Weekend Prospect Recap

With Pennsylvania teams kicking off their regular seasons this week, all Pitt prospects--targeted or committed--are now all in action.

2012 Prospects/Commits
In Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, it was Cincinnati St. Xavier over Pickerington Central 38-21. St. Xavier running back Connor Hundley carried the ball 24 times for 156 yards and four touchdowns. Pitt commit Brandyn Cook is the starting center for the St. Xavier offensive line. The Bombers were able to overcome four turnovers in the game.

Cleveland (TN) is still looking for its first victory following a 23-14 loss to Ooltewah. Pitt commit Chad Voytik completed just 7-of-22 passes for 68 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Austintown Fitch rolled to a 21-3 win over Poland in its home-opener. Will Mahone topped his season-opening performance with 147 yards. He scored on touchdown runs of 20 and 9, both of which came in the fourth quarter. Pitt commit Demitrious Davis also scored on a two-yard touchdown run from his quarterback position.

Both of Pitt's commits from the state of Maryland were victorious over the weekend. Devon Porchia—a linebacker commit—helped Gilman School to a 51-27 win over Oscar Smith, out of Chesapeake Virginia. Marchez Coates helped McDonough to a 34-5 win over Northern.

Try as opponents might, it's practically impossible to bottle up Hopewell senior running back Rushel Shell. Bottled up for the better part of three quarters, the Vikings' senior offensive catalyst broke loose for a deciding 66-yard touchdown run in a 14-7 victory over Belle Vernon Area. Shell extended his streak of conescutive 100+-yard rushing performances and now has run for 6,913 yards in his career.

Jalen Randolph didn't do a heck of a lot on the ground - 13 yards on just nine carries - but he made up for that in the receiving department, turning a screen pass from first-year field general Matt Davis into a 74-yard touchdown - Ridley's first trip to paydirt of the 2011 season. The Green Raiders edged Malvern Prep, 21-20, in come-from-behind fashion.

In Montour's 49-14 drubbing of Chartiers Valley, Julian Durden was a key pacesetter for the yellow and black, running for 239 yards and three touchdowns on just 15 carries and also caught a 33-yard touchdown pass. In his last 26 varsity football contests, which dates back to the start of the 2009 season, Durden has run for 3,226 yards and scored 43 rushing touchdowns.

Chaz Whittaker moved to quarterback in place of Darius Holloway, who is injured, Whittaker went 8-of-17 for 67 yards and scored Penn Hills' lone touchdown on a 1-yard run in a 47-6 loss to nationally ranked Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edwards. Whittaker's touchdown run gave the Indians an early 6-0 lead. In the two-year series with St. Edwards, Penn Hills has been outscored a whopping 112-31 (56-15.5).

Luke Hagy single-handedly routed Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland in a 34-7 season opening victory for the defending Great Southern Conference champion Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils. Hagy scored all five Blue Devil touchdowns and ran for 247 of Mt. Lebanon's 275 rushing yards. In his career, Hagy has run for 3,135 yards and 50 career touchdowns.

Chartiers Valley lost to McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour for the second consecutive season, the latest a 49-14 humbling. Wayne Capers moved to quarterback following an injury on the Colts' team, and he ran for 117 yards and scored a rushing touchdown in his 2011 debut. Capers was tabbed as a slotback/receiver until the injury, but played quarterback for the Colts in injury-shortened 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Shakim Alonzo caught a four-yard touchdown pass - one of two scoring passes thrown by senior field general Pat Menifee - as Woodland Hills dusted perennial WPIAL AAA power Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson, 31-7, in Turtle Creek. The loss to Woodland Hills was Thomas Jefferson's 12th since the start of the 2002 season. Alonzo has six touchdown receptions since the start of the 2010 season.

Trenton Coles caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from back Tyler Boyd as Clairton ran its winning streak to 32 games with a 42-12 victory over Washington, a class AA program.

Logan Dietz helped his Central Catholic team to a 20-17 win over Archbishop Wood on Sunday at Gateway High School. Dietz played offensive tackle and defensive end in the Vikings' win. The offensive line helped running back Damion Jones-Moore score on touchdown runs of 51 and 70, which proved to be the difference.

Fox Chapel—led by offensive line target Adam Bisnowaty—jumped to an early 3-0 lead, but Pittsburgh (Pa.) Baldwin rattled off 35 unanswered points in a 35-10 victory, highlighted by four Dorian Brown touchdown runs. Fox Chapel's lone touchdown scored in the game came on a seven-yard run by Noel Wilson.

Offensively, Dylan Colucci helped to pave the way for a 21-point effort in Latrobe's blanking of local rival, Derry. The Wildcats got a pair of rushing touchdowns in the game - one from quarterback Logan Carns and the other from running back Scott Mohring.

Marzett Geter had a big opening night for the Vikings, hauling in scoring passes of 16 and 64 yards from sophomore quarterback Lenny Williams as Sto-Rox drubbed McKeesport (Pa.) South Allegheny, 49-0. Geter's two touchdown receptions accounted for half of Williams' pass completions on the night and 80 of the Vikings' 145 passing yards. Both Geter and teammate Deaysean Rippy were at Pitt's win over Buffalo on Saturday.

Dakota Conwell connected on 4-of-7 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 22 yards on four carries as Upper St. Clair thumped Pittsburgh (Pa.) Shaler, 49-0, to open its 2011 season. The Panthers are considered one of the top three AAAA teams in the WPIAL this season. Conwell was also part of a USC defensive effort which limited the Titans to just 34 yards and one first down, forcing four turnovers and also blocking a punt.

The defending District 6 AAA champion Johnstown Trojans dominated Altoona (Pa.) Bishop Guilfoyle in a 41-13 victory. Alkwan Williams, along with Johnstown's other starters, only played in the first half of the game. In 24 minutes, Williams caught one pass for 13 yards (a 15-yard reception was negated by an ineligble man downfield penalty) and recorded seven tackles. Johnstown's first-string defensive unit held Guilfoyle to zero points and just 86 first-half yards and forced three turnovers.

If College GameDay had showed up at East Versailles (Pa.) East Allegheny High School's Churchman Stadium, Lee Corso probably would have given out his signature, "Yo!" for Demetrious Cox' performance. The Jayhawk senior threw for 100 yards and a touchdown, scored two rushing touchdowns and returned a fumble for a fourth score as Jeannette raced to a 1-0 start with a 47-6 victory over EA.

Only reporting offensive statistics, Germantown got a respectable performance from Pitt commit William Parks. The Bear senior caught five passes for 72 yards and added an 11-yard rush in Germantown's 35-12 season-opening loss to Emmaus, a AAAA school which competes in the Lehigh Valley Conference.

Drew Harris had quite the 2011 debut for the Cougars in a Saturday night showdown against defending PIAA AAA champion Allentown (Pa.) Central Catholic, running for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries as Downingtown East ran off 30 unanswered points to turn a halftime deficit into a 28-point lead in a 62-41 victory. The 219 yard performance gives Harris an impressive 4,579 career rushing yards. In the Cougars' last 26 games, Harris has scored 60 rushing touchdowns (an average of 2.3 rushing touchdowns per game).

2013 Prospects/Targets
Michael Keir started his 2011 season with a solid effort - a 13-of-22, 232-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 19-7 victory over West Philadelphia Catholic. Keir threw for 1,207 yards as a sophomore and is now up to 1,439 yards for his career. The junior got off to a red-hot 11-of-14 start in the first half.

David Williams helped his Burr squad avoid a shutout loss to Philadelphia Catholic League AAAA representative Roman Catholic in a game played in Wildwood, N.J. The junior ran for 123 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown in a 19-7 loss to the Cahillites. Williams surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his career - #33 is presently perched at 1,047 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns for WC.

T.J. Armstrong got his junior season off to a strong start for the Clarion Area Bobcats after missing the bulk of his sophomore season with an injury. The Bobcat junior ran for a team-leading 82 yards on 10 carries (with a long of 31 yards) and added six tackles, one sack and a blocked punt on defense. Clarion got off to a fast start to its 2011 season with a 35-0 domination of Keystone.

Robert Foster had a rather inauspicious start to his 2011 campaign as Central Valley dusted Pittsburgh (Pa.) Taylor Allderdice, 36-13. Foster saw only four touches - two rushes for 16 yards and two receptions for 11 yards - as CV rang up 425 yards of offense, including 358 on the ground.

In his team's season opening 49-14 rout of Chartiers Valley, Devin Wilson caught four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown, averaging 17.5 yards per reception with a long of 35 yards. Wilson was one of only two Spartan receivers with multiple receptions in Week 1 - Darren Massey was the other. Defensively, Wilson tallied a trio of tackles and deflected five passes.

The only thing Tyler Boyd didn't do in Clairton's 42-12 victory over the Washington Little Prexies was man the concession stand. The Clairton junior returned a punt for a 50-yard touchdown, threw a 27-yard touchdown pass, caught two passes for 65 yards and picked off a pass defensively. Dating back to last season, Boyd has only caught 14 passes, but those receptions have gone for a total of 517 yards, an average of 36.9 yards per reception.

Statistically, DuBois Ross had a limited impact in Pius X' 36-33 over Pottstown, totaling two rushes for 13 yards, two receptions for seven yards and one kickoff return for 12 yards. He is coming off of a sophomore season of more than 1,100 all-purpose yards between rushing, receiving and special teams, with 19 total touchdowns scored - so "quiet" weeks shouldn't happen with too much regularity.

It took overtime for Lancaster Catholic to overcome a loaded Camp Hill (Pa.) Trinity Shamrock team, but the Crusaders came from behind to win in overtime, 36-29. Roman Clay ran for 108 yards on 12 carries and scored a rushing touchdown for LC in the victory. At one point in the game, the purple and gold built a 20-7 lead, but Trinity came roaring back to take a 29-26 lead in the fourth quarter.

2014 Targets/Prospects
A.J. Long began his sophomore season leading Pius X to a 36-33 victory over District 1 AAA representative Pottstown. In the Royals' victory, Long connected on 18-of-26 passes for 226 yards and one touchdown and also scored the deciding touchdown on a 12-yard run with 3:36 left in regulation. The Pius X sophomore has thrown for 3,078 yards and 29 touchdowns in just 13 varsity games. Long was at the Pitt game Saturday night, then stuck around for both games at Gateway on Sunday afternoon.

Chandler Kincade didn't have to do much in his 2011 season debut, connecting on 3-of-6 passes for 44 yards as Blackhawk dominated Allison Park (Pa.) Hampton 35-0. The Cougars' sophomore field general had help in the form of backfield mates Mike Shansky (8 rush, 102 yards, 2 TD) and Brandon Mansell (8 rush, 61 yards, 2 TD). The Cougs tallied 185 team rushing yards against the Talbots.


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