NAME: Joe Dolan
SCHOOL: Abington Heights
LAST SEASON: 2011
Joe Dolan was a major reason for Abington Heights success in the early part of the decade. Played on the offensive line during the 2010 season and blocked for 2 running backs that rushed for over 1,000 yards each (Paul Gallagher – 1,409 yards / James Fruehan – 1,318 yards). The team rushed for a combined 3,457 yards (6.73 yards per rush), averaged 34.7 points per game, and finished with a 12-1 overall record. On defense, he had 127 career tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and fumble recovery. He was a captain his senior season and was part of three league championships and two district championships.
Dolan was an NPF Lackawanna Football Conference Division I first-team offensive lineman and second-team defensive lineman in 2011. He was a Pennsylvania Football News Honorable Mention All-State and Honorable Mention for EasternPAFootball.com Big School all-stars on the offensive line. Dolan played in PSFCA East-West Game and the Dream Game. He would continue his academic and football careers at Division 2 Shippensburg University where he played defensive tackle, was a team captain and named Outstanding Senior Lineman. He played 43 career games and complied 103 tackles (47 solo / 56 assists), 17 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 7 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 blocked kick for the Raiders.
Abington Heights coach Joe Repshis on Dolan: “Joe was a tough, physical lineman on both sides of the football. He was a member of our program for four years. As a sophomore, he earned a starting position on the offensive line and was also a part of the defensive line rotation. As an offensive tackle, he was a dominant blocker in the run game. As a defensive tackle, he was relentless and played to the whistle every down.”
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