Clairton (Pa.) vs. Dunmore (Pa.)
Four-star athlete Tyler Boyd acceleration and speed stood out in a blowout win as Clairton won its fourth straight PIAA Class A title. He didn't have a big impact catching the ball, but he was able to knife through the line of scrimmage and pick up yards quickly as a running back. He has elusiveness and burst, but he will need to increase his strength and size. He missed the end of the game with a left shoulder injury.
Clairton receiver Terrish Webb continued to impress and show he could be a BCS receiver. The former Kent State commit tracks the ball well and has good hand-eye coordination. He was sharp on his routes and showed why Pittsburgh has been on his lately.
Pittsburgh commit Titus Howard, who plays cornerback, did not play because of a dislocated elbow. Dunmore has an interesting prospect in 6-foot-7 junior offensive tackle James McHale, who is looking for his first offer. McHale showed good athleticism in pulling and was able to pancake a few Clairton defensive linemen, but he lost the leverage battle several times and also needs to work on playing with a stronger base.
Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep vs. Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood
Cathedral Prep won the PIAA Class AAA title and four-star quarterback and Michigan State commit Damion Terry was a huge reason. Terry was impressive, be it running the ball or with his arm. He has above average arm strength and was accurate. He made good reads down the field and often found the matchup advantage, even if it didn't result in a completion. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Terry moved well in the pocket and is also a threat with his feet, but he is a thrower first and when he felt pressure, he was able to feel it and get away, but he always kept his eyes down the field.
Another Cathedral Prep standout, safety Delton Williams, ish eading to Michigan State as an athlete. Williams spent a lot of the game in run support, and at 6-2, 210 pounds, he looks and moves like a linebacker in college. He plays physical and reads the run well, and also did a nice job in coverage, but he looked markedly more comfortable against the run.
Archbishop Wood's marquee player was Rutgers commit Nick Arcidiacono,a blocking tight end who has improved plenty this season. He locks onto an opponent and drives his legs well, and spins the defender to create a running lane. He is used in pass patterns now and again, and showed good hands, but his routes will have to tighten up.
And for those looking deep into the future, plenty of college recruiters will be at AB Wood in future years to check in on 2016quarterback Tom Garlick. He needs experience, but he started and showed nice arm strength and athleticism.
Wyomissing (Pa.) Area vs. Aliquippa (Pa.)
Notre Dame commit Alex Anzalone, a four-star outside linebacker, overcame a rough start with two first-quarter fumbles but had a big impact in the second half of a come-from-behind win in the PIAA Class AA title game.
In the first half he was caught heading up field too quickly and ran himself out of plays, but he was moved from outside linebacker to inside linebacker in the second half and was a force. He pursued well, even running down 2014 running back Dravon Henry on the edge, and also made a stellar playing coverage. He moves well laterally, plays hard and is physically and mentally tough.
Henry was the standout for Aliquippa, showing great balance and acceleration. He also demonstrated creativity, jumping over a defender on one play to turn a 7-yard play into a 30-yard run. He has a good feel for running between the tackles and manipulates his body well while remaining square and getting up the field.
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny vs. Coatesville (Pa.)
Five-star offensive lineman Patrick Kugler ended his career with a blowout win in the PIAA Class AAAA, and he is a blocking machine despite having a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Kugler fires out quickly and gets under the defensive player, and then drives him back and doesn't stop until the play is over. He will play inside at Michigan, but he has the good kind of nasty streak to punish players.
Burke, who also plays tight end, projects to a middle linebacker, but at 6-3, 215 pounds could grow into a defensive lineman. He runs straight ahead well but needs to improve his lateral movement.
Coatesville's linebackers were overwhelmed by North Allegheny's size and speed and gave up 63 points. Worley, who also plays running back, was strong in coverage. He plays physical and comes up in run support, but at 5-foot-10 is on the low end of cornerback height. As a running back, he showed good vision and accelerated through the line of scrimmage, but he did not show breakaway speed, although he did have a long touchdown run thanks to a downfield block to clear the final 30 yards.