December 07, 2011
Ten Tigers were recognized by the Central League coaches for their outstanding efforts on the field in 2011.
Connor Breslin and Cimirrow Moat earned first team All-Central honors. Breslin helped anchor a Tiger offensive line that helped produce 26.8 points per game and was tabbed as honorable mention on the All-Delco team as well.
Sean Ridinger, Corey Power and Chris Kurkian received honorable mention All-Central honors for work on the offensive line, along with tight end Ryan Furst. Furst, who aided in the Tigers rushing attack, hauled in 2 passes for 26 yards.
Breslin and his linemates paved the way for senior back Cimirrow Moat, who gained over 1,500 and found the endzone 22 times in 2011. Moat was named to the first team at running back and also earned second team honors for his play at defensive back. Moat was also named first team All-Delco, becoming just the sixth running back in school history to earn the distinction.
Chris Kurkian was named to the second team, both as a defensive lineman and a punter. The senior had 44 tackles, including 3.5 sacks on the year. In the kicking game, Kurkian’s 21 punts averaged 37.9 yards per punt and pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 9 times. The senior captain was also honorable mention on the defensive line for the All-Delco squad.
Anthony Nicolardi made it a Tiger special team sweep, earning second team honors as a kicker. The senior, who also starred on the Tigers soccer team, scored 47 points. Anthony was 4-of-6 on field goal attempts, including a key 34-yard field goal against rival Strath Haven, in the 24-7 Tiger victory in September. In 53 kickoffs, Nicolardi averaged 45.3 yards per kickoff with 7 touchbacks. Nicolardi was given honorable mention for the All-Delco team.
Joey Pham’s versatility helped the Tigers on both sides of the ball. Pham was named second team All-Central as a defensive back, and earned honorable mention for his play at receiver. Pham, who lined-up in several offensive slots, made his biggest impact offensively on the ground, rushing for 494 yards on 66 carries with 2 touchdowns. In the passing game, Pham had 13 receptions for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns. Pham’s accolade also earned the senior honorable mention on the All-Delco team.
Joseph Vegso was the only Tiger underclassman named to the All-Central team. Joe’s play at linebacker earned the junior second team recognition. Joe had 52 tackles, broke-up 8 passes, recovered one fumble and intercepted a pass. Additionally, Vegso earned honorable mention for the All-Delco team.
Tony Desiderio‘s impact on the defensive line helped shape a Tiger defensive unit that allowed just 11.9 points per game. Anthony recorded 41 tackles and 2 sacks on the year. Anthony’s best game may have been against Conestoga, when Desiderio had 6 tackles and recorded a key sack to help the Tigers seal the 17-6 win.
For the complete 2011 All-Central League team, please click here.