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October 9, 2009Most Valuable Player
Rob Kalkstein, Gateway
In quarterbacking his team to a 55-7 rout over Norwin last week, Rob Kalkstein surpassed 5,000 passing yards on his career.
The four-year starter now has 5,102, becoming just the 13th player in WPIAL history to surpass the mark, Mike White of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday. He also has 54 career touchdown passes.
Kalkstein has also led RivalsHigh 100 No. 60 Gateway to a perfect 5-0 record on the year with a team that head coach Terry Smith described at the beginning of the season as "inexperienced."
"He's throwing the ball really well," Smith told the Post-Gazette. "In the WPIAL, you still have to stop the run and teams are choosing to stop our run. When they do that is when he has big nights."
Gateway travels to Hempfield (1-4) on Friday night.
Comeback of the week
Dom Mills, State College
The impact of certain players goes beyond on the box score. For the State College Little Lions, Dom Mills is that player.
Mills, a second team all-state safety last season, helped lead State College (4-1) to a 30-19, victory over the Harrisburg Cougars (1-4) last week at Memorial Field.
Making his first appearance in a Little Lion uniform since he sustained a foot injury in the season opener, Mills announced his return with a thunderous hit on Cougars running back Chris Devan. Mills stripped the ball from Devan on his way down to the ground where fellow Little Lions defender Mark Seeland recovered the loose ball.
Mills was used more sparingly on offense but still managed to make his presence felt.
On his only series at quarterback, Mills rushed for 27 yards and threw for 24, as he setup State College stud kicker, Kevin DiSanto, for the first of his three field goals on the night.
State College travels to Camp Hill this week to face the Cedar Cliff Colts. The Little Lions have outscored the Colts 83-14 in the schools' past two meetings.
(Daniel Krieg, PaPreps Senior Writer)
Defensive Play of the Week
Marzett "Boo" Geter, Sto-Rox
He's just a sophomore, but it's a pretty safe bet that Marzett Geter's efforts last week were the best of his young career.
In a 25-7 win over Seton-LaSalle, Geter caught two touchdown passes from quarterback and Penn State recruit Paul Jones - one for 38 yards and one for 44.
But Geter's defensive efforts were just as impressive.
In the second half, Geter rushed Seton-LaSalle quarterback Anthony Rizza, on a blitz and hit him as he threw. As Geter pulled Rizza to the ground, he rolled over, and the ball fell in his chest. Geter was credited with the interception on the play.
Tough loss of the week
Wayne Capers, Chartiers Valley
It had been a stellar debut for sophomore quarterback Wayne Capers and the Chartiers Valley Colts, but it now appears that Capers' season is over.
Last Friday on radio scoreboard shows, reports ran rampant that Capers had suffered an ankle injury during the game against Trinity.
On Wednesday, the Post-Gazette reported that Capers suffered a broken bone in his foot that may require surgery.
Capers had accounted for 854 total offensive yards for Chartiers Valley (5-0), including 501 yards in the air.
"I think the kids are mostly sad for Wayne, more than anything else," coach Chris Saluga told the Post-Gazette. "Time will tell, but I think we're ready to move on and work hard. We're having a great season and we want to continue that."
He will be replaced by Rob LaMonde, who will start this week as the Colts travel to Ringgold (2-3).
Compiled by PaPreps senior writer Daniel Krieg and and publisher Carla Swank.