Thursday, July 24, 2008

PrepNation 101 Preseason FB Countdown: No. 64 North Allegheny

64. North Allegheny (Wexford, Pa.)
Last season’s record: 11-1, lost in WPIAL semifinals
Coach: Art Walker
Key players: QB Mike Locke (6-1, 199, Sr.), OT Ryan Schleiper (6-5, 280, Sr.), OT Mike Vuono (6-3, 275, Sr.), WR Brian Austin (5-9, 165, Sr.), DB Jackson Boyd (6-1, 195, Sr.)
Biggest strength: Experience on offense
Question mark: Inexperience on defense
Outlook: The Tigers return several key pieces from a team whose only loss was by 1 point to Gateway in the WPIAL playoffs. Five starters are back on offense including Locke, a good athlete with a strong arm who threw for over 1,000 yards as a junior. Both starting offensive tackles are also back in place. Schleiper has more than one scholarship offers at this point and Vuono is developing into a Division I prospect, as well. This could be a breakout year for Austin, who ran a 10.78 time to place third in the 100 meters this spring at the state track meet. Defensively, only two starters are back led by Boyd , who had 92 tackles and four interceptions.
Toughest games: Sept. 12 at Upper St. Clair, Sept. 19 vs. Penn Hills

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