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WPIAL’s 2010 Top Returning Athletes

Written by: on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010


Aaron McKinney, Senior WR/OLB, West Allegheny – A two-way threat for the Indians, McKinney caught 17 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns, averaging more than 20.9 yards per catch and 27 yards per game. Defensively, McKinney chalked up 60 tackles, two deflected passes and two forced fumbles. He averaged 4.6 tackles per game.

Adam Bisnowaty, Junior OL, Fox Chapel – One of the top offensive linemen in the WPIAL, Bisnowaty may be the best line prospect in the WPIAL in the 2012 class. He’s received interest from Pitt and Penn State, among others, and helped to pave the way for 1,000-yard rusher Montay Green last season. Once Bisnowaty is eligible to start receiving written offers (Sept. 1, 2010), start looking for the written offers to roll in.

Adam Tuziko, Senior RB, Knoch – The leading returning rusher for the Knights, Tuziko ran for 451 yards and six touchdowns on 80 carries, averaging 5.64 yards per carry and more than 50 yards per game. Tuziko’s best game of the season came against Highlands – he ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-21 victory. Tuziko’s 36 points scored last season also gave him the title of Knoch’s leading scorer for the season – he accounted for 27.3 percent of the Knights’ season scoring total.

Alex Adams, Senior LB, Canon-McMillan – Adams is one of the top returning defensive leaders to the Big Macs’ 2010 defensive unit this year. He was part of a unit that allowed an average of 29.6 points per game last year, with one shutout.

Alex Papson, Senior RB, North Allegheny – The top returning rusher for the Tigers, Papson posted a solid junior season, running for 1,090 yards and 15 touchdowns on 152 carries and snagging three passes for 42 yards. He averaged 7.17 yards per carry and 14 yards per reception. Papson surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing in five games last season and had six games with at least two rushing touchdowns.

Andrew Erenberg, Junior RB, Peters Township – A two-way threat for the Indians, Erenberg enjoyed a successful sophomore season, running for 793 yards and nine touchdowns on 150 carries and snagging 12 passes for 97 yards. He averaged 5.29 yards per carry and 8.08 yards per catch. Defensively, Erenberg tallied 56 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three blocked field goals. He averaged 6.2 tackles per game.

Andrew Rumburg-Goodlin, Junior RB/CB, Knoch – One of the top returning rushers to the Knights’ backfield, Rumburg-Goodlin ran for 330 yards and two touchdowns on 79 carries, averaging 4.18 yards per carry and 66 yards per game. He only played in five of Knoch’s nine games in 2009. Rumburg-Goodlin is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class at cornerback, having received interest from Georgia Tech, Penn State, Pitt, UCLA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Anthony May, Senior LB, Connellsville Area – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class, May has generated interest from programs like Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia and Wisconsin. May was part of a Falcons’ defensive unit that surrendered an average of 37 points per game last season.

Armstead Williams, Senior WR, Gateway – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 recruiting class, Williams owns nearly a dozen scholarship offers from schools like Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue, Syracuse and Wisconsin. A two-way threat for the Gators, Williams hauled in 19 passes for 407 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 21.4 yards per catch. Defensively, he posted 62 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble, averaging 5.6 tackles per game.

Austin Hancock, Senior QB, Peters Township – Hancock has generated interest from Division-1 programs like Alabama, Maryland, Penn State, Stanford and Syracuse. He finished his junior season by tallying more than 1,600 yards of total offense (1,298 passing, 372 rushing) and accounting for 18 total touchdowns (14 passing, 4 rushing). He completed 92-of-156 passes and averaged more than 4.1 yards per carry. Defensively, he contributed 24 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

Austin Heter, Senior OL, Montour – A potential Division-1 prospect in the trenches for the Spartans, Heter has received scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Maryland and Toledo and interest from programs like Boston College, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Pitt. He helped pave the way for a Spartan offense that averaged 317 yards of offense and 24.9 points per game last season.

Austin Miele, Senior RB, Mars – One of the top returning running backs in the Greater Allegheny Conference, Miele ran for 1,218 yards and 11 touchdowns on 192 carries, easily earning the title of featured running back in the Planets’ Wing-T offense. Miele averaged 6.34 yards per carry and more than 121 yards per game. He also caught 15 passes for 199 yards and scored two additional touchdowns as a receiver. Defensively, Miele posted 26 tackles, a sack, an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Ben Baird, Senior DE, Norwin – One of the returning anchors to the Norwin defensive line, Baird posted 44 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in 2009. He averaged 4.4 tackles per game.

Bernie Sarra, Senior OL/DL, Greensburg Central Catholic – One of the immovable forces on the Centurions’ offensive and defensive lines last season, Sarra helped pave the way for a Greensburg CC offense that averaged 347 yards of offense and 32.6 points per game. Defensively, Sarra racked up four sacks. The 325-pound Sarra is a potential Division-1 prospect.

Bill Arch, Senior RB, Springdale – The second-leading rusher on the Dynamos 2009 team behind quarterback Brian Shemenski, Arch ran for 738 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Bo Bowser, Senior WR, Kittanning – When you think of Kittanning, you probably don’t think of the passing attack, but maybe Bo Bowser will change your mind. As a junior, the featured wideout in Kittanning’s Wing-T offense snagged 10 touchdown passes and earned himself a 1st-team selection on the Valley News Dispatch post-season awards team.

Bobby King, Senior TE/ILB, Uniontown – A force on the defensive line for the Red Raiders, King totaled 71 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in his junior season, averaging 6.5 tackles per game. He finished seven games with seven or more tackles, including a season-best 10 stops against Yough and had a pair of sacks against Greensburg-Salem.

Branden Jackson, Senior DE/LB, McKeesport Area – One of the key leaders on the McKeesport defense, Jackson boasts a double-digit total of Division-1 scholarship offers from programs like Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina State, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Jackson was part of a Tiger defensive unit that allowed an average of 11.1 points per game, holding seven of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with three shutouts.

Brandon Hill, Senior ATH, Elizabeth Forward – A multi-purpose athlete for the Warriors, Hill amassed 462 all-purpose yards (309 rushing, 71 receiving, 82 kickoff returns) and scored three total touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 receiving). Hill averaged 4.29 yards per carry, 11.8 yards per reception and more than 20 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Hill posted 38 tackles and a team-leading five interceptions. He also deflected four passes and recovered a fumble.

Brandon Seachrist, Senior WR, Riverview – Seachrist made the most of limited touches on the offensive side of the ball for Riverview last season, averaging 7.13 yards per carry on 24 attempts, scoring two touchdowns, and snagging 10 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Seachrist contributed 22 tackles and a team-best three interceptions.

Brandon Wilhelm, Senior LB, Riverview – A wrecker defensively for the Raiders, Wilhelm posted 89 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries as a junior. He averaged 9.9 tackles per game, finishing with a season-best 18 stops against Shenango and 17 tackles against Avonworth.

Bre Ford, Senior RB/SS, Bethel Park – Ford, who ran for more than 800 yards during Bethel Park’s PIAA runner-up season in 2008, responded to an increased role as the Black Hawks’ featured tailback, running for 1,313 yards and 21 touchdowns and snagging 18 passes for 305 yards. Ford is a potential Division-1 prospect for Bethel Park, owning an offer from Buffalo and receiving interest from schools like Bowling Green, Rutgers and West Virginia.

Carlin Handerson, Senior ATH, Beaver Falls – He’ll likely be making the move to quarterback for the Tigers this season. Moved to wide receiver last season to accommodate for senior field general Tony Omogrosso, Handerson caught 15 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns, averaging more than 18.3 yards per catch. He also ran for 75 yards on 14 carries, averaging more than 5.3 yards per carry.

Chandler Kincade, Freshman QB, Blackhawk – Wonder how many times Joe Hamilton has had a freshman quarterback as his potential starting quarterback? Kincade was rumored to be in line for the starting varsity quarterback position after senior-to-be Matt Emge gave up football to focus on baseball. Emge threw for 774 yards and six touchdowns last season. Kincade is a 6’4 athlete.

Chazz Whitaker, Junior QB, Penn Hills – A 6’2, 170-pound athlete, Whittaker is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class, with interest coming in from Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Pitt. Whittaker operated the reins of a Penn Hills team that reached the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals, upsetting Upper St. Clair in the opening round before falling to Gateway, 35-3.

Chris Grimes, Senior DL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic – A first team all conference selection as a junior, Grimes tallied 55 tackles (7 TFL) and four sacks, along with two recovered fumbles. He averaged five tackles per game.

Chris Thearle, Senior OL, Thomas Jefferson – A returning starter on the Jaguars’ offensive line, Thearle helped to pave the way for a TJ attack that averaged more than 170 rushing yards and 37 points per game. TJ amassed more than 4,000 yards of total offense last season. Thearle is a 6’5, 240-pound athlete. Defensively, he added 14 tackles and one sack.

Chris Walko, Senior RB, Bishop Canevin – The featured tailback in the Crusaders’ offense, Walko finished his junior season by running for 734 yards and three touchdowns on 140 carries, averaging 5.24 yards per carry and more than 81 yards per game. He surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in four games. He also caught nine passes for 147 yards and one additional touchdown, averaging 16.3 yards per catch.

Christian Brumbaugh, Senior QB, South Fayette – One of the top returning passers to the WPIAL, Brumbaugh completed 153-of-241 passes for 2,183 yards and 29 touchdowns against eight interceptions in his junior season, averaging nearly 200 yards per game. He completed 63.5 percent of his passes. Brumbaugh helped lead the Lions to a 10-1 overall record and the school’s first playoff victory in the WPIAL’s AA classification. Brumbaugh has generated interest from small D-1 and 1-AA colleges.

Christian Bryan, Senior WR/DB, Norwin – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 recruiting class, Bryan was a Post-Gazette East Fabulous-22 selection last season after snagging 40 passes for 597 yards, accounting for more than 50 percent of the Knights’ receiving yards. Norwin has a track record of producing talented wide receivers – recently, Mike Shanahan played in the Big-33 game and is currently at Pitt.

CJ Revtai, Senior RB/LB, West Allegheny – One of the key returning defensive players for the Indians, Revtai posted 59 tackles, a half a sack, an interception and two deflected passes in his junior season. He averaged 4.2 tackles per game. Offensively, Revtai scored two rushing touchdowns on 18 carries and caught a 24-yard touchdown pass.

Cody McClelland, Senior DL, Freeport – A 1st-team selection on the Valley News Dispatch post-season awards team, McClelland finished his junior season with 72 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. McClelland finished with a season-high 11 tackles against Ford City and had eight tackles and two sacks against Valley.

Connor Scott, Senior ATH, Upper St. Clair – A multi-threat type of athlete, Scott totaled 678 all-purpose yards (146 rushing, 89 receiving, 443 kickoff returns) and scored six total touchdowns (1 rushing, 3 receving, 2 kickoff returns) for the Panthers in his junior season. He averaged 3.4 yards per carry, 17.8 yards per reception and 36.9 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Scott added 65 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

Curtis Hughes, Senior LB, Freeport – A real defensive force for the Yellowjackets in 2009, Hughes chalked up 84 tackles, two sacks, six forced fumbles and two blocked punts. Hughes averaged 8.4 tackles per game and finished nine of Freeport’s 10 games with seven or more tackles, including a season-high 14 stops against Ford City.

Dakota Conwell, Junior LB, Upper St. Clair – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class, Conwell has generated interest from schools like Michigan, Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia. He amassed 71 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in his sophomore season. He also registered 24 carries for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns on offense.

Damion Jones-Moore, Junior RB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic – One of the more talented running backs in the AAAA classification, Jones-Moore ran for more than 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Vikings, averaging more than six yards per carry and 100 yards per game. He surpassed 200 rushing yards in a game four times, and is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class. He’s run for approximately 2,000 yards in his career, and could break the school’s career rushing record currently held by Eugene Jarvis (4,375 yards). Jones-Moore also caught 13 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

Darius Walker, Senior RB, Aliquippa – Walker finished his junior season with 649 rushing yards – the leader on the WPIAL AA runner-up Quips’ team. He figures to be one of the offensive keys as the Quips’ young offensive line gained a valuable year of experience and, in a “down” year, the Quips finished 11-2 overall.

Darren Massey, Junior WR, Montour – One of the top returning receivers for the Spartans, Massey caught 33 passes for 422 yards, averaging more than 12.7 yards per catch in his sophomore season. Massey finished six games with four or more catches and four games with more than 50 receiving yards, including a season-best five catches for 101 yards against New Castle. Massey also averaged 5.71 yards per carry and returned 13 combined kickoffs and punts for 171 yards.

Darrien Rice, Junior WR, New Castle – A threat both in the ground and air attacks, Rice finished with 516 all-purpose yards of offense (122 rushing, 394 receiving) and scored seven total touchdowns (2 rushing, 5 receiving). Rumor has it he may not be eligible to start the season on the field of play, but Rice was a bolt of lightning for the Hurricanes last season, averaging 13.56 yards per carry and 19.7 yards per reception. He finished with four catches for 126 yards and three touchdowns against Indiana.

Darrell Turner, Junior LB, Gateway – Turner had a respectable sophomore season for Gateway, posting 52 tackles, a sack and a deflected pass. He averaged 5.8 tackles per game, only playing in eight games for the Gators. He posted a season-best 12 tackles against Erie McDowell.

David Yakopec, Senior WR, Burrell – Burrell boasted a pretty high-octane offensive attack in the 2009 season, and Yakopec was one of the leading receivers in the Buccaneers’ offense. He snagged 41 passes for 580 yards, averaging 14.1 yards per catch.

Deaysean Rippy, Junior MLB, Sto-Rox – One of Pennsylvania’s top linebacker prospects in the 2012 recruiting class, Rippy has already received interest from Florida, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia. Rippy finished his sophomore season with 77 tackles and seven sacks, averaging 9.6 tackles per game. He finished with 17 tackles against Bishop Canevin, 16 tackles in a playoff loss to Beaver Falls and 15 tackles against Seton-LaSalle.

Delrece Williams, Senior ATH, Steel Valley – Williams was literally the point man in the Steel Valley Ironmen offense last season, finishing the season with 69 catches for 623 yards and amassing 1,204 yards on the ground, scoring 17 total touchdowns. He averaged more than 100 all-purpose yards per game

Delvon Simmons, Senior DL, McKeesport Area – One of the anchors to the McKeesport Tiger defensive line, Simmons boasts a double-digit total of Division-1 scholarship offers from schools like Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Rutgers and West Virginia. Simmons was part of a McKeesport defense that allowed an average of 11.1 points per game, holding seven of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with three shutouts.

Derek Durand, Senior WR/DB, Freeport – One of the top targets in the seldom-used Freeport passing game, Durand caught 11 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, averaging 13 yards per catch. He had received some Division-1 interest from Pitt. Defensively, Durand posted 85 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery, averaging 9.4 tackles per game. He had a season-best 14 tackles in a narrow 6-0 victory over Ford City.

Deshan Brown, Junior RB, Bethlehem-Center – A multi-purpose athlete for Beth-Center, Brown totaled 1,183 all-purpose yards (458 rushing, 249 receiving, 174 punt returns, 302 kickoff returns) and scored 13 total touchdowns (7 rushing, 3 receiving, 3 misc.). He averaged 4.93 yards per carry, 17.7 yards per reception, 29 yards per punt return and 30 yards per kickoff return.

Desimon Green, Senior QB, Clairton – A two-way threat for the Bears, Green threw for more than 1,600 yards and ran for 800 more, accounting for more than 20 touchdowns rushing and passing combined. Defensively, Green has amassed 50 sacks in the last two seasons combined. He set a school record with 27 sacks in his junior season. A Division-1 prospect at defensive end, Green has received more than one dozen scholarship offers and will decide between Pitt, Cincinnati and Texas Tech as his school of choice.

Devan Willyard, Sophomore RB, Ford City – Willyard played in seven games for the Sabers as a freshman, and he posted respectable numbers in the purple and gold’s Wing-T offense, running for 407 yards and four touchdowns on just 55 carries, averaging 7.4 yards per carry and more than 58 yards per game. Willyard lit up West Shamokin for 109 yards and finished three other games with more than 50 rushing yards.

Devin Wilson, Sophomore WR, Montour – Who needs to be an upper classman to be a featured target at wide receiver? Wilson wasted no time in getting comfortable with the Spartans’ aerial assault, hauling in 38 passes for 539 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 14.18 yards per catch and over 53 yards per game, twice surpassing the 100-yard mark and finishing six games with four or more catches.

Dezon Hall, Senior DL, Jeannette – A potential Division-1 prospect on the defensive line for the Jayhawks, Hall was part of a Jeannette defense that held six of its nine opponents to 13 points or less last season. Hall has received interest from schools like UCONN, Duke, Ohio State, Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia.

Dillon Buechel, Junior QB, Montour – After a slow start against Pine-Richland and Highlands to open his sophomore campaign, Buechel exploded, finishing his season with 1,872 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air. He completed 55.6 percent of his passes (143-of-257) and averaged more than 185 passing yards per game. He finished eight consecutive games with more than 100 passing yards, including a 361-yard game against West Allegheny and 271 yards against Franklin Regional. He’s on pace to throw for more than 5,600 career yards.

Dondi Kirby, Senior WR, Gateway – Kirby receives an honorary inclusion on this list even though he’ll miss his senior season with a torn ACL. One of the more sought-after defensive backs in the country, Kirby had close to 20 scholarship offers before sustaining the knee injury. Thankfully, some programs will still honor their scholarship offers extended to the Gateway star. He posted 44 tackles, four interceptions, five deflected passes and two fumble recoveries as a junior, and also caught seven passes for 115 yards.

Donny Holl, Senior QB, Seneca Valley – A 6’2, 215-pound athlete, Holl completed 109-of-215 passes for 1,137 yards and six touchdowns and added 269 yards and nine touchdowns rushing. Holl was a Post-Gazette North Fabulous-22 selection, and the only Seneca Valley player selected on that post-season team.

Dontez Ford, Junior WR, Sto-Rox – One of the top returning targets in the Sto-Rox passing game, Ford snagged 17 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown, averaging 16.4 yards per catch and 31 yards per game. He twice surpassed the 60-yard receiving mark in a game. Defensively, Ford added 15 tackles and deflected two passes.

Dustin Vissari, Senior OL/DL, Thomas Jefferson – A 5’11, 275-pound athlete, Vissari is a returning starter on a TJ offensive line that paved the way for an offensive attack that averaged more than 337 yards of offense and 37 points per game. TJ finished 11-1 overall, the first time the Jaguars failed to reach the WPIAL finals since 2002.

Dylan Bongiorni, Junior QB, West Allegheny – A transfer from Burgettstown, Bongiorni replaces two-year starter Jared Buck, who posted an 18-6 record the last two seasons. Bongiorni, as a freshman at Burgettstown, threw for more than 1,200 yards and had 14 touchdown passes. West Allegheny averaged more than 95 yards passing per game en route to its fifth WPIAL football championship since 1997.

Dylan Breisinger, Senior RB, Thomas Jefferson – One of the many running backs utilized by Bill Cherpak last season, Breisinger ran for 322 yards and scored five touchdowns on 39 carries, averaging more than 8.25 yards per carry.

Dylan Hunter, Junior RB, California – The top returning rusher to the Trojans’ offensive attack, Hunter ran for 492 yards and four touchdowns on 74 carries and caught another eight passes for 80 yards. Hunter averaged 6.65 yards per carry, 54.7 yards per game and 10 yards per catch. Defensively, Hunter added 26 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Eean Smith, Senior RB, Apollo-Ridge – One of the main athletes that did a lot of damage in the 2009 season for the Vikings, Smith amassed 711 all-purpose yards (439 rushing, 36 receiving, 236 kick return yards) and scored nine total touchdowns (7 rushing, 2 kickoff returns). Smith averaged 4.43 yards per carry, 12 yards per reception and 39.3 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, he chipped in with 24 tackles, three deflected passes, a forced fumble and two blocked punts.

Ejuan Price, Senior LB, Woodland Hills – The owner of numerous scholarship offers, Price posted 107 tackles (25 TFL) and 11 sacks in his junior season. He was part of a Woodland Hills defense that allowed a staunch 9.43 points per game in 2009, holding 12 of 14 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.

Eric Myers, Senior WR/ILB, South Fayette – A two-way threat for the Lions, Myers made impacts both as a linebacker and a receiver. Defensively, he posted 86 tackles (47 solo), two sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. He averaged 7.8 tackles per game. Offensively, Myers caught 21 passes for 300 yards and scored four touchdowns, averaging 14.2 yards per catch.

Fontaine Bennett, Senior TE/OLB, Sto-Rox – Another defensive force for the Vikings, Bennett chalked up 71 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in his junior season, averaging 6.5 tackles per game. He finished games against Steel Valley and Bishop Canevin with 10 tackles each. Offensively, Bennett caught two passes and averaged 18.5 yards per catch.

Fred Johnson, Junior RB/OLB, Uniontown – A legitimate threat on special teams, Johnson returned 27 combined kickoffs and punts for 536 yards, averaging 11.69 yards per punt return and 27.43 yards per kickoff return. Johnson also averaged 6.8 yards per carry and scored two rushing touchdowns and posted 65 tackles, a team-leading eight sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal on defense.

Gary Negley, Senior RB, Highlands – One of the top returning statistical leaders for a Rams’ team that didn’t have a lot of things go its way in 2009, Negley rushed for a team-leading 963 yards in his junior season.

George Boulos, Senior DL, Bishop Canevin – A force on the Crusaders’ defensive line, Boulos finished his junior season with 21 tackles, five sacks and a fumble recovery. He averaged 2.6 tackles per game, and posted a season-high seven tackles and a sack against Sto-Rox.

Greg Garmon, Junior RB, Erie McDowell – A threat as a runner, pass catcher and kick returner, Garmon showed his athleticism in many ways last season, amassing 1,021 all-purpose yards (584 rushing, 85 receiving, 352 kick returns) and scoring 10 total touchdowns (7 rushing, 1 receiving, 2 kickoff returns). Garmon averaged 12.98 yards per carry, 42.5 yards per reception and 23.4 yards per kickoff return.

Jake Campbell, Senior LB, Freeport – A two-way threat for the Yellowjackets last season, Campbell is the top returning rusher after posting 422 yards and three touchdowns on 61 carries, averaging 6.92 yards per rush and more than 42 yards per game. Defensively, Campbell tallied 96 tackles, a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles, averaging 9.6 tackles per game and finishing four games with 10+ tackles.

Jake Forsythe, Senior RB, Uniontown – A two-way weapon for Uniontown, Forsythe tallied 783 all-purpose yards (538 rushing, 165 receiving, 80 kickoff returns) and scored four total touchdowns (all rushing). He averaged 7.58 yards per carry, 12.69 yards per catch and 16 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Forsythe added 62 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Jake Sofran, Junior LB, Bethlehem Center – A two-way threat for Beth-Center, Sofran wrecked opponents for 129 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries, averaging 11.7 tackles per game and finishing 10 of the Bulldogs’ 11 games with 10+ tackles. Offensively, Sofran is the top returning rusher, posting 516 yards and seven touchdowns on 109 carries, averaging 4.73 yards per carry and nearly 47 yards per game.

James Latimer, Junior C/LB, Sto-Rox – Primarily a defensive force for the Vikings, Latimer finished his 2009 season with 60 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged six tackles per game and finished with a season-best 14 tackles in a 36-27 victory against Bishop Canevin.

Jasson Adamson, Senior QB/CB, Rochester – The leader of a more wide-open offensive attack for the blue and white last season, Adamson entered the WPIAL championship game with Clairton having thrown for 1,383 yards and 16 touchdowns. Rochester hadn’t seen a quarterback throw for that many yards in a season since Dan Camp, and Camp had a bigtime Division-1 receiver in Derek Moye to throw to. Adamson helped guide Rochester to a 12-1 record.

Javonte Pitts, Senior DB, Woodland Hills – He’ll play the role of field general for the Wolverines this year, replacing graduated southpaw John Yezovich. Pitts also plays defensive back for the Wolverines, and is known for big hits and big plays. He was part of a Woodland Hills defense that allowed 9.43 points per game last season, with two shutouts. He’ll inherit the reins of a Wolverine offense that averaged more than 28 points per game.

Jeff Davis, Senior RB, South Fayette – A mutli-purpose running back, Davis ran for 1,209 yards and 18 touchdowns on 160 carries and caught 22 passes for 304 yards and three additional touchdowns. Davis averaged 7.56 yards per carry, 109 rushing yards per game and 13.8 yards per reception.

Jeremy Baronner, Senior FB, Erie McDowell – A two-way threat for the Trojans, Baronner ran for 418 yards and five touchdowns on 88 carries, averaging 4.75 yards per carry and 38 yards per game in the McDowell flexbone offense. He ran for a season-high 87 yards against Erie Cathedral Prep and 73 yards against Gateway. Defensively, he posted 40 tackles, two interceptions, a deflected pass and a fumble recovery. Baronner had a season-high 11 tackles and two picks against Seneca Valley.

Jesse Broda, Senior TE/DE, West Allegheny – A force on the Indians’ defensive line, Broda amassed 47 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries, averaging 3.4 tackles per game.

Joe Bailey, Senior DB, Plum – Plum didn’t light the world on fire last season, but Bailey made enough of an impact to be tabbed an all-Big East Conference selection at defensive back and 1st team defensive back selection on the Valley News’ Dispatch post season awards team. Season stats for Bailey were not available.

Joe Sullivan, Senior C, Greensburg Central Catholic – A big factor on the Greensburg Central Catholic offensive line, Sullivan is a 295-pound athlete and a potential Division-1 prospect. He started at center for the Centurions as a junior and helped pave the way for 2,500-yard rusher David Miller and 1,900-yard passer Trent Hurley. GCC averaged more than 220 rushing yards per game en route to the school’s first WPIAL football championship.

John Matarazzo, Junior QB, New Castle – One of the top passing quarterbacks in the WPIAL regardless of classfication, Matarazzo is coming off of a spectacular sophomore season. He completed 65.5 percent of his passes (131-of-200) for 2,134 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 194 yards per game. He threw for at least 100 yards in 10 games and more than 300 yards twice. He lit up Indiana for 368 yards and four touchdowns and Greensburg-Salem for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Matarazzo also scored four rushing touchdowns on 39 keepers.

Jon Turner, Junior DE, Freeport – Turner had a successful sophomore season for Freeport, amassing 81 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. He averaged 8.1 tackles per game, finishing three games with 10+ tackles and also posting an eight-tackle, three-sack game against Deer Lakes.

Jordan Latimer, Junior QB, Sto-Rox – The back-up quarterback to Paul Jones last season, Latimer gained valuable varsity experience, starting three games while the Vikings’ prized senior quarterback was out with an injury. Latimer filled in admirably, completing 37-of-76 passes for 643 yards and six touchdowns without throwing an interception. He threw for 230 yards and two scores against Bishop Canevin and 163 yards and two scores against Keystone Oaks. Latimer also scored two rushing touchdowns on 20 keepers.

Jordan Maddox, Senior RB, Keystone Oaks – One of the top returning running backs in the Keystone Conference, Maddox is a possible Division-1 prospect, having received interest from schools like Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia, Cincinatti and Bowling Green. Maddox ran for 1,439 yards and 23 touchdowns on 171 carries and caught four passes for 55 yards and one additional touchdown. Maddox averaged 8.42 yards per carry, more than 119 rushing yards per game and more than 13.7 yards per reception. Defensively, Maddox tacked on 73 tackles and eight sacks to his stat line. He also returned eight kickoffs for 144 yards.

Jordan Prinkey, Senior LB, Greensburg Central Catholic – A defensive stalwart for the Centurions, Prinkey tallied two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered three fumbles in his junior season. Greensburg Central Catholic did not submit season tackle totals to Maxpreps.com.

Josh Pinkerton, Senior RB/DB, Mars – A force in the defensive backfield for Mars, Pinkerton finished his junior season with 52 tackles, a team-leading four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 5.2 tackles per game, finishing eight of the Planets’ 10 games with five or more tackles and one game with multiple interceptions.

Joshuae Beverly, Junior RB, Sto-Rox – The featured tailback in Sto-Rox’ spread-out offensive scheme last season, Beverly had quite a successful sophomore season in a system that didn’t always emphasize the run. He finished with 795 yards and nine touchdowns on 121 carries and caught nine passes for 176 yards and another touchdown, averaging 6.57 yards per carry and nearly 19.6 yards per reception. In five of Sto-Rox’ final six games, Beverly ran for more than 100 yards. Defensively, Beverly tallied 18 tackles and two sacks.

Julian Durden, Junior RB, Montour – A transfer from Pittsburgh North Catholic, Durden ran for approximately 1,000 yards in helping the Trojans reach the WPIAL class A semifinals for the second consecutive year. Durden has the task of replacing Montour’s feature tailback Phil Pekich, who ran for more than 1,000 yards last season.

Julian Turner, Senior C, Woodland Hills – Turner, a potential Division-1 prospect on the offense line, helped pave the way for a Woodland Hills offense that produced 1,400-yard rusher Dom Timbers and averaged more than 28 points per game last season.

Julien Anderson, Senior QB, Washington – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class at quarterback, Anderson has received interest from programs like Bowling Green, Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Penn State and West Viriginia. Anderson also played some wide receiver last season for the Prexies, too.

Justin Fleo, Junior WR, New Castle – One of the Parkway Conference’s better multi-purpose athletes, Fleo amassed 1,447 all-purpose yards (732 rushing, 530 receiving, 185 kickoff returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (8 rushing, 2 receiving). He averaged 9.39 yards per carry, 15.59 yards per catch and more than 26 yards per kickoff return. Fleo ran for a season-best 276 yards and four touchdowns against Blackhawk and had a season best six catches for 162 yards against Greensburg-Salem. Defensively, Fleo tallied 49 tackles, an interception and three deflected passes.

Justin Haser, Senior DL, North Allegheny – A 6’4, 215-pound athlete, Haser is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class, owning an offer from Bowling Green. In his junior season, the Tigers’ DE posted 46 tackles, a team-leading six sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Haser averaged 4.2 tackles per game.

Justin Williams, Senior RB, Pine-Richland – The featured tailback in the Rams’ offense, Williams finished the 2009 season with 1,110 yards and four touchdowns on 166 carries and also caught nine passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 6.69 yards per carry, 123 rushing yards per game and 9.5 yards per reception. Williams ran for more than 120 yards in five games last season, including a pair of 200-yard games against Highlands and Shaler. Williams’ season high of 220 rushing yards came against Shaler.

K’hari Singleton, Senior RB, Norwin – The leading returning rusher for the Knights, Singleton ran for 559 yards and five touchdowns on 98 carries and caught three passes for 28 yards. Singleton averaged 5.7 yards per carry and 9.3 yards per reception. He finished five games with more than 60 rushing yards, including a season-high 147 yards against Connellsville.

Kyler Kenyon, Junior QB, Knoch – A dual-threat type of quarterback for the Knights, Kenyon amassed 903 yards of total offense (524 passing, 379 rushing) and ran for three touchdowns. He completed 47-of-127 passes and averaged nearly 5.5 yards per carry. Kenyon twice threw for more than 100 yards in a game and ran for a season-high 140 yards against Highlands.

Lafayette Pitts, Senior RB, Woodland Hills – A commitment to the University of Pittsburgh, Pitts will fill various roles for Woodland Hills this season, fitting since he is a threat in all three phases of the game. Pitts takes over the featured tailback role from Syracuse-bound Dom Timbers, and also plays a physical, lockdown role at cornerback and was dynamite on special teams, returning six punts for touchdowns last season.

Lucas Mosco, Senior QB/K, Uniontown – Mosco finished his junior season by throwing for 725 yards and five touchdowns, completing 48.6 percent (52-of-107) of his passes and averaging more than 65 yards per game. He also handled the kicking chores for the Red Raiders, booting 41 kickoffs an average of 37.2 yards, with five touchbacks. He also converted 33 extra points and two field goals.

Luke Rhodes, Senior RB, Hollidaysburg – A two-way threat for the Golden Tigers, Rhodes is one of the best returning players on the 2010 edition of the Hollidaysburg football team. He ran for 676 yards and 12 touchdowns on 124 carries and caught 13 passes for 122 yards, averaging 5.45 yards per carry and 9.39 yards per reception. Defensively, Rhodes was a wrecker, amassing 75 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, two deflected passes, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Rhodes has received some Division-1 interest from schools like Navy, Michigan State, Toledo and Penn State.

Luke Shaffer, Senior RB, South Side Beaver – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class, Shaffer finished his junior season by running for 831 yards and seven touchdowns on 125 carries, averaging 6.65 yards per carry and more than 92 yards per game. Shaffer has received interest from schools like Cincinnati, UCONN, Penn State, Pitt, Oregon and Rutgers.

Mack Mallow, Senior DL, Carlynton – Mallow finished his junior season with 43 tackles and five sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 4.8 tackles per game and opened the year with a very strong 11-tackle performance against Bethlehem-Center. Mallow had a three-sack game against Leechburg.

Marc Hunka, Senior K, Butler Area – A possible Division-1 prospect at kicker in the 2011 class, Hunka has generated interest from West Virginia. Hunka handled the kickoff chores for the Golden Tornado last season, booting 16 kickoffs an average of 51 yards, with one touchback.

Marcus Carter, Junior WR, New Castle – One of the featured targets in the Red Hurricanes’ aerial assault that averaged more than 190 yards per game, Carter caught 23 passes for 472 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 20.52 yards per reception and more than 42 yards per game. He didn’t surpass 100 yards in any game, but did finish three games with between 80 to 92 receiving yards. Defensively, Carter added 15 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

Martin Long, Senior QB, Pittsburgh North Catholic – Long has helped lead the Trojans to consecutive berths in the WPIAL A semifinals, and he did so last year by amassing more than 1,700 yards of offense (1,249 passing, 485 rushing) and throwing for 12 touchdowns. In the last two seasons, Long has thrown for more than 2,600 yards and also started at quarterback for North Catholic as a freshman.

Marzett Geter, Junior WR, Sto-Rox – Geter had a nice sophomore season for the Vkings, hauling in 20 passes for 382 yards and six touchdowns and returning six combined kickoffs and punts for 163 yards. Geter averaged more than 19 yards per catch, surpassing the 60-yard receiving mark four times. Defensively, he registered 60 tackles, four interceptions and one deflected pass. In WPIAL playoff games against Shady Side Academy and Beaver Falls, Geter combined to tally 26 tackles and intercept a pass.

Matt Buckley, Junior QB, Keystone Oaks – A reliable field general in his sophomore season, Buckley threw for 757 yards and five touchdowns in the Eagles’ run-oriented offense. He completed 46-of-73 passes (63 percent) and averaged more than 75 yards per game, throwing for more than 100 yards three times. He lit up Northgate for 137 yards and three scores and completed 9-of-13 passes for 164 yards against WPIAL champion Greensburg Central Catholic.

Matt Butter, Senior QB, Bishop Canevin – The field general of Bishop Canevin’s offense that averaged over 270 yards per game in 2009, Butter threw for 713 yards and six touchdowns. He completed 45-of-93 passes (48.4 percent), averaged over 89 yards per game and threw for more than 100 yards three times, including a season-best 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-15 loss to South Fayette. Butter also scored one rushing touchdown on 21 keepers.

Matt Doman, Senior LB, Upper St. Clair – An absolute force on the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers, Doman tallied a team-best 120 tackles, six sacks, a forced fumble, seven fumble recoveries and an interception last season, averaging 12 tackles per game and finishing eight of the Panthers’ 10 games with 11+ tackles. Doman had a season-best 17 tackles in a playoff loss to Penn Hills and 15 tackles against Peters Township.

Matt McCann, Senior RB, Keystone Oaks – McCann was as much of a force defensively as he was offensively for KO last season. He ran for a team-best 1,804 yards and scored 22 touchdowns on 176 carries, averaging 10.25 yards per carry and more than 150 yards per game, surpassing the 100-yard mark in nine of KO’s 12 games. Defensively, McCann led the Eagles in tackles with 121, additionally posting four sacks, an interception, three deflected passes and three fumble recoveries. He had a pair of 24-tackle performances against Steel Valley and South Fayette.

Matt Sasson, Senior OL, Fox Chapel – A two-way lineman for Fox Chapel, Sasson has reportedly been receiving Division-1 attention. He played a couple of different positions last season in the trenches for the Foxes, and he also helped pave the way for 1,000-yard rusher Montay Green.

Matt Vogel, Senior DL, Mohawk – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class, Vogel has received interest from programs like Duke, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt and Syracuse. He was part of a Mohawk defense that allowed an average of 31.2 points per game last year. Mohawk finished 3-6 overall.

Michael Kazalas, Senior WR/LB, Keystone Oaks – A force on the defensive side of the ball for the Eagles, Kazalas registered 85 tackles, three sacks, an interception, and eight deflected passes, averaging more than 6.5 tackles per game.

Michael Wainauskis, Senior K, Thomas Jefferson – A potential Division-1 prospect at kicker in the 2011 class, Wainauskis averaged 44.85 yards per boot on 77 kickoffs, with 13 touchbacks. He converted 55 extra points and three field goals, accounting for 64 of TJ’s 444 points on the season. Wainauskis also averaged 31 yards per punt, too. He’s received interest from D-1 programs like Alabama, Duke, Iowa State, Kent State, LSU, Maryland, Virginia and Western Michigan.

Mikal Hall, Junior QB, Aliquippa – At the start of the season, Hall was forcibly thrust into the starting quarterback role due to disciplinary issues with starting quarterback Rasheem Jones. Hall finished his sophomore campaign by throwing for 1,045 yards and eight touchdowns, helping guide Aliquippa to the WPIAL AA championship game and an 11-2 overall record. Hall is on pace to throw for more than 3,100 yards in his career.

Mike Belardia, Senior FB/OLB, Elizabeth Forward – A force on the Warriors’ defensive unit, Belardia tallied 71 tackles, two sacks and four fumble recoveries in his junior season. He averaged 7.9 tackles per game, finishing with a season-high 12 stops against Ringgold and 11 tackles against West Mifflin.

Mike Caprara, Junior LB, Woodland Hills – A 6’0, 190-pound linebacker with still two more years to add to his frame, Caprara could become the next bigtime football recruit to come from Woodland Hills. He is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class. Caprara was part of a Wolverine defense that allowed an average of 9.43 points per game, holding 12 of 14 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.

Mike Caputo, Senior RB, West Allegheny – A transfer from Blackhawk between his sophomore and junior seasons, Caputo burst onto the scene and emerged as one of the key leaders of West Allegheny’s football team. He ran for 2,626 yards and 34 touchdowns, caught 10 passes for 162 yards and three more touchdowns, led the Indians’ defensive unit in tackles, and was also a force on special teams. Caputo averaged more than seven yards per carry and 16 yards per reception. He verbally committed to Ohio State/Wisconsin in August.

Mike Cherokee, Senior RB/DB, West Allegheny – The second-leading rusher in the West Allegheny offense last season, Cherokee ran for 444 yards and scored two touchdowns on 74 carries, averaging a flat six yards per carry and 37 yards per game. As a team, West A. averaged more than 270 yards on the ground per game in 2009.

Mike Krochta, Senior RB, Ford City – The leading rusher in the Sabers’ Wing-T offense last season, Krotcha toted the rock 107 times for 545 yards and three touchdowns, averaging more than five yards per carry and more than 68 yards per game. He surpassed the 90-yard mark four times last season and the 100-yard mark twice. Krotcha also caught nine passes for 30 yards and one additional touchdown. Krotcha also returned 10 combined kickoffs and punts for 153 yards.

Montay Green, Senior RB, Fox Chapel – The leading rusher for the Foxes each of the last two seasons, Green finished his junior season by running for 1,001 yards and 15 touchdowns. A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class, Green has received interest, but no scholarship offers, from schools like Florida State, Penn State, West Virginia and Connecticut.

Nick Faraci, Senior OT/DT, South Fayette – A two-way lineman for the Lions, Faraci is 270 pounds of man. He helped pave the way for a South Fayette offense that averaged 365 yards of total offense and 33.9 points per game last season. Defensively, he posted 50 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He averaged 4.5 tackles per game.

Nick Kwiatkoski, Senior FS, Bethel Park – A verbal commitment to West Virginia, Kwiatkoski had received some Division-1 interest during the offseason. He was one of the key players in the Bethel Park defensive backfield last season for a defense that held eight of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout.

Nick Vorhes, Senior DE, Bethlehem Center – A defensive force for the Bulldogs as a junior, Vorhes tallied 67 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. He averaged 6.1 tackles per game and finished with a season-high 11 tackles against Charmichaels.

Nolan Harmatto, Junior QB, Hopewell – A dual-threat quarterback, Harmatto takes over the reins of a very young and very inexperienced Hopewell Viking team. Last season, the Vikings reached the WPIAL AAA finals and set a school record with 479 points scored in 13 games. Harmatto is projected as a potential D-1 prospect among dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2012 recruiting class.

Nolan Spicer, Senior DE, South Fayette – A force on the Lions’ defensive front, Spicer tallied 46 tackles, five sacks, an interception, four deflected passes and two forced fumbles. He averaged 4.2 tackles per game.

Nolan Toran, Senior LB, Gateway – One of the top returning leaders to the Gateway linebacking corps, Toran is a potential Division-1 prospect with interest from Georgia Tech, Pitt and Syracuse. He finished his junior season with 82 tackles, three sacks and three deflected passes, averaging 6.8 tackles per game. Twice did Toran finish with 10+ tackles, including a season-high 12 tackles against Connellsville.

Pat Mahoney, Senior OL/DL, Greensburg Central Catholic – A prized two-way lineman for the Centurions, Mahoney made a living making the life miserable for opposing backfields. Mahoney finished his junior season with a team-leading 12 sacks to go along with two interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He was also a starter on the offensive line.

Paul Lang, Senior TE, Mt. Lebanon – A verbal commitment to Michigan State, Lang was seldom-used in the passing game, hauling in only five passes for 39 yards. But he also helped block and pave the way for a Blue Devil team which finished 5-5 overall and averaged more than 23 points per game.

Perry Hills, Junior QB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic – Hills showed flashes of what he could bring to the table for the Vikings in four games last season as he completed 20-of-36 passes (55.6 percent) for 362 yards and five touchdowns with only one interception. He averaged more than 90 passing yards per game and threw for 126 yards and a touchdown against Kiski Area. He also averaged 2.8 yards per carry on 21 keepers.

Phil Powell, Senior QB, Hampton – The leader of a surprising Hampton team that reached the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals last season, Powell totaled more than 900 yards of offense (793 passing, 123 rushing) and accounted for nine total touchdowns (6 passing, 3 rushing). Powell completed 59-of-130 passes and registered 73 keepers. He threw for a season-high 102 yards against Knoch and finished six games with six or more completions.

Quentin Briggs, Junior RB, Charleroi – Briggs finished his sophomore season by running for 1,230 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging more than 100 rushing yards per game. For his career, he’s run for more than 2,200 yards, and is on pace for more than 4,000 yards rushing in his career.

Quinton Jefferson, Senior DL, Woodland Hills – A force on the defensive line for the Wolverines, Jefferson boasts a variety of Division-1 scholarship offers from schools like Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He was part of a Wolverine defense that allowed 9.43 points per game last season, with two shutouts.

Rafiq Johnson, Senior LB, Sto-Rox – One of the seniors who will be looked to to provide leadership will be Johnson, and he posted respectable numbers in somewhat limited action during the 2009 season. As a junior, Johnson posted 27 tackles and two sacks in only six games of action, averaging 4.5 tackles per game.

Regis McKenzie, Senior DL, Peters Township – A force on the Indians’ defensive line, McKenzie tallied 33 tackles and 6.5 sacks in his junior season for Peters Township. He averaged 3.7 tackles and .7 sacks per game.

Rico Canello, Senior WR/DB, Keystone Oaks – The top returning receiver to the Eagles’ 2010 edition, Canello caught 15 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown, averaging more than 15.4 yards per catch. Defensively, Canello posted 35 tackles, two interceptions and four deflected passes. A threat also on special teams, Canello returned 14 kickoffs and punts for 183 yards, scoring a touchdown on an 86-yard punt return against Bishop Canevin.

Rob Kugler, Senior TE/DEF, North Allegheny – A 6’3, 240-pound athlete, Kugler committed to Purdue in May. He’ll play tight end and defensive end for North Allegheny this season, and came from Orchard Park High School in New York, where he was part of a defensive unit that allowed a grand total of 86 points in nine games, holding five of nine opponents to nine points or less, with three shutouts. Orchard Park finished 7-2 overall in 2009.

Romulus Marino, Senior FS, Greensburg Central Catholic – One of the leaders in the Centurion defensive secondary, Marino returns after posting four interceptions, four deflected passes and two fumble recoveries in his junior season. GCC did not submit individual tackle totals to Maxpreps.

Rushel Shell, Junior RB, Hopewell – Shell does things that make people’s jaws drop. He finished the season as one of the state’s leading rushers, amassing 2,739 yards and 35 touchdowns as a sophomore. He’s already run for 4,255 career yards and still has two varsity football seasons to go. Division-1 programs from all across the country are lining up to offer Shell, who has numerous verbal scholarship offers to date.

Ryan Mihoci, Senior CB/WR, Franklin Regional – Mihoci did a little bit of everything for the Panthers last season, contributing in all three phases of the game. He tallied 670 all-purpose yards (37 rushing, 126 receiving, 45 punt returns, 462 kickoff returns) and scored a touchdown receiving. He averaged 14 yards per catch, 15 yards per punt return and 25.67 yards per kick return. Defensively, Mihoci posted 40 tackles, three interceptions, seven deflected passes and two fumble recoveries.

Ryan Ruffing, Junior RB, Thomas Jefferson – The leading returning rusher to the Jaguars’ 2010 team, Ruffing ran for 557 yards and 12 touchdowns on 95 carries, averaging 5.86 yards per carry. He missed half of the season with a fractured collarbone, and was on pace to run for more than 1,100 yards for the Jaguars.

Sascha Craig, Senior DL, Gateway – A potential Division-1 prospect at defensive end, Craig has received interest from schools like Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia. As a junior, Craig wreaked havoc on opposing backfields, chalking up 66 tackles and a team-leading 11 sacks, along with two deflected passes, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Craig averaged 5.1 tackles per game and finished a pair of games with two or more sacks.

Sal Faieta, Junior LB, Bethlehem Center – A two-way threat for the Bulldogs, Faieta amassed more than 1,300 yards of total offense (1,109 passing, 206 rushing) and accounted for 15 total touchdowns (10 passing, 5 rushing). Faieta completed 73-of-152 passes and averaged 3.2 yards per carry. He threw for more than 100 yards in a game five times. Defensively, Faieta contributed 76 tackles, an interception, five deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 6.9 tackles per game.

Sam Gooden, Senior RB, McKeesport Area – The top returning rusher to the McKeesport offense, Gooden ran for more than 400 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in his junior season. He’s run for more than 1,000 yards in his career, spent entirely in the flexbone offense until this point and time. He now transitions to a spread attack under new head coach Jim Ward.

Sam O’Neill, Senior RB, Beaver Area – The leading returning rusher for the Bobcats, O’Neill finished his junior season with 607 yards and six touchdowns on 102 carries, averaging more than 5.9 yards per rush attempt. He returned 13 combined kickoffs and punts for 250 yards, averaging 11 yards per punt return and nearly 24.4 yards per kickoff return. O’Neill also posted 20 tackles, a sack and an interception on defense.

Seth Geyer, Senior RB/LB, Mars – The top returning two-way threat for the Fighting Planets, Geyer amassed 430 all-purpose yards of offense (319 rushing, 111 receiving) and scored four total touchdowns (all rushing). Geyer averaged 5.06 yards per carry and 10.09 yards per reception. He finished as the defensive unit’s leading tackler, posting 95 stops to go along with a team-best seven sacks. Geyer finished four games with 10+ tackles and one game with multiple sacks.

Steve Bevan, Senior RB, Carlynton – The leading returning rusher to the Cougars’ offense, Bevan ran for 533 yards and five touchdowns on 98 carries, averaging 5.44 yards per carry and more than 59 yards per game. He ran for a season-best 144 yards twice – in games against Wilkinsburg and North Catholic. Defensively, he added 58 tackles and three fumble recoveries, averaging 6.4 tackles per game.

Steve Schmitt, Senior WR, Hempfield Area – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class, Schmitt has generated interest from schools like Cincinnati, Pitt and West Virginia and Division-1 AA representative Robert Morris.

Steve Szelong, Junior DB, Pine-Richland – Szelong had a solid sophomore season, posting 82 tackles and an interception, averaging 9.1 tackles per game. He finished five of Pine-Richland’s final six games with 10+ tackles, including a pair of 13-tackle games against North Hills and Seneca Valley.

Tanner Courtad, Senior TE/LB, South Fayette – Courtad made his presence known defensively, tallying 56 tackles, three sacks, an interception, eight deflected passes and three fumble recoveries. He averaged 5.1 tackles per game. Offensively, Courtad was seldom used in the receving department, but he did catch three passes for 41 yards, averaging 13.6 yards per reception.

Tanner Wahler, Junior LB, Butler Area – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class, Wahler, a 6’0, 195-pound athlete, has received interest from Ohio State, a Big-10 program that has really gained a notable presence in recruiting the WPIAL. In limited action as a sophomore, Wahler posted 22 tackles, a sack and deflected a pass, averaging 4.4 tackles per game.

Taylor Schmidt, Senior QB, North Hills – A dual –threat quarterback, Schmidt is more than just a football player, recently signing a baseball scholarship offer from the University of Cincinnati. In his junior season, Schmidt threw for 907 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 609 yards and scored six touchdowns. He helped orchestrate North Hills’ surprising run to the WPIAL AAAA semifinals.

Terrance Stepoli, Senior QB, Greensburg Central Catholic – A dual-threat quarterback with plenty of athletic ability, Stepoli transferred from Monessen between his junior and senior years. Stepoli is a potential Division-1 prospect at quarterback. He’ll be replacing outgoing senior Trent Hurley, who will continue his football career at Bowling Green.

Terrell Roberson, Senior RB, Penn Hills – A possible Division-1 prospect (surprise, surprise, Penn Hills produces a lot of D-1 prospects), Roberson amassed more than 700 rushing yards in his junior season as one of the featured backs in Penn Hills’ offense. Roberson runs a 4.59 40-yard dash.

Tim Cwalina, OL, Mt. Lebanon – A verbal commitment to Virginia, Cwalina helped pave the way for a Blue Devils’ offense that averaged more than 23 points per game last season. Mt. Lebanon finished 5-5 overall, but three of the Devils’ losses came by nine points or less, including a heartbreaking 23-21 playoff loss to Shaler. Mt. Lebanon registered big victories over North Hills and Pittsburgh Central Catholic to open its season.

Tim Petro, Senior QB, Norwin – Petro amassed more than 1,300 yards of total offense as a junior (1,093 passing, 255 rushing) and had a hand in 12 total touchdowns (6 rushing, 6 passing). He completed 78-of-150 passes and averaged 3.15 yards per carry. Petro threw for more than 100 yards in four games, including a season-best 202 yards against Penn-Trafford and 155 yards against Erie McDowell.

T.J. Mastrascia, Senior WR, Thomas Jefferson – A 6’3, 205-pound athlete, Mastrascia ran for 246 yards and six touchdowns on 47 carries, averaging more than 5.2 yards per carry. He ran for nearly 100 yards and scored all three Jaguar touchdowns in a playoff loss to West Allegheny. Defensively, he registered 27 tackles and deflected a pass.

Tommy Berexa, Senior WR/DB, Pine-Richland – The featured target in the Pine-Richland passing attack, Berexa was the only Ram receiver with more than 20 catches last season. He hauled in a team-best 45 passes for 597 yards and five touchdowns, averaging more than 13.2 yards per catch and 66 yards per game. Berexa finished eight games with four or more catches, and posted three games with 90 or more receiving yards.

Trey Hall, Junior RB, Beaver Falls – A transfer from New Brighton, Hall has run for more than 1,500 yards in his career for the listless Lions. He will now be part of a Beaver Falls team that has made three consecutive trips to the WPIAL AA semifinals and played in championship games in 2007 and 2008. Hall also plays in the defensive backfield. He is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class.

Troy Jeter, Senior ATH, Aliquippa – Jeter receives an honorary spot on this list even though he’ll miss his senior season with a torn ACL. He finished his junior season as one of the Quips’ leading rushers alongside Darius Walker, and also played a key role as a receiver as well as on defense and special teams. Jeter’s on-field presence will be missed this 2010 season, even though he was one of 14 starters returning from the 2009 edition.

Tyler Alt, Junior OL, Greensburg Central Catholic – A Division-1 prospect in the 2012 recruiting class, Alt has already received interest from programs like North Carolina, Ohio State, Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia. Alt is a projected starter on the GCC offensive line this fall and did see some playing time on the defensive side of the ball as a sophomore.

Tyler Challingsworth, Senior WR/DEF, South Fayette – One of the top returning receivers to the Lions’ 2010 team, Challingsworth caught 23 passes for 445 yards and five touchdowns, averaging more than 19.3 yards per reception. Defensively, he posted 55 tackles, a sack, a team-leading four interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Challingsworth averaged five tackles per game.

Vince Simpson, Senior LB, Apollo Ridge – One of the top returning defensive players for the Vikings, Simpson posted 39 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Simpson averaged 4.3 tackles per game and finished two games with multiple sacks.

Wayne Capers, Jr., Junior QB, Chartiers Valley – A talented dual-threat quarterback for the Colts, Capers was helping Chartiers Valley roll along to a 5-0 start before suffering a broken foot and missing the remainder of the season. While he was at the helm of CV’s offense, Capers threw for more than 600 yards and ran for more than 300, totaling 18 touchdowns (11 rushing, 7 passing). A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class, Capers has received interest from Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia.

Zach Guiser, Sophomore DB, Greensburg Central Catholic – Guiser is one of the top defensive backs returning to the WPIAL’s AA classification this year. As a freshman, Guiser had a breakout year, leading the Centurions with an impressive eight interceptions, deflecting five passes, forcing two fumbles and recovering a fumble. Guiser could be on pace for more than 20 career interceptions.

Zach Hooks, Senior OL, Aliquippa – A transfer from Charleroi, Hooks is an imposing 290-pound behemoth who did generate some Division-1 interest among offensive line prospects in the class of 2011. Hooks helped pave the way for 1,200-yard rusher Quentin Briggs last season at Charleroi.

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