By Matt Popchock

We’re still a couple months or so from the opening kickoff, but believe it or not, it’s already time to begin thinking about the 2011 high school football season. How does Mr. High School Sports know? The Pennsylvania roster for the 32nd annual Penn-Ohio All-Star Football Classic has been finalized.

The game is set for Thursday, June 30, at 7:30 PM at Geneva College’s Reeves Field in Beaver Falls. Players and coaches from both teams will be introduced beginning at 7:00.

Beaver head football coach Jeff Beltz will coach the Pennsylvania squad. This past fall he guided the Bobcats to a third-place finish in the WPIAL Class AA Midwestern Conference and an 8-3 overall record, including a berth in the WPIAL Quarterfinals.

Beltz’s team of all-stars, the top seniors from programs based mostly in Beaver County, will try add to what has become yet another proud tradition for high school football in western Pennsylvania. The PA team holds a 22-9 all-time series edge entering the 2011 contest.

Here is the Pennsylvania team roster, along with a few highlights:

(Number/Name/School/Position(s)/Height/Weight/College Commitment)

1  Michael Kupper Central Valley TE/DB 5’10” 185 Penn State Behrend

2  Carlin Henderson Beaver Falls  WR/DB 6’0” 170 Slippery Rock University

3  Nathan Mick  Beaver   TE/PK/P 6’1” 190 Robert Morris University

4  Derek Lehocky Freedom  QB/DB 5’11” 165 Thiel College

5  Eric Moscipan Shenango  TE/LB  6’3” 215 Robert Morris University

7  Joe Savage  Ambridge  WR/DB 5’9” 160 Undecided

8  Malik King  Cornell  WR/DB 5’10” 165 Clarion University

9  Justin Tress  Blackhawk  WR/DB 5’10” 185 Kent State University

10  Jasson Adamson Rochester  QB/DB 6’0” 170 California University (PA)

11  Christian Farris Hopewell  WR/DB 6’4” 185 Slippery Rock University

13  Aaron McKinney West Allegheny RB/DB 5’9” 180 Lock Haven University

15  Marcus Little  Beaver   WR/OLB 6’5” 210 Undecided

17  Lukas Turley  Central Valley RB/LB 6’2” 220 West Liberty University

18  Donald McKenzie Aliquippa  TE/LB  6’0” 200 Undecided

19  Ryan Scialabba South Side  WR/DB 5’10” 165 Allegheny College

21  Delshawn Popowich Freedom  RB/DB 5’9” 165 Bethany College

22  Jared DeSensi Riverside  RB/DB 5’9” 200 Undecided

23  Aaron Grymes Shenango  WR/DB 5’10” 190 Slippery Rock University

26  Darious Walker Aliquippa  RB/DB 5/9” 180 Mercyhurst College

35  Trey Collier  Beaver Falls  OL/OLB 6’0” 225 West Virginia Wesleyan

40  Matt Critchlow Hopewell  TE/LB  6’1” 220 Penn State University

44  C.J. Revtai  West Allegheny RB/LB 6’2” 225 California University (PA)

50  Sam Mansfield Riverside  OL/DL 6’2” 230 Mount Union College

52   Brandon Short New Brighton  OL/LB 6’4” 240 Clarion University

55  Cody Orlowski Western Beaver OL/DL 6’1” 311 Community College BC

57  Nate Shuster  Blackhawk  OL/DL 6’2” 250 Akron

58  Greg Kaulius  West Allegheny OL/DL 6’5” 230 John Carroll University

61  Dean Dinell  Beaver Falls  OL/DL 5’10” 240 Thiel College

63  Paul Pavlinich Beaver   OL/DL 6’1” 235 Robert Morris University

65  Kyle Henderson Moon   OL/DL 6’5” 240 Slippery Rock University

66  Jesse Battaglia Rochester  OL/DL 6’4” 270 Allegheny College

70  Travis Gallagher Blackhawk  OL/DL 6’4” 245 Slippery Rock University

75  Travis Karenbauer Ellwood City  OL/DL 6’4” 320 Seton Hill University

77  Nathan Murphy Mohawk  OL/DL 5’10” 265

82  Joe Marcello  Central Valley TE/OLB 6’1” 200 Community College BC

NOTES: Central Valley, last year’s Cinderella district champ in Class AAA, is well-represented with three players integral to that title run, including tailback/linebacker Lukas Turley, who ran for 419 yards and two TD’s in the playoffs and posted 11 tackles in the Final against Montour. Host program Beaver Falls also has three representatives, most notably receiver/defensive back Carlin Henderson, who also saw time under center in 2010. Henderson went 53-of-104 for 869 yards and four TD’s during the regular season as the Tigers’ QB. Needless to say, stepping out of Rushel Shell’s voluminous shadow is not easy, but Hopewell receiver/defensive back Christian Farris did it well…well enough, at least, to make this team. Farris averaged 13.4 yards per catch on a team that didn’t throw much (and didn’t have to). West Allegheny’s title defense ended prematurely back in November, but the Indians have two seniors on this roster who helped keep their season afloat when Player-of-the-Year Mike Caputo went down with his leg injury. One of them is offensive jack-of-all-trades Aaron McKinney, who, while wearing Caputo’s No. 7 jersey at one point, amassed 930 rushing yards and 19 rush TD’s in 2010. One of Aliquippa’s two reps is tailback Darius Walker, who was a big key to the Quips’ run to a second consecutive second-place finish in Class AA. He accounted for over 600 of the team’s 1,800-plus rushing yards. Converted quarterback/defensive back Jason Adamsson led Rochester to another appearance at Heinz Field by throwing for over 1,000 yards and 16 TD’s. Having receiver/defensive back Malik King, who averaged 12.4 yards per catch last season, on this team is another sign of progress for Cornell, which, not long ago, was one of the least successful programs in the district until last year’s inspiring playoff berth.

The game is co-sponsored by the Midwestern Athletic Conference Coaches’ Association of Pennsylvania and the Quad County Coaches’ Association of Ohio. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for athletes on both teams, including All-Midwestern Conference first-team honorees.

Be sure to check back with Mr. High School Sports later this month for more on this event, and more on the annual Big 33 Classic, another prestigious all-star game kicking off later this month.

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