Control these 10 fascinating Mid-Penn highschool soccer gamers all through the summer season
Summer is just around the corner and fall is just around the corner, and that means Pennsylvania’s high school football teams are already preparing for the season ahead.
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June and July will be filled with workouts and 7v7 competitions for most programs. For the players, camps – especially the college circles – will also be great after COVID-19 cleared those opportunities in 2020.
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The following is a quick look at some of the more intriguing mid-penn players and why when we go for the summer. They are the guys that you want to keep an eye on. Check them out below:
Max Mosey, QB, Central Dauphin – Mosey is possibly the most decorated returning quarterback in Central Pa. He led Central Dauphin to a 6A state title two years ago and was a first team, PennLive Central PA. All-Star that year. He was pretty, damn good as a junior last season too, and finished six games with 1,151 yards – 990 passing, 161 rushing – and 14 touchdowns. He is an excellent pass-giver who has earned a reputation for keeping a cool head in pressure situations. Now the 6-foot-1,185-pound senior is heading into his final season looking for a college offer – the guy can definitely play at the next level – while playing for the least experienced Rams team of his tenure. So how Mosey can lead this group through the summer could determine not only how well the eternal Mid-Penn might fare, but also where Mosey lands on the next level.
Alex Erby, QB, Steel-High – Erby is in a similar position to Mosey after helping lead the Rollers to the State Class A title and winning a first team, PennLive Central PA, last season. All-Star nods a season before he now leads a team that brings back some nice talent, but also has some big questions to answer. This is particularly the case on offense, where a trio of first-team all-stars from a season ago a season – running back Odell Greene (graduation), wide receiver Damein Hammonds (graduation) and Mehki Flowers (transferred to CD East) – will not return. It’s a tough test for the 6-foot-3,213-pound student looking for his first college offer, but Erby’s arm talent and intellectual acumen seem special. And, he told PennLive last week, he’s confident in the cast around him and is spending the summer preparing them for yet another title run.
Tony Powell, QB, CD East – So if you’re looking to judge mid-penn quarterbacks by physical ability alone, Powell is sort of the guy and here’s why: He weighs 6 feet 4, 215 pounds and he’s an excellent athlete – he was a stellar basketball player who helped Middletown win a state title earlier this year – with a pretty, damn good arm. The thing is, Powell was beaten up last season and in Middletown’s strong runner scheme he didn’t get to throw the football very often. Still, he went for 1,415 yards and 18 touchdowns in his sophomore year. So Powell has more chances to air it at CD East – he moved there earlier this year – and with Penn State you sign Mehki Flowers on the goals he can throw Powell is really opening some eyes this season, and a good summer could be get it off to a quick start.
Stone Saunders, QB, Bishop McDevitt – We haven’t seen many of this kid, and here’s why: He hasn’t even started ninth grade. But PennLive’s Greg Pickel was in 7v7 action at Manheim Central on Saturday and Saunders was shining. There are some rumors that the young gunslinger – the son of Baltimore Ravens strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders – might be special. But could he be the starter for a McDevitt team that currently has some big guns – running back Marquese Williams is one of the best in the country, and recipients Mario Easterly and Kamil Foster will both play in college as well – as a freshman? ? His work this summer could answer that question.
Sy Burgos, RB, East Pennsboro – Want a sleeper pick for the premier rusher in Mid-Penn? How about Burgos? He’s one of the best sprinters in the conference, and the senior has had a season averaging nearly 9 yards per carry. With Jacob Shermeyer’s graduation, there will be fewer mouths to feed in this backcourt. East Pennsboro will play the ball and with a big summer combined with its potential workload and speed, Burgos could hit the headlines this fall.
Tyrone Moore, WR, Steel-High – Mehki Flowers is a Penn State commit, and he was PennLives Pa. A season ago. Player of the Year. He’s also on CD East now, so the Rollers need a man to kick. Well, Moore is the most obvious guy who could fill at least part of Flowers’ production from a season to a season ago. The senior was an All-Star pick of the third team, PennLive Central Pennsylvania, last season after catching 27 passes for 479 yards and four touchdowns. A big summer could go a long way in preparing it for the numbers that are a bigger workload and have a chance to come up with some big numbers.
Jontae Morris, ATH, Cedar Cliff – Morris seemed ready to have a great junior season. He returned an 80-yard kick for a score against Berks Catholic, but he also tore a cruciate ligament and MCL in that game. If he can have a big summer for Cedar Cliff and step into fall at 100 percent, he could be a game changer for the Colts.
Ezeekai Thomas, ATH, Carlisle – Want a reason to see the Thunder Herd this fall? Thomas is because every time Carlisle plays he’ll be one of the best athletes on the field. The 6-foot-1,185-pound junior plays quarterback, but he might be destined for the defensive in college. What is certain is that Thomas can be electric with the ball in hand, and a good summer could make him one of the more exciting Mid-Penn players in 2021.
Riley Robell, DL, Bishop McDevitt – The junior was a guy who grew into his position and figured out who he was as a player last season. But if you want some clue that the transition took place, just check out how he ruined the guys at the state wrestling championships.
Tajae Broadie, DL, Middletown – The 6-foot-4,240-pound senior has been the next big thing to come from Middletown for so long. But on its final lap, the Blue Raiders face a season of great transition. Head coach Brett Myers is gone, replaced by Scott Acri, and most of the people who’ve been making big numbers for the Blue Raiders over the past few years are gone too. So it looks like Broadie needs to be at his best if Middletown is to have a chance to take a run as usual.
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