Andy Paronish’s name shows up all over the Northern Cambria statistics sheet.

Heritage Conference opponents are all too familiar with the reason why Paronish is listed in one category after another.

The senior do-everything player literally is all over the field.

“Andy is an outstanding ballplayer. He has great instincts on both sides of the ball,” Colts coach Paul Taranto said. “His vision and quickness make him tough to bring down. Not to mention his legs never stop moving.

“He has a real nose for the ball on defense,” the first-year Colts coach added. “He played safety most of the time, and he was making tackles 3 yards off the line of scrimmage, where the linebackers make the play. We moved him to outside linebacker the last couple of weeks, and we’ve shut some teams down.”

The Colts are 4-3 entering Friday’s home game against winless Saltsburg.

Paronish, a 5-foot-6 running back, ranks seventh in the area with 923 rushing yards on 114 carries, including 11 rushing touchdowns. He also has 163 return yards on kickoffs, with an 88-yarder. His 88 points are tied for fourth in the 27-team area.

“His work ethic is unbelievable. He works for everything he has,” Taranto said. “He’s always been quick, but he improved his overall speed. He has a strong mentality. If you tell him he can’t do it, he will try that much harder. He doesn’t quit. Offensively, every play he runs, he thinks he’s going to score. It’s not just his mind. His heart, he leaves it out on the field every time.”

Defensively, Paronish has been among the area’s best for three seasons.

This year his 90 tackles are third in the area. He also has two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Since Paronish moved to outside linebacker the Colts have held Laurel Valley and Marion Center to a combined 15 points.

“He plays a lot of man-on-man coverage as the outside linebacker,” Taranto said. “At the same time, he’s up closer to the run and he gets to make his reads a little quicker.”

Paronish had 80 tackles and two interceptions as a junior and posted an area-high 184 tackles as well as four picks as a sophomore. His three-year totals on defense include 354 tackles – an average of 13.1 a game – and eight interceptions.

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Rush hour: Only 31 yards separate the top two rushers entering Week 8.

Penn Cambria’s Zak Newton has 1,251 yards on 158 carries, a 7.92 per carry average.

Conemaugh Valley’s Steve Ling has 1,220 yards on 169 attempts, a 7.22 average.

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Getting their kicks: Bishop McCort’s Dane Domonkos continues to lead the area in kicking points with 44. The reliable Crushers kicker has made six of seven field goal attempts, including a long of 44 yards. He’s been nearly automatic on extra points, making 26 of 29.

Factoring in his two touchdowns as a receiver/returnman, Domonkos has 56 points overall.

Portage’s Trenton Layo has made 36 of 45 extra points and is second with 36 kicking points. Forest Hills’ Patrick Donoughe also has 30 kicking points, with 21 extra-points and three field goals.

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Hit list: Despite sitting out a game because of an injury, Ligonier Valley’s Matt Beckman still leads the area with 113 tackles, including 82 solo stops.

Shade’s Jacob Hetzer is second with 108 tackles, 75 solo. Bedford’s Josh Krupa is third at 91.



Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat.

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