Tyler Mellors is Greensburg Trib's football player of the year
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?
Has it ever gotten you in trouble?
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
Jeannette, junior, 5-10, 175
Altieri rushed for 259 yards and three TDs. He also caught 12 passes for 223 yards and four TDs.
Penn-Trafford, junior, 5-8, 170
Austin rushed for 1,275 yards and eight touchdowns and had 396 yards in kickoff returns.
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.
Southmoreland, sophomore, 6-1, 265
Beistel, an all-conference lineman was a strong presence on both sides of the football.
Penn-Trafford, junior, 6-2, 255
Blandford had 63 tackles and eight sacks. He also was an excellent blocker for the Warriors.
Ligonier Valley, senior, 6-7, 245
Bloom caught 45 passes for 830 yards and 12 TDs. He missed three games with a knee injury.
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.
Greensburg Salem, senior, 5-10, 265
Chedrick was a talented blocker on offense and a strong defender.
Hempfield, senior, 5-10, 195
DeFloria rushed for 1,417 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught 19 passes for 206 yards and a score.
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.
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.
Monessen, senior, 6-0, 224
Gillaspie rushed for 1,118 yards and 19 TDs and caught 28 passes for 661 yards and nine touchdowns.
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.
Franklin Regional, senior, 5-11, 175
Jonov caught 26 passes for 454 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had six interceptions.
Kiski Area, senior, 6-4, 230
Kuhn caught 18 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions.
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.
Mt. Pleasant, senior, 6-0, 240
Leonard played well on both sides of the ball. His blocking helped the team's potent ground game.
Homer-Center, senior, 6-0, 255
Newhouse rushed for 1,097 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 111 tackles and four fumble recoveries.
Monessen, senior, 6-1, 247
One of the team's top tacklers, he also caught 10 passes for 155 yards and four touchdowns.
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.
Penn-Trafford, senior, 5-11, 195
Stinelli rushed for 707 yards and scored eight TDs. He also had 67 tackles and two sacks.
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.
Yough, senior, 6-0, 190
Waldron rushed for 898 yards and 10 TDs and caught 55 passes for 624 yards and nine touchdowns.
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.