Lionel Deanes, Rebels football featured in Trib story


Lionel Deanes, Rebels football featured in Trib story
Lionel Deanes, Rebels football featured in Trib story

SLS running back Lionel Deanes has been making headlines in local news all summer long, with football followers expecting a big season from "The Train" during his senior year that carries the Rebels football team to playoffs. Today, Deanes' season was previewed in a story by Ray Fisher for the Trib.

"The Seton-La Salle football team is hoping to ride the train — the 'Lionel Express' — into the WPIAL playoffs this season.

Seton-La Salle's Lionel Deanes, a 5-foot-7, 185-pound senior nicknamed "The Train," was the leading rusher in Class 3A last season with 1,814 yards and 15 touchdowns on 249 carries.

For his performance, he was named to the Pennsylvania Football News Class 3A all-state team, as well as being selected first-team all-conference.

Deanes has been the Rebels leading rusher the past two seasons. He also rambled for 1,291 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore, averaging 10.2 yards per carry.

For his varsity career, he has accounted for 3,158 yards and 31 touchdowns on 387 carries, and has gained an average of 8.2 yards per rushing attempt.

'Lionel is a complete back. He has quick feet, good cutting ability, and he is powerful,' coach Rob Carter said. 'He can play in any system — zone, power or spread. He can catch passes out of the backfield, and block defensive ends if needed.'"

To read the full story, click HERE.