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2012 District 9 Watch List

Written by: on Saturday, August 18th, 2012

2012-13

“Watch list”

District 9

Aaron Graham, Senior WR/DB, Union-Rimersburg – Graham helped the Golden Knights reach the District 9 A playoffs for the first time in program history by chalking up 64 tackles (33 solo), a sack, an interception, four deflected passes, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal, averaging 6.4 tackles per game, with a season-best 14 stops in a victory over Saegertown.  He also made an impact offensively for Union, hauling in 13 passes for 218 yards and added 73 rushing yards on 15 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 16.8 yards per reception, scoring three total touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing).

Adam Evers, Senior OL/DL, Elk County Catholic – Evers helped to pave the way for a Crusader offensive unit which averaged 266.1 yards (209.2 rushing, 56.9 passing) and 22 points per game, reaching the District 9 A playoffs opposite Clarion Area, finishing the season with two 630+-yard rushers and a 565-yard passer and scoring 32 total offensive touchdowns (25 rushing, seven passing).

Alex Gular, Senior OL/DL, Port Allegany – A returning starter on Port Allegany’s offensive line, Gular helped to pave the way for an explosive Gator offensive unit which averaged 416.4 yards (271.4 passing, 145 rushing) and 41.6 points per game en route to the District 9 A championship and a berth in the PIAA A quarterfinals opposite Sharpsville.  PA’s offensive weaponry included four backs with season rushing totals between 200 to 810 yards and a 3,700-yard passer, scoring 82 total offensive touchdowns (49 passing, 33 rushing) as part of a school-record 582 points.

Andrew Armagost, Senior OG/ILB, Moniteau – One of the top tacklers in all of District 9, and also all of the state, Armagost had a very solid junior season for the Warriors, totaling 165 tackles (119 solo), 21 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, averaging 12.7 tackles and 1.6 sacks per game for the District 9 AA champs.  He posted 12 games with 10+ tackles for Moniteau, including a season-best 16 stops against Punxsutawney.  He also finished six games with two or more sacks.

Andrew Lawrence, Junior LB, Otto-Eldred – Lawrence saw the field for seven of O-E’s 10 games last season, chewing up 36 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, averaging 4.5 tackles per game and posting a season-best 10 stops against Cameron County.  He also hauled in a 47-yard pass for his only reception of the season against Cowanesque Valley.

Austin Morgan, Junior WR/DB, Allegheny-Clarion Valley – One of three Falcon receivers to finish the season with 100+ receiving yards, Morgan hauled in nine passes for 160 yards and both A-C Valley touchdowns through the air, averaging 17.8 yards per reception.  He posted games of 60+ receiving yards against Brookville and Redbank Valley.

Austin Pollick, Senior S/DB, Curwensville – Pollick recorded 46 tackles (34 solo), two deflected passes and a fumble recovery for the Golden Tide, averaging 5.1 tackles per game.

Ben Cortina, Senior RB/DB, Elk County Catholic – Cortina finished his junior season by totaling 37 tackles (33 solo), four sacks and a deflected pass, averaging 3.7 tackles per game.  He also caught a pass for 22 yards and scored on a two-point conversion in the District 9 A playoffs against Clarion Area.

Brock McCullough, Senior ATH, Elk County Catholic – The Crusaders’ second-leading rusher in a ground game which chewed up 209 yards per game, McCullough finished with 630 yards on 132 carries and caught another five passes for 67 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 13.4 yards per reception, scoring six rushing touchdowns for ECC.  Defensively, he posted 37 tackles (28 solo), two interceptions, three deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 3.7 tackles per game.  On special teams, he returned 24 combined kickoffs and punts for 405 yards.

Brodie Zacherl, Junior RB/DB, Brookville – Zacherl played in nine of Brookville’s 11 games, finishing with 563 yards and four touchdowns on 81 carries, averaging 6.9 yards per rush.  He posted four games with 85+ rushing yards.  Defensively, Zacherl added 22 tackles (all solo) and a deflected pass, while also returning a combined eight kickoffs and punts for a total of 245 yards.

Brody Shick, Senior QB/CB, Union-Rimersburg – Shick brings a veteran returning presence to the Union defensive backfield after notching 57 tackles, four interceptions, six deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 5.7 tackles per game, returning a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in a dominant victory over Sheffield.  Offensively, Shick contributed eight carries for 87 yards and a touchdown and caught another eight passes for 153 yards, averaging 10.9 yards per carry and 19.1 yards per reception.

Caden Whitman, Senior RB/DB, Coudersport – Whitman’s season was limited to just five games, but he had a heck of a start to 2011, running for 476 yards on 88 carries and hauling in two passes for 10 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry and five yards per reception while scoring five total touchdowns (all rushing).  He ran for 100+ yards in three of those five contests.  Defensively, he added 15 tackles, an interception, a deflected pass and a forced fumble, and, on special teams, he returned a combined 11 kickoffs/punts for 108 yards.

Cameron Horning, Junior RB/LB, Cameron County – The top returning tackler from the Red Raiders’ defensive unit a season ago, Horning tallied 73 tackles (40 solo), three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 7.3 tackles per game.  He posted a season-high 13 tackles and two sacks in CC’s season-opener against Elk County Catholic.

Cameron Kirkland, Senior WR/FS, Clarion Area – Kirkland did a little bit of everything for the Bobcats last season, finishing as the team’s leading receiver and also making impacts in the ground game, on defense and special teams, too.  In all, he amassed 1,214 all-purpose yards (399 rushing, 554 receiving, 261 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (five receiving, four rushing, one interception return), averaging 8.7 yards per carry, 17.3 yards per reception, 11.2 yards per punt return and 21.3 yards per kickoff return.  Defensively, Kirkland added 46 tackles, four interceptions, seven deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 3.5 tackles per game.

Chad Melillo, Senior RB/LB, Brockway – One of three 100-carry backs in Brockway’s wishbone offense which averaged 245.9 yards per game on the ground last season, Melillo rushed for 604 yards and four touchdowns on 104 carries, averaging 5.8 yards per carry with one 100-yard rushing performance, which came against Coudersport.  Defensively, the Rover senior-to-be added 40 tackles (20 solo) and three sacks, averaging 3.6 tackles per game.

Christian Lezzer, Junior WR/LB, Clearfield Area – Lezzer finished the season as Clearfield’s second-leading rusher and top receiver, totaling 730 yards on 88 carries and hauling in another 19 passes for 398 yards, averaging 8.3 yards per carry and 20.9 yards per reception, scoring 17 total touchdowns (12 rushing, four receiving, one misc.).  He ran for 100+ yards in two games and posted three games with 70 or more receiving yards.  Defensively, Lezzer also did some damage, tallying 68 tackles (all solo), 8.5 sacks, four deflected passes and four fumble recoveries, averaging 5.2 tackles per game for the District 9 AAA champions.

C.J. Markum, Senior C/LB, Cameron County – Markum posted 41 tackles (25 solo) and a sack from his linebacker spot last season for Cameron County, averaging 5.9 tackles per game.  He also helped to pave the way for a Red Raider offense which averaged 135.8 yards (99.4 rushing, 46.4 passing) and 9.7 points per game, producing a pair of 200-yard rushers and a 330-yard passer, scoring 12 total touchdowns (nine rushing, three passing).

Clayton Dale, Junior WR/CB, Punxsutawney – The Chucks’ top returning receiver from an aerial assault which averaged 135.1 yards per game a season ago, Dale snared 21 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 16.9 yards per reception.  He was also a presence defensively, where he notched 28 tackles (21 solo), an interception, three deflected passes and two fumble recoveries, averaging 2.8 tackles per game.

Clayton Housler, Senior SE/CB, Elk County Catholic – Housler made his presence on defense for the Crusaders known, recording 37 tackles (31 solo), a team-best six interceptions and seven deflected passes, averaging 3.7 tackles per game.  He also saw some action at wide receiver, hauling in five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, averaging 17.6 yards per reception.

Cody Baker, Senior FB/LB, Saint Marys – The featured back in a Flying Dutch offensive arsenal which averaged 248.4 yards per game on the ground, Baker ran for 1,284 yards and 15 touchdowns on 196 carries, averaging 6.6 yards per carry while posting six games with 100+ rushing yards, including four games with at least 175 yards.  Baker also caught a pair of passes for seven yards.

Colby Mahovlich, Senior FB/DL, Saint Marys – Mahovlich returns from a Dutch defensive unit which allowed an average of 22.7 points per game last season after posting 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble and four fumble recoveries.

Colton Cunningham, Junior QB/DB, Allegheny-Clarion Valley – Cunningham saw action passing, rushing and receiving on offense last season for the Falcons, amassing 822 all-purpose yards (595 passing, 138 rushing, 89 receiving) while completing 62-of-136 passes (45.6 percent), averaging 3.8 yards per carry on 36 rushes and 12.7 yards per reception on seven catches.  He accounted for four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing).  Defensively, he added 26 tackles (20 solo), a sack and an interception, averaging 3.3 stops per game.

Cortland Smith, Senior OL/DL, Ridgway – Smith returns to his position on Ridgway’s defensive line after posting 49 tackles, a deflected pass, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal in his junior season, averaging 4.9 tackles per game, including a season-best 10 tackles against Sheffield.

Coy Hoffman, Junior WR/DB, Otto-Eldred – The featured wide receiver and only Terror with double-digit receptions in an aerial assault which averaged 71.3 yards per game, Hoffman snagged 15 passes for 267 yards and a touchdown and added 96 yards rushing and one touchdown on 23 carries, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and 17.8 yards per reception.  Hoffman posted a 104-yard game against Johnsonburg.  Defensively, Hoffman added 43 tackles (30 solo), two interceptions, a deflected pass, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, averaging 4.3 tackles per game.

Dakota Vaughn, Junior QB, Otto-Eldred – A dual-threat quarterback for the Terrors, Vaughn was the man at the helm of O-E’s offensive unit which averaged 227.9 yards and 15.3 points per game, amassing 1,004 yards of total offense (713 passing, 291 rushing) and accounting for 10 total Otto-Eldred touchdowns (five passing, five rushing).  He completed 50-of-134 passes (37.3 percent), throwing for 100+ yards four times, and averaging 3.7 yards per carry on 78 rushes, posting a season-best 90 yards and four touchdowns against Johnsonburg.  Defensively, Vaughn was O-E’s leading tackler, chalking up 77 total tackles (53 solo), forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble, averaging 7.7 tackles per game.

Dalton Bly, Senior WR/LB, Karns City – Bly posted 82 tackles, a deflected pass, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the District 9 AA runner-up Gremlins, averaging 6.8 tackles per game.  He posted both of his 10-tackle games last season in the D9 AA playoffs against Brookville and Moniteau.

Damien Slike, Junior TB, Clarion Area – A returning two-way presence for the Bobcats, Slike notched 84 tackles, three interceptions and five deflected passes, averaging 6.5 tackles per game for the District 9 A runners-up.  He posted a season-high 14 tackles against Saint Marys.  Offensively, he totaled 474 all-purpose yards (262 receiving, 212 rushing), averaging 4.2 yards per carry on 50 rushes and 20.2 yards per reception on 13 catches, scoring five total touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing).

Darren Seary, Senior OL/DE, Union-Rimersburg – Seary recorded 34 tackles, a sack, an interception (returned for a touchdown), a deflected pass, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt, averaging 4.3 tackles per game for the Knights.  He also helped to pave the way for a Golden Knight offensive unit which averaged 286.5 yards (175.4 rushing, 111.1 passing) and 27.2 points per game en route to a 7-4 record and berth in the District 9 A playoffs for the first time in school history, producing two 550+-yard rushers and a 1,220-yard passer, scoring 35 total offensive touchdowns (20 rushing, 15 passing).

Devin Burkhouse, Junior DL, Redbank Valley – Burkhouse finished the season with 17 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in six games, averaging 2.4 tackles per game for the Bulldogs.

Devon Mason, Senior TE/OLB, Cameron County – The only Cameron County receiver to surpass 100 yards receiving for the season, Mason snagged a team-best five passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 27 yards per reception.  He also tallied 52 tackles (28 solo) and recovered a pair of fumbles on defense, averaging 6.5 tackles per game for the Red Raiders.

Drew Yeckel, SeniorWR/DB, Moniteau – Yeckel tallied 38 tackles (27 solo), a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, averaging 3.2 tackles per game for the District 9 AA champion Warriors. 

Dustin Geagan, Junior RB, Moniteau – The featured running back and one of two 1,000-yard rushers for the District 9 AA champion Warriors, Geagan ran for 1,540 yards on 185 carries and caught another 11 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown, averaging 8.3 yards per carry and 26.1 yards per reception, scoring 17 total touchdowns (16 rushing, one receiving).  Geagan ran for 100+ yards in seven of Moniteau’s 13 games, including a career-high 306 yards in a victory over Saint Marys.  For his career to date, Geagan has run for 2,216 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Dylan Graham, Senior WR/DB, Clearfield Area – Graham returns to the Clearfield defensive backfield after a solid junior season of 53 tackles (all solo), a team-best six interceptions, four deflected passes and two fumble recoveries, averaging 4.4 tackles per game.  He posted a pair of games with multiple interceptions.  Offensively, Graham caught two passes for 30 yards and a touchdown, averaging 15 yards per reception.

Eric O’Dell, Senior OL/DL, Saint Marys – O’Dell helped to pave the way for a Saint Marys offensive unit which averaged 276.3 yards (248.4 rushing, 27.9 passing) and 21.5 points per game en route to a 5-5 record and berth in the District 9 AAA championship game opposite Clearfield.  SM finished the season with three backs with season rushing totals between 340 to 1,285 yards and scored 30 total offensive touchdowns (26 rushing, four passing).

Forest Tuttle, Junior OL/LB, Coudersport – Coudersport’s leading sack artist from the 2011 season, Tuttle tallied 63 tackles, six sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles, averaging 5.7 tackles per game for the District 9 A semifinalists.

Gabe French, Sophomore QB, DuBois Area – The backup to Sean Sleigh last season, French completed 14-of-24 passes (58.3 percent) for 114 yards and two touchdowns in limited action.  French more than likely would replace Sleigh, who helped pilot the Beavers to an 8-3 record in 2011 and finished his career at DuBois with more than 3,300 yards passing.

Garrett Brown, Senior ATH, DuBois Area – Brown did a little bit of everything for the Beavers last season, amassing 1,330 all-purpose yards (699 rushing, 240 receiving, 400 punt/kickoff returns) and scored eight total touchdowns (five rushing, one kickoff return, two misc.), averaging 6.9 yards per carry on 101 rushes, 8.9 yards per reception on 27 catches, 30 yards per punt return and 25 yards per kickoff return.  Defensively, he chipped in with 44 tackles (35 solo), three interceptions and a forced fumble, averaging four tackles per game.

Garrett Miles, Senior WR/DB, DuBois Area – One of five targets in DuBois’ spread offense who finished the season with 20 receptions or more, Miles snagged 22 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 17.6 yards per reception and finishing three games with 65+ receiving yards.  He also recorded 19 tackles on defense.

Garrett Zimmerman, Senior QB/SS, Punxsutawney – The Chucks’ field general last season, Zimmerman connected on 88-of-188 passes (46.8 percent) for 1,351 yards and 12 touchdowns against 10 interceptions and also added three rushing touchdowns on 60 keepers.  He threw for 100+ yards in seven of Punxsutawney’s 10 games and finished three games with multiple touchdown passes.  Defensively, he added 39 tackles (32 solo), three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), a deflected pass and a forced fumble, averaging 3.9 tackles per game.

Glenn Toy, Senior ATH, Karns City – The featured offensive centerpiece for the 8-4 Gremlins last season, Toy ran for 1,340 yards on 151 carries and caught another 10 passes for 219 yards, averaging 8.9 yards per carry and 21.9 yards per reception while scoring 17 total touchdowns (15 rushing, two receiving).  He ran for 100+ yards in six of Karns City’s 12 games and posted a pair of games with 65+ receiving yards.  In his career, Toy has run for 1,801 yards and scored 24 rushing touchdowns.  Defensively, as a junior, Toy recorded 86 tackles, two interceptions, four deflected passes and a forced fumble, averaging 7.2 tackles per game.

Hank Cappiello, Senior FB/LB, Elk County Catholic – Primarily utilized on special teams and defense, Cappiello was an important piece for ECC, averaging 33.9 yards per punt on 35 attempts with 12 of those kicks (34.2 percent) downed inside the 20 yard line and a long of 53 yards.  He also averaged 40.3 yards per kickoff on 38 boots.  Defensively, Cappiello tallied 65 tackles (50 solo), three sacks, a deflected pass and a forced fumble, averaging 6.5 tackles per game.  He also ran for 158 yards on 28 carries and caught two passes for 25 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 12.5 yards per reception, scoring two total touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving).

Hunter McCracken, Senior QB, Curwensville – McCracken connected on 46-of-96 passes (47.9 percent) for 692 yards and five touchdowns against eight interceptions in his junior season, throwing for more than 100 yards in a game on four occasions.  He also added two rushing touchdowns on 18 keepers for the Golden Tide.  In his Curwensville career, McCracken has thrown for 1,450 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Jack Glasl, Sophomore QB/DB, Brockway – Glasl backed up dual-threat Kyle Braun last season, connecting on 5-of-9 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns and zero interceptions, seeing action in the AML Championship game and District 9 A semifinals, both opposite Port Allegany.  He averaged 68.5 yards passing per game and figures to replace Braun, who amassed 1,569 yards of total offense (986 rushing, 583 passing) and accounted for 17 total offensive Rover touchdowns (10 rushing, seven passing).

Jacob Heigel, Senior OL/DL, Brockway – Heigel helped to pave the way for a Brockway offensive unit which averaged 306.1 yards (245.9 rushing, 60.2 passing) and 27.4 points per game en route to an 8-4 record and berth in the District 9 A semifinals opposite Port Allegany.  The Rovers finished the season with three 600-yard rushers and a 580-yard passer, scoring 40 total offensive touchdowns (30 rushing, 10 passing).  Defensively, Heigel added 51 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery (which he returned 42 yards for a touchdown), averaging 5.1 tackles per game.

Jacob Verchick, Junior OL/DL, Clearfield Area – Verchick helped to pave the way for a Bison offensive unit which averaged 351.6 yards (283.1 rushing, 68.5 passing) and 35.1 points per game en route to an 11-2 record, District 9 AAA championship and berth in the PIAA AAA playoffs opposite Shamokin.  Clearfield finished the season with three backs with rushing totals between 435 to 1,965 yards and an 830-yard passer, scoring 62 total offensive touchdowns (50 rushing, 12 passing).  Defensively, Verchick added 37 tackles, four sacks, an interception and three fumble recoveries, averaging 3.7 tackles per game.

Jake Dougherty, Sophomore QB, Redbank Valley – Dougherty had a respectable freshman campaign for the Bulldogs, connecting on 76-of-159 passes (47.8 percent) for 1,184 yards and 14 touchdowns against 11 interceptions and adding another 171 rushing yards on 86 keepers.  Dougherty became the 13th freshman quarterback in Pennsylvania (and third from District 9) to throw for 1,000 yards or more in a season since 2005, and he’s on pace to throw for 4,736 yards and 56 touchdowns in his career at RV, based on his current paces and an 11-game schedule.

Jake Gezik, Senior OL/DL, Union-Rimersburg – Gezik helped to pave the way for a Golden Knight offensive unit which averaged 286.5 yards (175.4 rushing, 111.1 passing) and 27.2 points per game en route to a 7-4 record and berth in the District 9 A playoffs for the first time in school history, producing two 550+-yard rushers and a 1,220-yard passer, scoring 35 total offensive touchdowns (20 rushing, 15 passing).  Defensively, he posted 56 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal, averaging 5.6 tackles per game.

Jamie Bush, Senior FB/LB, Punxsutawney – A two-way weapon for the Chucks, Bush recorded a combined 486 all-purpose yards of offense (268 rushing, 218 receiving), averaging 4.5 yards per carry on 59 rushes and 14.5 yards per reception on 15 catches, scoring four total touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing).  Defensively, he added 70 tackles (55 solo) and a forced fumble, averaging seven stops per game with a pair of 10+ tackle performances.

Jesse Lincoln, Senior OL/DL, Coudersport – Lincoln helped to pave the way for a Coudersport offensive unit which averaged 240.3 yards (164.7 rushing, 75.6 passing) and 21.4 points per game en route to a 9-2 record and berth in the District 9 A semifinals.  The Falcons finished the season with two 475+-yard rushers and a 720-yard passer, scoring 33 total offensive touchdowns (22 rushing, 11 passing).  Defensively, he added 75 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, averaging 6.8 tackles per game while posting a season-best 14 stops against Otto-Eldred.

Jimmy Holton, Senior OL/LB, Allegheny-Clarion Valley – Holton finished the season as the team leader in tackles, with 96 (72 solo), two sacks, two deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 10.7 tackles per game, with a trio of 14-tackle games against Conneaut Valley, Brookville and Keystone.

Joe McLaughlin, Senior RB/LB, Elk County Catholic – A player involved in all three phases of the game for the Crusaders, McLaughlin wound up amassing 633 all-purpose yards (188 rushing, 221 receiving, 224 kickoff/punt returns) and scored four total touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing), averaging 7.8 yards per carry, 27.6 yards per reception, 8.6 yards per punt return and 25.9 yards per kickoff return.  He was the only ECC receiver with more than 200 yards on the season.  Defensively, McLaughlin was the leading Crusader tackler, ending the year with 82 tackles (59 solo), three sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal, averaging 8.2 tackles per game.  McLaughlin posted a season-best 13 tackles in the Crusaders’ 42-41 loss to Brockway.

Jonah Smith, Senior RB/DB, Kane Area – A weapon on offense and special teams for the Wolves, Smith amassed 1,084 all-purpose yards (601 rushing, 87 receiving, 396 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (eight rushing, one receiving, one punt return) as a junior, averaging 5.1 yards per carry, 17.4 yards per reception,16 yards per punt return and 23.3 yards per kickoff return, posting a pair of 100-yard rushing performances.  He also chipped in defensively with 22 tackles (12 solo).

Jordan Russell, Senior WR/DB, Curwensville – The Golden Tide’s top returning receiver, Russell snagged 17 passes for 267 yards and one touchdown, averaging 15.7 yards per reception and finishing a pair of games with five catches and 55 receiving yards or more.

Josh Greslick, Senior RB/DB, Curwensville – A defensive force for Curwensville, Greslick tallied 36 tackles (25 solo), 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, averaging four tackles per game.  He also saw action on offense and special teams, amassing 441 all-purpose yards (182 rushing, 259 kickoff/punt returns), averaging 5.9 yards per carry, 6.3 yards per punt return and 26.1 yards per kickoff return, scoring four total touchdowns (two rushing, one interception return, one kickoff return).

Justin Rothen, Senior ATH, Allegheny-Clarion Valley – Rothen amassed 564 all-purpose yards for the Falcons (448 kickoff returns, 64 receiving, 52 rushing), averaging 18.7 yards per kickoff return, 5.8 yards per carry and 7.1 yards per reception.  Defensively, he also posted 12 tackles (all solo) and a pair of interceptions.

Justin Snyder, Senior OL/DL, Brookville – Snyder helped to pave the way for a Raider offensive unit which averaged 347.1 yards (228 rushing, 119.1 passing) and 24.1 points per game en route to a 5-6 record and berth in the District 9 AA playoffs opposite Karns City, producing three 500+-yard rushers and a 1,230-yard passer, scoring 36 total offensive touchdowns (21 rushing, 15 passing).  Defensively, Snyder tallied 44 tackles (all solo), four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, averaging four tackles per game.

Kaden McGregor, Senior RB/LB, Union-Rimersburg – McGregor recorded 62 tackles (34 solo), two sacks, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), three deflected passes and two forced fumbles, averaging 5.6 tackles per game.  He also punted for the Knights, averaging 33.9 yards per punt on 38 tries, with four kicks downed inside the 20-yard line.  Offensively, he hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass.

Keenan Rankin, Senior HB/LB, Union-Rimersburg – Rankin recorded 78 tackles, a sack and a blocked field goal for Union, averaging 7.1 tackles per game for the Knights.  He also handled the kickoff chores on special teams, booting 52 kickoffs for an average of 37.2 yards, with two touchbacks.

Kevin Kaufman, Senior TE/LB, Allegheny-Clarion Valley – Kaufman made his living on the defensive side of the ball last season for A-C Valley, totaling 70 tackles (52 solo), a sack and a team-leading seven interceptions, averaging 7.8 tackles per game, with a season-best 17 stops against Keystone.  Offensively, he tallied 478 all-purpose yards (221 passing, 132 receiving, 125 rushing) and scored a rushing touchdown, completing 17-of-39 passes (43.6 percent) and averaging 5.2 yards per carry and 11 yards per reception.

Kwante Johnson, Senior ATH, Sheffield – Johnson was not only one of three Wolverine receivers to finish the season with double-digits in reception totals, he was also an important piece on defense and special teams, too.  In all, Johnson tallied 847 all-purpose yards (202 receiving, 306 punt returns, 339 kickoff returns) and scored six total touchdowns (three receiving, two kickoff returns, one punt return), averaging 20.2 yards per reception, 16.1 yards per punt return and 30.8 yards per kick return.  Defensively, he added 31 tackles (20 solo) and three interceptions, averaging 3.1 tackles per game.

Kyle Bloom, Senior OL/DL, Curwensville – Bloom helped to pave the way for a Curwensville offensive unit which averaged 356.8 yards (287.6 rushing, 69.2 passing) and 29.1 points per game en route to a 7-3 record and berth in the District 9 A playoffs opposite Coudersport, producing a 2,300-yard rusher and 690-yard passer while scoring 40 total offensive touchdowns (35 rushing, five passing).

Kyle Davidson, Senior OT/DT, Moniteau – Davidson helped to pave the way for a Moniteau offensive unit which averaged 423.9 yards (257.1 rushing, 166.8 passing) and 35.5 points per game en route to a 12-1 record, District 9 AA championship and berth in the PIAA AA quarterfinals opposite Aliquippa, producing two 1,300+-yard rushers and a 2,100-yard passer while scoring 67 total offensive touchdowns (42 rushing, 25 passing) and a school-record 462 points.  Defensively, Davidson added 56 tackles (38 solo) and three sacks, averaging 4.3 tackles per game.

Kyle Langdon, Sophomore HB/MLB, Bradford – Langdon posted 45 tackles and recovered three fumbles for the Owls, averaging 5.6 tackles per game.

Kyle Johns, Junior QB/DB, Curwensville – Johns returns to the Curwensville defensive backfield after posting 31 tackles (20 solo), a team-leading three interceptions, seven deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 3.4 tackles per game.

Logan Chernicky, Senior WR/DE, Clarion Area – Chernicky made the bulk of his impacts at defensive end, where he tallied 45 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 3.5 tackles per game.  He also caught a 19-yard touchdown pass against Keystone for his only reception of the season.

Loren Kumher, Senior OL/MLB, Kane Area – The leading returning tackler from Kane’s defensive unit a season ago, Kumher registered 48 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, averaging 5.3 tackles per game for the 4-5 Wolves.

Mark Strothers, Junior RB/DB, Redbank Valley – The Bulldogs’ leading rusher and top returning receiver from the 2011 team, Strothers ran for 855 yards on 89 carries and caught another 14 passes for 223 yards, averaging 9.6 yards per carry and 15.9 yards per reception, scoring 10 total touchdowns (eight rushing, two receiving).  Strothers ran for 100+ yards in a game three times.  Defensively, he added 52 tackles and a sack, averaging 4.7 tackles per game.

Matt Bodamer, Senior QB, Port Allegany – One of Class A’s top returning quarterbacks, Bodamer was a Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class A All-State selection at quarterback following a season which saw him tally more than 4,000 total yards of offense.  In all, Bodamer connected on 247-of-378 passes (65.3 percent) for 3,766 yards and 49 touchdowns against six interceptions and adding another 806 yards and 14 touchdowns on 148 rushing attempts.  He threw for 200+ yards in 13 of Port Allegany’s 14 games and ran for 100+ yards twice.  He finished eight Gator contests with four or more touchdown passes.  In his career, Bodamer has thrown for 6,997 yards and 85 touchdowns, and could potentially become the first Keystone State quarterback to surpass 10,000 career passing yards, barring injury.  His 49 touchdown passes rank third in state single-season history, trailing Lancaster Catholic’s Kyle Smith (50, 2009) and South Fayette’s Christian Brumbaugh (52, 2010).  Defensively, Bodamer chipped in with 30 tackles (16 solo), two interceptions, two deflected passes and a forced fumble, averaging 2.1 tackles per game.

Matt Snyder, Senior OL/DL, Brockway – Snyder helped to pave the way for a Brockway offensive unit which averaged 306.1 yards (245.9 rushing, 60.2 passing) and 27.4 points per game en route to an 8-4 record and berth in the District 9 A semifinals opposite Port Allegany.  The Rovers finished the season with three 600-yard rushers and a 580-yard passer, scoring 40 total offensive touchdowns (30 rushing, 10 passing).  Defensively, Snyder added 53 tackles and 1.5 sacks, averaging 4.8 tackles per game.

Matt Yurkewicz, Senior QB/S, Bradford – A dual-threat quarterback, Yurkewicz amassed 757 total yards of offense (454 rushing, 303 passing) and accounted for five total Bradford touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) while completing 16-of-39 passes (41 percent) and averaging 5.6 yards per carry on 81 rushes.

Mike Suto, Junior RB/LB, Allegheny-Clarion Valley – A two-way presence for the Falcons, Suto was the team’s leading rusher, posting 389 yards on 54 carries and adding another 10 catches for 72 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and 7.2 yards per reception.  He ran for a season-best 103 yards against Hancock (Md.), one of A-C Valley’s two victories.  Defensively, he added 58 tackles (44 solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery (returned 92 yards for a touchdown), averaging 6.4 tackles per game.

Mitch Freeman, Senior RB/LB, Coudersport – The featured running back for a 9-2 Falcons team which reached the District 9 A semifinals, Freeman ran for 940 yards on 164 carries and caught another eight passes for 118 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and 14.8 yards per reception, scoring 17 total touchdowns (15 rushing, two receiving).  He ran for 100+ yards three times and finished six Coudersport games with multiple rushing touchdowns.  For his career, Freeman has run for 2,020 yards and 32 touchdowns.  Defensively, Freeman added 64 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, averaging 5.8 tackles per game.

Mitchell Vallone, Senior QB, Elk County Catholic – The man at the controls of ECC’s I-form offense which averaged 266.1 yards and 22 points per game last season, Vallone totaled 634 yards of offense (569 passing, 65 rushing) and accounted for 10 total touchdowns (seven passing, three rushing), completing 34-of-82 passes (41.3 percent) and averaging 1.5 yards per carry on 44 rushes.  He threw for 90+ yards in a game four times, including a season-best 175 yards and three touchdowns in the District 9 A playoffs opposite Clarion Area.

Morgan Murray, Senior OL/DL, Brockway – Murray helped to pave the way for a Brockway offensive unit which averaged 306.1 yards (245.9 rushing, 60.2 passing) and 27.4 points per game en route to an 8-4 record and berth in the District 9 A semifinals opposite Port Allegany.  The Rovers finished the season with three 600-yard rushers and a 580-yard passer, scoring 40 total offensive touchdowns (30 rushing, 10 passing).  Defensively, Murray added 88 tackles (48 solo), 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging eight tackles per game, with a season-best 14 stops against Ridgway.

Nate Rodgers, Senior OL/DL, Otto-Eldred – Rodgers helped to pave the way for an Otto-Eldred offensive attack which averaged 227.9 yards (157.6 rushing, 70.3 passing) and 15.3 points per game, producing an 810-yard rusher and 710-yard passer among its featured components while scoring 22 total offensive touchdowns (17 rushing, five passing).  Defensively, Rodgers added 41 tackles (27 solo), a sack and a forced fumble, averaging 4.1 tackles per game.

Nate Charlton, Senior OL/DL, Sheffield – Charlton helped to pave the way for a Wolverine offensive unit which averaged 212.4 yards ( 131.1 rushing, 81.3 passing) and 15.2 points per game, producing a 690-yard rusher and 720-yard passer among its featured components while scoring 21 total offensive touchdowns (14 rushing, seven passing).  Defensively, Charlton added 80 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging eight tackles per game.

Nathan Bonfardine, Senior LB, Brookville – The Raiders’ leading tackler all of last season, Bonfardine tallied 118 tackles (all solo), a sack, an interception, a deflected pass, a fumble recovery and two blocked punts, averaging 10.7 tackles per game.  He finished six of Brookville’s 11 games with 10+ tackles, including a season-best 19 stops in a loss to Redbank Valley and 16 more tackles in a loss to DuBois.

Nick Budd, Senior OL/DL, Port Allegany – A returning starter on Port Allegany’s offensive line, Budd helped to pave the way for an explosive Gator offensive unit which averaged 416.4 yards (271.4 passing, 145 rushing) and 41.6 points per game en route to the District 9 A championship and a berth in the PIAA A quarterfinals opposite Sharpsville.  PA’s offensive weaponry included four backs with season rushing totals between 200 to 810 yards and a 3,700-yard passer, scoring 82 total offensive touchdowns (49 passing, 33 rushing) as part of a school-record 582 points.

Nick Conway, Senior WR/S, Port Allegany – The fifth-leading receiver in Port Allegany’s aerial assault which averaged better than 271 yards per game last season, Conway snared 17 passes for 237 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 13.9 yards per reception.  He scored all seven of his touchdowns in the months of November and December.  Defensively, he chipped in with 28 tackles (14 solo), an interception, three deflected passes and a forced fumble, averaging 3.1 tackles per game.

Nunzio Cavallero, Senior SE/CB, Bradford – Cavallero was a force in the Bradford defensive secondary last season, totaling 28 tackles and picking off a team-best five passes and also forcing a fumble, while averaging 2.8 tackles per game.  Offensively, he threw for 17 yards in two attempts, ran for 44 yards on 13 carries and returned five kickoffs for 125 yards.

Phil Esposito, Senior K, Brockway – A Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class A All-State selection at kicker in 2011, Esposito converted 41 extra points and six field goals for the District 9 semifinalist Rovers, scoring 59 of the team’s 329 points, or 17.9 percent of the Rovers’ season scoring output.  Esposito has attracted Division-1 interest.  He booted 16 of 40 kickoffs (40 percent) for touchbacks and averaged 32.5 yards per punt on 23 tries.  He has converted 169 career extra points and nine field goals, giving him 196 career points as a three-year varsity starter at kicker for Brockway.

Rex Windsor, Senior OL/DL, Port Allegany – A returning starter on Port Allegany’s offensive line, Windsor helped to pave the way for an explosive Gator offensive unit which averaged 416.4 yards (271.4 passing, 145 rushing) and 41.6 points per game en route to the District 9 A championship and a berth in the PIAA A quarterfinals opposite Sharpsville.  PA’s offensive weaponry included four backs with season rushing totals between 200 to 810 yards and a 3,700-yard passer, scoring 82 total offensive touchdowns (49 passing, 33 rushing) as part of a school-record 582 points.

Rickie Bova, Senior TE/DE, Port Allegany – District 9′s top returning statistical tight end from a season ago, Bova hauled in 44 passes for 695 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 15.8 yards per reception, finishing five games with four or more catches and four games with 75+ receiving yards.  He also added nine two-point conversions, giving him a total of 42 points scored for the District 9 A champion Gators.

Robbie Barnes, Junior OL/DL, Punxsutawney – Barnes helped to pave the way for a Chucks’ offensive unit which averaged 248.8 yards (136.3 passing, 112.5 rushing) and 18.3 points per game, producing a 630-yard rusher and 1,350-yard passer among its featured components while scoring 26 total offensive touchdowns (14 rushing, 12 passing).  Defensively, Barnes added 24 tackles 1.5 sacks, a deflected pass and a forced fumble, averaging 2.4 tackles per game.

Ryan Counts, Senior OL/LB, Coudersport – The leading tackler from Coudersport’s defensive unit a season ago, Counts chalked up 111 tackles, four deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 10.1 tackles per game.  He posted a season-best 14 tackles three times – against Elk County Catholic, Brockway and Curwensville.  He also helped to pave the way for a Coudersport offensive unit which averaged 240.3 yards (164.7 rushing, 75.6 passing) and 21.4 points per game en route to a 9-2 record and berth in the District 9 A semifinals.  The Falcons finished the season with two 475+-yard rushers and a 720-yard passer, scoring 33 total offensive touchdowns (22 rushing, 11 passing).

Sam Colebert, Junior WR/DB, Otto-Eldred – A leader in the Terrors’ defensive backfield, Colebert recorded 38 tackles (25 solo), four interceptions (which led the team) and a fumble recovery, averaging 3.8 tackles per game.  Also a factor offensively, Colebert amassed a total of 325 all-purpose yards of offense (231 rushing, 94 receiving), averaging 4.1 yards per carry and 10.4 yards per reception, scoring two touchdowns as a receiver.

Sam Delhunty, Junior FB/LB/K, Ridgway – The top returning rusher from an Elker offensive unit which averaged 193.9 yards per game on the ground last year, Delhunty totaled 526 yards on 112 carries and caught one pass for 12 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns (both rushing).  He finished four games with at least 60 rushing yards.

Sean Jordan, Senior QB, Kane Area – Jordan helped lead the Wolves to a 4-5 record by accumulating 1,024 yards of total offense (846 passing, 178 rushing) and accounting for seven total Kane touchdowns (five passing, two rushing).  He completed 62-of-114 passes (54.4 percent) and averaged 2.9 yards per carry on 62 rushes, throwing for 100+ yards four times and posting a season-best 61 rushing yards against Elk County Catholic.

Sean Rolick, Senior WR/DB, Kane Area – Kane’s featured wide receiver and also a weapon in the ground game and on special teams, Rolick amassed 730 all-purpose yards (162 rushing, 328 receiving, 240 punt/kickoff returns), averaging 8.1 yards per carry, 14.9 yards per reception, 14 yards per punt return and 20.4 yards per kickoff return, scoring five total touchdowns (three receiving, two rushing).  Rolick didn’t stop there – averaging 26.8 yards per punt on 25 kicks with a long of 44 yards and also posting 35 tackles (21 solo) on defense.  He also converted 10 extra points.

Seth Bigley, Junior ATH, Otto-Eldred – Bigley totaled 35 tackles (24 solo), two sacks and three forced fumbles for the Terrors last season defensively, averaging 3.5 tackles per game.  Offensively, he tallied a combined 164 all-purpose yards (85 rushing, 79 receiving), averaging 3.3 yards per carry and 9.9 yards per reception, scoring one rushing touchdown.

Shane Marshall, Senior RB/LB, DuBois Area – The top tackler on the Beavers’ defensive unit last season, Marshall posted 113 tackles (68 solo), three sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, averaging 11.3 tackles per game while finishing seven of DuBois’ final eight games with double-digit tackle totals, including a pair of 15-tackle performances against Meadville and Saint Marys.  He also ran for 140 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, averaging 7.8 yards per rush.

Shea Meyer, Senior OL/DL, Elk County Catholic – Meyer returns to his position on the ECC defensive line after recording 51 tackles (36 solo), a sack and a fumble recovery, which he returned 67 yards.  He averaged 5.1 tackles per game.  Offensively, he helped to pave the way for a Crusader offensive unit which averaged 266.1 yards (209.2 rushing, 56.9 passing) and 22 points per game, producing a pair of 630+-yard rushers and a 565-yard passing quarterback en route to a 6-4 record and berth in the District 9 A playoffs.  ECC scored 32 total offensive touchdowns (25 rushing, seven passing).

Shequan Wright, Senior QB/DB, Sheffield – Wright finished his junior season by connecting on 53-of-134 passes (39.6 percent) for 722 yards and four touchdowns against 15 interceptions, throwing for 100+ yards in a pair of games and adding two rushing touchdowns on 80 keepers.  Defensively, Wright added 43 tackles, three interceptions (which tied for the team lead) and a forced fumble, averaging 4.3 stops per game.

Spencer Herrington, Sophomore K, Clearfield Area – Herrington converted 51 extra points for Clearfield in his freshman season, accounting for 11.1 percent of the Bisons’ season scoring output of 457 points.

Spencer Smeal, Senior OL/DL, Curwensville – Smeal helped to pave the way for a Curwensville offensive unit which averaged 356.8 yards (287.6 rushing, 69.2 passing) and 29.1 points per game en route to a 7-3 record and berth in the District 9 A playoffs opposite Coudersport, producing a 2,300-yard rusher and 690-yard passer while scoring 40 total offensive touchdowns (35 rushing, five passing).

Stephen Hagg, Junior RB/DB, Moniteau – Hagg returns to Moniteau’s defensive unit after posting 70 tackles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt, averaging 5.8 tackles per game, including a season-best 12 stops in the PIAA AA quarterfinals against Aliquippa.

Tanner Klein, Senior OL/LB, Clarion Area – Klein recorded 54 tackles, two interceptions, two deflected passes and a forced fumble, averaging 4.2 tackles per game for the Bobcats.  He also handled the punting chores, booting 31 punts for an average of 36.4 yards, with five kicks (16.1 percent) downed inside the 20-yard line.  He also converted 23 extra points for Clarion.

T.J. Armstrong, Senior TE/DE, Clarion Area – A Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class A All-State selection at linebacker and an Old Dominion recruit, Armstrong totaled 123 tackles, seven sacks, a forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, one blocked punt and three blocked field goals, averaging 9.5 tackles per game.  Offensively, he was the Bobcats’ leading rusher, amassing 1,123 yards on 237 carries and hauling in another eight passes for 96 yards, scoring 19 total touchdowns (16 rushing, three receiving).

Tom Vervoort, Senior RB, Brockway – The Rovers’ leading rusher in a wishbone offensive attack which averaged 245.9 yards per game on the ground last season, Vervoort finished with 1,123 yards and 12 touchdowns on 185 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per rush with seven 100-yard performances on the ground, including two games with more than 175 yards.  He also accounted for 61 tackles (43 solo), three sacks, a deflected pass and two forced fumbles, averaging 5.5 tackles per game.

Tony Leitner, Senior SE/DB, Ridgway – Playing in only five Elker games last season, Leitner put up a respectable stat line, chalking up 42 tackles, two interceptions, four deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 8.4 tackles per game.  He posted a pair of games with 13+ tackles, including a season-best 14 stops in a 16-0 victory over Sheffield.

Travis Daugherty, Senior OL/LB, Union-Rimersburg – Daugherty helped to pave the way for a Golden Knight offensive unit which averaged 286.5 yards (175.4 rushing, 111.1 passing) and 27.2 points per game en route to a 7-4 record and berth in the District 9 A playoffs for the first time in school history, producing two 550+-yard rushers and a 1,220-yard passer, scoring 35 total offensive touchdowns (20 rushing, 15 passing).  Defensively, he added 27 tackles, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, averaging 2.5 tackles per game.

Trent Neal, Senior RB/LB, Port Allegany – The second-leading rusher for the District 9 A champion Gators, Neal posted 682 yards on 121 carries and caught another nine passes for 52 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 5.8 yards per reception, scoring 10 total touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving).  Defensively, Neal added 77 tackles (39 solo), a sack and an interception, averaging 5.5 tackles per game.

Trevor Shaffer, Junior WR/DB, Moniteau – Shaffer recorded 26 tackles (18 solo), two sacks and two interceptions for the District 9 AA champion Warriors, averaging 2.6 tackles per game.

Trey Jordan, Junior WR/DB, Clearfield Area – Jordan returns to Clearfield’s defensive backfield after posting 33 tackles (all solo), a sack, three interceptions, eight deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 2.5 tackles per game.  He also saw some action at wide receiver, hauling in nine passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 23.9 yards per reception.

Trey Miller, Senior RB/SS, Port Allegany – One of the factors in the Gators’ rushing attack which averaged 145 yards per game, Miller ran for 274 yards on 61 carries and caught another five passes for 72 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 14.4 yards per reception, scoring six touchdowns (all rushing).  Defensively, he added 40 tackles (20 solo), a sack, an interception (which he returned for a touchdown) and two deflected passes, averaging 2.9 tackles per game.

Ty Reiley, Senior K, Bradford – Reiley converted 15 extra points and four field goals for the Owls, scoring 27 total points while accounting for 18.4 percent of the team’s season scoring output.

Tyce Miller, Senior HB/CB, Port Allegany – A Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class A All-State pick at wide receiver, Miller was the pacesetter at receiver for the Gators’ aerial assault, hauling in 74 passes for 1,248 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 16.9 yards per reception and posting four 100-yard performances, including a season-best 229 yards and three touchdowns in Week Two against Brockway.  Defensively, Miller added 26 tackles (16 solo), three deflected passes and two fumble recoveries, averaging 1.9 tackles per game.  He also booted 24 punts for an average of 32 yards on special teams.

Tyler Burdick, Senior RB/LB, Kane Area – The second-leading rusher in Kane’s offensive arsenal last season, Burdick finished the 2011 season with 386 yards on 62 carries and caught another nine passes for 59 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 6.6 yards per reception.  Defensively, he added 32 tackles, averaging 3.6 tackles per game.

Tyler DiMaria, Junior FB/LB, Moniteau – DiMaria posted 56 tackles (38 solo), a sack and two fumble recoveries for the Warriors, averaging 6.2 tackles per game with a season-best 11 stops in a victory over D9 A runner-up Clarion Area.

Tyler Ennis, Senior WR/DB, Kane Area – Ennis returns to Kane’s defensive backfield after tallying 30 tackles (17 solo), a sack and an interception (which he returned 50 yards for a touchdown), averaging 3.8 tackles per game.  Offensively, he was the second-leading receiver in a Wolves’ aerial assault which averaged a little over 100 yards per game, hauling in 17 passes for 260 yards, averaging 15.3 yards per reception.

Tyler Kepple, Junior QB, Karns City – One of two quarterbacks utilized by the Gremlins in their 8-4 campaign last season, Kepple amassed 669 yards of total offense (519 passing, 150 rushing), completing 30-of-65 passes (46.2 percent) and averaging 5.2 yards per carry on 29 rushes.  He threw for a season-high 137 yards against Moniteau and ended the year with five passing touchdowns.  He also handled the punting chores for the Gremlins, averaging 35 yards per punt on 19 tries, with seven of those kicks (36.8 percent) downed inside the 20-yard line.

Tyler Stratton, Junior RB/DB, Clearfield Area – Stratton put up a respectable defensive stat line for the Bison in his sophomore season, notching 53 tackles (all solo), 6.5 sacks, a deflected pass and two fumble recoveries, averaging 5.3 tackles per game.  He also ran for 48 yards on nine carries in limited offensive action, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

Victor Bandish, Senior OL/DL, Port Allegany – A returning starter on Port Allegany’s offensive line, Bandish helped to pave the way for an explosive Gator offensive unit which averaged 416.4 yards (271.4 passing, 145 rushing) and 41.6 points per game en route to the District 9 A championship and a berth in the PIAA A quarterfinals opposite Sharpsville.  PA’s offensive weaponry included four backs with season rushing totals between 200 to 810 yards and a 3,700-yard passer, scoring 82 total offensive touchdowns (49 passing, 33 rushing) as part of a school-record 582 points.

Wyatt Everetts, Junior RB/DB, Karns City – Everetts finished his sophomore campaign with 48 tackles (24 solo), an interception and two deflected passes, averaging four tackles per game.  He also proved to be quite the weapon on special teams, returning 25 kickoffs for 647 yards and two touchdowns (one each against Moniteau and Clarion-Limestone), averaging 25.9 yards per return.  He also added 13 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown, averaging 8.5 yards per carry.

Zac McKnight, Senior QB/DB, Ridgway – McKnight returns to the Ridgway defensive backfield after posting 47 tackles, a sack and two interceptions, averaging 4.7 tackles per game.  In limited offensive action, McKnight added 59 yards rushing and a touchdown on four carries, averaging 14.8 yards per rush.

Zach Minick, Senior OL/DL, Punxsutawney – Minich helped to pave the way for a Chucks’ offensive unit which averaged 248.8 yards (136.3 passing, 112.5 rushing) and 18.3 points per game, producing a 630-yard rusher and 1,350-yard passer among its featured components while scoring 26 total offensive touchdowns (14 rushing, 12 passing).  Defensively, Minich added 16 tackles and a half a sack, averaging 1.8 tackles per game.

Zach Vroman, Junior RB/LB, Brookville – Brookville’s leading rusher a season ago and a highly-utilized commodity for the 5-6 Raiders, Vroman amassed 1,381 all-purpose yards (807 rushing, 45 receiving, 529 kickoff/punt returns), averaging 5.9 yards per carry, 11.3 yards per reception, 11.2 yards per punt return and 21.9 yards per kickoff return, scoring 10 total touchdowns (eight rushing, one receiving, one misc.).  He posted a trio of 100-yard rushing performances for the Raiders.  Defensively, he chipped in with 30 tackles (all solo), two deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Zane Watson, Junior K, Redbank Valley – Watson booted 28 kickoffs for an average of 47.6 yards, with five touchbacks.  He also converted nine extra points and two field goals for Rebank Valley, accounting for 15 of the team’s 276 points scored, or 5.4 percent of the team’s season scoring output.

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