KDKA Radio Super 7 Watch List: Week 5


This Friday of high school football brought some of the more surprising results we’ve seen in the 2022 season. It also gave us some tremendous individual performances.

Included in that, a 400-yard passing game, a pair of dual threat showings, and an incredibly rare accomplishment for a local wide receiver.

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 players from Week 5:

Jaren Brickner, Beaver Falls

Brickner passed for 255 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 84 more yards and three more scores, as Beaver Falls topped Riverside 44-14.

This season, Brickner has passed for 800 yards and scored nine touchdowns on the ground.

The senior all-state pick is the all-time passing leader at Beaver Falls and is getting interest from several DII and DIII schools.

Aaran Randolph, Highlands

Randolph pulled off one of the more impressive feats you’ll find in any level of football Friday night in Highlands’ 54-22 win over Mars.

The junior wide receiver lined up for direct snaps and scored on four (yes, four) consecutive offensive plays.

Randolph — who had one career touchdown entering the game — scored on runs of 13, 24, 19 and 65 yards. He also caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Thimons, and then threw a touchdown pass to Thimons later in the game.

With the win, Highlands s 6-0 for the first time since 2014.

Ryan Palmieri, Pine-Richland

In a game you heard on News Radio KDKA, Palmeri ran for 202 yards and scored two touchdowns, while also throwing for 75 yards and two more scores as Pine-Richland knocked of rival North Allegheny, 28-17.

The senior has run for 436 yards in three games the season, scoring five touchdowns.

As a junior, Palmieri accounted for over 500 yards of offense and scored 11 times.

Jake Wolfe, Montour

The WPIAL has seen two 400-yard passing games this season, and now both quarterbacks have made their way onto the Super 7 Watch List.

Wolfe joins Nehemiah Azeem of OLSH to accomplish the elusive mark, as he passed for a WPIAL Week 5 leading 404 yards and three touchdowns in the Spartans’ 51-0 win over New Castle.

Also an exceptional basketball player, the junior Wolfe entered the game as more of a running quarterback, with less than 400 passing yards all season.

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 hear Bethel Park at Upper St. Clair on 100.1 FM and 1020 AM KDKA Radio. Follow @KDKARadio on Twitter for updates throughout the night.  

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