Best Player: Dorian Bell, Sr, LB, Gateway
Ohio State landed this All-American candidate who is the top player for possibly the top team in Pennsylvania this year. Bell posted 131 tackles, including 11 sacks, last year for Gateway. Returning State Leaders – Passing: Kyle Smith, Lancaster Catholic, 161-238-2,615 yards, 26 TDs; Rushing: Jeremiah Young, Steelton-Highspire, 401-3,344 yards, 41 TDs.
Top All-Time Player: Joe Montana, QB, Monongahela Ringgold
Montana is our choice in a state loaded with superstars. He was a Parade All-America pick in high school. He led Notre Dame to a national championship, thumping Texas, 38-10, in the Cotton Bowl. Who can top his four Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers combined with three MVP selections? He led the NFL in passing five times and finished his career with 40,551 yards and 273 touchdowns.
2008 Must See: Jeremiah Young Seeks Record
The rising senior running back from Steelton-Highspire has a shot at the state record for career rushing. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has rushed for 6,215 yards in three years. The state record is 8,432 by James Mungro of East Stroudsburg.
On The Throne: Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Central Catholic has posted a glossy 65-6 record with a pair of large-school state championships over the past five years.
Best Rivalry: Easton vs. Phillipsburg, N.J.
Even though the traditional clash comes during state playoffs, the game goes on, often drawing a crowd of 15,000.
Future Star: Terrell Chestnut, So., Free Safety, Pottsgrove
The 5-11, 165-pounder made nine interceptions last year and has the ability to play quarterback.
When it comes to Thanksgiving Day games, Philadelphia rivals Frankford and North Catholic claim they have the earliest start each year: sharp! This game has been continuous since 1930.
MaxPreps Preseason All-State Team
WR - Jaleel Clark, Parkland
WR - Tyler Bittner, Franklin
WR - Je'Ron Stokes, Northeast
TE - Brock DeCicco, Thomas Jefferson
OL - Nick Kindler, Trinity
OL - Jonathan Koslop, Hazleton
OL - Colin Rodkey, Gateway
OL - Eric Shive, West Scranton
OL - Mark Arcidiacono, St. Joseph's Prep
QB - Tom Savage, Cardinal O'Hara
QB - CJ Brown, Seneca Valley
RB - Bernard Pierce, Glen Mills
RB - Jordan Hall, Jeanette
RB - Jeremiah Young, Steelton Highspire
Ath - Todd Thomas, Beaver Falls
K - Ryan Lichtenstein, Gateway
DL - Clint Miller, Parkland
DL - Tyrone Ezell, Steel Valley
DL - Juantez Hollins, Aliquippa
DL - Rich Gray, Woodland Hills
LB - Dorian Bell, Gateway
LB - Dan Mason, Penn Hills
LB - Vinny Nittoli, Pine-Richland
LB - AJ Fenton, McDowell
LB - Ross Nicholson, Kane
DB - EJ Banks, Montour
DB - Abdul Smith, Perkiomen
DB - Curtis Drake, West Catholic
DB - Corey Brown, Gateway
P - James McCombie, Bishop Carroll