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Trio of Pitt Panthers Pick Up the Win in Big 33 Game



Pitt offensive lineman Adham Abouraya

A handful of Pitt Panthers took the field over the weekend in Mechanicsburg, Pa. for some spring action.

Team Pennsylvania knocked off Team Maryland in the annual Big 33 game, 31-7, and Pitt signees Adham Abouraya, Cameron Lindsey and Jahsear Whittington all took part in the fun.

Abouraya (Exton, Pa.), Lindsey (Aliquippa, Pa.) and Whittington (Philadelphia, Pa.) all signed with Pitt in December, and Lindsey moved into his dorm earlier this month — with the others arriving soon, if not already having done so. But there was one last bit of high school football to wrap up.

Abouraya helped protect the Pennsylvania quarterbacks, giving Pennsylvania time to strike through the air for three touchdowns, and Lindsey recorded three tackles. Whittington did not record any stats in the win.

Abouraya helped pave the way for an 11-1 senior season at Downingtown East, earning All-State honors as an offensive tackle — starring in football and wrestling.

“He’s a tough dude, a wrestler,” Pat Narduzzi said at NSD. “Big offensive lineman, was on our campus several times. Just a super, super kid. He’s detailed, he’s focused on what he wants to do. I can’t wait. I told him this morning, I want to see some of his — I wanna see people forfeit when he’s wrestling in his senior year. That’s how tough he is. I wanna see that. I’ve also go video on my phone, I don’t know if I’ll share it with you, he’s a big dude. There’s not many big guys, I don’t know many — this guy did a cartwheel in the hallway of his academic counselor’s office, so he’s really athletic. We’re happy to have his family.”

Lindsey racked up 118 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and two fumble recoveries as a senior — adding six catches for 66 yards and two touchdowns and 50 carries for 363 yards and seven touchdowns offensively. He earned Pittsburgh Union Progress Player of the Year honors for his efforts.

“Aliquippa linebacker Cam Lindsey,” Narduzzi introduced Lindsey on NSD. “A really athletic guy who plays in all three phases for them. When you watch the game, I had the opportunity to watch one live game this year, I think it’s the only game I had the chance to go to at new Heinz Field, not actually Heinz Field, it’s their Heinz Field, but, you know, football player, athlete.

“I think he can play all three positions. I think he’s kind of like a SirVocea Dennis. I think he’s one of those guys that you can put at the Star, you can put at Money, you can put at Mike. I think he can do it all. And he runs down on kickoffs and knocks people’s heads off, you’re gonna watch him do that for four years. He plays downhill and aggressive like we need our guys to play here.”

Whittington is also coming off a strong showing at the Philadelphia City All-Star Football Game, which pits the public and non-public stars against each other in a competitive game. He earned defensive MVP honors. He also earned Mr. Pennsylvania Lineman of the Year.

The top-ranked defensive tackle from Pennsylvania, a Top-250 recruit according to Rivals, is coming off a stellar senior season. He racked up 62 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and two fumble recoveries in the process.

“This is one of those guys that loves football as well,” Narduzzi said about Whittington on NSD. “Always got a smile on his face. He’s tough, he’s physical. He led his team to a state championship. We wish he was mid-year. Every time I see him, I’m like, ‘Are you sure you’re not mid-year?’ I wish he was mid-year. And just one of those guys that led his team to a championship. He’s explosive, he causes havoc inside against whoever he plays against.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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21 days ago

Shouldn’t be played at a HS

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