Saquon Barkley, a standout running back for the Whitehall football team, is currently in the running for the title of Mr. PA Football 2014. 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.
Ranked by 247sports.com at an impressive 14th in the nation for running backs, and 117th in the nation for football players overall, Barkley has long commanded a great deal of attention for his feats on the field. He was named to the 2014 Pennsylvania Writers’ AAAA All-State team. A senior, he is committed to playing for Penn State in the fall.
According to Whitehall High School Athletic Director Robert Hartman, “Saquon has become a fan favorite because he plays hard all the time. Whether its running the football or playing basketball, his tenacity on the playing fields is a quality that endears himself to our community.”
Barkley has been nominated and selected to be amongst the top five 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 15.
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. Penn State head coach and keynote speaker James Franklin will present the awards. Manheim Central coach Mike Williams 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 21 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Harrisburg. Fans are encouraged to attend – tickets can be purchased at www.MRPAFootball.com. Ticket holders are also entered into a door prize for a chance to attend the sponsors reception with Coach Franklin and the final Mr. PA Football nominees..
Proceeds from the event benefit Vickie’s Angel Foundation.
Class AAA/AAAA Top 5 finalists
Sr. QB Ben Dinucci, Pine-Richland
Sr. RB Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt
Sr. RB Saquon Barkley, Whitehall
Sr. ATH Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley
Sr. OL Jon Runyan Jr., St. Joseph’s Prep
Class A/AA Top 6 finalists
Sr. QB Brett Brumbaugh, South Fayette
Sr. RB Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport
Sr. RB P.J. Fulmore, North Catholic
Sr. RB/DB Sam McCloskey, Bishop Guilfoyle
So. RB Lamont Wade, Clairton
Sr. ATH/QB Kyle Datres, Loyalsock
Mr. PA Football
Contact: Wayde Marsico
Wednesday, January 28, 2015