Monessen's Chavas Rawlins named Greensburg Tribune-Review player of the year
By Paul Schofield
Published: Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 10:59 p.m.
Tribune-Review Terrific 25
Monessen, senior, 6-3, 188
This WVU early signee completed 71 of 165 passes for 1,382 yards and 13 touchdowns. He rushed for 12 scores and gained 613 yards. He intercepted three passes.
Rawlins helped lead Monessen to a 9-2 record, which was second to Clairton in the Black Hills Conference, and a quarterfinal round appearance in the WPIAL Class A playoffs. He was a dual-threat quarterback, throwing 13 touchdown passes and rushing for 12. He will enroll at West Virginia University on Jan. 17 and compete for the starting QB job in the spring. He was a Pennsylvania Sportswriters first-team all-state selection at quarterback.
Did you achieve what you wanted at Monessen?
Everything except winning a WPIAL and PIAA title. I achieved the rest of my goals and feel good about it.
Talk about the switch to a new conference and the team's success?
It was crazy. We went from playing West Greene and Jefferson Morgan to playing Brentwood and Chartiers-Houston. No one expected us to do so well. Some thought we'd win five games, but every game was close except for the Clairton game, and the young kids stepped up.
You played quarterback at Monessen. Will you switch at WVU?
No. I'm enrolling early so I can compete for the starting job.
What's the appeal to WVU and Coach (Dana) Holgorsen?
When my mom and I visited, coach was straight up with me. He's honest with all his players and that's what we liked. There is a time to be serious and there is a time to joke around.
What do you believe is your strength and what are some of the things you'll be working on?
My athleticism and run ability is my biggest strength. I have to continue to work on my mechanics. I'm in a similar spot that (former Jeannette, Ohio State and current Oakland Raiders player) Terrelle Pryor was in. First, Terrelle was an unbelievable player, but I'd like to work on being a better player. He had a fantastic career.
Who was someone you looked up to while growing up?
Since I didn't know who my father was, the late Jo Jo Heath II did a lot for me. He kind of raised me, and he had a positive impact on my life. He was a great player at Monessen and Pitt, and played professionally. I was a Pitt fan growing up until the recruiting process, and then I had to be objective.
Monessen has great tradition and its fans are loyal. What was it like playing at Memorial Stadium on Friday nights?
It meant a lot. Monessen has changed a lot over the years, but the fans always support the teams in everything we do. It's fun playing in front of them.
What is something people don't know about you?
During my freshman and sophomore years I was a basketball prospect. A lot of small colleges were looking at me. But my junior year I decided I wanted to play Division I football.
Do you have a most memorable game that sticks out?
It was a playoff loss to Springdale my junior year. We lost 65-30, but I returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns and I had two rushing touchdowns. That loss made me work harder for my senior season.
— Paul Schofield
Hempfield, junior, 6-2, 240
A solid run blocker for the vastly improved Spartans, he was a first-team all-conference tackle.
Jeannette, senior, 5-9, 190
He is a quick and disruptive defender who consistently played in the opponent's backfield.
Penn-Trafford, senior, 5-10, 175
He caught 15 passes for 362 yards and five touchdowns and also intercepted three passes.
Jeannette, senior, 5-6, 175
A shifty runner who gained 800 yards and scored 12 times, he had the game-winner against GCC.
Hempfield, junior, 6-1, 165
A first-team all-conference safety, he also rushed for six scores and intercepted two passes.
Yough, junior, 6-1, 170
He was 95 of 189 for 1,254 yards and 11 TDs, rushed for seven scores and intercepted four passes.
Jeannette, senior, 5-10, 185
He rushed for 920 yards and 12 touchdowns and also caught 15 passes and two touchdowns.
Monessen, junior, 5-11, 222
He rushed for 642 yards and eight TDs and hauled in 24 passes for 561 yards and six scores.
Greensburg C.C., senior, 6-1, 193
Akron recruit rushed for three TDs and caught 21 passes. He also had four interceptions on defense.
Franklin Regional, senior, 6-0, 212
The team's leading tackler, setting the school record for tackles. He is receiving some Division I interest.
Jeannette, senior, 6-0, 240
The two-way player was a strong run blocker and a tough run stopper on defense.
Mt. Pleasant, senior, 5-11, 190
An instinctive player on defense who finds the football, he led team in tackles the past two years.
Belle Vernon, senior, 6-6, 290
The Leopards ran behind this Pitt recruit a lot, taking advantage of his stellar pass and run blocking.
Greensburg C.C., junior, 6-4, 190
He completed 86 passes for 1,378 yards and 15 TDs and also rushed for 577 yards.
Mt. Pleasant, junior, 5-11, 280
A physical player on both sides of the ball, he anchored a strong line that aided the ground game.
Franklin Regional, senior, 6-1, 208
He completed 77 passes for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 311 yards and three TDs.
Penn-Trafford, senior, 6-3, 215
An outstanding defensive player who had two interceptions, he also caught 13 passes for 309 yards.
Mt. Pleasant, junior, 5-7, 170
He rushed for 1,490 yards and 25 touchdowns and also played a role in the secondary.
Franklin Regional, junior, 6-1½, 285
A dominating blocker, he also reads well, is hard to block and is a good pass rusher on defense.
Franklin Regional, junior, 6-1, 160
He caught 28 passes for 476 yards and five TDs and also intercepted four passes.
Penn-Trafford, senior, 6-1, 180
He completed 57 of 105 passes for 976 yards and 11 TDs, rushed for 476 yards and had three INTs.
Ligonier Valley, senior, 6-6, 296
Lehigh recruit was a leader on an offensive line that helped a strong running game.
Ligonier Valley, senior, 5-9, 190
He led the team in rushing with 1,481 yards and 27 touchdowns and played weakside linebacker.
Derry Area, senior, 5-11, 205
Versatile player rushed for 539 yards and nine TDs and caught 35 passes for 543 yards.
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