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Penn-Trafford 2015 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Coming off an 11-win season, an outright Foothills Conference title and back-to-back WPIAL semifinal appearances, expectations are ramped up even higher at Penn-Trafford this season.

The Warriors boast one of the top quarterback-receiver combinations in Class AAAA.

Senior quarterback Brett Laffoon (6-1, 200) threw for 2,005 yards last season. More than half of those yards went to Tim Vecchio (5-10, 175, Sr., WR). Laffoon was 106 for 160 with 26 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Vecchio, a Robert Morris recruit, caught 43 passes for 1,022 yards. They carried an offense last season that averaged 39.8 points per game, second best in Class AAAA behind only WPIAL champion Pine-Richland (44.6).

Coach John Ruane has built Penn-Trafford into a perennial contender, if not the team to beat in the conference. Vecchio scored 16 touchdowns last season behind only Devin Austin, the biggest weapon Penn-Trafford has to replace. Austin was second on the team in receiving and first in rushing, totaling 1,417 yards.

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Football: Penn-Trafford receiver among WPIAL's best

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Penn-Trafford player Tim Vecchio.

"The play call energized Tim Vecchio. Motion ... Play-fake ... Z post.

"One of my favorites," the Penn-Trafford senior wideout said.

So off he went — in motion, off the line of scrimmage and full speed toward the end zone. The ball sailed seamlessly in his direction. Problem was, at the last second, a North Allegheny cornerback slipped into its path. The defender reached up, grabbed leather and nearly made a spectacular interception.

Nearly."

 

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Football: Penn-Trafford graduate is a smash hit at W&J

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Penn-Trafford graduate Zack Crossey. Read his story below.

Zack Crossey has hit the trifecta in preseason projections.

Crossey, a senior offensive tackle at Washington & Jefferson, has been designated as a unanimous preseason first-team All-American by three top media outlets: The Sporting News, Lindy's and D3football.com.

"It's awesome to be recognized that way," said Crossey, a graduate of Penn-Trafford High School. "I use it as motivation. I just try to be the best player I can be in every game."

Washington & Jefferson's offensive output has significantly improved since Crossey's freshman season (2012), in which he saw limited playing time. The Presidents averaged 24.2 points and 360 yards in total offense that season.

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Alumni Update - Caitlin Welsh (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBURG, Pa. -  Pitt-Greensburg women's soccer standouts Courtney Carroll and Caitlin Welsh were named Allegheny MountainWelsh PGU Collegiate Conference Players to Watch for the upcoming 2015 season.

Welsh, a senior defender from Penn-Trafford, started each game and played every minute of the 2014 schedule.  Welsh's solid play was a main reason why the Bobcat backline decreased their goals against by 14 and held opponents to 90 less shots than faced in 2013.

Pitt-Greensburg women's soccer has been picked to finish sixth and to return to the playoffs in this year's AMCC preseason poll.

(phto courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)

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Alumni Update - Zack Crossey (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson senior offensive lineman Zack Crossey has garnered PreseasonCrossey WJ First Team All-America honors from all three awarding bodies.

 

After earlier this summer collecting his second consecutive preseason First Team All-America honor from The Sporting News and his first honor from Lindy's, Crossey was named to the D3football.com First Team on Friday.

 

A two-time First Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference selection, Crossey was a D3football First Team All-South Region choice following the 2014 campaign, along with earning Second Team All-ECAC South honors.


A 6-0, 280-pound left tackle from Penn-Trafford High School, Crossey was one of the anchors that paved the way for the seventh-ranked offense in the country a season ago, rolling up more than 500 yards of total offense per game (504.3) and going over the 500-yard plateau eight times, highlighted by 701 yards in a 49-18 win at Thiel on Nov. 8.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson)