An opposing coach once called Shaler's Matt Stennett "the next Tony Dorsett."
Stennett was a speedy running back at Shaler from 1979-81 and a Parade All-American as a senior. Stennett wore No. 33, the same number as Dorsett, and rushed for 3,534 yards during his career. He had 324 yards against Ambridge in one game and 279 against Central Catholic.
Stennett was recruited by colleges across the country. He also played some at quarterback for Shaler and was recruited by Oklahoma Sooners coach Barry Switzer to be a wishbone quarterback. Oklahoma was one of Stennett's finalists, but he signed with Pitt. "I'd sooner be a Panther," Stennett said on signing day in February 1982.
Stennett went on to play at Pitt, but was switched to receiver. Stennett also was an outstanding outfielder in baseball and played baseball at Pitt. The Houston Astros took him in the 11th round of the 1986 Major League Baseball draft, and Stennett spent a couple years in the minor leagues before joining the Navy and becoming a navigational jet fighter pilot.
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