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Tribune-Review's All-Preseason Team

Chris Harlan
| Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, 12:23 a.m.
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North Allegheny and Gateway, the WPIAL's top-ranked teams in Class AAAA, are favorites for a reason. It's the same reason Central Valley, Aliquippa and Clairton are highly acclaimed. All five teams have an abundance talented individuals. Combined they have 18 players on the Trib's All-Preseason Football Team, which highlights athletes from the WPIAL, City League and District 6 schools in Westmoreland County.

By design, the team has 38 offensive players (8 QBs, 8 RBs, 8 WRs, 6 TEs, 8 OLs), 24 defensive players (8 DLs, 8 LBs, 8 DBs), 8 specialists and 4 athletes. No player was put on the team at more than one position.

QUARTERBACK

Jordan Brown, Seneca Valley, sr., 6-2, 160

Luke Brumbaugh, Seton-La Salle, sr., 6-2, 190

Chandler Kincade, Blackhawk, jr., 6-5, 210

Mack Leftwich, North Allegheny, sr., 5-11, 190

Chavas Rawlins, Monessen, sr., 6-2, 190

Eddie Stockett, McKeesport, sr., 6-4, 210

Thomas Woodson, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 200

Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox, jr., 6-0, 180

Know this: The WPIAL this season has strong-armed pocket passers and dual-threat quarterbacks with Division I scholarships. Four of the eight already have committed to FBS programs: Kincade to Pitt, Rawlins to WVU, Stockett to Akron and Woodson to Arizona.

RUNNING BACK

Brock Baranowski, Pine-Richland, sr., 5-9, 160

Forrest Barnes, Seneca Valley, sr., 5-10, 175

Dane Brown, Franklin Regional, sr., 5-7, 190

Dorian Brown, Baldwin, sr., 5-10, 170

Patrick Ferguson, Allderdice, sr., 6-0, 240

Darin Franklin, Gateway, sr., 5-9, 180

Shai McKenzie, Washington, jr., 6-0, 215

Isiah Neely, OLSH, sr., 5-8, 175

• Know this: Nine of the 10 surpassed 1,000 rushing yards a season ago, led by Dane Brown with 1,960. The only exception was Franklin, who had an ACL tear that limited him to 823. Barnes might be the most versatile, having also caught 45 passes last year.

RECEIVERS

Troy Apke, Mt. Lebanon, jr., 6-2, 175

Zach Challingsworth, South Fayette, sr., 6-2, 190

Robert Foster, Central Valley, sr., 6-2, 185

Gregg Garrity, North Allegheny, sr., 5-9, 150

Tom Greene, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-3, 185

Zach Schademan, Thomas Jefferson, sr., 6-0, 175

Terrish Webb, Clairton, sr., 6-0, 170

Devin Wilson, Montour, sr., 6-4, 185

• Know this: The talent at this position might be the WPIAL's deepest, with Foster as headliner. Wilson led the WPIAL with 72 catches a year ago, but Challingsworth and Schademan could challenge him for the 2012 receptions title. Challingsworth, a Pitt recruit, had 49 last year. Shademan had 48.

TIGHT ENDS

Donovan Cobb, Aliquippa, jr., 6-1, 215

C.J. Jackson, Pine-Richland, sr., 6-3, 210

Mike Kish, Brentwood, sr., 6-5, 230

Marcus Martin, West Mifflin, sr., 6-2 190

Scott Orndoff, Seton-La Salle, sr., 6-5, 250

Jaymar Parrish, Gateway, sr., 6-2, 225

• Know this: Kish (Akron), Orndoff (Pitt) and Parrish (Pitt) are talented pass-catchers already committed to colleges. Any of the three could line up at receiver. Cobb, whose brother Ashton played at Kentucky, also has Division I talent.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Matt Barone, Montour, sr., 6-3, 290

Alex Bookser, Mt. Lebanon, jr., 6-5, 295

Mike Grimm, Bethel Park, jr., 6-7, 320

Pat Hall, Thomas Jefferson, sr., 6-1, 230

Dorian Johnson, Belle Vernon, sr., 6-6, 290

Pat Kugler, North Allegheny, sr., 6-4, 265

Austin Park, Upper St. Clair, sr., 6-0, 250

Alex Paulina, Canon-McMillan, so., 6-4, 290

• Know this: Kugler and Johnson are the best offensive line recruits in the state. Kugler picked Michigan months ago, but Pitt, Ohio State and others are pursuing Johnson, who once was a Penn State recruit. Barone is Temple bound.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Brock Boxen, Beaver Falls, jr., 6-3, 250

Zack DeLuca, Central Catholic, jr., 6-1, 250

Jaleel Fields, Aliquippa, jr., 6-2, 260

Ty Haddock, Montour, sr., 6-0, 300

R.J. Hughes, Gateway, sr., 6-4, 275

Micah Tennant, Ligonier Valley, sr., 6-6, 290

Jawan Turner, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-0, 245

Dustin Windemaker, West Allegheny, sr., 6-3, 250

• Know this: Many of these eight will also play offense, but they have shown themselves to be disruptive defenders. That includes Haddock, a two-way tackle committed to Temple. Tennant, a Westmoreland County standout from District 6, has many scholarship offers.

LINEBACKER

Alex Beasley, Woodland Hills, sr., 6-0, 230

Myles Catlin, University Prep, sr., 5-10, 215

Hodari Christian, McKeesport, sr., 6-1, 210

Mike Dunn, Bishop Canevin, sr., 6-4, 220

Leo Loughery, Central Catholic, sr., 6-2, 225

Justice Rawlins, Monessen, jr., 6-2, 220

Nate Stone, Greensburg C.C., jr, 6-1, 220

Brenon Thrift, Gateway, jr., 6-3, 230

• Know this: The linebackers are led by WVU-bound Christian, the fourth D1 FBS defender from McKeesport in three years. All five senior LBs are talented tacklers, and the three juniors already are drawing praise.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

DaRon Clark, Perry, sr., 6-3, 180

Brendan Coniker, North Allegheny, sr., 6-1, 180

Brendan Edwards, Imani Christian, sr., 5-10, 175

Zach Guiser, Greensburg C.C., sr., 6-1, 190

Dravon Henry, Aliquippa, jr., 5-11, 160

Titus Howard, Clairton, sr., 6-4, 175

Montae Nicholson, Gateway, jr., 6-1, 180

Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley, so., 5-11, 175

• Know this: With size and speed, these eight could make a decent college secondary in a couple years. Guiser (Akron) and Howard (Pitt) already are committed. Whitehead and Henry, a 1,400-yard rusher in 2011, could have been listed as running backs.

ATHLETE

Tyler Boyd, Clairton, sr., 6-1, 170

Dakota Bruggeman, Knoch, sr., 6-5, 200

Brandon Mitchell, Fox Chapel, jr., 6-5, 180

Harry Randall, Woodland Hills, jr., 6-0, 180

• Know this: These players are hard to define. Boyd ranks among the best in the WPIAL, but at what position? He's a talented defensive back and receiver, with dozens of scholarship offers, yet rushed for 2,400 yards and 41 TDs at tailback. This year he could play QB.

PUNTERS

Allan Cratsenburg, Highlands, jr., 6-3, 220

Adam Mitcheson, Kiski Area, jr., 6-2, 190

Tyler Roth, Mt. Lebanon, sr., 6-2, 180

Nick Santiago, Ambridge, sr., 6-0, 181

• Know this: These four were all-conference punters a season ago. Roth and Santiago are both quarterbacks, also.

KICKERS

Nate Dearth, Montour, sr., 6-0, 180

Matt Loughnane, Penn-Trafford, sr., 5-10, 165

Michael Masarik, Highlands, sr., 5-11, 165

Tyler Matusak, Derry, sr., 6-0, 185

• Know this: These kickers combined for 27 field goals, including a league-leading nine by Loughnane. Dearth is a Northwestern soccer recruit.

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