DeStefano headed to inaugural all-star game
Ringgold High School graduate and Allegheny College football standout Rudy DeStefano has accepted an invitation to the inaugural 2013 Dream Bowl postseason all-star game.
The Dream Bowl will be played Saturday at Salem Stadium in Roanoke, Va. The college football all-star game is set to showcase the best NCAA Division III and NAIA players from across the country. The game and the series of events held over Martin Luther King Day weekend are a celebration of the excellence, commitment, and sacrifice made by the players and their families.
A 5-foot-9-inch, 225-pound senior linebacker and team captain from Monongahela, DeStefano was the Gators' second leading tackler in 2012 totaling 77 tackles, two sacks and two turnovers.
One of those interceptions that he returned 72 yards, which set up the winning field goal in a 22-20 Allegheny home win over DePauw (Greencastle, Ind). He made 10 tackles in that game and a career-high 14 tackles with 11 solo stops in a 15-3 home victory over Oberlin (Ohio) College.
DeStefano was named to the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) all-conference honorable-mention team as voted by the league's head coaches.
Joining DeStefano on the all-conference team was Ryan Vietmeier, a 5-foot-9-inch, 185-pound senior strong safety from Thomas Jefferson High School. He finished third on Allegheny's defensive squad with 58 total tackles and a team-leading eight pass break-ups.
This marked the second consecutive year Vietmeier received honorable-mention all-conference honors and was third among all Gator defenders in total tackles.
David Bassi, a 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound senior tight end from Charleroi and Ringgold High School, finished sixth among all Allegheny receivers with eight receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown in nine games.
Allegheny, coached by 11th-year veteran Mark Matlak, finished the 2012 season with a 5-5 overall record and 4-3 mark in the NCAC.
Bruce Wald is a freelance writer.