By: Eric Epler | Associated Press | December 23, 2014
HARRISBURG, PA (AP) — Dominick Bragalone seemed to be chasing state and national records every week, two reasons why the South Williamsport senior running back was named Player of the Year Monday with the release of the 2014 Pennsylvania Football Writers' Class A All-State team.
Despite routinely facing eight and nine-man fronts, Bragalone, who shared the state's top honor last season, shattered Pennsylvania's single-season mark with 4,717 rushing yards and 67 touchdowns, helping the Mountaineers reach the semifinal round for the first time since 1997.
Bragalone was one of five South Williamsport players honored Monday, while player of the year candidate Sam McCloskey led four players from Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Bishop Guilfoyle. The Marauders edged Clairton 19-18 in the season finale on December 12.
McCloskey, a Lehigh recruit, rushed for more than 2,100 yards and totaled 48 touchdowns in leading Justin Wheeler's unbeaten Marauders to their first title. Wheeler was tabbed coach of the year.
For the fifth year the all-state process has been overseen by the sports writers who cover high school football around the Commonwealth. Players are nominated in all four classifications, then a statewide ballot is issued to afford all writers the opportunity to cast their votes.
Clairton is represented by senior quarterback Ryan Mathews, sophomore running back Lamont Wade and junior wide receiver Aaron Mathews.
Ryan Williams, Clairton - 6-0, 170 senior
Michael Shuster, Camp Hill - 6-3, 190 junior
Michael Pietropola, Wellsboro - 6-2, 190 senior
Caleb Kephart, Portage - 5-8, 175 senior
Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport - 5-11, 210 senior
Sam McCloskey, Bishop Guilfoyle - 5-11, 189 senior
Lamont Wade, Clairton - 5-10, 185 sophomore
Braden Fochtman, Berlin Brothersvalley - 5-8, 165 junior
Grant Syster, Purchase Line - 5-10, 196 senior
Aaron Mathews, Clairton - 6-5, 185 junior
Jeff Yordy, Nativity BVM - 6-1, 180 senior
Riley Thomas, South Williamsport - 6-0, 165 senior
Matt Gormley, Bishop Guilfoyle - 6-2, 238 senior
Brandon Vocco, Portage - 6-1, 293 senior
Sam Buck, South Williamsport - 6-2, 275 senior
Chris Burkhart, Clarion - 6-1, 240 senior
Cody Nelson, South Williamsport - 6-4, 250 senior
Bill Williams, Camp Hill - 5-5, 168 sophomore
Brandon Roda, Iroquois - 5-8, 180 senior
Alex Gallaher, Camp Hill - 5-8, 160 senior
Joe Damiano, Marian Catholic - 6-0, 270 senior
Andrew Berger, Bishop Guilfoyle - 6-4, 255 senior
Corey Souryavong, Old Forge - 5-11, 230 senior
Hunter Herb, Tri-Valley - 6-1, 230 junior
Dante Paul, Berlin Brothersvalley - 6-2, 225 junior
Tim Garlitz, Meyersdale - 6-2, 193 senior
James Lingenfelter, Kane - 6-0, 210 senior
Nick Sully, Marian Catholic - 5-11, 190 senior
John Peters, South Williamsport - 5-10, 195 senior
Anthony Snyder, Tri-Valley - 5-10, 180 senior
Greg Popatak, Sharpsville - 6-1, 200 senior
Brandon Chadbourn, Bishop Guilfoyle - 6-1, 194 senior
Jaden Buchanan, Tri-Valley - 6-3, 175 junior
Ben MacDonald, Ridgway - 6-0, 195 senior
Bryce Zaparzynski, North Penn-Mansfield - 5-11, 185 senior
Michael Hope, Camp Hill - 6-1, 200 senior
Austin Myers, Conemaugh Township - 5-11, 190 junior