The Associated Press
HARRISBURG (AP) — There’s a quiet disposition about Bishop McDevitt running back Andre Robinson and the small-school tandem of Brandon Yescavage and Dominick Bragalone. Off the field, anyway.
Although his Crusaders (14-2) once again were turned away by District 12 champion Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class AAA finale on Friday, Robinson’s heavy workload of 2,279 rushing yards and 32 total touchdowns earned the junior Class AAA Player of the Year honors as part of the 2013 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Team.
Yescavage, the leader behind Old Forge’s sprint to championship weekend in Hershey, and South Williamsport’s Bragalone, shared the same distinction in Class A.
This is the fourth year the all-state selection process has been overseen by the sportswriters who cover high school football around the Commonwealth. Players are nominated in all four PIAA classifications, then a statewide ballot was issued to afford all writers the opportunity to cast their votes.
A pair of Lakeview Sailors made the Class A All-State team in running back Blake Reddick and defensive lineman Sam Breese. Reddick set 2 District 10 records this season with 2,916 rushing yards and 6,541 for his career. Breese anchored the defense that only allowed 9.1 points and 189 total yards per game.
“It’s good to see all their hard work and everything they put into this season recognized,” said Lakeview coach Dan York. “Both are very deserving of the honor and played their butts off for me over the last four years.
“Wednesday night, they were honored at WKBN’s Big 22 banquet at Antone’s (in Boardman, Ohio). Sam was one of their ‘5 Blocks of Granite’ and Blake made the Big 22 team and was the Pennsylvania Player of the Year. It was really professionally done and fun being there. They are great kids and I hate to lose them.”
Robinson, among the state’s top FBS recruits in the Class of 2015, was an overwhelming choice to headline the Class AAA circuit after leading Bishop McDevitt to its third PIAA final in four seasons.
The junior accounted for more than 3,000 all-purpose yards, becoming only the second back in school history to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards in a season, joining Philadelphia Eagles tailback LeSean McCoy.
Philadelphia power Archbishop Wood, which bested the Crusaders 22-10 for its second state title in three seasons, landed four players on the all-state team.
Running back Jarrett McClenton, who raced for 238 yards and two scores Friday, was joined by Vikings lineman Ryan Bates, linebacker Jake Cooper and athlete Josh Messina. Wood skipper Steve Devlin, now 84-16 over seven seasons, was tabbed Class AAA Coach of the Year.
Sharing Class A Player of the Year honors, Bragalone and Yescavage turned in fantastic campaigns. During South Williamsport’s 10-2 march, Bragalone topped the 3,300-yard mark with a 341-yard effort in the District 4 title game with Southern Columbia. His three touchdown runs gave the junior a total of 48 for the year.
Yescavage finished his season at Hersheypark Stadium, where the Blue Devils dropped a heart-pounding 15-14 championship game to WPIAL rep Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in overtime. Yescavage rolled up 2,666 rushing yards in all, scoring 45 times for the District 2 champions.
The 2013 Class A All-State squad also features five repeat selections including WPIAL record-setting quarterback Lenny Williams of Sto-Rox, Dunmore running back Daiqwon Buckley and lineman James McHale, Old Forge linebacker Shane Schuback and Southern Columbia linebacker Cody Pavlick.
North Catholic’s Bob Ravenstahl was named Class A Coach of the Year.
Here is a closer look at the Class AAA and Class A All-State teams:
Billy Fessler, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 175 senior
Nick Marsilio, Bishop McDevitt, 6-3, 185 junior
Jarrett McClenton, Archbishop Wood, 5-8, 160 junior
Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt, 5-11, 205 junior
Marc Royer, Manheim Central, 5-9, 180 junior
Kobay White, Bishop McDevitt, 6-0, 185 sophomore
Alex Greenawalt, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-4, 205 senior
Thaddius Smith, Cardinal O’Hara, 5-9, 170 senior
Jake Del Priore, Southern Lehigh, 5-9, 160 senior
Zach Talley, Lansdale Catholic, 6-3, 225 senior
Brett Kulka, General McLane, 6-5, 245 senior
Devonne Barnes, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-3, 272 senior
Ryan Bates, Archbishop Wood, 6-5, 285 junior
Chad Zunich, Manheim Central, 6-3, 315 junior
Jordan Mosley, Bishop McDevitt, 6-2, 280 senior
Josh Messina, Archbishop Wood, 5-10, 185 senior
Aidan Brosious, Conrad Weiser, 6-2, 200 senior
Ryan Saunders, Jim Thorpe, 5-10, 172 senior
Spencer Herrington, Clearfield, 5-11, 168 junior
James Trucilla, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 256 junior
Noah Beh, Scranton Prep, 6-7, 260 senior
Mike Perloski, Bishop McDevitt, 6-1, 235 senior
Bryce Mostoller, Somerset, 6-3, 225 junior
Darrious Carter, Indiana, 6-5, 205 senior
Chase Winovich, Thomas Jefferson, 6-4, 215 senior
Jake Cooper, Archbishop Wood, 6-3, 230 junior
Logan Eller, Somerset, 6-0, 200 junior
Tory Delmonico, West Allegheny, 6-2, 203 senior
Nate Monroe, Bishop McDevitt, 6-0, 205 senior
Collin Kendrick, Southern Lehigh, 6-1, 212 senior
Felix Manus-Schell, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 180 senior
Marlon Tyree, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-2, 180 senior
Malik Hooker, New Castle, 6-2, 185 senior
Christian Lezzer, Clearfield, 6-1, 218 senior
Player of the Year: Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt
Coach of the Year: Steve Devlin, Archbishop Wood
Michael Pietropola, Wellsboro, 6-1, 185 junior
Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox, 6-0, 200 senior
Blake Over, Northern Bedford, 6-5, 190 senior
Brandon Yescavage, Old Forge, 6-2, 190 senior
Daiqwon Buckley, Dunmore, 5-11, 225 senior
Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport, 5-11, 200 junior
Blake Reddick, Lakeview, 6-1, 180 senior
Colby Klingerman, Bloomsburg, 5-11, 175 senior
Brandon Owlett, Wellsboro, 5-10, 165 senior
Mike Feryo, Schuylkill Haven, 6-4, 240 senior
Ryan Paulish, Old Forge, 6-4, 290 senior
Ryan Long, North Catholic, 6-2, 250 senior
Tyler Cavenas, Mahanoy Area, 6-5, 260 senior
James McHale, Dunmore, 6-7, 300 senior
Paul Papi, Old Forge, 6-0, 228 senior
Josh Tripp, Southern Columbia, 6-5, 270 senior
Luke Rarig, Southern Columbia, 6-0, 180 junior
James Warren, Steelton-Highspire, 5-11, 170 senior
PJ Fulmore, North Catholic, 5-8, 180 junior
Nick Little, Bishop Guilfoyle, 6-2, 229 senior
Nazar Mironenko, Mifflinburg, 6-1, 280 senior
Joey Bruno, Old Forge, 6-3, 250 senior
Jarred Fragapane, North Catholic, 6-3, 235 senior
Sam Breese, Lakeview, 6-1, 280 senior
Shane Schuback, Old Forge, 6-1, 225 senior
Cody Pavlick, Southern Columbia, 6-2, 215 senior
Lukas Damian, Marian Catholic, 6-2, 227 senior
Jorden Sekol, Old Forge, 6-2, 210 senior
Brian Doty, Wellsboro, 6-0, 255 senior
Jake Manetti, Old Forge, 6-0, 185 senior
Cale Bruso, Tri-Valley, 6-0, 155 senior
Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge, 6-1, 161 junior
Clintell Gillaspie, Monessen, 6-0, 225 senior
Cole Barnhardt, Williams Valley, 5-9, 170 senior
Co-Players of the Year: Brandon Yescavage, Old Forge; Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport.
Coach of the Year: Bob Ravenstahl, North Catholic