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O.R. Article:These 11 players starred during the season

Posted Sunday, December 06, 2009 by Ed Dalton

These 11 players starred during the season

12/6/2009 3:33 AM

Quentin Briggs

So., Charleroi, RB

A hard-nosed runner who gets the tough yards and breaks long plays, Briggs rushed for 1,230 yards (11th in the WPIAL) and scored 80 points (13 touchdowns) as Charleroi finished 5-4. Despite being inexplicably eft off the Interstate Conference first-team offensive squad, Briggs has rushed for 2,295 yards in two seasons. Briggs makes his second Elite 11.

Lashawn Bryant

Sr., Trinity, DT

Michigan recruit Ken Wilkins drew the preseason headlines but Bryant proved to be one of the best defensive players in the Class AAA Big Seven Conference. From Canon-McMillan in Week 1 to Ringgold in the final regular season finale, opposing coaches wanted to avoid Bryant - an easy pick for the Big Seven first-team defense.

Jeff Davis

Jr., South Fayette,. RB

Davis keyed the Lions' potent offense early in the year, scoring eight touchdowns through the first two games. Davis added a third game with four touchdowns against Bishop Canevin. Davis rushed for 1,209 yards and 18 touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 304 yards and three scores.

Chad Hagan

Sr., Canon-McMillan, RB/DB

An Ohio State recruit, Hagan recovered from Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which can cause a rapid heartbeat, to play in the Big Macs' final seven games. Selected to the Great Southern All-Conference team as a second-team running back, Hagan rushed for 600 yards and eight TDs.

Austin Hancock

Jr., Peters Township, QB

Hancock, a second-team All-Great Southern Conference player, engineered a Peters Township offense which keyed the Indians to a 5-4 record, their first winning season since 2003. An accurate, strong-armed passer, Hancock completed 92 of 156 passes (59 percent) for 1,298 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Michael Hull

Sr., Canon-McMillan, LB/FB

The Penn State recruit and U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection missed games due to illness and injury but remained one of the area's top defensive players. The 2008 O-R Player of the Year, Hull finished with more than 100 tackles for a fourth consecutive year and was first-team all-conference.

Gary Kiefer

Jr., Fort Cherry, RB/LB

As a sophomore, Kiefer was one of the better linebackers in the Class A Black Hills Conference. As a junior, he was one of the premier two-way players. Kiefer led the Rangers with 172 carries for 978 yards (5.7 average) and 18 touchdowns. Kiefer was a first-team all-conference selection.

Logan McAnany

Sr., McGuffey, LB/RB

One of several runners to share carries in McGuffey's offense, McAnany made his biggest impact hunting down running backs in the rugged Interstate Conference. McAnany rushed for 385 yards and three touchdowns plus he finished the season with 100-plus tackles in earning a first-team all-conference selection.

Nick Shuman

Sr., McGuffey, FB/LB

Another rugged member of a McGuffey defense that shut out WPIAL champion Greensburg Central Catholic, Shuman joined McAnany as a first-team all-conference linebacker. As the Highlanders' fullback, Shuman keyed the wing-T offense as he rushed for a team-high 469 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Bryan Thomas

Sr., Washington, TE/DE

Because of a lack of size along the offensive line, Thomas was usually needed to run block but when called upon, the tight end produced. Thomas caught 17 passes for 313 yards and five touchdowns. The Division I prospect finished with 60 tackles, recovered three fumbles and made eight tackles for loss.

Jake Sofran

So., Beth-Cente, LB/FB

Sofran led Beth-Center's big-play defense with his steady presence at middle linebacker. Sofran paced the Bulldogs' tough defense with 129 tackles (68 solo), including 11 tackles for loss and two sacks. Sofran forced two fumbles and recovered four. Sofran also led the Bulldogs with 499 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.

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