Former MonValley players hold to high standard at Allegheny College
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Just as he did at Ringgold High School, quarterback Jordon Fowler concluded his collegiate football career by receiving all-conference honors.
A 6-foot-1-inch, 178-pound senior at Allegheny College, Fowler earned the accolade after his first season as the Gators' starting quarterback.
Through the 10-game season, Fowler completed 203 of 313 passes for 1,952 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also added 11 net rushing yards.
He was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week in successive weeks in October.
In 2010 as the backup quarterback Fowler completed three of five passes for 23 yards.
Starting all ten games at left offensive tackle for Allegheny and earning first-team, all-conference was Sam Taylor from South Fayette High School. He was one of the team's 2011 co-captains.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 285-pound Taylor helped the Gators average 20.5 points per game and allow just 14 quarterback sacks, the second-lowest total in the NCAC. Taylor is the program's first offensive lineman to earn first team league honors in seven years.
Another local Allegheny College football player who earned all-conference honors was Ryan Vietmeier, a 5-foot-9-inch, 185-pound junior safety from Thomas Jefferson High School.
Vietmeier was the Gators' third leading tackler this past season with 54 total stops, including 30 solo tackles. He also recorded three pass break-ups, one sack for seven yards and one tackle for loss of two yards. He made 20 total tackles with a dozen solo stops in 2010.
Four other local players at Allegheny were Rudy DeStefano, Tom Alderson, David Bassi, and Blayze Schindler.
A 5-foot-9-inch, 225-pound junior inside linebacker from Ringgold High School, DeStefano made 11 total tackles with eight solo stops in seven games.
Alderson, a 5-foot-9-inch, 170-pound senior cornerback from Clairton High School, made nine total tackles, including eight solo tackles in ten games.
Also from Ringgold, Schindler, a 5-foot-9-inch, 245-pound junior defensive lineman, made two tackles and a half sack in eight games.
Bassi is a junior tight end from Ringgold High School and the 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound Charleroi native played in seven games and made two receptions for 19 yards.
Under the direction of tenth-year head coach Mark Matlak, the Gators finished 2011 with a 5-5 overall record and 4-3 showing in the nine-team NCAC.
Goda is good
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania senior wide receiver Devon Goda received all-conference for the third straight year in 2011.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pound four-year starter was a first-team selection on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Star unit after earning second-team honors in 2009 and 2010.
A native of Monongahela and graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, Goda caught 75 passes for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. His season totals ranked as the third, fourth and second best, respectively, among SRU's single-season leaders.
Goda also finished his four-year collegiate career ranked second in school history in both receptions (173) and yardage (2,259).
He was the PSAC-West "Offensive Player of the Week" Oct. 23 after he set school records with 225 pass receiving yards and four touchdown receptions during a 48-27 win at Lock Haven University. Goda finished with 17 career touchdowns.
Junior defensive end Jeff Thompson earned second-team All-PSAC honors.
A native of Clairton and graduate of Clairton High School, the 6-foot-2-inch, 240-pound Thompson was Slippery Rock's third-leading tackler with 60 total take-downs.
He led the team and ranked sixth in the PSAC in tackles for a loss with 15 for -60 yards. Thompson also recorded four sacks, the second-best total on the team, batted down three passes, recorded one quarterback hurry and recovered one fumble.
A three-year starter, he has recorded 22.5 tackles for loss and ranks 12th on the school's career chart.
Slippery Rock finished 2011 with an 8-3 overall record and 6-1 PSAC-West mark.
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