Thursday, January 28, 2010

CB East Hires Donnelly as New Football Coach

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


CB East is pinning its 2010 football hopes on John Donnelly, who has spent the last seven years as the head coach at Quakertown High School.

The Morning Call reports that Donnelly hopes to turn around a Patriot program that finished 3-7 last year after head coach Tim Michael resigned three games into the 2009 season.

This is Donnelly's third head coaching job. His first stop was at Southern Lehigh. He owns a 55-60 career record as a head coach.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Pius X Football Coach Resigns

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

The Express-Times is reporting that Pius X head coach Rob Goffredo is stepping down after eight years at the Roseto school.

Goffredo compiled a 51-30 overall record with the Royals.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

McKeesport Football Coach Resigns

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Three wins shy of 200 victories, George Smith has resigned as the head football coach at McKeesport.

Smith coached the Tigers for 28 years, winning two WPIAL and state championships. His final mark at McKeesport is 197-107-5.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saunders Hopes to Turn Around Football Hopes at Chambersburg

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


With only 27 wins since 1998, new Chambersburg head football coach Mark Saunders has a big job in front of him.

Saunders was unanimously approved as head coach of the Mid-Penn Conference school. The Patriot-News reports that Saunders feels he's got some good momentum after a 5-6 season in 2009.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Conestoga Senior Named Maxwell Football Club's Jim Henry Award Winner

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


Brad Herzlich of Conestoga High School is the Maxwell Football Club's 2009 Jim Henry Award winner.

The award is given annual to the Philadelphia area's top player. Herzlich, who will attend Brown University, was chosen from 50 finalists.

Herzlich is the youngest brother Mark Herzlich, who is currently trying to return to the football team at Boston College after battling Ewing's sarcoma, which is a rare form of cancer.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New WPIAL Football Alignment Announced

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

The WPIAL announced its 2010-11 football alignments, which includes five new teams for next fall.

The five new WPIAL teams are: Erie McDowell, Altoona, Central Valley (merger of Monaca and Center), Hollidaysburg and Our Lady of Sacred Heart.

Below are the new conference alignments with the top four teams moving on to the post-season.

WPIAL Class AAAA

Northern Seven -- Butler, Erie McDowell, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler.

Foothills -- Connellsville, Gateway, Hempfield, Latrobe, McKeesport, Norwin, Penn-Trafford.

Big East -- Altoona, Central Catholic, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area, Penn Hills, Plum, Woodland Hills.

Great Southern -- Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair.

WPIAL Class AAA

Big Eight -- Belle Vernon, Chartiers Valley, Elizabeth Forward, McGuffey, South Park, Thomas Jefferson, Trinity, West Mifflin.

Keystone -- Albert Gallatin, Derry, Franklin Regional, Greensburg Salem, Hollidaysburg, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Uniontown.

Parkway -- Ambridge, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Hopewell, Montour, Moon, New Castle, West Allegheny.

Greater Allegheny -- Hampton, Highlands, Indiana, Kittanning, Knoch, Mars, Valley.

WPIAL Class AA

Century -- Burgettstown, Keystone Oaks, Quaker Valley, Seton-LaSalle, South Allegheny, South Fayette, Steel Valley, Washington.

Allegheny -- Apollo-Ridge, Burrell, Deer Lakes, Ford City, Freeport, Shady Side Academy, Summit Academy, West Shamokin.

Midwestern -- Aliquippa, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Ellwood City, Freedom, Laurel, Mohawk, New Brighton, Riverside.

Interstate -- Brownsville, Charleroi, East Allegheny, Greensburg Central Catholic, Jeannette, Mount Pleasant, Southmoreland, Waynesburg, Yough.

WPIAL Class A

Eastern -- Avonworth, Bishop Canevin, Leechburg, North Catholic, Northgate, OLSH, Riverview, Springdale, Wilkinsburg.

Black Hills -- Avella, Bentworth, Brentwood, Carlynton, Chartiers-Houston, Clairton, Fort Cherry, Serra.

Big Seven -- Cornell, Neshannock, Rochester, Shenango, South Side Beaver, Sto-Rox, Union, Western Beaver.

Tri-County South -- Beth-Center, California, Carmichaels, Frazier, Geibel, Jefferson-Morgan, Mapletown, Monessen, West Greene.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Former Penn Stater Named Head Football Coach at Central Dauphin East

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


His name was different when he was a All-Big Ten defensive back at Penn State, but for now, Central Dauphin East football fans hope that the guy, who changed his name from Brian Miller to Brian Bowman can change the school's football fortunes.

Bowman, who was an assistant last year, takes over the program from George Landis, who resigned after four years and a 4-32 record. The Patriot-News reports that Bowman was the school's top choice.

Palisades Names Former Wilson Defensive Coordinator New Head Football Coach

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


The engineer of Wilson's defense over the past three seasons is the new head football coach at Palisades.

Jim Brady was hired Wednesday to replace Brian Gilbert, who resigned after nine years of leading the Pirates. The Express-Times reports that Brady, who as defensive coordinator lead Wilson to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, says it will be interesting when his new team faces his old team in the fall.

Pennsylvania 2009 Class AAAA All-State High School Football Teams

Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Teams

Player of the Year: Sharrif Floyd, George Washington
Coach of the Year: Drew Gordon, La Salle College

1st Team Offense
Position/Player/School/Class/Height/Weight
QB-Drew Loughery, La Salle College, Sr, 6-1, 200
RB-Joe DeFebo, Wallenpaupack, Sr, 5-7, 185
RB-Darrius Webb, Bethlehem Freedom, Sr, 5-8, 170
RB-Andre Williams, Parkland, Sr, 5-11, 200
FB-Travis Friend, Cumberland Valley, Sr, 6-2, 230
TE-Tyler Beck, Wilson (West Lawn), Sr, 6-3, 230
WR-Dan Cason, East Stroudsburg South, Sr, 6-3, 180
WR-Jarrod West, Bethlehem Liberty, Sr, 6-6, 195
WR-Salath Williams, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg), Sr, 6-4, 185
OL-Dusty Galich, McDowell, Sr, 6-3, 260
OL-Mike Laskowski, State College, Sr, 6-2, 245
OL-Tom Ricketts, North Allegheny, Sr, 6-5, 260
OL-Steve Szostak, La Salle College, Sr, 6-3, 265
OL-Matt Williams, Cardinal O'Hara, Sr, 6-4, 275
K-Sean Fakete, Central Dauphin, Sr, 5-10, 155
All-Purpose- Corey Brown, Cardinal O'Hara, Sr, 6-1, 185
All-Purpose- Bryan Dean, Neshaminy, Sr, 5-7, 165
All-Purpose- Brendon Felder, Gateway, Sr, 6-0, 170

1st Team Defense
DE-Kyle Baublitz, Central York, Sr, 6-5, 258
DE-Richard Gray, Woodland Hills, Sr, 6-2, 240
DE-Aaron Donald, Penn Hills, Sr, 6-2, 270
DL-Sharrif Floyd, George Washington, Sr, 6-3, 310
DL-Khaynin Mosley-Smith, Woodland Hills, Sr, 6-1, 285
LB-Adam Lazenga, Bethel Park, Sr, 6-0, 230
LB-Mike Hull, Canon-McMillan, Sr, 6-1, 220
LB-Mike Huf, Cardinal O'Hara, Sr, 6-3, 235
LB-Mike Labor, Saint Joseph's Prep, Sr, 6-3, 215
LB-Ryan Saraceni, La Salle College, Sr, 5-11, 205
DB-Cullen Christian, Penn Hills, Sr, 6-1, 185
DB-Jon Duckett, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg), Sr, 6-1, 205
DB-Trevor Harman, Cumberland Valley, Sr, 6-1, 180
DB-Dom Mills, State College, Sr, 6-3, 235
P-Cody Webster, Central Dauphin East, Sr, 6-4, 180
All-Purpose- Orne Bay, Gateway, Sr, 5-9, 175
All-Purpose- Anthony Gonzalez, Bethlehem Liberty, Sr, 6-3, 193
All-Purpose- Alex Kenney, State College, Sr, 6-0, 185

Second-Team Offense

QB: Matt Johnson, Bishop McDevitt (Hbg), Jr., 6-2, 185. RB: Jamal Abdur-Rahman, La Salle College, Jr., 5-10, 175; Drew Harris, Downingtown East, Soph., 6-2, 195; Dom Timbers, Woodland Hills, Sr., 5-9, 185. FB: Darien Robinson, McKeesport, Sr., 6-0, 205. TE: Ralph Reeves, Lansdale North Penn, Sr., 6-3, 230. WR: Omar Black, Abraham Lincoln, Sr., 6-2, 200; Matt Bundy, Penncrest, Sr., 6-0, 165; Sam Feleccia, La Salle College, Sr., 6-3, 225. OL: Seth Betancourt, Saint Joseph's Prep, Sr., 6-6, 295; Giles Campbell, Bethlehem Liberty, Sr., 6-1, 260; Joe Laukaitis, Upper St. Clair, Sr., 6-2, 270; Miles Dieffenbach, Fox Chapel, Sr., 6-5, 285; J.D. Dzurko, Lansdale North Penn, Sr., 6-2, 270. K: Tom Weathers, Penncrest, Jr., 6-4, 170. All-purpose: Rob Kalkstein, Gateway, Sr., 5-10, 170; Colin Masterson, Ridley, Sr., 6-1, 170; Bret Gillespie, Downingtown West, Sr., 6-2, 195.

Second-Team Defense

DE: Steve Sinnott, La Salle College, Sr., 6-4, 230; Dante Holmes, Bethlehem Liberty, Soph., 6-3, 210. DL: Taj Alexander, Downingtown East, Sr., 6-6, 285; Taray Carey, Whitehall, Sr., 6-2, 200; Stefan Belle, Bishop McDevitt (Hbg), Sr., 6-1, 260. LB: Robert Basile, Quakertown, Sr., 6-1, 215; Patrick Murphy, Easton, Sr., 6-0, 215; Kasey Gallagher, McDowell, Sr., 6-2, 225; Carlos Brown, McKeesport, Sr., 6-2, 235; Gabe Stein, Souderton, Sr., 5-10, 200. DB: Corey Ford, Bishop McDevitt (Hbg), Sr., 5-11, 170; Jashaad Gaddy, Easton, Sr., 6-2, 200; Dayonne Nunley, Gateway, Sr., 5-8, 165; Marcus Simpson, Central Dauphin, Sr., 5-10, 165. P: Keith Stambaugh, Spring Grove, Jr., 5-8, 150. All-purpose: Jesse Della Valle, Shaler, Sr., 6-1, 175; Bre Ford, Bethel Park, Jr., 5-11, 190; Colby Way, State College, Sr., 6-3, 235.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Pennsylvania 2009 Class AAA All-State High School Football Teams

Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Teams

Player of the Year: Ben Dupree, Susquehanna Twp.
Coach of the Year: Dave Hess, Selinsgrove

1st Team Offense
Position/Player/School/Class/Height/Weight

QB-Tyler Smith, Wilson Area, Sr, 6-5, 195
RB-Ryan Brumfield, Owen J. Roberts, Jr, 5-10, 180
RB-Mike Caputo, West Allegheny, Jr, 6-1, 190
RB-Rushel Shell, Hopewell, So, 6-0, 210
FB-Joe Gruber, Manheim Central, Sr, 6-0, 210
TE-Cody Plesnar, Dallas, Sr,6-1, 210
WR-Jim Giasante, Thomas Jefferson, Sr, 6-2, 200
WR-Ryan Keiser, Selinsgrove, Sr, 6-2, 185
WR-Kowan Scott, Wilson Area, Jr, 6-4, 170
OL-Sal Conaboy, Abington Heights, Sr, 6-5, 255
OL-Brad McKeone, Pottsville, Jr,6-4, 305
OL-Sean Hickey, Franklin Regional, Sr, 6-6, 290
OL-Alex Davis, Strong Vincent, Sr, 6-3, 275
OL-Jon Trego, Selinsgrove, Sr, 6-0, 230
K-Taylor Groff, Manheim Central, Sr, 6-0, 165
All-Purpose- Ben Dupree, Susquehanna Twp., Sr, 5-9, 185
All-Purpose-Jon Monteiro, Daniel Boone, Sr, 6-2, 200
All-Purpose- Jerry Rahill, Archbishop Wood, Sr, 6-1, 185

1st Team Defense
DE-Roy Dennis, Berwick, Jr, 6-2, 220
DE-Dakota Royer, Manheim Central, Sr, 6-3, 220
DL-Spencer Myers, Selinsgrove, Sr, 6-3, 230
DL-Evan Craig, Abington Heights, Sr, 6-1, 285
DL-Mitchell Stead, Daniel Boone, Sr, 6-3, 225
LB- Jordan Paskorz, Hampton, Sr, 6-4, 230
LB-Arron Achey, Elco, Sr, 6-2, 210
LB-Sean Sadosky, St. Marys, Sr, 6-1, 210
LB-Preston Hamlette, Pottsgrove, Sr, 5-10, 210
LB-John Snyder, Abington Heights, Sr, 6-0, 200
DB-Terrell Chestnut, Pottsgrove, Jr, 5-11, 175
DB-Braedon Pennington, Punxsutawney, Sr, 5-11, 185
DB-Matt Hundenski, Hopewell, Sr, 5-10, 185
DB-Scott Adkins, Archbishop Wood, Sr, 5-8, 170
P- Matt Kirkpatrick, Upper Perkiomen, Sr, 6-1, 180
All-Purpose- Casey Ebersole, Manheim Central, Sr, 6-0, 165
All-Purpose-Shyquawn Pulliam, Cathedral Prep, Sr, 5-10, 175

Second-Team Office

QB: Brendan Nosovitch, Allentown Central Catholic, Soph., 6-2, 185. RB: Matt Craig, Springfield-Delco, Jr., 5-10, 180; Kevin Kelley, Conestoga Valley, Sr., 5-7, 150; Justin Wiley, Cathedral Prep, Jr., 5-11, 173. FB: Ethan Hornberger, Kennard-Dale, Sr., 6-2, 240. TE: Kyle Shuck, Selinsgrove, Sr., 6-1, 220. WR: Trey Campman, Clearfield, Sr., 6-2, 171; Dan Gay, West York, Sr., 6-2, 200; Ben Simmen, West Allegheny, Sr., 6-3, 175. OL: Zack McMenamin, Interboro, Jr., 5-10, 205; Arthur Doakes, Lebanon, Sr., 6-6, 360; Tim Johnson, West Allegheny, Sr., 6-0, 270; Rob LaPorte, Manheim Central, Jr., 6-4, 310; Matt Lippincott, Wilson Area, Sr., 6-3, 280. K: Chris Rodrigues, Wilson Area, Sr., 5-10, 150. All-purpose: Rondell White, Bayard Rustin, Sr., 5-10, 180; D.J. Robinson, Conrad Weiser, Jr., 5-7, 160; Cory Briggs, Selinsgrove, Sr., 6-3, 200.

Second-Team Defense

DE: Dave McFadden, Allentown Central Catholic, Sr., 6-6, 210; Dom Gianoni, Cathedral Prep, Sr., 6-3, 210. DL: Morgan Craig, Abington Heights, Jr., 6-4, 230; Alex Zupanovich, West Allegheny, Sr., 5-11, 255; Kayvon Greene, Pottsgrove, Jr., 6-2, 210. LB: Darion Bundy, West York, Sr., 6-1, 185; Robert Terrell, Susquehanna Twp., Jr., 6-0, 230; Luke Rhodes, Hollidaysburg, Jr., 6-2, 225; Ron Skinner, Uniontown, Jr., 5-10, 175; Seth Lauver, Selinsgrove, Jr., 6-2, 245. DB: Ray Mosby, Wilson Area, Sr., 5-7, 170; James Fruehan, Abington Heights, Jr., 5-9, 165; Dylan Anderson, Southern Lehigh, Sr., 6-1, 170; Ed Hasis, Thomas Jefferson, Sr., 6-1, 180. P: Cody Nuzzo, Bradford, Sr., 5-8, 175. All-purpose: Manasseh Garner, Brashear, Sr., 6-3, 210; Lonnie Richardson, Strath Haven, Sr., 5-11, 185.

Pennsylvania 2009 Class AA All-State High School Football Teams

Pennsylvania Sports Writers Association All-State Teams

Player of the Year: Kyle Smith, Lancaster Catholic
Coach of the Year: Bruce Harbach, Lancaster Catholic

1st Team Offense
Position/Player/School/Class/Height/Weight
QB-Kyle Smith, Lancaster Catholic, Sr, 6-4, 210
RB-Michael Perry, Dunmore, Sr, 5-10, 205,
RB-Cody Cook, Beaver Falls, Sr, 5-10, 170
RB-David Miller, Greensburg C. Catholic, Sr,5-10, 215
FB-Dusty Reed, Delone Catholic, Sr, 5-10, 185
TE-Bryce Pardoe, Hughesville, Sr, 6-2, 210
WR-Andrew Carswell, Sto-Rox, Sr, 6-5, 210
WR-Matt Koontz, Littlestown, Sr, 6-3, 205
WR-Jake Dunn, Panther Valley, Sr, 6-0, 185
OL- Jake Zuzek, West Catholic, Sr, 6-2, 295
OL-Sean Christofferson, Wilmington, Sr, 6-3, 245
OL-Aaron Lamphere, Towanda, Sr, 6-2, 220
OL-Steve McElhinny, South Fayette, Sr, 6-1, 230
OL-Brandon Bunting, Mount Pleasant, Sr, 6-2, 260
K-Drake Greer, Bishop Canevin, Sr, 6-4, 190
All-Purpose- Tyler Purvis,Lancaster Catholic, Sr, 6-3,190
All-Purpose- Trent Hurley, Greensburg C. Catholic, Sr, 6-4, 215
All-Purpose- Christian Brumbaugh, South Fayette, Jr, 6-3, 195

1st Team Defense
DE-Bryan Thomas, Washington, Sr, 6-4, 230
DE-Trevor Demko, Mount Carmel, Sr, 6-6, 225
DE-John Ruppert, West Catholic, Sr, 5-10, 295
DL-Jeff Goyette, Trinity (Camp Hill), Sr, 6-0, 200
DL-Pat Mahoney,Greensburg C. Catholic, Jr, 6-0, 210
DL-Stanley Pugh, Aliquippa, Sr, 6-2, 260
LB-Trevor Chesla, Towanda, Sr, 6-3, 218
LB-Derrick Burns, Wilmington, Sr, 5-11, 205
LB-Wyatt Benson, Haverford School, Sr, 6-4,220
LB-R.J. Malson, Greenville, Sr, 6-0, 200
DB-Tomas Cabrera, Hanover Area, Sr, 6-2, 180
DB-Morgan Holmes, Dunmore, Jr, 5-10, 170
DB-Louis Brown, Sharon, Sr,6-0, 180
DB-Drew Siegfried, Bishop McDevitt (Wyn.), Sr, 6-1,185
P-Andrew Cerett, Huntingdon, Sr, 6-5, 255
All-Purpose- Ryan Richards, Panther Valley, Sr, 5-11, 220
All-Purpose-Jacob Boy, Moniteau, Sr, 6-4, 200
All-Purpose-Admire Carter, Beaver Falls, Sr, 5-8, 185

Second-Team Offense

QB: Derek Buganza, Brockway, Jr., 5-9, 175. RB: Brandon Holloman, West Catholic, Jr., 5-10, 165; Marquis White, Benjamin Franklin, Sr., 5-10, 165; Cody Remaley, Northern Lehigh, Jr., 5-9, 175. FB: Ed Pavalko, North Schuylkill, Jr., 6-0, 219. TE: Shane Cafferty, Martinsburg Central, Sr., 6-3, 224. WR: Mike Vervoot, Brockway, Jr., 5-7, 170; Anthony Bumbulsky, Tamaqua, Sr., 6-5, 175; Graeme Zaparzynski, Blossburg North Penn, Sr., 6-1, 180. OL: Chris Elkins, Beaver Falls, Sr., 6-3, 240; Christian Fruendeberger, Northern Lehigh, Sr., 6-0, 220; Kevin Kulka, General McLane, Sr., 6-1, 210; Bernie Sarra, Greensburg Central Catholic, Jr., 6-1, 315; Chet Ritter, Hughesville, Sr., 6-2, 290. PK: Dakota Roof, Towanda, Sr., 5-11, 175. All-purpose: Paul Jones, Sto-Rox, Sr., 6-3, 225; Jordan Stewart, Lancaster Catholic, Jr., 6-1, 195; Stephen Stopper, Loyalsock, Sr., 6-0, 205.

Second-Team Defense

DE: Jake Wagner, Karns City, Sr., 6-0, 205; Wes Smith, Delone Catholic, Sr., 5-9, 175. DL: Shane Morris, Central Cambria, Jr., 6-3, 250; Ahmad Abuomar, Mount Carmel, Sr., 6-3, 235; Jared Templeton, Tyrone, Jr., 6-4, 270. LB: Jordan Kerner, Fairview, Jr., 6-6, 230; Matt Brinser, Middletown, Jr., 6-1, 215; Lukas Turley, Center, Jr., 6-2, 200; Eric Conjeski, Beaver Area, Sr., 6-2, 270; Dante Dickens, West Catholic, Sr., 6-0, 200. DB: Lucas Runk, Martinsburg Central, Jr., 5-10, 180; Zach Hogan, North Schuylkill, Sr., 5-8, 150; Cody Miller, Towanda, Jr., 6-1, 145; Alex Filarsky, Lakeland, Soph., 5-10, 147. P: Blake Berresford, Montoursville, Sr., 6-5, 275. All-purpose: Kody Flail, North Schuylkill, Jr., 5-10, 178; Michael Ehnot, Dunmore, Sr., 5-10, 165; Mike Kinney, Loyalsock, Soph., 6-2, 210.

Pennsylvania 2009 Class A All-State High School Football Teams

Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Teams

Player of the Year: Deontae Howard, Clairton
Coach of the Year: Tom Nola, Clairton

1st Team Offense
Position/Player/School/Class/Height/Weight
QB-Anthony Casciano, Pius X (Bangor), Sr, 5-11, 195
RB-Josh Seidel, Bishop McCort, Sr, 6-0, 200
RB-Wyatt Straub, Tri-Valley, Sr, 5-9, 170
RB-Deontae Howard, Clairton, Sr, 5-9, 170
FB-Jake Morton, Southern Columbia, Jr, 6-2,170
TE-Terry Gettings, Rochester, Sr, 6-2, 200
WR-Jeff Davis, Steelton-Highspire, Sr, 6-8, 210
WR-Kevin Weatherspoon, Clairton Sr, 6-0, 185
WR-Brett Zuck, Keystone, Sr, 6-3, 185
OL-Fred Ruff, Delaware Valley Charter, Sr, 6-5, 295
OL-Kyle Holland, Old Forge, Sr, 6-3, 255
OL-Zac Donaldson, Brentwood, Sr, 6-1, 250
OL-Zack Doyle, Bellwood-Antis, Sr, 6-2, 230
OL-Logan Woznicki, Mercyhurst Prep, Sr, 6-1, 250
K-Dane Domonkos, Bishop Canevin, Sr, 5-7, 155
All Purpose-Desimon Green, Clairton, Sr, 6-5, 220
All Purpose-Trey Johnson, Rochester, Sr, 5-9, 170
All Purpose- Dan Odem, Farrell, Sr, 6-1, 170

1st Team Defense
DE-Anthony Pioli, Bishop McCort, Sr, 5-11, 220
DE-T.J. Armstrong, Clarion, Fr, 6-2, 185
DL-Shane Rugg, Bishop McCort, Sr, 6-3, 240
DL-Josh Rogers, St. Pius X (Pottstown), Sr, 6-2 225
DL-Robert Trudo, Farrell, Jr, 6-5, 265
LB-Eddie Ball, Clairton, Sr, 5-9, 205
LB-Brandon Small, Clairton, Sr, 5-11, 195
LB-Jake Szoszorek, Iroquois, Sr, 5-8, 205
LB-Greg Ermold, Holy Name, Sr, 5-9, 225
LB-Ron Jackson, Farrell, Sr, 5-9, 195
DB-Nick DeGol, Bellwood-Antis, Sr, 5-11, 165
DB-Preston Jefferson, Farrell, Sr, 6-4, 175
DB-Cory Bauer, Brentwood, Jr, 6-1, 180
DB-Zach Petrunak, Portage, Sr, 5-11, 155
P-Dave Bojalad, Elk County Catholic, Jr, 6-2, 215
All-Purpose- Tyler Klinger, Line Mountain, Sr, 5-10, 160
All-Purpose- Ben Lohr, Meyersdale, Sr, 6-0, 180
All-Purpose- Nick Bolias, Monessen, Jr, 6-0, 185

Second-Team Offense

QB: Matt McGinley, Tri-Valley, Sr., 6-5, 190. RB: Seth Zaman, Conemaugh Twp., Sr., 5-10, 170; Mike Sinosky, Portage, Sr., 5-10, 210; Jed Greslick, Curwensville, Sr., 5-8, 165. FB: Tyler Grosser, Upper Dauphin, Sr., 6-0, 185. TE: Justin Dunlap, Sharpsville, Sr., 6-0, 230. WR: Ryan Gaunt, Ferndale, Sr., 5-10, 180; Gary Laucks, York Catholic, Jr., 6-3, 180; Matt Hepler, Tri-Valley, Sr., 6-2, 190. OL: Brad Witcoskie, Southern Columbia, Sr., 5-11, 260; Marcus Foster, Reading Central Catholic, Sr., 6-2, 230; Eric Roberts, Rochester, Sr., 6-0, 225; Seth Landgraf, Millersburg, Sr., 6-0, 220; Luke Lantzy, United, Sr., 5-10, 240. K: Matt Gaston, Southern Huntingdon, Sr., 5-10, 175. All-purpose: Dan Reed, Keystone, Sr., 6-0, 180; Joe Colangelo, Monaca, Sr., 6-0, 180; Martin Long, Pittsburgh North Catholic, Jr., 6-2, 195.

Second-Team Defense

DE: Eric Minemyer, Bishop Carroll, Sr., 6-5, 240; Steve Belskey, Bishop McCort, Sr., 6-1, 205. DL: Ben Ancheff, Williams Valley, Sr., 6-0, 320; Tyler Lewis, Lakeview, Sr., 6-1, 205; Jared Burger, Union City, Sr., 6-0, 200. LB: Cody Cooper, Upper Dauphin, Sr., 6-1, 185; Bubba Rue, Clarion, Sr., 6-1, 215; Chaz Merriman, Bishop McCort, Sr., 6-0, 210; Joey Rys, Reading Central Catholic, Jr., 5-11, 180; Chris Moore, Line Mountain, Sr., 6-0, 225. DB: Cole Parkinson, St. Pius X (Pottstown), Sr., 6-3, 175; Chad Piccirilli, Sharpsville, Sr., 6-0, 155; Zach Artz, Tri-Valley, Sr., 5-9, 165; Zach Waddell, United, Sr., 6-0, 185. P: Cody Crosby, Eisenhower, Sr., 6-4, 200. All-purpose: Nick Gmerek, Moshannon Valley, Sr., 5-9, 165; Jimmy Zubek, Avonworth, Sr., 5-9, 175; Fred Caruso, Holy Name, Jr., 5-9, 180.

Butler Still Searching for New Head Football Coach

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


Butler Area High School will close the application process for a new head football coach next Friday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that officials are looking an experienced head coach to take over the AAAA program. The search began in the middle of December after the school district voted not to retain Jeff McAnallen after an 0-9 season.

New School: Central Valley Moves Toward Naming First Head Football Coach

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that former Monaca head football coach Mark Lyons is the top candidate to become the first head football coach at newly formed Central Valley High School in western Pennsylvania.

Central Valley, which will play in AAA this fall, is a blend of athletes from the former Center Area and Monaca high schools.

Lyons led Monaca to the WPIAL championship in 1998, '99 and 2000.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Pennsylvania Roster Announced for Big 33 Game

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


Big 33 officials have announced the Pennsylvania roster for the 53rd edition of the all-star game in Hershey on June 19th.

Bishop McDevitt, State College and Woodland Hills lead the way with three selections apiece. Dick Beck of North Penn will coach the PA stars who lead the current series with Ohio 9-8.

Pennsylvania Big 33 Roster

Taj Alexander, Downingtown East
Evan Battillio, Norristown
Tyler Beck, Wilson West Lawn
Sam Bergen, LB, East Stroudsburg South
Seth Betancourt, St. Joseph's Pep
Drew Carswell, WR, Sto-Rox
Cullen Christian, DB, Penn Hills
Sal Conaboy, Abington Heights
Aaron Donald, DL, Penn Hills
Jack Deboef, State College
Jonathan Duckett, Bishop McDevitt
JD Dzurko, North Penn
Brendon Felder, WR, Gateway
Travis Friend, Cumberland Valley
Corey Ford, Bishop McDevitt
Manasseh Garner, WR-DB, Brashear
Anthony Gonzalez, QB, Liberty
Richard Gray, DE, Woodland Hills
Drake Greer, K, Bishop Canevin
Mike Hull, LB, Canon-McMillan
Ryan Keiser, Selinsgrove
Alex Kenny, State College
Joe Laukaitis, OL, Upper St. Clair
Adam Metz, Lower Dauphin
Khaynin Mosley-Smith, DL, Woodland Hills
Dayonne Nunley, WR-DB, Gateway
Tom Ricketts, OL, North Allegheny
Tyler Smith, QB, Wilson (Easton, PA)
Dom Timbers, RB, Woodland Hills
Colby Way, State College
Kevin Weatherspoon, WR-DB, Clairton
Jarrod West, WR, Liberty
Salath Williams, Bishop McDevitt
Matt Williams, Cardinal O'Hara

Great Valley Football: What Does a Coach Have to Do?

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


Passing along a great article I read today on-line from Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Matt Geib, who looks at the strange situation around the search for a new head football coach at Great Valley High School outside of Philadelphia.

The Great Valley School District has decided not to renew the contract of Gary Phillips, who's been with the Patriots for 17-years. What makes this article a must read is the way district officials are turning a deaf ear to faculty members and people in the community.

According to the Geib's story, 91 of 111 teachers in the district have signed a letter supporting Phillips, who is re-applied for his job. That's pretty amazing for a program that has had more ups than downs!

The bottom line in this story is...what counts more wins and losses or a leader, who has the respect of a majority around him?

The story states that 35 people have applied for the job, including Phillips. The deadline for submitting an application is this Thursday.

We'll keep you posted.