the numbers: 6-2, 185 Jr. QB-DB.
» At a glance: Completed 33 of 79 passes for 501 yards and
six scores in guiding Hickory to a 6-4 ledger, its best in head coach
Phil Annarella's 3-year tenure and in several recent seasons in Hornet
annals. He also ran for 13 scores, highlighted by 25- and 19-yard jaunts
against Slippery Rock; 36-, 3- and 43-yard runs against Reynolds, a 52-yarder
against Grove City, and 47-, 1- and 15-yard bursts in a 47-20 season-ending
rout of Quad-A Meadville that secured the winning campaign. He gained
130 yards on 15 carries and passed for 86 yards in a memorable outing
against Slippery Rock, then came back the next week to rush for 101 yards
and throw for 106 in a rout of Reynolds, followed by a 110-yard rushing
effort in a victory over Grove City.
» 2000 honors: Selected as a first-team All-Mercer County
Athletic Conference (Big School) defensive back and punter, as well as
» By the
numbers: 5-11, 165 Sr. WR-DB.
» At a glance: Almost became -- according to available Herald
records -- the second 1,000-yard receiver in Greenville's great gridiron
annals as he hauled in 47 passes for 959 yards (20.4 yards/reception),
highlighted by what is believed to be a school single-game standard 8-catch,
242-yard, 4-TD performance at Oil City, which included scores of 71, 9,
37 and 38 yards. Scored 12 touchdowns, including punt returns of 78, 47
and 79 yards, and added a pair of 2-point conversions and kicked one PAT.
» 2000 honors: A two-way first-team All-Northwest Conference
choice, who has drawn the attention of Penn State University.
» By the
numbers: 5-10, 155 Jr. TB-DB.
» At a glance: Rushed for 1,619 yards on 173 attempts (9.6
yards/carry, 115.3 yards/game) and tallied 28 TDs and 168 total points,
Registered regular-season scoring sprints of 35, 31, 23, 21, 23, 33, 31,
21 and 65 yards, highlighted by a 7-carry, 173-yard, 4-TD outburst against
Hickory, which included 42-, 40- and 70-yard TDs. Excelled in the postseason,
including an 11-carry, 178-yard, 4-TD romp in the District 10 semifinals
agianst Titusville, then added a 91-yard scoring sprint on the game's
first play from scrimmage in the D-10 title tilt against Greenville. In
PIAA playoffs, posted a 19-carry, 149-yard performance against Perry Traditional
Academy, as well as a 122-yard effort against state runner-up West Allegheny.
Led the area with eight interceptions.
» 2000 honors: Named a first-team All-Mercer County Athletic
Conference (Big School) defensive back and second-team All-MCAC running
» By the
numbers: 6-2, 190 Sr. QB-DB.
» At a glance: Became the area's top passer by season's end,
ending his senior campaign with 1,427 yards passing through 10 games,
16 touchdown passes and merely four interceptions. His 142.7 yards-per-game
mark was by far the best among local passers. Completed 74 of 126 pass
attempts. Connected with WR Gio Vendemia for 12 TD striked in 2000. Threw
at least one TD pass in every game except the Trojans' 26-17 win over
Harbor Creek in the District 10-AAA semifinals. Passed for better than
100 yards seven times; better than 150 five times; better than 200 twice,
including a season-high 266 against Oil City.
» 2000 honors: Named a first-team All-Northwest Conference
quarterback and a second-team defensive back.