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Tyler Mellors is Greensburg Trib's football player of the year

Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Ringgold's Nico Law on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Yough's Tyler Donahue on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Homer Center's Mike Newhouse on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Kiski Area's Shane Kuhn on December 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Hempfield Area's Ty George on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Hempfield Area's Joey DeFloria on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Central Catholic's Tyler Balla on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Mt. Pleasant's Ty Mellors on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Central Catholic's Nate Stone on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Colin Jonov on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Charan Singh on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Franklin Regional's Brett Zanotto on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Mt. Pleasant's Ryan Gumbita on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review - Greensburg Salem's Donny Chedrick on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Yough running back Clayton Waldron taken for the 2013 Terrific 25 Team on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Greater Latrobe quarterback Logan Carns taken for the 2013 Terrific 25 Team on Dec. 18, 2013.
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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Devin Austin of Penn-Trafford stands for a portrait onTuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 in Greensburg.
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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Tom Stinelli of Penn-Trafford stands for a portrait Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Greensburg.
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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Zach Altieri of Jeannette stands for a portrait Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Greensburg.
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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Jessie Leonard of Mt. Pleasant stands for a portrait on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Greensburg.
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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Trey Blandford of Penn Trafford stands for a portrait Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Greensburg.
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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Jake Beistel of Southmoreland stands for a portrait Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Greensburg.
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Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Alec Bloom of Ligonier Valley stands for a portrait Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Greensburg.
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Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Monessen running back Clintell Gillaspie poses for a photo as a member of the 2013 Terrific 25 Team on Dec. 19, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Monessen running back Clintell Gillaspie poses for a photo as a member of the 2013 Terrific 25 Team on Dec. 19, 2013.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Monessen linebacker Justice Rawlings poses for a photo as a member of the 2013 Terrific 25 Team on Dec. 19, 2013.
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By Jason Mackey and Paul Schofield
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, 7:18 p.m.
 

Senior running back Tyler Mellors obliterated Mt. Pleasant's record books after rushing for 1,738 yards and 27 touchdowns this season.

He set six all-time marks, chief among them career yards with 4,179. Bob Gorinski (Class of 1970) held the previous record with 3,350.

Mellors set Mt. Pleasant records for rushing yards, season and career; touchdowns in a season and career (67); points scored in a season (176) and career (437).

The gaudy numbers helped Mt. Pleasant to a 10-1 record and the WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference title, which the Vikings clinched with a 47-22 victory at Washington on Oct. 11.

Mellors had 216 rushing yards — while breaking the school record — against the Prexies and scored a total of six touchdowns. One of them was a 93-yard run that keyed the rout.

Mellors, who hasn't decided whether he's going to play football or baseball in college, pitches and plays shortstop for Mt. Pleasant's baseball team.

What's your favorite memory from this season?

I guess the Washington game. The locker room was great. Guys were so happy. Everyone thought we were going to lose, but the momentum we got in the second half finished the game.

Where did that come from?

We came into that game ready. On the bus, we were so focused; there was no screwing around. When we went into the locker room to change for the game, everyone was just so focused. It was good.

Do you have a favorite play?

I would say the Wash High game, that 93-yard run. That was my favorite.

Why was that?

Big game, big crowd. It was nice.

How did it feel to break six school records?

It feels good. One of my coaches (Doug Adamrovich) had a few of them before me, so it's nice. We have a little joke between us.

What's the joke?

Every time I see him I give him a little smirk. He just knows.

You're extremely competitive, almost too much. Where'd this come from?

I've always been competitive; I never want to lose. When I start losing, I get mad.

Is this even while playing darts, pool … anything?

Anything.

Has it ever gotten you in trouble?

Not yet.

What's next year hold for you?

I would love to play college ball; I'm just not sure if I'd choose baseball or football yet. I'm really talking to Seton Hill for football and a lot of schools for baseball.”

Anything you realize now that you didn't know before this season?

Senior year goes fast. I took that for granted. I didn't think it would go as fast as it is.

— Jason Mackey

Greensburg Tribune-Review Terrific 25 selections

Zach AltieriWR/DB

Jeannette, junior, 5-10, 175

Altieri rushed for 259 yards and three TDs. He also caught 12 passes for 223 yards and four TDs.

Devin AustinRB

Penn-Trafford, junior, 5-8, 170

Austin rushed for 1,275 yards and eight touchdowns and had 396 yards in kickoff returns.

Tyler BallaRB

Greensburg C.C., senior, 5-5, 159

Balla rushed for 1,475 yards and 13 TDs. He also caught 28 passes for 510 yards and four TDs.

Jake BeistelC/NG

Southmoreland, sophomore, 6-1, 265

Beistel, an all-conference lineman was a strong presence on both sides of the football.

Trey BlandfordG/DE

Penn-Trafford, junior, 6-2, 255

Blandford had 63 tackles and eight sacks. He also was an excellent blocker for the Warriors.

Alec BloomTE

Ligonier Valley, senior, 6-7, 245

Bloom caught 45 passes for 830 yards and 12 TDs. He missed three games with a knee injury.

Logan CarnsQB

Latrobe, senior, 6-3, 205

Carns rushed for 377 yards and seven TDs and completed 46 of 72 passes for 625 yards and a TD.

Donnie ChedrickG/DT

Greensburg Salem, senior, 5-10, 265

Chedrick was a talented blocker on offense and a strong defender.

Joey DeFloriaRB

Hempfield, senior, 5-10, 195

DeFloria rushed for 1,417 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught 19 passes for 206 yards and a score.

Tyler DonahueQB

Yough, senior, 6-1, 180

Donahue completed 127 of 226 for 1,568 yards and 17 TDs. He rushed for 699 yards and 10 TDs.

Ty GeorgeQB

Hempfield, senior, 6-4, 210

George completed 59 of 115 passes for 699 yards and five TDs. He rushed for 524 yards and five TDs.

Clintell GillaspieRB

Monessen, senior, 6-0, 224

Gillaspie rushed for 1,118 yards and 19 TDs and caught 28 passes for 661 yards and nine touchdowns.

Ryan GumbitaQB/DB

Mt. Pleasant, senior, 6-4, 210

He passed for 587 yards and nine TDs. He rushed for 358 yards and three TDs and had three INTs.

Colin JonovWR/DB

Franklin Regional, senior, 5-11, 175

Jonov caught 26 passes for 454 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had six interceptions.

Shane KuhnTE

Kiski Area, senior, 6-4, 230

Kuhn caught 18 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions.

Nico LawQB

Ringgold, junior, 6-1, 185

Law ran for 1,210 yards and 15 TDs. He also competed 93 of 180 passes for 1,494 yards and 14 TDs.

Jessie LeonardOT/DT

Mt. Pleasant, senior, 6-0, 240

Leonard played well on both sides of the ball. His blocking helped the team's potent ground game.

Mike NewhouseRB/LB

Homer-Center, senior, 6-0, 255

Newhouse rushed for 1,097 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 111 tackles and four fumble recoveries.

Justice RawlinsLB

Monessen, senior, 6-1, 247

One of the team's top tacklers, he also caught 10 passes for 155 yards and four touchdowns.

Charan SinghQB/S

Franklin Regional, senior, 6-2, 192

Singh completed 68 of 125 passes for 925 yards and 11 TDs and ran for 770 yards and seven TDs.

Tom StinelliPOS.

Penn-Trafford, senior, 5-11, 195

Stinelli rushed for 707 yards and scored eight TDs. He also had 67 tackles and two sacks.

Nate StoneTE/LB

Greensburg C.C., senior, 5-11, 219

Stone caught nine passes for 145 yards and five TDs. He also was one of the team's top tacklers.

Clay WaldronRB/WR

Yough, senior, 6-0, 190

Waldron rushed for 898 yards and 10 TDs and caught 55 passes for 624 yards and nine touchdowns.

Brett ZanottoLB

Franklin Regional, junior, 6-0, 205

He was one of the top tacklers on the team and also rushed for 649 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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