Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Baldwin quarterback Doug Altavilla.
(Photo: Baldwin quarterback Doug Altavilla is ready to begin his fourth season as a starter. Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette)
"A four-year starter at quarterback is a luxury any football coach would like to have, but add to that the quarterback's sibling as one of his favorite targets and it is an added bonus.
Baldwin enters the 2014 season riding the momentum of a WPIAL Class AAAA playoff berth last season and with senior quarterback Doug Altavilla back under center, the Highlanders will certainly be in contention for one of the Southeastern Conference's playoff berths.
Altavilla, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-hander, completed 134 of 254 passes during his junior season. He finished with 1,705 passing yards and 21 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Altavilla no longer has his favorite target from last season, all-conference wide receiver Luke Smorey, who graduated. Smorey caught 58 passes for 1,059 yards last season.
Baldwin's top returning receiver, however, is a familiar face to Altavilla -- his younger brother, junior wide receiver Nick Altavilla (5-11, 185). The younger Altavilla caught 14 passes for 115 yards last season."