We officially ended our tour of the local football talent last week, but today we give equal time to the top kickers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Tomorrow, we'll grade the area's best fullbacks.
Here is one man's list of this season's most productive kickers:
1. Mike Bennett, La Salle, senior, kicker-punter. Bennett was the first-team all-Catholic League Division AAAA selection. He's a lefty kicker who booted a winning 35-yard field goal in the snow versus Easton and has hit nine field goals. Three of his six kickoffs Saturday against Ridley resulted in touchbacks.
2. Jack Ruggieri, Avon Grove, senior, K. For his steady contributions, Ruggieri, a Division I-A prospect, garnered first-team all-Ches-Mont League National Conference honors. He was a first-year kicker.
3. Tom Weathers, Penncrest, junior, K-P. Weathers was 57-for-60 on extra-point attempts and 6-for-6 on field-goal tries. He earned first-team all-Central League honors.
4. Mark Tiberi, Malvern Prep, senior, K-P. Helping the Friars lay claim to a piece of the Inter-Academic League title, he averaged 40 yards per punt and delivered five field goals.
5. Matt Kirkpatrick, Upper Perkiomen, senior, K-P. He averaged 37 yards per punt, with a 67-yarder in a Pioneer Athletic Conference matchup against Owen J. Roberts, and totaled 47 points, including a pair of field goals.
6. Owen Radtke, Father Judge, senior, K. With six field goals and 28 PATs - including a 5-for-5 effort in a season-opening win over Council Rock North - he was a bright spot in a down year the Crusaders.
7. Nick Visco, Archbishop Wood, freshman, K. The rookie produced seven field goals and 41 PATs in the Vikings' run to the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals.
8. Sean Baner, William Tennent, senior, K-P. With many punts that pinned foes deep in their territory, he picked up first-team all-Suburban One League National Conference honors.
9. Patrick Connaghan, Chestnut Hill Academy, senior, K-P. Before moving over to the hardwood, he totaled 44 points, with one field goal, for the Inter-Ac League tri-champions.
10. Corte Rumph, Pennsbury, senior, K. One of the highlights for Rumph was a 39-yard field goal in a Week 4 win over SOL National Conference rival Council Rock South.
Twenty others to watch, listed alphabetically: Dan Acchione, Garnet Valley, senior, K-P; Tom Bongiorno, Ridley, senior, K-P; Casey Boyd, Upper Dublin, senior, K-P; Tim Carroll, West Catholic, senior, K; Bill Castor, Conwell-Egan, senior, K-P; Dave Faraldo, Father Judge, sophomore, P; Adam Fender, Marple Newtown, senior, K; David Gianninni, Souderton, sophomore, P; Dylan Harris, North Penn, senior, K-P; Anthony Hensley, Abington, senior, P; Will Huff, Neumann-Goretti, senior, K-P; Zach Lepore, Owen J. Roberts, senior, P; Will Mau, West Chester Rustin, junior, K; Ryan McDonough, Wissahickon, senior, K-P; Aaron Morgan, Haverford School, freshman, K; Bryan Reice, Neshaminy, sophomore, P; Drew Siegfried, Bishop McDevitt, senior, P; John Michael Staudenmayer, Plymouth Whitemarsh, junior, P; Dan Vanderslice, Monsignor Bonner, senior, K-P; John Wellbrock, Sun Valley, senior, P.
Conestoga's Dennis Leighton and Brad Herzlich have committed to Villanova and Brown, respectively.
Leighton, a first-team all-Central League selection, is a 6-1, 180-pound defensive back. The 6-3, 205-pound Herzlich, a second-team pick at linebacker, recorded 154 tackles, including 27 solo stops.
Massachusetts was in this weekend to look at La Salle quarterback Drew Loughery, who passed 10-for-13 for 102 yards in Saturday's 35-7 romp over Ridley in the PIAA Class AAAA state semifinals. . . . Matt Craig, a junior tailback for Springfield (Delco), finished with 1,809 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns in seven appearances. He had 23 receptions for 190 yards, and seven two-point conversions. . . . Souderton's Derek Brown totaled 15 TDs, 724 yards rushing and 297 passing. . . . Wissahickon quarterback Brandon Gunn passed for 987 yards and ran for 954. . . .. Upper Perkiomen halfback/fullback Chase Fleming rushed for 1,127 yards and 15 TDs. At linebacker, he posted 100-plus tackles, with 3 1/2 sacks, and returned an interception for a score. . . . Frank Yurick, a two-way tackle for Upper Dublin, notched a team-high 86 tackles and had 11 pancake blocks.