Central Catholic High School's football team's defense unit stands by a bulldozer on the school's campus.

2015 Varsity Xtra Football Preview: Central Catholic defense STEMs from special group

Central Catholic is busy building a STEM defense -- special, talented, excellent, marvelous -- that might be unrivaled in school history.

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 Central Catholic High School football team defensive coordinator Dave Fleming with players from left, Bricen Garner, C.J. Thorpe, Rashad Wheeler, Damar Hamlin, David Adams, and Ron George.

Assistant an inspiration to coaches and players

Dave Fleming played at Central Catholic and has been an assistant coach at the school for 15 seasons. You could say he bleeds blue and gold.

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WPIAL Class AAAA Preview: Nationally ranked Central Catholic still on top

Ranked No. 22 in the country in one poll, six Central players have scholarship offers or made verbal commitments to power-conference

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WPIAL Class AAA Preview: Three RBs return to lead Jaguars

Thomas Jefferson has won or shared 15 conference titles the past 17 years, so it's hard to pick any other team as the conference favorite.

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 Apollo-Ridge's Duane Brown gets by a Shady Side Academy defender during a game last year.

WPIAL Class AA Preview: Star power lifting Apollo-Ridge

The Vikings bring back explosive junior running back Duane Brown, who rushed for 1,216 yards and 29 touchdowns.

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 Clairton RB Lamont Wade, left, and QB Aaron Mathews, right, at a practice earlier this month.

WPIAL Class A Preview: More blowouts likely ahead for No. 1 Clairton

After beating conference foes, 540-33 in 2014, Clairton is primed for an eighth WPIAL title in 10 years.

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City League Preview: Allderdice seeks first title in 48 years

The Dragons have been to three of the last four City League championship games but are still in search of their first title since 1967.

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2015 Post-Gazette Preseason Football Rankings

The top teams in the region and the state, broken down by Class.

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 Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders verbally committed to Penn State in July of 2014 and says he's still on board with James Franklin's team.

2015 Post-Gazette Preseason Fabulous 22

The top players to watch around the region this season.

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 Central Catholic High School linebacker David Adams.

Blue Chip Chat: David Adams, Central Catholic

On a defense loaded with talented, Adams, a linebacker, is one to watch; he is rated as high as No. 3 in the country by scouting services.

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North/South/East/West Xtra: Juniors are in a class by themselves

Some of the top players in the WPIAL are still two years away from the college sidelines.

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 Tom Loughran takes over at Fox Chapel after 32 seasons at South Park.

North/South/East/West Xtra: The coaching carousel: Who's in and who's out

A look at the 23 schools that will begin the high school football season with new head coaches walking the sideline.

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 Penn-Trafford's Tim Vecchio, a Robert Morris recruit, caught 43 passes last season for 1,022 yards.

East Xtra: Penn-Trafford receiver among WPIAL's best

Robert Morris recruit Tim Vecchio is a key to the Warriors’ explosive offense.

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East Xtra: Penn Hills senior's work ethic second to none

Billy Kisner knows what it takes to be a star, and he’s willing to pay the price.

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 McKeesport Area senior running back Khaleke Hudson will have his hands on the ball a lot this season.

East Xtra: Ground game makes Woodland Hills dangerous

Class AAAA preview: Wolverines will be powerful again, but Central Catholic looms as the Class AAAA favorite.

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 Coach Roy Hall led Jeannette into Class A last year in a transition from Class AA.

East Xtra: For Jeannette and Greensburg CC, it was a moving experience

Jayhawks and Centurions found first year in Class A not quite a walkover.

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 Allderdice's Timothy Jackson led the Dragons with 42 receptions for 767 yards last season.

East Xtra: Allderdice hopes to double the fun

Twins Timothy and James Jackson helped the basketball team win, now it’s time for the football team to step up and do the same.

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East Xtra: Allderdice ready to end City drought

Dragons haven’t won a title since 1967 and must rebound from last year’s disappointing loss in title game.

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East Xtra: New coach looks to turn Burrell around

Class AA preview: Dave Bellinotti steps in to try to improve a Bucs program that went winless last season.

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 Franklin Regional quarterback Santino Birty threw for 1,053 yards last season.

East Xtra: Franklin Regional primed to preserve streak

Class AAA preview: Gateway, Greensburg Salem and Yough all seek to better last year’s results.

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 Beaver Falls lineman Donovan Jeter sheds blockers in practice.

West Xtra: Beaver Falls star Donovan Jeter still a dominant force on gridiron

Donovan Jeter is a monster on the basketball court, but there’s no doubt his future is in football as big-time scholarship offers roll in.

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 Joe Hamilton has retired after 39 years as Blackhawk coach.

West Xtra: Blackhawk begins life without Hamilton

For first time since 1975, longtime coach will not be on sidelines as Joe Lamenza takes over.

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 Bishop Canevin receiver Sean Fitzgerald caught 26 passes for 339 yards last season.

West Xtra: Rebuilding process continues for Riverside

Class A preview: The Panthers hope to keep their turnaround going, while Rochester eyes a return to power, and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

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 West Allegheny running back Terence Stephens has rushed for 1,332 yards on 191 carries the past two seasons.

West Xtra: Powerhouse West Allegheny seeks to overcome inexperienced team

Class AAA preview: Ambridge is focusing on making the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

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 Aliquippa's DiMantae Bronaugh, left, rushed for 1,262 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.

West Xtra: Aliquippa ready to overcome South Fayette for WPIAL title

Class AA preview: Beaver Area will entrust a former running back to take over the signal calling this year.

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West Xtra: Brashear ready to defend its title

City League preview: Bulldogs hoping to avoid another slow start and make it back to City championship game.

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West Xtra: Rochester struggling to restore tradition

Longtime WPIAL Class A power looks to return to postseason after two-year hiatus.

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East Xtra: Tough sledding in Eastern Conference

Class A preview: The addition of Jeannette and Greensburg Central Catholic last season make Eastern one of the top Class A conferences.

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 Ringgold running back Chacar Berry rushed for 1,392 yards on 168 carries last season to lead Class AAA.

North/South/East/West Xtra: Class AAA not short on quality skill players

While many stars have graduated, several under-the-radar players will look to make a mark this season.

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 Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz didn't take long to lead his team to the top of the WPIAL Class AAAA standings.

North Xtra: Pine-Richland ready to defend its title

Rams reload, but do they have what it takes to repeat their impressive run from last season?

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 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Jason Gildon was an NFL linebacker for 11 years, 10 with the Steelers.

North Xtra: Gildon brings plenty of experience to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Former Steelers linebacker Jason Gildon is ready to take over the Trojans program.

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 Phil Jurkovec is one of three Pine-Richland quarterbacks vying to replace Ben DiNucci.

North Xtra: Line play key for North Allegheny

Class AAAA preview: The Tigers always seem to be contenders, but Pine-Richland and Central Catholic are among the favorites.

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North Xtra: Deer Lakes offensive line is its biggest strength — literally

Class AA preview: Freeport will rely on talented receiving corps in 2015.

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 Logan Thimons is a leader on and off the field for Freeport.

North Xtra: Thimons a class act at Freeport

Senior West Virginia recruit does it all on defense and is a leader off the field, too.

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North Xtra: New coach ready to turn things around at Perry

Former Carrick coach Craig Aguglia eyes restoring Commodores’ tradition.

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North Xtra: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic still has talented roster

Class A preview: Trojans have plenty of talent, but Avonworth is also among the Class A contenders.

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 Mars tight end John Castello had 16 catches for 274 yards last season.

North Xtra: Hampton takes conference title momentum into new season

Class AAA preview: Knoch loses two starters from last year to other sports.

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 Bethel Park quarterback Levi Metheny is entering his senior season playing for his dad, coach Jeff Metheny.

South Xtra: A special bond for Bethel Park football

Levi Metheny enters his fourth -- and final -- year as starting quarterback for Black Hawks under coach Jeff Metheny, his father.

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 West Mifflin High School football player James Tyree, left, keeps his eyes on the quarterback as he drops into coverage.

South Xtra: Who's next in line out of the West Mifflin backfield?

The past several years some of the leading rushers in the WPIAL have worn Titans uniforms. Will this season be any different?

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 McKeesport senior running back Khaleke Hudson practices earlier this month.

South Xtra: Mt. Lebanon aims to rediscover successful formula

Class AAAA preview: The Blue Devils could take another big step on offense, but McKeesport appears to be the premier South team.

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 Belle Vernon's Phil Taylor, a converted receiver, will take snaps at quarterback this season.

South Xtra: Thomas Jefferson remains the one to beat in Class AAA

Class AAA preview: Elizabeth Forward and Trinity enter the season with new coaches.

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 Seton-LaSalle's Paris Ford is one of the top wide receivers in the WPIAL.

South Xtra: McGuffey must replace standout James Duchi this season

Class AA preview: Charleroi is on a mission to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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 Walter Britton, left, tries to escape as Lamont Wade holds him back.

South Xtra: Clairton will try to top its own tough act to follow

Class A preview: Among those sharing the South with Clairton are Bentworth, Brentwood, Bishop Canevin, Chartiers-Houston and Monessen.

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 South Fayette hopes it doesn't skip a beat when it replaces quarterback Brett Brumbaugh, who is off to Duquesne University.

South/West Xtra: South Fayette faces life without a Brumbaugh

First Christian, then Brett. The Lions are finally forced to find a quarterback not lugging around record-setting numbers.

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 Clairton quarterback Aaron Mathews is also a standout receiver.

South Xtra: Top receiver Aaron Mathews moving to QB at Clairton

Aaron Mathews is a Division I recruit at receiver, but he’ll be the one throwing the ball this season.

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 Allderdice returns senior quarterback James Jackson this season.

South Xtra: Allderdice ready to end City drought

City League preview: Dragons haven’t won a title since 1967 and must rebound from last year’s disappointing loss in title game.

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 Therran Coleman of John A. Brashear High School.

Blue Chip Chat: Therran Coleman, Brashear

An athlete posing as a quarterback, Coleman is being recruited by major colleges, including Pitt and West Virginia, as a cornerback.

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 Brandon Ford, Upper St. Clair senior linebacker.

Blue Chip Chat: Brandon Ford, Upper St. Clair

Senior tackle for the Panthers has revenge on his mind after a subpar junior year interrupted by a bout with mononucleosis.

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 Logan Thimons

Blue Chip Chat: Logan Thimons, Freeport

Logan Thimons already has committed to his “No. 1 target” West Virginia as he embarks on what he expects to be a successful final season.

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 Central Catholic student athlete Rashad Wheeler.

Blue Chip Chat: Rashad Wheeler, Central Catholic

As defensive linemen go, Wheeler is one of the big wheels in the WPIAL.

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