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Catholic League Players to Watch in 2019

Cardinal O'Hara coach BJ Hogan, right oversees morning practice.

Catholic League Players to Watch in 2019

Russell Minor-Shaw
Quarterback | Archbishop Carroll

Motivated all the more, the 6-2, 240-pounds Minor-Shaw added muscle and technique without sacrificing his natural athleticism, which makes him a threat to run every time he snaps the ball.

Richie Kimmel
Linebacker | Archbishop Carroll

Playing behind three defensive linemen who started in 2018, Kimmel will have more freedom to make plays in 2019, an opportunity he relishes.

Ryan DiVergilis
Running Back | Archbishop Wood

A hard-nosed player with good burst, the senior figures to see a majority of carries early as the Vikings offense tries to build continuity. With a handful of varsity carries and a season starting at safety to his name, DiVergilis steps in with experience but won’t look to try and do it all alone.

 

Tom Pomponi
Linebacker | Archbishop Wood

In recent years, the Wood linebacker corps has been the engine that’s driven the defense. With an unproven group this fall, the senior co-captain will look to foster a similar group around him in his first season as a starter.

 

James Welde
Wide Receiver | Bonner-Prendergast

The 6-3, 190 pound junior can double as a tight end, and provides a mismatch wherever he lines up. It took him a while to find the end zone a season ago, but he finished the year with touchdowns in three straight games.

Ayden Garnes
Free Safety | Bonner-Prendergast

The light came on for the six-foot, 180-pound Garnes at the end of his sophomore season. He’s blown up in winter training and has been a stalwart on the national 7v7 circuit, earning invitation after invitation to FBU camps, culminating in the final one in Austin, Texas.

Joe Kelly
Lineman | Cardinal O'Hara

Kelly anchors a talented, veteran offensive line. The senior earned second-team all-Catholic Blue accolades a year ago. Kelly, with a combination of his experience, strength and fitness over the last 12 months, could see an improvement on the field and in the postseason awards he racks up.

Chris Sheffer
Middle Linebacker | Cardinal O'Hara

With the loss of co-captains Chris Kirby and Lou Perri to graduation, Sheffer will have a more significant leadership role, as Hogan and the Lions will look to Sheffer as their coach on the field. The junior, who measures at 6-2, 190 pounds, is up for the challenge.

Danny Dutkiewicz
Running Back | Lansdale Catholic

One of the top rushers in the PCL Blue, Dutkiewicz is coming of a 1,273-yard, 11-touchdown campaign that including a pair of 200-yard performances — 227 against Conwell-Egan and 229 against Neumann-Goretti.

 

Evan Hannings
Cornerback | Lansdale Catholic

The senior is a veteran leader of the Crusaders secondary having started at cornerback the past three seasons.

 

Jack Machita
Quarterback | La Salle

Watching nine of his team’s 11 games from the sideline last year has the senior more than ready to assert his command over the offense. An accurate thrower with a quick release, Machita should be able to guide an Explorer offense that wants to play up-tempo while spreading the wealth.

 

Ryan Savage
Defensive Line | La Salle

An aggressive player up front, the senior end’s goal is to be as disruptive as possible on every snap. Savage is good at generating pressure in the backfield but also making stops at the line on running plays and his high motor is a tone-setter for the guys lining up next to him.

 

Kyle McCord
Quarterback | St. Joseph's Prep

Any conversation about The Prep’s potent offense begins with McCord. Entering his junior season, the quarterback will have a difficult time trying to top last season’s output. He completed 66 percent of his 305 attempts, going for 2,883 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Anthony Rightley
Defensive Back | St. Joseph's Prep

Rightley, who hails from the Westbrook Park section of Upper Darby, played quarterback on the school’s freshman team and transitioned to wideout as a sophomore. In his junior year, he split time between wide receiver and defensive back.

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