P.J. Fulmore is the star running back for defending PIAA and WPIAL Class A champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. He rushed for 1,213 yards and scored 24 touchdowns last season, and added 388 yards and three touchdowns passing after spending the second half of the season at quarterback. Fulmore’s touchdown and ensuing 2-point run gave North Catholic a 15-14 overtime win in the PIAA title game. It was the school’s first PIAA football championship. Fulmore, who lives in the South Side, was named Class A first-team all state. North Catholic opens the season as the Post-Gazette’s No. 1-ranked team in the WPIAL and PIAA.
Fulmore has committed to Duquesne. He plans on graduating from North Catholic after the first semester and beginning classes at Duquesne in January.
OUR QUESTIONS, HIS ANSWERS
How often have you watched the tape from last year’s PIAA final? (Laughs) Yeah, I’ve definitely watched it a few times. I have it recorded on the TV.
You’re not a big guy. Where does your strength come from? My legs, I guess.
What’s going to be the hardest part about defending your titles? Last year we had good team chemistry, so we have to build that. We also have to forget about last year and focus on this year. We have to realize nothing will be given to us.
Player on your team flying under the radar? I’d probably have to say Nick Nyman. Last year he wasn’t even starting. He didn’t play until the playoffs. He’s starting now on the line [left guard] and linebacker, and I think he’s going to be very good.
Team from another class you wish was on your schedule? Probably like North Hills or Shaler just because the Quad-A kids kind of look down on us.
Best player in the WPIAL? [Central Valley’s] Jordan Whitehead would probably be one of the top ones. Also [Woodland Hills’] Miles Sanders, [Apollo-Ridge’s] Tre Tipton and [South Fayette’s] Brett Brumbaugh.
Are you playing fantasy football this year? Yeah. Who was your first pick? Jimmy Graham.