District 6’s 2010 Top Returning Athletes
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
Alex Miller, Senior LB, Huntingdon Area – Miller will be one of the key returners to the Bearcat linebacking corps in 2010 after posting 99 tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Miller averaged 11 tackles per game, and finished with 17 tackles against Saint Marys, 15 stops against Clearfield, and a pair of 12-tackle games against Tyrone and Lewistown.
Alexander Walton, Senior LB, Richland – Walton is one of the top returning tacklers to the Rams’ fold in 2010. He amassed 90 tackles, averaging 8.2 stops per game. Walton posted a season-high 16 tackles against Greater Johnstown, 15 tackles against Penn Cambria and 13 stops against Somerset.
Alkwan Williams, Junior MLB, Greater Johnstown – Williams had quite the sophomore season for the Trojans, amassing 113 tackles (48 solo), a team-best nine sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged 10.3 tackles per game, finishing eight games with 10+ tackles. Williams finished with 16 tackles against Somerset, 15 tackles against Central Cambria and a trio of 13-tackle games against Forest Hills, Richland and Bishop McCort. A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class, Williams has generated interest from Pitt.
Andy Hancharik, Senior RB/DB, Northern Cambria – Hancharik was all over the field for the Colts in his junior season, chalking up 915 all-purpose yards (489 rushing, 88 receiving, 338 returns) and scoring five total touchdowns. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry, 22 yards per catch and 23.1 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Hancharik also contributed 44 tackles.
Anthony Tutino, Junior RB/DB, Ligonier Valley – A force in the defensive backfield for the Mounties last year, Tutino totaled 35 tackles, picked off a team leading five passes and deflected four other passes. He averaged 3.2 tackles per game and finished LV’s game against Blairsville with eight tackles and two interceptions. The leading returning receiving theat, Tutino hauled in 14 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns, averaging over 16.3 yards per catch.
Anthony Unger, Junior RB, Forest Hills – Unger had a solid sophomore season running the football, accumulating 646 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 78 carries, averaging over 8.2 yards per rush attempt and nearly 50 yards per game. Unger ran for more than 60 yards seven times in 2009, including a season-best 132 yards and two scores against Bishop Guilfoyle. Unger also returned 15 kickoffs for 295 yards (19.6 average), with a long of 66.
Ben Leberfinger, Senior LB, Central-Martinsburg – Leberfinger returns after posting 65 tackles (37 solo), a sack and two fumble recoveries in his junior season, averaging 5.4 tackles per game. Leberfinger finished six games with six or more tackles, including a pair of nine-tackle performances against Huntingdon and Tyrone Area.
Blake Bussard, Senior QB, Central Cambria – A two-way threat for the Red Devils, Bussard handled the reins of the offense and manned a position in the defensive backfield. He tallied 62 tackles, two interceptions and six deflected passes on defense, and threw for 562 yards and four touchdowns and added three rushing touchdowns on 81 keepers on offense. Bussard threw for 100+ yards in a game three times, and threw a pair of touchdown passes against District 5 AA champion Bedford.
Brandon Smith, Senior DT, Central-Martinsburg – A stalwart on the defensive line, Smith finished his junior season with 47 tackles, a team-leading 10 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Smith averaged 3.9 tackles per game and finished six games with four or more tackles and two games with two or more sacks. Smith had a pair of seven-tackle games against Penn Cambria and Tyrone.
Bryce Brawley, Senior WR, Cambria Heights – The leading receiver in the Highlanders’ aerial assault, Brawley snagged 34 passes for a team best 623 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 18.3 yards per catch and over 62 yards per game. Brawley went over the 200-yard receiving mark against Bedford, one of four games in which he finished with 70+ receiving yards. On special teams, Brawley returned 30 combined kickoffs and punts for 599 yards, averaging 4,86 yards per punt return and 24.5 yards per kickoff return.
Caleb Vescovi, Senior QB, Cambria Heights – In a season of very few bright spots (Cambria Heights did not win a game in 2009), Vescovi provided some of the best statistics, completing 100-of-259 passes for 1,543 yards and 13 touchdowns. Vescovi threw for more than 100 yards seven times and more than 200 yards three times. He threw for a season-high 329 yards and four touchdowns against Bedford and 284 yards and two scores against Richland. Vescovi has a chance to surpass 4,000 passing yards for his career, having thrown for 2,866 yards to date.
Casey Grove, Senior DB, Williamsburg – Grove was a force in the Williamsburg defensive backfield in 2009, chalking up 49 tackles (35 solo) and a team-best four interceptions. Offensively, Grove ran for 145 yards on 55 carries and caught nine passes for 184 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 2.6 yards per carry and 20.44 yards per reception.
Christian Leech, Junior S, Bishop McCort – The only returning starter from Bishop McCort’s 2009 defensive unit, Leech registered 62 tackles and intercepted a team-best five passes in his sophomore season. He averaged 4.1 tackles per game, and posted a season-high nine tackles in a victory against Tri-Valley in the Eastern Finals. Leech also recovered a pair of fumbles.
Cody Helsel, Senior RB, Claysburg-Kimmel – Helsel was all over the place for the Bulldogs as a junior, chalking up 870 all-purpose yards (448 rushing, 116 receiving, 306 returns) and scoring one rushing touchdown. Helsel averaged 3.5 yards per carry, 11.6 yards per reception and 17.5 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Helsel added 24 tackles and a pair of interceptions.
Coleman Hoffman, Senior RB/LB, Bald Eagle Area – A two-way threat for the Bald Eagles, Hoffman finished as the team’s leading rusher, racking up 315 yards and a touchdown on 78 carries and adding six receptions for 71 yards and another touchdown as a receiver. He averaged 4.04 yards per carry and 11.83 yards per reception. Defensively, Hoffman contributed 68 tackles (54 solo), two deflected passes and a fumble recovery. He averaged 6.8 tackles per game and finished four games with 10+ tackles.
Danny Ferens, Sophomore QB, Penns Manor – A dual threat athlete operating a Comets’ offense that averaged more than 31 points per game last season, Ferens could be on pace for some very nice career rushing stats. He finished his freshman season with 1,463 yards of total offense (490 passing, 973 rushing) and had a hand in 20 total touchdowns (14 rushing, 6 passing). He completed 29-of-62 passes and averaged over 8.8 yards per carry. Ferens is on pace for more than 3,800 career rushing yards. Defensively, he added 39 tackles, two interceptions and five deflected passes.
Daniel Goshorn, Senior ATH, Southern Huntingdon County – A dual-threat quarterback, Goshorn tallied 1,305 yards of total offense (804 passing, 501 rushing) and had a hand in 10 total touchdowns for the Rockets in his junior season. He completed 65-of-121 passes and averaged 4.4 yards per carry, throwing for 100+ yards four times and running for more than 100 yards once. Defensively, Goshorn contributed 48 tackles and a pair of interceptions.
Dave Brown, Senior DT, Glendale – A force on the defensive line, Brown amassed 85 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged 8.5 tackles and .5 sacks per game. Brown finished with a season-high 12 tackles against Moshannon Valley and 10 tackles against Juniata Valley. He posted his only two-sack game of the year against Claysburg-Kimmel.
Dave Horvath, Senior RB, Ferndale – The leading returning rusher for the Yellow Jackets, Horvath ran for a team-best 492 yards on 105 carries and scored two touchdowns, averaging 4.69 yards per carry and 54.7 yards per game. He surpassed 100 yards rushing in cnsecutive games – Hancock (Md.) and Conemaugh Valley.
David Kephart, Senior DE, Bishop Carroll – Kephart is one of the top returning defensive linemen, after he accumulated 85 tackles (53 solo), 10 sacks and a forced fumble in his junior season. Kephart averaged 7.7 tackles per game and finished four games with 10+ tackles and three games with multiple sacks.
Devin Murphy, Senior LB, Ferndale – Murphy finished his junior season as the leading tackler on the Yellow Jackets’ defensive unit, tallying 83 tackles (56 solo), a sack, an interception and three fumble recoveries. He averaged 9.2 tackles per game and finished three games with 12+ tackles, including two 13-tackle games against Rockwood and Blacklick Valley.
Devon Cesario, Senior LB, Ligonier Valley – One of the top returning linebackers in District 6’s AA classification, Cesario chalked up 147 tackles (99 solo), an interception and two forced fumbles, averaging an impressive 13.4 tackles per game and finishing nine of the Mounties’ 11 games with double-digit tackle totals. Cesario posted a season-best 17 tackles against Saltsburg and a trio of 16-tackle performances against Laurel Valley, Penns Manor and Tyrone.
Dom Chero, Junior RB, United – One of the keys to the Lions’ rushing attack that averaged more than 240 yards per game in 2009, Chero busted loose for 1,014 yards and 11 touchdowns on 167 carries and caught seven passes for 128 yards and an additional touchdown as a receiver. Chero averaged 6.07 yards per carry and 18.29 yards per catch. He ran for 100+ yards six times and finished three games with at least two rushing touchdowns. Defensively, Chero added 56 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, averaging 5.6 tackles per game.
Elijah Marshall, Senior FB/OLB, Penns Manor – Primarily a defensive threat for the Comets as a junior, Marshall racked up 75 tackles, an interception, three deflected passes and a fumble recovery. He averaged 6.3 tackles per game, and finished consecutive playoffs games against United and Bishop McCort with double-digit tackle totals.
Ethan Cree, Senior TE, Glendale – A seldom-used target in the Viking aerial assault, Cree snagged seven passes for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging over 28.5 yards per catch. Cree had three catches for 105 yards against Everett. Defensively, Cree added 22 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery, which he returned 31 yards.
Eric Keefer, Senior LB, Central-Martinsburg – Keefer wreaked havoc defensively for the Dragons in 2009, amassing 60 tackles (40 solo), eight sacks, five deflected passes, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. Keefer averaged five tackles per game and finished one game (Philipsburg-Osceola) with 10 tackles and three games with two or more sacks. Keefer also ran for 274 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 5.83 yards per carry.
Erik Ondrejik, Senior DL, Forest Hills – Ondrejik is the top returning sack artist to the Rangers’ 2010 defensive unit. He racked up 55 tackles (27 solo), seven sacks and a safety in his junior season, averaging 3.9 tackles per game. Ondrejik had a season-high nine tackles against Westmont Hilltop and a pair of six-tackle performances against Central Cambria and Richland.
Eric Welteroth, Senior TE, Cambria Heights – If a tight end ends a season with more than 400 receiving yards in Pennsylvania, it’s kind of a rare deal, as most times, tight ends are used as blockers and seldom in the receiving department. Welteroth caught 35 passes for 552 yards and five touchdowns, averaging over 15.7 yards per catch and 55 yards per game. He twice went over 100 yards receiving – against Somerset and Bishop Carroll – and finished five games with 60+ receiving yards.
Garrett Lucas, Senior OL/DL, Westmont Hilltop – Lucas is a potential Division-1 prospect playing both on the offensive and defensive lines for the Hilltoppers. He’s played every position on the offensive line and registered 30 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery on defense. Schools like UCONN, Ohio, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Virginia and Toledo have shown interest in the Hilltoppers’ senior.
Gary Paronish, Junior RB/LB, Northern Cambria – Paronish is the younger brother of former Colt standout Andrew Paronish, who is now at Clarion University. In his sophomore season, Gary Paronish ran for 389 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 48 yards per game, tallied 57 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries on defense, and returned 12 combined kickoffs and punts for 201 yards.
Houston Riley, Junior RB, Huntingdon Area – Riley helped key the Bearcats’ rushing attack, finishing as the team’s second-leading rusher. He chalked up 479 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 68 carries, averaging 7.04 yards per carry and 53.2 yards per game. Riley ran for 129 yards against Indian Valley and 176 yards and a trio of touchdowns against Philipsburg-Osceola.
Jared Minori, Senior LB, Bellwood-Antis – The top returning sack artist from the Blue Devils’ 2009 defensive unit, Minori tallied 53 tackles (29 solo) and a team-leading 10 sacks. He averaged 4.4 tackles per game, and finished three games (Everett, Mount Union and Bishop McCort) with multiple sacks. As a receiver, Minori contributed 12 receptions for 209 yards and a trio of touchdowns, averaging more than 17.4 yards per catch.
Jared Templeton, Senior DL/K, Tyrone – Templeton was a force defensively and on special teams for the Golden Eagles last season, racking up six sacks from his spot on the defensive line. Tyrone didn’t submit tackle totals to Maxpreps among its season stat totals. Templeton also handled the placekicking chores, converting 31 extra points and four field goals, accounting for 43 of Tyrone’s 277 points scored, or 15.5 percent of the season total.
Jason Kostan, Senior RB, Portage Area – Kostan is the top returning rusher to the Mustangs’ Wing-T offense. He accumulated 500 rushing yards and scored eight touchdowns on just 47 carries, averaging over 10.6 yards per carry. Kostan did not surpass 100 yards rushing in any of Portage’s games, but he did finish five games with more than 65 rushing yards. Kostan also returned five combined kickoffs and punts for 156 yards, averaging 31 yards per return.
Jeff Meier, Senior FB, Forest Hills – A two-way threat for the Rangers, Meier was effective in a number of areas. He ran for 651 yards and one touchdown on 136 carries and caught 11 passes for 95 yards, averaging 4.79 yards per carry and 8.6 yards per reception. Defensively, Meier added 69 tackles (36 solo), two sacks, a forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. Meier averaged 4.9 tackles per game and finished with a season-high 12 stops against Central Cambria.
Jeremy Smith, Senior RB, Homer-Center – The top returning rusher to the Wildcats’ 2010 team, Smith ran for 520 yards and two touchdowns on 104 carries, averaging exactly five yards per carry and nearly 58 yards per game. He ran for 100+ yards in consecutive games to open the season against Satlsburg and Northern Cambria. Defensively, he added 28 tackles, averaging 3.8 tackles per game.
Jordan Bradley, Senior WR, Claysburg-Kimmel – Bradley finished the season with 13 receptions for 277 yards (all team bests) and three touchdowns, averaging over 21 yards per reception. He also averaged 9.25 yards per carry and 19 yards per kickoff returm. Defensively, Bradley also added 26 tackles and an interception.
Jordan Cinko, Senior LB, Richland – A two-way threat for the Rams, Cinko racked up 99 tackles, 4.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense, averaging 8.1 tackles per game and finishing five games with 10+ tackles. Offensively, Cinko ran for 352 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging over 7.3 yards per carry.
Jordan Fuller, Junior RB, Penn Cambria – The leading returning rusher to the Panthers after the graduations of Zak Newton and Adam Zaliznock, Fuller ran for 408 yards and one touchdown on 74 carries as a sophomore. Fuller averaged 5.51 yards per carry and 37 yards per game, finishing with a season-best 111 yards against Richland.
Josh Chumrik, Senior LB, Bishop Carroll – A potential Division-1 prospect at linebacker, Chumrik has received interest from schools like Akron, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia. Chumrik was part of a Huskies’ defensive unit in 2009 that allowed more than 23 points per game. As a sophomore two seasons ago, Chumrik amassed more than 100 tackles.
Josh Duplin, Junior OL/DL, Westmont Hilltop – A 6’1, 290-pound behemoth clogging holes in the opponents’ offensive lines, Duplin chalked up 54 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 5.4 tackles per game and finished with a 10-tackle game against Greater Johnstown.
John Rizzo, Junior RB, Richland – A future Division-1 prospect in the 2012 class, Rizzo has already generated interest from schools like Georgia Tach, Iowa, Pitt, Penn State, Stanford and Syracuse. Richland, known for its spread-out, pass-happy offense, averaged over 152 rushing yards per game last season, and Rizzo helped key the effort by running for 634 yards and 15 touchdowns on 123 carries. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and 52.5 rushing yards per game. Defensively, the 6’1, 235-pound Rizzo added 39 tackles and two sacks.
John Klinar, Senior LB, Richland – Klinar finished his junior season with 86 tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged 8.6 tackles per game and finished with a season-best 18 tackles against Penn Cambria and 13 tackles against Somerset.
Johnny Jones, Senior QB/OLB, Ligonier Valley – Jones did a little bit of everything for the Mounties last season, accumulating 792 total yards of offense (416 passing, 376 rushing) and accounting for 15 total touchdowns (7 passing, 8 rushing). He completed 24-of-68 passes and averaged more than 7.3 yards per carry. He threw for more than 100 yards once and ran for more than 100 yards once. Defensively, he added 16 tackles and two deflected passes. On special teams, he converted 28 extra points and booted 11 touchbacks on kickoffs.
Justin Taylor, Senior QB, Bald Eagle Area – The field general at the controls of the Bald Eagles’ offense, Taylor completed 78-of-168 passes for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns against five interceptions. He averaged over 114 passing yards per game and threw for 100+ yards in a game four times. Taylor also added a team-leading four rushing touchdowns on 68 keepers.
Kai House, Junior LB, Mount Union Area – House made significant impacts on both sides of the ball for the Trojans last season, amassing 90 tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery and two blocked punts defensively and running for 334 yards and five touchdowns offensively. House averaged 4.58 yards per carry, 24.6 yards per reception and nine tackles per game. He finished two games with 12 tackles and three other games with 11 stops.
Kody Oliver, Senior RB, United – Oliver was the workhorse type of back in the Lions’ ground attack last season, churning out a team-best 1,366 yards and 15 touchdowns on 253 carries, averaging 5.4 yards per carry and over 124 rushing yards per game. He surpassed 100 rushing yards in a game eight times and the 150-yard mark four times. Oliver also caught six passes for 96 yards and two additional touchdowns. Defensively, Oliver added 62 tackles, a sack, an interception, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Kurtis Walker, Senior DE, Philipsburg-Osceola – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class, Walker has generated interest from schools like Boston College, Cincinnati, Kansas and Maryland, as well as Division 1-AA schools Delaware and Robert Morris. Two years ago, Walker posted 26 tackles (5 TFL) and one sack. Philipsburg-Osceola did not post defensive stats for its 2009 season, but offensively, Walker caught three passes for 39 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a junior.
Kyle Womer, Senior WR/DB/P, Bald Eagle Area – Primarily used as a receiver and on special teams, Womer made his presence known in his junior season, averaging 35.58 yards per punt on 38 attempts, with a long of 58 and four punts downed inside the 20. He finished six games averaging more than 36 yards per punt. As a receiver, he caught nine passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns, averaging more than 27.6 yards per reception. Womer finished three games (St. Marys, Clearfield and Bellefonte) with more than 70 receiving yards.
Lucas Blattenberger, Senior FB/LB, Central-Martinsburg – Blattenberger will be one of the top returning athletes to the Dragons’ offense and will have to fill a part of the void left by Lucas Runk’s injury. As a junior, Blattenberger ran for 428 yards and six touchdowns on 86 carries and caught 13 passes for 121 yards and one additional touchdown. Blattenberger averaged 4.98 yards per carry and 9.31 yards per reception.
Lucas Hearn, Junior DG, Williamsburg – Hearn had a successful sophomore season for the Blue Pirates, amassing 83 tackles (42 solo). He averaged 8.3 tackles per game.
Lucas Runk, Senior QB/LB, Central-Martinsburg – Runk is due to miss a portion of the 2010 season after breaking his ankle in a baseball game, but Runk did post very solid stats in his junior season. Runk threw for 1,290 yards and 10 touchdowns, ran for 947 yards and 13 additional touchdowns, caught two passes for 40 yards, registered 36 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense, averaged 40.5 yards per punt on 33 attempts (10 punts downed inside the 20) and returned 13 combined kickoffs and punts for 333 yards. Needless to say, Runk will be sorely missed by the Dragons.
Luke Gindlesperger, Senior TE, Westmont Hilltop – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class, Gindlesperger has generated interest from Pitt and Penn State. He finished as the Hilltoppers’ leading receiver, hauling in 19 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown, averaging 19.8 yards per catch. Gindlesperger finished two games with six catches – Bishop Carroll and Forest Hills. Defensively, he registered 25 tackles, six sacks and a fumble recovery.
Luke Walsh, Senior G/DE, Penns Manor – Walsh finished second on the team in tackles in 2009, racking up 82 tackles and a forced fumble as a junior. He averaged 6.8 tackles per game and finished three games with 10+ tackles, including a season-high 13 stops against Saltsburg and a pair of 10-tackle games against Laurel Valley and Bishop McCort.
Luke Westover, Senior WR, Glendale – The featured target in the Glendale Viking passing game, Westover hauled in 30 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 14.2 yards per catch and 42 yards per game. Westover twice surpassed 90 receiving yards in a game – accumulating 94 yards against West Branch and 98 yards against Tussey Mountain. Defensively, Westover added 27 tackles and two interceptions.
Mason Varner, Junior RB/DB, Juniata Valley – Varner led the Green Hornets in interceptions in his sophomore season, with five. He also contributed 24 tackles, 41 rushing yards and two receptions for 40 yards. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry and 20 yards per reception.
Michael Stefanick, Senior FB, Blacklick Valley – Stefanick was a human wrecking ball from his spot at linebacker in the Blacklick Valley defense in 2009. He piled up 126 tackles (79 solo) and a team-leading seven sacks. Stefanick averaged 11.5 tackles per game, and tied a season high of 16 tackles against Bellwood-Antis and Berlin-Brothersvalley. Stefanick also had a 14-tackle game against North Star.
Mitchel Fultz, Senior RB, Indian Valley – The top returning rusher for the Warriors, Fultz ran for 1,007 yards and seven touchdowns on 133 carries, averaging 7.59 yards per carry and more than 100 yards per game. Fultz surpassed the 100-yard mark in a game four times, including season-high 276 yards and two touchdowns against Bellefonte. Fultz also caught 14 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, returned one punt 86 yards for a touchdown, and returned nine kickoffs for 223 yards, including an 85-yarder against Central Mountain for a touchdown.
Mitchell Brown, Senior WR/DB, Central Cambria – Brown only played in eight games for the Red Devils, and he put up some impressive numbers, tallying 74 tackles (41 solo), 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, four deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He averaged 9.3 tackles per game, posting an impressive 14 tackles against Westmont Hilltop, 13 tackles against Richland and 12 stops against Penn Cambria.
Nakota Reed, Junior RB, Southern Huntingdon County – An all-around type of athlete for the Rockets, Reed accumulated 679 all-purpose yards for Southern Huntingdon as a sophomore (80 passing (1 TD), 383 rushing, 40 receiving, 176 returns) and scored seven total touchdowns (all rushing). He averaged 4.79 yards per carry, 5.71 yards per catch and 16.7 yards per kickoff return.
Nathan Eisenhuth, Junior OL/DL, Bald Eagle Area – A 6’3, 240-pound athlete, Eisenhuth registered 45 tackles (34 solo), four sacks and a forced fumble on defense. He averaged five tackles per game and finished two games with 10 tackles – Clearfield and Central-Martinsburg. Eisenhuth also had a pair of sacks in the Clearfield game.
Nick Dudukovich, Senior RB, Forest Hills – The featured tailback in the Rangers’ multiple-I offense, Dudukovich ran for an impressive 1,824 yards on 226 carries and caught 18 passes for 332 yards, scoring 29 total touchdowns (24 rushing, 5 receiving). Dudukovich averaged 140 rushing yards per game, 8.07 yards per carry and 18.44 yards per reception. He finished nine games with multiple rushing touchdowns and 10 games with more than 100 rushing yards. Defensively, Dudukovich added 38 tackles, five sacks and a fumble recovery.
Nick Gildea, Senior WR/FS, Juniata Valley – Utilized both offensively and defensively, Gildea did the bulk of his damage defensively, finishing with 68 tackles and four interceptions, both of which were good enough for second-best on the team. Gildea posted a season-high 10 tackles against Glendale, and also had games of nine tackles against Moshannon Valley and a pair of eight tackle performances against West Branch and Mount Union.
Nick Patton, Junior WR, Tyrone – The vertical threat in the Golden Eagles’ passing attack, Patton finished with 19 receptions for 527 yards and five touchdowns in his sophomore season, averaging over 27.7 yards per catch and 52 yards per game. He had a game to remember against Huntingdon Area – three catches for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns – in a narrow 14-6 victory.
Nick Wissinger, Senior LB, Central Cambria – One of the top returning tacklers in all of District 6, Wissinger tallied 123 tackles (54 solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his junior season. He averaged 11.2 tackles per game, finishing seven games with 11+ tackles. Wissinger opened the season with 17 tackles against Richland and later added 16 tackles against District 6 AA champion Forest Hills and 14 tackles against PIAA A finalist Bishop McCort.
Russell Markosky, Junior RB/WR, Ligonier Valley – Markosky finished his sophomore season with a trio of 160+ yard performances, and it helped him end the year with 836 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 97 carries, averaging over 8.6 yards per carry and 76 yards per game. He also caught four passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns (41.75 avg), returned 19 combined kickoffs and punts for 357 yards and tallied 60 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries on defense.
Ryan Burnheimer, Junior RB/LB, Westmont Hilltop – A two-way threat for Westmont, Burnheimer amassed 70 tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, averaging seven tackles per game with two 11+ tackle performances. Offensively, he ran for 350 yards and seven touchdowns and added three receptions for 39 yards and another touchdown. Burnheimer averaged 3.93 yards per carry and 13 yards per reception.
Sean Houck, Senior LB, Huntingdon Area – Houck was a human wrecking ball defensively for the Bearcats, racking up 121 tackles (49 solo), two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal. He averaged 12.1 tackles per game and finished with an impressive 21 tackles against Tyrone, 14 tackles each against Penns Valley and Saint Marys and 13 tackles against Indian Valley.
Shane Morris, Senior DL, Central Cambria – An absolute force on the defensive line for Central Cambria last season, Morris totaled 103 tackles (51 solo), a half a sack and an impressive five forced fumbles. He averaged 9.4 tackles per game and finished six games with 10+ tackles. Most notably, Morris posted 13 tackles against Forest Hills, 12 tackles and two forced fumbles against Bishop McCort and 10 tackles and two forced fumbles against Somerset.
Shaquille Howard, Senior LB, United – A potential Division-1 prospect in the 2011 class, Howard has received interest from Pitt and Texas Tech. In his junior season, Howard posted 108 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, averaging 9.8 tackles per game and finishing six games with 10+ tackles, including a season-best 15 tackles in a playoff loss to Penns Manor. Howard also registered 41 carries for 220 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Stefan Moreau, Junior DL, United – A force on the defensive line for the Lions, Moreau registered 39 tackles, five sacks and a fumble recovery. His sack total was good enough for second on the team in 2009. Moreau averaged 3.5 tackles per game and had his best game of the season against Marion Center – 10 tackles and a pair of sacks.
Steve Franco, Junior QB, Tyrone – One of the top returning passers in District 6, Franco completed 93-of-169 passes for 1,513 yards and 15 touchdowns, completing 55 percent of his passes and averaging over 116 yards per game. He threw for 100+ yards seven times, and in games against Huntingdon and Saint Marys, his combined six touchdown passes helped account for all of Tyrone’s offense. He added two rushing touchdowns on 50 keepers and contributed three interceptions and a fumble recovery on defense.
Steve Popchak, Senior RB/DB, Westmont Hilltop – A valuable multi-purpose athlete for the Hilltoppers, Popchak made contributions in all three phases of the game. He ran for 494 yards and five touchdowns on 110 carries, caught 13 passes for 232 yards and three additional touchdowns, tallied 96 tackles (69 solo), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense, and returned 11 combined kickoffs and punts for 175 yards. Popchak averaged 4.4 yards per carry, 17.8 yards per reception, 9.6 tackles and 19.3 yards per kickoff return.
Tim Hornick, Senior C, Bishop McCort – The only returning starter on the McCort offensive line, Hornick helped pave the way for a Crusher offense that averaged over 270 rushing yards and 317 yards of total offense per game. The 2009 edition of the Crimson Crushers set records for wins in a season (14) and points scored (585), and finished as PIAA runner-up in Class A.
Travis Trimble, Senior ATH, Penns Manor – Trimble was all over the place for the Comets last season, whether it was offensively, defensively, or on special teams. He totaled 668 all-purpose yards of offense (535 rushing, 97 receiving, 36 passing) and scored nine total touchdowns, averaging 7.4 yards per carry and 16.1 yards per reception. Defensively, he contributed 51 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked punt. On special teams, he returned six combined kickoffs and punts for 123 yards.
Trent Forshey, Senior LB, Central-Martinsburg – Forshey is one of the top returning defensive athlete on the Dragons’ 2010 team, amassing 117 tackles (81 solo), two sacks, a forced fumble, three blocked punts and two blocked field goals. Forshey averaged 9.8 tackles per game and finished seven games with 10+ tackles. Forshey posted 15 tackles against Clearfield and 14 tackles against Huntingdon.
Trent Lee, Senior QB/DB, Williamsburg – Lee is one of the top statistical leaders returning to operate the Blue Pirates’ offense after totaling 665 yards of total offense in his junior season (553 passing, 112 rushing). Lee completed 30-of-107 passes for three touchdowns and scored two touchdowns on 48 keepers. Defensively, he added 64 tackles (42 solo).
Tyler Beech, Senior FB/LB, Bellwood-Antis – Beech was a wrecker on both sides of the ball for the Blue Devils, running for 504 yards and eight touchdowns on 60 carries and snagging four passes for 57 yards. He averaged 8.4 yards per carry and 14.25 yards per reception. Defensively, he contributed a team-best 132 tackles (82 solo), four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Beech averaged 11 tackles per game, and posted a season-best 18 stops against Bishop McCort and 17 tackles against Blacklick Valley. In three District 6 playoff games, Beech tallied 47 tackles and a sack.
Tyler Jenny, Senior QB, Glendale – Jenny served as a dual-threat field general in leading the Vikings to a 6-4 record and a berth in the District 6 Class A playoffs. Jenny totaled 1,435 yards of offense (974 passing, 465 rushing) and had a hand in 20 total touchdowns. He completed 70-of-149 passes and averaged 3.75 yards per carry. He threw for 100+ yards in a game three times and ran for 100+ yards once. Defensively, he added 11 tackles and three interceptions.
Victor Manda, Senior QB, Blacklick Valley – A two-way threat for the Vikings, Manda operated the reins of the Blacklick Valley offense as its field general, amassing 778 yards of total offense (618 passing, 160 rushing) and totaling nine touchdowns (4 passing, 5 rushing). Manda completed 35 of 72 passes and averaged 2.6 yards per carry. Defensively, he added 69 tackles (46 solo), a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Von Walker, Sophomore RB, Central Mountain – The second-leading rusher for the Wildcats last season, Walker chalked up 580 yards and five touchdowns on 77 carries, averaging 7.53 yards per carry and more than 52 yards per game. Walker twice ran for more than 100 yards in a game – accumulating 114 yards against Bald Eagle Area and 173 yards against Indian Valley.
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