McKeesport Daily News Dynamic 33
In a high school football season when Clairton's monumental winning streak was stopped and McKeesport welcomed back legendary coach George Smith, there were quite a few other memorable moments involving teams from the Daily News region. Many involved the top 33 players in the Daily News coverage area, a group made up of Division I caliber players, 1,000-yard rushers, bruising linemen, gun-slinging quarterbacks and skill players who carried their teams to the postseason. This year's group of all-stars is made up of 21 seniors, six juniors, five sophomores an d even a freshman who stepped into a starring role for Steel Valley and ran for nearly 1,500 yards. Here is a look at the 2013 Daily News Dynamic 33 Team:
Kameron Bostic, McKeesport
Junior, OT/DE, 5-11, 250
Tenacious, intelligent blocker, who led team in pancake blocks. Also a starter on offensive line as a sophomore.
Carlos, Hudson, McKeesport
Senior, RB/LB, 6-0, 190
Trademarks of speed, tenacity and intelligence led to explosive play. Maximized opportunties with 307 yards rushing on 38 carries (8.1 average) and three receptions for 62 yards and two scores on run-oriented team. Totaled 88 tackles (31 solo).
Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport
Sophomore, RB/DB, 6-0, 195
Physical and athletic, already receiving Division I scholarship offers with two years remaining. Rushed 26 times for 223 yards (8.6 average) with five TDs. Of 57 tackles, 36 were solo, including four sacks.
Mikell Moore, McKeesport
Senior, FB/DE, 6-1, 215
Relentless two-way performer rushed 154 times for 1,136 yards (7.38 average) and scored 16 TDs while logging 9.5 sacks on defense.
David Queen, McKeesport
Senior, QB/DB, 5-11, 205
In first season running complicated flexbone offense, gained 698 yards rushing on 112 attempts. Scored 14 TDs.
Harry Randall, Woodland Hills
Senior, QB, 6-0, 185
Multi-talented player combined to rush and pass for nearly 1,700 yards in leading team to WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. Scored 14 TDs. Has received offers from Division I FBS schools.
Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills
Sophomore, RB, 6-0, 180
With two years remaining, made his mark for a team that reached the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game by rushing for team-leading 1,064 yards on 128 carries (8.3 average). Also had seven receptions for 96 yards. Scored 14 TDs.
Allen Wright, McKeesport
Senior, RB/DB, 5-10, 165
Great speed and ball skills. Amassed 984 all-purpose yards and eight TDs. Terrific kick returner with 327 yards on kickoffs and 123 yards on punts. Strong defender with 83 tackles (51 solo), four interceptions, seven passes defensed, three blocked FGs and two caused fumbles. Rushed for 504 yards on 40 carries (12.6 average).
Matt Bernadowski, Elizabeth Forward
Senior, WR/CB, 6-2, 180
One of WPIAL's most electrifying players, scored seven special teams TDs. Remarkable big-play ability. Great speed. Attracting interest from multiple Division II schools.
Cole Costy, Thomas Jefferson
Senior, OL/DL, 6-2, 265
Three-year starter, including freshman season. Sat out sophomore year with injury. Very strong, physical player. Has numerous Division I FCS offers.
JaQuan Davidson, Elizabeth Forward
Senior, QB/DB, 6-4, 185
True difference-maker. Committed to Pitt as WR but also very capable at DB. Posted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons since transferring from McKeesport after sophomore year. Logged eight interceptions in past two seasons.
Dalton Dietrich, Thomas Jefferson
Senior, WR/DB, 5-11, 160
Three-year starter at DB with five interceptions this year. Was team's leading receiver with more than 800 yards. Skilled kick returner.
Karlyn Garner, West Mifflin
Sophomore, QB/S, 6-1, 170
Passed for 864 yards on 47 of 74 completions in team's run-oriented offense. Good leader in first varsity season.
Jason Inks, Thomas Jefferson
Senior, OL/DL, 6-5, 305
First-year starter at RT showed dominance. Big, strong, athletic. Size and athleticism appealing to Division I schools.
Christopher Johns, West Mifflin
Senior, C/DL, 5-10, 225
Anchored offensive line that paved way for RB Jimmy Wheeler's near record-setting season in rushing in the WPIAL.
Austin Kemp, Thomas Jefferson
Junior, RB/LB, 5-11, 210
Physical athlete rushed for 1,101 yards. Missed sophomore year with injury after serving as two-way starter as freshman.
DiAngelo Mitchell, West Mifflin
Junior, RB/CB, 5-10, 175
All-purpose back on offense. Nice complement to star RB Jimmy Wheeler. Showed versatility with team-leading four interceptions, including one for a TD.
Mat Nagy, Thomas Jefferson
Senior, OL/DL, 6-3, 255
Three-year starter, including both ways in past two seasons. High motor keeps him playing hard on every play. Physical, strong. Attracting Division I FCS interest.
Ryan Wardropper, Elizabeth Forward
Senior, RB/LB, 6-3, 207
Blue collar worker headed to Division II Seton Hill on a baseball scholarship. Led team with 88 tackles.
Jimmy Wheeler, West Mifflin
Senior, RB/CB, 5-9, 170
Led WPIAL in rushing and scoring, nearly breaking all-time single-season rushing record with 2,616 yards on whopping 298 carries (8.8 average). Finished with 37 TDs. Quick and athletic. Tough to tackle. Lack of size appears to be limiting major Division I college offers.
Chase Winovich, Thomas Jefferson
Senior, QB/RB/LB, 6-4, 220
Michigan recruit projected as LB in college. Physical, fast, strong — seemingly everything needed to excel. Rushed for 981 yards while playing RB and also sparingly at QB. Totaled 135 tackles (45 solo) with 14 sacks to lead team in all categories. Selected to play in Jan. 5 Offense Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Taizjon Brown, East Allegheny
Junior, RB/LB, 5-11, 190
Rushed for 1,003 yards and logged a team-leading 95 tackles. Potential Division I prospect on defense expected to emerge as team leader in 2014.
Ty Cook, South Allegheny
Senior, QB/DB, 6-0, 196
Consistent big-play potential, versatile and speedy. Tremendous defensive player getting plenty of attention from Division I FBS and FCS and Division II schools as a DB. While precise at fundamental tackling and possessing great cover skills, has strong arm and can throw deep ball with accuracy.
Tyler Donahue, Yough
Senior, QB/S, 6-1, 180
While offering great decision-making skill, could excel best in college as WR. Great hands and speed. Attracting mainly Division II interest. Missed nearly two full games with injury to left (non-throwing) shoulder.
DeWayne Murray, Steel Valley
Freshman, RB/LB, 5-9, 180
Though only 14, Murray rushed for team-leading 1,488 yards on 139 carries (10.7 average) with season-high of 325 yards in victory over South Allegheny. Humble, tough and coachable for a freshman. Became starter in third game and gained 155 yards against eventual PIAA champion South Fayette.
Corey Pinkerton, Steel Valley
Senior, OL/DL, 6-2, 285
Three-year starter on both sides. Big, strong, detail-oriented. Moves well for size. Projected as Division FCS or Division II player in college.
Kordell Thompson, South Allegheny
Senior, All-purpose/LB, 6-0, 185
Played multiple positions on offense. Led team with 13 receptions (four TDs) for 302 yards (23.2 average) and was second-leading tackler. Tremendous special teams player.
Clayton Waldron, Yough
Junior, All-purpose back/S, 6-0, 190
Hard-running, versatile, intelligent player. Does intangibles well. Attracting Division I FCS and Division II interest.
Kyle Whipple, East Allegheny
Senior, QB/LB, 6-2, 185
Ranks among all-time leaders in single-season passing yardage with 1,586 (89 for 165) as a senior. Strong-armed, intelligent player who led team's option offense. Receiving Division II and III interest.
JoJuan Bray, Clairton
Senior, TE/LB, 6-1, 181
Led team in receiving yards (278) and sacks (8). Team captain, projected as OLB in college.
Harrison Dreher, Clairton
Sophomore, RB/LB, 5-8, 176
Showed steady improvement, notably on defense. First year at varsity level. Assumed bigger role on team following injuries to others. Finished year with six consecutive games of at least 100 yards rushing.
Aaron Mathews, Clairton
Sophomore, QB/S, 6-5, 180
Rushed for 1,010 yards on 105 attempts (9.6 average), though size could project him as candidate for WR in college. Versatile. Attracting Division I attention, despite having two high school years remaining.
Zac Quatrone, Serra Catholic
Junior, QB/S, 6-2, 170
Speedy and athletic. Topped 1,000 yards rushing and passing for team whose only victory came by forfeit. Scored 15 rushing TDs and passed for five. Played mainly on offense.