WPIAL grads earn additional Division II All-American football honors
A pair of WPIAL products have earned more postseason recognition as the Associated Press Division II Football All-American teams were announced Wednesday.
Cal U (Pa.) junior safety LaMont McPhatter II, a New Castle graduate, was selected to the first team defense, while Slippery Rock offensive lineman Steve Gaviglia, a graduate of Seneca Valley, earned a spot on the second team offense.
In addition to the AP honors, Gaviglia and McPhatter also were named to the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association and American Football Coaches Association All-American squads.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West and D2CCA Super Region One Defensive Athlete of the Year, McPhatter finished the year with five interceptions and 63 tackles (37 solo) after posting at least five stops eight times. He paced NCAA Division II and ranked fourth among all NCAA divisions with 198 interception return yards.
He also tallied 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns.
Gaviglia helped pave the way for a Slippery Rock rushing attack that racked up 2,838 yards and averaged 202.7 yards per game.
He was a part of the Rock’s run to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division title and the NCAA quarterfinals. SRU finished with an 11-3 overall record, marking the third highest single-season win total in program history.
Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at email@example.com or via Twitter @MLove_Trib.