Photo by Mike Longo Jr.
The Sto-Rox Vikings lost against Beaver Falls, 40-30 in the WPIAL Class 2A Championship Game on Nov. 24.
By Ken Hohman
The Sto-Rox Vikings football team put up a worthy fight this year. Between COVID-19 and a team made up of just four seniors, six juniors, 16 sophomores and one freshman (compared to last year’s 16 seniors), they still came out strong.
Under third-year coach LaRoi Johnson, the Vikings once again made it to the WPIAL Championship on Saturday, Nov. 24. They lost to Beaver Falls 40-30, but accomplished a lot.
Coach Johnson was awarded the Three Rivers Conference Coach of the Year Award. This year’s team had seven players earn all-conference, with six first-timers, three on offense and three on defense to include both the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
Overall, Sophomore Quarterback Josh Jenkins completed 75 of 122 passes for 1,427 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also played receiver, completing 13 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Jenkins was named the All-Conference Quarterback as well as Three Rivers Conference Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
Sophomore Running Back Zay Davis rushed for 579 yards on 85 carries and five touchdowns and he also caught 28 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns. Davis earned the All-Conference Running Back title.
Sophomore Wide Receiver Jaymont Green-Miller caught 36 passes for 748 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named the All-Conference Receiver.
Sophomore Defensive Back Drevon Miller-Ross led the team in interceptions with five pass deflections. Miller-Ross also had 64 tackles from the defensive back position. He got the All-Conference Defensive Back title.
Sophomore Defensive End Damontay Smith led the team with 10 sacks as well as 30 quarterback hurries. Smith recorded 55 tackles and 18 for losses. Damontay earned the All-Conference Defensive Line title.
Senior Linebacker Diontae Givens had 92 tackles and 13 for losses and five fumbles. Givens became the all-time Sto-Rox career tackler with 307 tackles and was named All-Conference Linebacker as well as Three Rivers Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Last, but not least, junior defensive lineman Mike Durrett had 45 tackles, six for a loss, three sacks and eight hurries. Durrett earned the second team defensive lineman of the year title.