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Red Flash adds 20 PA players from class of 2023

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| February 2, 2023

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that St. Francis Head Coach Chris Villarrial and his staff may have found the secret to winning football games. With 32 players from PA on their roster all they did was go out and win a Northeast Conference Championship, the ninth team to go undefeated in conference play in conference history. The Red Flash finished last season at 9-3, losing in the playoffs to Delaware. Many young PA kids contributed to that success such as Truman WR Makai Jackson, Berlin WR Dawson Snyder, Hempfield QB Justin Sliwoski, RB Damon Horton from Hazleton and Mark Conrad, Bishop Guilfoyle.

It seems the PA talent pool is working for the Red Flash, so why not stick with what works? This year the Red Flash filled their roster with 20 of 27 spots with players from all corners of the state, including Player of the Year in 3A, quarterback Jeff Hoenstine from Central. The list is like a who’s who of PA talent from all over the state. Schools from PIAA districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 10 are represented in this years’ class.

In a statement taken from the SFU website, Coach Villarrial said “We welcome all these young men to the Red Flash football family. This signing class is a dynamic, well-rounded group of student athletes that will add immediate value to our university and football program. I would like to thank my staff, and all of those who helped in this process. We addressed many needs and will add competitive depth for the 2023 football season. I compliment our staff in signing some of the best student athletes locally, statewide, and throughout our primary recruiting territory.”

 This years SFU signees (list below)

 This years SFU signees:

Kent McMahon, LB, Canon McMillan
Grayden Lewis, DB, Richland
Christian Santiago, LB, McDowell
Keondre Deshields, WR, Laurel Highlands
Marcus Fennell, OL, Upper St. Clair
Campbell Melzer, DB, North Allegheny
Alex Paylo, DL, South Park
Omari Smith, OL, Beaver
DeMario Crawford, DB, Cathedral Prep
Jeff Hoenstine, QB, Central
Johnny McGhee, WR, Mount Lebanon
Manny Miller, LB, Altoona
Sam Penna, WR, Richland
Weston Pick, LB, Montgomery
Jake Rama, QB, Springfield
John Shuster, LB, Windber
Ben Sosnowski, K, Hollidaysburg
Eyan Thomas, DL, Chichester
Tanner Trybus, WR, Cambria Heights
Trey Weiand, WR, Mechanicsburg

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