WPIAL pre-season preview: Gateway, Thomas Jefferson, Aliquippa and Sto-Rox favorites

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LENNY WILLIAMS, Sto-Rox

 

Washington Little Prexies Senior running back Shai McKenzie is one of the top running backs in the country and could break the WPIAL single-season rushing record. He ran for 2,689 yards last season, falling 51 short of the record held by former Hopewell star Rushel Shell.

Dennis Briggs, a Pitt recruit, and Jarred Brevard are the most dangerous running back duo in the state. Brevard led Shady Side Academy in rushing in 2012 and Briggs led the Indians in receiving.

South Fayette is loaded offensively, and Beaver Falls also has many experienced players, but Aliquippa is just a little further ahead of these potential challengers.

Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams could become the first WPIAL field general with consecutive 2,000-yard passing, 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

Sto-Rox No. 2 receiver, Javelle Kirkland, caught 18 passes as a sophomore in 2012—for 530 yards and eight touchdowns. With Ben Shackleford departed due to graduation, expect Kirkland to shine in a passing game which averaged 172 yards per game.

Senior Brendan Blair is one of the best all around football player in the state. As a junior he rushed for more than 800 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. He is being recruited by Division I schools as a receiver and defensive back.

Picture_1.pngSto-Rox will break Clairton’s 63-game winning streak this year, but the Bears freshman running back Lamont Wade could be the best player to ever come through the WPIAL!

 

 

 

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