Area football players poised to have a big season in 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
Junior running back
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 email@example.com or 412-388-5813.