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WPIAL alums dot All-PSAC West football teams

Bill Beckner
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IUP’s Duane Brown competes against New Haven on Sept. 7, 2019, at IUP.

The WPIAL is generously represented on the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football teams, which came out Wednesday.

The PSAC West Division offensive first team features Slippery Rock senior offensive guard Ryan Podgorski (South Park) and senior kicker Jake Chapla (Plum); IUP redshirt sophomore receiver Duane Brown (Apollo-Ridge); Mercyhurst tight end Jason Armstrong (Latrobe); and Cal U wide receiver Tyson Hill (Valley).

IUP senior center Jeff Arnold (Brashear), who played in the City League, also made the first team.

Arnold is a two-time first-team pick. He and Brown have helped IUP average 45.7 points and 489.2 yards a game. Brown has 18 touchdowns, three shy of the school record.


Chapla broke the PSAC record for scoring by a kicker. He owns SRU marks for scoring (369 points), field goals (49) and extra points (222). He has 64 extra points and 10 field goals this season.

Armstrong, who played quarterback in high school, had 21 catches for 233 yards and six touchdowns for the Lakers.

Hill led Cal with 54 receptions for 912 yards and seven touchdowns.

The first-team defense has Cal U sophomore defensive lineman Gerald Brown (West Mifflin), Slippery Rock junior defensive lineman Chad Kuhn (Kiski Area), IUP senior linebacker Nick Amendola (Norwin), and Cal U senior defensive back Lamont McPhatter II (New Castle).

Kuhn, also a converted quarterback, leads the PSAC in sacks with 10.5.

Amendola has 71 tackles and four interceptions for the Crimson Hawks.

McPhatter earned his third straight first-team nod as he posted 58 tackles, two interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.

Complete PSAC West honors here.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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