District 10’s 2010 Top Returning Athletes
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
Aaron Bell, Senior DE, Erie Strong Vincent – Bell did most of his damage defensively for the Colonels, tallying 54 tackles (24 solo) and six sacks. He also averaged 35 yards per punt on six attempts and booted 36 kickoffs, with one touchback.
Aaron Horton, Senior RB, Mercyhurst Prep – Horton had quite the 11-game season last year for the Lakers, as he averaged over 133 rushing yards per game. He finished the 2009 season with 1,463 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 150 carries, averaging close to 9.8 yards per carry. Horton surpassed 100 yards rushing in eight of the Lakers’ 11 games last year.
Alec Gluvna, Senior DL, Corry Area – Gluvna figures to be one of Corry Area’s defensive stalwarts in 2010 after a successful junior season in which he registered 91 tackles, nine sacks and a forced fumble. Gluvna had five games of 10+ tackles and three games with multiple sacks as a junior.
Andrew Thompson, Senior WR, Linesville – Thompson is the top returning receiver to the Lions’ fold this year after a 25-catch, 416-yard, 6-touchdown performance as a junior. He did not surpass 100 yards receiving in any game. Defensively, Thompson added 71 tackles (25 solo), two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Ben Koyack, Senior TE, Oil City – Koyack is easily the top tight end prospect in Pennsylvania’s 2011 recruiting class, and one of the best tight end prospects in the nation. A Notre Dame commit, Koyack amassed close to 20 Division-1 scholarship offers before choosing the Irish. He caught 43 passes for 748 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.
Brad Hesch, Senior RB/LB, Mercyhurst Prep – Hesch, like Horton, wound up averaging over nine yards per carry during his junior season, but he saw far fewer carries than the Lakers’ feature back. Hesch totaled 437 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 48 carries last year, averaging 9.1 yards per carry. He also contributed 35 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
Chris Kurzik, Senior FB, Mercyhurst Prep – Kurzik finished as the fourth-leading rusher for Mercyhurst Prep last season, totaling 392 yards and six touchdowns on 68 carries, averaging close to 5.8 yards per rush. Defensively, Kurzik contributed 24 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Corey Dunton, Senior RB, Cambridge Springs – Dunton finished as the Devils’ leading rusher last year, tallying a team-best 792 yards and 12 touchdowns on 124 carries. Dunton averaged nearly 6.4 yards per carry last season.
Cory Owens, Senior WR, Corry Area – Owens did a little bit of everything for the Beavers last season, totaling more than 700 all-purpose yards on offense (526 receiving) and seven total touchdowns while adding 60 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery on defense and a combined 293 return yards on punts and kickoffs.
Dallas Williams, Senior WR, Oil City – A potential Division-1 prospect, Williams is coming off of a successful junior season in which he caught a team-best 49 passes for 734 yards and six touchdowns. Williams averaged nearly 15 yards per reception and over 73 yards per game, capping his 2009 season with a 15-catch, 150-yard, two-touchdown performance against North East in the District 10 playoffs.
David Olszweski, Senior K, General McLane – Olszweski handled the placekicking and kickoff duties for the Lancers last season – he converted 52 extra points and two field goals, scoring 58 total points for an average of 4.3 points per game. He also booted 63 kickoffs, averaging 42 yards per kick, with a trio of touchbacks.
Denny Diodati, Senior MLB, Linesville – Diodati will be one of the key leaders on the Lions’ defense in 2010 after he racked up 108 tackles (29 solo) and a sack as a junior – averaging nearly 10 tackles per game and finishing five games with 10+ tackles, including a season-best 19 stops against Lakeview.
Derek Schultz, Senior DL, General McLane – Schultz will be one of the leaders on the Lancers defensive line in 2010 after a productive junior season – 65 tackles, one sack, and one pass deflected. Schultz averaged 5.4 tackles per game and finished five games with seven or more tackles in 2009.
Dustin Taubert, Senior DL, Corry Area – Taubert finished his junior season with 69 tackles (68 solo) and six sacks. He had 11 tackles in a 41-18 loss to Erie Strong Vincent and had two games with multiple sacks.
Jake Conley, Senior LB, Conneaut Valley – Conley contributed a team-best 94 tackles (52 solo) and a fumble recovery last season. He’ll be one of the Indians’ defensive stalwarts and leaders in 2010.
Jake Geanous, Senior OL/DL, Erie Cathedral Prep – A potential Division-1 prospect, Geanous contributed both offensively and defensively for the Ramblers last season, chalking up 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He also helped pave the way for a Cathedral Prep offense that averaged 346 yards and 42.7 points per game last year.
Jake Novak, Senior LB, Lakeview – Novak contributed both offensively and defensively to the Sailors’ efforts in 2009, but his performance will likely be noted more for what he did defensively. He totaled 123 tackles, four sacks, an interception and a forced fumble, averaging over 12 tackles per contest. Offensively, he finished as the team’s fourth-leading rusher with 341 yards and four touchdowns on 72 carries.
Jake Plotner, Senior LB, Lakeview – Plotner did all of his damage defensively last year, amassing 71 tackles (7 solo) and six sacks. He finished with a 14-tackle performance against PIAA semifinalist Farrell and had two games with multiple sacks.
Jamar Whitman, Senior RB, Farrell – Whitman was one of several running backs to touch the ball during Farrell’s second consecutive run to the PIAA Class A semifinals. Entering the semifinal game with Clairton, Whitman had run for over 900 yards and was the leading rusher for the Steelers as a junior.
Jamarr Patterson, Senior RB, Grove City – Patterson had an all-around type of season for the Eagles, contributing both offensively and defensively. #34 led the Eagles in the rushing department, racking up 956 yards and nine touchdowns on 120 carries, an average of nearly eight yards per carry. Patterson also caught six passes for 68 yards and one additional score, and added 44 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery on defense.
James Paul, Senior WR, Erie East – Erie East spread the ball around in the passing department last season, and Paul still managed to put up respectable numbers despite limited touches. He caught 15 passes for 276 yards and had six touchdown receptions. Paul averaged 18.4 yards per catch as a junior.
Jason McFarland, Senior DT, Wilmington Area – McFarland will be one of the anchors on the Hounds’ Hammer defense after he totaled 78 tackles (21 solo), five sacks and a fumble recovery as a junior. McFarland averaged six tackles per contest and finished seven games with tackle totals that equaled or surpassed that average.
Jimmy Kearns, Junior RB, Linesville – Kearns had an all-around solid sophomore season for Linesville last year, amassing 762 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 119 carries. He finished as the second-leading rusher behind 1,000/1,000 QB Trevor Litwiler. Kearns added 65 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery on defense, averaged nearly 43 yards per punt attempt and also returned seven kickoffs for 116 yards.
Joe Hess, Junior DE, Mercer Area – Hess wreaked all kinds of havoc last season, especially against District 10 Class A runner up Sharpsville. Hess tallied 72 tackles, six sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery last season, and in two games against the 10-3 Blue Devils, Hess registered 18 tackles and four sacks.
Jordan Kerner, Senior DE, Fairview – Kerner, a surefire Division-1 prospect, has accumulated six offers and interest from other D-1 programs as well. He was a force on both sides of the ball for the Tigers last season, and will be looked to as one of the teams’ key defensive leaders in 2010.
JT Mannozzi, Senior LB, Mercer Area – Mannozzi finished his junior season with 72 tackles, five sacks, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He had two games with 10+ tackles and had multiple sacks in the Mustangs’ playoff victory against a potent Mercyhurst Prep team. Mannozzi also added 10 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Justin Miller, Senior LB, Corry Area – Miller will secure one of Corry’s linebacker spots this coming season – he did a doggone good job as a junior after totaling 96 tackles (95 solo), one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He finished five consecutive games with 10+ tackles in 2009, including a season-best 16 solo tackles in a 40-14 loss to Grove City.
Justin Wiley, Senior RB, Erie Cathedral Prep – Wiley might be the best returning running back in the entire District 10 region. He finished his junior season with an impressive 1,374 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns and caught another 18 passes for 405 yards and eight additional scores. He accounted for 210 of the Ramblers’ 598 points scored last season, and is a potential Division-1 prospect with a trio of scholarship offers.
Kevin Green, Senior RB, Erie Strong Vincent – Green figures to be a feature in the Colonels backfield and on special teams as a kick returner this year. Offensively, he contributed 680 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on just 69 carries, averaging nearly 9.7 yards per rush attempt. As a return specialist, Green handled eight kickoffs and totaled 380 yards, averaging nearly 48 yards per return.
Kyle Mariacher, Junior RB, Mercer Area – Mariacher ran like a man possessed last season for the Mustangs, accumulating 1,244 yards and 16 touchdowns on 167 carries, averaging over 7.4 yards per carry and 103 rushing yards per game. It was impossible to keep this Mustang out of the end zone, as Mariacher scored at least one touchdown in each of Mercer’s final nine games last year. Defensively, Mariacher added 65 tackles and deflected four passes.
Logan Lantz, Senior WR, Oil City – Being the number three target behind Ben Koyack and Dallas Williams, Lantz put up very respectable numbers. He snagged 32 passes for 496 yards and one touchdown. Lantz also added 36 tackles, a half a sack and an interception on defense. Lantz had three games with five or more receptions and seven games with more than 50 receiving yards.
Luke Trucillia, Senior RB/DB, Erie Cathedral Prep – Trucillia did the vast majority of his damage defensively for Cathedral Prep last year, totaling 84 tackles (32 solo), a sack, two interceptions, seven deflected passes and a fumble recovery. He averaged seven tackles per game, finishing six games at or above that average, including an impressive 19-tackle performance against Grove City in the District 10 AAA championship game.
Marcus Llewellyn, Senior RB, Sharpsville Area – In limited statistics submitted to Maxpreps, Llewellyn finished as the Blue Devils’ second-leading rusher, amassing 590 yards and seven touchdowns on 85 carries, averaging over 6.9 yards per carry and nearly 74 yards per game.
Mario Sanders, Senior LB, Erie Cathedral Prep – Sanders might be the best safety in all of District 10, regardless of the classification. A potential Division-1 prospect, Sanders accumulated 105 tackles and 9.5 sacks to go along with a pair of forced fumbles and fumble recoveries in his junior season. Sanders had a season-high 16 tackles against St. Francis (NY) and 13 tackles against Grove City in the District 10 AAA championship game.
Marlon Pegues, Senior RB, Hickory Area – Pegues finished the season as the Hornets’ leading rusher, tacking up 524 yards and five touchdowns on 62 carries, averaging over 8.4 yards per carry and 52 yards per game.
Mark Havers, Senior RB, Bradford – Havers was the “2” in Bradford’s 1-2 punch in the backfield last year, but he really became a non-factor in the Owls’ ground attack after the first five weeks of the season. Havers finished with 449 rushing yards and seven touchdowns and also contributed 48 tackles, two sacks and an interception on defense.
Mark Kulinski, Senior QB, Oil City – Kulinski has a chance to be the third District 10 field general in the last two years to surpass 4,000 career passing yards. Kulinski is coming off of an 1,873-yard, 12-touchdown junior season in which he completed 54 percent of his pass attempts and threw for 200+ yards in a game four times. #17 enters the 2010 season having thrown for 2,789 yards – just 1,211 yards shy of the 4,000-yard plateau.
Michael Latshaw, Senior DL, Lakeview – Latshaw primarily played defense last season for Lakeview, finishing with 58 tackles, five sacks and a fumble recovery. He finished four games with eight tackles each and posted a two-sack game against West Middlesex.
Mike Brown, Senior LB, Lakeview – Brown did the bulk of his damage defensively last season, contributing 51 tackles and seven sacks to the Sailors’ efforts. Brown finished five of his final seven games with six or more tackles and had two games with multiple quarterback sacks.
Nathaniel Titus, Junior RB, Sharpsville Area – In limited statistics submitted to Maxpreps.con, Titus finished as the Blue Devils’ leading rusher in 2009 – toting the rock 78 times for 748 yards and 12 touchdowns – averaging nearly 9.6 yards per rush attempt and 93 yards per game. Sharpsville finished 10-3, losing to Farrell in the District 10 championship game.
Nick Stoyer, Senior DT, Greenville Area – Stoyer figures to be one of the key defensive leaders for the Trojans in 2010. As a junior, Stoyer amassed 82 tackles (32 solo), six sacks and a fumble recovery. He averaged 8.2 tackles per contest and had five games of 10+ tackles and one game with multiple sacks.
Noah Ackerman, Senior K, Erie Cathedral Prep – Ackerman was a reliable placekicker for the Ramblers and he also handled the kickoff chores for the orange and white, too. Ackerman converted 70-of-79 extra points and 8-of-10 field goals, scoring 94 points. He averaged 48 yards per punt and booted 13 of his 76 kickoffs for touchbacks. Ackerman is a potential Division-1 prospect.
Nolan Varee, Junior WR, Conneaut Valley – Varee was used in a variety of ways last season. He threw for 78 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 33 more, caught 18 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver (all team bests) and chipped in with 23 tackles, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense. Varee also returned nine kickoffs for an average of nearly 10 yards per return.
Parrish Brown, Junior RB, Iroquois – Brown finished 2009 as the leading rusher for the Braves, tallying 603 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 105 carries. He averaged over five yards per carry and 67 rushing yards per game. Defensively, Brown added 59 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Pat Pascarella, Senior RB, Bradford – Pascarella really had a breakout junior year, doing most of his damage running the football and returning kickoffs, but he also made contributions defensively, catching passes in the Owls’ seldom-used passing game and on punt returns, too. When the dust settled, Pascarella had amaseed 1,840 all-purpose yards and scored 15 total touchdowns (12 rushing). He ran for 1,068 yards and registered 769 yards on kickoff returns (26.5 yd. avg.). Defensively, the senior-to-be contributed 78 tackles, a sack and a pair of interceptions.
Pete Hamilton, Senior LB, Erie East – Hamilton will be one of the Warriors’ defensive anchors after posting solid numbers as a junior. Hamilton tallied 106 tackles (63 solo) and a fumble recovery – averaging nearly 12 tackles per contest. Hamilton finished with a season-high 16 tackles against Grove City and had 14 tackles each against Strong Vincent and Corry to end the season. He also averaged nearly 11.9 yards per carry on seven rushing attempts and scored two touchdowns.
Rob Trudo, Senior DL, Farrell – Trudo, a mammoth 280-pound athlete right in the middle of the Steeler offensive and defensive lines, owns a quartet of Division-1 offers and has generated interest from numerous other Division-1 programs. Trudo was part of a Farrell defense that did not allow any of its 15 opponents in 2009 to score more than 14 points. Twelve of those 15 opponents scored seven points or fewer, and five were shut out.
Ryan Greenawalt, Senior LB, Erie Strong Vincent – Greenawalt tallied 84 tackles (41 solo) and six sacks. He averaged 7.6 tackles per contest, and finished his junior season on a strong note with a 14-tackle performance in a 19-13 loss to Grove City.
Ryan Myers, Senior RB, Union City Area – Union City Area proved it could run the ball with the best of them last season, averaging over 260 rushing yards per game. Myers finished as the second-leading rusher for the Bears, racking up 563 yards and five touchdowns on 105 carries. UCA capped its second straight 7-4 season in 2009, finishing a perfect 5-0 at home and posting a 6-2 record overall in league play.
Sam Heasley, Senior RB, Oil City – Heasley finished as the Oilers’ #2 rusher last season, amassing an even 500 yards on 75 carries with eight touchdowns. He did not surpass 100 yards rushing in a single game last season – but he did finish six games with a rushing total better than his season average of 45.5 yards per game. Heasley also caught four passes for 88 yards and had 39 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble on defense.
Spencer Cornelius, Senior DB, North East – Cornelius was a key contributor on both sides of the ball for the Grape Pickers, snaring eight passes for 158 yards and five touchdowns, averaging over 19 yards per catch, and tallying 84 tackles, two sacks and three fumble recoveries. Eighty of Cornelius’ tackles were solo, and he had three games of 10+ tackles in 2009.
Sutton Whiting, Senior ATH, Wilmington Area – Whiting might be the best all-purpose player returning to the “AA” classification in District 10 for the upcoming season. As a junior, Whiting amassed 1,840 all-purpose yards (1,214 rushing, 319 receiving, 307 return) and scored 24 total touchdowns. He averaged nearly 9.5 yards per carry and 15.2 yards per reception. He also contributed 49 tackles and led the Greyhounds in interceptions, with four.
Tim Schwenk, Senior RB, Mercyhurst Prep – Schwenk wound up finishing the 2009 season as the second-leading rusher in the Lakers’ Wing-T attack – amassing 726 yards and nine touchdowns on 81 carries, averaging over 8.9 yards per carry and 66 yards rushing per game. Defensively, Schwenk added 19 tackles and a pair of interceptions.
Tyler Dagres, Junior QB, Grove City – Running the Grove City Wing-T as a sophomore, Dagres amassed 812 yards of offense (503 passing, 309 rushing) and had a hand in five total touchdowns. He helped guide the Eagles to the District 10 AAA championship game and a runner-up finish to Erie Cathedral Prep.
Tyler Fleeger, Senior DB, Oil City – Fleeger registered 79 tackles and an interception last season, averaging 7.2 tackles per game. He finished six games with eight or more tackles, including two 10-tackle performances within the 2009 season’s first three games.
Tyler Johnson, Junior RB, North East – Johnson is coming off of a successful sophomore season in which he finished as the third-leading rusher in the Grape Pickers’ Wing-T offense. Johnson amassed 639 yards and three touchdowns on 90 carries (7.1 yds./carry) and averaged 53 rushing yards per game. North East, as a whole, ran for more than 2,800 yards last season, averaging over 230 rushing yards per game.
Wesley Phipps, Junior LB, Grove City – Phipps also made contributions both ways for the Eagles in 2009, finishing with 332 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 76 carries. Defensively, Phipps tallied 81 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
Zach Lucas, Senior LB, General McLane – Lucas figures to be one of the main defensive stalwarts for the Lancers from his linebacker position, where, as a junior, he tallied 102 tackles (16 solo), a sack, and a fumble recovery. He averaged 8.5 tackles per game for the 11-1 Lancers, finishing four games with 10+ tackle totals.
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