Gateway seniors set for Chesapeake Bowl all-star game
The third-annual Chesapeake Bowl all-star football game is Saturday in Landover, Md., and the contest is becoming an annual tradition for Gateway seniors.
Gators defensive back Todd Jeter, tight end Jaymar Parrish, defensive tackle Anthony Parente, offensive guard R.J. Hughes, tight end Mileak Ford and quarterback Thomas Woodson are part of a contingent of WPIAL seniors who will be on the North team in the game.
“It's a terrific bowl game,” Gateway head coach Terry Smith said.
“It's a great accomplishment for our kids to get accepted. You have some great players from Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. They get to compete in what we call their first college game because of the great competition.”
The players report for practice and game activities Thursday.
Parrish will attend the game, but he won't be able to play as he is recovering from an ankle injury suffered late in the football season.
The WPIAL as a whole will be well represented, as Imani Christian wide receiver Brendan Edwards, McKeesport linebacker Hodari Christian, Clairton defensive back Titus Howard, Aliquippa defensive back Malik Shegog and Montour offensive guard Matt Barone and defensive tackle Tyler Haddock will participate.
The North squad consists of players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and the South roster has players from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
“When you come down, you become the WPIAL, not just a player from Gateway or Clairton or McKeesport,” Smith said.
“You want to represent your area well. We in western Pennsylvania feel we have some of the best football in the country, and our guys want to go down there and prove it.”
Gateway graduates Brian Jones, Cody Conway and Graham Davis represented Gateway at last year's Chesapeake Bowl, and the trio helped the North record a 28-17 victory.
Woodson and Gateway junior defensive back Montae Nicholson are two of 11 players from the WPIAL selected to the Pa. Sports Writers Quad-A all-state team.
Woodson was one of three quarterbacks on the team, joining North Allegheny senior Mack Leftwich on the squad.
Woodson completed 118 of 204 passes for 2,395 yards and 23 touchdowns against only four interceptions for the Gators, who finished 9-2 and lost to Woodland Hills, 17-14, in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs.
Nicholson, also a standout wide receiver, finished tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 40, and he recorded one interception and two fumble recoveries.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.