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2011-12 District 10 “Players to Watch” list

Written by: on Monday, August 15th, 2011
Aaron Collins, Senior QB/DB, Mercer Area – The dual-threat field general leading a Mercer Mustang offense that averaged more than 250 rushing yards and 21 points per game, Collins accounted for 592 yards of offense (359 passing, 233 rushing) and had a hand in four total touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing). He completed 22-of-53 passes (41.5 percent) and averaged 3.1 yards per carry on 75 rushing attempts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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