Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.
This week, one of the nation's top players puts up one of the nation's best performances, a quarterback reminds us of an NFL player and an offensive lineman doesn't get enough credit because of his name.
UP — Rushel Shell, Hopewell, RB
In what was arguably the top performance in the nation this past weekend, Shell pummeled the Moon defense in a 55-28 win. He rushed for 367 yards, added 101 more in receiving yards and scored a total of six touchdowns. Shell is rapidly closing in on the WPIAL record; he's just 134 yards away and could easily surpass that mark this weekend against Mount Lebanon.
DOWN — Brandon Arcidiacono, Archbishop Wood, OL
Arcidiacono is having a fine season, and his team is one of the best in the state. But he may not even be the best player in the state named "Arcidiacono." That's because Ryan Arcidiacono of Neshaminy is poised to be one of the nation's top basketball players this winter. The nation's No. 34 player in the ESPNU 100 has verbally committed to Villanova. Brandon, though, is no slouch — he's committed to play football at Rutgers next fall.
UP — De'metrious Cox, Jeannette, QB
It's not all that uncommon for QBs to do most of the work with their feet; in fact, it's probably more common than a pure pocket passer. But it's not often you see a quarterback rush for 200+ yards. But Cox was at his best this past weekend, leading the Jayhawks to a 36-7 win over Waynesburg Central. Cox rushed for 201 and scored four touchdowns in the game. Performances like that remind us of shades of another star QB at Jeannette — Terrelle Pryor, the former Ohio State star who's now with the Oakland Raiders.