T-D HS Football

Five area grid standouts make collegiate selections

By: Cory Isenberg

National Signing Day was Wednesday and a number of area football players nailed down their schools for the fall.
Ligonier Valley tight end Alec Bloom is the lone player who will be going to a Football Bowl Subdivision school, Connecticut.
Chestnut Ridge’s Beau Bosch will be attending Football Championship Subdivision Lafayette while a pair of players - Bishop McCort’s Tyler Rugg and Richland’s Kyle Flick will head to NCAA Division II Slippery Rock. Also going to Division II schools will be Richland’s Matt Shaffer and Bishop McCort’s Christian Roman. Shaffer will be off to Slippery Rock and Roman to Millersville.
A brief synopsis on each athlete follows:
n Bosch, who was a 6-foot-5, 222-pound quarterback and defensive end for the Lions, will focus on defense at Lafayette, the defending Patriot League champions.
The future Leopard, who will get a full athletic scholarship to Lafayette, led Chestnut Ridge with six quarterback sacks and was a three-year starter at defensive end for the Lions.
Bosch also considered Penn State and Pittsburgh as a walk-on candidate and was pursued by Buffalo and Princeton, a rival of Lafayette in the Patriot League.
The Chestnut Ridge athlete started at tight end for the Lions program as a sophomore before being moved to the quarterback position and is also a starting forward on Chestnut Ridge’s varsity basketball team.
n Rugg was a 6-2, 220-pound tight end/fullback on offense and an outside linebacker for the Crimson Crushers.
He rushed for 469 yards and five touchdowns as a senior and also had seven receptions for 66 yards. On defense, he recorded 74 tackles his senior year and 202 for his career.
“Tyler’s size and speed gave him the capability of contributing in many ways and at many various positions,” said former Bishop McCort coach Kevin Sheridan. “He has been an impact player at Bishop McCort over the course of the past three seasons.”
Shippensburg coach Mark Maciejewski plans to play Rugg at what he calls a super back.
“He can run well, he catches the ball well and he blocks well,” Maciejewski said on the Shippensburg website. “He will be a versatile player in our offense.”
A Tribune-Democrat honorable mention selection, Rugg, the son of John and Shannon Rugg of Windber, also plays basketball for Bishop McCort.
n Flick, a 6-1, 220-pound wide receiver and defensive back for the Rams, will concentrate on offense for the Red Raiders.
A four-year starter for the Rams, Flick finished his career with over 3,000 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns, catching 45 passes for 945 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns as a senior for Richland coach Brandon Bailey.
The future Red Raider was a two-time Tribune-Democrat All-Area First Team selection at wide receiver and a Pennsylvania Football News second teamer in Class AA.
“A solid receiver with the tools to be very successful,” Maciejewski said. “He’s been in a similar offense that we run for the last three years. He has great stats and has been very productive.”
n The 6-2, 220-pound Shaffer is following in the footsteps of other outstanding Cambria County high school quarterbacks who went on to excel at Slippery Rock.
Included in that list is The Rock coach, George Mihalik, a Bishop Carroll graduate, Randy McKavish from Central Cambria and Nate Crookshank of Bishop Carroll.
Shaffer earned first-team Class AA all-state honors and was The Tribune-Democrat Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, when he threw for 2,238 yards and 27 touchdowns with only six interceptions. The future Slippery Rock player, who broke the District 6 career touchdown record formerly held by Coach Bailey, also rushed for 570 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.
For his career, Shaffer threw for 5,871 yards and had 70 touchdowns as a three-year starter and led the team to back-to-back 10-0 regular season records and a berth in the state semifinals as a junior.
n Roman, a 6-3, 313-pound lineman for the Crimson Crushers, was a three-year starter and letterwinner for the team, where he was a mainstay.
As a senior, Roman, the son of Christian and Rachel Roman of Westmont, overcame a variety of injuries to record 57 tackles and 6.5 sacks, earning a nod as a first-team selection on The Tribune-Democrat All-Area team. In his junior season, he tallied over 100 tackles and three sacks.
“Christian possesses great quickness and agility,” Sheridan said. “His ability to play with great leverage and explosiveness has made him a standout player in the area. His size and quickness will make him a formidable foe at the next level as well.”