Rick O'Brien: Top ten defensive ends

No lie: George Washington's Justin Moody (6-3, 265 pounds)is a key to the Eagles' championship hopes.
No lie: George Washington's Justin Moody (6-3, 265 pounds)is a key to the Eagles' championship hopes. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)
Posted: October 30, 2011

We cross over to the other side of the ball and begin our defensive-player rankings, kicking off with the best pass-rushing and run-stuffing ends in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Next week, staying on the D-line, we'll review the area's premier tackles and nose guards.

Here is our top-10 list of ends:

1. Connor Mahoney, Malvern Prep, senior, 6-foot-4, 270 pounds. Mahoney, ticketed for Northwestern, regularly makes his way into the backfield and corrals ballcarriers. On offense, at tackle, he has been a rock-solid blocker for Shawn Wilson and company.

2. Bryan Osei, Abington, senior, 6-2, 220. The Temple recruit, who doubles as a first-year offensive tackle, has been a two-way stalwart in the Ghosts' bid for the Suburban One League National Conference championship.

3. Jake O'Donnell, Central Bucks East, senior, 6-6, 235. A late bloomer, O'Donnell will get the chance to fulfill his vast potential when he plays for Al Golden at the University of Miami.

4. Justin Moody, George Washington, junior, 6-3, 265. The Eagles, idle this weekend after a last-minute loss to Frankford, will need Moody's muscle and aggressiveness to make a run at the Public League Class AAAA title.

5. Kiser Terry, Neshaminy, senior, 6-3, 245. Effective at squashing the run for the Redskins, Terry will join Osei on North Broad Street.

6. Tonah Kpassagnon, Wissahickon, senior, 6-7, 250. Through eight games, Kpassagnon, bound for Villanova, had notched 31 tackles, including two sacks. He has a 39-inch vertical leap.

7. Joe Wetty, Downingtown East, senior, 6-3, 220. Aided by Wetty's efforts, the Cougars are again in the thick of the Ches-Mont League National Conference race.

8. Matt Sinex, Ridley, senior, 6-2, 230. With Sinex as a regular playmaker, the 7-2 Green Raiders have yielded only 11.4 points per game.

9. Jonathan Vicari, Archbishop Wood, senior, 6-0, 220. Vicari, who began the year at linebacker, has been a force while playing alongside Boston College-bound brute Frank Taylor.

10. Kevin Regan, West Chester Henderson, senior, 6-2, 230. Like teammate Max Perisse, a 6-4, 240-pound tackle, Regan regularly beats blocks to make plays.

Twenty others to watch, listed alphabetically: Colin Biggs, Unionville, junior, 6-3, 205; John Dubyk, Pennridge, junior, 6-1, 210; Andrew Eidenshink, La Salle, junior, 6-0, 175; Rashon Fentress, Interboro, junior, 6-3, 205; Elijah Griffin, Downingtown East, junior, 6-3, 250; Shane Johnson, Cardinal O'Hara, senior, 6-2, 220; Todd Jones, St. Joseph's Prep, junior, 6-2, 210; Shane Letukas, Pennsbury, senior, 6-5, 250; Joe Lockley, Springfield (Delco), senior, 6-1, 195; Steve McCain, Coatesville, senior, 5-10, 210; Rob Phillips, Abington, senior, 5-9, 180; Kashiem Poland, Frankford, senior, 6-3, 195; Dan Riordan, Malvern Prep, junior, 6-0, 215; Justin Rowley, Central Bucks West, senior, 6-1, 235; Jack Schanz, Roman Catholic, senior, 6-1, 200; Paul Slaats, Great Valley, junior, 6-2, 220; P.J. Steinmetz, Council Rock South, junior, 6-2, 220; Eddie Towah, Academy Park, senior, 6-1, 190; Anthony Walker, Father Judge, senior, 6-3, 200; Shayne Watson, North Penn, senior, 6-2, 225.

Pub playoffs. The Public League Class AAAA playoff semifinals are tentatively set for Saturday at Northeast High.

In the 3:30 p.m. opener, No. 5 Central will face No. 1 Frankford. About 6:30, No. 3 seed Germantown will play No. 2 George Washington.

Frankford will be without senior handyman Savoy Martin, who suffered an apparent torn left anterior cruciate ligament in an Oct. 20 practice.

Trivia time. Spurred by senior tailback Clay Ewell, Springfield (Montco) is 9-0 for the first time since 1995. The Spartans clinched the Bicentennial Athletic League title with Friday's 47-21 win over visiting Delco Christian.

In 1995, when Springfield won the Independence League crown, who was the squad's leading rusher and what opponent snapped the Spartans' win streak at nine?

The first to e-mail the correct answer to the address below will win a $25 gift card to Modell's Sporting Goods and a Rally gift pack, including T-shirt.

Prep-La Salle. Quarterback Matt Magarity completed 12 of 23 throws for 190 yards and two touchdowns in La Salle's 28-17, come-from-behind triumph Friday over St. Joseph's Prep. He ran 12 times for 91 yards, including a 50-yarder in the third quarter that set up Tim Wade's 30-yard, go-ahead score. Magarity spread the ball among five receivers: Colin Buckley (five catches for 73 yards), Sean Coleman (three for 74), Wade (two for 7), Casey Eidenshink (one for 32), and Mike Piscopo (one for 4). . . . Hawks QB Skyler Mornhinweg converted 16 of 29 passes for 155 yards. He rushed 17 times for 74 yards. . . . On Mornhinweg's 39-yard, second-quarter TD pass to Jawan McAllister, La Salle was flagged for pass interference. The Explorers were hit for another 15 yards for roughing Kyle Battin on the ensuing extra-point boot. With the 30 yards in penalties, Battin kicked off from the La Salle 30. The Hawks then recovered an onside kick. . . . The Prep's Joe Lavalle, a junior tailback, carried 16 times for 65 yards and a score. . . . La Salle outside linebacker John Palermo posted a team-high 13 tackles . . . The Explorers finished with 378 yards of offense (188 rushing). The Hawks netted 327 yards (172 rushing). . . . The game was played before an estimated crowd of 8,000.

Contact staff writer Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019, robrien@phillynews.com, or @ozoneinq on Twitter. Read his blog, "The O'Zone," at www.philly.com/ozone

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