September 4, 2007

Prospects play under the lights

Each week the Pantherlair will take a quick look at a number of high school prospects that Pitt fans may have an interest in this fall. We will take a quick look around the state of Pennsylvania and several other locations where the Pitt staff is recruiting players.

Johnstown won its opener under their new head coach Kevin Marabito. The Trojans beat Central Cambria 14-9 behind the running of Pitt commit Antwuan Reed. Friday night Reed rushed for 122 yards and 17 carries. Pitt has recruited Reed as defensive back but he plays both ways for the Trojans. Reed ran behind junior prospect Dave Istanich (6' 5" 270). The Trojans will try two make it two in a row when they travel to Bedford this weekend.

Kiski Area quarterback Josh Vick had a big opener. Vick completed 12 of 21 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns as the Cavaliers shutout Butler 31-0. One of his scoring strikes was to wide receiver James O'Quinn from 26 yards out. O'Quinn finished with 102 yards in receptions. Vick's outing gave further evidence that his knee is sound again, as he threw for more yards than any quarterback in Western Pennsylvania Friday night. Kiski Area was ranked No. 10 in Class AAAA to start the season and they will be looking to move up in the standings when the host Cannon-McMillian (1-0) Friday night. Cannon-McMillan is coming off a big win against Trinity.

Over in Ohio, Dublin Coffman ran its record to 2-0 with an easy win over Lima Senior 63-0. Quarterback Zack Stoudt had another big game completing 13 of 18 passes for 193 yards. Stoudt threw 3 touchdown passes with the longest being a 49-yard toss. The Shamrock defense is anchored by linebacker Steve Gardiner who visited Pitt on Saturday.

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