NAME: James Fruehan
SCHOOL: Abington Heights
LAST SEASON: 2010
Abington Heights was a dominant program in the early part of the decade and James Fruehan was one reason why. He played four years of varsity football and helped the Comets to three Lackawanna Football Conference Division I titles and two District 2 Class AAA titles. On offense, Fruehan rushed for 1,318 yards and 21 touchdowns his senior season. As a team captain, he averaged 9.5 yards per carry and also had two receiving touchdowns. For his career, he ran for 2,274 yards and 36 rushing touchdowns. He also had two special teams touchdowns. On defense, Fruehan had 74 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 3 interceptions in 2010. For his career, he finished with 312 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 14 interceptions, 24 passes defended, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble.
Fruehan was a 2010 NPF Lackawanna Football Conference first team running back and defensive back. He was also a 2010 NPF All-District 2 running back. Freuhan was named a second-team all-state defensive back by the Pennsylvania Football Writers in 2009 and 2010. He was named a second-team all-state defensive back by the Pennsylvania Football News and received honorable mention accolades as a defensive back by EasternPAFootball.com in 2010. Fruehan was selected for the Lions Club Dream Game, the PSFCA East-West Game and the WNEP Dream Team. He would continue his football career at Division 1 FCS Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where he was a three-year starter at defensive back and a team captain his senior season.
Abington Heights coach Joe Repshis on Fruehan: “James was a dynamic football player and fearless competitor. He was an explosive running back who ran with the combination of speed and power. He was a physical defensive back who excelled at open-field tackling and in pass coverage. As a kick and punt returner, he had the unique ability to always make the first defender miss. He was a difference-maker in all three phases of the game.”