The cream of the QB crop

Posted: September 23, 2012

It's time to begin ranking the best in Southeastern Pennsylvania football. We start, as usual, with the glamour position, quarterback.

Our top 10 QB list, which we've bumped to 12, was based on arm strength, accuracy, and poise in the pocket, among other factors.

Keep in mind that some two-position signal-callers (for example, Episcopal Academy's Adam Strouss, who is expected to be a defensive back at Penn) will be recognized at the position at which they excel the most or are projected to play in college.

1. Kyle Lauletta, Downingtown East, Sr., 6-foot-4, 210. The strong-armed Lauletta, a Richmond commit, directed the Cougars to a thrilling, 35-34 win at Coatesville on Friday night, connecting late with Jay Harris for a 10-yard score.

2. Joe Viviano, Conestoga, Sr., 6-4, 220. Through four games, the second-year starter and Harvard recruit has completed 63 of 108 passes for 792 yards and nine touchdowns.

3. Mike Keir, Roman Catholic, Sr., 6-3, 215. Before Saturday night's game vs. Bonner-Prendergast, Keir had thrown for more than 3,200 career yards and 29 TDs.

4. Tim DiGiorgio, Frankford, Sr., 6-3, 180. The smooth lefthander, who joined the 3,000-yard club in Friday's 27-6 win over Northeast, is getting looked at by Division I-A and I-AA programs.

5. Brandon Bossard, Methacton, Sr., 6-3, 205. Despite the efforts of Bossard, a four-year starter and Eastern Michigan commit, the Warriors have struggled to find the end zone.

6. Pat Moriarty, Harriton, Sr., 6-2, 180. Moriarty, a natural at the position, has hit on 47 of 80 throws for 735 yards and nine TDs. For his career, the third-year starter has passed for 4,837 yards.

7. Chris Geiss, Great Valley, Sr., 6-3, 185. Geiss, a Division I-AA recruit, continued to impress over the summer, taking MVP honors at the Elite 25 Showcase in Lancaster.

8. Chris Kane, La Salle, Sr., 6-0, 220. A regular in the weight room during the offseason, Kane, a former fullback and tight end, has excelled in his first year under center.

9. Tom Pancoast, Unionville, Sr., 6-4, 195. One has to wonder what Pancoast, mostly a rusher for the Indians, could do playing in a pass-heavy attack.

10. Eddie Durkin, Haverford High, Sr., 6-1, 190. In Friday's 42-6 romp over Radnor, Durkin found Kevin Leyden and Ricky Dempsey for TDs of 15 and 36 yards, respectively.

11. Emmitt Hunt, Coatesville, Sr., 6-2, 210. On Friday, Hunt, with speedy wideout Chris Jones as his top target, nearly led the Red Raiders to an upset of Downingtown East.

12. Chris Martin, St. Joseph's Prep, Jr., 5-10, 175. Martin, a dual-threat QB, has played a pivotal part in the Hawks' 3-0 start. Against North Penn, he threw for 99 yards and rushed for 90.

Ten others to watch, listed alphabetically: James Bleming, Pope John Paul II, Jr., 5-10, 165; Ryan Corkery, Garnet Valley, Sr., 6-2, 185; Hank Coyne, Spring-Ford, Sr., 6-2, 180; Shane Donnelly, Penncrest, Sr., 6-2, 205; Billy "Moose" Ford, Malvern Prep, Sr., 6-3, 225; Ethan Herb, Oxford, Jr., 6-2, 185; Alex Krivda, Pennridge, Jr., 6-5, 185; Brandon McIlwain, Council Rock North, Fr., 6-0, 175; Rasaan Stewart, Perkiomen Valley, Jr., 6-1, 175; Cedric Wright, Germantown, Jr., 6-0, 195.

Leading the way

Friday, in Unionville's 13-7 triumph over Ches-Mont League American Conference rival West Chester Rustin, the hosts netted 302 rushing yards on 51 attempts.

The Indians' offensive line was made up of center Andrew Jones; guards Luke Metaxas and Paul Steffy; and tackles David Brookes, Ryan Ford, Mark Caputo, and Lenny Johnson.

Trivia time

William Tennent shocked Neshaminy, 20-17, Friday in a Suburban One League National Conference matchup. The difference was Joe Lutz's 18-yard strike to Jimmy Lewicki with 1.6 seconds to play.

It marked the Panthers' first win over the Redskins since 1991. In the 20-8 decision that year, who was Tennent's head coach and starting QB? (Hint: The QB, a converted wideout, went on to play defensive back at the Division I-A level.)

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.

Extra points

Harriton's Moriarty, who threw for 225 yards and two TDs in Friday's 49-27 win over Central League foe Penncrest, is hearing from Penn, Villanova, New Hampshire, and Lehigh, among others. At the Division I-A level, Temple has made inquiries. . . . Hill School's Adam Regensburg, a senior wide receiver and free safety, is out for the season with a fractured elbow. . . . Central Bucks South is averaging 47.8 points per game. . . . Lansdale Catholic is 4-0 under first-year coach Tom Kirk. The Crusaders, prepping for a rigorous Catholic League Class AAA slate, have outscored opponents by a combined 139-40.


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

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