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East all-star football capsules

| Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002

Ryan Abels

School: Elizabeth Forward

Year: Senior

Position: RB/FS

Height, weight: 5-foot-9, 180 pounds

Notables: Explosive running back was among the WPIAL leaders in rushing all season on struggling Elizabeth Forward team. Finished with 1,801 yards and 15 TD on 207 carries, an average of 8.7 yards per rush.

Windell Brown

School: Duquesne

Year: Senior

Position: RB/CB

Height, weight: 6-foot-0, 185 pounds

Notables: Versatile, explosive running back ran for 2,008 yards and 27 TD, averaging 9.4 average yards per carry despite being limited by a mid-season ankle injury, leading Duquesne to the WPIAL Class A title game. Caught 17 pases for 469 yards and 6 TD. Standout cornerback intercepted seven passes. He was also a dangerous kick returner and he finished with 40 total touchdowns.

Tom Claiborn

School: Penn Hills

Year: Senior

Position: CB

Height, weight: 6-foot, 170 pounds

Notables: All-Quad East cornerback consistently shut down top receivers in man coverage for solid Penn Hills defense, helping the Indians reach the WPIAL Quad A semifinals. Made 54 solo tackles to go with 39 assists, five interceptions, four sacks and two blocked punts, 3 fumbles forced and three fumbles recovered. Has scholarship offers from Akron and Kent State.

Ian Courtney

School: Burrell

Year: Senior

Position: RB/P

Height, weight: 5-foot-10, 170 pounds

Notables: Extremely durable back set school single-season rushing record with 1,667 yards, scoring 24 TD. Went over 200 yards in a game four times. Also returned kicks and punted for the Bucs, who made the Class AA quarterfinals. All-Allegheny Conference pick.

Corey Davis

School: Peabody

Year: Junior

Position: MLB/OT

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 250 pounds

Notables: Physically imposing linebacker racked up 51 solo tackles, 18 assists, six sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, two fumbles forced, one punt blocked and one blocked extra point in his third year as a defensive starter for the Highlanders. Also became a starter at left tackle on offense this season. Already drawing Division I recruiters, with Pitt showing heavy interest.

Dennis Gearhart

School: Freeport

Year: Senior

Position: RB/NT

Height, weight: 5-foot-8, 185 pounds

Notables: Undersized nose tackle was named Allegheny Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Quick, high-motor player with tremendous ability to break up plays in the backfield. Also Freeport's leading rusher with 727 yards, 12 TD.

Adam Gunn

School: Kiski Area

Year: Junior

Position: QB/S

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds

Notables: Emerged as dynamic, two-way player and Division I recruit, with Pitt already offering. Earned All-Quad South honors at safety, where he was second on the team with 63 tackles to go with three interceptions. Threw for 1,033 yards and 13 TD in first year as Cavaliers' starting quarterback.

David Harvey

School: Penn Hills

Year: Sophomore

Position: WR

Height, weight: 6-foot, 155 pounds

Notables: Made immediate impact in first varsity season with circus catches and big plays. Caught 26 passes for 867 yards, 10 TD, averaging 33.3 yards per reception. Also had 308 yards and 1 TD rushing and two punt returns for scores.

Mike Hill

School: Penn Hills

Year: Senior

Position: NT/OG

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 245 pounds

Notables: Dominant nose tackle was the key to Penn Hills' defense. Led the Indians' in tackles (110) and sacks (20). Recovered four fumbles. He finished with 37 career sacks in two years at Penn Hills and one at Kiski School. Also a starting guard on high-powered Penn Hills offense. Committed to play college football at Toledo.

Greg Hutcherson

School: Kiski Area

Year: Senior

Position: WR/CB

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds

Notables: All-Quad South wideout caught 36 passes for 552 yards, 10 TD. Also a standout cornerback for the Cavaliers, intercepting three passes. Dangerous kick returner. Also a standout in basketball and track. Division I recruit, who had committed to Bowling Green, but that may change with a coaching change at the school.

Mortty Ivy

School: Gateway

Year: Junior

Position: QB/S

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 185 pounds

Notables: Tough, versatile quarterback was a key to the Gateway offense with his ability to run the option and throw deep. Completed 59 of 133 passes for 815 yards, 9 TD and five intereptions. Also ran for 654 yards and 11 TD. Defensively, Ivy had 50 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries and 1 Int.

Justin King

School: Gateway

Year: Sophomore

Position: RB/CB

Height, weight: 6-foot, 175 pounds

Notables: Explosive tailback had his best games against top competition and in the playoffs. Ran for 711 yards and 5 TD and caught 11 passes for 133 yards and 1 TD despite missing four games with a borken rib. Also a cornerback, breaking up 13 passes. Runs 4.3 40-yard dash. Already has scholarship offer from Penn State.

Ray Lankford

School: McKeesport

Year: Senior

Position: S/RB

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 220 pounds

Notables: Imposing defensive back emerged as one of the more heavily recruited players in the area. Being recruited by Boston College, Iowa, Syracuse, Connecticut and Georgia Tech. Big hitter at free safety for McKeesport, which reached the playoffs. Also a starting wingback, rushing for 265 yards and 2 TD.

Mark Malloy

School: Woodland Hills

Year: Senior

Position: DE

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 256 pounds

Notables: Quick, physical defensive lineman was a key to Woodland Hills defense that gave up five points in one five-game stretch this season, including three shutouts. Had 52 tackles, six sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries as a senior. Helped Wolverines win second consecutive WPIAL Class AAAA championship and return to the PIAA title game.

Dave Mator

School: Springdale

Year: Senior

Position: RB

Height, weight: 5-foot-7, 160 pounds

Notables: Became first 1,000-yard rusher in Springdale history, leading the Dynamos to the playoffs for the first time in 29 seasons. Small, quick runner earned All-Eastern A conference honors and finished with 1,277 yards and 10 TD

Myke McAfoose

School: Franklin Regional

Year: Senior

Position: RB

Height, weight: 5-foot-9, 180 pounds

Notables: Converted wide receiver developed into a workhorse running back racked up 439 yards and 4 TD in two playoff games, raising his season totals to 1,609 yards and 13 TD for the season.

Chris McKillop

School: Kiski Area

Year: Senior

Position: OLB/RB

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 230 pounds

Notables: One of the WPIAL's dominant players before suffering a season-ending ankle injury five weeks into the season. Had 56 tackles, two interceptions and one blocked field goal in the shortened season. Committed to Pitt before the season.

Scott McKillop

School: Kiski Area

Year: Junior

Position: LB/RB

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 215 pounds

Notables: All-Quad South linebacker led the Cavaliers with 124 tackles, 10 for losses. Intercepted two passes and forced five fumbles. Also Kiski Area's top rusher with 729 yards, 9 TD. Being recruited by Pitt and Penn State. PIAA wrestling qualifier as a sophomore.

Terrance Montgomery

School: East Allegheny

Year: Senior

Position: DT

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 260 pounds

Notables: Dramatically improved his conditioning and became a dominant player up front for the Wildcats, earning All-Century Conference Honors. Compiled 3.5 sacks, 45 solo tackles, 35 assists and recovered two fumbles.

Anthony Morelli

School: Penn Hills

Year: Junior

Position: QB

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 205 pounds

Notables: Big, drop-back passer is one of the most heavily recruited junior quarterbacks in the country. Third-year starter completed 76 of 152 passes (50 percent) for 1,770 yards and 20 touchdowns as Penn Hills reached the WPIAL Quad A semifinals.

Chris Morgan

School: Woodland Hills

Year: Senior

Position: RB

Height, weight: 5-foot-11, 176 pounds

Notables: Recovered from knee injury that kept him out all of his junior season to emege as one of the top backs in the WPIAL as a senior after losing junior season to a knee injury. Ran for 1,967 yards, 22 TD, including a 302-yard, 5 TD effort in the PIAA semifinals. Has scholarship offers from Kent State and Akron, with Pitt, Syracuse, West Virgina and Boston College showing interest..

Bill Starry

School: McKeesport

Year: Senior

Position: C

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 285 pounds

Notables: First-team All-Quad West as a senior at center after being earning All-Quad East honors as a junior. Three-year starter for McKeesport has Division I scholarship offers from Akron and Kent State.

Pat Weber

School: Valley

Year: Senior

Position: OG/DT

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 295 pounds

Notables: All-Greater Allegheny Conference selection was a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Vikings. Also a three-year starter defensively for Valley and a long-snapper on special teams.

Mark Yezovich

School: Woodland Hills

Year: Senior

Position: FB/LB

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 232 pounds

Notables: Key player at fullback and linebacker for WPIAL Quad A champions. Powerful inside runner finished with 596 yards and 9 TD rushing on 109 carries. At inside linebacker, he had 117 tackles, nine sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery this season.

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