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2012 District 7 & 8 Watch List

Written by: on Saturday, August 18th, 2012

2012-13

“Watch list”

District 7 & 8

Aaron Bailey, Senior RB, Penn Hills – The Indians leading returning rusher and featured tailback in 2011, Bailey ran for 513 yards on 95 carries and scored four touchdowns for the Big East Conference runners-up, averaging 5.4 yards per carry.  Bailey was one of two Penn Hills athletes with more than 495 rushing yards on the season.

Aaron Lyons, Senior DB, Westinghouse – Lyons was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-City League selection at defensive back for the Bulldogs.

Acantay Patton, Senior OL/DL, Hopewell – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Parkway Conference selection on the offensive line (and the only underclassman named to the conference’s first-team OL), Patton helped to pave the way for a Viking offensive unit which averaged 348.6 yards (301 rushing, 47.6 passing) and 29.5 points per game, reaching the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season.  Most notably, Patton helped to open holes for the state’s career leading rusher, Rushel Shell, who ran for more than 2,300 yards for the third straight season.

Adam Mihoci, Junior OL/DL, Franklin Regional – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Keystone Conference selection on the defensive line, Mihoci recorded 29 tackles (18 solo), forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, averaging 4.8 tackles per game for the Panthers.  He also helped to pave the way for an FR offensive unit which averaged 362.7 yards (274.5 rushing, 88.2 passing) and 42.2 points per game en route to an 11-1 record and berth in the WPIAL AAA semifinals opposite Knoch.  The Panthers featured a 1,900-yard rusher and a 970-yard passer, scoring 68 total offensive touchdowns (57 rushing, 11 passing).

Adam Mitcheson, Junior K, Kiski Area – Mitcheson was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteall-Big East Conference selection at kicker last season for the Cavaliers, and was the lone Kiski underclassman selected to the all-conference team’s first-string unit.

Adam Murray, Senior RB, Hopewell – The No. 2 running back in Hopewell’s ground-and-pound offense which averaged 301 yards rushing per game, Murray ran for 343 yards on 70 carries and caught

another eight passes for 80 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 10 yards per reception.  In all, Murray scored five touchdowns for the Vikings.

Alan Crastenberg, Junior ILB/P, Highlands – A weapon in all three phases of the game for the Golden Rams, Crastenberg was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at both linebacker and punter, helping to play a role in a Golden Ram defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.3 points per game and holding seven of 10 opponents to 14 points or less.  Offensively, Crastenberg was the second-leading receiver in Highlands’ aerial assault which averaged just under 80 yards per game.  He hauled in 15 passes for 249 yards and scored a touchdown, averaging 16.6 yards per reception.

Alec Stivers, Senior OLB, Freeport – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection at linebacker, Stivers tallied 70 tackles (37 solo), two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, averaging seven tackles per game for the Yellowjackets, who finished 7-3 overall.

Alex Beasley, Senior LB, Woodland Hills – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big East Conference selection at linebacker, Beasley was part of a Woodland Hills defensive unit which allowed an average of 14.2 points per game, holding six of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout.

Alex DiCiantis, Senior RB, North Allegheny – North Allegheny’s second-leading rusher, DiCiantis rushed for 806 yards and 14 touchdowns on 156 carries, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.  He finished four games with more than 100 rushing yards and was one of four Tiger backs with at least 590 rushing yards on the season.  DiCiantis emerged as a threat in the backfield in 2010 after feature back Alex Papson was injured in the WPIAL championship game.

Alex Lasslo, Sophomore P, West Shamokin – Lasslo handled the punting chores for the Wolves last season, averaging 42.4 yards per punt in 19 attempts, with four of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Alex Paulina, Sophomore OL/DL, Canon-McMillan – One of the Big Macs’ top returning offensive players, Paulina, with his 6’3, 250 pound frame, was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Great Southern Conference selection on the offensive line as a freshman for a Canon-McMillan team which failed to win a game.  He helped to pave the way for an offensive unit which averaged 10.3 points per game.  Paulina was the Big Macs’ only all-conference representative last season.

Alex Smith, Senior RB/DB, Mars – One of the many options in the Planets’ Wing-T offensive arsenal, Smith ran for 394 yards on 57 carries and caught another eight passes for 71 yards, averaging 6.9 yards per carry and 8.9 yards per reception while scoring three total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).  He ran for a season-best 138 yards against Kittanning.  On special teams, Smith added a combined five punt and kickoff returns for 130 yards, averaging 16 yards per punt return and 32.7 yards per kickoff return.

Allan-Michael Conforti, Senior RB, Freedom Area – The Bulldogs’ leading rusher last season, Conforti ran for 537 yards on 89 carries and caught another four passes for 11 yards, averaging 2.8 yards per reception and six yards per carry while scoring four touchdowns.  Conforti was one of six Freedom Area players who scored 12 points or more during a 1-8 campaign.

Andre Martin, Senior RB/LB, Gateway – One of four Gator backs to rush for 300+ yards last season in a ground game which averaged 194.8 yards per contest, Martin finished with 466 yards and nine touchdowns on 71 carries and caught one pass for 14 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry.  He scored a season-high three touchdowns against Norwin and ran for a season-best 124 yards on 18 carries in a WPIAL AAAA quarterfinal game against Penn-Trafford.

Andrew Koester, Sophomore QB, West Allegheny – A rising sophomore, Koester could possibly be the next high-profile athlete to emerge from West Allegheny’s program.  He’ll be among the leading candidates to take over the reins of the Indians’ offensive arsenal, which averaged 22 points per game last season.  Whoever emerges as the WA field general will have to replace Dylan Bongiorni and his 1,683 yards of total offense.

Angelo Natter, Junior OL/DL, Pittsburgh Central Catholic – A transfer from Thomas Jefferson, Natter helped to pave the way for a Jaguar offensive unit which averaged 356 yards (199.4 rushing, 156.6 passing) and 29 points per game, producing a 1,600-yard passer and 1,300-yard rusher en route to the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals opposite Knoch.  TJ finished the season scoring 44 total offensive touchdowns (26 rushing, 18 passing).

Anthony Bianco, Senior RB, Hampton – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at running back, Bianco was one of only two Talbot players to end the season with more than 700 yards of offense (quarterback Jon Nigro was the other).  Bianco ran for 738 yards and seven touchdowns on 167 carries, averaging 4.4 yards per rush attempt and 82 yards per game. 

Anthony Colaianni, Junior RB/SS, Moon Area – The featured running back in a Moon Area ground game which averaged 165.8 yards per game, Colaianni finished his sophomore season running for 751

yards on 95 carries and catching four passes for 28 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry and seven yards per reception, scoring seven total touchdowns.  Colaianni finished the season as Moon’s second-leading scorer, trailing only senior receiver Garrett Mont, who scored eight touchdowns in 2011.

Anthony Davis, Junior WR/DB, Gateway – Davis is one of the Gators’ key returning pieces in the defensive backfield after he posted 31 tackles (23 solo), a sack and four deflected passes, averaging 2.8 tackles per game for the WPIAL AAAA semifinalists.

Anthony Parente, Senior OL/DL, Gateway – Parente helped to pave the way for a Gateway offensive unit which averaged 312.9 yards (194.8 rushing, 118.1 passing) and 34.6 points per game en route to a 9-3 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AAAA semifinals opposite North Allegheny.  Gateway’s offensive arsenal included four backs with season rushing totals between 305 to 825 yards and an 1,100-yard passer, scoring 52 total offensive touchdowns (40 rushing, 12 passing).

Anthony Prestopine, Junior RB, Shenango – The third-leading rusher in a Wildcat offensive attack which averaged 205.8 yards per game last season, Prestopine recorded 313 yards and six touchdowns on 59 carries, averaging 5.3 yards per rushing attempt.

Augie Shotts, Junior OL, Greensburg Central Catholic – Shotts helped to pave the way for a Centurion offensive unit which averaged 275.3 yards (186.9 rushing, 88.3 passing) and 29.6 points per game en route to a 10-2 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA semifinals opposite Aliquippa, producing an 1,100-yard rusher and 1,060-yard passer while scoring 49 total touchdowns. 

Austin Park, Senior C/DL, Upper St. Clair – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Great Southern Conference selection along the offensive line, Park helped to pave the way for an Upper St. Clair offensive unit which averaged 347.7 yards (240.6 rushing, 107.1 passing) and 38.5 points per game en route to an 11-2 record and berth in the WPIAL AAAA championship game opposite North Allegheny.  USC’s offensive arsenal featured five backs with at least 200 rushing yards and a 1,085-yard passer, scoring 63 total offensive touchdowns (50 rushing, 13 passing).

Ben Pevarnik, Senior OL, Greensburg Central Catholic – Pervarnik helped to pave the way for a Centurion offensive unit which averaged 275.3 yards (186.9 rushing, 88.3 passing) and 29.6 points per game en route to a 10-2 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA semifinals opposite Aliquippa, producing an 1,100-yard rusher and 1,060-yard passer while scoring 49 total touchdowns.

Ben Richko, Senior QB, Rochester – In his first year as a varsity starting quarterback, Richko helped direct the Rams to a 10-2 record and berth in the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Clairton.  Aided by the presence of All-State selection DeAndre Moon, Richko didn’t have to throw much – conecting on 38-of-84 passes (45.2 percent) for 671 yards and 10 touchdowns against six interceptions.  Rochester only averaged 56 yards passing per game last season.  In the last four seasons, the Rams have posted an overall record of 44-6 (.880).

Ben Tackett, Senior RB/DB, Knoch – A multi-purpose weapon offensively for the WPIAL AAA finalist Knights last season, Tackett ran for 269 yards on 39 carries and caught another 25 passes for 410 yards, averaging 6.9 yards per carry and 16.4 yards per reception while scoring nine total touchdowns (five receiving, four rushing).

Ben Young, Senior LB, Ford City – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection at linebacker, Young was part of a Saber defensive unit which allowed an average of 13.4 points per game, limiting six of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with three shutouts.

Beau Ewing, Senior RB, Ellwood City – The second-leading rusher in Ellwood City’s ground attack which averaged more than 162 yards per game last season, Ewing ran for 438 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 88 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and just a hair under 40 yards per game.  The Wolverines finished 7-4 and reached the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite Greensburg Central Catholic.

Ben D’Amico, Senior WR/DB, Yough – The second-leading receiver in a Cougar aerial assault which averaged 128.4 yards per game in 2011, D’Amico snagged 20 passes for 258 yards and added

another eight carries for 73 yards, averaging 9.1 yards per rush and 12.8 yards per reception, scoring one touchdown.

Billy Steele, Senior OL/DL, West Allegheny – Steele helped to pave the way for an Indian offensive arsenal which averaged 22.7 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Knoch, producing a 980-yard passer and 700-yard rusher among its featured components.

Bob Gould, Senior RB, Riverside – The Panthers’ leading returning rusher from 2011, Gould ran for 456 yards on 46 carries and caught another nine passes for 205 yards, averaging 9.9 yards per carry and 22.8 yards per reception.  In all, Gould scored 10 total touchdowns for Riverside, which tied him for the team lead in touchdowns scored with outgoing senior and overall leading rusher Tom Mansfield.

Brandon Gresh, Senior WR/DB, Keystone Oaks – Gresh returns to the Golden Eagles’ defensive secondary after posting 15 tackles (12 solo), two interceptions and 21 pass deflections, averaging 2.1 tackles per game.

Brandon Kmonk, Senior WR/DB, South Park – One of the Eagles’ leading receivers last year, Kmonk hauled in 17 passes for a team-best 307 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 18.1 yards per reception.  He was one of two South Park receivers with 15+ catches and 245+-receiving yards.

Brandon Lawless, Junior QB, Charmichaels – The Mighty Mikes’ field general in 2011, Lawless didn’t throw much, averaging just over nine pass attempts per game.  He connected on 26-of-83 passes (31.3 percent) for 489 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw 12 interceptions.  Lawless averaged 54 passing yards per game and is on pace to throw for just under 1,500 yards in his career.

Brandon Peluso, Senior OL/DL, Riverview – Peluso helped to pave the way for a Raider offensive unit which averaged 244.9 yards (133 passing, 111.9 rushing) and 15.9 points per game in 2011, producing a 1,000-yard passer as its primary featured component while scoring 19 total offensive touchdowns (11 rushing, eight passing).

Brandon Ritchie, Senior QB, Laurel – A threat to run just as much as pass, Ritchie will have to shoulder more of the offensive burden for the Spartans following the graduation of running back Dylan Jones, who ran for more than 2,200 yards over the last two seasons.  In his junior season, Ritchie tallied 1,167 yards of total offense (633 rushing, 534 passing) and accounted for five total Laurel touchdowns (four rushing, one passing).  He connected on 37-of-78 passes (47.4 percent) and averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 117 rushes.  In all, Ritchie averaged 129.7 yards per game in 2011.

Brendan Blair, Junior RB/LB, Sto-Rox – Blair was a part of Sto-Rox’ defensive unit which featured three Division-1 football prospects in Deaysean Rippy, Marzett Geter and Dontez Ford last season, so it may have been easy to shift focus away from him.  Not so in 2012 – Blair returns to become one of the Vikinigs’ defensive focal points, and he enjoyed quite the coming-out party in the WPIAL A championship game opposite Clairton, posting seven tackles and a pair of sacks.

Brendan Coniker, Senior WR/DB, North Allegheny – A two-way weapon for North Allegheny, both as a wide receiver and defensive back, Coniker made significant impacts on both sides of the ball last season.  Offensively, he hauled in 29 passes for 477 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 16.5 yards per reception, posting five games with 50 or more receiving yards.  Defensively, Coniker recorded 49 tackles (40 solo), five interceptions (tied for the team lead), 11 pass deflections and a forced fumble.  He returned one of the five interceptions for a touchdown, which came against Seneca Valley in the WPIAL playoffs.  Coniker also returned six kickoffs for 161 yards (a.26.8-yard average) and seven punts for 14 yards.  Coniker was aPittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Northern Seven Conference selection at defensive back.

Brendan Edwards, Senior WR/DB, Imani Christian Academy – Through the Saints first six games of the 2011 season, Edwards ran for 246 yards on 19 carries and caught eight passes for 247 yards, averaging 12.9 yards per carry and 30.9 yards per reception while scoring three total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).  He also recorded 35 tackles (22 solo) and 16 deflected passes on defense.

Brendan Henshawe, Senior OL/DL, East Allegheny – Henshawe helped to pave the way for a Wildcat offensive unit which averaged 18.4 points per game, producing two 380+-yard rushers and an 800-yard passer en route to a 5-5 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Seton-LaSalle.

Brendan Lynch, Senior QB/DB, Freeport – The man at the helm of the Yellowjackets’ Wing-T offense, Lynch proved a dual-threat, amassing 1,044 yards of total offense (602 passing, 442 rushing) and accounting for 14 total Freeport touchdowns (seven rushing, seven passing).  Lynch completed 37-of-67 passes (55.2 percent) and averaged 4.9 yards per carry on 90 rushes.  He threw for 100+ yards in a game three times and ran for 100+ yards in a WPIAL AA playoff game against Ellwood City.

Brennan McMinn, Junior RB/DEF, Charmichaels – Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAll-Tri County South Conference selection at running back, McMinn was the only Mighty Mikes’ representative named to the team.  He earned the all-conference nod by rushing for a team-best 758 yards on 164 carries and catching one pass for four yards, scoring 10 total touchdowns in all (nine rushing, one receiving).  McMinn averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 84 yards rushing per game.  He’s on pace to run for 2,274 yards in his career for Charmichaels.

Brent Blacharczyk, Senior LB, McGuffey – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Big Eight Conference selection at linebacker, Blacharczyk was part of a Highlander defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 37.3 points per game last season.  He was the only Highlander football player named to the Post-Gazette’sall-conference team.

Brett Brumbaugh, Sophomore QB, South Fayette – Brumbaugh assumed the reins of South Fayette’s offensive arsenal over the final third of the season and helped lead the Lions to a WPIAL AA playoff victory and berth in the quarterfinals opposite Seton-LaSalle.  In all, Brumbaugh completed 46-of-77 passes (59.7 percent) for 608 yards and seven touchdowns against nine interceptions.  In 11 games, Brumbaugh and outgoing senior John Lerda combined to throw for more than 1,600 yards, an average of 147.4 yards per game through the air.

Brian Welsh, Senior OL/LB, Freeport – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference pick along the defensive line, Welsh was a terror, amassing 80 tackles (47 solo), a team-best 10 sacks and three forced fumbles, averaging eight stops per game.  He finished five games with nine or more tackles and three games with multiple sacks.

Brock Baranowski, Senior RB, Pine-Richland – One of the offensive keys during Pine-Richland’s red-hot finish to the 2011 season, Baranowski concluded his junior season with 1,079 yards on 153 carries and caught another 25 passes for 231 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry and 9.2 yards per reception, scoring 16 total touchdowns (13 rushing, three receiving).  Baranowski ran for 100+ yards in five of Pine-Richland’s 10 games, and posted a whopping 253 combined rushing and receiving yards against Shaler.  Baranowski was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Northern Seven Conference selection at running back.

Brock Boxen, Junior OL/DL, Beaver Falls – A Division-1 prospect in the 2014 recruiting class along the defensive line, Boxen already holds a scholarship offer from Pitt.  He helped to pave the way for a Tiger offensive unit which averaged 333.1 yards (221.2 rushing, 111.9 passing) and 31.7 points per game en route to a 7-3 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite South Fayette, producing a 1,300-yard rusher and 1,100-yard passer.

Burke Moser, Senior QB, Quaker Valley – The man at the controls of the 3-7 Quakers’ offensive unit which averaged 11.7 points per game last season, Moser connected on 52-of-148 passes (35.1 percent) for 788 yards and seven touchdowns against seven interceptions.

Caleb Jakiel, Senior QB/S, Moon Area – A three-year starter at quarterback for the Tigers, Jakiel was at the helm of a Moon Area offense which averaged 21.1 points per game last season.  One of the primary offensive catalysts, he connected on 67-of-150 passes (44.6 percent) for 1,091 yards and 11 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, averaging 121.2 yards per game.  In the last two seasons, Jakiel has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards.

Carter Henderson, Senior LB, Franklin Regional – The Panthers’ leading tackler on a unit which allowed an average of 7.5 points per game and a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Keystone Conference at linebacker, Henderson finished his junior season with 109 tackles (79 solo), four sacks, a deflected pass, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, averaging 9.1 tackles per game.  Henderson posted a season-best 18 tackles (12 solo) in the WPIAL AAA semifinals against Knoch and had a pair of 13-tackle games against Ringgold and Greensburg-Salem.

Celo Davis, Senior LB, Aliquippa – Davis was part of a staunch Aliquippa defensive unit which helped propel the team to its 14th WPIAL football championship, allowing only an average of 8.7 points per game, limiting 13 of 15 opponents to 14 points or less, with four shutouts.  The Quips bowed in the PIAA AA semifinals to Tyrone, 20-19.  Davis was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Midwestern Conference selection at linebacker.

Chandler Kincade, Junior QB, Blackhawk – A Pitt recruit, Kincade sustained a shoulder injury and missed half of the Cougars’ season (four games in all).  In just a five-game season in 2011, Kincade connected on 40-of-68 passes (58.8 percent) for 547 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 109.4 yards per game through the air.  He’s thrown for 1,285 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career to date, and, based on averages, is on pace to throw for just over 2,600 yards in his career at Blackhawk.

Chaise Bertocci, Junior RB, Frazier – The Commodores’ second-leading rusher, trailing only now-graduated senior Tony Kudbya, Bertocci ran for 402 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per carry, contributing to Frazier’s 6-4 season and berth in the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Sto-Rox.

Chavas Rawlins, Senior QB/LB, Monessen – A West Virginia recruit and dual-threat quarterback who helped key a 6-4 season and berth in the WPIAL A playoffs for the Greyhounds, Rawlins amassed more than 1,600 yards of offense (991 passing, 623 rushing) and accounting for 16 total touchdowns (10 passing).  Rawlins connected on 71-of-153 passes (46.4 percent) and averaged 5.8 yards per carry on 107 rushing attempts.  Defensively, he was one of the team’s leaders in the defensive backfield, earning a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Tri County South Conference nod as a DB.

Chris Ingram, Senior OL/OLB, Aliquippa – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Midwestern Conference selection at linebacker, Ingram was part of a staunch Aliquippa defensive unit which helped propel the team to its 14th WPIAL football championship, allowing only an average of 8.7 points per game, limiting 13 of 15 opponents to 14 points or less, with four shutouts.  He also helped to pave the way for a Quip offensive unit which averaged 35.7 points per game and produced a 1,500-yard passer and two 940+-yard rushers en route to a 14-1 overall record and berth in the PIAA AA semifinals opposite Tyrone.

Chris Panza, Senior OL/DL, Mars – Panza helped to pave the way for a Fighting Planets’ team which averaged 262 yards (194.8 rushing, 67.2 passing) and 21.1 points per game en route to a 6-4 record and berth in the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite West Mifflin, producing a 720-yard rusher and 670-yard passer while scoring 28 total offensive touchdowns (22 rushing, six passing).

Chris Shortley, Senior QB, Brentwood – The guy at the reins of Brentwood’s offense which averaged 29.3 points per game and helped the Spartans to a 9-2 overall record, Shortley connected on 79-of-162 passes (48.7 percent) for 1,011 yards and 17 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, averaging 89.1 passing yards per game.  Shortley also ran for 254 yards and scored four touchdowns on 64 carries, averaging exactly four yards per rush attempt.  Brentwood reached the WPIAL A quarterfinals opposite Sto-Rox.

Christian Williams, Senior RB, Yough – The featured running back in a Cougar offensive arsenal which averaged 157.2 yards per game on the ground, Williams ran for 1,002 yards and scored four touchdowns on 150 carries, averaging 6.7 yards per carry and just over 111 yards per game.

C.J. Jackson, Senior TE, Pine-Richland – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Northern Seven Conference selection at tight end, the 6’3, 220-pound Jackson hauled in 21 passes for 297 yards and a trio of touchdowns, averaging 14.1 yards per reception.  He finished six of the Rams’ 10 games with two or more receptions, including a five-catch, 61-yard performance against North Allegheny.  Over Pine-Richland’s final four games, Jackson caught 11 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

C.J. Novak, Senior TE/DL, Bethlehem-Center – The Bulldogs’ featured receiver in an aerial assault which averaged 136.3 yards per game in 2011 and a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection at tight end, Novak snagged a team-leading 30 passes for 477 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 15.9 yards per reception and posting a 12-catch, 181-yard performance in the WPIAL playoffs against Fort Cherry.  Defensively, Novak added 70 tackles (50 solo), a sack, four interceptions, a deflected pass and a forced fumble, averaging seven tackles per game.  He also returned three kickoffs for 109 yards, including a 77-yard return for touchdown against Jefferson-Morgan.

Clifford Clark, Senior WR/DB, Union – The featured receiver in a Scottie aerial assault which averaged 126.2 yards per game last season, Clark hauled in a team-leading 35 passes for 474 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 13.5 yards per reception and 53 yards per game.  Clark was the only Scottie with more than 20 receptions on the season.

Cody Durant, Senior ATH, Bethlehem-Center – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection at running back, Durant was a multi-purpose weapon out of the backfield, running for 440 yards on 48 carries and adding another 11 receptions for 207 yards, averaging 9.2 yards per carry and 18.8 yards per reception while scoring 11 total touchdowns (six rushing, three receiving, one punt return, one fumble return).  Defensively, he added 27 tackles (22 solo), three interceptions, four deflected passes and a fumble recovery, and, on special teams, chipped in with four combined punt/kickoff returns for 137 yards.

Cody Jones, Senior TE/DL, Ambridge – A returning presence for the Bridgers at linebacker, Jones finished as Ambridge’s leading tackler, amassing 55 stops, 1.5 sacks and a pass deflection, averaging 6.1 tackles per game.  Jones posted a season-best 12 tackles (six solo) against New Castle in a 35-7 loss.

Cody Matush, Senior K, Monessen – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Tri County South Conference selection at kicker, Matush converted 19 extra points and one field goal, finishing the season with 22 total points scored, which was good enough for the third-highest total on the Greyhounds’ team, trailing only Chavas Rawlins (42 points) and Jalen Madison (66).

Cody McClelland, Senior QB, Woodland Hills – The back-up to two-year starter Pat Menifee in 2011, McClelland connected on 6-of-14 passes (42.5 percent) for 71 yards and one touchdown in limited action.  McClelland appears in line to replace Menifee, who threw for more than 1,500 yards in two seasons and started the 2010 WPIAL AAAA championship game opposite North Allegheny.

Cody Walter, Senior RB, Northgate – The featured tailback in the Flames’ offensive arsenal which averaged over 250 yards per game last season and reached the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Rochester, Walter ran for 352 yards on 71 carries and caught another 12 passes for 258 yards, averaging five yards per carry 21.5 yards per reception.  Walter scored seven total touchdowns (three rushing, two receiving, two misc.) for Northgate.

Colby Kincell, Junior RB, Mapletown – The leading rusher in the Maples’ offensive arsenal last season, Kincell ran for 500 yards and five touchdowns on 95 carries, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.  Mapletown finished 2-7 on the season.

Cole Bush, Senior WR/LB, Burrell – Shifting from featured wide receiver to featured running back was no sweat for this Buc.  A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Allegheny Conference selection at running back, Bush ran for 1,032 yards on 161 carries and caught another 12 passes for 233 yards, scoring 24 total touchdowns in the process (22 rushing, two receiving).  He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and 19.4 yards per reception.  Between rushing and receiving yards, Bush averaged nearly 127 total yards per game for the Buccaneers, who won six games and reached the WPIAL AA playoffs.

Cole Chiappialle, Senior RB/LB, Blackhawk – A two-way presence for the Cougars, Chiappialle tallied 550 all-purpose yards of offense (425 rushing, 125 receiving) and scored seven total touchdowns (five rushing, two receiving), averaging 6.1 yards per carry on 70 total rushing attempts and 10.4 yards per reception on 12 catches.  He ran for 100+ yards once (against Moon) and posted a 65-yard receiving performance against South Park.  Defensively, Chiappialle recorded 45 tackles (28 solo), a deflected pass and two fumble recoveries, averaging five stops per game.  He also returned two punts for 63 yards.

Cole Macek, Junior RB/LB, Montour – Macek recorded 48 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 3.7 tackles per game for the WPIAL AAA champion and PIAA AAA semifinalist Spartans.  Also, in limited offensive action, Macek recorded 42 yards rushing on nine carries, averaging 4.7 yards per rush.

Colin Reese, Senior OL/DL, Beaver Area – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Midwestern Conference selection on the offensive line, Reese and his 270-pound frame helped to pave the way for a Bobcat unit which averaged 207 yards (141.2 rush, 65.8 pass) and 27.4 points per game, reaching the opening round of the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Shady Side Academy.  The Bobcats finished with five backs with season rushing totals between 110 and 510 yards and a 650+-yard passer.  In all, Beaver scored 36 total touchdowns in 2011.

Collin Smith, Junior RB/DB, Albert Gallatin – The Colonials failed to win a game in 2011, but Smith proved to be one of the team’s offensive leaders, posting a combined 667 yards rushing and receiving (403 rush, 264 receiving) and scoring five total touchdowns.  He finished the season as the team’s leading rusher, receiver and scorer, averaging 3.8 yards per carry and 10.6 yards per reception.

Colton Kobrys, Junior WR, Fort Cherry – With the departure of 4,400-yard career passer Tanner Garry, the only question will be: Who will be throwing Kobrys the pigskin next season?  The junior, a transfer from Avella after his freshman season, finished the Rangers’ WPIAL A quartefinal run by hauling in 20 passes for 478 yards and six touchdowns, averaging a cool 23.9 yards per reception.  For his career, Kobrys has hauled in 72 passes for 935 yards.

Connor Biggs, Senior OL/DL, Mars – Biggs helped to pave the way for a Fighting Planets’ team which averaged 262 yards (194.8 rushing, 67.2 passing) and 21.1 points per game en route to a 6-4 record and berth in the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite West Mifflin, producing a 720-yard rusher and 670-yard passer while scoring 28 total offensive touchdowns (22 rushing, six passing).

Corey Bickert, Sophomore ATH, Riverview – Bickert had an impressive freshman season for the Raiders, and he was a factor in all three phases of the game.  He amassed 911 all-purpose yards of offense (620 receiving, 222 rushing, 69 passing) and accounted for 10 total Riverview touchdowns (seven receiving, three rushing) while completing 12-of-31 passes (38.7 percent) and averaging six yards per carry and 22.1 yards per reception.  He posted a trio of 100-yard receiving games.  Defensively, he added seven solo tackles.  On special teams, he averaged 31.6 yards per punt, booted 23 kickoffs and returned a combined 11 kickoffs/punts for 157 yards.  Bickert also converted 10 extra points and four two-point conversions, giving him 75 total points scored on the season.

Corey Hunsberger, Senior DB, Washington Trinity – Hunsberger was aPittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Big Eight Conference selection at defensive back last season, and he finished as Trinity’s team leader in interceptions, with three.  He also finished the season as the team’s featured receiver in an aerial assault which averaged 96.8 yards per game, hauling in 13 passes for 257 yards, averaging 19.8 yards per reception.  In all, Hunsberger scored four touchdowns.

Corey Marshall, Senior DB, Greensburg Central Catholic – Marshall was part of a Greensburg Central Catholic defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.3 points per game en route to a 10-2 record and berth in the WPIAL semifinals, limiting eight of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.

Cory Sevacko, Senior WR/DB/P, Keystone Oaks – A two-way presence for the Golden Eagles, Sevacko hauled in 31 passes for 406 yards and added another seven carries for 51 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per carry and 13.1 yards per reception while scoring six total touchdowns (five receiving, one rushing).  He finished five games with four or more receptions and went over the 100-yard receiving mark against South Fayette.  Defensively, he added 44 tackles (41 solo), two interceptions and 11 deflected passes, averaging 4.9 tackles per game.  Sevacko also handled the punting chores for KO, averaging 38.2 yards per punt in 19 boots.  He was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Century Conference pick at both wide receiver and defensive back.

Dakota Bruggeman, Senior WR, Knoch – Bruggeman saw a varied, though lesser, role in Knoch’s offensive arsenal which averaged 36.5 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAA championship game opposite Montour.  He amassed 256 all-purpose yards of offense (136 receiving, 82 rushing, 38 passing) and accounted for five total Knight touchdowns (two receiving, two rushing, one passing). 

Dakota Datz, Senior QB, Southmoreland – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Interstate Conference selection at quarterback, Datz had quite the junior season for the Scotties both passing and rushing.  In

all, he completed 102-of-191 passes (53.4 percent) for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns and added another 676 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 130 total carries.  He averaged 173 passing yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry.  For his career, Datz has thrown for 2,918 yards and 29 touchdowns, and he is one of five active WPIAL quarterbacks who enter the 2012 season with more than 2,200 career passing yards.  He led the Scotties to wins in three of their final four games of 2011.

Dale Klobichur, Senior RB/LB, Keystone Oaks – The Golden Eagles’ featured running back in 2011, Klobichur ran for 1,120 yards and 10 touchdowns on 182 carries and caught another 13 passes for 52 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry and four yards per reception.  He ran for 100+ yards in six of KO’s nine games, including a whopping 257 yards and five touchdowns against Burrell.  Defensively, he added 27 tackles (26 solo), three deflected passes and two fumble recoveries, averaging three tackles per game.

Dalton Wildman, Junior QB, West Greene – The Pioneers’ field general last season, Wildman connected on 49-of-139 passes for 575 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 63.8 yards per game through the air.

Damian Rawl, Junior RB, Beaver Falls – The Tigers’ leading returning rusher from a season ago, Rawl posted 370 yards on 59 carries and caught five passes for 46 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry and 9.2 yards per reception while scoring nine total touchdowns, good enough for second on the team, trailing only Trey Hall.

Damon Smith, Senior RB/DB, Freeport – The offensive centerpiece of Freeport’s arsenal last season, Smith ran for 1,381 yards on 240 carries and caught another six passes for 53 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry and 8.8 yards per reception while scoring 20 total touchdowns (18 rushing, one receiving, one interception return).  ThePittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection at running back finished seven games with 100+ rushing yards and five games with multiple rushing touchdowns.  Defensively, Smith chipped in with 59 tackles (32 solo), two sacks and two interceptions, averaging 5.9 stops per game.

Dane Brown, Senior RB, Franklin Regional – The primary offensive centerpiece for the 11-1 Panthers and a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Keystone Conference selection at running back, Brown had an incredible junior season, rushing for 1,960 yards and 34 touchdowns on 210 carries, averaging 9.3 yards per carry and 163.3 yards per game.  Brown accounted for half of FR’s 68 total offensive touchdowns scored in 2011, running for 100+ yards in 11 of 12 games, including four games of 200+ yards.  For his career, Brown has run for 3,299 yards and 54 touchdowns, already laying claim to the title of FR’s all-time leading rusher.

Danny Christenson, Junior K, Bethel Park – The leading scorer on the Black Hawk’s team all of last season, Christenson converted 15 extra points and eight field goals for a total of 39 points scored.  He finished second in the WPIAL AAAA classification among kickers with the eight field goals, trailing only Penn-Trafford’s Matt Loughnane, who booted 11 field goals.  Christenson’s 39 points accounted for 28.9 percent of Bethel Park’s season scoring total (135 points).

Darin Franklin, Senior RB, Gateway – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Foothills Conference selection at running back and the featured back in a Gateway ground game which averaged 194.8 yards per game last year, Franklin was not only a force offensively but also on special teams for the Gators.  In all, Franklin amassed 1,322 all-purpose yards (823 rushing, 47 receiving, 452 punt/kickoff returns) and scored 18 total touchdowns (16 rushing, two punt returns) for Gateway, averaging 6.6 yards per carry, 11.8 yards per reception, 28.8 yards per punt return and 26.5 yards per kickoff return.  A career 1,600-yard rusher, Franklin has generated interest from Division-1 programs like Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

Darian Bradley, Senior RB/LB, Beaver Area – The leading rusher in a Bobcat offensive arsenal which saw five different backs surpass 100 yards rushing on the season, Bradley ran for 506 yards on 92 carries and caught another five passes for 36 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and 7.2 yards per reception.  He scored four touchdowns, finishing the season as one of five Beaver Area players with at least four touchdowns scored.

DaRon Clark, Senior WR/DB, Perry Traditional Academy – Clark played mostly defense for the Commodores last season, but is projected to be recruited as a wide receiver in college.  He has generated interest from programs like Pitt and Toledo, among others.

Daron Whitaker, Senior RB, Washington – The third-leading rusher in a Little Prexie ground game which averaged 241.8 yards per contest last season en route to an 8-3 record and berth in the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite Aliquippa, Whitaker ran for 379 yards and scored seven touchdowns on 43 carries, averaging 8.8 yards per rush attempt.  Between Whitaker, Jaylin Kelly and Shai McKenzie, the Little Prexies return a combined 2,093 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns scored.

DaShaun Roberts, Senior ATH, Brashear – The No. 122 safety prospect in the 2013 recruiting class, per Scout.com, Roberts has attracted interest from programs like Pitt, Toledo and Temple after amassing 84 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions as a junior.

David Carter, Senior WR/DB, Summit Academy – Carter was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection at wide receiver for the Knights.

David Folkmire, Senior WR/DB/P, Gateway – Folkmire primarily handled the punting chores for the Gators last season, averaging 33.9 yards per punt on 28 attempts, with a long of 62 yards and five punts downed inside the 20-yard line.  Folkmire also saw some time at wide receiver, where he hauled in four passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 21 yards per reception.

David Lattanzio, Senior QB/DB, Ford City – One of two athletes to see time under center last season, Lattanzio connected on 42-of-71 passes (59.2 percent) for 496 yards and a touchdown, averaging 62 yards per game through the air.  He also added 88 yards rushing and a touchdown on 48 carries, averaging 1.8 yards per rush.

Delvon Randall, Junior WR/DB, Gateway – One of only two Gateway receivers with 10 or more receptions during the 2011 season, Randall hauled in 11 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 21.3 yards per reception.  Defensively, Randall added 21 tackles (15 solo), a sack and a deflected pass.

Demetrius Lewis, Senior WR/DB, Ringgold – The top returning rusher from a Rams’ offensive unit which averaged 291.9 yards per game on the ground last season, Louis totaled 575 yards on 58 carries and caught another four passes for 52 yards, averaging 9.9 yards per carry and 13 yards per reception, scoring 13 total touchdowns (12 rushing, one receiving).  Louis ran for a season- and career-high 253 yards on just nine carries against Hollidaysburg.

Dennis Briggs, Junior RB/DB, Shady Side Academy – The No. 3 running back in Shady Side Academy’s offensive arsenal, Briggs ran for 538 yards on 70 carries and caught another 10 passes for 158 yards, finishing as the team’s second-leading receiver behind only outgoing senior Ryan Williams.  Briggs averaged 7.7 yards per carry and 15.8 yards per reception while scoring six total touchdowns, helping Shady Side Academy reach the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite Jeannette.

Derrick Fulmore, Senior QB, West Mifflin – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Eight Conference selection at quarterback, Fulmore had a productive junior season, leading West Mifflin to a 9-2 record and berth in the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals opposite Montour.  The Titans’ field general wound up amassing 1,122 yards of offense (700 passing, 422 rushing) and accounting for 18 total WM touchdowns (12 rushing, six passing).  He connected on 39-of-88 passes (44.3 percent) and averaged 6.2 yards per carry on 68 carries. 

Devan Willyard, Senior RB/DB, Ford City – The featured running back in a Saber offensive unit which averaged 178 yards per game, Willyard ran for 850 yards on 126 carries and caught a team-leading 27 passes for 362 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry and 13.4 yards per reception while scoring four total touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving).  A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection at linebacker, Willyard picked off a pass on defense and added a combined 17 kickoff/punt returns for 346 yards.

Devin Kelosky, Senior QB, Riverside – The field general of Riverside’s offensive unit which averaged 278.4 yards (200.4 rush, 78 pass) and 23 points per game last season, Kelosky amassed 1,004 yards of total offense, connecting on 46-of-102 passes for 702 yards with six touchdowns against five interceptions and running for 302 yards and a touchdown on 75 carries.  Kelosky completed 45.1 percent of his passes and averaged four yards per carry for the Panthers.

Devin Wilson, Senior WR/S, Montour – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Parkway Conference selection at defensive back, Wilson was all over the field for the WPIAL AAA champion Spartans in his junior season.  The potential Division-1 football prospect holds an offer from NC State and has garnered interest from numerous other programs.  In the defensive backfield, Wilson recorded 58 tackles (39 solo), four interceptions and five deflected passes, averaging 3.9 tackles per game, with a season-best 11 stops against New Castle.  Offensively, he hauled in 72 passes for 901 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 12.5 yards per reception, finishing six games with 70+ receiving yards and six games with five or more receptions.  He also handled punting chores for Montour, booting 22 punts for an average of 29.1 yards, with two kicks downed inside the 20-yard line.

Devon Dunmire, Senior OL/DL, Leechburg – Dunmire was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection along the offensive line for the Blue Devils.

Devon Walker, Senior RB/LB, Aliquippa – One of the pieces in the Quips’ offensive puzzle last season, Walker ran for 106 yards on 17 carries and caught another 14 passes for 181 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 12.9 yards per reception while scoring nine total touchdowns.  Walker was a hero for the Quips in one of its biggest games – he caught the game-winning touchdown pass to cap Aliquippa’s 96-yard drive to win the school’s 14th WPIAL championship at Heinz Field.

Devontae Harvey, Senior OL/DL, Clairton – A returning contributor along the offensive line, Harvey helped to pave the way for a Bear offensive unit which averaged 44.1 points per game en route to a 16-0 record, WPIAL A championship and PIAA A championship, producing a 2,400-yard rusher and 1,800-yard passer.  The Bears have won 47 consecutive games and became the first Pennsylvania team to post consecutive 16-win seasons.

Dom Delgreco, Junior K, Seton-LaSalle – Listed as a wide receiver on the Rebels’ 2011 roster, Delgreco served as the team’s kicker, converting 49 extra points and three field goals for a total of 58 points.  But Delgreco didn’t stop there.  He also hauled in a 43-yard reception and scored a touchdown for Seton-LaSalle, giving him a total of 64 points, or 15 percent of the Rebels’ season scoring output of 426 points, believed to be the third-highest all-time mark, trailing only the 2002 and 2004 teams.

Dominic Marazzo, Senior WR/LB, Franklin Regional – Marazzo had a respectable junior season for the Panthers at linebacker, tallying 58 tackles (38 solo), 2.5 sacks, two interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown), three deflected passes and three fumble recoveries (one of which was returned for a touchdown).  He averaged 4.8 tackles per game for Franklin Regional, a WPIAL AAA semifinalist.

Donovan Cobb, Junior TE, Aliquippa – Cobb, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Midwestern Conference selection at tight end, was one of several sophomores to start last season as the Quips finished 14-1, won the program’s 14th WPIAL football championship and reached the PIAA AA semifinals opposite Tyrone.

Dorian Brown, Senior RB, Baldwin – A possibly collegiate prospect in the Keystone State’s 2013 class at running back, Brown piled up 1,292 rushing yards on 197 carries and caught another 11 passes for 78 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry and 7.1 yards per reception.  He scored 11 touchdowns for the Highlanders, easily finishing as the team’s leading scorer with 66 points.  Baldwin’s second-leading scorer, Zack Donardo, scored only 20 points.  Brown has run for a little more than 2,000 yards in his career for the Highlanders.

Dorian Johnson, Senior OL/DL, Belle Vernon Area – A Penn State recruit, Johnson held 19 offers before committing to the Nittany Lions.  A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Big Eight Conference selection on both the offensive and defensive lines, Johnson helped to pave the way for a Leopard offensive unit which averaged 233.3 yards (159.8 rush, 73.5 pass) and 17 points per game, producing a 900-yard rusher in Ian Dobbins.  Defensively, Johnson was part of a unit which allowed an average of 22.8 points per game, posting one shutout.

Doug Altavilla, Sophomore QB, Baldwin – Aided by the presence of 1,200-yard rusher Dorian Brown in the backfield, Altavilla didn’t have to throw much, so he could better ease his way into the Highlanders’ offensive arsenal.  He finished his first varsity season by throwing for 479 yards and three touchdowns, completing 49-of-99 passes (49.4 percent), averaging 53.2 yards passing per game.

Dravon Henry, Junior RB, Aliquippa – The featured running back in a Quip offensive unit which averaged 235.1 yards per game on the ground, Henry ran for 1,497 yards and scored a team-leading 22 touchdowns.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteall-Midwestern Conference selection at running back has run for 2,317 yards in his career to date, and, barring setback or injury, could become the third career 4,000-yard rusher in Aliquippa’s storied football history.

Drew Robinson, Senior RB/WR, Union – A rushing and receiving threat for the Scotties, Robinson finished his junior season with a total of 604 all-purpose yards of offense (358 rushing, 246 receiving) and scored nine total touchdowns (seven rushing, two receiving).  He averaged 4.8 yards per carry on 75 rushes and 15.4 yards per reception on 16 catches. 

Dustin Conti, Senior QB/RB/LB, Jefferson-Morgan – Conti was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Tri County South Conference selection at linebacker, helping contribute to a Jefferson-Morgan defense which allowed an average of 27 points per game last season, holding three of nine opponents to 13 points or less.  Also a key on the offensive side of the ball, Conti amassed 781 yards of offense (480 rushing, 301 passing) and accounted for seven total touchdowns (five rushing, two passing).  He completed 27-of-63 passes (42.9 percent) and averaged 5.6 yards per carry on a team-high 80 rushes.

Dustin Windemaker, Senior TE/DE, West Allegheny – Windemaker helped to pave the way for an Indian offensive arsenal which averaged 22.7 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Knoch, producing a 980-yard passer and 700-yard rusher among its featured components.

Dyran Davenport, Senior OL/LB, Clairton – A returning starter along the offensive line, Davenport helped to pave the way for a Bear offensive unit which averaged 44.1 points per game en route to a 16-0 record, WPIAL A championship and PIAA A championship, producing a 2,400-yard rusher and 1,800-yard passer.  The Bears have won 47 consecutive games and became the first Pennsylvania team to post consecutive 16-win seasons.

Eddie Stockett, Senior QB, McKeesport Area – In Year Two of Jim Ward’s new-look, spread-style offensive attack, Stockett, an Akron recruit flourished, completing 105-of-192 passes (54.7 percent) for 1,772 yards and 17 touchdowns against six interceptions and adding 136 yards and six more touchdowns on 60 carries.  He threw for at least 100 yards in each of McKeesport’s 10 games and averaged 2.3 yards per carry.  In his career, Stockett has thrown for 2,471 yards, and has a chance to become the Tigers’ first career 4,000-yard passer.

Eli Holt, Senior LB, Mount Pleasant – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Interstate Conference selection at linebacker, Holt was a part of a Viking defensive unit which allowed an average of 17.7 points per game, limiting three of 10 opponents to 14 points or less.

Elijah Zeise, Junior WR/DB, North Allegheny – A returning presence in the North Allegheny defensive backfield, Zeise primarily spent his sophomore season on that side of the ball.  He recorded 42 tackles (33 solo) and an interception, which he returned 43 yards against Seneca Valley in the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals.  He averaged 2.8 tackles per game.

Elliot Taylor, Senior K, Central Valley – Taylor converted 41 extra points and two field goals, accounting for 47 of Central Valley’s school-record 459 points, or 10.2 percent of the team’s season scoring output.  Taylor also handled the kickoff duties for the Warriors, booting 50 kickoffs for an average of 48.4 yards, with 12 touchbacks.

Emanuel Williams, Senior OL/DL, Aliquippa – A returning presence along the offensive line for the Quips, Williams helped to pave the way for an Aliquippa offensive unit which averaged 337.3 yards (235.1 rushing, 102.2 passing) and 35.7 points per game en route to a 14-1 overall record, 14th WPIAL football championship and berth in the PIAA AA semifinals opposite Tyrone.  Aliquippa finished the season with a 1,500-yard passer and two backs with season rushing totals between 946 to 1,497 yards.

Eric Johnson, Junior QB, Charleroi – A dual-threat quarterback returning to the Interstate Conference, Johnson amassed a total of 1,426 yards of offense (730 passing, 696 rushing) and accounted for 11 total touchdowns (six rushing, five passing).  He connected on 45-of-72 passes (62.5 percent) and averaged 8.2 yards per carry on 85 rushing attempts, finishing second on the team to career 3,100-yard rusher Quentin Briggs.  Johnson averaged a total of 158.4 yards of offense per game in 2011.

Eric Klejka, Junior OL/DL, Mount Pleasant – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Interstate Conference selection on the offensive line, Klejka helped to pave the way for a Mount Pleasant Wing-T offensive attack which averaged 303.2 yards (239.8 rush, 64.4 pass) and 22.8 points per game, producing five backs with at least 375 yards rushing and earning a berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Washington.

Flyzell Williams, Senior K, Uniontown – Williams handled the placekicking and kickoff chores for the Red Raiders last season, booting 18 kickoffs for an average of 52.6 yards, with three touchbacks.  He also converted six extra points and two field goals, scoring 12 of Uniontown’s 98 points on the season, or 12.2 percent of the team’s season scoring output.

Forrest Barnes, Senior RB, Seneca Valley – The featured running back (and also one of the featured receivers) in Seneca Valley’s spread offense, Barnes had a breakout junior season, running for 1,181 yards on 181 carries and hauling in another 45 passes for 561 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry and 12.5 yards per reception, scoring 19 total touchdowns (14 rushing, five receiving).  In the last six years, Barnes is one of four known WPIAL running backs with at least 550 rushing and 550 receiving yards in the same season.  He was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAll-Northern Seven Conference team at running back and was also a part of the Post-Gazette’s North Region Fabulous-22 team.

Garrett Brooks, Senior DB, Greensburg Central Catholic – Brooks was part of a Greensburg Central Catholic defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.3 points per game en route to a 10-2 record and berth in the WPIAL semifinals, limiting eight of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.

Garrett Vulcano, Senior RB/LB, Chartiers-Houston – Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAll-Black Hills Conference selection at linebacker, Vulcano was a part of a Chartiers-Houston defense which surrendured an average of 17.4 points per game, holding six of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout.  Offensively, Vulcano amassed 414 all-purpose yards on 33 total touches (22 rushes, 11 receptions), averaging 10.6 yards per carry and 16.5 yards per reception, scoring six total touchdowns.

Gregg Garrity, Senior WR/DB, North Allegheny – The No. 3 receiver in North Allegheny’s aerial assault which averaged 148.2 yards per game last season, Garrity hauled in 28 passes for 434 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 15.5 yards per reception.  He posted a 153-yard performance on just two receptions against Kiski Area – his only game with more than 50 yards receiving.  Garrity also returned a kickoff 61 yards.

Harry Randall, Junior WR, Woodland Hills – The second-leading receiver in Woodland Hills’ aerial assault which averaged 93 yards per game last season, Randall hauled in seven passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 19.1 yards per reception.  Randall was second only to Cincinnati recruit Shakim Alonzo, who caught 25 passes for 513 yards.

Hodari Christian, Senior RB/LB, McKeesport Area – Christian, a West Virginia recruit, was part of a McKeesport defensive unit which allowed an average of 19.4 points per game, reaching the WPIAL AAAA playoffs against McDowell.

Ian Patterson, Senior K, Waynesburg Central – Pittsburgh Post-Gaztte all-Interstate Conference selection at kicker, Patterson converted 19 extra points and two field goals, giving him 25 points scored on the season for the Raiders.  He also averaged 34.7 yards per punt, with six of his 17 boots downed inside the 20 yard line and also nailed six of his 36 kickoffs for touchbacks.

Isaiah Neely, Senior DB, Our Lady of Sacred Heart – Nicknamed the Chargers, Neely certainly put a charge in OLSH’s offense.  OLSH finished above the .500 mark for the first time in school history, winning five games, but missing the WPIAL playoffs.  Neely earned a plethora of honors – a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette West Regional Fabulous-22 nod; a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Eastern Conference selection at running back; and last, but not least, the Eastern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.  He recorded 181 rushes for 1,562 yards and scored 22 total touchdowns for the Chargers, averaging 8.6 yards per carry and 173.5 yards per game.  He scored 132 of the team’s 200 points, or 66 percent of the team’s season scoring output.

Jack Henderson, Senior P, North Allegheny – The primary punter for North Allegheny in 2011, Henderson averaged a solid 36.3 yards per boot on 33 punts, with nine of those 33 kicks (27.2 percent) downed inside the 20 yard line.  His two longest punts of the year – 60 and 59 yards – both came against Seneca Valley.  Henderson also notched punts of 53 and 51 yards against Central Dauphin and Gateway, respectively.  And four of his seven punts against rival North Hills were downed inside the 20.

Jacob Wright, Senior WR, Mars – Both a rushing and receiving threat, Wright ran for 152 yards on 21 carries and caught another 10 passes for 181 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and 18.1 yards per reception while scoring five total touchdowns (three receiving, two rushing).  On special teams, he added 10 kickoff returns for 278 yards, averaging 27.8 yards per return.

Jade Maher, Junior QB, Connellsville – The field general of a revamped and reinvigorated Falcon football team, Maher helped key the Falcons to a 5-5 record and berth in the WPIAL AAAA playoffs under first-year head coach Dave McDonald.  In all, Maher connected on 41-of-88 passes (46.5 percent) for 500 yards and three touchdowns and adding five rushing touchdowns for a Connellsville team which averaged 19.3 points per game.  Maher was the Falcons’ second-leading scorer, trailing only departed feature back Zach Cooper, who scored 12 touchdowns.

Jake Mascaro, Senior WR, Thomas Jefferson – The second-leading receiver in a Thomas Jefferson aerial assault which averaged 156.6 yards per game last season, Mascaro hauled in 15 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 19.6 yards per reception.

Jaleel Fields, Junior OL/DL, Aliquippa – A returning presence along the offensive line for the Quips, Fields helped to pave the way for an Aliquippa offensive unit which averaged 337.3 yards (235.1 rushing, 102.2 passing) and 35.7 points per game en route to a 14-1 overall record, 14th WPIAL football championship and berth in the PIAA AA semifinals opposite Tyrone.  Aliquippa finished the season with a 1,500-yard passer and two backs with season rushing totals between 946 to 1,497 yards.  Fields is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2014 class along the defensive line.

Jalen Holmes, Senior TB, New Castle – The Red Hurricanes’ featured tailback for the past two seasons, Holmes came within 70 yards of a 1,000-yard season on the ground.  He finished the year with 171 carries for 937 yards and caught another nine passes for 92 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and 10.1 yards per reception, scoring nine total touchdowns (eight rushing, one receiving).  Over the last two seasons, Holmes has accumulated 1,801 rushing yards for New Castle, a program which enters the 2012 season just one victory shy of 700 in its proud history.

James Murray, Senior OL/DL, Springdale – Valley News Dispatch second team selection on the defensive line, Murray was part of a Springdale defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 14.5 points per game, holding seven of 11 opponents to 13 points or less, with one shutout.  Offensively, Murray helped to pave the way for a Dynamo offensive unit which averaged 285.6 rushing yards, producing three backs with season rushing totals between 892 and 1,272 rushing yards.  Springdale finished 8-3 overall and reached the WPIAL A quarterfinals opposite Clairton.

Jamie Fell, Senior WR/DB, Frazier – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Tri-County South Conference selection at wide receiver, Fell had quite the successful junior season for the Commodores, snagging 32 Rock Vargo passes for 589 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 18.4 yards per reception and a touchdown nearly every third catch.  Fell was one of three Frazier receivers with at least 20 receptions and 300 receiving yards last year, helping the Commodores to a 6-4 record and berth in the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Sto-Rox.

Jaquan Davidson, Junior WR/DB, McKeesport Area – Davidson played in two games for the Tigers last season, hauling in six passes for 207 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 34.5 yards per reception.  He went over 100 yards receiving in the Tigers’ 42-0 victory over Hempfield, recording 128 yards on three catches, with two touchdowns.

Jaquan Pennington, Junior ATH, Central Valley – A transfer from Rochester, Pennington ran for 235 yards on 33 carries and caught another three passes for 66 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry and 22 yards per reception while scoring four total touchdowns.

Jared Brevard, Junior RB/DB, Shady Side Academy – One of three Shady Side rushers with more than 500 yards last year, Brevard proved quite the reliable resource in the backfield, posting 725 yards

on 98 carries and hauling in another eight passes for 71 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per carry and 8.9 yards per reception.  He scored 15 touchdowns for the Indians, finishing second on the team in total scoring, with 90 points.  Brevard is on pace to rush for more than 2,100 yards for Shady Side.

Jared Hogue, Junior WR, Freedom Area – Hogue was listed as a quarterback on the Bulldogs’ roster, but he made an impact at wide receiver, hauling in 14 passes for 236 yards and scoring five touchdowns, averaging 16.9 yards per catch.  Hogue was part of a Freedom aerial assault which averaged 119.7 yards per game last season.

Jason Buchert, Senior K, North Allegheny – The Tigers’ placekicker in 2011, Buchert converted 62 extra points and one field goal, scoring 65 of North Allegheny’s school single-season record 574 points.  Buchert accounted for 11.3 percent of the Tigers’ season scoring output.

Jason Henshawe, Senior TE/OLB, East Allegheny – Henshawe helped to pave the way for a Wildcat offensive unit which averaged 18.4 points per game, producing two 380+-yard rushers and an 800-yard passer en route to a 5-5 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Seton-LaSalle.  He also caught eight passes for 105 yards and one touchdown, averaging 13.1 yards per reception.

Jason Lozzi, Junior RB/LB, Mars – The featured running back in Mars’ ground attack which averaged 194.8 yards per game last season, Lozzi ran for 729 yards on 156 carries and caught another nine passes for 74 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 7.1 yards per reception.  He surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing yardage three times for the Fighting Planets, and is on pace to run for 2,187 yards in his career.

Jason Vankirk, Senior QB, Washington Trinity – The field general at the helm of a Trinity offensive unit which averaged 21.3 points per game last season, Vankirk completed exactly 50 percent of his passes (50-of-100) for 872 yards with 10 touchdowns against only three interceptions.  He averaged 96.8 passing yards per game and helped lead the team to a 5-4 record.

Jawan Turner, Senior OL/DL, Woodland Hills – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big East selection along the offensive line, Turner helped to pave the way for a Woodland Hills unit which averaged 25.9 points per game and qualified for the WPIAL AAAA playoffs opposite Mt. Lebanon.  The Wolverines finished the season with an 850-yard passer and 790-yard rusher among its featured components.

Jaylin Kelly, Senior RB, Washington – The second-leading rusher in a Little Prexie rushing attack which averaged 241.8 yards per game last season, Kelly ran for 512 yards and five touchdowns on 64 carries, averaging exactly eight yards per carry.  In the last two seasons, Kelly has run for just over 1,000 yards for Washington.

Jaymar Parrish, Senior TE/LB, Gateway – A talent on both sides of the ball, Parrish is a Pitt recruit.  He caught a team-leading 22 passes for 524 yards and four touchdowns last season, averaging 23.8 yards per reception.  He posted a six-catch, 178-yard game against Greater Latrobe.  Defensively, he added 69 tackles, four sacks, an interception, two deflected passes and a forced fumble, averaging 5.8 tackles per game, posting a pair of games with 10+ tackles.

Jayme Tatko, Senior LB, Beaver Area – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Midwestern Conference selection at linebacker, Tatko was part of a staunch Beaver Area defensive unit which only allowed an average of 8.7 points per game and posting six shutouts in 10 games.  Through its first six games, the Bobcats only allowed 13 points.

Jeremy Gonzales, Senior OL/DL, North Allegheny – A two-way presence in the trenches for North Allegheny, Gonzalez helped to pave the way for a very productive offensive unit which averaged 414.9 yards (266.7 rush, 148.2 pass) and 38.3 points per game en route to the WPIAL AAAA championship and the PIAA semifinals for the second straight year.  NA produced a 2,200-yard passer and four rushers with season totals between 598 and 933 yards.  Defensively, Gonzales wreaked havoc from his positon on the line, chewing up 58 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two deflected passes, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.  He averaged 3.9 tackles per game.

Jevone Hairston, Senior RB, Chartiers-Houston – The Buccaneers’ leading returning rusher and overall top team scorer from 2011, Hairston ran for 384 yards on 57 carries and scored 11 touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per carry.  Hairston was one of four C-H backs with at least 200 rushing yards last season, but he was the only player to score 10 or more touchdowns on the team.

Jim Tersak, Senior OL/DL, Bishop Canevin – Tersak helped to pave the way for a Crusader unit which averaged 317.4 yards (186.7 rushing, 130.7 passing) and 33.3 points per game en route to the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Sto-Rox, producing a 1,500-yard passer and an 1,100-yard rusher, scoring 53 total offensive touchdowns (36 rushing, 17 passing).  Defensively, he added 25 tackles (all solo), three sacks and two fumble recoveries for a unit which allowed an average of 7.8 points per game.

Joe Bray, Senior OL/DL, Shady Side Academy – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Allegheny Conference selection on the offensive line, Bray helped to pave the way for a Shady Side offensive attack which averaged 299.8 yards (241.7 rush, 58.1 pass) and 29.5 points per game, reaching the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite Jeannette.  The Indian offense finished with three backs with season rushing totals between 535 to 1,240 yards and a 640-yard passer.

Joe Brown, Junior OL/DL, Riverview – Brown helped to pave the way for a Raider offensive unit which averaged 244.9 yards (133 passing, 111.9 rushing) and 15.9 points per game in 2011, producing a 1,000-yard passer as its primary featured component while scoring 19 total offensive touchdowns (11 rushing, eight passing).

Joe Brungo, Junior WR, Kiski Area – The featured wide receiver in the Cavaliers’ offensive arsenal last season, Brungo hauled in 23 passes for 444 yards and one touchdown, averaging 19.3 yards per

reception and 49.3 yards per game.

Joe Salmen, Senior QB, Union – The field general at the controls of a Scottie team which finished with just two wins yet featured 26 underclassmen on the 27-man roster, Salmen connected on 81-of-154 passes (52.5 percent) for 1,136 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging better than 126 yards through the air per game. 

Joey Wall, Senior WR/DB, Ringgold – The only Ringgold receiver with double-digit receptions on the season, Wall hauled in 12 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown, averaging 19.1 yards per catch.  He posted a season-best 83 receiving yards in the WPIAL AAA playoffs against Highlands.  Defensively, he added 18 tackles (15 solo), and, on special teams, he returned four kickoffs for 114 yards, averaging 28.5 yards per return, with a long of 80 yards in the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals against Central Valley.

John Beveridge, Junior RB/LB, Keystone Oaks – Beveridge returns at linebacker after tallying 52 tackles (44 solo), seven deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 6.5 tackles per game for the Golden Eagles.  He also ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, averaging 9.1 yards per carry.

John Bridge, Senior TE/DE, Bishop Canevin – Bridge is one of Canevin’s key returning pieces along the defensive line after posting 66 tackles (all solo), tying for the team lead in sacks, with nine, and recovering a fumble, averaging 5.5 tackles per game.  Bridge totaled a season-best 10 tackles in a WPIAL playoff victory over Chartiers-Houston and had a three-sack game against Fort Cherry.

John Dugas, Senior WR/DB, Burgettstown – The main returning offensive leader for the Blue Devils, Burgettstown surprised many with a 3-0 start before fading to a 1-5 finish.  Dugas aided the Burgettstown effort by combining for 835 yards rushing and receiving (671 rush, 164 receiving) and scored seven total touchdowns (four rushing, three receiving).  He averaged 4.9 yards per carry and 7.5 yards per reception.

John Schmitt, Senior OL/DL, Brentwood – Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette All-Black Hills Conference selection on the offensive line, Schmitt helped to pave the way for a Spartan offensive unit which averaged 232.4 yards (143.3 rush, 89.1 pass) and 29.3 points per game en route to a 9-2 record and berth in the WPIAL A quarterfinals opposite Sto-Rox.  Brentwood’s offensive arsenal included a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard passer.

Jon Dorogy, Senior WR/DB, Seneca Valley – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Northern Seven Conference selection at defensive back, Dorogy was part of a Raider defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 22.2 points per game, holding four of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout.  Offensively, Dorogy was the fifth-leading receiver for WPIAL AAAA quarterfinalist Seneca Valley, hauling in 17 passes for 262 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 15.4 yards per reception.

Jon Fabarik, Senior FB/NG, Franklin Regional – A returning presence along the defensive line for the Panthers, Fabarik notched 41 tackles (22 solo), one sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.  Fabarik was part of a Franklin Regional defensive unit which allowed an average of 7.5 points per game, holding nine of 12 opponents to nine points or less, with three shutouts.

Jon Hager, Senior P, Uniontown – Hager split punting chores evenly with Joe Superick last season, booting 16 punts for an average of 35.8 yards, with a long of 47.

Jon Magusiak, Senior QB, South Side Beaver – The leader of a Ram offensive unit which averaged a mere 7.6 points per game last season, Magusiak connected on 104-of-198 passes (52.5 percent) for 1,006 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 111.8 yards per game through the air.  Magusiak also converted a pair of extra points and kicked two field goals in addition to scoring one touchdown for South Side, meaning he accounted for 20.6 percent of the team’s season scoring output.

Jonathan Whalen, Senior OL/DL, Knoch – Whalen was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteall-Greater Allegheny Conference selection for the Knights in 2011.

Jordan Blackmon, Senior WR, North Hills – Both a rushing and a receiving threat for the Indians in his junior season, Blackmon finished as the team’s leading receiver, hauling in 19 passes for 346 yards and adding another 306 yards rushing on only 22 carries, averaging 13.9 yards per carry and 18.2 yards per reception.  He scored eight total touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving), and finished tops on the NH team in scoring, with 48 points.

Jordan Brown, Senior QB, Seneca Valley – Brown didn’t disappoint in his first full season as a varsity starting quarterback, leading a Raiders offensive attack which averaged 32.5 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals.  In all, Brown completed 149-of-238 passes (62.6 percent) for 2,278 yards and 16 touchdowns and added another 491 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 102 carries.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Northern Seven Conference selection at quarterback averaged 207.1 passing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry.  Brown, a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 recruiting class, has thrown for 3,524 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Raiders.  His older brother, C.J., started some games at quarterback for the University of Maryland.

Jordan Diven, Senior OL/DL, West Allegheny – Diven helped to pave the way for an Indian offensive arsenal which averaged 22.7 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Knoch, producing a 980-yard passer and 700-yard rusher among its featured components.

Jordan Edmunds, Senior RB/LB, Jeannette – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Interstate Conference selection at linebacker, Edmunds was part of a Jayhawk defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.6 points per game, holding 11 of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, reaching the WPIAL AA championship game opposite Aliquippa.  Offensively, Edmunds ran for 925 yards on 114 carries and caught 19 passes for 316 yards, averaging 8.1 yards per carry and 16.6 yards per reception, scoring 13 total touchdowns (11 rushing, two receiving).  He finished the year as Jeannette’s No. 2 rusher, trailing only quarterback Demetrious Cox.

Jordan McCrae, Senior RB, Greensburg Central Catholic – The featured running back in Greensburg Central Catholic’s run-oriented offensive attack, McCrae ran for 1,167 yards and 18 touchdowns on 132 carries, averaging 8.8 yards per carry and more than 1.5 touchdowns per game.  He was GCC’s leading scorer on the season, with 108 points.

Jordan Whitehead, Sophomore WR/DB, Central Valley – Whitehead figures to emerge into one of the WPIAL’s top defensive backs before his career at Central Valley is all said and done.  He finished his freshman season with 80 tackles (48 solo), three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 23 deflected passes and four fumble recoveries, averaging 6.7 tackles per game.  Offensively, Whitehead caught a pair of passes for 52 yards and a touchdown, and, on special teams, he returned three kickoffs for 28 yards.

Joseph Robak, Junior OL/DL, Gateway – Robak made the most of limited time on the field, posting five tackles (four solo), four sacks and a deflected pass for the Gators as a sophomore.

Josh Demus, Senior OL/DL, East Allegheny – Demus helped to pave the way for a Wildcat offensive unit which averaged 18.4 points per game, producing two 380+-yard rushers and an 800-yard passer en route to a 5-5 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Seton-LaSalle.

Josh Loper, Senior OL/DL, Shady Side Academy – Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAll-Allegheny Conference selection on the defensive line, Loper was a part of a Shady Side Academy defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 15.2 points per game, holding six of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout.  Loper helped the Indians finish the season with an 8-3 record and reach the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite Jeannette.

Josh Plocki, Junior QB, Deer Lakes – The field general at the helm of the Lancers during their 2-8 season a year ago, Plocki is one of the team’s top returning offensive leaders after amassing 526 yards of total offense (481 passing, 45 rushing) and accounting for eight total Deer Lakes touchdowns (six passing, two rushing).  He connected on 46-of-107 passes (42.9 percent) and recorded 60 quarterback keepers on the year. 

Josh Walker, Sophomore OL/DL, Carrick – Walker was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteall-City League selection along the offensive line for the Raiders in 2011.

Josh Wise, Senior QB, Washington – The field general at the controls of a Washington team which finished 8-3 and reached the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite Aliquippa, Wise amassed 765 yards of offense (590 passing, 175 rushing) and accounted for 14 total touchdowns last season (nine passing, five rushing).  He connected on 36-of-75 passes (48 percent) and averaged 4.9 yards per carry on 36 rushing attempts.  Wise will be a three-year starter at quarterback this coming season for the Little Prexies.

Josh Wisniewski, Senior LB, Freeport – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection at linebacker, Wisniewski had quite the dominant junior season, amassing 80 tackles (44 solo), four sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, averaging 8.9 tackles per game for the 7-3 Yellowjackets.  Offensively, he added 121 yards rushing on 10 carries and caught three passes for 30 yards, averaging 12.1 yards per carry and 10 yards per reception.

Joshua Schulthies, Sophomore RB/LB, Mars – The Planets’ third-leading rusher, Schulthies emerged over the second half of the season, finishing with 269 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries and hauling in three passes for 30 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 10 yards per reception.

J.T. Colosimo, Senior OL/DL, Seton-LaSalle – The lone returning starter from Seton-LaSalle’s powerful offensive unit a season ago, Colosimo helped to pave the way for a unit which averaged 34.9 points per game and produced a 1,700-yard rusher and 1,480-yard passer en route to an 11-1 record and berth in the WPIAL AA semifinals opposite Jeannette.

Julian Cox, Junior QB, Ellwood City – A dual-threat field general checking in at 6’3, 180 pounds, Cox finished his sophomore season by amassing 812 total yards of offense (540 passing, 272 rushing) and having a hand in nine total Wolverine touchdowns (six passing, three rushing).  Cox connected on 26-of-59 passes (44.1 percent) and averaged 3.9 yards per carry on 69 total rushing attempts.  Cox was a part of a Wolverine team that went 7-4 and reached the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite Greensburg Central Catholic.

Justice Rawlins, Junior LB, Monessen – Easily one of the Greyhounds’ best players, Rawlins missed his entire sophomore season with a torn ACL.  In his freshman season, he tallied 99 tackles and was named to the Maxpreps’ Freshman All-American team’s first-string defense.

Justin Rich, Senior RB/LB, Ringgold – Rich finished his junior season as the Rams’ leading tackler on defense, posting 78 tackles (52 solo), an interception and a fumble recovery, averaging 7.8 tackles per game for the 8-3, WPIAL AAA quarterfinalists.  He posted a season-high 12 tackles against Derry and added 11 tackles in the WPIAL quarterfinals against Central Valley.

Justin Vickless, Junior RB, Brentwood – One of the key offensive catalysts to Brentwood’s run to a 9-2 record and berth in the WPIAL A quarterfinals opposite Sto-Rox, Vickless had a solid sophomore season.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Black Hills Conference selection at running back finished the season with 1,017 yards on 165 carries and caught another 17 passes for 160 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 9.4 yards per reception.  In all, Vickless scored 18 total touchdowns and was the Spartans’ leading scorer on the season, with 108 points.

Jyier Turner, Junior DB, Aliquippa – Turner, a possible collegiate prospect in the 2014 recruiting class at defensive back, was part of an Aliquippa defensive unit which allowed an average of 8.7 points per game, limiting 13 of 15 opponents to 14 points or less, with four shutouts.

Khalil Seaburn, Senior DL, Aliquippa – Seaburn, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Midwestern Conference selection along the defensive line, was part of an Aliquippa defensive unit which allowed an average of 8.7 points per game, limiting 13 of 15 opponents to 14 points or less, with four shutouts.

Karvonn “Mud Puppy” Coles, Senior RB, Clairton – Coles, the younger brother of Pitt recruit Trenton Coles, missed his entire junior season due to a torn ACL.  He was one of four running backs for Clairton to finish the 2010 season with 600 or more rushing yards and helped the Bears to a PIAA championship that season.  Prior to his injury, Coles had attracted some Division-1 interest, notably Pitt, but could rocket back onto the recruiting scene with a big senior season.

Keinan Owens, Senior OL/DL, Neshannock – Owens was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Seven Conference selection for the Lancers.

Keith Davis, Senior RB/LB, Monessen – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Tri County South Conference selection at linebacker, Davis was part of a Greyhound defensive unit which allowed an average of 15.6 points per game, holding seven of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with five total shutouts.  Davis also saw action in the Monessen backfield, recording 40 carries for 185 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.6 yards per rush.

Kellen Mackey, Senior RB, New Brighton – The Lions’ leading rusher, Mackey finished his junior season by running for 799 yards and 11 touchdowns on 105 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per rush.  He was one of two Lions with at least 590 yards rushing and 10 or more touchdowns scored in 2011.

Kevin Germany, Senior OL/DL, Wilkinsburg – Germany was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection for Wilkinsburg in 2011.

Kevin Klemmer, Senior WR/DB, Montour – Klemmer saw his time exclusively in the Montour defensive backfield, where he recorded 95 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 6.3

tackles per game, posting a season-best 12 tackles in an early-season loss to Hopewell.

Khari Hicks, Senior QB, Imani Christian Academy – Hicks finished his junior season by throwing for 1,557 yards and seven touchdowns, finishing each of Imani’s first six games with 130+ yards through the air.  He also ran for 124 yards on 14 carries, averaging 8.9 yards per rush attempt.

Kristina Coyne, Junior K, Chartiers Valley – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Big Eight Conference selection at kicker last season, Coyne converted 23 extra points and one field goal, accounting for 26 points on the season and finishing as the Colts’ fifth-leading scorer and as one of six players with at least 20 points scored on the season.

Kyle Dugan, Senior RB, Washington Trinity – The leading rusher in Trinity’s ground attack which averaged nearly 165 yards per game, Dugan finished with 422 yards on 65 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per rush attempt.  He scored five touchdowns, good enough for second on the team.

Kyle Whipple, Junior QB, East Allegheny – A first-year varsity starter, Whipple helped to lead East Allegheny to a 5-5 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Seton-LaSalle.  In all, he completed 34-of-90 passes (37.8 percent) for 849 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging just a hair under 85 yards passing per game for the Wildcats.

Lester McGriff, Junior RB, California – One of three Trojan running backs with more than 425 yards rushing last season, McGriff finished the year as California’s second-leading rusher, posting 442 yards and seven touchdowns on 68 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per rush attempt.  McGriff’s load will likely strengthen in 2012 as quarterback T.D. Conway and running backs Skyler Dickinson and Dylan Hunter all graduate.  Combined, the departing trio accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of offense for the Trojans, who finished 7-3 and earned a berth in the WPIAL A playoffs.

Lenny Williams, Junior QB, Sto-Rox – The field general operating the controls of Sto-Rox’ proficient offensive attack which averaged 373.5 yards (204.9 rush, 168.6 pass) and 39.7 points per game en route to a 12-1 record, Big Seven Conference championship and berth in the WPIAL A championship game opposite Clairton, Williams connected on 118-of-197 passes (59.8 percent) for 2,192 yards and 31 touchdowns while adding another 632 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 100 carries.  Williams was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Big Seven Conference selection at quarterback, and helped lead the Vikings to the WPIAL finals for the first time since 2003.  In his career, Williams has thrown for 3,562 yards and 41 touchdowns – he’s well on his way toward becoming the third Viking quarterback with more than 5,000 career passing yards and 60 touchdown passes.  Adam DiMichele and Paul Jones are the others.

Logan Carns, Junior QB, Greater Latrobe – A dual-threat field general at the helm of a Wildcat offensive unit which averaged 179.9 yards per game last season, Carns accounted for 495 yards of total offense (326 passing, 169 rushing) and had a hand in four total touchdowns for Latrobe (three rushing, one passing).  He completed 22-of-90 passes (24.4 percent) and averaged 1.7 yards per carry on 97 rushes.

Logan Hoak, Senior OL/DL, Jeannette – A returning starter and a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Interstate Conference selection on the offensive line for the WPIAL AA finalist Jayhawks, Hoak helped to pave the way for a Jeannette offensive arsenal which averaged 298.1 yards per game (229.3 rush, 68.8 pass) and 36.8 points per game.  The Jayhawks posted their fourth season of 10 or more wins since 2006 and produced three 780+-yard rushers and an 890-yard passer, finishing the season with its fourth-best team scoring output in program history (478 points).

Lonnie Johnson, Senior OL/DL, East Allegheny – Johnson helped to pave the way for a Wildcat offensive unit which averaged 18.4 points per game, producing two 380+-yard rushers and an 800-yard passer en route to a 5-5 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Seton-LaSalle.

Louis Rotunda, Senior WR, Seton-LaSalle – One of the many receivers utilized in Seton-LaSalle’s spread-out passing attack which averaged 124 yards per game last season, Rotunda hauled in 16 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 18.7 yards per reception.  Rotunda was one of four Rebel receivers with at least 15 receptions and 265 yards in 2011.

Luigi Lista-Brinza, Junior RB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic – The Vikings’ second-leading rusher behind Toledo recruit, All-State selection and 1,600-yard rusher Damion Jones-Moore, Lista-Brinza ran for 363 yards and five touchdowns on 66 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per rush.  In the last two seasons, Lista-Brinza, a McKees Rocks resident, has rushed for 1,142 yards and 13 touchdowns, including 779 yards as a freshman in 2010.

Luke Brumbaugh, Senior QB, Seton-LaSalle – The field general of Seton-LaSalle’s potent offensive unit which averaged 35.5 points per game and reached the WPIAL AA semifinals opposite Jeannette, Brumbaugh completed 99-of-188 passes (52.7 percent) for 1,488 yards and 14 touchdowns.  The Rebel senior-to-be helped the green and gold win 11 games last season and was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Century Conference selection at quarterback.  In his career, Brumbaugh has thrown for 1,584 yards and 16 touchdowns.  The middle of three brothers, Luke’s older brother, Christian, is currently at William & Mary while younger brother, Brett, will be a sophomore at South Fayette.

Luke Merhaut, Senior WR/DB, Pine-Richland – A two-way presence for the Rams, Merhaut was the featured wide receiver in an aerial assault that averaged better than 150 yards per game, hauling in 28 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 12.5 yards per catch.  He finished three games with four or more catches and two games with 71 receiving yards.  Defensively, Merhaut added 28 tackles (26 solo), two interceptions, a deflected pass and a fumble recovery, averaging 2.8 tackles per game.

Mack Leftwich, Senior QB, North Allegheny – In only his first year as a varsity starting quarterback, Leftwich brought both a rushing and passing dimension to the Tigers’ offensive arsenal.  In all, Leftwich wound up throwing for 2,223 yards and 20 touchdowns against nine interceptions while completing 56.5 percent of his passes (130-of-230) and rushing for another 933 yards and 16 touchdowns on 148 carries.  He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and 148.2 passing yards per game.  Leftwich threw for 100+ yards in 12 of NA’s 15 games and ran for 100+ yards three times.  He’s on pace to throw for 4,446 career yards while a member of the Tigers.

Malik Shegog, Senior DB, Aliquippa – A potential collegiate prospect in the 2013 recruiting class at defensive back, Shegog has generated interest from programs like Duke, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Pitt, among others.  He was part of an Aliquippa defensive unit which allowed an average of 8.7 points per game last season, limiting 13 of 15 opponents to 14 points or less, with four shutouts.

Marcus Martin, Senior TE/DL, West Mifflin – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Eight Conference selection at tight end, Martin was one of the Titans’ featured receivers, tying for the team lead in catches, with six, for 155 yards and one touchdown, averaging 25.8 yards per reception.

Mark Rodriguez, Senior LB, Greensburg Central Catholic – Rodriguez was part of a Greensburg Central Catholic defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.3 points per game en route to a 10-2 record and berth in the WPIAL semifinals, limiting eight of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.

Matt Barone, Senior OL/DL, Montour – A Temple recruit, Barone helped to pave the way for a Spartan offensive unit which averaged 366.9 yards (189.5 passing, 177.4 rushing) and 36.3 points per game en route to the WPIAL AAA championship and berth in the PIAA AAA semifinals opposite Bishop McDevitt.  Montour finished the season with a 2,800-yard passer and a 2,100-yard rusher and scored 77 total offensive touchdowns (41 passing, 36 rushing).

Matt Howard, Junior OL/DL, Jeannette – A returning starter on the offensive line for the WPIAL AA finalist Jayhawks, Howard helped to pave the way for a Jeannette offensive arsenal which averaged 298.1 yards per game (229.3 rush, 68.8 pass) and 36.8 points per game.  The Jayhawks posted their fourth season of 10 or more wins since 2006 and produced three 780+-yard rushers and an 890-yard passer, finishing the season with its fourth-best team scoring output in program history (478 points).

Matt Johnston, Senior WR, West Greene – The featured wide receiver in a Pioneer aerial assault which averaged 63.8 yards per game, Johnston pulled down 25 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 11.2 yards per reception.

Matt Loughnane, Senior K, Penn-Trafford – A Pennsylvania Sports Writers’ Class AAAA All-State selection and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Foothills Conference pick at kicker, Loughnane converted 33 extra points and a state-best 11 field goals, accounting for 66 points for Penn-Trafford during its 10-win season in 2011.  The Warriors reached the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals before falling to Gateway, 34-9.  Loughnane’s name has surfaced as a potential collegiate kicking prospect.

Matt Riggle, Junior RB/DB, Bethlehem-Center – A key returning presence in the Bulldogs’ defensive backfield, Riggle recorded 40 tackles (27 solo), a team-leading five interceptions and two deflected passes, averaging four tackles per game.  He returned one of the five interceptions for a touchdown against Geibel Catholic and, on special teams, returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown against West Greene.  Offensively, Riggle ran for 242 yards on 33 carries and caught another 13 passes for 139 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per carry and 10.7 yards per reception while scoring two receiving touchdowns.

Michael Andrews, Senior OL/DL, Brentwood – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Black Hills Conference selection on the defensive line, Andrews was part of a Brentwood defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 15.9 points per game, holding six of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts. 

Michael Boulos, Senior RB, Chartiers Valley – The featured running back in the Colts’ multi-faceted spread-option offense, Boulos finished his junior season by running for 619 yards and five touchdowns on 96 carries, averaging 6.4 yards per carry.  Boulos was one of three Chartiers Valley backs with at least 325 rushing yards on the season as the Colts finished 5-5 and reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Montour.

Michael Denny, Junior K, Seneca Valley – One of the top scoring kickers in the WPIAL’s AAAA classification last season, Denny converted 34 extra points and eight field goals, finishing with a total of 58 points scored, good enough for second on the team behind talented junior running back Forrest Barnes (114 points).  Denny accounted for 16.2 percent of the Raiders’ season scoring output.

Michael Kish, Senior TE/DL, Brentwood – A 6’5, 230-pound frame along the Spartans’ offensive front and an Akron recruit, Kish was not listed among the Spartans’ top receiving leaders, but he did score a pair of touchdowns last season.  He also helped block and pave the way for a Brentwood offensive unit which produced a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard passer and averaged 29.3 points per game en route to the WPIAL A quarterfinals.

Michael Masarik, Senior K, Highlands – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at kicker, Masarik had quite the junior season for Highlands, converting 15 extra points and eight field goals, which tied for second among WPIAL kickers and tied for fourth among statewide kickers in successful field goals converted.  In all, Masarik accounted for 39 total points, finishing as the Golden Rams’ second-leading scorer, behind dual-threat quarterback Gage Clark, who finished with 64 points.

Michael Reardon, Junior OL, Greensburg Central Catholic – Reardon helped to pave the way for a Centurion offensive unit which averaged 275.3 yards (186.9 rushing, 88.3 passing) and 29.6 points per game en route to a 10-2 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA semifinals opposite Aliquippa, producing an 1,100-yard rusher and 1,060-yard passer while scoring 49 total touchdowns.

Michael Wright, Senior WR/DB, Imani Christian Academy – Through the Saints’ first six games, Wright hauled in a team-leading 22 passes for 690 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 31.4 yards per reception while posting a pair of games with 150+ receiving yards.  Defensively, he added 21 tackles (14 solo) and six pass deflections.

Mike Baird, Senior RB/LB, Montour – Baird returns at linebacker for Montour after posting 65 tackles and forcing a fumble in his junior season, averaging 4.6 tackles per game.  Baird’s production spiked over Montour’s final four games of the season (Central Valley, Knoch, Grove City and Bishop McDevitt) – he recorded 30 of his tackles in that four-game span.

Mike Coles, Senior OL/DL, East Allegheny – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Interstate Conference selection on the offensive line, Coles helped to pave the way for an East Allegheny offensive unit which averaged 204.1 yards and 18.2 points per game en route to a 5-5 record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Seton-LaSalle.  EA produced two backs with 350+ rushing yards and an 850-yard passer in 2011.

Mike Dunn, Senior OL/LB, Bishop Canevin – A Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class A All-State selection at linebacker and a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Eastern Conference selection on both the offensive line and at linebacker, Dunn had a monster junior season for the 11-1 Crusaders.  Defensively, he tallied 148 tackles (all solo), four sacks, four interceptions (which led the team) and two fumble recoveries, averaging 12.4 tackles per game, posting a season-best 18 stops in the WPIAL A quarterfinals against Fort Cherry and a pair of 17-tackle games against North Catholic and Springdale.  Offensively, Dunn helped to pave the way for a Crusader unit which averaged 317.4 yards (186.7 rushing, 130.7 passing) and 33.3 points per game en route to the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Sto-Rox, producing a 1,500-yard passer and an 1,100-yard rusher, scoring 53 total offensive touchdowns (36 rushing, 17 passing).

Mike Fetchet, Senior WR/DB, South Fayette – A multi-purpose weapon on offense, Fetchet ran for 345 yards on 72 carries and caught another 20 passes for 251 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 12.6 yards per reception while scoring eight total touchdowns (five receiving, three rushing).  He was also a fixture in the Lions’ defensive backfield, too.

Mike Roberge, Senior K, Franklin Regional – Roberge handled the kickoff and placekicking chores for Franklin Regional last season – he finished as the team’s second-leading scorer, converting 63 extra points and one field goal for a total of 66 points out of the Panthers’ 506 total, or 13.4 percent of the team’s season scoring output.  He also booted 61 kickoffs for an average of 36.9 yards, with one touchback.

Miles Williamson, Junior WR/DB, Chartiers-Houston – A 6’4 target in the Buccaneers’ aerial assault which averaged 71.9 yards per game, Williamson hauled in 13 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 16.9 yards per reception, the best yards-per-catch average among C-H’s top three receivers.

Mitchell Maczura, Sophomore K, Pittsburgh Central Catholic – The second-leading scorer on Central Catholic’s WPIAL AAAA semifinalist team as a freshman, Maczura connected on 51 extra points and five field goals, finishing the season with 66 total points scored.  In all, Maczura, who averaged 5.5 points per game, accounted for 16.1 percent of the Vikings’ season scoring output, which numbered 410 points total.

Myles Catlin, Senior ATH, University Prep – Catlin is being recruited as a linebacker and has generated interest from programs like Akron, Kent State, Maryland, Pitt and Rutgers, among others, and most likely will be University Prep’s second Division-1 FBS football prospect following Jaylen Coleman’s signing with Toledo.  Coleman was also the Panthers’ first-ever PA Sportswriters’ Class AAAA All-State selection.

Nate Bowden, Senior K, Hopewell – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Parkway Conference selection at kicker, Bowden converted 40 extra points and five field goals, accounting for 55 of Hopewell’s 325 points scored on the season, or 16.9 percent of the team’s season scoring output.  Bowden finished the season as Hopewell’s second-leading scorer, trailing only Rushel Shell (188 points).

Nate Stone, Junior LB, Greensburg Central Catholic – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2014 recruiting class, Stone was part of a Greensburg Central Catholic defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.3 points per game en route to a 10-2 record and berth in the WPIAL semifinals, limiting eight of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.  He also ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, averaging 6.3 yards per rush.

Nathan Rummel, Junior OL/DL, Freeport – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Allegheny Conference selection on the offensive line, Rummel helped to pave the way for a Yellowjacket offensive arsenal which averaged 269.8 yards (209.6 rushing, 60.2 passing) and 29 points per game en route to a 7-3 record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Ellwood City.  Freeport finished the season with a 1,380-yard rusher and 600-yard passer and scored 35 total offensive touchdowns (28 rushing, seven passing).

Nick Arnold, Senior OL/DL, Montour – Arnold recorded 34 tackles (17 solo), one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries for the WPIAL AAA champion Spartans last season, averaging 2.7 tackles per game.  He came up big in Montour’s PIAA AAA quarterfinal game against Grove City, recording seven tackles, forcing a fumble and adding his two fumble recoveries.

Nick Cornell, Senior LB, Indiana Area – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at linebacker, Cornell was part of a Little Indians’ defensive unit which allowed an average of 22 points per game last season, helping the team finish 7-3 overall and qualify for the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Hopewell.

Nick Gillot, Senior LB, Chartiers Valley – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Big Eight Conference selection at linebacker, Gillot was part of a Chartiers Valley defensive unit, including reserves, which allowed an average of 24.9 points per game last season, holding seven of 10 opponents to 17 points or less while posting one shutout.

Nick Halbedl, Senior RB, West Allegheny – The Indians’ leading returning rusher, Halbedl posted 323 yards on 52 carries and scored five touchdowns for West A., averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

Nick Ireland, Junior OL, Greensburg Central Catholic – Ireland helped to pave the way for a Centurion offensive unit which averaged 275.3 yards (186.9 rushing, 88.3 passing) and 29.6 points per game en route to a 10-2 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA semifinals opposite Aliquippa, producing an 1,100-yard rusher and 1,060-yard passer while scoring 49 total touchdowns.

Nick Lang, Senior RB/DB, Carlynton – The Cougars’ top returning offensive catalyst from a season ago, Lang ran for 1,005 yards on 179 carries and caught another 14 passes for 208 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 14.9 yards per reception, scoring 12 total touchdowns to finish as Carlynton’s leading scorer.  The Cougars finished 5-5 overall ended their 2011 season with a narrow 21-18 victory over Pittsburgh North Catholic.

Nick McCracken, Senior OL/DL, Hopewell – A two-way presence in the trenches for the WPIAL AAA quarterfinalist Vikings, McCracken was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Parkway Conference selection on the defensive line, where he was part of a Hopewell unit which allowed an average of 20.7 points per game, holding four of 11 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout.  Offensively, he helped to pave the way for a Viking attack which averaged 348.6 yards (301 rush, 47.6 pass) and 29.5 points per game.

Nick Pettigrew, Senior OL/DL, Beaver Falls – Pettigrew helped to pave the way for a Tiger offensive unit which averaged 333.1 yards (221.2 rushing, 111.9 passing) and 31.7 points per game en route to a 7-3 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite South Fayette, producing a 1,300-yard rusher and 1,100-yard passer.

Nick Santiago, Senior QB/K, Ambridge – The primary offensive weapon for a Bridger team which endured a 1-8 season in 2011, Santiago was a constant, both on offense and special teams.  Offensively, he accounted for 965 all-purpose yards of offense (593 passing, 304 rushing, 68 receiving) and seven total touchdowns (five passing, one rushing, one receiving).  Santiago connected on 48-of-111 passes (43.2 percent), averaged 3.2 yards per carry on 94 rushes and took his only reception of the season 68 yards for a score.  On special teams, he averaged 36.6 yards per punt on 33 boots, with five kicks being downed inside the 20; booted 18 kickoffs through the Bridgers’ first seven games, with one touchback; and converted 10 extra points and three field goals.  In all, he had a hand in 63 of Ambridge’s 101 points on the season.

Nick Syvjw, Senior FB/LB, Seton-LaSalle – One of the Rebels’ key two-way presences from a season ago, Syvjw finished among the green and gold’s leaders in tackles, with 85, averaging 7.1 tackles per game.  He also finished the season as the Rebs’ second-leading rusher, posting 248 yards and five touchdowns on 43 carries, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

Nick Vento, Senior LB, Franklin Regional – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Keystone Conference selection at linebacker, Vento registered 60 tackles (43 solo), two sacks, two deflected passes, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a safety, averaging 5.5 tackles per game for a staunch FR defensive unit which allowed 7.5 points per game and held nine of 12 opponents to nine points or less. Vento posted a season-best 10 tackles against Kiski Area.

Nick Yobbi, Senior QB, South Park – The field general of a South Park Eagle football team which won four of its final six games following an 0-4 start, Yobbi connected on 50-of-122 passes (41 percent) for 822 yards and six touchdowns and ran for another 102 yards and scored six touchdowns on 56 carries.  He averaged just over 82 passing yards per game and 1.8 yards per carry for the Eagles.

Nico Dipaolo, Senior QB/DB, Bishop Canevin – A returning presence in the Crusaders’ defensive backfield, Dipaolo tallied 48 tackles (all solo), two interceptions and a fumble recovery, averaging four tackles per game while helping Canevin limit opponents to an average of 7.8 points per game, holding nine of those 12 opponents to eight points or less, with three shutouts.

Nico Lodovico, Senior QB/S, Franklin Regional – A dual-threat at the helm of a Franklin Regional offense which averaged 42.2 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAA semifinals opposite Knoch, Lodovico amassed 1,393 yards of total offense (973 passing, 420 rushing) and had a hand in 15 Panther touchdowns (10 passing, five rushing).  Lodovico connected on 56-of-95 passes (58.9 percent), throwing for 100+ yards four times, and averaging 5.8 yards per carry on 72 rushes.

Nigel Garnett, Junior RB/DB, Fox Chapel – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Big East Conference selection at defensive back, Garnett was part of a Fox Chapel defense which allowed an average of 30.3 points per game, holding four of 10 opponents to 14 points or less.  The Foxes nearly pulled an upset on Penn Hills, but fell narrowly, 13-7.  Offensively, Garnett accounted for 534 all-purpose yards of offense (359 rushing, 175 receiving) and scored four total touchdowns, averaging five yards per carry and 15.9 yards per reception.

Niko Thorpe, Junior RB, Pittsburgh Central Catholic – The Titans’ featured running back a season ago, Thorpe, who transferred to Central Catholic, registered 520 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 127 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.  Thorpe was also one of Shaler’s top basketball players.

Noah Shulman, Senior OL/DL, Hampton – Shulman was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Greater Allegheny Conference selection for the Talbots in 2011.

Oleg Chubko, Senior FB/LB, West Allegheny – Chubko was part of a West A. defensive unit which allowed an average of 18.3 points per game, limiting five of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.

Orlando Harvard, Senior WR/DB, Carrick – Harvard was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-City League selection for the Raiders in 2011.

Owen Nearhoof, Junior QB, Mars – A dual-threat athlete at the helm of Mars’ Wing-T offense, Nearhoof finished his sophomore season with 910 total yards of offense (672 passing, 238 rushing), completing 52-of-107 passes (48.6 percent) and averaging 2.6 yards per carry on 93 rushes while accounting for nine total Fighting Planet touchdowns (six passing, three rushing).  He threw for 100+ yards in a game in four of Mars’ 10 games.

Pat Hall, Senior OL, Thomas Jefferson – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Eight Conference selection along the offensive line, Hall helped to pave the way for a Thomas Jefferson offensive arsenal which averaged 356 yards (199.4 rushing, 156.6 passing) and 29 points per game en route to a 7-4 record and berth in the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals opposite Knoch.  The Jaguars finished the season with a 1,600-yard passer and 1,300-yard rusher, scoring 44 total offensive touchdowns (26 rushing, 18 passing).

Pat Kugler, Senior OL, North Allegheny – One of Pennsylvania’s premier returning offensive linemen among the state’s entire 2013 class, Kugler, a Michigan recruit, helped to pave the way for a wickedly efficient North Allegheny offensive unit which averaged 414.9 yards (266.7 rush, 148.2 pass) and 38.3 points per game, en route to a second consecutive WPIAL AAAA championship.  North Allegheny produced a 2,200-yard passer and four backs with season rushing totals between 598 to 933 yards.  In all, NA scored 81 total offensive touchdowns (61 rushing, 20 passing) in 2011, and set a school record with 574 points scored.  Defensively, Kugler added 36 tackles (23 solo) and a pair of sacks.

Patrick Ferguson, Senior RB, Allederdice – A two-time Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAll-City League selection at running back, Ferguson helped lead the Dragons to the City League championship game opposite University Prep by running for a team-best 936 yards and eight touchdowns on 203 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per attempt.  In the last two seasons, Ferguson has run for nearly 2,000 yards for Allderdice.

Patrick Frey, Junior RB, Washington Trinity – A weapon both as a runner and receiver, Frey amassed 637 all-purpose yards of offense last season (388 rushing, 249 receiving) and led the team in scoring with eight total touchdowns (48 points).  Frey averaged 5.1 yards per carry on 76 rushing attempts and 20.8 yards per catch on 12 receptions.  In his Trinity career, Frey has run for 1,023 yards.

Pete Coughlin, Senior QB, Upper St. Clair – The backup to Arizona-bound Dakota Conwell last season, Coughlin started in the WPIAL AAAA semifinals and played the majority of the WPIAL AAAA championship game against North Allegheny, finishing with 527 yards of total offense (286 rushing, 241 passing) and accounting for three total USC touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).  He connected on 13-of-21 passes (61.9 percent) and averaged 6.4 yards per carry on 45 carries.  He helped engineer a 28-14 upset of then-nationally-ranked Pittsburgh Central Catholic by amassing 270 total yards (209 rushing) and totaling two touchdowns in the WPIAL semifinals.

Preston Johnson, Sophomore RB/DB, Rochester – Despite only being a ninth grader last season, Johnson was Rochester’s second-leading rusher, posting 440 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 90 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per rush.  Johnson was a distant second to All-State selection DeAndre Moon, who ran for 1,670 yards.

Richard Crowley, Senior OL/DL, Mount Pleasant – Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAll-Interstate Conference selection on the offensive line, Crowley helped to pave the way for a Mount Pleasant Wing-T offensive attack which averaged 303.2 yards (239.8 rush, 64.4 pass) and 22.8 points per game, producing five backs with at least 375 yards rushing and earning a berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Washington.

Ricky Rodgers, Junior WR, Gateway – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2014 recruiting class at wide receiver, Rodgers, who transferred to Gateway from Keystone Oaks, was one of the Golden Eagles’ featured receiving targets as he hauled in 30 passes for 504 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 16.8 yards per reception while twice surpassing the 100-yard mark in receiving in a game.  Rodgers already holds a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers.

Ricky Zuk, Junior RB/LB, Central Valley – Zuk is Central Valley’s top returning tackler from last season after he posted 89 tackles (51 solo) and recovered a fumble for the powder blue and white,

averaging 7.4 tackles per game.  He posted a season-best 12 tackles against Hopewell and 11 tackles each in the WPIAL AAA playoffs against Laurel Highlands and Montour.  Zuk scored one touchdown – it came on a fumble recovery against Ambridge.

Rikwon Moore, Senior OL/DL, Washington – A returning presence on the offensive line for the Little Prexies, Moore helped to pave the way for a Washington offensive arsenal which averaged 295.1 yards (241.5 rushing, 53.6 passing) and 28.3 points per game en route to an 8-3 record and berth in the WPIAL AA quarterfinals opposite Aliquippa, producing four backs with season rushing totals between 270 to 1,205 yards and a 590-yard passer while scoring 44 offensive touchdowns (35 rushing, nine passing).

R.J. Hughes, Senior OL/DL, Gateway – Parente helped to pave the way for a Gateway offensive unit which averaged 312.9 yards (194.8 rushing, 118.1 passing) and 34.6 points per game en route to a 9-3 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AAAA semifinals opposite North Allegheny.  Gateway’s offensive arsenal included four backs with season rushing totals between 305 to 825 yards and an 1,100-yard passer, scoring 52 total offensive touchdowns (40 rushing, 12 passing).

R.J. Pfeuffer, Junior QB, Peters Township – The man at the helm of an Indians’ offensive unit which averaged 259.3 yards (199.8 rush, 59.5 pass) and reached the WPIAL AAAA playoffs opposite Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Pfeuffer competed 59-of-113 passes (52.2 percent) for 595 yards and five touchdowns.  At his current pace, Pfeuffer will finish his career with just under 1,800 yards for Peters Township.

R.J. Small, Senior FB/DL, Monessen – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Tri County South Conference selection along the defensive line, Small was part of a Greyhound defensive unit which allowed an average of 15.6 points per game, holding seven of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with five total shutouts.  He also saw action in the Monessen backfield, recording 15 carries for 51 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 3.4 yards per rush.

Rob Bell, Senior FB/LB, Beaver Falls – A multi-purpose weapon out of the backfield, Bell ran for 189 yards on 27 carries and caught another four passes for 109 yards, averaging seven yards per carry and 27.3 yards per reception while scoring four total touchdowns.

Robert Foster, Senior ATH, Central Valley – Foster, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Parkway Conference selection at wide receiver, did much, much more than just catch passes for the Warriors last season.  When the dust settled on the Warriors’ 11-1 season, Foster had amassed 1,662 all-purpose yards between offense, defense and special teams and scored 11 total touchdowns (two rushing, five receiving, four defense/special teams), averaging 11.6 yards per carry, 15.8 yards per reception, 46 yards per punt return and 35.8 yards per kickoff return.  He also recorded 57 tackles, four interceptions, three deflected passes and a forced fumble on defense.  On special teams, beyond return duties, he booted six punts for an average of 39.2 yards and nine kickoffs for an average of 43.7 yards.  The CV blue-chipper holds more than two dozen Division-1 scholarship offers from across the country and is rated as a five-star prospect by national recruiting service Scout.com. 

Robert Vasinko, Senior RB, Greater Latrobe – The leading rusher in a Wildcat offensive attack which averaged 179.9 yards per game last season, Vasinko ran for 509 yards on 68 carries and caught two passes for 15 yards, averaging 7.5 yards per carry and 7.5 yards per reception while scoring six total touchdowns.

Ronald Ford, Junior RB, Woodland Hills – The second-leading rusher and fourth-leading scorer on the Wolverines’ 2011 edition, Ford ran for 275 yards and six touchdowns on 50 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

Rori Blair, Senior WR/DE, Upper St. Clair – Blair returns to his position in the USC defensive trenches after recording 39 tackles (20 solo), 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble, averaging three tackles per game for the WPIAL AAAA runner-up Panthers.  Offensively, Blair is also USC’s top returning receiver, having hauled in seven passes for 198 yards and a touchdown as a junior, averaging 28.3 yards per catch.

Ryan Conn, Senior WR, Seneca Valley – The fourth-leading receiver in Seneca Valley’s aerial assault which averaged 207.1 yards per game last season, Conn hauled in 21 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 12.9 yards per reception.

Ryan Gumbita, Junior QB, Mount Pleasant – The man at the controls of the Vikings’ Wing-T offense which averaged 22.8 points per game and earned a berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Washington, Gumbita recorded 1,028 total yards of offense (644 passing, 384 rushing), completing 33-of-67 passes (49.3 percent) and averaging 6.3 yards per carry on 61 rushing attempts.  He’s on pace to throw for more than 1,900 yards for Mount Pleasant.

Ryan McGrath, Sophomore FB/K, Deer Lakes – The Lancers’ leading scorer last season, McGrath connected on 13 extra points and a trio of field goals, finishing with 22 total points scored, which accounted for 18.3 percent of the Deer Lakes season scoring total of 120 points.

Ryan Tench, Senior OL/DL, Bishop Canevin – Tench posted 35 tackles (all solo), four sacks and two fumble recoveries in his junior season, averaging three tackles per game for a Canevin defensive unit which allowed an average of 7.8 points per game, holding nine opponents to eight points or less, with three shutouts.  Offensively, Tench helped to pave the way for a Crusader unit which averaged 317.4 yards (186.7 rushing, 130.7 passing) and 33.3 points per game en route to the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Sto-Rox, producing a 1,500-yard passer and an 1,100-yard rusher, scoring 53 total offensive touchdowns (36 rushing, 17 passing).

Sam Beckey, Senior ATH, Freedom Area – Offensively, Beckey was all over the place for a one-win Freedom team, amassing 1,250 all-purpose yards of offense (586 passing, 343 receiving, 321 rushing) and accounting for 10 total touchdowns (seven passing, three misc.).  He connected on 49-of-95 passes (51.6 percent) and averaged 22.9 yards per reception on 15 receptions and 4.7 yards per carry on 68 rushing attempts.  In all, Beckey averaged 138 total yards per game.

Scott Evans, Junior OL/DL, Brashear – Evans helped to pave the way for a Brashear offensive unit which averaged 17.6 points per game and reached the Pittsburgh City League semifinals opposite Allderdice.

Scott Orndoff, Senior TE/DE, Seton-LaSalle – A Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class AA All-State selection at tight end, and a Pitt recruit on top of that, Orndoff was the second-leading receiver in a Rebel offense which averaged 124 passing yards per game last season.  He hauled in 20 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 17.4 yards per reception for the Rebels.  Orndoff announced his intentions to play for Wisconsin June 2, 2011.

Sean Dugan, Senior RB/LB, Springdale – The leading rusher in the Dynamos’ spread-T offensive attack which produced three 890+-yard rushers and reached the WPIAL A quarterfinals, Dugan became just the fifth 1,000-yard rusher in Springdale’s program history by running for 1,272 yards and 22 touchdowns on 168 carries and caught another four passes for 11 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per carry and 2.8 yards per reception.  Defensively, Dugan, a Valley News Dispatch First Team defensive selection, tallied 74 tackles, tied for the WPIAL overall lead with seven interceptions, posted five sacks and blocked a punt, averaging 6.7 tackles per game.  Dugan was also a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Eastern Conference selection at both running back and linebacker.  In the last two seasons, Dugan has run for 1,959 yards.

Sean Miller, Senior OL, Franklin Regional – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Keystone Conference selection on the offensive line, Miller helped to pave the way for a Franklin Regional offensive arsenal which averaged 362.7 yards (274.5 rushing, 88.2 passing) and 42.2 points per game en route to an 11-1 record and berth in the WPIAL AAA semifinals opposite Knoch.  FR finished the season with 506 points – the second-highest total in school history (trailing only the 2005 PIAA AAA championship team), producing a 1,900-yard rusher and a 970-yard passer. FR scored 68 total offensive touchdowns (57 rushing, 11 passing).

Seth Miller, Senior WR/DB/K, Jeannette – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Interstate Conference selection at defensive back, Miller was part of a Jeannette defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.6 points per game, holding 11 of 13 opponents to 14 points or less.  Miller also served as Jeannette’s kicker – he converted 41 extra points and two field goals on top of scoring three touchdowns – giving him 65 points scored on the season.  He was one of four Jayhawk players to score 65 points or more last season.

Shai McKenzie, Junior RB, Washington – The featured element in the Little Prexies’ run-oriented offensive attack which averaged 241.8 yards per game last season, McKenzie posted 1,202 yards on 189 carries and hauled in another seven passes for 128 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 18.3 yards per reception, scoring 22 total touchdowns (21 rushing, one receiving).  McKenzie ran for an average of 109.3 yards per game last season and is on pace to top 3,600 career rushing yards for Washington.

Shavanta Craft, Senior RB/DB, Jeannette – Jeannette’s No. 3 rusher in an offensive arsenal which averaged 229.3 yards per game on the ground, Craft chalked up 786 yards on 108 carries and caught another 11 passes for 151 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per carry and and 13.7 yards per reception, scoring 18 total touchdowns for the WPIAL AA finalists.  Combined, Craft and teammate Jordan Edmunds ran for more than 1,700 yards and scored 31 total touchdowns for Jeannette, which scored 478 points last season (the fourth-highest single-season scoring total in school history).

Shawn Adair, Senior WR, East Allegheny – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Interstate Conference selection at running back, Adair proved to be one of the Wildcats’ most dynamic offensive sparkplugs all of last season.  He recorded 45 total offensive touches (34 rushes, 11 receptions) and 608 all-purpose yards of offense (466 receiving, 142 rushing), averaging 4.2 yards per carry and a whopping 42.4 yards per reception.  In all, Adair scored 14 total touchdowns for EA, finishing the season as the team’s leading scorer, with 88 points.

Shane McFarland, Junior RB, Mohawk – The leading rusher on a winless Warrior team last season, McFarland ran for 408 yards and three touchdowns on 82 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per rush.

Shawn Tunstall, Senior WR/DB, Pittsburgh North Catholic – The featured wide receiver in a Trojan aerial assault which averaged 122 yards per game last season, Tunstall hauled in a team-leading 21 passes for 264 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 12.6 yards per reception and a touchdown every fourth catch.  Tunstall was also North Catholic’s leading scorer on the season, with 30 points.

Shea Beaumont, Senior OL/DL, West Allegheny – Beaumont helped to pave the way for an Indian offensive arsenal which averaged 22.7 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Knoch, producing a 980-yard passer and 700-yard rusher among its featured components.

Stephen Shelpman, Junior K, Thomas Jefferson – Shelpman handled the placekicking and kickoff chores for the Jaguars last season, booting 43 kickoffs for an average of 38.6 yards, with three

touchbacks.  He also converted 22 extra points and one field goal, scoring 25 of Thomas Jefferson’s 319 points on the season, or 7.8 percent of the team’s season scoring output.

Taylor Allison, Senior RB, Mount Pleasant – One of five Mount Pleasant backs to finish the season with more than 375 rushing yards, Allison wound up with 645 all-purpose yards of offense (496 rushing, 149 receiving), averaging 6.6 yards per carry on 75 rushes and 24.8 yards per reception on six catches.  He led the Vikings in rushing yards, scored six total touchdowns (second on the team) and finished third on the team in total number of receptions.

Terrence Johnson, Senior OL/DL, East Allegheny – Johnson helped to pave the way for a Wildcat offensive unit which averaged 18.4 points per game, producing two 380+-yard rushers and an 800-yard passer en route to a 5-5 overall record and berth in the WPIAL AA playoffs opposite Seton-LaSalle.

Terrish Webb, Senior WR/LB, Clairton – The featured wide receiver in a Clairton offensive arsenal which averaged 116.6 yards per game through the air, Webb snagged a team-leading 27 passes for 776 yards and scored 11 total touchdowns for the Bears, averaging 28.7 yards per reception.  Webb is a potential Division-1 prospect in the 2013 recruiting class and holds a handful of offers to date.  He was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Black Hills Conference selection at linebacker last season.

Terry Swanson, Junior RB, Aliquippa – The No. 2 running back in Aliquippa’s offensive arsenal, trailing only Dravon Henry, Swanson piled up 946 yards and nine touchdowns as part of a Quip rushing attack which averaged 235.1 yards per game.

Thomas Woodson, Senior QB, Gateway – An Arizona recruit, Woodson has generated interest from about a dozen Division-1 programs.  He connected on 63-of-106 passes (59.4 percent) for 1,184 yards and 11 touchdowns and added another 308 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 66 carries.  He threw for 100+ yards six times and averaged 4.7 yards per carry.  To date, Woodson has thrown for 2,546 yards and 23 touchdowns in his Gateway career.

Tim Blair, Senior WR/DB, Seton-LaSalle – A lockdown cornerback for the Rebels, Blair was part of a Seton-LaSalle defensive unit which allowed an average of 10.4 points per game, limiting 11 of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with four shutouts.

Tim Wagner, Senior WR/DB, Riverview – The second notable target in Riverview’s aerial assault behind freshman Corey Bickert in 2011, Wagner snagged 29 passes for 298 yards, averaging 10.3 yards per reception while posting a 100-yard performance in a loss to Northgate.  He also recorded 37 tackles (32 solo) on defense and returned 11 kickoffs for 177 yards.

Titus Howard, Senior RB/WR/DB, Clairton – A Pitt recruit, Howard was part of a Clairton defensive unit which allowed a scant average of 4.9 points per game, limiting 14 of 16 opponents to 14 points or less while posting nine shutouts.  Offensively, Howard hauled in four passes for 129 yards, averaging 32.3 yards per reception.  He scored two total touchdowns and added two successful two-point conversions.

Todd Weischedel, Senior OL/LB, Rochester – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Big Seven Conference selection at both offensive line and linebacker, Weischedel helped to pave the way for a Rochester offensive unit which produced a 1,670-yard rusher and 600-yard passer and averaged 34.1 points per game, finishing 10-2 overall and reaching the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Clairton.

Tommy Rizza, Junior RB/CB, Seton-LaSalle – Blair was part of a Seton-LaSalle defensive unit which allowed an average of 10.4 points per game, limiting 11 of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with four shutouts.  Rizza also figures to be the Rebels’ featured running back after the departure of 1,700-yard rusher and career 3,700-yard rusher Kevin Hart.

Tory Delmonico, Junior RB, West Allegheny – Delmonico ran for 158 yards on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry for the Indians and ranking as the team’s second-leading rusher among key returnees.

Tre Tipton, Sophomore WR/DB, Apollo-Ridge – Tipton returns to the Vikings’ defensive backfield after recording 15 tackles (11 solo), a team-best three interceptions and five deflected passes, averaging 1.7 tackles per game.

Trey Holmes, Senior RB, Geibel Catholic – The Gators’ leading rusher for the 2011 season, Holmes finished with 517 yards on 127 carries and scored five touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per rush attempt.  Geibel finished 1-8 last season, with its lone victory coming against West Greene.

Troy Simon, Junior DB, Brashear – Simon led the Bulls in interceptions, with three, and averaged 4.7 tackles per game for Brashear in his sophomore season.

Tyler Beatrice, Junior OL/DL, Rochester – Beatrice helped to pave the way for a Rochester offensive unit which produced a 1,670-yard rusher and 600-yard passer and averaged 34.1 points per game, finishing 10-2 overall and reaching the WPIAL A semifinals opposite Clairton.

Tyler Bowman, Junior QB/DB, Jefferson-Morgan – A dual-threat type of quarterback for the Rockets, Bowman finished his sophomore season with 611 yards of offense (438 passing, 173 rushing) and had a hand in seven total J-M touchdowns (five rushing, two passing).  He completed 38-of-90 passes (42.2 percent) and averaged 2.5 yards per carry on 70 rushes.  Bowman is one of 30 total underclassmen returning from a 4-5 Rocket team.

Tyler Boyd, Senior RB/DB, Clairton – An incredible athlete on both sides of the ball, Boyd is a blue-chipper in the 2013 recruiting class and holds more than 20 scholarship offers from programs all over the country.  He was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Black Hills Conference selection at both running back and defensive back, was named WesternPAFootball.net’s Small School Offensive Player of the Year, was both a PA Sportswriters’ Class A All-State pick at running back and Class A Player of the Year.  He ran for 2,400 yards on 186 carries and hauled in 15 passes for 316 yards, averaging 12.9 yards per carry and 21.1 yards per reception while scoring 48 total touchdowns and 18 successful two-point conversions for a school single-season record 324 points.  Also a force on defense, Boyd led the Bears in interceptions.  He has run for 3,075 career yards, scored 64 career touchdowns and 446 career points at Clairton.

Tyler Donahue, Junior QB, Yough – The primary field general for the Cougars in 2011 and one of three Yough players to both complete a pass and throw a touchdown in 2011, Donahue connected on 76-of-155 passes (49 percent) for 1,156 yards and 11 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.  Donahue is on pace to throw for 3,468 yards in his Cougar career.

Tyler Haddock, Senior OL/DL, Montour – A Temple recruit, Haddock registered 49 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered another, averaging 3.3 tackles per game.  During his recruiting process, Haddock had generated interest from more than two dozen programs and held offers from Kent State and Temple.

Tyler Matusak, Senior K, Derry Area – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Keystone Conference selection at kicker, Matusak was a key figure on a Derry Trojan team which only scored 75 points the entire season.  Matusak converted six extra points and seven field goals, accounting for 27 total points, or 36 percent of the Trojans’ season scoring output.  Matusak was one of only two Trojans named to the all-conference team – now-departed linebacker Adam Nicely was the other.

Tyler Mellors, Junior RB, Mount Pleasant – One of several pieces involved in the Vikings’ bevy of backs in its Wing-T offensive scheme, Mellors finished his sophomore season with 495 yards on 59 carries and caught another nine passes for 112 yards, averaging 8.4 yards per carry and 12.4 yards per reception.  He scored five rushing touchdowns, finishing second on the team in rushing by just a single yard.  Mellors’ nine receptions led the Vikings and accounted for 27.3 percent of the team’s completed passes.

Tyler Ramsey, Senior RB, Southmoreland – The Scotties’ second-leading rusher last season, Ramsey ran for 507 yards on 104 carries and caught another four passes for 196 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 49 yards per reception, scoring five total touchdowns on the year.  Along with quarterback Dakota Datz, Ramsey combined with his teammate to run for 1,183 yards a season ago.

Tyler Reddick, Senior RB, North Hills – The featured running back for North Hills in an offensine unit which averaged 171.6 rushing yards per game, Reddick ran for 650 yards on 98 carries and caught another 15 passes for 143 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per reception.  He scored five touchdowns for the Indians, who finished 4-5 and missed the WPIAL playoffs.

Tyler Roth, Senior DB, Mt. Lebanon – Roth was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Great Southern Conference selection at defensive back for the Blue Devils.

Tyler Shook, Senior RB, Greensburg-Salem – The only returning Golden Lion player who scored six or more touchdowns in the 2011 season, Shook finished as Greensburg-Salem’s second-leading rusher, piling up 552 yards and seven touchdowns on just 38 carries, averaging an impressive 14.5 yards per rush.  Shook helped G-S finish 7-3 overall and earn a berth in the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Thomas Jefferson.

Tynen Greer, Junior QB, Montour – A dual-threat quarterback at the helm of a Wildcat offense which averaged better than 200 rushing yards per game, Greer finished his sophomore season with 662 total yards of offense (346 passing, 316 rushing) and accounted for six total touchdowns (four rushing, two passing).  He connected on 25-of-63 passes (39.7 percent) and averaged 3.7 yards per carry on 85 rushes.

Vinny Piccolino, Senior RB/DB, Riverview – A multi-purpose weapon out of the backfield, Piccolino ran for 185 yards on 40 carries and caught another nine passes for 86 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 9.6 yards per reception.  He also recorded 21 tackles on defense.

Wayne Carney, Senior K, North Hills – The second-leading scorer on the Indians’ football team, trailing only receiver Jordan Blackmon, Carney converted 25 extra points and four field goals, giving him 37 points for the season.  He was one of four North Hills players who scored 30 or more points during the 2011 season.

Xavier Ellis, Junior QB, Uniontown – Ellis finished his sophomore season with 529 yards of total offense (302 passing, 227 rushing) and had a hand in four Red Raider touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), connecting on 14-of-33 passes (42.4 percent) and averaging 4.8 yards per carry on 47 rushes.  Ellis threw for a season-best 115 yards and two touchdowns against Derry and finished three games with 40+ rushing yards.

Xavier Stevens, Senior OL/DL, Washington Trinity – Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAll-Big Eight Conference selection along the defensive line, Stevens was part of a Trinity defensive unit which allowed an average of 24.2 points per game, holding three opponents to 12 points or less. Offensively, he helped to pave the way for a unit which averaged 261.7 yards (164.8 rush, 96.9 pass) and 21.3 points per game, producing four backs with 200+ rushing yards and an 870-yard passer.

Yusef Chandler, Senior OL/DL, Sto-Rox – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Big Seven Conference selection along the offensive line, Chandler helped to pave the way for an incredibly productive Sto-Rox offensive unit which averaged 373.5 yards (204.9 rush, 168.6 pass) and 39.7 points per game en route to a 12-1 record, Big Seven Conference championship and berth in the WPIAL A championship game opposite Clairton.  The Vikings’ offensive unit produced a 1,350-yard rusher and a 2,190-yard passer, finishing the season with a total of 517 points scored, second only to the 2003 WPIAL A finalist team, which scored 530.

Zac Horner, Sophomore FB/LB, West Shamokin – The Wolves’ featured running back in a ground game which averaged 132.3 yards per game last season, Horner posted a team-leading 721 yards and three touchdowns on 147 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per rush while surpassing the 100-yard mark in rushing in three games.

Zach Challingsworth, Senior WR, South Fayette – A Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class AA All-State selection at wide receiver, Challingsworth was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Century Conference selection at both wide receiver and punter in his junior season.  He was all over the field for the WPIAL AA quarterfinalist Lions, totaling 48 receptions for 704 yards and nine touchdowns and adding another 250 yards rushing and one touchdown on 36 carries, averaging 6.9 yards per carry and 14.7 yards per reception.  He also intercepted five passes on defense, which was among the team leaders in that category.

Zach Guiser, Senior RB/DB/KR, Greensburg Central Catholic – An Akron recruit, Guiser was part of a Greensburg Central Catholic defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.3 points per game en route to a 10-2 record and berth in the WPIAL semifinals, limiting eight of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.  He also ran for 599 yards and nine touchdowns on 60 carries, averaging 9.9 yards per rush.

Zach Lyon, Senior TE/DE, North Allegheny – He checked in at only 185 pounds last season, but Lyon, like teammate Nate Nachazel, who has graduated, played much, much larger.  In all, Lyon finished

with 86 tackles (59 solo), nine sacks for 63 total yards lost (which tied Nachazel for the team lead), two deflected passes and three fumble recoveries.  He averaged 5.7 tackles per game, finishing with a season-best 11 stops in a regular season showdown with Upper St. Clair and 10 tackles in a PIAA semifinal loss to Central Dauphin.  Also listed as a tight end, Lyon caught a 43-yard pass for his only reception of the season.

Zach Mazur, Junior ILB, Highlands – One of the top tacklers on the Highlands’ football team last season, Mazur, a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at linebacker, registered 94 tackles and three sacks, averaging 9.4 tackles per game for a Golden Rams’ defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.3 points per game, holding seven of 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout.

Zach Medved, Senior TE, West Allegheny – Medved helped to pave the way for an Indian offensive arsenal which averaged 22.7 points per game and reached the WPIAL AAA playoffs opposite Knoch, producing a 980-yard passer and 700-yard rusher among its featured components.  He also caught one pass for 24 yards.

Zach Miller, Senior OL/DL, Bethlehem-Center – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection on the offensive line, Miller helped to pave the way for a Bulldog offensive unit which averaged 347.1 yards (210.8 rushing, 136.3 passing) and 42.6 points per game en route to a 7-3 overall record and berth in the WPIAL A playoffs opposite Fort Cherry, producing three backs with at least 395 rushing yards and a 1,300-yard passer while scoring 51 total offensive touchdowns (32 rushing, 19 passing).

Zach Perry, Senior RB/LB, Western Beaver – The Golden Beavers’ leading returning rusher, Perry posted 404 yards on 73 carries and caught another 16 passes for 200 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and 12.5 yards per reception while scoring five total touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving).  Defensively, he chipped in with 45 tackles, four sacks, a deflected pass, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal, averaging 4.5 tackles per game.

Zach Schademan, Senior WR/DB, Thomas Jefferson – Pittsburgh Post-Gazetteall-Big Eight Conference selection at both wide receiver and defensive back, Schademan might be Thomas Jefferson’s best all-around football player.  He caught a team-best 50 passes for 823 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 16.5 yards per reception, finishing four games with five or more receptions, including a season-best 14 catches in the WPIAL AAA quarterfinals against Knoch.  Defensively, Schademan recorded 18 tackles (16 solo), a team-best five interceptions and five deflected passes.  He also returned four punts for 57 yards and nine kickoffs for 137 yards. 

Zachary Thompson, Junior WR/DB, Avella – Thompson was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette all-Tri-County South Conference selection at wide receiver for the Eagles.

Zack Cree, Senior LB, Greensburg Central Catholic – Cree was part of a Greensburg Central Catholic defensive unit which allowed an average of 12.3 points per game en route to a 10-2 record and berth in the WPIAL semifinals, limiting eight of 12 opponents to 14 points or less, with two shutouts.

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2 Responses to “2012 District 7 & 8 Watch List”

  1. Dion says:

    Penn Hills has players that needs to be on this list, Torreck Hester MLB , Denzel Sherrill RB/Saftey, Lynwood Barron OG/DT and Demond Reed CB/WR all very good players with a good chance for greatness

  2. colton says:

    tynen greer transferred to montour back in november. just sayin



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