Pioneer Press has come up with its list of outstanding football players that fill the 2013 first and second teams on the defense. See the list:
Sr. DL, Loyola: At 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, he was a major force in the middle for a defense that had four shutouts and allowed only 12 points a game. Pontarelli and the defense didn’t surrender a TD in the Class 8A state final.
Sr. DL, Maine South: The CSL South’s defensive player of the year also was selected to the Class 8A all-state team. The 6-0, 235-pounder had 15 tackles for loss and 11 sacks to help the Hawks get to the quarterfinals in Class 8A.
Sr. DL, Nazareth: The 6-5, 260-pound Purdue recruit totaled two and one half sacks and six tackles for loss for the Roadrunners.
Sr. DL, Barrington: The MSL West’s defensive player of the year and a Class 8A all-stater, Castagna (6-4, 230) terrorized offenses from his end position. He totaled 20 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and four blocked punts.