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

Written by: on Monday, August 15th, 2011
Jon Turner, Senior OL/LB, Freeport – Another key presence returning at linebacker for the Yellowjackets in addition to Brian Welsh, Turner tallied 73 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 7.3 tackles per game, finishing a pair of games with 11+ tackles. Turner’s best game came against Burrell – he finished with 12 tackles and three sacks in a 24-6 Yellowjacket victory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. jake says:

    jordan browns stats being in 6 games of the season



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