Kittanning Leader Times 2012 High School Football All-Stars
Player of the year
Kittanning, senior QB/LB, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds
Enabled by a newly installed shotgun spread offense, Kittanning senior quarterback Kevin Barnes burst onto the Armstrong football scene and established himself as one of the area's premier dual threats.
Barnes earned an all-Allegheny Conference first-team nod after he completed 104 of 173 pass attempts for 1,195 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 940 yards and six touchdowns.
He also became an all-conference first-teamer on defense, where he often was assigned to stop short throws and sweeps to the wide side of the field. He made 64 tackles, had two sacks and forced two fumbles.
His two-way productivity earned him the Leader Times' Player of the Year distinction.
It also caught the attention of several Western Pennsylvania college programs, including Division II teams Clarion, Edinboro and Indiana (Pa.) and Division III teams Waynesburg, Marietta (Ohio) and Allegheny.
Barnes ranks Edinboro, Waynesburg and Marietta as his top three choices, but he plans to wait until he learns more about each school's level of interest to make a decision.
When you look at your stats now, what's your reaction?
I wish I had more rushing yards. I wanted that (1,000 yards) the whole year. … I wanted 1,000 in both, but I also wanted our team to win more. If I'd had more rushing yards, it probably would've helped.
I'm kind of surprised by the passing. But the rushing, I've been doing it for a while. I felt like I was able to.
Do you think your physical running style surprises defenders?
I'm not sure it surprises them. They've been watching tape of our games before, but I like extra yards, so why not go for them.
Actually, I've had people tell me that on defense. They want me to hit harder. But I just think I need to tackle them, get them on the ground. No point in hitting harder.
On the topic of defense, you got all-conference on both sides of the ball. Were you surprised by the defensive honor?
I was surprised by all-conference linebacker. I wasn't quite sure why I was getting it, but I wasn't going to turn it down.
If you were a player-coach and you had your choice of an offense, which system do you install?
I like the spread a lot. I like what we did this year. We were able to get the ball around, see bigger holes, more spaces. We had a fast team, so that worked.
Do you have a highlight tape? How long is it? And do you have music for it?
Yes, I have one on Hudl. It's 12 minutes. I put the 300-violin orchestra on it, then “Heart of a Champion,” then some other song I don't even know.
How many times have you watched it?
Probably 15. I've shown a few people it and watched it all the way through. But by myself, I've probably watched it 10.
Was football your No. 1 sport before the season?
Last year, I would say it was basketball. I started in football and basketball last year. But in basketball I got more playing time than I did in football. In football, I only played on the defensive side. This year, it switched to football because I felt I had a pretty good season and I felt it was my better sport.
Karns City, LB
Senior, 5-10, 160
Highlights: Ball-hawking linebacker earned first-team all-Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Large School division honors after averaging almost 11 tackles per game.
Sophomore, 5-9, 145
Highlights: Speedster gained 275 yards on 30 carries, finished second on the team in rushing. Also was second on the team in tackles with 59.
Senior, 5-10, 150
Highlights: First-time all-Allegheny Conference kicker made 29 extra points and ranked among WPIAL leaders with five field goals. His longest field goal sailed 39 yards.
Senior, 6-2, 210
Highlights: First-team all-Allegheny Conference defender had a team-high eight sacks and made 69 tackles. Also led team in receptions (9) and receiving yards (198).
Karns City, RB/DB
Junior, 5-7, 147
Highlights: Big-play threat led the Gremlins in rushing yards (723) and receiving yards (333). Also named first-team all-Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Large School division as a safety.
Junior, 5-10, 175
Highlights: First-team all-Eastern Conference linebacker led the Vikings with 78 tackles, including 43 solo stops. Also had two sacks, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt.
Senior, 6-3, 185
Highlights: First-team all-Allegheny Conference cornerback ranked among the WPIAL regular-season leaders with five interceptions. Also caught 36 passes for 266 yards.
West Shamokin, FB/LB
Sophomore, 5-8, 165
Highlights: Wing-T workhorse rushed his way through the middle of defenses for team-high 785 yards and five touchdowns on 135 carries. Named second-team all-Eastern Conference on offense and defense.
Karns City, QB
Junior, 5-10, 153
Highlights: Versatile first-team all-Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Large School division selection passed for 1,279 yards and rushed for 513. Threw 13 touchdowns and ran for five.
Senior, 6-0, 170
Highlights: Do-it-all performer scored six touchdowns (three rushing, three receiving). Also made 48 tackles, averaged 35.2 yards per punt and 28.9 yards per kick return.
Senior, 5-11, 175
Highlights: Dual-threat threw for 628 yards and rushed for Armstrong area-high 1,186 yards and 13 TDs. Named first-team all-Allegheny Conference on both sides of the ball.
Senior, 6-4, 220
Highlights: Big blocker on the edge and target over the middle caught 34 passes for 196 yards and earned first-team all-Allegheny Conference recognition on offense.
Karns City, FB/DL/K
Junior, 5-10, 175
Highlights: Versatile three-way starter was named first-team all-Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Large School division as a defensive lineman. Also rushed for 575 yards and seven TDs.
Ford City, WR/DB
Senior, 5-10, 180
Highlights: Wideout came on strong near end of season and finished with 31 receptions for 343 yards and three TDs to earn a second-team all-Allegheny Conference nod.
Ford City, OL/DE
Senior, 6-0, 200
Highlights: First-team all-Allegheny Conference defensive end filled in at several different positions on both sides for injury-plagued Ford City.
Sophomore, 6-1, 160
Highlights: The other half of the Vikings' big-play receiver tandem had 23 catches for 534 yards and seven touchdowns. Named second-team all-Allegheny Conference as a receiver.
Senior, 5-11, 150
Highlights: Defensive specialist led team in tackles (99) and forced fumbles (5) to earn first-team all-Allegheny Conference honor. Also finished with five sacks and two INTs.
West Shamokin, OL/DL
Senior, 6-0, 202
Highlights: Quiet leader, a second-team all-Eastern Conference selection as a defensive lineman, was among the Wolves' most athletic players.
Sophomore, 6-1, 155
Highlights: Explosive playmaker had 39 receptions for 786 yards and 11 touchdowns. ... All-Class A Eastern Conference first-teamer on offense and defense.
Senior, 6-2, 240
Highlights: Two-way Allegheny Conference first-teamer also earned conference's lineman of the year honor. … Finished with 72 tackles, including six sacks.
Ford City, RB/DB
Senior, 5-11, 170
Highlights: An all-Allegheny Conference first-teamer at both positions, he rushed for 818 yards and 10 touchdowns on 115 carries. Also caught 31 passes for 343 yards.
West Shamokin, RB/DB
Sophomore, 5-9, 170
Highlights: Speedster on the edge rushed for 776 yards and scored team-high eight touchdowns. Second-team all-Eastern Conference selection also averaged more than 24 yards per kick return.
Senior, 6-3, 215
Highlights: Big hitter in the middle made 97 tackles, including three sacks, to earn first-team all-Allegheny Conference honors. Also had an INT and two forced fumbles.
Junior, 5-11, 155
Highlights: Dual-threat QB passed for 1,457 yards and 19 touchdowns while also rushing for 671 yards and eight scores. ... Named to Class A Eastern Conference second team.
Jordan Cominos Soph., OL/DL, Leechburg
Brady Cornman Jr., WR/DB, West Shamokin
Jake Dougherty Soph., QB/LB, Redbank Valley
DEVIN DUNMIRE Sr., OL/DL, Leechburg
David Grafton Jr., OL/DL, Kittanning
Jake Iellimo Sr., OL/DE, Leechburg
Brandon Krumpe Sr., TE/DE, Karns City
Collin Mennor Sr., OL/DL, Karns City
Dakota Mohney Jr., WR/DB, Karns City
Mike Olkowski Jr., OL/DL, Karns City
Mitch Pirhalla Sr., WR/DB, Kittanning
Tristan Rhoades Soph., RB/DB, Karns City
Nathan Rummel Jr., OL/DL, Freeport
Damon Smith Sr., RB/DB, Freeport
Colton Toy Sr., OL/DL, Kittanning
Jr., RB/LB Apollo-Ridge