De’Vante Cross Mr. PA Football Finalist


De’Vante Cross, a standout quarterback for the Parkland football team, has advanced to the top six nominees for the MR. PA Football contest. The statewide contest, which pits well known names on the football field against each other, has fans voting for their favorite athlete in order to determine who will hold the distinction of being Mr. PA Football for the next year.

Cross has long been commanding attention for his feats on the field – this past season alone, he accounted for 4,332 total yards of offense. He has also been named to the 2015 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AAAA All-State team. A senior, he committed to playing for the University of Virginia last month.

“De’Vante, the PFN Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year, passed for more than 2,900 yards in 2015,” said Parkland Head Coach Jim Morgans. “DeVante’s uncanny athletic ability and leadership led the Parkland Trojans to the PA state finals.”

Cross has been nominated and selected to be among the top six high school football athletes statewide through a unique voting process. The fans, media, and coaches each represent one-third of the vote.Fans can cast their vote at Mr. PA Football webpage. The final voting deadline for the winner of Mr. PA Football is February 8.

All of the remaining nominees — who are listed below — have been invited to attend the banquet where the Mr. PA Football winner will be announced. Pitt head coach and keynote speaker Pat Narduzzi will present the awards. Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render will also be honored with the Legendary Coach Award during the banquet. CBS 21’s Jason Bristol will be emceeing the event.

The banquet will be held on Saturday, February 13 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantville, PA. Fans are encouraged to attend – tickets can be purchased at Ticket holders are also entered into a door prize for a chance to attend the sponsors reception with Coach Narduzzi and the final Mr. PA Football nominees.

Proceeds from the event benefit Vickie’s Angel Foundation.

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Class AAA/AAAA Top 6 finalists

Sr. QB Devante Cross, Parkland

Sr. DB Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic

Sr. OL Michal Menet, Exeter Township

Sr. RB Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills

Sr. RB Mike Waters, Imhotep Charter

Sr. WR Kobay White, Bishop McDevitt


Class A/AA Top 5 finalists

Jr. RB/ATH Evan Chadbourn, Bishop Guilfoyle

Sr. OL Connor McGovern, Lake Lehman

Sr. DB Andrew Pryts, Hickory

Sr. QB Michael Shuster, Camp Hill

Jr. RB/DB Lamont Wade, Clairton