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Yough, Charleroi players make for Cougar-heavy presence on Interstate First Team

Rich Downer | For the Valley News Dispatch - Charleroi's Dakota Moorer breaks away from Deer Lakes' Romano Vergerio en route to a big gain Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Rich Downer  |  For the Valley News Dispatch</em></div>Charleroi's Dakota Moorer breaks away from Deer Lakes' Romano Vergerio en route to a big gain Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review - Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue celebrates a touchdown against Southmoreland on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review</em></div>Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue celebrates a touchdown against Southmoreland on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.
Jim Ference | Valley Independent - Charleroi's Brandon Bowman.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference | Valley Independent</em></div>Charleroi's Brandon Bowman.

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Wide receiver Dakota Moorer had a breakout season for the Charleroi Cougars with 42 catches for 714 yards (17.0 average).

While the yardage is thought to be a single-season school record, the receptions are the most for a Charleroi receiver since Mark Tedrow caught 51 passes in 1999.

Moorer also scored 12 touchdowns, including several kick returns.

So it comes to no surprise that Moorer was voted to the Interstate Conference First Team All-Stars, along with teammate Brandon Bowman.

The conference released its first team offense and defense, as well as the overall All-Conference Team this week.

Moorer and Bowman are among 26 players named to the first team.

Bowman, who was named all-conference as a junior, made the first team as a linebacker, where he punished opposing ball carriers all season.

“There is no question that Dakota had an amazing season, especially in the second half where he seemed unstoppable,” said Charleroi coach Ed Jenkins. “Brandon is just a tough, tough kid and a great leader. He is very deserving.

“They are two kids we will definitely miss around here.”

The first team also showcases four players from Yough.

The Cougars, who won the first playoff game in the school's history this season, were led on the first team by quarterback Tyler Donahue, all-purpose player Clayton Waldron, offensive lineman Jacob Brundage and defensive lineman Tom Sever.

Donahue had a fabulous season, with a school-record 1,514 yards passing and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for 503 yards and scored 12 TDs.

Waldron led the Cougars in receiving (47-524), rushing (127-745) and scoring (20 TDs), the latter also being a school record.

Yough coach Mark Crovak said he hoped to have more players make the first team.

“It's not the X's and O's, but the Jimmys and Joes for us,” Crovak said. “We had a number of kids who were just able to make plays for us. We had a lot of good kids on this team.”

Conference champion Mt. Pleasant had five players on the first team and had Bo Ruffner named Coach of the Year.

Washington also had five players named.

Yough had three other players on the all-conference list: Shawn Phillips, Eric Baer and Chandler Daniel.

The Interstate First Team and All-Conference Teams will be honored at a banquet at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at Cedarbrook Golf Course's Clubhouse Grille. All players will receive lunch and all-star shirts.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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