Three area high school football players have been honored as being among the state’s best.
Indiana’s Darrious Carter, Ligonier Valley’s Alec Bloom and Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton were selected for the Associated Press All-State teams, which were announced Thursday.
The teams were chosen by sports writers and editors from across Pennsylvania. There are four teams, one in each classification, from A to AAAA.
Carter, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound senior, was picked for the Class AAA defense, along the front line. A disruptive force at the end spot, he helped the Indians to a berth in the WPIAL playoffs. Also a standout wide receiver, Carter caught 38 passes for 577 yards and three touchdowns.
Over the summer, Carter gave a verbal commitment to Temple, but he has had other offers come in, and his official decision as to where he will play college football won’t be revealed until February, on the National Signing Day for high school seniors.
Bloom, a 6-7, 242-pound senior, was picked as the tight end on the Class AA team. Bloom’s senior season with the Rams was cut short by a knee injury, but he still had some sparkling statistics: 45 catches for 830 yards and 12 touchdowns. In August, Bloom made a verbal commitment to Connecticut.
A two-way standout, Tipton (6-1, 161) is on the Class A team at defensive back. The junior tied for the area lead in interceptions this season, with five. On offense, he caught 44 passes for 697 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Vikings, who advanced to the WPIAL playoffs.