2. Daquan Mack, Pennsbury, jr., 6-1, 245. A bruising runner and blocker, Mack helped spark the Falcons' drive to the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinals.
3. Joe Nilan, Malvern Prep, sr., 6-0, 220. The Inter-Academic League's most valuable player carved out running room for Shawn Wilson and company.
4. Dalton Fleming, Upper Perkiomen, sr., 6-2, 210. Fleming's blocking helped tailback John Olson rush for nearly 1,500 yards and 16 TDs.
5. James Fielder, North Penn, sr., 5-10, 195. Battling back from a thigh injury, Fielder, also a part-time defensive end, aided the Knights' march to the Class AAAA final in Hershey.
6. Robby Curtin, Pottsgrove, sr., 5-9, 155. For the District 1 Class AAA champions, Curtin rushed 106 times for 820 yards and 12 TDs.
7. Ricky O'Donnell, Wissahickon, sr., 5-11, 205. O'Donnell, a hard-nosed rusher, earned first-team all-Suburban One League American Conference honors as a linebacker.
8. Vinny Nattle, Phoenixville, sr., 6-1, 185. While leading the Phantoms to the District 1 Class AAA final, Nattle rushed 241 times for 1,456 yards and 11 scores.
9. Robert Kralle, Bok, sr., 6-2, 245. Kralle, also a quality inside linebacker, played a key role in the Wildcats' run to the District 1-12 Class AA subregional final.
10. Ryan Whiteley, Council Rock South, sr., 5-11, 230. For the Golden Hawks, Whiteley was a steadying force as a fullback and linebacker.
Ten others to watch, listed alphabetically: Eric Berger, Penn Charter, jr., 5-9, 165; Andrew Crawford, Strath Haven, sr., 6-0, 190; Jared Herrmann, La Salle, jr., 5-8, 160; Chris Kane, La Salle, jr., 6-0, 210; Corey Kelly, Plymouth Whitemarsh, jr., 5-10, 170; Wade Mastrog, Downingtown East, jr., 6-1, 220; Derek Matonti, West Chester Henderson, jr., 5-7, 190; Brett Pellicciotti, Roman Catholic, sr., 5-9, 190; Tom Takacs, Interboro, jr., 6-1, 205; Max Vido, Springfield (Montco), sr., 6-0, 180.
1. Brandon Mandes, North Penn, jr., PK/P; 2, Nick Visco, Archbishop Wood, jr., PK; 3, Ben Solis, Council Rock South, sr., PK/P; 4, Ryan Winslow, La Salle, jr., PK/P; 5, Dave Faraldo, Father Judge, sr., P; 6, Aron Morgan, Haverford School, jr., PK; 7, Connor Foley, Father Judge, soph., PK; 8, Steve Weyler, Cardinal O'Hara, soph., PK/P; 9, Jeff Wolf, Souderton, jr., PK; 10, Eric Boyer, Upper Dublin, sr., PK/P.
Ten others to watch, listed alphabetically: Brandon Dowd, Garnet Valley, soph., PK; Steve Fitzgerald, Haverford School, jr., P; Casey Fosbenner, Quakertown, sr., PK; Quinn Hager, Episcopal, jr., PK/P; Kelton Heverly, Ridley, jr., PK; Howard Lynn, Northeast, sr., PK/P; Anthony Nicolardi, Marple Newtown, sr., PK; Bryan Reice, Neshaminy, sr., P; Nicholas Tucci, Neshaminy, soph., PK; Jake Wright, George Washington, jr., PK.
Rick O'Brien: The Inquirer TOP 10
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Archbishop Wood (1) 14-1
2. North Penn (2) 13-3
3. La Salle (3) 12-2
4. Council Rock South (4) 12-2
5. Neshaminy (5) 8-4
6. Pennsbury (6) 9-4
7. Downingtown East (7) 9-3
8. Abington (8) 10-2
9. Garnet Valley (9) 11-2
10. Cent. Bucks South (10) 8-4
Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Malvern Prep (9-2), Roman Catholic (8-3), St. Joseph's Prep (7-4), West Catholic (10-4), West Chester Henderson (8-3).
- Rick O'Brien
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