KDKA Radio Super 7 Watch List: Week 3

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The conference slate got underway Friday night for many teams throughout the WPIAL, as they looked to get a leg up on their rivals.

Along the way, a pair of Washington County standouts, as well as another passer and a receiver shined bright.

Throughout the season, KDKA Radio will put together a watch list of some of the best players in the region. At the end of the year, the top performer from each WPIAL classification, and one member of the Pittsburgh City League, will receive the prestigious KDKA Super 7 Award.

Here are the top showings from Week 3:

Jonah Williamson, Trinity

No player in the WPIAL had an offensive performance quite like Williamson. In fact, the type of two-way numbers he produced Friday verge on all-time impressive.

Williamson passed for 234 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 233 yards and three more scores in a thrilling 41-40 win over Connellsville.

His passing yards were 14th most in the region Friday, and his rushing yards were the second-most.

Only a sophomore, Williamson is also a strong basketball and baseball player, and has the Hillers off to a 3-1 start on the gridiron.

Zach Welsh, Canon-McMillan

Canon-McMillan is off to a nice start in 2023, jumping out to a 3-1 record through the first four weeks. And, on Friday, it was Welsh who carried the Big Macs to a big win.

The senior work horse running back racked up 240 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 36 carries in a 28-8 win over Bethel Park.

His 240 yards were the most in the WPIAL Friday night. Through four games, he has ran for 434 yards and five touchdowns, and has caught 12 passes for 98 more yards.

Colt Sprankle, Armstrong

Stepping in for one of the WPIAL’s all-time leading passers is a daunting task. But Sprankle appears more than ready for the assignment.

The sophomore passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-16 romp of Freeport Friday night, adding onto what's already been an impressive start to his varsity career.

Through four games, Sprankle has thrown for 730 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions, and has rushed for another score.

Armstrong, which lost Cadin Olsen – now at Penn – and his 9,291 career yards to graduation, appears to not be missing a beat, having scored at least 49 points in three of their four games.

Julian Dahlem, Upper St. Clair

A year ago, Dahlem was seeing some time at quarterback for the Panthers, but ultimately was moved to receiver. The switch has paid off, especially on Friday night.

The junior hauled in ten passes for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while rushing for 47 rush yards in the Panthers’ 34-0 win over Fox Chapel.

So far this season, Dahlem has 19 catches for 253 yards and four scores. Upper St. Clair is 4-0, but faces its toughest test in unbeaten rival Peters Township Friday.

The high school football season continues Friday, as KDKA Radio will once again provide award-winning broadcast coverage of the region’s biggest game of the week. This week, you can Central Catholic at North Allegheny on 100.1 FM and 1020 AM KDKA Radio. Follow @KDKARadio on X and Instagram for updates throughout the night.  

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