Class of '08 Season Review

With the high school football season wrapping up for the Class of 2008, we take a look at how the soon-to-be Nittany Lions performed in their respective senior seasons.

Here is an season overview for Penn State's current commitments:

Mark Wedderburn, TE: The Pennsylvanian tight end, Penn State's newest Class of 2008 addition, caught 26 passes for 386 yards and a touchdown.

D'Anton Lynn, DB: Lynn had a relatively quiet game against West in the area round of the Class 3A Division II playoffs, with one reception for 14 yards (which set up Celina's third touchdown of the game). Celina ended up with a 41-0 shutout to improve to 12-0 on the year. The Bobcats will face Pittsburg in the regional semifinals this Friday.

Pete Massaro, DL: Led his Marple Newtown team to a 7-4 record and a playoff appearance. On the year he had 47 tackles (29 unassisted), 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and led the defense with six sacks for minus 34.5 yards.

Brandon Beachum, RB: Beachum has seven touchdowns in his last three games. In his latest playoff clash he carried the ball 21 times for 157 yards (7.5 YPC) and a touchdown, helping Cardinal Mooney advance to the state title game.

Michael Shaw, RB: On the year Shaw led Trotwood-Madison to a 7-3 regular season record with 652 rushing yards on 115 carries (5.7 YPC), 10 touchdowns on the ground and only one fumble. Through the air he grabbed 16 receptions for 316 yards (19.8 YPC) and five touchdowns.

Deon'tae Pannell, OL: Wylie E. Groves had a challenging season, finishing 1-8 on the year.

Mike Yancich, LB: With a 7-4 record, Trinity lost in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals against Montour. On the year Yancich rushed for 1,222 yards on 147 carries (8.3 YPC) and 15 touchdowns.

Michael Mauti: Leading Mandeville to a 10-3 season, Mauti's team lost 27-17 in the Class 5A quarterfinals to Ehret. Mauti pulled in a 15-yard touchdown in the first half.

Michael Zordich: Zordich had a 20-yard touchdown in a 28-0 shutout in the Division IV state semifinals last weekend, raising the team's record to 14-0. Zordich ended the day with 30 yards on the ground. His Cardinal Mooney team will play for their second consecutive Ohio state championship this Saturday. A win would give Mooney its 29th straight victory. Zordich was named Ohio's Division IV Defensive Player of the Year with 132 tackles and four sacks.

Matt Stankiewitch: With an 8-5 reocrd on the year, Blue Mountain lost in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs, falling 39-16 to West Scranton. The season had ups and downs for the Eagles and Stankiewitch. His line paved the way for nine passing and nine rushing touchdowns.

Jack Crawford: Crawford led his team to an 8-2 record, closing out the season with a 27-6 victory over Buena. Despite the solid record, the team missed the playoffs.

James Terry, DL: His Brandywine team finished 6-4 on the year. Terry was a first-team defensive tackle and second-team offensive tackle selection on the Flight B All-Conference squad.


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