Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Stephen F. Austin was the first school to offer a scholarship to Mack Leftwich, overlooking his size and focusing instead on his accuracy and accomplishments as a passer.
That played into the North Allegheny quarterback's decision to make a verbal commitment to the Lumberjacks, a Division I FCS program in Nacogdoches, Texas, his native state.
“They had the guts to offer me, and I was the first quarterback they offered,” Leftwich said. “That meant a lot.”
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Leftwich is leading the WPIAL in passing this season, completing 51 of 78 attempts for 1,180 yards and 15 touchdowns through five games for the two-time defending WPIAL Class AAAA champion and top-ranked Tigers.
Leftwich passed for 2,223 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 933 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, after moving to North Allegheny from Tulsa, Okla., when his father, Spencer, was hired to coach Pitt's offensive line. Leftwich lived in Denton, Texas for most of his childhood.
“It's a good fit for me,” Leftwich said. “They run a wide-open offense. They throw the ball 40-50 times a game. I like the coaching staff and will have an opportunity to play early.”
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