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Central League Players to Watch in 2019

Radnor quarterback Sam DiLella tosses a pass during practice. (Pete Bannan - MediaNews Group)

Central League Players to Watch in 2019

Liam Kirk
Running Back | Conestoga

“Liam is an absolutely hard-nosed kid, the way he runs with the ball and catches the ball,” said Conestoga head coach Matt Diamond. “He’s very versatile – we also use him at wide receiver, as a kick returner and as a defensive back, at either cornerback or safety.”

Scott Smith
Defensive End | Conestoga

"His motor never stops – he’s all over the field,” said Conestoga head coach Matt Diamond. “He’s got good size and quickness.” Smith was a second team All-Central defensive lineman last fall, making 13 tackles for losses. He also plays tight end for the Pioneers.

Lance Schwartz
Offensive Line | Garnet Valley

Robert Morris, Fordham, Holy Cross and Bucknell are interested in the developing senior big man, who played some tackle for the Central League champions last year but will be used mostly at guard.

Jake Morin
Outside Linebacker | Garnet Valley

A lacrosse All-American who committed to Penn State as a freshman, he can create pressure with his speed and athleticism. The senior will also earn some time at running back and provide the long-snapping.

Max Copley
Running Back | Harriton

The 5-10, 170-pound senior looks to be a versatile performer for the Rams this fall.  Copley does double duty, also serving as an outside linebacker for Harriton.

Trey Blair
Athlete | Haverford

 The 5-11, 195-pounder could be the most dangerous and versatile player in Delco. The Fords can utilize Blair’s incredible skills in all kinds of ways, which should make Haverford a fun team to watch all year.

Shane Mosley
Free Safety | Haverford

Switching to free safety, where he will have the chance to roam and make more plays in the open field. He should have another productive season as a wide receiver, too. Next year Mosley will join brother, Jordan, on the Maryland football roster.

Rodger Roberts
Quarterback | Lower Merion

Roberts, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior signal-caller, gives the Aces some offensive versatility. “Rodger is a very athletic quarterback with the ability to throw,” said LM coach Evan Breisblatt. “He will be a true dual threat quarterback. Rodger has done a nice job taking on a leadership role throughout the summer and in camp.”

Rob Reilly
Linebacker | Marple Newtown

A team having lost nine defensive starters to graduation, Marple Newtown is expecting big things from Reilly as a returning leader and hitter.

Ryan Lain
Offensive Line | Marple Newtown

Just a junior, the imposing 6-3, 270-pound two-way lineman turned heads in summer camps at Villanova, Penn, Bucknell, Fordham and Delaware.

David Cage
Wide Receiver | Penncrest

 A speedy receiver with good hands, the elder of the Cage brothers will be the primary target in the passing game. He also doubles as a linebacker and brings experience to both sides of the ball. He also plays basketball and baseball for the Lions.

Brennan Kaut
Outside Linebacker | Penncrest

Kaut’s strength is his athleticism and his aggressive nature. He likes to hit, which fits in well with Smith’s aggressive approach on defense. He also is an outstanding lacrosse player.

Pat Boujoukos
Defensive Tackle | Radnor

Realizing his 6-3, 250-pound frame was better suited for football, he abandoned soccer, dazzled on both lines and quickly was elected by his teammates as a captain.

Sam DiLella
Quarterback | Radnor

Though new to a full-time starting role after being trapped behind successful Sean Mullarkey, DiLella excelled when he had his chance in a 9-3 season last year, throwing two touchdown passes against Harriton and preparing for his chance to start as a senior.

Dylan Staley
Running Back | Ridley

The 5-10, 180-pound senior has the most varsity experience at the skill positions and is Ridley’s biggest playmaker. Last year Staley ran for 562 yards and four touchdowns.

Tahmir Wilmore
Lineman | Ridley

The junior was a standout at linebacker on a Ridley defense that made gradual improvement last season. Wood is expecting a big campaign from the 6-0, 215-pounder converted lineman.

Aidan Shandley
Defensive End | Springfield(Delco)

With an ability to double at tight end, the big, two-way force has received interest from Army, Temple, Delaware and Villanova.

“He’s a great kid,” Cougars coach Chris Britton said. “He was hurt the second half of last season but he got honorable mention All-Central League both ways.”

Ibo Pio
Athlete | Strath Haven

Pio will perform yeoman’s work at halfback, free safety and kick/punt return. He ran for more than 600 yards as the No. 2 back last year and could very easy eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau this season.

John Prochniak
Linebacker | Strath Haven

The senior is a three-year starter at linebacker. Prochniak will be the captain on a defense that could be one of the best in the Central League.

Kevin Kerwood
Quarterback | Upper Darby

He begins his second year as a starter. “My job is to make sure everything is OK out on the field, know the plays, and then go out there and execute,” he said. “I have to do whatever I can to make sure we get a touchdown.”

Jacob Gouch
Defensive Back | Upper Darby

In his third year as a defensive starter. “It’s also my first season playing any offense,” he said. “I know defensively we want to always be aggressive and get to the ball. I didn’t have any interceptions last year, but I know once the first one comes this year, others will follow.”

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