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2011-12 District 7 & 8 “Players to Watch” list (Part I)

Written by: on Monday, August 15th, 2011
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 8’s 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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2 Responses to “2011-12 District 7 & 8 “Players to Watch” list (Part I)”

  1. Perette says:

    Good Look Lance!! Congrats Fellas!! Great Season to u all!

  2. Lance says:

    Deyne Richardson is gonna have a BIG year i can feel it!!!



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