Yough’s Shoaf, FR’s Lauer named to all-state teams
An under-the-radar recruiting prospect found his way onto the all-state list.
Now, it will be tough to miss Yough’s Dustin Shoaf.
The junior running back made the Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class 3A all-state team, which was released Tuesday afternoon.
The Class 5A team also came out and Franklin Regional senior defensive standout Bryce Lauer was selected as a linebacker.
“It means a lot to be considered one of the best running backs in the state,” Shoaf said. “It’s something that I want to reach again next year.”
Shoaf led the WPIAL in rushing during the regular season with 1,808 yards on 280 carries and 16 touchdowns.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Dustin,” Yough coach Scott Wood said. “He is one of the hardest working kids I know, and this will motivate him even more.”
Running behind a patchwork line that was decimated by injuries, Shoaf had nine games of 100 or more yards, including a school-record 428 yards and five touchdowns against Southmoreland in Week 8.
“I would not trade (the linemen) for anyone,” Shoaf said. “With the injuries we had ... every one of them didn’t quit and kept working every week.”
Lauer broke school records for career (368) and single-season (161) tackles. He was named to the Big East Conference first team. He also had two sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception.
Lauer also is considered a sleeper recruit by some. He has scholarship offers from Robert Morris and Duquesne.
Shoaf was a WPIAL Interstate Conference first-team pick.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BillBeckner.