It was announced this morning that the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year for football is Cedar Cliff quarterback Andrew Ford.
Ford is a Virginia Tech recruit who this season completed 167 of 238 passes (67.6 percent) for 2,776 yards and 35 touchdowns in 11 games. He led Cedar Cliff to a 9-2 record. In two years, he threw for 5,735 yards.
So, just to clarify Ford is the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year - and not Aliquippa's Dravon Henry.
Two weeks ago, Henry said on his Twitter account that he had been selected Gatorade Player of the Year. It was an odd situation because Gatorade hadn't yet released its player of the year. I have no idea where Henry got the info. But some media outlets went and publicized Henry as player of the year, presumably just from his tweet. Well, it was never confirmed and it turns out that Henry was not the player of the year.
Incidentally, Gatorade has picked a Pennsylvania Player of the Year since 1986. Some former winners from the WPIAL were Gateway's Curtis Bray (he was the national player of the year in 1988), Aliquippa's Sean Gilbert, North Hills' LaVar Arrington and Woodland Hills' Steve Breaston.