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Countdown to Kickoff: Archbishop Wood

Archbishop Wood

Countdown to Kickoff: Archbishop Wood

The looks on their faces tell you that Archbishop Wood´s players are less than happy with their second-place trophy. Erie Cathedral Prep won the championship game, 24-14. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)
The looks on their faces tell you that Archbishop Wood's players are less than happy with their second-place trophy. Erie Cathedral Prep won the championship game, 24-14. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)

Archbishop Wood

Coach: Steve Devlin (7th year; 71-14).

Last year: 12-3 overall; 3-0 Catholic League Class AAA: won District 12 AAA title; advanced to state final before losing to Erie Cathedral Prep.

Final area ranking: No. 4.

Offense: Multiple.

Defense: 4-4.

Top 10: Josh Messina, RB-LB, 5-10, 180; Jake Cooper, FB-TE, LB, 6-3, 230; Ryan Bates, OL-DL, 6-5, 285; Kendall Singleton, WR-DB, 6-0, 170; Jarrett McClenton, RB-DB, 5-8, 165; Tom Garlick, QB, 6-3, 180; Deion Oliver, OL-DL, 6-6, 285; D.J. Brinkley, WR-DB, 5-10, 185; Luke Spahits, RB-LB-DB, 5-11, 200; Christian Lohin, TE-DE, 6-3, 215.

Others to watch: Nafeez Brown-Carter, TE-DE, 6-1, 215; Ryan Neher, OL-DL, 6-2, 245; Joe LoStracco, OL-DL, 6-7, 305; Justin Rubin, WR-LB, 6-1, 190.

The skinny: Bates, a rising junior, has scholarship offers from South Carolina, Penn State, Virginia, Rutgers, Temple, Georgia Tech, and Maryland; Singleton has an offer from Monmouth; Lohin returns after missing most of last season with a broken leg; Spahits transferred in from Hatboro-Horsham; LoStracco, coming over from the basketball squad, is expected to line up at offensive tackle.

Devlin says: "We have the potential to be very good, but we're still a work in progress."

Biggest games: Sept. 6 at North Penn, 7:30; Sept. 29 vs. Cardinal O'Hara (at Tennent), 1; Oct. 5 vs. St. Joe's Prep (at Tennent), 7.

Rick O'Brien Inquirer Columnist
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Rick O’Brien has been at The Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Reach Rick at robrien@phillynews.com.

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