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Post-Game Evals: Penn Hills vs. Gateway
Brendon Felder WR Gateway This was Felder's first game in Pennsylvania and you could see that he was a little nervous. Felder was playing running back and had two fumbles in the first half. Felder did show his elusiveness on a big first half kick return. He also had a few big carries for the Gators where he got into open field and made several people miss. The WPIAL is very different than Massachusetts, so it is going to take Felder a few games to get adjusted. Brandon Ifill WR/S Penn Hills At wide receiver Ifill struggled picking up his blocks. He drew the ire of the Penn Hills staff many times for failing to get his man. Penn Hills started a new quarterback with no varsity game experience and Ifill never really got on track. He was playing cornerback on defense and did a decent job in coverage. He came up in run support and made a few tackles, but this was not the best game that we have seen out of Ifill. Cullen Christian CB Penn Hills "Buck Nasty" showed why he is a four-star prospect and the No. 3 rated cornerback in the country. Christian is playing safety this season, so teams cannot avoid throwing at him and it paid dividends on the first drive of the game as Christian was playing centerfield and picked off of Rob Kalkstein pass. Christian was physical and made several outstanding open field tackles. He also played wide receiver on offense and made a circus catch late in the game. Aaron Donald DT Penn Hills Donald is a force up front for the Indians. He was double and sometimes triple teamed the entire game and he still made several plays and had at least one sack that we saw. Donald hit a growth spurt since we saw him at our Pittsburgh combine. He looks to be close to 6-foot-2 and around 270-pounds right now. Donald is also forced to play on offense and he did get winded at times, but when he was rested he was tough for Gateway to handle. Delbert Tyler MLB Gateway Tyler was all over the field for the Gators and he easily has close to twenty tackles. Gateway always has good linebackers and Tyler is continuing the trend set by Dorian Bell and Mortty Ivy. Tyler is a thick bodied player who has a very quick first step and he closes on the ball very quickly. He made several plays beyond the line of scrimmage and showed excellent pursuit skills. Dondi Kirby WR/CB Gateway 2011 Kirby has outstanding size at 6-foot-3 and he has those long strides that make it look so effortless for him to glide past people. He had a few tough catches in the middle of the defense and he showed outstanding speed on a skinny post early in the first half for a big gain. Kirby also played cornerback and he locked it down. He was often one on one with Brandon Ifill. Nolan Toran MLB Gateway 2011 After Tyler is gone the legacy of solid linebackers at Gateway may fall into the hands of Toran. He is not the biggest at 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds, but Toran makes his presents known. Toran had several decleating type of hits against Penn Hills. If he can work on his straight line speed he could be a D-I safety prospect. Chazz Whittaker QB Penn Hills 2012 Whitaker had the daunting task of making his first high school start against Gateway. Not only are the Gators consistently one of the best teams in the WPIALS they are also the Indians biggest rival. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound sophomore didn't play like a sophomore. He made a few rookie mistakes, but for the most part Whitaker didn't look like it was his first varsity start. He has a very live arm and as Coach Ron Graham gains more confidence in the young gunslinger, look for him to put up some impressive numbers. Orne Bey CB/RB Gateway We knew what Bey could do as a cornerback and he didn't disappoint as he was his usual lockdown self. In the second half of the game Bey was inserted at tailback for the Gators and he didn't disappoint as he seemed to be the spark that led Gateway to a victory. Bey ran 10 times for 135 yards and two scores. Bey made an impressive juke move on Christian for his second score. Bey showed game changing speed and great elusiveness in the open field. Chris Washington WR/S Penn Hills Washington is a playmaker whether it is on offense, defense or special teams and he seems to be the consummate team player. He will do whatever it takes to help his team. Washington had a big kick return for Penn Hills and several key tackles for the Indians on defense. He should at the very least pick up some MAC offers. Dayonne Nunley CB/RB Gateway Nunley didn't do a whole lot on offense, but he was solid on defense. As the season goes Nunley has to step it up and provide a spark for the Gators. He is too good of an athlete, not to play a leadership role. Nunley has to play physical and show college coaches that he handle the grind of playing against bigger, stronger players. Myles Davis DE/OLB Penn Hills Davis definitely looks the part, but he doesn't stick out. He picked off a pass in the game that came right to him. Davis is a specimen, but he never really stepped up as a senior on a team that needed someone to step up. He is expected to be a leader much like Dan Mason was last year, but we didn't really see it. He is a good enough athlete, but he needs to show the desire to separate himself. Armstead Williams OLB Gateway 2011 Williams is a long, lanky athlete who was making plays all over the field. With sometime in the weight room filling out his body this kid could be one to watch for next year. He is very fluid on defense and plays the run and pass equally well. Rob Kalkstein QB Gateway Kalkstein made two errant throws in the first half that were picked off, but he still threw for close to 200 yards in that time. Timing with his receivers is an issue right now, lot's of these guys are seeing their first meaningful varsity time for the gators, so once they are firing on all cylinders Kalkstein should put up some impressive numbers. He is very intelligent and will play for someone at some level in college.
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