List of top tight ends starts with Carrezola

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Neshaminy senior excels at both catching and blocking.

Posted: October 09, 2008

We continue our Top 10 football tour with the best tight ends in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

This subjective list is based on pass-catching skill, blocking ability, and toughness in gaining yards after the reception:

1. Paul Carrezola, Neshaminy, senior, 6-foot-3, 255 pounds. The Rutgers recruit is equally adept at pass-catching and blocking, and has a strong competitive fire.

2. Steve Marck, Pennsbury, senior, 6-2, 228. The Division I-A recruit has followed in the footsteps of his rugged brother, C.J., now a linebacker at Connecticut.

3. Eric Fath, Quakertown, senior, 6-3, 235. Fath, a home-schooler headed to Liberty, has a stellar combination of size, strength and speed.

4. Ryan Kendra, Downingtown West, senior, 6-4, 225. For the 5-1 Whippets, the aggressive Kendra averages nearly 15 yards per reception.

5. C.J. Mooney, Malvern Prep, senior, 6-4, 235. Mooney's grit and determination as a blocking end have helped fuel a 4-0 start for the No. 2-ranked Friars.

6. Ryan Langdon, Father Judge, senior, 6-5, 225. Langdon, with 11 receptions for nearly 200 yards, would be a good catch for a Division I-AA program.

7. Cody Muller, Souderton, senior, 6-3, 228. Muller, who is hearing from Akron and other Division I-A schools, is quick off the ball and has a nonstop motor.

8. Chris Kennedy, Archbishop Carroll, senior, 6-3, 285. Kennedy has only five receptions for the struggling Patriots but is a fierce interior performer.

9. Paul Thomas, Perkiomen Valley, senior, 6-1, 173. In six games, the much-improved Thomas has 39 catches for 643 yards and seven touchdowns.

10. Corey Garcia, Glen Mills, senior, 6-0, 220. Garcia is one of the driving forces behind the success of running back Bernard Pierce and company.

Five others to watch: Tim Vernon, Germantown Academy, senior, 6-3, 217; Anthony Narisi, Archbishop Wood, senior, 6-4, 210; James Fowler, George Washington, junior, 6-1, 205; Eddie Ferrell, Frankford, senior, 5-11, 192; Ryan Asplundh, Academy of the New Church, senior, 6-4, 183.

Ground control

With its tricky option offense, West Chester Henderson racked up 240 yards on the ground and downed previously undefeated Downingtown West, 13-7, in Friday's Ches-Mont League National Division showdown.

Running behind a big offensive line anchored by 6-6, 305-pound senior tackle Brandon Heath, fullback Josh Morgan, backup quarterback Kevin Costello and halfback Couve LaFate all made key contributions.

In the fourth quarter, Morgan and LaFate each had 3-yard scoring runs. The Warriors, ranked No. 9 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the National Division.

For the Whippets, who slipped to 5-1 and 1-1, end Ryan Kendra returned an interception for a 47-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Rescheduled

Martin Luther King will visit Edison at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Public League Blue Division game was postponed from Sept. 26 after the death of King senior cornerback Saalen Jones. Three days earlier, according to Philadelphia School District officials, Jones died of a drug-resistant staph infection.
Contact staff writer Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019 or robrien@phillynews.com.

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