South Xtra: Fabulous 22 Football All-Stars
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WR/DB, 6-2, 190, Sr.
Challingsworth was a do-everything threat for South Fayette, leading the Lions with 58 receptions for 1,190 yards and 19 touchdowns. A Pitt commit, this talented athlete also played defensive back, kick returner and punter for a team that went 11-1.
LB/RB, 6-0, 215, Sr.
Christian was a two-way star this season for the Tigers. At linebacker, this West Virginia commit was one of the best at the position in Class AAAA. He also stood out on offense, rushing for 546 yards and six touchdowns, helping McKeesport reach the WPIAL playoffs.
QB, 6-3, 188, Sr.
A dual-threat quarterback, Rawlins did it all for Monessen this season, accounting for 1,995 yards (1,382 passing and 613 rushing) and 29 touchdowns (13 rushing and 16 passing). He has committed to play for Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia next season.
Belle Vernon Area
OL, 6-6, 290, Sr.
Ranked among the top offensive linemen in the country by numerous recruiting services, Johnson helped pave the way for a Leopards offense that averaged 28.2 points per game in its final five contests. An All-Big Nine Conference seklection, he is committed to Pitt.
RB/LB, 6-0, 215, Jr.
Likely no player was more instrumental in Washington's banner season than McKenzie, who rushed for a WPIAL-best 2,689 yards and 42 touchdowns while leading the Prexies to the Class AA title game. A junior, McKenzie has interest from several Division I programs.
RB/WR/DB, 6-2, 175, Sr.
Few players in the WPIAL were as electrifying as Boyd, a central component of Clairton's 63-game win streak. He finished his high school career with a WPIAL-record 117 touchdowns and also 5,755 career rushing yards, fifth-best in WPIAL history.
WR/DB, 6-3, 170, Sr.
Howard has been a valuable asset on offense and defense for Clairton this season. A constant big-play threat at wide receiver, Howard, a Pitt recruit, caught 20 passes for 510 yards, an average of 25.5 yards per reception and was a shutdown corner on defense.
WR, 6-1, 175, Sr.
Webb was one of the prominent faces of Clairton's improbable 63-game winning streak. This season, he caught 45 passes for 965 yards (a remarkable 21.4 yards per catch) as the Bears went 16-0 and won their fourth consecutive state title.
RB/LB, 6-1, 190, Sr.
Chartiers-Houston got a strong senior season from Vulcano, who, at the conclusion of the regular season, had the third-most tackles of any player in Pennsylvania. Vulcano was the defensive MVP of the Black Hills Conference.
QB, 6-2, 180, Sr.
Few quarterbacks have run Bill Cherpak's fast-paced offensive system much better than Carroll did, as this first-year starter threw for 2,407 yards (fifth among area quarterbacks) and 38 touchdowns (second) in directing one of the most explosive offenses in the WPIAL.
WR, 5-11, 170, Sr.
Another critical component in Thomas Jefferson's offense, Schademan had a career season, catching 48 passes for 1,005 yards (almost 21 yards per reception) and 22 touchdowns as the Jaguars made it to the Class AAA semifinals.
Upper St. Clair
QB, 5-10, 160, Sr.
Coughlin was at the center of virtually everything Upper St. Clair did offensively. Leading his team to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals, Coughlin accounted for 1,876 yards of total offense (1,331 passing and 545 rushing).
QB, 6-3, 185, Soph.
Just a sophomore in his first year as a full-time starter, Brumbaugh quickly became one of the most prolific passers in the area, throwing for 2,823 yards (bested only by North Allegheny's Mack Leftwich, who played four more games) and 37 touchdowns.
QB, 6-2, 190, Sr.
While his sheer numbers weren't quite as impressive as his brother's (Brett of South Fayette), Brumbaugh was a model for efficiency under center, passing for 19 touchdowns and no interceptions on 204 pass attempts, along with 1,795 passing yards.
West Mifflin Area
RB, 5-9, 165, Jr.
West Mifflin advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA championship game with the multi-dimensional Wheeler being a big reason for that success. One of the fastest players in the WPIAL, Wheeler rushed for 2,226 yards (third best mark in the WPIAL), averaging 7.7 yards per carry.
QB/DB, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Roth finished his high school career in prolific fashion, throwing for 2,514 yards (fourth most of any WPIAL quarterback) and 28 touchdowns, while also rushing for 125 yards. He has given Princeton a verbal commitment to play there.
TE/DE, 6-5, 250, Sr.
Orndoff came into the season with high expectations and largely lived up to the hype, catching 18 passes for 313 yards while helping a strong defensive line. A two-way standout, Orndoff originally committed to play at Wisconsin, but is now a Pitt recruit.
LB/RB, 6-2, 235, Sr.
Kelly was a two-way standout for the Little Prexies in their run to the WPIAL Class AA title game. Defensively, he was a focal point in a unit that gave up just 12.2 points per game. On offense, Kelly rushed for 280 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
WR/DB, 6-2, 175, Jr.
Apke's name is a familiar one in the Pittsburgh area, as his father, Steve, was a standout linebacker for Pitt in the 1980s, but he did a good job of blazing his own legacy this season, catching 54 passes for 1,048 yards (fourth-best in the WPIAL).
Upper St. Clair
OL/DL, 5-11, 265, Sr.
Park was a major component of a Panthers offensive line that helped pave the way for an offense that scored 33.9 points per game and produced three players who rushed for at least 500 yards. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference center.
RB, 5-10, 172, Sr.
Though his Baldwin team struggled to a sub-.500 record, Brown was a bright spot, rushing for 1,059 yards while averaging 7.4 yards per carry. He committed to play next season at Ohio University, choosing the Bobcats over Massachusetts, Navy and Duquesne.
QB, 6-4, 160, Jr.
Davidson did it all for the Warriors, passing for 523 yards, rushing for 1,025 yards (averaging 6.8 yards per carry), even catching a couple of passes for 49 receiving yards as Elizabeth Forward went 6-4 and qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
First Published December 20, 2012 12:00 am