South’s Bragalone co-Class A football player of the year
South Williamsport junior running back Dominick Bragalone has run over and around many defenders in the 2013 football season. He ran his way into the South Williamsport, Lycoming County and state record books. Now he has been named to the Class A all-state first team and has been named the Class A co-player of the year by the Pennsylvania football sports writers. The other co-player of the year was Brandon Yescavage of Old Forge.
In his first full year as a starter, Bragalone ran for county records of 3,268 yards and 48 touchdowns. Williamsport’s Darrell Blackman held the old rushing yard record with 2,529 yards. Bragalone also broke the record of another Williamsport great, and former NFL player Gary Brown, for rushing touchdowns. Bragalone’s rushing yards and touchdowns were also state-highs. Bragalone also scored a county record 292 points.
Bragalone is already South Williamsport’s all-time leading rusher and scorer in only a little over 20 games. For his career Bragalone has amassed 4,014 rushing yards and 61 touchdowns.
Game after game Bragalone produced monster numbers in 2013. He topped 300 yards six times, 200 yards 10 times and he had multiple touchdowns all 12 games for the Mounties. He led South to a 10-2 record and it’s second consecutive NTL Small School championship and its second straight appearance in the District 4 Class A championship.
In the district title game, Bragalone gashed Southern Columbia for 346 yards and three touchdowns, though South lost, 47-21. Possibly Bragalone’s best performance came in the regular season finale, when he scored seven touchdowns on just eight touches against Montgomery. That game showed the capabilities of Bragalone and that he can break out for a big run from any where on the field.
Bragalone wasn’t the only junior in District 4 shattering offensive records. Wellsboro quarterback Mike Pietropola was joined by receiver Brandon Owlett and linebacker Brian Doty on the Class A all-state first team.
Pietropola was the offensive leader of a Wellsboro team that recorded its first undefeated regular season in school history and its best season in recent memory. Despite being removed from most games by halftime, Pietropola still broke multiple area records for passing yards, touchdown passes and quarterback rating. Pietropola threw for 2,757 yards and 39 touchdowns, which was also a District 4 record. His 249.4 quarterback rating was also an area record.
Pietropola threw four touchdowns twice, five touchdowns twice and six touchdowns once while throwing for over 300 yards five times.
Brandon Owlett never played varsity football before, but he still managed to have one of the best receiving season’s in District 4 history. He caught 45 passes for 1,127 yards and an area record 17 touchdowns. Owlett was a threat to take the ball to the endzone every time as he averaged 25 yards a catch and took three kickoffs and punts back for a touchdown.
Doty led a Wellsboro defense that led the area in points and yards allowed and recorded 106 tackles on the season. His most impressive game of the year came against Towanda when he recorded 22 tackles. Doty also had two sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries.