WPIAL lands 14 on 4A all-state team; Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes, Mike Warfield earn top honors

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021 | 10:00 AM


If Tiqwai Hayes’ next three seasons are anything like his first, the Aliquippa freshman has an exciting future ahead.

Hayes, who rushed for 1,746 yards and scored 23 touchdowns this season, was named Wednesday as the state’s Class 4A Player of the Year after leading the Quips to a PIAA title earlier this month. Hayes was one of eight Aliquippa players to earn all-state honors, and the Quips’ Mike Warfield was named Coach of the Year in 4A.

Aliquippa (13-1) won WPIAL and PIAA titles despite playing three classifications above its Class A enrollment.

Joining Hayes on the all-state team are teammates Naquan Crowder, Tyrese Jones, Jason McBride, Cameron Lindsey, Brandon Banks, Donovan Walker and Cyair Clark.

In all, the WPIAL had 14 players recognized in a statewide vote of sportswriters.

The others were Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock and Cole Weightman, McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd, Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Bryan, Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher and Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne.

Offense

Quarterback

Justin Holmes, Northwestern Lehigh, 6-3, 215, sr.

Stone Saunders, Bishop McDevitt, 6-1, 175, fr.

Logan Klitsch, Conrad Weiser, 6-3, 190, sr.

Cooper Jordan, Bishop Shanahan, 5-10, 165, sr.

Devin Whitlock, Belle Vernon, 5-8, 170, sr.

Running back

Tiqwai Hayes, Aliquippa, 5-9, 170, fr.

Marquese Williams, Bishop McDevitt, 5-11, 185, jr.

Bobbie Boyd, McKeesport, 5-7, 170, jr.

Anthony Bourassa, Cocalico, 5-8, 180, sr.

Khalon Simmons, Meadville, 5-8, 180, jr.

Connor Hilling, Valley View, 5-9, 165, jr.

Wide receiver

Cayden Hess, Jersey Shore, 6-1, 205, sr.

Mario Easterly, Bishop McDevitt, 6-1, 175, sr.

Aanjay Feliciano, Conrad Weiser, 6-3, 180, sr.

Bryce Currier, Eastern York, 6-2, 180, sr.

Tight end

Adam Shovlin, Pittston Area, 6-6, 245, so.

Offensive line

Naquan Crowder, Aliquippa, 6-4, 345, jr.

Justin Kanyuk, Bethlehem Catholic, 6-7, 290, sr.

Tyrese Jones, Aliquippa, 6-7, 365, sr.

Nick Bryan, Thomas Jefferson, 6-3, 270, sr.

Nick Del Grande, Lampeter-Strasburg, 6-4, 280, sr.

Tyler Swartz, Valley View, 6-2, 270, sr.

Athlete

Rodney Gallagher, Laurel Highlands, 5-11, 170, jr.

Brady Jordan, Jersey Shore, 5-9, 160, jr.

Defense

Defensive line

Owen Ordonez, Lewisburg, 6-3, 225, sr.

Jason McBride, Aliquippa, 6-4, 325, jr.

Riley Robell, Bishop McDevitt, 6-3, 270, jr.

Lavon Johnson, Allentown C.C., 6-4, 320, sr.

Cole Weightman, Belle Vernon, 6-3, 220, sr.

Dylan Jones, Bishop Shanahan, 6-3, 265, sr.

Linebacker

Haydn Packer, Jersey Shore, 5-10, 205, jr.

Brandon Choi, Bishop Shanahan, 6-3, 215, sr.

Ryan Russo, Bishop McDevitt, 6-2, 215, sr.

Cameron Lindsey, Aliquippa, 6-2, 210, so.

Defensive back

Donovan Walker, Aliquippa, 6-1, 180, jr.

Drey Wilk, Berwick, 5-11, 170, jr.

Teague Hoover, Selinsgrove, 5-10, 180, sr.

Brandon Banks, Aliquippa, 6-0, 172, so.

Lamont Payne, Chartiers Valley, 6-1, 174, jr.

Specialist

Breck Miller, Jersey Shore, 6-0, 185, jr.

Walker Martin, Garden Spot, 5-11, 170, sr.

Athlete

Brandon Hile, Selinsgrove, 6-2, 205, sr.

Cyair Clark, Aliquippa, 5-8, 160, sr.

Kamil Foster, Bishop McDevitt, 6-0, 195, sr.

Player of the Year

Tiqwai Hayes, Aliquippa

Coach of the Year

Mike Warfield, Aliquippa

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2021 Pa. Football Writers All-State Team

Class 6A

Class 5A

Class 4A

Class 3A

Class 2A

Class A

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at charlan@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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