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The Trib's High School All-Preseason football team

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Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

There's a reason Central Catholic, Gateway and Woodland Hills are early favorites to challenge for the WPIAL Class AAAA championship. All three are deep with talent. The three traditionally strong programs have combined to place 13 players on the Trib's All-Preseason Football Team, which highlights athletes from the WPIAL, City League and District 6 schools in Westmoreland County.

QUARTERBACK

Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette, jr., 6-3, 180

J.J. Cosentino, Central Catholic, sr., 6-5, 220

Ryan Gumbita, Mt. Pleasant, sr., 6-4, 210

Chase Keller, Greensburg CC, sr., 6-4, 190

Chandler Kincade, Blackhawk, sr., 6-5, 240

Levi Metheny, Bethel Park, so., 6-0, 180

Dan Stratton, Beaver Falls, sr., 6-2, 175

Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox, sr., 6-0, 190

Know this With 1,533 yards more, Williams would break the WPIAL's career passing record held by Brumbaugh's brother Christian. Cosentino (Florida State) and Kincade (Akron) have made verbal commitments.

RUNNING BACK

Dennis Briggs, S.S. Academy, sr., 5-11, 195

Chayse Dillon, West Allegheny, jr., 5-11, 190

P.J. Fulmore, North Catholic, jr., 5-7, 170

Shai McKenzie, Washington, sr., 6-0, 215

Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills, so., 6-0, 170

Josh Schultheis, Mars, jr., 6-1, 225

Terry Swanson, Aliquippa, sr., 5-9, 185

James Wheeler, West Mifflin, sr., 5-9, 165

Know this McKenzie and Wheeler each surpassed 2,000 rushing yards last season (led by McKenzie's 2,689), while Swanson, Schultheis and Fulmore each topped 1,400. Briggs has verbally committed to Pitt.

RECEIVERS

Troy Apke, Mt. Lebanon, sr., 6-2, 190

Marcus Johnson, USO, sr., 6-2, 165

Trevon Mathis, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-0, 170

Delvon Randall, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 195

Ricky Rogers, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 190

Shafer Swann, Central Catholic, sr., 6-2, 175

Justin Watson, South Fayette, sr., 6-2, 185

Elijah Zeise, North Allegheny, sr., 6-3, 195

Know this Apke, a Penn State recruit, leads all returning WPIAL players after making 54 catches for 1,048 yards last season. Zeise (Pitt), Rogers (WVU), Randall (Temple) and Watson (Penn) already have committed to college programs.

TIGHT ENDS

Max Augenstein, Peters Township, sr., 6-4, 240

Alec Bloom, Ligonier Valley, sr., 6-7, 240

Jojuan Bray, Clairton, sr., 6-2, 175

Allan Cratsenberg, Highlands, sr., 6-3, 220

Sage Curry, Beaver Falls, sr., 6-1, 200

Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area, sr., 6-4, 230

Andrew Podbielski, Blackhawk, sr., 6-5, 240

Jake Sweitzer, Belle Vernon, sr., 6-4, 250

Know this Podbielski (Akron) and Bloom (UConn) have a great combination of size and skill, a trait most everyone on this list shares.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Alex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon, sr., 6-6, 295

Scott Evans, Brashear, sr., 6-3, 240

Daniel Gibson, Woodland Hills, jr., 6-3, 250

Mike Grimm, Bethel Park, sr., 6-5, 325

Sterling Jenkins, Baldwin, jr., 6-8, 295

Alex Paulina, Canon-McMillan, jr., 6-4, 295

Tony Pilato, Hempfield, jr., 6-7, 315

Connor Shinsky, Knoch, sr., 6-5, 265

Know this Grimm (Pitt) and Bookser are among the most coveted line recruits in the state, and Evans committed to Harvard. But the rising junior class also has an abundance of talent.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Max Adams, Hempfield, sr., 6-2, 240

Rori Blair, Upper St. Clair, sr., 6-3, 210

Brock Boxen, Beaver Falls, sr., 6-4, 285

Darrius Carter, Indiana, sr., 6-5, 205

Zack DeLuca, Central Catholic, sr., 6-2, 245

Jaleel Fields, Aliquippa, sr., 6-2, 260

Jarred Fragapane, North Catholic, sr., 6-4, 230

Adam Mihoci, Franklin Regional, sr., 6-1, 285

Know this These two-way starters have a knack for defense. Blair (Pitt), Boxen (Akron), Carter (Temple) and Fragapane (Lafayette) have made college plans, but Fields (multiple offers) and others will follow.

LINEBACKER

Brendan Blair, Sto-Rox, sr., 6-0, 185

Cole Macek, Montour, sr., 6-0, 225

Justice Rawlins, Monessen, sr., 6-0, 245

Layne Skundrich, No. Allegheny, jr., 5-11, 190

Nate Stone, Greensburg CC, sr., 6-1, 220

Brenon Thrift, Gateway, sr., 6-4, 240

Chase Winovich, Thomas Jefferson, sr., 6-4, 220

Dan Zajac, Ambridge, sr., 6-1, 225

Know this Winovich, a Michigan recruit, headlines the WPIAL's linebacker class along with Curry (WVU) and Thrift (Temple). Skundrich was NA's leading tackler as a sophomore.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Anthony Davis, Gateway, sr., 6-0, 180

Dravon Henry, Aliquippa, sr., 5-11, 190

Malik Hooker, New Castle, sr., 6-2, 175

Montae Nicholson, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 205

Harry Randall, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-0, 180

Tre Tarpley, Central Catholic, sr., 6-0, 180

Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge, jr., 6-1, 160

Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley, jr., 6-0, 180

Know this The secondary holds many of the WPIAL's top recruits this season; Hooker committed to Ohio State and Davis picked Temple, but Henry and Nicholson still must decide from among dozens of scholarship offers.

ATHLETE

JaQuan Davidson, Elizabeth Forward, sr., 6-4, 185

Tory Delmonico, West Allegheny, sr., 6-2, 195

Clintell Gillaspie, Monessen, sr., 6-0, 225

Brandon Mitchell, Fox Chapel, sr., 6-6, 205

Know this All four have a designated position on the roster, but they could line up anywhere on the field. Davidson carried, caught and threw TDs a season ago.

kickers/PUNTERS

Danny Christenson, Bethel Park, sr., 5-8, 150

Dom DelGreco, Seton-La Salle, sr., 5-8, 160

Adam Mitcheson, Kiski Area, sr., 6-2, 190

Matt White, Mars, sr., 6-1, 175

Know this All four have been all-conference selections, including DelGreco, who was chosen as the Century's top punter and kicker last season.

 

 

 
 


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