Ringgold grad Law helps Gannon enjoy winning season
By Bruce Wald
Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 6:03 p.m.
Whether he's a Ram or a Golden Knight, Donora's Percy “Quad” Law gets it done on the football field.
The 5-foot-7-inch wide receiver concluded a very successful sophomore season with the Gannon (Erie) University Golden Knights in 2013.
Law ranked 14th among all Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) receivers, averaging 59.8 yards per game. He finished with 47 receptions for 658 yards and four touchdowns. He was led all Golden Knight receivers in receiving yards and was second in receptions and touchdowns.
He was even more effective as a return specialist. On kickoffs Law ranked tenth in the 16-team conference with a 22.2 yards per return average. He returned 26 kickoffs for 575 yards, which included a school-record 93-yard return for a touchdown in the Golden Knights' 38-27 home upset of divisional champion Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 21. Law also returned five punts for 47 yards (9.4 pg).
One week before the upset of Slippery Rock, Law enjoyed his best individual receiving game when he caught 10 balls for 132 yards with scoring receptions of 11 and 69 yards in a 56-41 home loss to perennial PSAC-East power West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
In terms of all-purpose yardage Law was 11th in the PSAC with a 114.7 yards per game average.
Law's fine play helped Gannon enjoy its best football season since recording consecutive 6-5 seasons in 2009 and 2010. The 2013 Golden Knights also finished the season with a 6-5 overall and 4-3 mark in the PSAC-Western Division.
As a true freshman in 2012 Law appeared in all 11 games and made two starts. He finished third on the team in receptions (37), fourth in receiving yards (358) and fourth in all-purpose yards (667).
From a conference standpoint he ranked 16th among PSAC players in kickoff return average (18.2), 24th in receptions (3.4) and 27th in receptions per game (3.4)
Law concluded his exceptional scholastic career by making the 2011 Pennsylvania Sports Writers' Class AAA all-state football team as a defensive specialist.
A quarterback and defensive back, Law led all WPIAL quarterbacks his senior season with 1,341 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, a per-carry average of 11.2 yards. He also passed for 637 yards with three more touchdowns.
He led the Rams to an 8-3 overall record his senior season and the team's first WPIAL playoff win and quarterfinal appearance since 1999. In 2010, Law helped the Rams compile a perfect 9-0 overall record and win the WPIAL Class AAA Keystone Conference title.
Rams induct 8 to Hall
The Ringgold Rams Club Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Banquet took place Nov. 2 at the Ringgold High School cafeteria.
This was the sixth Rams Club Hall of Fame Class since its inception banquet in 2006 when Stan Musial, Joe Montana, Ken Griffey, Sr. and Fred Cox were inducted.
This year's induction class includes a diverse group from Ringgold High School or the former individual Monongahela-Donora High Schools. Inductees are now selected based on achievement in the arts, academics and athletics.
The honorees included Dr. Brad Ferrara, Karey Kustron Gabrielli, Bernie Galiffa, Rochella Dixon Martin, Melissa Lazzari McDonald, Dr. Ronald Pellegrini, Dr. Charles Stacey and Nelson Walker.
A 1988 graduate, Ferrara won the 100-meter WPIAL championship and went on to Kent State (Ohio) University, also as a sprinter.
He received his medical degree in internal and physical medicine. In 2007 he was inducted into the Mid-Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame.
Gabrielli, a three-sport athlete in the early 1990s in volleyball, basketball and softball, earned 11 varsity letters. She went on to Westminster (New Wilmington, Pa). University, and was a 2005 Hall of Fame inductee for her success in women's basketball.
Galiffa, a three-sport star and 1968 graduate, went on to be a starting quarterback at West Virginia University. He is a 2002 Mid-Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
A 1965 graduate, Martin became a clothing entrepreneur. Her son is NFL football Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin.
McDonald scored more than 1,300 points for the Rams' girls' basketball team and earned a scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan in the early 1990s. She currently serves as the dietitian for Morgantown (W.Va.) School District.
Pellegrini went on to graduate from Washington & Jefferson and Jefferson Medical College and is a renowned cardiologist in Pittsburgh area.
Stacey, a 1949 alumnus, became a teacher, principal and superintendent of the Ringgold School District along with a Pennsylvania School Law professor at Carlow College, California University of Pennsylvania and Point Park College.
Walker, an imposing defensive tackle, received honors as a Big 10 Conference all-star and Big 33 selection. He went on to play football at Pitt beginning in 1987.
Brett Crenshaw, a 6-foot, 220-pound sophomore running back from Monessen High School, was Slippery Rock's fourth-leading rusher this year and second overall in rushing touchdowns with six.
He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and finished with 327 net yards while also catching two passes for six yards. He scored two touchdowns in a 58-38 home win over Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and the following week opened the game's scoring with a 55-yard touchdown run against Gannon at Erie. His other touchdowns came in victories over Mercyhurst, IUP and California.
In 2012 Crenshaw gained 212 net rushing yards on 45 carries with seven touchdowns and also made two receptions.
At Monessen, Crenshaw was a three-time all-conference running back that scored 25 touchdowns over his final two seasons and also excelled in track and baseball.
Bruce Wald is a contributing writer to Trib Total Media.
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