East Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars

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Devin Austin

Penn-Trafford

RB, 5-8, 170, Jr.

Austin was the model of offensive consistency for the Warriors, who reached the WPIAL semifinals for the first time since 1997. Austin, an All-Foothills Conference pick, rushed for 1,275 yards, eclipsing 100 yards in eight games. He scored eight touchdowns.

Tyler Balla

Greensburg C.C.

RB, 5-8, 180, Sr.

Balla was the only Class AA player with at least 1,000 yards rushing (1,465) and 500 yards receiving (510). He led the Centurions with 28 receptions and 17 touchdowns. He rushed for a season-high 306 yards against Yough.

Ron Brown

University Prep

QB, 5-9, 150, Jr.

For Brown and his offense, it was "bombs away." Brown passed for 3,401 yards -- third-most ever by a City League or WPIAL quarterback -- and 43 touchdowns. He threw for 525 yards in one game, the second-most ever by a Pennsylvania player.

Anthony Davis

Gateway

DB/WR, 6-0, 182, Sr.

Davis was one of the central figures in a Gateway secondary that boasted several Division I-bound players. He had 43 tackles and forced three fumbles. He originally chose Temple, but has since reopened his recruitment.

Joey DeFloria

Hempfield Area

RB, 5-10, 195, Sr.

When DeFloria touched the ball, usually something good happened. He was a dangerous threat as a rusher, receiver and in the return game. He rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the Spartans' first eight games, finishing with 1,427 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Zach DeLuca

Central Catholic

OL/DL, 6-2, 240, Sr.

DeLuca anchored two lines that were among the best in the state. DeLuca was an All-Northern Eight Conference selection for the third year in a row for the Vikings, who allowed a WPIAL-low 7.8 points per game. DeLuca is also a defending WPIAL wrestling champion.

Tyler Donahue

Yough

QB, 6-1, 180, Sr.

A three-year starter and All-Interstate Conference selection, Donahue passed for 1,819 yards and 20 touchdowns, leading the Cougars to the playoffs. In a playoff win against Kittanning, Donahue threw for two touchdowns, rushed for two and returned a kick for a score.

Marcus Johnson

University Prep

WR, 6-2, 180, Sr.

The Post-Gazette's City League Player of the Year, Johnson was a big-time playmaker for the league champs. Among City League and WPIAL players, Johnson ranked second in receptions (65), second in receiving yards (1,404) and first in receiving touchdowns (24).

Colin Jonov

Franklin Regional

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

Jonov was a standout on offense and defense for the Greater Allegheny Conference champions. A Bucknell recruit, he led the Panthers with 26 catches for 453 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He had a team-high six interceptions and made 42 tackles.

Shane Kuhn

Kiski Area

TE/LB, 6-4, 230, Sr.

An All-Foothills Conference tight end, Kuhn caught 18 passes for 309 yards, demonstrating the strength and good hands that made him a WPIAL champion wrestler last winter. A Youngstown State football recruit, he also notched a team-high 77 tackles and recovered three fumbles.

Luigi Lista-Brinza

Central Catholic

RB, 5-10, 187, Sr.

Lista-Brinza is long on talent and toughness. He fought through an ankle injury that forced him to miss four games to rush for team highs of 1,606 yards and 21 touchdowns, including 136 yards and two scores in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship.

Trevon Mathis

Woodland Hills

DB/WR, 6-0, 173, Sr.

The leader of an excellent secondary for a team that reached the WPIAL final for the second year in a row. Mathis was named All-Southeastern Conference as a defensive back and was also an explosive receiver, averaging more than 30 yards per catch.

Tyler Mellors

Mount Pleasant

RB, 5-8, 175, Sr.

The most prolific running back in school history, Mellors put forth a record-breaking season for the Interstate Conference champs. He set season records with 1,738 yards and 29 TDs, and surpassed 4,000 career yards to be the Vikings' all-time leading rusher.

Montae Nicholson

Gateway

WR/DB, 6-3, 205, Sr.

Rivals.com's top recruiting prospect in the state had an outstanding season. Nicholson, a Michigan State recruit, had 41 catches for 810 yards (including a school-record 252 in one game), made 72 tackles, scored two defensive touchdowns and two on kick returns.

Adam Polakovsky

Penn-Trafford

OL/DL, 6-2, 265, Sr.

Polakovsky was selected as an All-Foothills Conference offensive lineman for the second year in a row. A team captain, he proved to be one of the top offensive tackles in Class AAAA and paved the way for a rushing attack that amassed almost 200 yards a game.

Delvon Randall

Gateway

WR/DB, 6-2, 195, Sr.

Randall made plays in a lot of different ways. A Temple recruit, he led the Gators with 50 catches for 775 yards, rushed for 208 yards, scored 12 touchdowns, passed for 175 yards and two touchdowns while taking occasional snaps at quarterback.

Miles Sanders

Woodland Hills

RB, 6-0, 180, Soph.

An ankle injury limited Sanders' productivity the second half of the season, but when healthy, he showed why he is one of the WPIAL's top sophomores. An All-Southeastern Conference pick, Sanders rushed for 1,064 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Charan Singh

Franklin Regional

QB/DB, 6-2, 192, Sr.

Singh made a smooth transition from wide receiver to quarterback and showed why he is a Division I recruit (Massachusetts) as a defensive back. Singh passed for 924 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 774 yards and 10 scores. He also had three interceptions.

Nate Stone

Greensburg C.C.

LB/FB, 5-11, 219, Sr.

Coach Dan Mahoney called Stone "a tremendous leader." Some of it was vocal, but even more was by example as Stone was the team's leading tackler as an All-Interstate Conference inside linebacker, a hard-nosed fullback and also the team's kicker.

Tre Tarpley

Central Catholic

DB, 6-1, 205, Sr.

When opponents realized they couldn't run the ball against the Vikings, they tried to throw. The problem with that was that a Tarpley-led secondary was there eagerly waiting. Tarpley was among the team leaders in tackles and interceptions.

Niko Thorpe

Central Catholic

LB, 5-10, 225, Sr.

Some players wear down over the course of the season. Thorpe simply got better. A hard hitter who is athletic and instinctive, Thorpe asserted himself as one of the best linebackers in the WPIAL with his big-play ability. College interest in Thorpe has picked up heavily.

Brenon Thrift

Gateway

DL, 6-4, 240, Sr.

The Gators are known for producing exciting skill-position players, but Thrift thrived in the trenches, using his size and strength to overpower opponents from his defensive end position. A Temple recruit, Thrift had a team-high 16 sacks to go along with 102 tackles.


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