Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Another Wilson Making a Name at West Greene

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Another Wilson Making a Name at West Greene

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By the time he concluded his wondrous athletic career at West Greene High School, Rodney Wilson had become a household name around Western Pennsylvania -- at least around households that followed high school football.

He certainly was one of the most, if not the most, celebrated athletes from the school in Rogersville.

Now, 11 seasons after Wilson powered West Greene to a Tri-County South Conference championship and WPIAL Class A championship game appearance with his rushing feats, another Wilson is trying to lead the Pioneers out of the wilderness and into the postseason for the first time since that exciting 1993 campaign.

A.J. Wilson, Rodney's younger brother, is emerging as a standout for West Greene -- which has struggled mightily the past 11 seasons to regain at least a semblance of what it had when Rodney Wilson was rushing his way into the WPIAL record books and the Pioneers were a weekly threat.

A.J. Wilson is a junior quarterback for the Pioneers. He is even been granted the opportunity to play defense this season. Now, he doesn't get a break during the game.

In addition to his duties on offense and defense, A.J. is a top punt and kick returner and is far too productive in those roles for coach Scott Orndoff to even consider giving him a break then.

"I don't step off the field," the younger Wilson said. "The adrenaline really gets going when you are playing all the time. I love playing defense because you can just kind of go out and play football. For me, playing defense is a lot less pressure."

Wilson is a Pioneers defensive back. But it's his play at quarterback that will likely help determine West Greene's fate in the Tri-County South, which has produced only two WPIAL finalists since the Pioneers joined the conference.

Wilson believes that the work he put in during the offseason and the experience he gained starting a handful of games as a freshman and then all the games last season have helped him gain an understanding of the position and to feel much more comfortable in the role. …

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