Josh Marks: Southern Columbia relied heavily on its running game coupled with a suffocating defense, and Marks was a main cog on both sides of the line. The Tigers cruised to their fifth consecutive Class A state championship by stomping West Middlsex 56-14.
Marks played a large role in his team's success, paving the way for the potent Tiger rushing attack to amass more 3,200 yards and 50 touchdowns. He is also responsible for plugging up the middle of the line on a defense that allowed less than two yards per rushing attempt.
For his efforts Marks was an Associated Press Class A First Team All-State offensive line selection for the third time in his career. Another PSU prospect who made the AP first team roster for the third time was wide receiver Derek Moye.
Nick Sukay: Sukay was mainly recruited as a defensive back by Penn State, but after his performance this season, the coaches might have a tough time deciding where to play him. Sukay caught 32 passes for 609 yards and six touchdowns in Greensburg's run-oriented offense.
He was just as impressive on defense, racking up more than 70 tackles and collecting eight interceptions. He also had a fumble return for a touchdown. Finally, Sukay was the Centurions' primary kick and punt returner. He averaged 40 yards per kick return and returned two punts for touchdowns.
Sukay was named to the Associated Press Class AA First Team All-State team at defensive back for his performance this year.
Coincidentlally, Greensburg Central Catholic had state title aspirations and was the top ranked team in Class AA for much of the season. But it was unable to solve junior superstar Terrelle Pryor and rival Jeannette, losing to them once in the regular season and again in the WPIAL Class AA finals. Pryor, a PSU junior prospect, was a fellow selection with Sukay on the AP Class AA All-State team.
Chaz Powell: The 2006 campaign will go down as one of the greatest seasons in Susquehannock football history thanks mainly to Powell. Despite missing nearly all of the first two games due to an ankle injury, Powell still managed to rush for 1,158 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He was also a weapon in the passing game with three touchdown catches and on special teams with two kickoff returns for touchdowns of 86 and 100 yards, respectively. On defense, Powell was the team's shutdown cornerback.
Susquehannock finished the season at 10-2. Their only loss in which Powell played came in the District 3 Class AAA quarterfinals to New Oxford. The program had never won a playoff game in its history, but thanks to Powell, that streak is over.
For his efforts this season the future Nittany Lion was named to the Associated Press' Class AAA First Team All-State team at defensive back.
Nathan Stupar: Stupar had a major impact on both sides of the ball for the State College Little Lions in 2006. At tight end, he caught 36 passes for 554 yards and six touchdowns through the team's first 13 games. He also rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers are more impressive when you consider that Stupar missed the better part of three games late in the season due to an ankle injury.
The State College defense was ferocious, recording four shutouts and allowing only 13.3 points per game. Stupar played both defensive end and linebacker and is considered the hardest hitter in the Mid-Penn Conference.
Stupar was named to the Associated Press Class AAAA First Team All-State team for the second consecutive year at tight end. The first Little Lion do accomplish that since Matt Suhey did in the mid-1970s.
Stefen Wisniewski: The 6-foot-3 Wisniewski has been a fixture on both sides of the line for Central Catholic the past three seasons. The Viking offense averaged 28 points per game last season and Wisniewski was a big part of the success. A dominant run blocker, Wisniewski blew open holes from his tackle spot for a potent running attack.
He was also an outstanding defensive tackle and contributed greatly to the defense holding opponents to 10 points per game. Central Catholic was expected to challenge for another WPIAL Class AAAA title but the Vikings were tripped up in the semifinals by Penn Hills and finished with a 10-1 record.
A U.S. Army All-American, Wisniewski was a fellow Associated Press Class AAAA First Team All-State selection on the offensive line.
Other junior prospects of Penn State interest who made the Class AAAA First Team were Shayne Hale at linebacker and Jared Holley at defensive back.
Quinn Barham: Barham and his linemates paved the way for an explosive Hillside offense that averaged nearly 40 points per game on the way to a 10-2 season and a conference championship. Barham was selected to participate in the Shrine Bowl for the North Carolina All-Stars.
Barham is much more than a talented football player, however. He is also an outstanding student, carrying a 3.7 GPA, and a leader on the field and in the community. The NFL's Carolina Panthers named Barham a Community Captain this year in recognition for his contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
Barham was a First Team selection on the offensive line to the Associated Press' North Carolina All-State team this season.
Andrew Szczerba: Szczerba played tight end in Salesianum's run-dominant offense. He was a great blocker, paving the way for a running game that put up over 300 yards on several occasions this season.
Szczerba was a big target when the Sales did throw, catching 10 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns as of this writing. He was also a major factor for a defense that had recorded four shutouts.
Szczerba was selected at tight end to Delaware's Interscholastic Football Coaches Association and the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters All-State teams.
Penn State defensive line prosepct Devon Still was also selected to these teams with Szczerba on the defensive side of the ball.