| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Area football players poised to have a big season in 2013

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Randy Jarosz | for the Signal Item
Isiah Canthon will provide the Carlynton football team a strong running threat in 2013.
Top high school sports
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 8:55 p.m.

The 2012 WPIAL football season is drawing to a close. The helmets and pads are locked away, coaches have stopped drawing Xs and Os and all eyes will be on the playoff brackets to see which squads reach Heinz Field.

But it is never too early to look ahead to next season.

Staff writer Nathan Smith has been on the search for athletes who could help lead their teams to success next year.

Andreo Coury

Junior receiver

Chartiers Valley

The junior slot receiver offered the Colts a versatile weapon who was able to carry the ball.

Coury finished as the team's leading receiver with 385 yards on 25 receptions. He finished second on the team in touchdowns with seven. Before the season got under way, Coury was in contention to be the team's quarterback, showing his versatility.

With junior quarterback Josh Lapiana returning, the Colts passing game will see an instant boost. He finished the season with more than 1,000 passing yards.

He also provided a strong presence in the squad's secondary.

With the Colts going through a coaching change, Coury could give the new staff a weapon at whatever position they see fit.

Isiah Canton

Freshman running back


The freshman showed great progress in his first varsity season. He recorded seven touchdowns, a PAT and a field goal.

In the final game of the season, Canton pounded out 121 yards on the ground and scored against Monessen.

With the graduation of key parts of the Cougars' offense, the youngster could have a monster sophomore campaign.

The return of junior quarterback Freddi McKissick will also boost the Carlynton offense.

Kobi Phillipi

Sophmore quarterback

Keystone Oaks

The gunslinger had a solid outing in his first season leading the Golden Eagles' offense, racking up 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns.

With the graduation of 1,000-yard running back Dale Klobuchir, Keystone Oaks may need to rely on Phillipi's arm in 2013.

He will be helped by the return of junior wide receiver Braydon Griffiths and sophomore running back Jimmy Canello.

Tyler Reddy

Junior running back

Bishop Canevin

The Crusaders graduate their starting quarterback, fullback and wide receivers this season, meaning they will need to find some new playmakers on offense.

Reddy could help in that department. He recorded 361 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, 167 yards and a touchdown receiving and threw for 162 yards and two touchdown this season.

Sophomore Giovanni Demazro could have a big year if he can stay healthy.

The running back had 422 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and 109 yards through the air but battled injuries throughout the year.

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 412-388-5813.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pitt, WR Boyd look to break out against Virginia
  2. Searchers find cousins alive in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge area
  3. NFL notebook: Cardinals to stay in W.Va. ahead of Steelers game
  4. Rock Steelers Style, other fashion events team up for a good cause
  5. Cole working to become Penguins’ next Martin on defense
  6. Steelers notebook: Starting DEs not leaving the field
  7. Marshals seek parole violator who walked away from Downtown treatment center
  8. City Theatre opens season with another rich play from Conor McPherson
  9. First Draft: Sports superstitions can take fizz out of beer buying
  10. Penn State to face improving Indiana team
  11. Boutique offers healthful take on beauty