East Xtra: Fabulous 22 football all-stars
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WR/DB, 6-2, 200, Jr.
Had 25 catches for 653 yards and six touchdowns to make first-team All-Foothills Conference and is considered one of the top junior defensive backs in the state. Has received scholarship offers from Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan, among others.
QB, 6-2, 225, Sr.
A first-team All-Foothills Conference quarterback, Woodson threw for 1,184 yards as a junior and followed that up by completing 118 of 204 passes for 2,395 yards and 23 touchdowns this season to lead Gateway to a 9-2 record.
WR/DB, 6-0, 186, Jr.
A physical corner who, along with Nicholson, will give Gateway one of the top defensive back tandems in the state next season. Had 11 catches for 171 yards in WPIAL quarterfinal loss to finish with 26 catches. Has scholarship offer from Toledo.
LB, 6-1, 235, Sr.
Team leader who plays smart and tough. Sat out the Gators' quarterfinal game against Woodland Hills with an injury and the Gators lost. A first-team All-Foothills Conference selection at linebacker, Parrish was the leading tackler for the Gators.
FB/LB, 6-2, 230, Sr.
The leader of a defense that did not give up a point until a field goal in the fourth game. A first-team All-Northern Eight Conference selection at linebacker, Loughrey was the whole package for the Vikings, combining size, toughness, strength and speed.
TB/CB, 5-9, 165, Sr.
Coles garnered first-team All-Northern Eight Conference honors at defensive back for the second season in a row. A solid team leader, he did everything including return kicks. He rushed for 334 yards on 47 carries as a tailback, an average of 7.1 yards per carry.
OL/DL, 6-2, 245, Jr.
According to coach Terry Totten, DeLuca was an "absolute terror on the defensive line." A two-time first-team All-Northern Eight Conference selection, DeLuca had 7 sacks, 10 tackles for losses and caused 4 fumbles this season.
G/DE, 6-0, 249, Sr.
One of the best defensive players in the WPIAL, Turner is an excellent pass rusher who had three sacks in the WPIAL championship game and finished with a Woodland Hills record 22 sacks. A first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection.
LB, 6-0, 230, Sr.
A two-time, first-team All-Southeastern Conference linebacker who was captain of a very good Woodland Hills defense. A three-year starter, he finished with more than 100 tackles for the Wolverines this season and also carried the ball 50 times for 265 yards.
WR/SS, 6-4, 190, Sr.
Did it all on both sides of the ball. He was the leading receiver with 42 catches for 803 yards, an average of 19.1 yards per catch, to land first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors and averaged six tackles per game as a strong safety with five interceptions.
QB, 6-1, 187, Sr.
Led an offense that carried the Wolverines to the WPIAL championship game. Threw for 21 touchdowns with only three interceptions and ran for two scores. Ended up completing 91 of 206 passes for 1,640 yards, the most yardage for a Woodland Hills quarterback.
RB/LB, 5-10, 175, Sr.
Edmunds was the Jayhawks' leading receiver with 15 catches for 191 yards, the leading rusher with 916 yards on 124 carries, tied for most touchdowns with 14 and was a two-time, first-team All-Interstate Conference linebacker with 12 sacks this season.
RB/LB, 5-6, 175, Sr.
A two-time, first-team All-Interstate Conference selection, Craft combined strength and speed. He had a 355-pound bench press, rushed for 800 yards on 87 carries and had three kickoff returns for touchdowns and five punt returns for scores.
G/DT, 6-0, 240, Sr.
Hoak was a leader for the Jayhawks who lost just one regular-season game and advanced to the WPIAL semifinals. A two-time, first-team All-Interstate Conference offensive guard, Hoak had eight sacks as a standout defensive tackle.
OL/DL, 6-2, 240, Jr.
After winning only 23 games since 2000, Hempfield finished 4-6 overall, 4-4 in the Foothills Conference, to qualify for the playoffs and Adams was a first-team all-conference defensive lineman who anchored both Spartans lines.
RB, 6-0, 255, Sr.
A preseason City League favorite, Allderdice finished with a disappointing 3-6 record but it wasn't for lack of effort on Ferguson's part. One of the top City League players, Ferguson rushed for 834 yards on a workhorse 150 carries and scored 10 touchdowns.
RB/LB, 6-2, 220, Sr.
Bush rushed for 1,794 yards on 230 carries, had 12 catches for 210 yards and was the third-leading scorer in the WPIAL with 33 touchdowns to land conference offensive MVP honors. He also was a first-team all-conference outside linebacker.
WR/DB, 6-2, 200, Sr.
The Vikings went into the season with a 22-game losing streak, won the opener and ended up 6-4 overall. Cheatham led the Vikings with 28 catches for 550 yards to land first-team All-Allegheny Conference honors and was a first-team defensive back.
QB, 6-2, 170, Sr.
In two PIAA subregional playoff games, University Prep scored 83 points and averaged 31.9 points per game in the City League. Young ended up completing 181 of 336 passes for 2,615 yards to finish among the area's top five in passing.
WR, 6-2, 165, Jr.
Johnson made defenses take notice. Finished with 48 catches for 909 yards to place among the area's leaders in receptions, and averaged 18.9 yards per catch. In the PIAA subregional championship, he had eight catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
RB, 5-7, 190, Sr.
Injuries limited Brown early but the bruising back finished strong. He ended up with 860 yards on 125 carries with 14 touchdowns to earn first-team All-Greater Allegheny Conference honors. He had 123 yards on just six carries with four TDs against Derry Area.
TE/DL, 6-1, 284, Jr.
The Panthers averaged 33.1 points and Mihoci was a big reason why. An imposing sight at 6 feet 1, 284 pounds, Mihoci opened holes as a first-team All-Greater Allegheny Conference selection at tight end and was a first-team pick on the defensive line.
First Published December 20, 2012 12:00 am