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Big School Team # 1 Archbishop Wood (12) 0-0

Written by: on Friday, August 31st, 2012. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


It was a perfect storm of sorts for Archbishop Wood last season, setting a PIAA big school record with 699 points scored which included a 52-0 pasting of Bishop McDevitt in the PIAA AAA final. That edition of the Vikings boasted an explosive backfield and nasty, physical offensive line.

Three starters from that 2011 line – Rutgers recruit Brandon Arcidiacono and George Griffin and Fran Walsh, along with contributors Chris O’Connor and Diego Racanco, form another hefty unit to pave the way for a Vikings ground game which, last season, averaged better than 255 yards per game. Josh Messina, Jake Cooper and Kendall Singleton are all back at running back, and Benji Abercrombie likely will be the tight end – he caught a 57-yard pass last season against Pittsburgh Central Catholic and was a force at defensive end. Cooper, Anthony Roakes, Andrew Guckin and Arcidiacono will also be presences for Wood defensively.


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6 Responses to “Big School Team # 1 Archbishop Wood (12) 0-0”

  1. James Loney says:

    Gotta disagree with this ranking….This isn’t 2011

  2. mike says:

    You may think these rankings are flawed and thats ok, everyone has their own opinion. I have my own also but Josh and Dave are two of the best High School Football reporters in the state! The research they do is unequalled.

  3. Rusky says:

    wood got handled be Harrisburg Highs defense last week! shut them out for 3 Qtrs

  4. phillyboy says:

    Like Coach Algeo said referring to last year’s team: “was a special team.” But one year does not a program make. If after all the graduations they had of key talent they are still the best in SE PA then they’ve arrived. Got to see it to believe it. Think this is an aggressive ranking.

  5. RON says:

    Who is going to be qb for wood? how about their defense this year? wood had super team in 2011,but 2012 is a different year,it wont so easy this year.

  6. Dan says:

    Anthony Roakes