Three North Allegheny football players signed their letters of intent on Wednesday to continue their athletic career at the Division I level.
Senior defensive lineman Sam Sheridan signed on with Lehigh University, senior receiver Luke Colella inked his letter with Princeton University and senior left tackle Jake Lugg signed with Harvard University.
One of the leaders on defense, Sheridan was a first-team all-conference pick in the Big 56 with 22 tackles, 12 for a loss, and 6.5 sacks. He will major in Arts and Sciences at Lehigh.
Also earning first-team all-conference honors this past fall, Colella led the Tigers in receiving with 39 catches for 535 yards and seven touchdowns. He will major in Business at Princeton.
A Big 56 honorable mention selection, Lugg anchored an offensive line that plowed open holes for a run-heavy offense that averaged 35 points per game. He will major in Business at Harvard.
Sheridan, Colella and Lugg are pictured above with North Allegheny head coach Art Walker. Congratulations to all three players and good luck in their future endeavors.
The Big 56 Conference announced its all-conference teams today and 17 North Allegheny players were on the list, including six first-team selections.
Earning first-team recognition were receiver Luke Colella, running back Percise Colon, defensive end Sam Sheridan, defensive tackle Ben Grafton, inside linebacker Nathan Hoke and outside linebacker Amosis Porter.
Colella led the Tigers in receiving with 39 catches for 535 yards and seven touchdowns. Colon was NA’s leading rusher with 1,089 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Tigers defense was a stingy unit all season and Sheridan, Grafton, Hoke and Porter were a large reason why. Sheridan posted 22 tackles, 12 for a loss and 6.5 sacks. Grafton posed a big problem for opposing centers this season with 21 tackles, seven for a loss, and two sacks. Hoke was North Allegheny’s leading tackler with 62 stops on the season and posted a team-high eight sacks. Despite missing the final six games of the season due to injury, Porter still wreaked havoc with 18 tackles and three sacks.
North Allegheny had three players named second-team all-conference, including outside linebacker Khalil Dinkins, defensive back Justus Gildon and at-large/defensive back J.P. Cantu. A mismatch for opponents on offense and defense, Dinkins made 18 tackles at linebacker with two interceptions and one sack. A reliable safety for NA, Gildon tallied 44 tackles, second most on the squad. The versatile Cantu made 14 tackles on defense, to go along with his duties as fullback and long snapper.
There were also eight Tigers who received honorable mention recognition, including guard Mike Dorn, tackle Jacob Lugg, tight end Brayden Prekop, quarterback Ben Petschke, running back Brady Leczo, kicker Brandon Persad, defensive end Hayden Sheets and defensive back Ben Rohan.
For a look at the entire list of all-conference players from the Big 56 Conference, click here.
With the help of this outstanding players, the Tigers finished reached double digit victories for the second straight season with a 10-2 record and reached the WPIAL semifinals for a fourth straight year.
For the second time in three weeks, the North Allegheny Tigers (10-1) will take on the Pine-Richland Rams (9-1) tonight in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals. Despite dropping a 42-14 decision to the Rams in the regular season finale, tonight’s contest proves to be the most important with a trip to Heinz Field at stake.
North Allegheny earned the right for a rematch with Pine-Richland following a 48-7 throttling of Canon-McMillan last week in the WPIAL quarterfinals. The Tigers capitalized on two early fumbles by the Big Macs and pounced for an immediate 21-0 lead. Senior quarterback Ben Petschke tossed four touchdown passes and added a rushing score in the win. Three of his scoring strikes went to junior Khalil Dinkins, who hauled in four passes for 104 yards. Senior running back Percise Colon surpassed the 1,000-yard mark with 121 yards rushing.
While the Tigers were in action last week, Pine-Richland will be well-rested following a quarterfinal-round bye. The Rams earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 6A playoffs following their Week nine win over NA. In that game, junior quarterback Cole Spencer threw for 398 yards and five touchdowns. Eli Jochem was the top target with 11 receptions, 220 yards and three touchdowns.
North Allegheny is appearing in the WPIAL semifinals for the fourth straight season. Pine-Richland is vying for a third straight WPIAL championship.
Tonight’s game is only the second time these two storied programs will go head-to-head in the playoffs. The first and only previous playoff meeting was in the 2017 semifinals, a contest that Pine-Richland won 49-25.
Kickoff for tonight’s game is slated for 7:00 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network, with the pregame show getting underway at 6:40 p.m. To listen to tonight’s game, click here.
The North Allegheny Tigers (9-1) will host the Canon-McMillan Big Macs (3-7) tonight in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals at Newman Stadium. The Tigers matched up with the Big Macs back in week three and earned a 42-6 blowout win. NA racked up 360 rushing yards with the bulk of that total coming from senior running back Percise Colon, who rushed for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Colon opened the game with an 85-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage and the rout was on. For video highlights of that game, see below.
Canon-McMillan is making its second straight appearance in the WPIAL playoffs, earning key wins this season against Hempfield, Norwin and Butler. The Big Macs have not won a playoff game since 2004, a 22-0 win over Belle Vernon.
Kickoff for tonight’s game is set for 7:00 p.m. at Newman Stadium. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. The pregame show begins at 6:40 p.m., which includes a pregame interview with head coach Art Walker. To listen to tonight’s broadcast, click here.
A quarterfinal-round bye is at stake tonight in Gibsonia as the undefeated North Allegheny Tigers (9-0, 7-0) visit the Pine-Richland Rams (8-1, 6-1). A win for North Allegheny would give the Tigers the No. 1 seed in the Class 6A playoffs and the Quad County Conference title for the second consecutive season. A Pine-Richland victory could create a three-way tie for first place in the conference, bringing tie-breaker points into the picture to determine who receives the two byes in Class 6A. Central Catholic visits Mt. Lebanon tonight in another game that bears a great deal of weight in the playoff picture and seeding.
For North Allegheny the scenario is simple as the Tigers control their own destiny. A win and the Tigers are conference champs. NA is in driver’s seat thanks to an 11-10 win over Central Catholic back in week two. Since then, the Tigers have run roughshod through Class 6A upon entering tonight’s regular season finale.
Pine-Richland’s lone loss is a 29-7 defeat at the hands of Central Catholic in week six. The Rams have won three straight since, including back-to-back victories over Mt. Lebanon and Seneca Valley.
Winners of the last two Class 6A championships, the Rams graduated their entire offensive line from last year’s championship team but possess plenty of top-flight talent at the skill positions. Junior quarterback Cole Spencer has taken a giant leap forward this season, having thrown for over 2,000 yards, with 24 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Luke Meckler is the leading rusher for the Rams with 324 yards and eight rushing scores. Junior wideout Eli Jochem is the top receiving target with 44 catches for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns.
While the Rams are a high-flying offensive unit, the Tigers prefer the ground-and-pound approach. Running behind a big and burly offensive line, senior tailback Percise Colon has rushed for 834 yards and nine touchdowns. Senior multi-purpose player Luke Colella is the second-leading rusher with 248 yards and six touchdowns, to go along with a team-best 31 receptions for 392 receiving yards and four more scores. Quarterback Ben Petschke is the third-leading rusher for North Allegheny with 207 yards and three touchdowns. Petschke has thrown for 875 yards with nine touchdowns and only one interception.
Pine-Richland has won four of the last six games against North Allegheny, but the Tigers won the most recent meeting in the 2018 regular season finale, battering the Rams 27-7. Pine-Richland led 7-0 at the half in that game but the Tigers roared back in the second half behind a 141-yard rushing performance from Ben Maenza. The Rams posted only 174 total yards in the contest and had a negative-two yards in the fourth quarter.
The two-time reigning Class 6A champions, Pine-Richland is trying to become just the second team to win three consecutive WPIAL titles in the largest classification. The only other team to accomplish that feat was North Allegheny from 2010-2012.
Kickoff for tonight’s game is slated for 7:00 p.m. in Gibsonia. The game will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network, with the pregame show beginning at 6:40 p.m. To listen to tonight’s game, click here.
(Photo courtesy of Ed Thompson.)
The North Allegheny Tigers (8-0) host the West Allegheny Indians (3-4) in a non-conference contest at Newman Stadium tonight. The Tigers are in first place in Class 6A’s Quad Country Conference and have already clinched a playoff spot. The Indians are 2-4 in the Allegheny 8 Conference, sitting in sixth place and still have playoff hopes alive.
While the NA defense has owned most of the headlines this season, and justifiably so, it was the Tiger offense that led the way in last week’s 62-35 victory against Hempfield. Senior Luke Colella rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and hauled in four passes for 82 yards and two more scores. Senior Percise Colon produced his weekly big play with a 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
West Allegheny is playing in its second straight non-conference game tonight. The Indians defeated Hampton last week, 42-7, on the strength of running back Kyle Marett who rushed for 80 yards and three touchdowns.
Marett has been filling in at the tailback spot for the injured Nico Flati, who has been out due to injury the past three weeks. With Flati out, Marett and sophomore quarterback Gavin Miller have stepped up. Miller is an Auburn recruit for the West Allegheny baseball team and passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the win last week against Hampton. Last year’s starting quarterback, Kam Kruze, has been utilized all over the field this season and will be seen at times as the QB in the “wildcat” formation.
Both teams hope to stay sharp in tonight’s contest ahead of big games in the regular season finale next week. North Allegheny will visit Pine-Richland in a Class 6A showdown and West Allegheny hopes to lock up a playoff spot with a home game against Moon in week nine.
Kickoff for tonight’s game between North Allegheny and West Allegheny is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Newman Stadium. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. The pregame show is slated for 7:10 p.m., including a pregame interview with head coach Art Walker. To listen to tonight’s game, click here.
It’s homecoming at Newman Stadium tonight as the top-ranked North Allegheny Tigers (7-0, 6-0) welcome in the Hempfield Spartans (2-5, 1-5) for a Quad County matchup in Class 6A.
Last Friday night, North Allegheny took care of business against winless Butler with a 49-14 win. The defense picked off four Butler passes, including two by senior Luke Colella. The Princeton commit also scored two touchdowns with a 52-yard punt return for the game’s first score and a 5-yard touchdown run later on in the first quarter. Junior Ben Rohan had a pick-six just before halftime as the Tigers triggered the mercy rule by intermission.
Hempfield has lost four games in a row and is coming off a 40-12 defeat at the hands of the Seneca Valley Raiders last week. The Raiders jumped out to a 33-0 lead in the second quarter and coasted to the win.
The Spartans have missed the postseason the past two years and are in danger of missing the playoffs again this season. An upset of the Tigers, or a Norwin victory at Canon-McMillan tonight, is likely necessary to keep realistic playoff hopes alive for the Spartans. Hempfield’s lone conference win was a 34-17 victory over Norwin in week two. However, a perplexing 21-12 loss to Canon-McMillan in week four has the Spartans playoff chances on life support.
Playoff-bound North Allegheny boasts a defense that allows only seven points per game, and will go toe-to-toe with a big Hempfield offensive front that averages 270 pounds per lineman. That Hempfield offensive line will try to protect senior quarterback Blake Remaley, who has battled through ankle and knee injuries this season. Despite the ailments, Remaley has still thrown for over 1,000 yards with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions. The playmaker for the Spartans is senior running back Nathan Roby, who leads the team in rushing and receiving yardage with over 1,000 combined yards and nine total touchdowns.
The North Allegheny defense is led by junior linebacker Nathan Hoke with a team-best 34 tackles on the season, to go along with six sacks. Senior Sam Sheridan, who has offers from Rhode Island and Lehigh, is the team leader in sacks with 6.5 on the campaign.
The last meeting between North Allegheny and Hempfield last season resulted in a 49-27 victory for the Tigers in Greensburg. Running back Percise Colon accounted for 140 total yards and three touchdowns for NA, including an 85-yard kickoff return for a score on the game’s first play.
The Tigers have won five straight games on homecoming night, including a 55-3 blowout of Butler last year. The last time NA lost a homecoming game was in 2013, a narrow 35-32 defeat to the Gateway Gators.
Kickoff for tonight’s game between North Allegheny and Hempfield is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. To listen to tonight’s game, click here.
North Allegheny head coach Art Walker was recognized on Monday night at Heinz Field as the Pittsburgh Steelers High School Coach of the Week. Coach Walker was honored at the two-minute warning of the first half on the video board of the Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals game.
Walker was tabbed the Coach of the Week by the Steelers following North Allegheny’s 11-10 win over Central Catholic on Sept. 9. The win was also his 200th career coaching victory.
Since that victory, the Tigers have ascended to No.1 in the rankings in the WPIAL Class 6A and sit as the only undefeated team in the classification at 6-0.
Along with the first half recognition on Monday night, the Tigers youth football program also receives a $1,000 donation from the Steelers and the NFL Foundation.
The North Allegheny Tigers (3-0) hope to continue their early-season momentum with a home contest against the Canon-McMillan Big Macs (0-3) tonight at Newman Stadium.
The Tigers are coming off a thrilling 11-10 triumph over Central Catholic last week, keyed by a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown by Percise Colon with 2:55 remaining in the game. Trailing 10-9 after the Colon score, junior Peter Vardzel ran into the end zone for a two-point conversion and an 11-10 lead. The defense put the game away on the next possession, thanks to a Brayden Prekop sack and forced fumble and fumble recovery by Sam Sheridan.
The victory was the 200th career coaching win for NA head coach Art Walker. Coach Walker, and his father Art, who racked up 207 career wins and six WPIAL titles at Mt. Lebanon and Shady Side Academy, are the first father-son combo in state history to win 200 games or more.
Tonight’s opponent is coming off a 27-7 loss to Seneca Valley last week. However, the Big Macs hung tough with the Raiders and trailed by only one touchdown at the half. While CM is 0-3, all three games were against quality foes in Thomas Jefferson, Mt. Lebanon and Seneca Valley.
Despite a tough start to the season, Canon-McMillan is hoping to build off a playoff appearance last season which broke a 10-year postseason drought. Senior quarterback Jonathan Quinque is a three-year starter with an accurate left arm. Quinque has thrown for 628 yards and three touchdowns this season. His top receiver is senior Blake Joseph, who has hauled in 19 passes for 248 yards and three scores out of the slot. Sophomore Ryan Angott is CM’s leading rusher with 155 yards on 36 carries and a touchdown. Angott also has 12 receptions for 113 yards.
Canon-McMillan will try to penetrate an NA defense that has allowed only one touchdown and 10 points all season. The defense has been the strength of the Tigers team through the season’s first three games, allowing a paltry 389 total yards in the three games combined. Junior linebacker Nathan Hoke is the team leader in tackles with 19 stops on the year. Sheridan is tops on the team with 4.5 sacks, followed by Hoke and senior Hayden Sheets with four each. Junior Khalil Dinkins has one interception to pace the unit.
On offense, North Allegheny is led by senior signal caller Ben Petschke with 277 yards passing and two touchdowns. Colon has a team-leading 209 yards on 45 carries and one touchdown. The top receiver is senior Luke Colella with 14 catches for 116 yards, to go along with 28 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The last time North Allegheny faced Canon-McMillan was in week three last season in Washington County. The Tigers led 24-21 in the third quarter before pulling away with three late touchdowns. Running back Ben Maenza rushed for 165 yards and score three second-half touchdowns in the NA win.
Tonight’s game between North Allegheny and Canon-McMillan is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Newman Stadium. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network. The pregame show begins at 7:10 p.m., including an interview with Tigers head coach Art Walker. To listen to tonight’s broadcast, click here.
Following his 200th career coaching win, a thrilling 11-10 triumph over Central Catholic last Friday night, North Allegheny head coach Art Walker has been recognized as the Pittsburgh Steelers High School Coach of the Week.
Coach Walker will be honored at the 2:00 warning of the first half on the video board at Heinz Field during the Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on Monday, September 30. Coach Walker will also be recognized during the Mike Tomlin Show and on Steelers.com.
Additionally, the Tigers youth football program will receive a $1000 donation from the Steelers and the NFL Foundation.
It’s an early season showdown in Class 6A tonight as the North Allegheny Tigers (2-0) will battle the Central Catholic Vikings (2-0) from Shaler Middle School. Both teams are coming off victories in their conference openers last week. North Allegheny rolled over Norwin in a 42-0 blowout, while Central Catholic used a last-minute touchdown to survive at Seneca Valley, 10-7. Senior quarterback Dom Pieto scored the game-winning touchdown for the Vikings on a 5-yard bootleg with 28 seconds remaining.
The storyline for tonight’s contest is undoubtedly defense. Central Catholic boasts a defensive front composed of four future Division I athletes. Defensive tackle A.J. Beatty is a University of North Carolina commit, senior twins A’Maar and A’Meer Allen are being recruited by MAC Conference schools, and junior Elliot Donald is ranked as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com. The nephew of 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, Elliot Donald has received offers from the likes of Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
While those credentials are impressive, so is North Allegheny’s defensive resume. The Tigers have posted back-to-back shutouts to open the 2019 season and have yielded only 224 yards in the first two weeks combined. Senior Sam Sheridan, who has an offer from Rhode Island, was the Wright Automotive Player of the Game in last week’s blanking of Norwin and has totaled a team-leading 3.5 sacks so far on the young season. NA’s linebacking corps boasts a pair of Division I recruits in the form of senior Amosis Porter and junior Khalil Dinkins. North Allegheny’s leading tackler is up-and-coming junior linebacker Nathan Hoke with 11 stops and three sacks on the campaign.
Considering both NA and Central Catholic possess outstanding defenses and quality rushing attacks on offense, protecting the football and field position will be paramount to determining a victor tonight.
The last time these teams met was in week two last season with North Allegheny claiming a 27-3 win at Newman Stadium. The Tigers defense ruled the day in that contest, forcing six turnovers. Running back Ben Maenza spurred on the ground game with 111 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Kickoff for tonight’s game is slated for 7:30 p.m. from Shaler Middle School. The contest will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network. The pregame show gets underway at 7:10 p.m., including a pregame interview with Tigers head coach Art Walker. To listen to tonight’s game, click here.
The North Allegheny Tigers (1-0) play host to the Norwin Knights (0-1) in the Class 6A conference opener tonight from Newman Stadium. The Tigers are coming off a 21-0 shutout of Friendship Collegiate Academy in Week Zero. The Knights dropped a 42-7 decision to local rival, Penn-Trafford, last week.
The Knights have lost five straight games dating back to last season and missed the playoffs in 2018. It was the first time since Dave Brozeski became head coach six years ago that Norwin did not qualify for the postseason. Hoping to return to the playoffs this season, the Knights will turn to quarterback Jack Salopek to lead the way. A three-year starter, Salopek is a Western Michigan commit, who threw for 1,790 yards and 15 touchdowns last season as a junior. Last week against Penn-Trafford, Salopek rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown, while adding 141 yards through the air.
On the defensive side of the football, Norwin is sparked by senior defensive back Tanner Queen. He missed last week due to injury but is expected back for tonight’s matchup. Queen has received an offer from Division III powerhouse, W&J.
In last week’s win, the North Allegheny defense posted its first shutout since a 45-0 victory over Morgantown to open the 2017 season. Junior linebacker Nathan Hoke led the defense with 6.5 tackles and one sack. Senior defensive lineman Hayden Sheets tallied two sacks and junior defensive back Khalil Dinkins added an interception. The defense and special teams each posted a safety in a dominant effort. The Tigers offense scored more than enough points in the win, with quarterback Ben Petschke throwing and passing for a touchdown.
The last time North Allegheny and Norwin faced off was in week one last season with the Tigers claiming a 56-14 win over the Knights. NA used a 28-0 run in the second quarter to turn the game into a blowout. The victory included a 65-yard touchdown run from Percise Colon.
Kickoff for tonight’s conference opener between North Allegheny and Norwin is slated for 7:30 p.m. You can listen to the game live and on archive via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. The pregame show, including an interview with Tigers head coach Art Walker, begins at 7:10 p.m. To listen to tonight’s game, click here.
The North Allegheny Tigers will kickoff the 2019 season tonight with a Week Zero matchup with Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) at 8:00 p.m. The contest is the second of two to be played at Newman Stadium as part of the Western Pennsylvania vs. Everyone Football Showcase this weekend. There will also be six games hosted at Woodland Hills’ Wolvarena in Turtle Creek in conjunction with the event. For a full schedule, click here.
North Allegheny is coming off a 10-1 season and a regular season Class 6A conference title in 2018. Friendship Collegiate Academy won the DCSAA Class AA state championship with a 10-3 mark and a 13-0 triumph over H.D. Woodson in the 2018 title game.
FCA is led by sixth-year head coach Mike Hunter and is a national powerhouse in the Washington D.C. area. Since the berth of their football program in 2004, the Knights have won three state championships (2012, 2016 and 2018) and have been produced a bevy of Division I athletes. The Pittsburgh Steelers seventh-round draft pick this spring, offensive lineman Derwin Gray out of the University of Maryland, is an FCA product. Current NFL defensive end with the Chicago Bears, Eddie Goldman, is an alumnus from FCA.
On the current FCA roster, there are five Division I recruits including linebacker Jalen McLeod, who recently committed to Appalachian State University. Other D-I prospects include defensive back Kareem Harris, linebacker Ryan Jones, linebacker Ahmed Bailey, and running back Kevon Campbell.
North Allegheny also has its fair share of top-flight talent and is once again one of the top contenders in Class 6A entering the season, along with Central Catholic, Pine-Richland and Seneca Valley.
Beginning on offense, the Tigers return starting quarterback Ben Petschke, who passed for 664 yards and seven touchdowns last season. The receiving corps is led by a pair of future Division I talents. Princeton commit, Luke Colella, was a Big 56 all-conference honorable mention all-purpose back with a combined 400 yards of rushing and receiving yards and three touchdowns. At the other wideout spot is junior Khalil Dinkins, who received offers from Akron and Toledo.
Second-team all-conference tailback Percise Colon returns after posting 438 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground a year ago. After finishing as the second-leading rusher last season, Colon is eager for his opportunity as the Tigers primary ball carrier. At fullback, juniors Brady Leczo and J.P. Cantu will get the call on opening night.
For a team that prefers to punish opponents with its ground game, the offensive line play is paramount and is headlined by Harvard commit Jacob Lugg at left tackle and center Ben Grafton, a second-team all-conference pick last season. Others that will see time on the line of scrimmage will include Mike Dorn, Gabe Diulus, Austine Huebner and Jack Turner. At tight end, Sam Sheridan, Amosis Porter, Braden Prekop and Nathan Hoke will be valuable members of the block party as well.
On defense, Amosis Porter received second-team all-conference honors at linebacker last season and led North Allegheny with eight sacks. Porter has offers from Nevade and Toledo. Also starting at linebacker will be Dinkins, Prekop and Hoke.
The defensive front will be anchored by Sheridan, Grafton and Hayden Sheets. Sheridan has a Division I offer from Rhode Island. Starting in secondary are Colon, Colella, Justus Gildon and Ben Rohan.
The special team unit will feature Petschke as the NA punter and Brandon Persad as the place kicker. Colella and Colon will be factors in the return game. The Tigers are led by 15th-year head coach Art Walker, who boasts an overall record of 197-58 and five WPIAL titles (three with North Allegheny.) Walker also spent 1998-2004 at Central Catholic prior to coming to NA.
Kickoff for tonight’s season opener between North Allegheny and Friendship Collegiate Academy is slated for 8:00 p.m. at Newman Stadium. As always, you can listen to tonight’s game live on the North Allegheny Sports Network with Randy Gore and Rick Meister. The pregame show, including an interview with head coach Art Walker, begins at 7:40 p.m. To listen to tonight’s broadcast, click here.
North Allegheny senior Luke Colella has verbally committed to continue his football career at Division I Princeton University. The all-conference multi-purpose back announced his choice to the Ivy League school on Wednesday via twitter.
— Luke Colella (@LukeColella2) July 10, 2019
Colella was a Big 56 Conference honorable mention pick as a junior, leading the Tigers in receiving with 14 catches for 255 yards and a touchdown. He added another 166 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. A big play threat on defense and special teams, Colella averaged 24.8 yards per kickoff return and has two career interceptions. An outstanding student, he boasts a 4.25 GPA in the classroom.
Colella will join a Princeton University program that recently won its fourth outright Ivy League title in 2018 with a perfect 10-0 record.
Colella and the North Allegheny Tigers will open the 2019 season on Friday, August 23 against Friendship Collegiate Academy.
North Allegheny lineman Jake Lugg made a verbal commitment on Wednesday to continue his football career at Harvard University. Lugg, who will be a senior this upcoming season, made the announcement via twitter.
— Jake Lugg (@jake_lugg) June 26, 2019
Lugg will join his older brother, Josh, as a Division I offensive lineman. Josh Lugg is approaching his junior season at Notre Dame.
Jake Lugg and the North Allegheny football team open the season on Friday, August 23 against Friendship Collegiate Academy.