafayette Pitts, who scored 168 points. Scifo has received interest from programs like Florida State, Miami (FL), LSU and North Carolina State, among others.

Sayvon Norman, Senior OL, Rochester - One of the returning contributors from the Rochester offensive line last season, Weischedel helped to pave the way for a Rams’ offensive unit which averaged 34.4 points per game and produced three backs with between 670 to 930 rushing yards and a 1,000-yard passer.

Scott Betts, Senior OL, Chartiers-Houston - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Black Hills Conference selection on the offensive line, Betts helped to pave the way for a Buccaneer offensive arsenal which averaged 23.3 points per game and reached the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Monessen.

Scott Haraczy, Senior OL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - Haraczy is a returning starter from a Viking offensive line which paved the way for a unit which averaged 30.1 points per game and produced a pair of backs with 770+ rushing yards and a 1,550+-yard passer. He was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big East Conference selection on the offensive line.

Scott Orndoff, Junior WR, Seton-LaSalle - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 class, Orndoff already holds a verbal scholarship offer from Wisconsin and has generated interest from other Big-10 programs as well. The Rebels’ rising junior will provide a large, 6’5, 240-pound frame as the likely feature target in the SLS aerial assault, which will be spearheaded by another rising junior – Luke Brumbaugh.

Sean Dugan, Junior RB/LB, Springdale - One of the top returning rushers from a Springdale ground attack which pounded out more than 3,000 yards last season, Dugan entered the WPIAL semifinals with 663 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for the Dynamos. He also was a force defensively, amassing 83 tackles (60 solo), two sacks and an interception, averaging 6.9 tackles per game.

Sean Gavin, Senior WR/DB, Shaler - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Northern Seven Conference and Post-Gazette North regional Fabulous-22 selection last season, Gavin was one of the favorite targets of returning field general Ryan Mincher, hauling in 31 passes for 472 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 15.2 yards per reception.

Sean Gibbon, Senior DL, Indiana Area - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Greater Allegheny Conference selection on the defensive line, Gibbon was part of an Indiana Area defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 21.5 points per game, holding five of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with zero shutouts.

Sean Lacinski, Senior OL, South Fayette – A returning starter on the offensive line for the defending WPIAL AA champion and PIAA AA finalist Lions, Lacinski helped to pave the way for a South Fayette offensive unit which averaged 379.7 yards (225.9 pass, 153.8 rush) and 40.3 points per game, producing a 1,570-yard rusher and a 3,700+-yard passer, scoring 87 total offensive touchdowns (52 passing, 35 rushing).

Sean Provenza, Senior FB/LB, Riverview - The leading returning tackler from Riverview’s defensive unit last season, Provenza was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection at linebacker last season. He totaled 67 tackles (48 solo), four sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 6.7 tackles per game. He posted a season-best 11 tackles and two sacks against Northgate. Offensively, Provenza ran for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries and caught another four passes for 29 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry and 7.3 yards per reception.

Shakeem Cox, Junior QB, Oliver - Cox had a respectable sophomore season for the Bears, leading the team to a 4-7 record and a berth in the PIAA AA playoffs opposite Brockway. Cox finished his sophomore season by connecting on 82-of-170 passes (48.2 percent) for 936 yards and 10 touchdowns against 10 interceptions and added 132 yards and four touchdowns on 61 carries on the ground. He threw for 100+ yards in a game five times and ran for a season-best 85 yards against Carrick.

Shakim Alonzo, Senior WR, Woodland Hills - The featured target in Woodland Hills’ aerial assault which averaged 88.4 yards per game in 2010, Alonzo hauled in a team-leading 23 passes for 514 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 22.3 yards per reception. Alonzo is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class at wide receiver, holding verbal offers from Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Pitt, Temple, Toledo and Wisconsin.

Shamar Green, Senior RB/LB, West Mifflin - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Eight Conference selection at running back, Green was easily the workhorse of the Titans’ entire offensive arsenal, helping lead a ground game which averaged 162.2 yards per game. Green registered 1,268 yards and 18 touchdowns on 236 carries and caught another five passes for 63 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry and 12.6 yards per reception. He ran for 100+ yards in eight of West Mifflin’s 10 games, finishing five games with at least two rushing touchdowns. Green scored 57.2 percent of the Titans’ points on the season and accounted for 68.4 percent of WM’s team carries and 78.2 percent of the team’s rushing yards.

Shawn Owens, Senior QB, Cornell - The dual-threat field general for the Raiders who helped in orchestrating one of the best seasons in Cornell’s football history, Owens amassed 1,090 yards of offense (580 passing, 510 rushing) and accounted for 16 total Raider touchdowns (11 passing, five rushing). He connected on 43-of-94 passes (45.7 percent) and averaged 4.7 yards per carry on 109 carries. Owens threw for a season-best 175 yards and five touchdowns against Shenango and ran for a season-best 110 yards against Union (New Castle). Cornell finished 7-3, reaching the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Bethlehem-Center.

Sherrod Naylor, Senior DB, Montour - One of the forces in the Spartans’ defensive backfield, Naylor made quite an impact in the defensive backfield for the black and yellow. Naylor finshed the 2010 season with 57 tackles, 23 deflected passes, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Skyler Dickinson, Senior RB/LB, California - One of the Trojans’ top returning defensive leaders from a season ago, Dickinson finished with 49 tackles and a team-leading eight sacks, averaging nearly five tackles per game. His eight sacks accounted for a total of 55 yards lost by opponents. Offensively, Dickinson ran for 322 yards on 52 carries and caught another five passes for 31 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 6.2 yards per reception, scoring three rushing touchdowns.

*Stephen Leech, Senior FB/LB, Riverview - A key returning presence at linebacker for the Raiders, Leech chalked up 54 tackles (39 solo) and five sacks, averaging 5.4 tackles per game. Leech finished games against Our Lady of Sacred Heart and Serra Catholic with 10 tackles each. In the Serra game, Leech also posted a quartet of sacks.

Steve Gannon, Senior DB/P, Upper St. Clair - A weapon in the Panthers’ defensive backfield and also on special teams, Gannon recorded 54 tackles, a team-leading three interceptions, four deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 5.4 tackles per game, posting a season-best 10 stops in USC’s 16-14 WPIAL quarterfinal loss to North Hills. On special teams, he booted 19 punts for 697 yards, averaging an impressive 36.7 yards per boot with a long of 47 yards.

Steve Szelong, Senior DEF, Pine-Richland - Playing in only eight of the Rams’ 10 games in 2010, Szelong tallied 66 tackles (all solo) and two fumble recoveries, averaging 8.3 tackles per game. He finished games against Mars and Erie McDowell with 11+ tackles each.

Tanner Garry, Senior QB, Fort Cherry - A potential Division-1 prospect at quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class, Garry has generated interest from programs like Akron, Buffalo, Maryland, Penn State, Pennsylvania, Pitt, Temple and Youngstown State. He finished his junior season by connecting on 73-of-127 passes for 1,319 yards and 15 touchdowns against seven interceptions and added another 183 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, completing 57.5 percent of his passes and averaging 10.8 yards per carry. He threw for 100+ yards seven times and ran for 100+ yards once. Garry has thrown for more than 2,400 yards in the last two seasons. Defensively, he added 11 tackles (all solo) and three interceptions.

T.D. Conway, Senior QB, California - What a pair of initials for the Trojans’ returning field general – T.D. – he threw for 25 touchdowns last season and was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection at quarterback. He connected on 120-of-246 passes (48.8 percent) for 1,906 yards, throwing for no fewer than 121 yards in any of California’s 10 games last season, leading the Trojans to the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Rochester. Conway has thrown for 1,969 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career for Cal.

Thomas Woodson, Junior QB, Gateway - A rising dual-threat quarterback in the 2013 class, Woodson really caught fire late in his sophomore season for the Gators, helping lead the black and gold to the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals and a playoff victory against one of the WPIAL’s new member schools, Erie McDowell. Woodson finished his sophomore season with 1,831 yards of total offense (1,362 passing, 469 rushing) and accounted for 17 total Gateway touchdowns (12 passing, five rushing). Woodson connected on 93-of-202 passes (46 percent) and averaged 3.9 yards per carry on 118 rushes, throwing for 100+ yards seven times and running for 219 yards in the playoffs against Erie McDowell. Woodson is on pace to throw for 4,086 yards in his career.

Titus Howard, Junior WR/DB, Clairton - Howard is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 class for the Bears, helping play a role as a part of a Clairton defense which held 15 of 16 opponents to eight points or less, with 10 shutouts. Clairton allowed an average of four points per game in 2010. Howard has received interest from Pitt.

T.J. Neal, Senior LB, McKeesport Area - Scout.com’s #15-ranked middle linebacker in the 2012 recruiting class and a three-star prospect, Neal holds scholarship offers from programs like Auburn, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Southern Cal and West Virginia. Neal was part of a McKeesport defense which limited opponents to an average of 8.7 points per game, holding eight of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with four consecutive shutouts. McKeesport reached the WPIAL AAAA playoffs opposite Bethel Park.

Todd Weischedel, Junior OL/LB, Rochester - One of the returning contributors from the Rochester offensive line last season, Weischedel helped to pave the way for a Rams’ offensive unit which averaged 34.4 points per game and produced three backs with between 670 to 930 rushing yards and a 1,000-yard passer. He was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Big Seven Conference team as an offensive lineman. Additionally, he was a key returning presence for the Rochester linebacking corps, Johnson was a part of a dominant Rams’ defensive unit which allowed an average of 7.4 points per game, holding 11 of 13 opponents to 13 points or less, with six shutouts.

Tom Szatkowski, Senior WR/DB, Southmoreland - One of the featured receivers in Southmoreland’s aerial assault last season, Szatkowski played in only seven games, hauling in 20 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 12.6 yards per reception, finishing three games with four or more receptions. Defensively, he contributed 24 tackles (16 solo), two interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown against Yough), four deflected passes, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries, averaging 2.7 tackles per game.

Travis Andring, Junior TE/DE/P, Greensburg Central Catholic - Andring proved to be a valuable commodity on special teams for the three-time Interstate Conference champion Centurions, booting 33 punts for 1,273 yards, or an average of 38.6 yards per punt, with a long of 67 yards. Andring also caught four passes for 43 yards, averaging 10.8 yards per reception, and recorded three sacks on defense.

Travis Day, Senior RB, Hempfield - The featured back in the Spartans’ offensive arsenal last season, Day ran for 873 yards on 147 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry and 97 yards per game.

Travis Dlubak, Senior FB/LB, Ambridge – The third-leading rusher in the Bridgers’ ground attack a season ago, Dlubak ran for 316 yards and three touchdowns on 59 carries and caught another two passes for 21 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry and 10.5 yards per reception.

Travis Tislaretz, Senior OL, Central Valley - One of four returning starters from Central Valley’s offensive line a season ago, Tislaretz helped to pave the way for a Warrior offensive unit which averaged 305.4 yards (213.9 rush, 91.5 pass) and 26 points per game, producing five backs with season rushing totals between 335 to 870 yards and two quarterbacks with between 500 to 760 passing yards. Central Valley scored 44 total offensive touchdowns last season (29 rushing, 15 passing), winning the WPIAL AAA championship in its inaugural season of football.

Tre Gaines, Senior RB/LB, Brashear - The leading returning tackler on Brashear’s defensive unit last season, Gaines chalked up 86 tackles and three fumble recoveries, averaging 8.6 tackles per game. He finished with a season high 17 stops in a regular season loss to Allderdice and posted a pair of 11 tackle games against Carrick and Perry. Offensively, Gaines ran for 354 yards and four touchdowns on 51 carries and caught another two passes for 15 yards and one touchdown, averaging 6.9 yards per carry and 7.5 yards per reception.

Trent Shanahan, Senior LB, Beaver Area - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Midwestern Athletic Conference selection at linebacker, Shanahan was part of a Bobcat defense which allowed an average of 11.8 points per game, holding seven of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts. Beaver Area reached the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite conference rival Aliquippa and finished 8-3 overall.

Trenton Coles, Senior WR/DB, Clairton – The #2 receiver in a Clairton aerial assault that averaged more than 117 yards per game in 2010, Coles accounted for 363 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He also saw some action as a rusher in the Bears’ multi-faceted rushing attack and also was a fixture in the defensive backfield for one of Clairton’s most statistically dominant defenses in the last seven seasons. The Bears held their 16 opponents in 2010 to a total of 64 points (four points per game) and posted an impressive 10 shutouts. Coles is a Pitt recruit.

Trevor Fiorentini, Senior FB/LB, South Fayette – The second-leading rusher in the Lions’ ground attack which averaged nearly 154 yards per game, Fiorentini ran for 310 yards and 11 touchdowns on 53 carries and also caught a four-yard touchdown pass, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Fiorentini also helped to pave the way for 1,570-yard rusher Jeff Davis, who ran for more than 2,700 yards combined in the 2009-10 seasons. The Lions’ fullback was also one of the team’s leading tacklers on defense.

Trey Hall, Senior RB/SS, Beaver Falls - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class at running back, Hall has received interest from programs like Akron and Pitt. Hall, a transfer from New Brighton prior to the start of the 2010 season, was one of the primary offensive catalysts for the WPIAL AA semifinalist Tigers, running for a team-best 1,326 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging more than 110 yards per game. Between New Brighton and Beaver Falls, Hall has run for 2,877 yards and 43 touchdowns, and has a chance to run for more than 4,000 yards in his career.

Treyvon Hester, Senior OL/DL, Penn Hills - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class at offensive guard, Hester is rated as a three-star prospect and ranked by Scout.com as the #50 offensive guard in the 2012 class. Hester holds verbal offers from Kent State, Massachusetts, Temple and Toledo, and has received interest from programs like Cincinnati and Pitt, among others.

Tyler Alt, Senior OL/DL, Greensburg Central Catholic - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class along the offensive line, Alt holds a verbal scholarship offer from Temple and has received interest from programs like Duke, Indiana, Kent State, Miami (FL), Michigan State, North Carolina State, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia, among others. He helped to pave the way for a Centurion offensive unit which averaged 288.3 yards (205.7 rush, 82.6 pass) and 30.1 points per game. GCC rolled to a 9-0 regular season and claimed the school’s third consecutive Interstate Conference championship, but were upset in the WPIAL AA playoffs by Keystone Oaks.

Tyler Beatrice, Sophomore OL, Rochester - One of the returning contributors from the Rochester offensive line last season, Weischedel helped to pave the way for a Rams’ offensive unit which averaged 34.4 points per game and produced three backs with between 670 to 930 rushing yards and a 1,000-yard passer.

Tyler Boyd, Junior RB/DB, Clairton - A rising athlete in the Bears’ 2013 class who already holds a verbal scholarship offer from Pitt, Boyd was one of the factors in the Bears’ ground attack, running for 586 yards on 57 carries through the Bears’ first 13 games, averaging 10.3 yards per carry and scoring 15 total touchdowns (eight rushing) in that initial 13-game span. Boyd also proved a weapon at receiver – surpassing the 100-yard mark and scoring two receiving touchdowns in the Bears’ 36-30 victory over Taylor-Riverside.

Tyler Haddock, Junior OL/DL, Montour - A rising junior and potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 class at defensive tackle, Haddock will see his role in the trenches for the Spartans evolve to include both the offensive and defensive lines this year. The 6’0, 300-pound Haddock registered 40 tackles (11 for loss), seven sacks and a fumble recovery in 2010. He’s attracting interest from programs like Akron, Cincinnati, Maryland, North Carolina, UCLA and West Virginia, among others.

Tyler Yee, Senior K, South Fayette - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Century Conference selection at kicker, Yee had quite the junior season for the WPIAL AA champion and PIAA AA finalist Lions, converting 77 extra points and one field goal, scoring 80 of the Lions’ school-record 645 points, accounting for 12.4 percent of South Fayette’s season scoring output.

Tyler Young, Senior DB, Monessen - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection at defensive back, Young was part of a Monessen defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 10.7 points per game, holding eight of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts. Monessen reached the WPIAL A quarterfinals opposite Springdale.

Tyrayl Veney, Senior WR, Indiana Area - Veney was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at wide receiver, helping to play a role in an Indiana Area offensive arsenal which averaged 31.7 points per game, reaching the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals opposite Montour.

Tyrique Jarrett, Senior OL/DL, Allderdice - Scout.com’s #29-ranked defensive tackle in the 2012 recruiting class, Jarrett is rated as a three-star prospect and has received either interest or offers from programs like Akron, Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Northwestern, Penn State, Pitt, Toledo and West Virginia, among others. He was part of an Allderdice defense which reached the City League semifinals opposite Brashear and allowed an average of 18.4 points per game, holidng four of 11 opponents to 12 points or less, with one shutout.

Unte Williams, Senior DB, Penn Hills - James was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big East Conference selection at defensive back, and was one of only two Penn Hills’ athletes selected to the team, joining multi-purpose athlete Corey Jones, who made the team as a wide receiver.

Vinnie Congedo, Senior RB/DB, North Allegheny - A reserve running back for the Tigers who saw increased action in the backfield following a season-ending injury to feature back Alex Papson, Congedo ran for 379 yards and three touchdowns on 68 carries, averaging 5.6 yards per rush attempt. He ran for a season-best 142 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ PIAA AAAA playoff victory over State College Area and also saw some limited defensive action in which he posted 15 tackles (eight solo).

Wayne Capers Jr., Senior RB/WR, Chartiers Valley - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class at wide receiver, Capers has picked up interest from programs like Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, among others. He has battled injuries over the last two seasons, playing in only six CV games. In those six games, Capers has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards, run for 350 more, and accounted for 21 total touchdowns rushing and passing. Capers is moving from quarterback to slotback/wide receiver this year.

Will French, Senior OL/DL, Seton-LaSalle - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class, French holds verbal scholarship offers from Division-1 FCS representatives, including Ivy League schools. A two-way threat for the Rebels in the trenches, French helped to pave the way for a Seton-LaSalle offensive arsenal which featured a 1,580-yard rusher and an 1,800-yard passer and averaged 36.9 points per game. Defensively, he was part of a Rebel unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 16.8 points per game.

Zach Challingsworth, Junior WR, South Fayette - The top returning receiver from a South Fayette aerial assault which averaged 225.9 yards per game last season, Challingsworth hauled in 41 passes for 867 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 21.2 yards per reception and more than 50 yards per game. Challingsworth was one of five Lion receivers to finish with at least 25 receptions and 370 receiving yards last year, helping the Lions reach the PIAA AA championship game opposite West Catholic.

Zach Crossey, Senior OL, Penn-Trafford - One of four Penn-Trafford offensive linemen selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Foothills Conference team, Crossey helped to pave the way for a Warrior offensive unit which averaged 320 yards (202.8 rush, 117.2 pass) and 27.6 points per game, reaching the opening round of the WPIAL AAAA playoffs. Penn-Trafford’s offensive arsenal produced two backs with at least 340 rushing yards and an 1,100-yard passer, scoring 35 total offensive touchdowns (22 rushing, 13 passing).

Zach Deitrick, Senior FB, Upper St. Clair - A rugged blocker and physical back who played a key role in a Panther ground attack which averaged more than 215 yards last season, Deitrick ran for 317 yards and one touchdown on 62 carries, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He finished three games with 45+ rushing yards, including a season-best 76 yards against Norwin. In limited defensive action, #44 posted six tackles (four solo) and recovered a fumble.

Zach Emerick, Senior QB, Penn-Trafford - The Warriors’ field general each of the last two years, Emerick has thrown for more than 2,000 yards in his career. #16 put the wraps on a respectable senior season by connecting on 73-of-157 passes (46.5 percent) for 1,112 yards and ran for another 340 yards and four touchdowns on 57 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Emerick threw for 100+ yards five times and ran for 100+ yards once. He helped Penn-Trafford reach the opening round of the WPIAL AAAA playoffs opposite North Hills.

Zach Fossett, Senior OG/DE, Central Valley - A key returning presence in the defensive trenches for the defending WPIAL AAA champion Warriors, Fossett returns to the CV fold after posting 69 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, averaging 5.3 tackles per game. He finished seven Warrior games with six or more tackles, including a pair of eight-tackle games (his season high for one game) against Knoch and Thomas Jefferson.

Zach Guiser, Junior DB/KR, Greensburg Central Catholic - Guiser followed up a spectacular freshman season in which he intercepted a team-best eight passes by being named to the Maxpreps’ U.S. Air Force 2010 Sophomore All-American team after intercepting three passes and recovering two fumbles for a Centurion defensive unit (including reserves) which allowed an average of 7.9 points per game last season. Guiser also hauled in four passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns and returned 17 punts for 188 yards, averaging 29 yards per reception and 11.1 yards per punt return.

Zach Gula, Senior TE/ILB, Hopewell – A wrecking ball at linebacker for the Vikings, Gula posted 72 tackles (all solo) and 2.5 sacks in his junior season, averaging 6.5 tackles per game. He finished three games with 10+ tackles, including a season-best 12 tackles in a non-league game against Belle Vernon. He also caught a three-yard touchdown pass on offense.

Zach Harvey, Senior OL, North Allegheny - One of the Tigers’ returning starters on the offensive line, Harvey helped to pave the way for a punishing North Allegheny offensive unit which averaged 345.1 yards (270.8 rush, 74.3 pass) and 31.6 points per game, winning the WPIAL and PIAA AAAA championships and posting an impressive 15-1 record. NA’s offensive arsenal included five backs with between 245 to 2,500 rushing yards and a 1,000-yard passer. The Tigers scored 63 total offensive touchdowns (50 rushing, 13 passing).

Zach Miller, Junior OL/DL, Bethlehem-Center - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection along the offensive line, Miller helped to pave the way for a Bulldog offensive unit which averaged 315.5 yards (238.8 rush, 76.7 pass) and 37.2 points per game, producing five backs with season rushing totals between 235 to 745 yards and an 810-yard passer, scoring 53 total offensive touchdowns (44 rushing, nine passing). Defensively, Miller posted 57 tackles and 1.5 sacks, averaging 5.2 tackles per game.

Zach Romah, Senior FB/LB, Hopewell - The Vikings’ rugged fullback helping to pave the way for Rushel Shell, Romah also got a chance to showcase what he could do with the football, running for 241 yards and one touchdown on 50 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Romah finished with a season-best 103 yards in a 28-26 victory over New Castle. Defensively, he added 16 tackles (all solo), a half a sack and a forced fumble.

Zach Schademan, Junior WR/DB, Thomas Jefferson – Schademan saw limited action both offensively and defensively for the Jaguars last season, snagging in eight passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 22.1 yards per reception, and recording 15 tackles (all solo), two interceptions, five deflected passes and two forced fumbles defensively, averaging 1.4 tackles per game.

Zack Middleby, Senior QB, Burrell - Middleby had a respectable junior season through the Buccaneers’ first nine games, connecting on 71-of-124 passes (57.3 percent) for 1,121 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 124.6 passing yards per game.

Zack Wisneski, Senior OL, Derry Area - Wisneski was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Keystone Conference selection on the offensive line.

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Aaron Law, Senior RB/DB, Central Valley - The fourth-leading rusher in the Warriors’ rushing attack which averaged 213.9 yards per game, Law ran for 380 yards and three touchdowns on 88 carries and caught another two passes for 18 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry and nine yards per reception. He also returned an interception against Allderdice 58 yards for a touchdown and deflected six passes on defense.

 

Aaron Reed, Senior RB/LB, Montour - Reed made most of his living on the defensive side of the ball, amassing 96 tackles, seven deflected passes and two interceptions, averaging 7.4 tackles per game and finishing five games with double-digit tackle totals. Used also on the offensive side of the ball, Reed tallied 255 all-purpose yards combined rushing and receiving, scoring three total touchdowns. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and 11.8 yards per reception.

Adam Bisnowaty, Senior OL, Fox Chapel - Scout.com’s #46-ranked offensive tackle in the nation in the 2012 recruiting class and a three-star prospect, Bisnowaty holds verbal scholarship offers from Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia. Surprisingly, Bisnowaty was not named to either the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big East Conference team or picked to the P-G’s East regional Fabulous-22 team, as he is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the WPIAL.

Adam Bundridge, Senior RB/LB, Southmoreland - A player who did a little bit of everything on offense, Bundridge totaled 369 all-purpose yards (279 rushing, 69 passing, 21 receiving) and had a hand in four Scottie touchdowns (two rushing, one passing, one receiving). He completed his only pass attempt and averaged 6.1 yards per carry on 46 rushes and seven yards per reception on three catches. Defensively, Bundridge totaled 31 tackles, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery, averaging 3.4 tackles per game.

Adam Cole, Senior LB, Belle Vernon Area - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Eight Conference selection at linebacker, Cole was part of a Leopard defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 16.4 points per game, holding six of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts. Belle Vernon reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Indiana Area, falling in a shootout, 42-38.

Adam Lynch, Senior QB/DB, Brashear - A dual-threat field general for the Bulls, Lynch finished his junior season by amassing 963 total yards of offense (770 passing, 193 rushing) and accounting for nine total Brashear touchdowns (five passing, four rushing). He connected on 56-of-122 passes (45.9 percent) and averaged 4.5 yards per carry on 43 rushes. Lynch threw for 100+ yards four times and ran for a season high 76 yards against Schenley.

Alec Stivers, Senior OL/LB, Freeport - Stivers had a successful sophomore season for the Yellowjackets, totaling 70 tackles and an interception, averaging seven tackles per game. He finished with a season-best 10 tackles against Ford City and returned an interception against Summit Academy 39 yards for a touchdown.

Alex Beasley, Junior LB, Woodland Hills - A key defensive contributor to Woodland Hills’ run to the WPIAL AAAA championship game last season, Beasley was part of a Wolverine unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 11.9 points per game, holding nine of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with three shutouts.

Alex Clark, Senior WR/CB, Beaver Falls - A two-way weapon returning for the Tigers, who are coming off their fourth straight appearance in the WPIAL AA semifinals, Clark was one of Beaver Falls’ featured receiving targets and also a key presence in the defensive backfield. Through the Tigers’ first eight games of the season, Clark hauled in 15 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown, averaging 16.7 yards per reception, and recorded 18 tackles (14 solo) and four interceptions on defense.

Alex DiCiantis, Junior RB/LB, North Allegheny - A reserve running back in North Allegheny’s ground attack which averaged just under 271 yards per game, DiCiantis saw increased action in the playoffs following a season-ending injury to featured back and 4,000-yard career rusher Alex Papson. DiCiantis finished with 249 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. His best game of the season came on one of the big stages for the Tigers – a 97-yard, three-touchdown game against Cumberland Valley in the PIAA AAAA semifinals. In fact, all four of DiCiantis’ touchdowns came in the PIAA playoffs. He also posted 12 tackles (eight solo), forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles in limited defensive action.

Alex Reber, Senior OL/DL, Thomas Jefferson - A returning starter on the offensive line for the Jaguars, Reber helped to pave the way for a Thomas Jefferson offensive attack which averaged 306 yards (172.5 rush, 133.5 pass) and 33.1 points per game, producing three backs with season rushing totals between 300 to 865 yards and a pair of 840+-yard passers. TJ scored 52 total offensive touchdowns last season (32 rushing, 20 passing).

Alfon Cook, Senior WR/DB, Ringgold - Both a rushing and receiving threat in the Rams’ run-heavy offensive attack, Cook racked up 214 rushing yards on 15 carries and caught another seven passes for 116 yards, averaging 14.3 yards per carry and 16.6 yards per reception, scoring two total touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). He was the leading receiver in the Rams’ slightly utilized aerial assault which averaged a little more than 20 yards per game and the only Ram with more than 100 receiving yards. Defensively, Cook added 19 tackles (18 solo) and an interception.

Alente Johnson, Senior DB, Rochester - A key returning presence in the Rochester defensive backfield, Johnson was a part of a dominant Rams’ defensive unit which allowed an average of 7.4 points per game, holding 11 of 13 opponents to 13 points or less, with six shutouts.

Andre Williams, Junior RB/LB, Oliver - Primarily a defensive weapon for the Bears, Williams finished his sophomore season with 47 tackles (26 solo), five sacks, an interception, two deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 5.2 tackles per game. He finished games against Langley and Carrick with 10 tackles each.

Andrew Dick, Senior K, Hollidaysburg Area - A weapon on special teams for the Golden Tigers, Dick handled the punting, kickoff and placekicking chores for HA in its first season of WPIAL membership. He averaged 35.1 yards per punt on 13 kicks, with five of those punts downed inside the 20 yard line. He booted six touchbacks on 36 total kickoffs for an average of 49.3 yards per boot. He also converted 29 extra points and five field goals, scoring 44 total points for the Golden Tigers last season, finishing as the fourth-leading scorer on the team.

Andrew Erenberg, Senior RB, Peters Township - The top returning offensive catalyst for the Indians, Erenberg put up respectable numbers through the team’s nine-game regular season, rushing for 937 yards on 156 carries, averaging a little more than six yards per carry. He was also Peters Township’s leading scorer, with 17 total touchdowns and three two-point conversions, for a total of 108 points.

Andrew Huska, Senior K/P, Ford City - Easily one of the top returning kickers in the entire WPIAL AA landscape, Huska handled the punting, kickoff and placekicking chores for the WPIAL AA semifinalist Sabers, converting 30 extra points and a field goal, scoring 33 of the team’s 420 points on the season, or 7.8 percent of the team’s season scoring output. He booted 25 of his 71 kickoffs (35.2 percent) for touchbacks, averaging 55.9 yards per kickoff. He also averaged 34.2 yards per punt on 29 attempts.

Andrew Rumburg-Goodlin, Senior RB/CB, Knoch - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at running back, Rumburg-Goodlin finished as Knoch’s leading rusher in a ground attack which averaged 264.7 yards per game. He ran for 1,092 yards on 137 carries and caught another three passes for 76 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry and 25.3 yards per reception. He scored 18 total touchdowns (17 rushing, one receiving), running for 100+ yards four times and finished three games with four or more rushing touchdowns.

Andy Geisler, Senior OL, Shady Side Academy - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection on the offensive line, Geisler helped to pave the way for a Shady Side Academy offensive unit which averaged 18.4 points per game, reaching the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Aliquippa.

Angelo Natter, Sophomore OL/DL, Thomas Jefferson - As a freshman, Natter wound up finishing second on the Jaguars’ defensive unit in sacks, totaling 22 tackles (11 solo), five sacks and a deflected pass, averaging two tackles per game. He finished with a two-sack game against Washington Trinity and figures to be one of the forces for the Jaguars in the years ahead.

Anthony Nixon, Senior WR/S, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - A Maryland recruit, Nixon figures to be one of the key two-way players for the Vikings, both as a wide receiver and a defensive back. Offensively, Nixon proved to be quite a big-play threat, hauling in 34 passes for 699 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 20.6 yards per catch. One of Nixon’s best statistical games came in the WPIAL semifinals against North Allegheny, when he caught seven passes for 121 yards. Defensively, he intercepted three passes. Nixon was recruited to play defensive back in college.

Anthony Rippole, Senior FB/LB, Montour - One of the many contributors on Montour’s defensive unit last season, Rippole finished his junior season with 78 tackles, three sacks and two deflected passes. He averaged 5.3 tackles per game and finished the Spartans’ game against Canon-McMillan with 11 total tackles. Offensively, Rippole finished the season with 91 yards on 23 rushing attempts and scored two touchdowns. He averaged 3.9 yards per carry.

Arthur Goldberg, Senior DL, Mt. Lebanon - A Wisconsin recruit, Goldberg was one of seven Blue Devils selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s 2010 Great Southern all-conference team last season and was one of three linemen (joining OL Tim Cwalina and TE Paul Lang). He was one of two Blue Devil underclassmen selected to the team, joining 1,900-yard running back Luke Hagy. Goldberg was part of a Mt. Lebanon defensive unit (including reserves) which allowed an average of 15.8 points per game, holding five of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with zero shutouts. The Blue Devils were eliminated in the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals by Woodland Hills, 29-22, in overtime.

Asa Costelnock, Senior WR/DB, Southmoreland - One of three Scottie receivers with more than 15 catches last season in an aerial assault which averaged more than 140 yards per game, Costelnock hauled in 18 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 15.3 yards per reception. He finished with a season-high 113 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-12 victory over Yough. Defensively, Costelnock chalked up 19 tackles (18 solo), three interceptions, a deflected pass and a fumble recovery, averaging 2.1 tackles per game.

Austin David, Senior DL, Central Valley - The only returning Pittsburgh-Post Gazette Parkway Conference 1st team selection to Central Valley’s team from a season ago, David had quite the solid junior season, totaling 78 tackles, seven sacks, two deflected passes, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal, averaging 6.5 tackles per game. David’s best statistical game of the season came in the WPIAL AAA playoffs against Knoch – he recorded 12 tackles and a pair of sacks.

Austin Dewitt, Senior RB/DB, Southmoreland – The third-leading rusher in the Scotties’ rushing attack which averaged just under 110 yards per game last season, Dewitt ran for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries and caught another three passes for 31 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and 10.3 yards per reception. Defensively, Dewitt added 47 tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 5.2 tackles per game. He also returned six kickoffs for 119 yards, averaging 19.8 yards per return.

Avery Anderson, Senior OL/DL, Gateway - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class at defensive tackle, Anderson, a 6’1, 263-pound athlete, has generated interest from programs like Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia. He was involved in limited action with the Gators’ defensive unit last season, assisting on three tackles.

Ben Sweeney, Senior WR, Yough – Sweeney was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Interstate Conference selection at wide receiver and was the only Cougar selected to the team.

B.J. Lipke, Senior WR/DE, Cornell - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class at wide receiver, Lipke has received interest, but no offers, from programs like Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He caught 11 passes for 255 yards and six touchdowns playing in only five games, averaging 23.2 yards per reception and posting a pair of 100-yard performances against Western Beaver and Shenango.

Bob Gustine, Senior WR/DB, Bishop Canevin - Gustine was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection at running back even though he finished the season as the Crusaders’ featured receiver and a weapon on special teams. Gustine finished his junior season with 1,113 all-purpose yards (604 receiving, 509 punt/kickoff returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (seven receiving, two punt return, one kickoff return). He averaged 21.6 yards per reception, 22.2 yards per punt return and 34.7 yards per kickoff return. Gustine’s first five receptions of the 2010 season went for touchdowns – and he surpassed the 140-yard receiving mark against eventual WPIAL A semifinalist Avonworth.

Bob Mandish, Senior OL, Penn-Trafford - One of four Penn-Trafford offensive linemen selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Foothills Conference team, Crossey helped to pave the way for a Warrior offensive unit which averaged 320 yards (202.8 rush, 117.2 pass) and 27.6 points per game, reaching the opening round of the WPIAL AAAA playoffs. Penn-Trafford’s offensive arsenal produced two backs with at least 340 rushing yards and an 1,100-yard passer, scoring 35 total offensive touchdowns (22 rushing, 13 passing).

Bobby Noble, Senior QB, Greensburg Central Catholic - A potential Division-1 prospect at quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class, Noble has received interest from programs like Arizona State, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Pitt and Temple. He finished his junior season as part of a two-quarterback platoon for the Centurions by connecting on 25-of-55 passes (45.5 percent) for 593 yards and eight touchdowns against two interceptions, throwing for 100+ yards in games against Southmoreland and Brownsville.

Boyd Stinnett, Senior OL/DL, California - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection on the offensive line, Stinnett helped to pave the way for a California offensive attack which averaged 330.4 yards (191.1 pass, 139.3 rush) and 29 points per game, producing three backs with 300+ rushing yards and a 1,900-yard passer. California scored 38 total offensive touchdowns last season (25 passing, 13 rushing).

Brad Campbell, Senior G/LB, Apollo-Ridge - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection on the offensive line, Campbell helped to pave the way for an Apollo-Ridge spread offensive attack which averaged 195.9 yards (117.3 pass, 78.6 rush) and 13.6 points per game, producing two 200+-yard rushers and an 890+-yard passer. The Vikings scored 17 total offensive touchdowns (10 passing, seven rushing). Defensively, Campbell led A-R in tackles, posting 103 stops (56 solo), one sack, a deflected pass, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 11.4 tackles per game, finishing six games with tackle totals between 10 to 19.

Brandon Coniker, Junior DB, North Allegheny - One of the top returning athletes from an unlrelenting North Allegheny defense which allowed an average of 7.9 points per game en route to the WPIAL and PIAA AAAA championships last season, Coniker tallied 39 tackles (29 solo), four interceptions (which tied for the team lead), five deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging three tackles per game. Coniker didn’t stop there – he also made impacts on offense and special teams, too – amassing 255 all-purpose yards (30 pass, one rush, 89 receiving, 135 kickoff/punt returns) and scored one touchdown, connecting on his only pass attempt, averaging 29.7 yards per reception on three catches, 20.2 yards per punt return on five tries and 8.5 yards per kickoff return on four tries.

Brandon Mansell, Senior RB/DB, Blackhawk - The second-leading rusher for the Cougars last season, Mansell ran for 463 yards and a touchdown on 74 carries and caught six passes for 20 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry and 3.3 yards per reception. He ran for a season-best 102 yards against South Park. Defensively, Mansell posted 15 tackles (10 solo) and deflected two passes, and also returned three punts for 22 yards (7.2 avg.) and seven kickoffs for 163 yards (23.3 avg.).

Brandon Peluso, Junior OL, Riverview - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection on the offensive line, Peluso helped to pave the way for a Raider offensive unit which averaged 243.4 yards (177.8 rush, 65.6 pass) and 20.4 points per game, producing two 600+-yard rushers and a 650+-yard passer, scoring 27 total offensive touchdowns (23 rushing, four passing).

Brandt Gribbin, Senior WR, Pittsburgh North Catholic - The featured target in North Catholic’s passing attack, Gribbin caught 33 passes for 591 yards. Gribbin was forced to shift positions, from receiver to quarterback, when senior field general Martin Long’s season ended due to injury in the WPIAL playoffs. He was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Eastern Conference team at wide receiver.

Brendan Edwards, Junior WR/DB, Perry Traditional Academy - The top returning receiving target in the Commodores’ aerial assault spearheaded by 2,500-yard passer Greg McGhee last year, Edwards caught 20 passes for 320 yards, averaging 16 yards per reception. In the PIAA AAAA prelims against State College Area, Edwards caught five passes for 113 yards. He is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 class at defensive back, and has received interest from Pitt.

Brendan Lynch, Junior QB, Freeport – A key two-way threat for the Yellowjackets, Lynch was the field general at the reins of Freeport’s Wing-T offense which averaged 26 points per game and reached the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite South Fayette. He connected on 60-of-122 passes (49.2 percent) for 1,326 yards and 13 touchdowns against five interceptions and added 276 yards and five additional touchdowns on 86 carries, averaging 3.2 yards per rush. Lynch threw for 140+ yards six times and is on pace to throw for 3,978 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career. Defensively, he added 66 tackles, two interceptions, two deflected passes and a forced fumble, averaging six tackles per game.

Brian Vales, Senior QB, Avonworth - The man at the helm of the Antelopes’ offensive arsenal last season, Vales helped to lead Avonworth to the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Rochester by throwing for more than 1,000 yards and led a unit which averaged 27.5 points per game. The Antelopes won 10 games last year and have posted an overall record of 29-6 (.829) over the last three years.

Brian Welsh, Junior OL/LB, Freeport - A 6’2, 235-pound presence last year for the Yellowjackets at linebacker, Welsh tallied 53 tackles, three sacks, a deflected pass, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt, averaging 5.3 tackles per game.

Brock Boxen, Sophomore OL/DL, Beaver Falls - A two-way lineman for Beaver Falls, Boxen helped to pave the way for a Tigers’ offensive attack which averaged 319.9 yards of offense (221.4 rush, 98.5 pass) through its first eight games. Beaver Falls reached the WPIAL AA semifinals for a fourth consecutive season, posting a 10-2 record. Defensively, through the team’s first eight games, Boxen posted 19 tackles (10 solo) and two sacks.

Bruno Natter, Senior TE/LB, Thomas Jefferson - A veteran (and key) returning two-way player for the WPIAL AAA semifinalist Jaguars, Natter finished 2010 as one of the Jaguars’ top returning tacklers on defense, posting 53 stops (34 solo), a deflected pass, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal, averaging 4.4 tackles per game. He was also utilized as a target in the TJ aerial assault, hauling in seven passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 14 yards per reception.

Caleb Jakiel, Junior QB/FS, Moon Area - The Tigers’ field general in eight of nine games last year, Jakiel connected on 52-of-122 passes (42.6 percent) for 708 yards and two touchdowns and also scored one rushing touchdown on 35 keepers, averaging 1.7 yards per carry. Jakiel twice threw for at least 138 yards in a game, and he was responsible for two of Moon’s three wins last season.

Cam Grady, Senior TB/LB, Moon Area - The second-leading rusher in the Tigers’ rushing attack from a season ago, Grady posted 364 yards and two touchdowns on 88 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He ran for a season-high 127 yards and a touchdown against Ambridge. Defensively, he tallied 27 tackles (20 solo) and one sack.

Capri Thompson, Senior QB/P, Clairton - The back-up to Desimon Green last season, Thompson saw limited action behind center. He’ll step up to the plate to take the reins of Clairton’s offensive arsenal which produced three 500+-yard rushers and Green’s more than 1,700 passing yards. The Bears scored a school record 746 points, an average of 46.6 points per game, and won the school’s second consecutive PIAA A championship over Taylor-Riverside, 36-30.

Carvan Thompson, Senior OL, Clairton - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Black Hills Conference selection on the offensive line, Thompson helped to pave the way for a potent Clairton offense which averaged 46.6 points per game and claimed a second straight PIAA A football championship. In the last three years, Thompson has started all 48 Clairton games and, barring injury, has the potential to start what is believed to be a Pennsylvania record 64 varsity games – assuming the Bears reach the PIAA finals for a fourth consecutive season.

Casey McCaffrey, Senior RB/DB, Bishop Canevin - The third-leading rusher in Canevin’s ground attack which averaged 205 yards per game last season, McCaffrey ran for 357 yards on 46 carries and caught another three passes for 70 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry and 23.3 yards per reception, scoring seven total touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving). McCaffrey ran for a season-best 92 yards on just seven carries against Riverview.

Celo Davis, Junior LB, Aliquippa - A returning presence at linebacker for the WPIAL AA runner up Quips, Davis was part of an Aliquippa defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 8.6 points per game, holding 12 of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with a pair of shutouts in the WPIAL playoffs. Entering the WPIAL championship game opposite South Fayette, Aliquippa’s defense had only allowed one touchdown in 12 quarters of playoff football – to Ford City in the semifinals.

Chad Phillis, Senior TE/OLB, Central Valley - A key returning two-way presence for the defending WPIAL AAA champion Warriors, Phillis will be very important to a CV defense decimated by graduation. He tallied 50 tackles, nine sacks, five deflected passes, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal, averaging 3.8 tackles per game and posting three games with multiple sacks. Offensively, Phillis hauled in 12 passes for 279 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 23.3 yards per reception, posting three games with 50+ receiving yards for the Warriors.

Chandler Kincade, Sophomore QB, Blackhawk - A rising athlete with tremendous upside as a pro-style quarterback for Blackhawk High School, Kincade is a rising star in the 2014 recruiting class. He connected on 63-of-120 passes (52.5 percent) for 737 yards and seven touchdowns against six interceptions, averaging 81 passing yards per game. Kincade led Blackhawk to a 5-1 start to its 2010 season, but the Cougars lost their final three games to Montour, Central Valley and New Castle by a combined margin of 102-53. Kincade threw for 100+ yards in four of his nine games and is on pace to throw for nearly 3,000 career yards.

Charles Novak, Junior TE/LB, Bethlehem-Center - A key returning presence at linebacker for the Bulldogs from a season ago, Novak chalked up 68 tackles (48 solo), a half a sack, three interceptions, a deflected pass and two fumble recoveries, averaging 6.2 tackles per game. In limited offensive action, Novak ran for 43 yards on five carries, averaging 8.6 yards per carry.

Chaz Whittaker, Senior WR/S, Penn Hills - Ranked by Scout.com as the #50 safety in the nation in the 2012 recruiting class and as a three-star prospect, Whittaker holds verbal offers from Pitt and West Virginia and has received interest from programs like Cincinnati, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse and Wisconsin. He was a key two-way threat for the Indians, who reached the WPIAL AAAA playoffs.

Chinnello Oprahenzie, Junior RB, Perry Traditional Academy - The featured back in Perry’s multiple-I offensive attack which averaged 33.3 points per game and reached the PIAA AAAA prelims against State College, Oprahenzie ran for 585 yards on 97 carries and caught another five passes for 85 yards (in limited stats submitted to Maxpreps), averaging six yards per carry and 17 yards per reception. He ran for 100+ yards three times. Through Perry’s first nine games, Oprahenzie scored 12 total touchdowns for the Commodores.

Chris Avery, Senior OL/DL, New Castle - A returning Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Parkway Conference selection on the offensive line for New Castle last season, Avery helped to pave the way for a Red Hurricane offensive arsenal which averaged 392.2 yards (199.5 rush, 192.7 pass) and 23.3 points per game through its first five games, producing a pair of 400+ yard rushers and an 1,100-yard passer in that span. Through its first five games, NC scored 22 total offensive touchdowns (17 rushing, five passing). Defensively, through NC’s first five games, Avery tallied 38 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, averaging 6.3 tackles per game.

Chris Ingram, Junior DL, Aliquippa - A returning presence along the defensive line for the WPIAL AA runner up Quips, Ingram was part of an Aliquippa defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 8.6 points per game, holding 12 of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with a pair of shutouts in the WPIAL playoffs. Entering the WPIAL championship game opposite South Fayette, Aliquippa’s defense had only allowed one touchdown in 12 quarters of playoff football – to Ford City in the semifinals.

Chris Liberto, Senior RB/LB, Springdale - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection at linebacker, Liberto finished with one of the top tackle totals on the Dynamos’ defensive unit, tallying 111 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions, averaging 9.3 tackles per game for the WPIAL A semifinalists who allowed an average of 11.8 points per game. Liberto is also one of Springdale’s top returning rushers.

Christian Wilson, Senior OL, McKeesport Area - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Foothills Conference selection on the offensive line, Wilson is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class at offensive tackle. Scout.com ranks Wilson as the #119 defensive tackle in the 2012 class and is rated as a two-star prospect, having received interest from Pitt, Rutgers and West Virginia.

C.J. Lutz, Senior WR, Plum - The Mustangs enjoyed a fairly successful 2010 football season, and Lutz was one of the offensive catalysts for Plum’s season efforts. A first team Big East all-conference selection at wide receiver, Lutz snagged 45 passes for 682 yards and scored four touchdowns. Lutz averaged 15.2 yards per reception.

Clark McCready, Senior OL/DL, Hollidaysburg Area - A key returner to the Golden Tigers’ offensive line, McCready helped to pave the way for a Hollidaysburg Area offensive unit which averaged 401.7 yards (189 rush, 212.7 pass) and 31.6 points per game, qualifying for the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Mars. The Golden Tigers produced three backs with between 520 and 660 rushing yards and a 2,100-yard passer, scoring 42 total offensive touchdowns (21 rushing, 21 passing).

Cody Boyde, Senior TE/LB, Western Beaver - A wrecking ball at linebacker for the Golden Beavers, Boyde finished his junior season with 45 tackles (23 solo), 3.5 sacks, an interception, two deflected passes, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, averaging five tackles per game. He also caught one pass for 16 yards.

Cody Conway, Senior TE/DE, Gateway - Conway, a potential Division-1 prospect at defensive end in the 2012 class, played in seven of Gateway’s 11 games last season, posting 28 tackles (14 solo) and four sacks, averaging four tackles and six-tenths of a sack per game. In the Gators’ two meetings with Pittsburgh Central Catholic, the Gator senior-to-be totaled 12 tackles (eight solo) and 2.5 sacks.

Cody Durant, Junior ATH, Bethlehem-Center - Durant did a little bit of everything for the Bulldogs in their 8-3 campaign a season ago, amasing 820 all-purpose yards (360 rush, 192 receiving, 268 punt/kickoff returns) and scored eight total touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving, one interception return, one kickoff return). He averaged 8.8 yards per carry on 41 rushes, 13.7 yards per reception on 14 catches, 15.4 yards per punt return and 32 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Durant added 26 tackles (20 solo), three interceptions and four deflected passes, averaging 2.4 tackles per game.

Cody Matush, Senior K, Monessen - Matush was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection at kicker for the WPIAL A quarterfinalist Greyhounds.

Cole Bush, Junior WR/LB, Burrell - The featured target in Burrell’s aerial assault which averaged just a hair under 125 yards per game last season, Bush hauled in 33 passes for 487 yards, averaging 14.8 yards per reception.

Colin Jones, Senior WR/DB, Bishop Canevin - One of two receivers in Canevin’s aerial assault with more than 15 receptions last season, Jones finished as the Crusaders’ second-leading receiver with 17 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 25.2 yards per reception. He finished with a season-best 110 yards and two touchdowns against eventual WPIAL A quarterfinalist Pittsburgh North Catholic. Defensively, Jones added 11 tackles (all solo) and an interception.

Connor McKlveen, Senior WR/CB, Southmoreland - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Interstate Conference selection at wide receiver, McKlveen was the featured target in Southmoreland’s aerial assault which averaged more than 140 yards per game last season, snagging a team-leading 32 passes for 597 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 18.7 yards per reception. He posted consecutive 100-yard games against Riverside and Charleroi, scoring five of his six touchdowns in those two games. Defensively, he added 53 tackles and two fumble recoveries, averaging 5.9 tackles per game with a season-best 15 stops against Mt. Pleasant. He also completed 1-of-2 passes for 22 yards, ran for 11 yards on three carries and returned a combined 13 kickoffs and punts for 204 yards.

Corey Bickert, Senior ATH, Riverview - Bickert did a little bit of everything for the Raiders last season, totaling 671 all-purpose yards (538 kickoff/punt returns, 113 receiving, 20 rushing) and scoring two receiving touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per carry, 18.8 yards per reception, 12 yards per punt return and 22.1 yards per kickoff return. He converted 13 extra points and one field goal, scoring 28 total points (including the two touchdowns), finishing as one of the leading scorers on the Riverview team. He also recorded 17 tackles (14 solo), two interceptions and a blocked field goal.

Corey Garry, Senior FB/LB, Fort Cherry - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class at fullback, Garry has received interest from programs like Buffalo, Marshall, Pitt and Temple, among others. He was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Black Hills Conference at linebacker after tallying 84 tackles (all solo), which led the Rangers’ defensive unit, averaging 9.3 tackles per game. Offensively, Garry ran for 122 yards on 25 carries and caught another four passes for 60 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 15 yards per catch, scoring five total touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving).

Corey Jones, Senior WR/DB, Penn Hills - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big East Conference and Post-Gazette East regional Fabulous-22 selection at wide receiver, Jones is ranked as the #41 wide receiver in the nation in the 2012 recruiting class by Scout.com and rated as a four-star prospect. He holds verbal offers from Cincinnati, Kansas, Kent State, Penn State, Pitt, Temple, Toledo and West Virginia, and has received interest from programs like Boise State, Connecticut, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State and Syracuse, among others. Jones finished with 710 all-purpose yards (288 rushing, 422 receiving), and led Penn Hills in scoring with 10 total touchdowns, helping the Indians reach the WPIAL AAAA playoffs.

Corey Marshall, Junior WR/DB, Greensburg Central Catholic – Marshall returns to the Centurions’ defensive backfield after posting a solid sophomore season – five interceptions (which led the team) and a deflected pass, helping play a role in a GCC defensive unit which allowed an average of 7.9 points per game. Marshall also caught two passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, averaging 41 yards per reception.

Curtis Lewis, Senior QB, Central Valley - A dual-threat field general who played in just six of Central Valley’s 14 games last season, Lewis registered 932 yards of total offense (507 passing, 425 rushing) and had a hand in 12 total Warrior touchdowns (eight rushing, four passing). He connected on 27-of-57 passes (47.4 percent) and averaged 6.3 yards per carry on 68 rushes. Lewis threw for 100+ yards three times and ran for 188 yards against Moon. He missed CV’s final eight games with an injury.

Dakota Bruggeman, Junior WR/DB, Knoch - An all-around athlete on offense for the Knights, Bruggeman was the only Knoch receiver with more than 10 receptions. He finished with 19 catches for 439 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 23.1 yards per reception, finishing with a season-best 161 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-21 victory over Fox Chapel. Bruggeman also saw time at quarterback, connecting on 7-of-8 passes (87.5 percent) for 115 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 27 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, averaging 3.8 yards per rush.

Dakota Conwell, Senior QB/LB, Upper St. Clair - A Pitt recruit and the Panthers’ top returning two-way athlete, Conwell proved quite adept as a dual-threat field general, amassing 2,001 yards of total offense (1,085 rushing, 916 passing) and accounting for 23 total USC touchowns (16 rushing, seven passing). He completed 62-of-121 passes (51.2 percent) and averaged 6.5 yards per carry on 167 carries, throwing for 100+ yards three times and running for 100+ yards four times. Defensively, Conwell recorded 64 tackles, a team-best 3.5 sacks, an interception, two deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 5.8 tackles per game.

Dakota Datz, Junior QB, Southmoreland - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Interstate Conference selection at quarterback, Datz was at the helm of a Scottie aerial assault which averaged more than 140 yards per game. He finished his sophomore season by completing 84-of-171 passes (49.1 percent) for 1,188 yards and 13 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He threw for 100+ yards in five games, finishing four games with two or more touchdown passes. He is on pace to throw for 3,564 yards and 39 touchdowns in his career. Datz also added 260 yards and four touchdowns on 124 carries, averaging 2.1 yards per carry and running for 100+ yards against Brownsville.

Dalton Barbus, Senior RB/DB, Southmoreland - One of the top returning tacklers from the Southmoreland defensive unit last season, Barbus tallied 69 tackles, a sack, an interception and two deflected passes, averaging 7.7 tackles per game, finishing with a season-best 15 stops against East Allegheny and 12 tackles against Mt. Pleasant. Barbus also ran for 51 yards on 10 carries, caught four passes for 40 yards and one touchdown and returned 16 kickoffs for 192 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per carry, 10 yards per reception and 12 yards per kick return.

Damion Jones-Moore, Senior RB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - The featured back in the Vikings’ punishing rushing attack, Jones-Moore battled through a groin injury in the middle of the season to finish with 1,089 yards and 20 touchdowns on 178 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. The Viking senior-to-be has run for more than 3,400 yards in his career and enters the 2011 season less than 1,000 yards shy of the school’s career record for rushing yardage, held by Eugene Jarvis (4,375 yards). Jones-Moore has a trio of offers from a mix of MAC and Division 1-AA programs.

Dan D’Angelo, Senior FB/LB, Western Beaver - One of the leading returning tacklers to the Golden Beaver’s defensive unit, D’Angelo tallied 54 tackles (36 solo), one sack, an interception, a deflected pass and a forced fumble, averaging six tackles per game. He finished games against Cornell and Neshannock with 11+ tackles each. In limited offensive action, D’Angelo recorded nine carries for 15 yards.

Dane Brown, Junior RB, Franklin Regional - A rising junior who is on pace to rush for 4,017 yards in his career, Brown had quite the sophomore season for Franklin Regional, rushing for a team-best 1,339 yards on 187 carries and caught another five passes for 129 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and 25.8 yards per reception. All told, Brown scored 21 total touchdowns (18 rushing, three receiving). He ran for 100+ six times in 2010, including a trio of 200-yard performances. He finished six FR games with multiple rushing touchdowns scored and accounted for 126 of the Panthers’ 347 points on the season, or 36.3 percent of the team’s season scoring output.

Danny Lis, Senior QB/P, Chartiers-Houston - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Black Hills Conference selection at punter, Lis also was at the helm of the Buccaneers’ offensive arsenal which averaged 23.3 points per game. He wound up leading the team in rushing yards, finishing the Bucs’ nine-game regular season with 801 yards on 119 carries, averaging 6.7 yards per rush. In his sophomore season, Lis threw for more than 900 yards for C-H.

Danny Moyer, Senior RB/DB, Altoona Area - Moyer was off to a fast start for Altoona Area last season, but only played in seven Mountain Lion games last season, running for 413 yards on 74 carries and hauling in another six passes for 108 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 18 yards per reception. He ran for a season-best 124 yards against Fox Chapel, one of four games for Moyer with at least 80 rushing yards last season. In limited defensive action, he recorded seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Darin Franklin, Junior RB/DB, Gateway - The featured back in a Gateway rushing attack which averaged more than 160 yards per game a season ago, Franklin ran for 868 yards on 151 carries and caught another six passes for 50 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry and 8.3 yards per reception, scoring 11 total touchdowns (10 rushing, one receiving). Franklin ran for 100+ yards three times and also had three games in which he scored multiple rushing touchdowns. Franklin is on pace to run for more than 2,600 yards in his career.

Darrell Turner, Senior LB, Gateway - Mr. Turner gets an honorary slot amongst the WPIAL’s top returning players, as he would have been one of the key defensive senior leaders for the Gators. Sadly, he was tragically killed by a gunman in Durham, N.C. over the summer while on the way to a 7-on-7 passing camp in Florida. As a junior, he tallied 67 tackles, a half a sack, an interception and a forced fumble in 10 games, averaging 6.7 tackles per game, finishing games against Penn Hills and McKeesport Area with 10+ tackles. Turner would have been a two-year starter for the Gators at linebacker, and was a rising Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class.

Darren Massey, Senior WR/DB, Montour – A weapon both offensively and defensively for the Spartans, Massey finished a productive junior season by averaging 6.2 yards per carry on 10 rushing attempts and snaring 44 passes for 726 yards, scoring 10 total touchdowns (nine receiving). Massey averaged 16.5 yards per reception and finished two games with multiple touchdown catches. Defensively, Massey had a solid season from his position in the defensive backfield, registering 74 tackles, 14 deflected passes, four interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

David Miller, Senior OL, Seneca Valley - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Northern Seven Conference selection on the offensive line, Miller returns after helping to pave the way for a Seneca Valley offensive unit which averaged 24.6 points per game last year.

Davion Hall, Senior SE/S, Aliquippa - A returning presence in the defensive backfield for the WPIAL AA runner up Quips, Hall was part of an Aliquippa defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 8.6 points per game, holding 12 of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with a pair of shutouts in the WPIAL playoffs. Entering the WPIAL championship game opposite South Fayette, Aliquippa’s defense had only allowed one touchdown in 12 quarters of playoff football – to Ford City in the semifinals.

De’Andre Moon, Senior RB, Rochester - The top returning rusher from Rochester’s three-pronged rushing attack which produced three athletes with at least 670 rushing yards each, Moon finished with 931 yards and 17 touchdowns on 107 carries, averaging 8.7 yards per carry. Moon was an integral part of a Rams’ offensive unit which averaged 34.4 points per game and reached the WPIAL A championship game opposite Clairton. Moon was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Big Seven Conference team and also to the P-G’s West Regional Fabulous-22 team as a running back.

Deaysean Rippy, Senior WR/LB, Sto-Rox - Scout.com’s 7th-ranked outside linebacker in the nation in the 2012 recruiting class, the 6’2, 200-pound Rippy holds more than 30 Division-1 scholarship offers from programs all across the country. He was the Big Seven Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and a selection to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Big Seven Conference team at linebacker. He totaled more than 70 tackles for the Vikings, including eight sacks, and also hauled in 22 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 23.2 yards per reception. In the last two years, Rippy has tallied more than 140 tackles and 15 sacks.

Demetrious Cox, Senior QB/S, Jeannette - Scout.com’s #13-ranked safety in the 2012 recruiting class and a four-star prospect, Cox holds close to 30 Division-1 scholarship offers from programs all across the nation and has also received interest from SEC powerhouses like Alabama and LSU. The man at the helm of Jeannette’s offense which averaged 38 points per game, Cox ran for 621 yards and connected on 55-of-88 passes (62.5 percent) for 698 yards, accounting for 16 Jayhawk touchdowns (12 rushing, four passing). He also recorded three interceptions on defense. Cox was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Interstate Conference selection at defensive back.

Demetrius Louis, Junior WR/DB, Ringgold - A threat on both offense and special teams for the 9-1 Rams last season, Louis wound up amassing 462 all-purpose yards (279 rushing, 193 kickoff returns) and scored six total touchdowns (four rushing, two kickoff returns), averaging 10.7 yards per carry and 64.3 yards per kick return. He twice surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in a game and notched his kickoff return touchdowns against Derry and Franklin Regional.

Derrick Maultsby, Senior OL/DL, Gateway - A 6’3, 305-pound specimen, Maultsby is a potential Division-1 prospect at defensive tackle in the 2012 class, and has received interest from numerous programs, including Alabama, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others. In limited action last season, Anderson recorded two tackles (one solo).

Deshan Brown, Senior RB/DB, Bethlehem-Center - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection at defensive back, Brown accounted for 20 tackles (15 solo), a team-leading six interceptions, six deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging two tackles per game. But he didn’t stop there with his production – Brown was everywhere for the Bulldogs last season, amassing 1,004 all-purpose yards (239 rushing, 337 receiving, 428 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (four rushing, four receiving, two punt returns). Brown averaged 4.4 yards per carry on 55 rushes, 17.7 yards per reception on 19 catches, 30.6 yards per punt return and 19.5 yards per punt return.

Devan Willyard, Junior RB/DB, Ford City - One of the leading returning rushers from Ford City’s 11-1, WPIAL AA semifinalist team last season opposite Aliquippa, Willyard amassed 903 all-purpose yards of offense (646 rushing, 257 receiving) and scored 11 total touchdowns (nine rushing, two receiving), averaging 4.9 yards per carry on 132 rushes and 17.1 yards per reception on 15 catches. Willyard ran for a season-best 178 yards against rival Kittanning and posted two games with 60+ receiving yards. Willyard has run for more than 1,000 yards in his career for the Sabers.

Devin Wilson, Junior WR/DB, Montour - The featured target in the Spartans’ aerial assault, Wilson snagged 55 passes for 757 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 13.76 yards per reception. Wilson caught at least two passes in each of Montour’s 13 games in 2010 and finished five games with five or more receptions. Wilson surpassed 100 yards receiving in games against Hopewell and Blackhawk. Defensively, Wilson added 50 tackles, 11 pass deflections and two forced fumbles. He also handled Montour’s punting chores, pinning nine of his 34 punts inside the 20 yard line. Wilson is receiving some Division-1 interest from programs like Maryland, Penn State and Pitt.

Deyne Richardson, Senior WR/FS, Beaver Falls – A 6’4 presence in the Tigers’ defensive backfield, Richardson got off to a solid start in 2010 for Beaver Falls, posting 38 tackles (30 solo) and four interceptions through the team’s first eight games, averaging 4.8 tackles per game. Richardson was part of a Tiger defensive unit which allowed an average of 15.1 points per game, holding eight of 12 opponents to 17 points or less, with one shutout.

Dillon Buechel, Senior QB, Montour - One of the WPIAL’s top returning field generals, Buechel finished his junior season by helping guide Montour to its second WPIAL title game in four years. Buechel, a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class, completed 158-of-262 passes for 2,221 yards with 24 touchdowns against six interceptions, throwing for no fewer than 115 yards in any game and finishing five games with three or more touchdown passes. #5 has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in the last two seasons and has 34 career touchdown passes. Buechel’s record as a varsity starting quarterback is 17-6. Division-1 programs like Maryland, North Carolina, Pitt and Virginia, among others, have shown interest.

D.J. Hays, Senior WR/DB, West Mifflin – The only target in West Mifflin’s aerial assault who finished the 2010 season with a double-digit total of receptions, Hays hauled in 23 passes for 535 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 23.3 yards per reception. He finished eight games with multiple receptions and five games with at least 65 receiving yards, including a season-best 113 yards in a 31-12 loss to rival Thomas Jefferson.

D.J. Oberdorf, Senior DB, Leechburg - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection at defensive back, Oberdorf was one of two Leechburg players selected to the P-G’s all conference team. The other was now-graduated senior linebacker Garrett Miller.

Dom Martinelli, Senior OL/DL, Montour - A driving force on the offensive line for the Spartans, Martinelli helped pave the way for a unit that produced a 2,000-yard rusher and a 2,000-yard passer and averaged 372.1 yards (201.3 rush, 170.8 pass) and 32.1 points per game, scoring 57 total offensive touchdowns (33 rushing, 24 passing). The Montour ground game averaged 6.76 yards per carry as a team. Defensively, the 275-pound Martinelli contributed 26 tackles, two sacks and recovered a fumble. He is a potential Division-1 prospect, having received interest from several FBS programs and offers from Buffalo and Youngstown State.

Dom Patterson, Senior WR/DB, Brashear - The featured target in a Bull aerial assault which averaged 85.6 yards per game and saw four receivers finish with at least 10 receptions, Patterson hauled in 16 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 14.1 yards per reception and finishing three games with 50+ receiving yards. Defensively, Patterson added 27 tackles (20 solo), a sack and two interceptions.

Dom Presto, Senior QB, Thomas Jefferson - One-half of a two-quarterback platoon employed by Jaguar head coach Bill Cherpak last season, Presto returns for his senior season after amassing 1,019 total yards of offense (886 passing, 133 rushing) and having a hand in 11 total TJ touchdowns (nine passing, two rushing). Presto connected on 46-of-87 passes (52.9 percent) and averaged 3.7 yards per carry on 36 rushes. Presto threw for 100+ yards five times, including a 183-yard, three-touchdown effort in the WPIAL AAA semifinals against Central Valley.

Dontez Ford, Senior WR/DB, Sto-Rox – A Syracuse recruit, Ford was a two-way contributor for Sto-Rox last season, playing a role as a receiver in an offense which averaged more than 27 points per game, reaching the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Pittsburgh North Catholic. Defensively, Ford was part of a Viking unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 11.2 points per game, holding seven of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with five shutouts.

Drayvon Henry, Sophomore RB, Aliquippa - The leading rusher in a three-pronged rushing attack for the Quips which teamed to produce nearly 2,100 yards last season, Henry posted 820 yards and 13 touchdowns on 96 carries, averaging more than 8.5 yards per carry. Henry scored the Quips’ only touchdown in the WPIAL AA championship game against South Fayette

Dustin Creel, Senior ATH, Western Beaver - Like teammate Eric Blinn, Creel was all over the field for the Golden Beavers last season, making quite a number of impacts in a variety of ways. He wound up finishing his junior season with 1,040 all-purpose yards (349 rush, 382 receiving, 309 kickoff/punt returns) and scored nine total touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving, one misc.), averaging 7.1 yards per carry, 12.7 yards per reception, 12 yards per punt return and 39.5 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Creel added 36 tackles (29 solo), 1.5 sacks, four interceptions (tops on the team), three deflected passes and two fumble recoveries.

Dylan Bongiorni, Senior QB, West Allegheny - Bongiorni posted a respectable junior season for the Parkway Conference representative Indians in his first season playing AAA ball after transferring from Burgettstown. He helped lead West A. to the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals, connecting on 76-of-143 passes (53.1 percent) for 1,029 yards and eight touchdowns. For his career, Bongiorni has thrown for 2,975 yards and 33 touchdowns, and has the potential to reach 4,000 passing yards for his career.

Dylan Colucci, Senior OL/DL, Greater Latrobe - A selection to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Foothills Conference team on the defensive line, Colucci was part of a Wildcat defensive unit which allowed an average of 17.3 points per game, holding five opponents to 13 points or less, with one shutout. Offensively, Colucci helped to pave the way for a Latrobe unit which averaged 19.4 points per game overall – including 28.2 points per game in five Wildcat victories. Colucci holds a verbal scholarship offer from Youngstown State and has generated interest from several other Division-1 programs.

Dylan Hunter, Senior RB/S, California - A two-way returner for the Trojans in the offensive and defensive backfields, Hunter posted 62 tackles, two interceptions, a deflected pass and a blocked punt, averaging 6.2 tackles per game, posting two games with 10 or more tackles. Offensively, Hunter accounted for 549 total yards rushing and receiving, averaging 6.4 yards per carry on 58 rushes and 15 yards per reception on 12 catches. Hunter scored three total touchdowns (one rushing, one interception return, one misc.).

Dylan Jones, Senior RB, Laurel - A Pittsburgh-Post Gazette all-Midwestern Conference selection at running back, Jones is the Spartans’ leading returning rusher after racking up 1,286 yards on 167 carries, averaging 7.7 yards per carry. Jones wound up scoring 15 total touchdowns and a two-point conversion, finishing as the Spartans’ leading scorer with 92 total points.

Edward Mitchell, Senior DL, Aliquippa - A returning presence along the defensive line for the WPIAL AA runner up Quips, Mitchell was part of an Aliquippa defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 8.6 points per game, holding 12 of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with a pair of shutouts in the WPIAL playoffs. Entering the WPIAL championship game opposite South Fayette, Aliquippa’s defense had only allowed one touchdown in 12 quarters of playoff football – to Ford City in the semifinals.

Emanuel Williams, Junior OL, Aliquippa - A starter on the Quips’ offensive line last year, Williams was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Midwestern Athletic Conference team as a sophomore. He helped to pave the way for an Aliquippa offensive unit which averaged 31.7 points per game, producing three backs with season rushing totals between 520 and 820 yards and a 1,500-yard passer, reaching the WPIAL AA championship game opposite South Fayette.

Eric Blinn, Senior ATH, Western Beaver - Blinn was all over the field for Western Beaver last season, totaling quite the impressive all-around season stat line. He amassed 1,634 all-purpose yards (194 pass, 991 rush, 259 receiving, 290 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 11 total touchdowns (10 rushing, one receiving). He connected on 16-of-27 passes (59.3 percent) and averaged 7.9 yards per carry on 124 rushes, 14.4 yards per reception on 18 catches, 13 yards per punt return on five attempts and 25 yards per kickoff return on nine attempts. Blinn accounted for 78 of Western’s 241 points on the season (32.4 percent). Defensively, Blinn added 44 tackles (35 solo), two interceptions, seven deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 4.4 tackles per game.

Erik Walker, Senior OL/DL, Clairton - A two-way starter in the trenches for the Bears, Walker helped to pave the way for a record-setting offensive unit which scored 746 points (46.6 points per game) and produced three backs with more than 500 rushing yards each and a 1,700-yard passer. Defensively, Walker was named to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette’s all-Black Hills Conference team and was part of a Bears’ unit, including reserves, which allowed a grand total of 64 points in 16 games, holding 15 of 16 opponents to eight points or less, with an impressive 10 shutouts.

Fred Johnson, Senior RB/SS, Uniontown - An all-around weapon for the Red Raiders, Johnson had some type of impact in all three phases of the game, including finishing as the team’s leading rusher in a rushing attack which averaged 172 yards per game. All told, Johnson amassed 1,232 all-purpose yards (732 rush, 189 receiving, 311 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 12 total touchdowns (eight rushing, two receiving, one punt return and one kickoff return). He averaged 7.8 yards per carry, 11.1 yards per reception, 15.2 yards per punt return and 18.1 yards per kickoff return. Johnson ran for 100+ yards twice. Defensively, he added 32 tackles (16 solo) and a pair of interceptions, and was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Keystone Conference team as a defensive back.

Graham Davis, Senior FB, Gateway - In limited offensive action last year in the Gator backfield, Davis finished with 290 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries, averaging 8.3 yards per rush. Davis ran for a season-best 122 yards and two touchdowns in Gateway’s victory over Norwin. He also returned four kickoffs for 46 yards, averaging 11.5 yards per return.

Greg Garmon, Senior RB/LB, Erie McDowell - Scout.com’s 10th-ranked running back in the nation in the 2012 recruiting class, Garmon has more than 30 Division-1 scholarship offers and was a bigtime player for the Trojans, whether it was on offense, defense, or special teams. Garmon wound up finishing with 1,813 all-purpose yards (1,225 rushing, 147 receiving, 441 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 14 total touchdowns (11 rushing, two receiving, one kickoff return). He averaged 8.7 yards per carry on 141 rushes, 21 yards per reception on seven catches and 28.4 yards per kickoff return on 15 tries. He ran for 100+ yards in six of McDowell’s 10 games, helping the Trojans reach the WPIAL AAAA playoffs opposite Gateway.

Greg Kumer, Senior OL, Fort Cherry - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Black Hills Conference selection on the offensive line, Kumer helped to pave the way for a Ranger offensive unit which averaged 258.6 yards (134.9 pass, 123.7 rush) and 26.5 points per game, producing an 875-yard rusher and a 1,315-yard passer, scoring 36 total offensive touchdowns (21 rushing, 15 passing).

Ian Dobbins, Senior WR, Belle Vernon Area - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Eight Conference selection at wide receiver last season, Dobbins hauled in 27 passes for 684 yards for the Leopards, averaging 25.3 yards per reception.

Ian Park, Senior OL, Upper St. Clair - A Northwestern recruit and the #42-ranked offensive guard in the nation in the 2012 recruiting class by Scout.com, Park is a returning starter along the Upper St. Clair offensive line who helped to pave the way for a Panther unit which averaged 299.8 yards (216.5 rush, 83.3 pass) and 24 points per game, producing five backs with season rushing totals between 215 and 1,085 rushing yards and a 915-yard passer. USC scored 32 total offensive touchdowns (25 rushing, seven passing). He was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Great Southern Conference team as an offensive guard.

Isaiah Neely, Junior DB, Our Lady of Sacred Heart - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection at defensive back, Neely was the only Charger selected to the all conference team last year. It was the first official season OLSH played organized varsity football, and the Chargers posted one win in the process.

J.J. Beggan, Senior OL/DL, Seton-LaSalle – A potential Division-1 prospect at offensive guard in the 2012 recruiting class, Beggan holds verbal offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Temple and Toledo, among others. A two-way threat for the Rebels in the trenches, Beggan helped to pave the way for a Seton-LaSalle offensive arsenal which featured a 1,580-yard rusher and an 1,800-yard passer and averaged 36.9 points per game. Defensively, Beggan was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Century Conference selection on the line.

Jack Schwaba, Senior TE/DE, Upper St. Clair - A Northwestern recruit and the #28-ranked tight end in the nation in the 2012 recruiting class by Scout.com, Schwaba was utilized as both a receiver and a blocker in USC’s offensive attack last year. As a blocker, Schwaba helped to pave the way for a Panther unit which averaged 299.8 yards (216.5 rush, 83.3 pass) and 24 points per game, producing five backs with season rushing totals between 215 and 1,085 rushing yards and a 915-yard passer. USC scored 32 total offensive touchdowns (25 rushing, seven passing). As a receiver, he caught three passes for 28 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 9.3 yards per reception. Defensively, Schwaba added 25 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a deflected pass.

Jack Walther, Senior OL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic - Walther is a returning starter from a Viking offensive line which paved the way for a unit which averaged 30.1 points per game and produced a pair of backs with 770+ rushing yards and a 1,550+-yard passer.

Jacob Milberger, Senior QB, Riverview - The Raiders’ returning field general from a season ago, Milberger amassed 739 yards of total offense (656 passing, 83 rushing) and had a hand in seven total Riverview touchdowns (four passing, three rushing). Milberger connected on 54-of-138 passes (39.1 percent) and averaged 1.6 yards per carry. He threw for 100+ yards three times and ran for a season best 77 yards against Serra Catholic in the WPIAL A playoffs.

Jacob Schnelbach, Senior P/K, Bishop Canevin - A returning weapon on special teams for the Crusaders, Schnelbach converted 38 extra points and four field goals, scoring 50 total points and accounting for 13.2 percent of Canevin’s season scoring output of 380 points. He also booted 70 kickoffs for an average of 44 yards with a pair of touchbacks and averaged 33 yards per punt on 13 attempts, with two downed inside the 20 yard line.

Jake Ellis, Senior DL, Shady Side Academy - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection on the defensive line, Ellis was part of an Indian defensive unit (including reserves) which allowed an average of 16.4 points per game, holding seven of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with three shutouts. Shady Side Academy reached the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Aliquippa.

Jake Klingensmith, Senior OL, Ford City - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection on the offensive line, Klingensmith helped to pave the way for a Saber offensive unit which averaged 262.2 yards (190.4 rush, 71.8 pass) and 32.1 points per game, producing four backs with season rushing totals between 425 to 670 yards and a 915-yard passer. Ford City finished 11-1, reaching the WPIAL AA semifinals opposite Aliquippa, scoring 54 total offensive touchdowns (45 rushing, nine passing).

Jake Radzuikinas, Senior OL, Upper St. Clair - Radzuikinas, who has received offers from Division-1 FCS programs, is a returning starter along the Upper St. Clair offensive line who helped to pave the way for a Panther unit which averaged 299.8 yards (216.5 rush, 83.3 pass) and 24 points per game, producing five backs with season rushing totals between 215 and 1,085 rushing yards and a 915-yard passer. USC scored 32 total offensive touchdowns (25 rushing, seven passing). He was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s all-Great Southern Conference team as an offensive tackle.

Jake Riddell, Senior QB, Laurel Highlands - Laurel Highlands won only one game in 2010, but Riddell provided some giddy-up to the Mustangs’ offensive arsenal by connecting on 139-of-272 passes (51.1 percent) for 1,776 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged 30.2 pass attempts and 197 passing yards per game, and is on pace to throw for more than 3,500 yards in his career for LH. Riddell posted the fifth-highest regular season passing yardage total in the WPIAL last season and the second-highest total in the Keystone Conference, trailing Hollidaysburg’s Chad Barton.

Jake Sofran, Senior FB/LB, Bethlehem-Center - The featured rusher in a Bulldog ground attack which averaged more than 235 yards per game last year, Sofran ran for 745 yards on 105 carries and caught another three passes for 23 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per reception, scoring 14 total touchdowns (13 rushing, one receiving). Defensively, Sofran was a beast – tallying a team-leading 126 tackles (73 solo), 1.5 sacks, an interception, a deflected pass and a forced fumble, averaging 11.5 tackles per game and finishing seven of Beth-Center’s 11 games with between 10-16 tackles.

Jake Turley, Senior OL, Central Valley - One of four returning starters from Central Valley’s offensive line a season ago, Turley helped to pave the way for a Warrior offensive unit which averaged 305.4 yards (213.9 rush, 91.5 pass) and 26 points per game, producing five backs with season rushing totals between 335 to 870 yards and two quarterbacks with between 500 to 760 passing yards. Central Valley scored 44 total offensive touchdowns last season (29 rushing, 15 passing), winning the WPIAL AAA championship in its inaugural season of football.

Jake Witucki, Senior OL, Highlands - A Kent State recruit, Witucki held verbal offers from Akron, Eastern Michigan, Temple and Youngstown State in addition to KSU. He also received interest from numerous D-1 programs, including Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Duke, East Carolina, Indiana, Marshall, Maryland, Ohio, Pitt, Princeton, Purdue, Syracuse, Toledo and West Virginia. He helped to pave the way for a Golden Rams’ offensive unit which averaged 18.2 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Thomas Jefferson.

Jaleel Fields, Sophomore DL, Aliquippa - A returning presence along the defensive line for the WPIAL AA runner up Quips, Mitchell was part of an Aliquippa defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 8.6 points per game, holding 12 of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with a pair of shutouts in the WPIAL playoffs. Entering the WPIAL championship game opposite South Fayette, Aliquippa’s defense had only allowed one touchdown in 12 quarters of playoff football – to Ford City in the semifinals.

Jalen Holmes, Junior TB/LB, New Castle - The featured tailback for the Red Hurricanes, Holmes had a respectable sophomore season, running for 868 yards and 12 touchdowns on 110 carries, averaging 7.9 yards per carry and 96.4 rushing yards per game.

Jalen Madison, Senior LB, Monessen - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection at linebacker, Madison was part of a Monessen defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 10.7 points per game, holding eight of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts. Monessen reached the WPIAL A quarterfinals opposite Springdale.

Jamie Miller, Senior LB, Seton-LaSalle – A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Century Conference selection at linebacker, Miller was an integral part of a Seton-LaSalle defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 16.8 points per game, holding eight of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout. Seton-LaSalle reached the WPIAL AA quarterfinals last season opposite Ford City.

Jamil Smith, Senior WR/DB, Brashear - A key returning presence in the Bulls’ defensive backfield, Smith recorded 18 tackles (15 solo) and picked off a team-leading five passes, averaging two tackles per game. Offensively, he snagged 11 passes for 184 yards, averaging 16.7 yards per reception.

Jaquan Green, Senior QB/DB, Langley - Green wasn’t the City League’s top passer last season – that distinction would go to now-former Perry quarterback Greg McGhee – but Green is the top returning passer to District 8s fold. He connected on 64-of-157 passes (40.8 percent) for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 120.7 yards per game through the air for the Mustangs.

Jason Peterson, Senior DB, Woodland Hills - A key defensive contributor to Woodland Hills’ run to the WPIAL AAAA championship game last season, Peterson was part of a Wolverine unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 11.9 points per game, holding nine of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with three shutouts.

Jawan Turner, Junior OL, Woodland Hills - A returning starter on the Woodland Hills’ offensive line, Turner helped to pave the way a season ago for a Wolverine offensive unit which averaged 26.2 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAAA championship game. Woodland Hills boasted an 1,800-yard rusher and two quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in 2010.

Jawanza Bryant, Senior ATH, Brashear - Bryant did a little bit of everything offensively for the Bulls last season, helping the team reach the City League championship game opposite Perry. The senior-to-be amassed 598 all-purpose yards of offense (413 rushing, 155 passing, 30 receiving) and accounted for nine total Bull touchdowns (six rushing, two passing, one receiving), averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 89 rushes, connecting on 14-of-26 passes (53.8 percent) and averaging 15 yards per reception. Defensively, Bryant recorded 32 tackles (19 solo) and two interceptions.

Jay Barlow, Senior DL, Allderdice - A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-City League selection on the defensive line, Barlow was part of an Allderdice defense which reached the City League semifinals opposite Brashear and allowed an average of 18.4 points per game, holidng four of 11 opponents to 12 points or less, with one shutout.

Jaylen Coleman, Senior LB, Gateway - A transfer from Peabody High School in the Pittsburgh City League, Coleman had a solid junior season in what was Peabody High School’s final season of football. He ran for 700 yards and three touchdowns and posted 90 tackles and an interception. If he had not transferred to Gateway, Coleman would have unquestionably been the City League’s best returning athlete. He is ranked by Scout.com as the #22 middle linebacker in the 2012 class and a three-star prospect (ranked #39 at his position by Rivals, also as a three-star) and held offers or interest from more than 20 Division-1 programs during his recruiting process.

Jaymar Parrish, Junior TE/DE, Gateway - A rising junior at tight end and a possible prospect at the position in the 2013 recruiting class, Parrish hauled in three passes for 56 yards and recorded five carries for 19 yards, averaging 3.8 yards per carry and 18.7 yards per reception. Also, in limited defensive action, Parrish recorded eight tackles (four solo) and a sack.

Jeremy Joyce, Senior SE/DB, Baldwin – The leading receiver in the Highlanders’ aerial assault last season, Joyce hauled in 24 passes for 375 yards, averaging 15.6 yards per reception. He was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Great Southern Conference selection at defensive back.

Jesse James, Senior TE, South Allegheny - A Penn State recruit, the 6’7, 245-pound James hauled in 34 passes for 463 yards, averaging 13.6 yards per reception. James was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Century Conference selection at tight end last year.

Jim Tersak, Junior OL/DL, Bishop Canevin - One of the top returning tacklers among Canevin’s defensive linemen last season, Tersak had a solid sophomore season, totaling 74 tackles (all solo), seven sacks, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt, averaging 6.7 tackles per game. He finished with a season-best 16 tackles in the Crusaders’ loss to Springdale and finished a pair of games (Northgate and Pittsburgh North Catholic) with multiple sacks.

J.P. Holtz, Senior TE, Shaler – A Penn State recruit, Holtz held scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia before choosing the Nittany Lions. Holtz is Scout.com’s #12-ranked tight end in the 2012 recruiting class and a three-star prospect. He wound up finishing as the leading rusher for the Titans and scored a team-leading 14 touchdowns overall. Holtz was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Northern Seven Conference selection at running back.

Jocquet Foster, Senior WR/DB, Oliver – One of the featured targets in the Oliver aerial assault which averaged 110.8 yards per game last season en route to the PIAA AA playoffs opposite Brockway, Foster hauled in 17 passes for 371 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 21.8 yards per reception. In the Brockway game, Foster caught six passes for 87 yards and scored on a 17-yard pass. Defensively, Foster added 34 tackles (19 solo), four sacks, two interceptions, six deflected passes and two fumble recoveries, averaging 3.4 tackles per game.

Joe Killian, Senior QB, Springdale - Killian helped lead Springdale to a 10-2 record last season, operating the reins of a run-centric Springdale offensive unit which averaged 33.8 points per game and reached the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Clairton. Killian ran for a team-best 99 yards in last season’s WPIAL A semifinal and finished the season with fewer than 400 passing yards, proving to be a dual-threat type of athlete.

Joe Superick, Senior QB/FS, Uniontown - Superick saw action in four games for the Red Raiders last season, connecting on 28-of-52 passes (53.8 percent) for 414 yards and three touchdowns and adding one rushing touchdown on 15 keepers, averaging 1.5 yards per carry. Superick, who averaged 103.5 passing yards per game for Uniontown, twice threw for more than 155 yards in a game. He also averaged 35.5 yards per punt on four kicks with a long of 51 yards.

Joell Nesbit, Senior RB/DEF, Brashear - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class, Nesbit has generated interest from programs like Cincinnati, Maryland, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others. Nesbit finished his junior season by running for 278 yards and two touchdowns on 46 carries, averaging six yards per carry, and recorded 23 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery on defense.

John Bridge, Junior TE/DE, Bishop Canevin - Bridge posted a respectable sophomore season for the Crusaders, tallying 56 tackles (all solo) and six sacks, averaging 5.1 tackles per game. He finished games against Riverview and Pittsburgh North Catholic with multiple sacks.

John Lerda, Senior QB, South Fayette – The back-up to record-setting field general Christian Brumbaugh last season, Lerda is in the running to take over the helm of South Fayette’s offense in 2011. In limited offensive action last season, Lerda connected on 3-of-7 passes for 112 yards and added 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries, averaging 12.4 yards per carry.

John Matarazzo, Senior QB, New Castle - A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class at quarterback, Matarazzo has attracted interest from several Division-1 FBS programs, like Northwestern, Pitt, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin, among others. He finished his junior season by connecting on 109-of-206 passes for 1,649 yards and nine touchdowns for the Red Hurricanes, finishing the WPIAL’s nine-game regular season with the seventh-highest passing yardage total, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s statistical leaders. For his career, Matarazzo has thrown for 3,806 yards and 26 touchdowns, and is in line to become New Castle’s first 4,000-yard career passer.

Jon Granato, Junior OL/RB/LB, California - One of the top returning tacklers to the Trojans’ defensive unit from a season ago, Granato tallied 65 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, averaging 6.5 tackles per game. He finished with a season-best 14 tackles against Eastern Conference representative Riverview.

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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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Adam Wiley, Junior ATH, Chestnut Ridge - Wiley had a respectable defensive season for the 8-3 Lions, posting 72 tackles and three interceptions, averaging 7.2 tackles per contest and twice finishing with more than 10 tackles in a game, including a season-best 13 stops in a Week 2 victory over North Star. Wiley didn’t stop there – he also chalked up 395 all-purpose yards (57 rushing, 154 receiving, 184 kickoff/punt returns) and scored two total touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Wiley averaged 9.5 yards per carry, 22 yards per reception, 9.6 yards per punt return and 19.8 yards per kick return.

 

Andre Dauphinais, Senior RB/LB, Berlin Brothersvalley - A two-way weapon for the high-flying Mountaineers, Dauphinais racked up 48 tackles, five sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 4.8 stops per game for a Berlin defensive unit that held seven of 10 opponents to 16 points or less, with one shutout. Offensively, Dauphinais finished as the fourth-leading rusher for a Mountaineers’ offense that averaged 299 yards per game on the ground, running for 229 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries, averaging nearly 7.2 yards per carry.

Andrew Mock, Senior QB/DE, Windber - Mock was primarily a defensive catalyst for the Ramblers, accounting for 27 tackles, a team-leading six sacks, an interception and a forced fumble, averaging 2.7 tackles per game for District 5s winningest all-time football program (584-329-44 overall since 1914). Offensively, he completed 11-of-23 passes for 91 yards, ran 14 times for 122 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per carry and 14.5 yards per reception.

Brad Hengst, Senior QB, Chestnut Ridge - A true dual-threat type of quarterback, Hengst just missed a 1,000/1,000 season by 52 passing yards. He helped lead the Lions to an 8-3 record and berth in the District 5/6 AA playoffs by running for 1,245 yards on 116 carries and completing 47-of-99 passes for 948 yards, accounting for 24 total touchdowns (18 rushing, 6 passing). He finished with a completion percentage of 47.5, throwing for 100+ yards five times. On the ground, Hengst averaged 10.7 yards per carry, running for 100+ yards in six of 10 games. In the last two seasons, Hengst has amassed more than 3,500 yards of offense. Defensively, he added 36 tackles (21 solo) and recovered a pair of fumbles.

Brandon Miller, Senior WR/DB, Meyersdale - A solid all-around athlete for the Red Raiders, Miller was all over the place for Meyersdale in his junior season, amassing 1,292 all-purpose yards (362 rush, 451 receiving, 479 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (4 rushing, 4 receiving, 1 punt return, 1 kickoff return). He averaged 11.3 yards per carry, 16.7 yards per reception, 19.2 yards per punt return and 20.4 yards per kickoff return. He ran for 100+ yards once and was Meyersdale’s featured receiving target, finishing five games with at least 50 receiving yards. Defensively, Miller added 56 tackles, two interceptions and two deflected passes.

Brandon Oswalt, Senior WR/DB, Northern Bedford County - The top returning receiver from a Panthers’ aerial assault that averaged more than 60 yards per game last season, Oswalt hauled in 14 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 15.3 yards per catch. He finished four games with multiple catches and two games with at least 40 receiving yards. Oswalt also returned 16 punts for 71 yards.

Brantley Rice, Junior DB/K, North Star - A key presence in the North Star defensive backfield and on special teams, Rice tallied 57 tackles, four interceptions and three deflected passes, averaging 4.8 tackles per game. On special teams, Rice handled the placekicking and kickoff chores for the Cougars. He converted 32 extra points and one field goal, accounting for 35 of North Star’s 389 total points in 2010. On kickoffs, Rice booted a trio of touchbacks on 58 tries.

Brock Medva, Junior RB/DB, Shade - 2010 was a struggle for the Shade Panthers, who won just two of their nine games, but Brock Medva was one of the team’s top statistical leaders. He amassed 1,235 all-purpose yards (811 rushing, 45 receiving, 379 kickoff/punt returns) and scored seven total touchdowns (all rushing) for the Panthers. The team’s leading rusher, Medva averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 149 rushes, going for 100+ yards four times. Defensively, Medva was just as forceful, racking up 101 tackles (59 solo) and a fumble recovery, averaging 11.2 tackles per game, including 15 tackles against Rockwood and 14 tackles each against Portage and Meyersdale. Medva also averaged 8.4 yards per punt return and 21.1 yards per kickoff return.

Bryan Zborovancik, Senior FB/DE, North Star - The third-leading rusher in North Star’s rushing attack that averaged more than 195 yards per game last season, Zborovancik ran for 360 yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries and caught another five passes for 48 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 9.6 yards per reception. He finished six games with at least five rushing attempts and four games with at least 44 rushing yards. Defensively, #32 registered 60 tackles, one sack and a deflected pass, averaging 4.6 tackles per game, including a season-high 11 tackles in a loss to Berlin Brothersvalley.

Cody Keefer, Senior OL/DL, Berlin Brothersvalley - A key returner to the Berlin defensive line, Keefer, all 155 pounds of him, finished with 46 tackles and four sacks during the Mountaineers’ 9-1 campaign last year. He averaged 4.6 tackles and four-tenths of a sack per game.

Colin Bryan, Junior ATH, Windber - An all-around athlete for the Ramblers, Bryan totaled 614 all-purpose yards (242 rushing, 111 receiving, 261 kickoff/punt returns) and scored five total touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 punt return), averaging 5.6 yards per carry, 12.3 yards per reception, 14.4 yards per punt return and 32.8 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Bryan added 36 tackles (26 solo).

Dakota Hess, Senior ATH, Bedford - Hess did a little bit of everything for the Bison in 2010, amassing 772 all-purpose yards (218 rushing, 151 receiving, 403 kickoff/punt returns) and scored six total touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 receiving, 2 kickoff returns). He averaged 6.4 yards per carry, 16.8 yards per reception, 17 yards per punt return and 34.5 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Hess chipped in with 46 tackles (26 solo), three interceptions and four deflected passes.

Dan Zambanini, Senior WR/DB, Conemaugh Township - One of CT’s top returning defensive leaders, Zambanini tallied 89 tackles (51 solo), an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 8.1 tackles per game. He posted a season-best 17 tackles against Windber and 14 tackles against Chestnut Ridge. In limited action at wideout, Zambanini caught a trio of passes for 52 yards and one touchdown, averaging 17.3 yards per catch.

Drew Glotfelty, Junior RB/DB, Berlin Brothersvalley – Glotfelty was getting off to a solid start for the Mountaineers, then wound up missing 60 percent of Berlin’s season. In just four games, the junior-to-be ran for 399 yards and three touchdowns on just 32 carries and caught another 10 passes for 85 yards, scoring four total touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 receiving). He averaged 12.5 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per catch. Defensively, he added 21 tackles and a deflected pass.

Dylan Glessner, Junior RB/LB, Shade - The second-leading rusher in the Panthers’ offensive arsenal that averaged more than 205 yards per game on the ground, Glessner accumulated 535 yards and four touchdowns on 117 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per rush and topping the 100-yard mark in a game once. Defensively, Glessner totaled 75 tackles (41 solo), three sacks and a blocked punt, averaging 8.3 tackles per game.

Eric Ewing, Senior FB/DE, Conemaugh Township - Ewing made impacts for the Indians from his position at defensive end, racking up 43 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 3.9 tackles per game. Ewing was part of a Conemaugh Township defensive unit that held eight of 11 opponents to 14 points or less. As a fullback, Ewing ran for 166 yards and one touchdown on 52 carries and caught another two passes for 17 yards, averaging 3.2 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per reception.

Grant Speigle, Senior K/P, Conemaugh Township - The Indians’ leading special teams weapon, Speigle averaged 31.2 yards per punt on 31 boots, with four of those kicks downed inside the 20 yard line to go with a long of 67 yards. On kickoffs, he averaged 41.1 yards per boot on 19 tries, with one touchback. Speigle also converted 30 extra points for Conemaugh Township.

Jacob Craig, Senior TE/LB, Berlin Brothersvalley - A key returning presence at linebacker for Berlin, Craig finished the season as one of the team’s top tacklers and sack artists, amassing 92 tackles, 7.5 sacks, a deflected pass, a fumble recovery and two blocked punts, averaging 9.2 tackles per game. He finished with a season-best 16 tackles against Windber and a pair of 13-tackle games against Meyersdale and North Star. Offensively, Craig was mostly a blocker for a Mountaineer offense that averaged 299 rushing yards and 40.1 points per game, but he also got a chance for some touches. Using his 6’1, 228-pound frame at tight end, Craig caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 18 yards per catch, and also registered a 35-yard touchdown run on his only rushing attempt.

Joe Pipon, Senior QB/S, Windber - Pipon was at the helm of the Ramblers’ offensive arsenal, amassing 900 total yards of offense (525 passing, 375 rushing) and accounting for eight Windber touchdowns (6 rushing, 2 passing). He completed 47-of-106 passes (44.3 percent) and averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 72 rushes. He threw for 100+ yards once and ran for 100+ yards once, but did not stop there. Including his six rushing touchdowns, Pipon scored 58 total points (15 extra points, 2 two-point conversions, 1 field goal) and averaged 32.5 yards per punt on 20 boots, with one punt downed inside the 20 yard line.

Jordan Hamacek, Senior OL/DL, Windber - A defensive force for the Ramblers, Hamacek totaled 52 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 5.8 tackles per game.

Jordan Shroyer, Senior WR/LB, Conemaugh Township - The Indians’ top returning multi-purpose athlete, Shroyer notched an impressive 1,428 all-purpose yards (246 rushing, 685 receiving, 259 punt returns, 238 kickoff returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (9 receiving, 1 rushing). Shroyer caught a team-best 42 passes, averaging 16.3 yards per catch, finishing five games with at least four catches and three games with 100+ receiving yards. He also averaged over seven yards per carry, 17.3 yards per punt return and 19.8 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, #31 recorded 85 tackles (52 solo), two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging just under eight tackles per game.

Josh Bulger, Senior OL/LB, Shade – District 5s top returning sack artist, Bulger had himself quite a solid junior season. He chalked up 78 tackles (44 solo), a team-best 10 sacks (for 63 yards lost) and a fumble recovery, averaging 8.7 tackles and 1.1 sacks per game. Bulger finished five Panther games with 10+ tackles and two games with multiple sacks.

Jourdan Miller, Junior WR/DB, Northern Bedford County - A key returning presense to the Northern Bedford defensive backfield, Miller totaled 15 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, four deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 1.5 tackles per game. Miller was part of a Panther defensive unit that held 11 of 12 opponents to 18 points or less last season, with two shutouts. He also caught five passes for 34 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per catch.

Justin Hoover, Senior RB/LB, Meyersdale - The featured rusher in the Red Raiders’ ground attack that averaged more than 200 yards per game, Hoover finished with 1,326 yards and 10 touchdowns on 194 carries and caught another nine passes for 61 yards and one additional touchdown, averaging 6.8 yards per carry and 6.8 yards per reception. Hoover ran for 100+ yards in seven of nine games, including a pair of 200+ yard performances. Defensively, he added 88 tackles (54 solo), one sack, one interception, two deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He also returned 10 kickoffs for 199 yards and also averaged 32 yards per punt on 25 attempts, with five punts downed inside the 20 yard line.

Kyle Monroe, Senior OL/LB, Meyersdale - Monroe tallied 64 tackles (35 solo) for the Red Raiders last season, averaging 6.4 tackles per game for a Meyersdale defensive unit that held three of 10 opponents to 15 points or less.

Levi Bowser, Junior K, Berlin Brothersvalley - The guy in charge of the kickoff and placekicking chores for the Mountaineers, Bowser converted 39 extra points, accounting for just under 10 percent of Berlin’s season total of 401 points scored. On kickoff duties, Bowser booted 22 total kickoffs, with one touchback, averaging just under 41 yards per boot.

Logan Fluke, Senior QB, Northern Bedford County - Fluke only played in the first 10 of Northern Bedford’s 12 games in 2010, missing the majority of the Panthers’ run to the District 5 Class A championship game. While he was in action, however, he posted a solid junior season, leading NBC to a 10-0 record. Fluke completed 54-of-103 passes for 725 yards and 11 touchdowns against five interceptions, connecting on 52.4 percent of his passes, throwing for 100+ yards three times and posting two games with three scoring passes each. He also added 162 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per rush. Defensively, Fluke added five tackles, two interception and three deflected passes.

Logan Kensinger, Senior OL/ILB, Chestnut Ridge – A key returning defensive presence for Chestnut Ridge at linebacker, Kensinger chalked up 96 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 9.6 tackles per game. Kensinger posted a trio of 16-tackle games against Windber, Meyersdale, and Allegany (Cumberland, Md.). Kensinger was part of a Chestnut Ridge defensive unit that held five of 11 opponents to 18 points or less, with one shutout.

Marcus Shippey, Senior ATH, Bedford - Shippey was at the controls of Kevin Steele’s Wing-T offense in 2010, and he put up respectable statistics, amassing 952 total yards of offense (524 passing, 428 rushing) and accounting for 13 total Bison touchdowns (7 rushing, 6 passing). Shippey completed 29-of-81 passes (35.8 percent), throwing for 100+ yards once, and averaged 4.1 yards per carry on 104 carries, running for 100+ yards once. Defensively, Shippey racked up 106 tackles (69 solo), an interception, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, averaging 10.6 tackles per game and finishing six games with 10+ tackles. He also averaged 31.1 yards per punt on 31 attempts and 49.3 yards per kickoff, with one touchback, on 26 boots.

Matt Dull, Senior WR/LB, Chestnut Ridge - A key two-way returning player for Chestnut Ridge, Dull ripped up opposing offenses for 106 tackles and a pair of interceptions, averaging 9.6 tackles per game, finishing four games with 11+ tackles, including a 17-tackle performance against Windber and 14 stops against Berlin Brothersvalley. Offensively, Dull racked up 607 all-purpose yards of offense (415 rushing, 192 receiving) and scored five total touchdowns (3 rushing, 2 receiving). He averaged 6.5 yards per carry and 17.5 yards per reception. Dull also returned 12 combined kickoffs and punts for 155 yards.

Matt Orner, Junior TE/DE, Shade - A key returning presence at linebacker for Shade, Orner registered 39 tackles (23 solo) and four sacks, averaging 4.3 tackles per game and posting a two-sack performance against North Star. Orner’s four sacks accounted for 25 yards lost.

Matt Sollenberger, Senior RB/DB, Northern Bedford County - The top returning rusher from a Panthers’ rushing attack that averaged more than 250 yards per game last season, Sollenberger ran for 211 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries, averaging over five yards per rush. He posted a season-best 98 yards in Northern Bedford’s season opener against Moshannon Valley. Defensively, Sollenberger posted 60 tackles (all solo), a sack, a deflected pass and two fumble recoveries, averaging five tackles per game. He also completed two passes for 19 yards and returned four kickoffs for 24 yards.

Matt Yost, Senior RB/DB, Conemaugh Township - A defensive force for the Indians, Yost totaled 61 tackles (45 solo) and a pair of interceptions, posting a season-high 14 tackles against Northern Bedford in the District 5 Class A playoffs and returning an interception for a touchdown against Conemaugh Valley. Yost also returned six kickoffs for 160 yards, including an 86-yard return for touchdown against North Star, added 10 rushes for 65 yards and caught a 20-yard pass.

Max Strasiser, Senior QB, North Star - Easily District 5s top returning field general and one of the top offensive catalysts among the district’s Class A schools, Strasiser amassed 2,435 yards of total offense (2,010 passing, 425 rushing) and had a hand in 32 total touchdowns for the Cougars (21 passing, 11 rushing). He completed 114-of-196 passes (58.2 percent), throwing for 100+ yards nine times, 200+ yards five times and 300+ yards once. Strasiser has thrown for 3,125 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career, and has the potential to become the first 4,000-yard passer in D5 history. He helped North Star to a 9-4 record and the school’s third District 5 football championship in the last four seasons.

Mike Ott, Senior SE/P, Shade - Ott handled the punting chores for the Panthers last season, averaging 36.5 yards per punt on 17 attempts, with five of those punts downed inside the 20 yard line. Ott’s long punt of the year went for 48 yards.

Neil Yoder, Senior RB/LB, North Star - Primarily a defensive force for the District 5 Class A champion Cougars, Yoder racked up 118 tackles (74 solo), an interception and two forced fumbles, averaging 9.8 tackles per game. He finished seven of North Star’s 13 games with double-digit tackle totals, including 18 stops against Chestnut Ridge, 14 tackles against Northern Bedford County and 13 tackles against Clairton in the PIAA Class A playoffs. He was part of a North Star defensive unit that held five of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout. Yoder also ran for 37 yards on four carries and returned four kickoffs for 59 yards.

Quinton Hixson, Senior OL/DL, Northern Bedford County - A 6’3, 300-pound behemoth in the trenches for the District 5 Class A runner-up Panthers, Hixson has the potential to receive some interest from some collegiate football programs. He tallied 54 tackles, two sacks, a deflected pass and a forced fumble for Northern Bedford last year, playing a key part on a defensive unit that held 11 of 12 opponents to 18 points or less, with two shutouts. Offensively, Hixson helped to pave the way for an NBC offensive unit that averaged 322 yards (253 rushing) and 35.3 points per game, scoring 56 total touchdowns (45 rushing, 11 passing).

Randy Martz, Senior G/LB, Meyersdale - Martz finished his junior season by racking up 59 tackles (36 solo), averaging 6.5 tackles per game for the Red Raiders, including a season-best 12 stops against Shade. Martz was part of a Meyersdale defensive unit that held three of 10 opponents to 15 points or less.

Rusty Miller, Junior TE/DL, North Star - A 6’1, 215-pound target at tight end in the North Star aerial assault, Miller snagged 16 passes for 256 yards and a trio of touchdowns, averaging exactly 16 yards per catch. He finished six games with multiple catches and five games with at least 30 receiving yards. The Cougars averaged more than 155 yards through the air last season, producing three receivers with at least 15 catches and 250 receiving yards.

Tanner Cahill, Junior RB/LB, Conemaugh Township - Cahill had a very solid sophomore season for the 8-3 Indians, racking up 111 tackles (66 solo), a sack, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt, averaging 10.1 tackles per game. He finished with a pair of 14-tackle games against Blacklick Valley and North Star and also had 12 tackles against Rockwood. Cahill also contributed 18 rushing yards on four carries in limited offensive action.

Tanner Revak, Senior WR/DB, North Star - A 6’2 presence in the Cougars’ defensive backfield, Revak chalked up 77 tackles (43 solo), three interceptions and four deflected passes, averaging 5.9 tackles per game. He posted a season-best 11 tackles in a loss to Berlin Brothersvalley in the third week of the season. Also utilized as a receiver, Revak was the fourth-leading pass catcher in the Cougars’ aerial assault, hauling in nine passes for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 9.6 yards per reception.

Tim Tallyen, Senior TE/ILB, Windber – Tallyen will bring a veteran presence to one of the linebacker slots in Windber’s defense after tallying 97 tackles (59 solo) and a trio of fumble recoveries, averaging 9.7 tackles per game. He posted a season-best 16 tackles against Conemaugh Valley and 13 stops against Ferndale. The CV and Ferndale games were two of six total games Tallyen reached or topped the 10-tackle plateau in a game.

Tony Strasiser, Junior WR/DB, North Star - Strasiser finished as North Star’s leading receiver for the second consecutive season, snaring a team-best 49 passes for 969 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 19.8 yards per reception. He finished six games with five or more catches and four games with at least 100 receiving yards. In his career, Strasiser has been on the receiving end of 83 passes for 1,612 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also ran for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 carries (10.9 yard avg. per rush), recorded 34 tackles (21 solo), six deflected passes and a forced fumble on defense and returned six punts for 65 yards. Strasiser also handled the Cougars’ punting duties in 2010, averaging 35.4 yards per punt on 21 attempts, with six of those punts downed inside the 20 yard line.

Treston Clark, Senior TE/DE, Windber - Clark used his 6’0, 232-pound frame to haul in nine passes for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 18.4 yards per reception. He also helped provide blocking for a Rambler offensive arsenal that averaged 346 yards (285 rushing) and 21.5 points per game. Defensively, Clark added 60 tackles (31 solo) and a pair of sacks.

Tyler Shetler, Senior RB/S, Windber - The top returning rusher from Windber’s potent ground attack that averaged more than 280 yards per game last season, Shetler posted 469 yards and a trio of touchdowns on 51 carries – reaching those numbers in just six games. He averaged 9.2 yards per carry, running for 100+ yards in two games, including a 210-yard effort against Ferndale. Defensively, Shetler chipped in with 18 tackles (13 solo) and a forced fumble.

Wolf Otten, Senior FB/ILB, Windber - A key returning presence at linebacker for the Ramblers, Otten chalked up 91 tackles (68 solo) and 3.5 sacks, averaging 9.1 tackles per game for the blue and white. He finished five games with 10+ tackles, including a season-high 14 tackles against Ferndale and 12 stops against Chestnut Ridge. Otten was part of a Windber defensive unit that held six of 10 opponents to 14 points or less.

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