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Mt. Pleasant's Mellors hoping to build on solid finish to 2011 campaign

Tyler Mellors has shown no lingering problems from last year's leg injury that forced him to miss a large portion of the season. Evan Sanders/Daily Courier

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Mt. Pleasant roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class

1 Brennan Rmela WR/DB 5-10 155 So.

2 Mitch Matlas WR/DB 6-0 185 Jr.

3 Pierce Cook QB/LB 6-1 180 Jr.

4 Joey Paul WR/DB 5-11 150 Sr.

5 Nathan Pieszak QB/DB 5-11 130 So.

6 Jaylon Ansell RB/LB 5-10 180 So.

7 Tyler Mellors RB/DB 5-7 170 Jr.

8 Josh Hamilton RB/DB 5-8 155 So.

9 John Anys K 5-11 175 Sr.

10 Dalton Bull RB/LB 5-9 170 Sr.

11 Ryan Gumbita QB/DB 6-4 205 Jr.

12 Trevor Salopek WR/DB 6-2 150 So.

16 Tim Hostettler WR/DB 5-11 170 Sr.

17 Marcus Malara TE/LB 6-3 210 Jr.

20 Devin Colon RB/DB 5-8 150 Jr.

22 Ryan Ballew RB/DB 5-8 150 Jr.

25 Brett Fess RB/LB 6-1 190 Jr.

31 Ethan Charlesworth RB/LB 5-9 150 So.

33 Taylor Allison RB/LB 6-1 190 Sr.

39 Christian Hamilton TE/DE 5-8 185 So.

40 Sage Zider WR/LB 5-11 160 So.

41 Andrew Puskar RB/LB 5-5 165 Sr.

42 Jon Dulaney RB/LB 5-3 150 Jr.

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class

44 Eli Holt TE/LB 5-11 190 Sr.

46 Luke Liprando RB/LB 6-0 190 Jr.

47 Brian Prinkey RB/LB 5-11 150 So.

48 Jonah Long TE/LB 6-0 190 So.

52 Paul Barr C/DE 5-10 155 So.

55 Alec Kujawa T/DT 6-3 270 Sr.

60 Jacob Biller G/DE 5-6 210 Sr.

61 Jacob Yurko G/DE 5-6 195 Sr.

62 Adam Golkosky G/DT 5-11 210 So.

64 Jesse Leonard T/DT 6-0 230 Jr.

68 Eric Klejka T/DT 5-11 280 Jr.

69 Jake Bittner T/DT 6-2 270 Sr.

70 Ben Smail G/LB 5-4 190 Sr.

71 Alex Yurechko C/DE 6-0 200 Jr.

73 James Small T/DT 5-9 220 So.

75 Seth Wright G/DE 6-1 215 Jr.

76 Billy Bechtold T/DT 5-9 250 So.

77 Ricky Crowley G/DT 5-10 255 So.

78 Anthony Gantt T/DT 6-3 300 Sr.

79 Chad Gradisek C/DE 5-10 230 Sr.

81 Dante Porter TE/DE 6-0 200 Jr.

83 Caleb Malone WR/OLB 5-6 145 Jr.

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For Mt. Pleasant running back Tyler Mellors, the 2011 season began with a tough break.

Mellors broke his right ankle during a scrimmage with Indiana and was forced to miss the first six games of the regular season. Mellors was one of many Mt. Pleasant players who suffered injuries at some point last season, which ended with a first-round playoff loss to Washington.

“When we were going through some tough games that we lost, I felt horrible,” Mellors said, recalling difficult defeats against Ellwood City and Greensburg Central Catholic. “All I could do was sit there and watch.”

Mellors had to wear a walking boot for nearly a month and was forced to do several weeks of rehabilitation. However, he did the work necessary to come back strong from the injury and was a key contributor to the Vikings' late-season surge to the playoffs. In four games, Mellors rushed for 495 yards and five touchdowns on 59 carries. He also caught nine passes for 112 yards.

“It felt great that I could come back and be the same player,” Mellors said.

Although Mellors missed a large portion of last season, the Vikings had players step up and fill the role.

“Dalton Bull and Paul Caletri came in and did a super job,” coach Bo Ruffner said. “But Tyler gives us a different type of running back. He is an explosive player for us on the offensive side of the ball. He is able to do special things that you just can't coach. We're looking forward to having him back (for a full season).”

In his junior season, Mellors fully expects an increased role in the Mt. Pleasant offense.

“I think I'll have more to do, and I love it,” Mellors said.

He's hoping for a 1,000-yard season for himself, but more importantly, he's working to help the team accomplish its goals.

“Our team goal is to go to the WPIAL finals,” Mellors said. “That would be a good start.”

Mellors also will play linebacker.

Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3534.

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