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#TribHS TE: Following a Central tradition

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It was a simple pass for a 15-yard touchdown in a game in which Central Catholic would beat Seneca Valley, 42-0.

For Graham Adomitis, it was the start of something special.

“That was kind of my breakout game as a tight end,” Adomitis said. “I had a few catches, a nice touchdown catch. Things really came to fruition for me. I got down the blocking schemes. From that point on, I was pretty much the every-down tight end. I just took over the position and had some fun.”

My Saturday column focuses on how Adomitis, who had played quarterback his whole career, has found a home at tight end and become one of the top players at his position in the WPIAL.

A lot of it has to do with his team-first attitude.

Adomitis started the first three games of his sophomore season before the Vikings switched to J.J. Cosentino. Instead of pouting about being replaced by a Kiski Area transfer who would ultimately sign with Florida State, Adomitis asked Central coach Terry Totten if he could switch positions so that he could find a way into the starting lineup.

“I feel that I’m not a one-dimensional guy, that I can block and catch and run routes,” Adomitis said. “I feel that I have good hands and bring athleticism to the spot, too. If I get the ball in space, I can make something happen with it. I can also make blocks necessary to make holes for our running backs. I do take pride in both and make sure I’m not taking any plays off.”

Adomitis certainly plays to the whistle. His most memorable play proved as much, when he scored a 66-yard touchdown in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game at Heinz Field, a 27-7 victory over Woodland Hills.

“It was special. It was a great atmosphere there,” Adomitis said. “Riley Redman was punting the ball, and it landed behind the line (of scrimmage). I didn’t hear a whistle, so I picked it up and took off with it. Coach (Rick) Capretta on the sidelines was pushing me on. He was the first guy I heard to yell, ‘Run!’ That’s when I took off. Being tackled in the end zone by teammates afterward was a pretty surreal moment.”

Adomitis now has several scholarship offers, and hopes a strong senior season will impress schools like Pitt, Penn State and Duke, who have been showing interest.

“I’m ready for the season,” Adomitis said, “and ready to show people what I’ve got.”

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HITTING THE LINKS

The fourth part of a series in the #TribHS countdown to kickoff takes a look at tight ends, where versatility is the key, by Chris Harlan.

Here is the highlight video for the No. 1 tight end, Nick Bowers of Kittanning:

Burrell’s sturdy running back set for encore, by Bill West.

In the Alle-Kiski Valley notebook, a basketball standout is back at Highlands, by Bill Beckner.

Geibel golfers filled with potential, by Jason Black.

Elizabeth Forward’s McDonough bounces back from knee injury that cost him junior season, by Ed Phillipps.

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Author: Kevin Gorman

Kevin Gorman is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media who covers Western Pennsylvania prep sports in an interactive, multimedia platform. He hosts a show from 2-3 p.m. every Friday on TribLIVE Radio, does the Skylights Spotlight segment for WPXI-TV during football season and is a contributor to WPXI's The Final Word. Gorman joined the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in August 1999 and has been a sports columnist since September 2009. He won Pennsylvania Newspaper Association first-place awards for sports columns in 2011 and '12, and has covered the Super Bowl and Stanley Cup Final twice each, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Rose, Citrus and Sun bowls and the Big East and NCAA basketball tournaments. Gorman spent three years as the Pitt football beat writer, two as Pitt basketball beat writer and seven years covering high school sports and recruiting. He also has served as color analyst for FSN Pittsburgh/Root Sports on the WPIAL football and basketball championships and as guest analyst for its Trib Total Media High School Edition. Gorman has worked at newspapers in Memphis, Phoenix, Dallas and Kansas City, which makes him something of an expert on barbecue and sunscreen. A graduate of Baldwin High School and Penn State University, Gorman has a son, Kieran, and comes from a large Irish-Catholic family whose roots are in Greenfield and Mt. Washington. Don’t be surprised if you run into one of his cousins; considering there are more than 100, be surprised if you don’t. Email kgorman@tribweb.com or follow on Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

 
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