PG Athletes of the Week: P.J. Fulmore, Carolina Lucci

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P.J. Fulmore, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Last week: Fulmore rushed for 216 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Trojans to their first WPIAL title game after a 27-14 semifinal win against Neshannock last Friday. North Catholic (12-0) will face Sto-Rox (12-0) in the Class A final Saturday at Heinz Field at 11 a.m.

Check this out: Fulmore is a running back by trade, but has excelled at quarterback the past four games after replacing starter Adam Sharlow, who sustained a season-ending knee injury. In the playoffs, Fulmore has rushed for 496 yards and five touchdowns and passed for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Fulmore, a 5-foot-8 junior, missed about half of the season with an ankle injury, but has still rushed for 845 yards and nine touchdowns. He is receiving Division I interest.

First off, prediction for Saturday? They're a good team. We played them last year (in the semifinals) and lost. I think we should be able to win. I hope we do.

Will it be difficult playing a game at 11 a.m.? Not really. I think it's probably a good thing because the field conditions will be the best.

Lining up as a quarterback, does it make running easier or harder? There's really not much difference. I had run the wildcat a lot before. The only thing that matters is the line opening holes for me. They do a good job.

What position are colleges recruiting you as? Some as a running back. Some at wide receiver. Some defensive back.

The school is moving from Troy Hill to Cranberry next school year. Will that be weird? Yeah, it will be a lot different because there will be a lot of different people. But I'll only be there for half the year because I'm going to graduate early.

Have you ever met Cardinal (Donald) Wuerl? No, I haven't.

What's getting the most play on your iPod? Lil Durk.

Carolina Lucci, Central Valley

Last week: Lucci scored the opening goal in the 20th minute to lead Central Valley's 2-1 win against Camp Hill Trinity for the PIAA Class AA girls soccer title.

Check this out: Only a freshman, Lucci was the leading scorer for the state champion Warriors, who had a perfect 23-0 season.

What was playing in the championship game like? It was an exciting moment. It's an experience to be in the state championship. It was really nice, wasn't cold at all.

You scored in the first half. Take me through the play: It was a through ball from Katie Alexander. I was on a breakaway and I tapped it in when the goalie came out.

How were you able to lead your team in scoring as a freshman? You don't really focus on how old everyone is, you just play your game. If you know what you're doing, age doesn't matter.

Most people will never win a state championship. You've been in high school three months and you have one. How do you top this? [Laughs] I don't know. We're gonna try to defend our title and hopefully next year go as far as we did this year.

What surprised you the most about high school so far? Its just like any other school. Everybody's nice, everyone welcomes you.

Do you have older brothers/sisters ahead of you at Central Valley? No, I have two older sisters in college who went here and a younger brother.

What's the story behind your name? I'm named after my grandma and my aunt. It's a family thing.

Do people ever say anything about being named after a state? [Laughs] I get that all the time, Are you North or are you South?

Well ... which do you say? Whichever comes to my mind first.

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