North Allegheny quarterback Leftwich named top AAAA player


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Eleven players from the WPIAL made the Class AAAA all-state team, and more than half were from North Allegheny.

North Allegheny, one of the top teams from the WPIAL in recent history, had six players on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Football Team released Thursday. Also, North Allegheny quarterback Mack Leftwich was selected the Class AAAA player of the year.

Leftwich became only the third quarterback in WPIAL history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season, and he threw for more than 5,554 yards in two seasons. He also rushed for 1,459 yards in the past two years.

North Allegheny finished 16-0 this season and won WPIAL and PIAA titles. The other five North Allegheny players were offensive lineman Pat Kugler, receiver Gregg Garrity, tight end Zach Lyon, defensive lineman Jeremy Gonzales and defensive back Brendan Coniker.

The other WPIAL players on the Class AAAA team were Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson, Woodland Hills defensive lineman Jawan Turner, Woodland Hills linebacker Alex Beasley, McKeesport linebacker Hodari Christian and Gateway defensive back Montae Nicholson.

The Class AAA all-state team had eight from the WPIAL, including two from Montour -- offensive lineman Matt Barone and "athlete" Devin Wilson. Wilson played receiver and running back for Montour and set a WPIAL career receptions record. The other WPIAL players on the Class AAA team were Central Valley receiver Robert Foster, West Allegheny offensive lineman Jordan Diven, Belle Vernon offensive lineman Dorian Johnson, West Mifflin "athlete" Derrick Fulmore and Franklin Regional linebacker Carter Henderson. Fulmore played quarterback.

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