North Xtra: Fabulous 22 football all-stars

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Pat Kugler

North Allegheny

OL/DL, 6-4, 280, Sr.

Three-year starter is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the country both his junior and senior seasons. Committed to Michigan over a long list of top-tier Division I programs. Anchored both lines for nationally ranked North Allegheny.

Mack Leftwich

North Allegheny

QB, 5-11, 190, Sr.

One of top quarterbacks in the WPIAL, Leftwich has thrown for more than 5,000 yards in just two seasons. Finished the season completing 175 of 268 passes for 3,331 yards with 45 touchdowns and four interceptions. Has committed to Division I-A UTEP.

Jeremy Gonzales

North Allegheny

C/DT, 6-1, 220, Sr.

Played in shadow of teammate Pat Kugler but considered a top defensive lineman. Helped anchor a defense that allowed just 140 points this season and centered an offense that scored 671 points, helping the Tigers to a WPIAL Class AAAA championship.

Gregg Garrity

North Allegheny

WR, 5-10, 143, Sr.

One of the top receivers in the WPIAL, Garrity had 67 catches for 1,240 yards, averaging 18.5 yards per catch this season. Garrity is the first receiver in North Allegheny history to have more than 1,000 yards receiving in a single season.

Brendan Coniker

North Allegheny

WR/DB, 6-1, 180, Sr.

A first-team All-Northern Eight Conference defensive back, Coniker has been a solid player for three years, starting on offense and defense the past two seasons. Outran McDowell defense for a 69-yard touchdown pass in the PIAA quarterfinal victory.

Jordan Brown

Seneca Valley

QB, 6-3, 175, Sr.

Dual threat on offense, Brown completed 385 of 637 passes for 5,425 yards and ran for 1,003 yards on 235 attempts. Had 21 touchdown passes with just three interceptions. Considering James Madison, Colgate and Ohio among college choices.

Forrest Barnes

Seneca Valley

RB, 5-11, 190, Sr.

Barnes rushed for a school-record 1,676 yards and 30 touchdowns. Finished his career rushing for 3,393 yards on 497 attempts and 1,102 receiving yards on 89 pass catches. Had a school-record 306 yards rushing, seven TDs against Connellsville.

R.J. McCauley

Seneca Valley

TE/LB, 6-2, 190, Sr.

McCauley was a tough two-way starter for a Seneca Valley team that lost just two games all season -- both to North Allegheny. He provided a big target on offense and finished with 27 catches for 399 yards to land first-team All-Northern Eight Conference honors.

Jon Dorogy

Seneca Valley

WR, 5-8, 170, Sr.

Helped the Raiders to the WPIAL baseball championship last season as an outfielder. Dorogy was a first-team All-Northern Eight Conference multi-purpose back who led Seneca Valley with 40 catches for 683 yards and added 386 yards rushing on 52 attempts.

Bob Vernick

Butler Area

LB, 6-0, 215, Sr.

Heart of a Butler team that qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Leading rusher for the Golden Tornado last season, moved to a wing this season. Played outside linebacker and had more than 100 tackles including 15 against Hempfield.

Luke Merhaut

Pine-Richland

WR, 5-10, 185, Sr.

Sure-handed receiver who helped the Pine-Richland offense average 23.3 points per game this season. Earned first-team All-Northern Eight Conference honors as one of the top receivers in the WPIAL. Finished the season with 51 catches for 628 yards.

Josh Loper

Shady Side Academy

G/DE, 6-0, 195, Sr.

A two-way anchor on the lines at Shady Side Academy, Loper was first-team All-Allegheny Conference at guard and defensive end voted conference defensive most valuable player by the coaches. Helped the Indians into the postseason every year he competed.

Brendan Lynch

Freeport

QB/DB, 5-11, 175, Sr.

A versatile player who did it all. An All-Allegheny Conference selection at quarterback and defensive back, Lynch completed 31 of 64 passes for 628 yards and was the leading rusher with 1,188 yards on 143 carries. He also was a shut-down corner on defense.

Josh Schultheis

Mars Area

FB, 6-1, 225, Soph.

Schultheis rushed for 1,687 yards on 224 carries, the most yards by a sophomore in school history, to land first-team All-Greater Allegheny Conference honors. He averaged 7.5 yards per carry and 153.4 yards per game rushing in his first season.

Connor Biggs

Mars Area

OT/LB, 6-0, 225, Sr.

Biggs anchored a veteran offensive line that opened enough holes to total 3,210 yards rushing this season and 760 yards passing. Biggs was a first-team All-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at offensive tackle and a first-team selection at linebacker.

Ben Tackett

Knoch

RB-DB, 5-10, 175, Sr.

A catalyst for a Knoch offense that averaged 26.9 points per game. He was leading rusher with 1,171 yards on 200 carries and ran for 257 yards against Derry Area and had a bruising 28 carries for 192 yards in a victory against conference-rival Mars Area.

Sean Dugan

Springdale

RB-DB, 5-11, 194, Sr.

Dugan led the Dynamos into the postseason for the 11th consecutive season. Rushed for a school-record 1,738 yards on 227 carries, an average of 7.7 yards per carry. Offensive and defensive player of the year in the Eastern Conference.

P.J. Fulmore

North Catholic

RB, 5-6, 170, Soph.

Opened the season with 265 yards rushing against Apollo-Ridge and never slowed down in leading the Trojans to the Eastern Conference title. He finished with 1,820 yards on a workhorse 290 carries and scored 24 touchdowns for 146 points.

Noah Shulman

Hampton

G/DL, 6-2, 250, Sr.

A three-sport standout at Hampton. A PIAA qualifier in wrestling and WPIAL qualifier in the throws in track and field, Shulman was the leading tackler and a two-time, first-team All-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at guard and defensive line.

Cody Walter

Northgate

QB, 5-9, 175, Sr.

Walter was the leading rusher for Northgate with 1,153 yards on 158 carries and scored 19 touchdowns in nine games, completed 29 of 65 passes for 471 yards and seven more touchdowns to earn first-team All-Eastern Conference recognition.

Anthony Danko

North Hills

LB, 5-10, 185, Sr.

Danko wasn't the biggest linebacker but made up for it with intensity. A first-team All-Northern Eight Conference selection, he was North Hills' leading tackler for the second year in a row and made all the calls on defense. Had six tackles for loss and three sacks.

Lloyd Reid

Perry

OT/DL, 6-2, 233, Sr.

Comeback story of the year. Tore ACL on opening kickoff of first game last year and bounced back to have solid senior season. Led Perry to City League title with team-high six sacks. Getting looks from Towson, Patriot League teams.

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