2011-12 District 5 “Players to Watch” list
Written by: Billy Splain on Monday, August 15th, 2011
|Adam Wiley, Junior ATH, Chestnut Ridge – Wiley had a respectable defensive season for the 8-3 Lions, posting 72 tackles and three interceptions, averaging 7.2 tackles per contest and twice finishing with more than 10 tackles in a game, including a season-best 13 stops in a Week 2 victory over North Star. Wiley didn’t stop there – he also chalked up 395 all-purpose yards (57 rushing, 154 receiving, 184 kickoff/punt returns) and scored two total touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 receiving). Wiley averaged 9.5 yards per carry, 22 yards per reception, 9.6 yards per punt return and 19.8 yards per kick return.
Andre Dauphinais, Senior RB/LB, Berlin Brothersvalley – A two-way weapon for the high-flying Mountaineers, Dauphinais racked up 48 tackles, five sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 4.8 stops per game for a Berlin defensive unit that held seven of 10 opponents to 16 points or less, with one shutout. Offensively, Dauphinais finished as the fourth-leading rusher for a Mountaineers’ offense that averaged 299 yards per game on the ground, running for 229 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries, averaging nearly 7.2 yards per carry.
Andrew Mock, Senior QB/DE, Windber – Mock was primarily a defensive catalyst for the Ramblers, accounting for 27 tackles, a team-leading six sacks, an interception and a forced fumble, averaging 2.7 tackles per game for District 5’s winningest all-time football program (584-329-44 overall since 1914). Offensively, he completed 11-of-23 passes for 91 yards, ran 14 times for 122 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per carry and 14.5 yards per reception.
Brad Hengst, Senior QB, Chestnut Ridge – A true dual-threat type of quarterback, Hengst just missed a 1,000/1,000 season by 52 passing yards. He helped lead the Lions to an 8-3 record and berth in the District 5/6 AA playoffs by running for 1,245 yards on 116 carries and completing 47-of-99 passes for 948 yards, accounting for 24 total touchdowns (18 rushing, 6 passing). He finished with a completion percentage of 47.5, throwing for 100+ yards five times. On the ground, Hengst averaged 10.7 yards per carry, running for 100+ yards in six of 10 games. In the last two seasons, Hengst has amassed more than 3,500 yards of offense. Defensively, he added 36 tackles (21 solo) and recovered a pair of fumbles.
Brandon Miller, Senior WR/DB, Meyersdale – A solid all-around athlete for the Red Raiders, Miller was all over the place for Meyersdale in his junior season, amassing 1,292 all-purpose yards (362 rush, 451 receiving, 479 kickoff/punt returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (4 rushing, 4 receiving, 1 punt return, 1 kickoff return). He averaged 11.3 yards per carry, 16.7 yards per reception, 19.2 yards per punt return and 20.4 yards per kickoff return. He ran for 100+ yards once and was Meyersdale’s featured receiving target, finishing five games with at least 50 receiving yards. Defensively, Miller added 56 tackles, two interceptions and two deflected passes.
Brandon Oswalt, Senior WR/DB, Northern Bedford County – The top returning receiver from a Panthers’ aerial assault that averaged more than 60 yards per game last season, Oswalt hauled in 14 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 15.3 yards per catch. He finished four games with multiple catches and two games with at least 40 receiving yards. Oswalt also returned 16 punts for 71 yards.
Brantley Rice, Junior DB/K, North Star – A key presence in the North Star defensive backfield and on special teams, Rice tallied 57 tackles, four interceptions and three deflected passes, averaging 4.8 tackles per game. On special teams, Rice handled the placekicking and kickoff chores for the Cougars. He converted 32 extra points and one field goal, accounting for 35 of North Star’s 389 total points in 2010. On kickoffs, Rice booted a trio of touchbacks on 58 tries.
Brock Medva, Junior RB/DB, Shade – 2010 was a struggle for the Shade Panthers, who won just two of their nine games, but Brock Medva was one of the team’s top statistical leaders. He amassed 1,235 all-purpose yards (811 rushing, 45 receiving, 379 kickoff/punt returns) and scored seven total touchdowns (all rushing) for the Panthers. The team’s leading rusher, Medva averaged 5.4 yards per carry on 149 rushes, going for 100+ yards four times. Defensively, Medva was just as forceful, racking up 101 tackles (59 solo) and a fumble recovery, averaging 11.2 tackles per game, including 15 tackles against Rockwood and 14 tackles each against Portage and Meyersdale. Medva also averaged 8.4 yards per punt return and 21.1 yards per kickoff return.
Bryan Zborovancik, Senior FB/DE, North Star – The third-leading rusher in North Star’s rushing attack that averaged more than 195 yards per game last season, Zborovancik ran for 360 yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries and caught another five passes for 48 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 9.6 yards per reception. He finished six games with at least five rushing attempts and four games with at least 44 rushing yards. Defensively, #32 registered 60 tackles, one sack and a deflected pass, averaging 4.6 tackles per game, including a season-high 11 tackles in a loss to Berlin Brothersvalley.
Cody Keefer, Senior OL/DL, Berlin Brothersvalley – A key returner to the Berlin defensive line, Keefer, all 155 pounds of him, finished with 46 tackles and four sacks during the Mountaineers’ 9-1 campaign last year. He averaged 4.6 tackles and four-tenths of a sack per game.
Colin Bryan, Junior ATH, Windber – An all-around athlete for the Ramblers, Bryan totaled 614 all-purpose yards (242 rushing, 111 receiving, 261 kickoff/punt returns) and scored five total touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 punt return), averaging 5.6 yards per carry, 12.3 yards per reception, 14.4 yards per punt return and 32.8 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Bryan added 36 tackles (26 solo).
Dakota Hess, Senior ATH, Bedford – Hess did a little bit of everything for the Bison in 2010, amassing 772 all-purpose yards (218 rushing, 151 receiving, 403 kickoff/punt returns) and scored six total touchdowns (2 rushing, 2 receiving, 2 kickoff returns). He averaged 6.4 yards per carry, 16.8 yards per reception, 17 yards per punt return and 34.5 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, Hess chipped in with 46 tackles (26 solo), three interceptions and four deflected passes.
Dan Zambanini, Senior WR/DB, Conemaugh Township – One of CT’s top returning defensive leaders, Zambanini tallied 89 tackles (51 solo), an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging 8.1 tackles per game. He posted a season-best 17 tackles against Windber and 14 tackles against Chestnut Ridge. In limited action at wideout, Zambanini caught a trio of passes for 52 yards and one touchdown, averaging 17.3 yards per catch.
Drew Glotfelty, Junior RB/DB, Berlin Brothersvalley – Glotfelty was getting off to a solid start for the Mountaineers, then wound up missing 60 percent of Berlin’s season. In just four games, the junior-to-be ran for 399 yards and three touchdowns on just 32 carries and caught another 10 passes for 85 yards, scoring four total touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 receiving). He averaged 12.5 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per catch. Defensively, he added 21 tackles and a deflected pass.
Dylan Glessner, Junior RB/LB, Shade – The second-leading rusher in the Panthers’ offensive arsenal that averaged more than 205 yards per game on the ground, Glessner accumulated 535 yards and four touchdowns on 117 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per rush and topping the 100-yard mark in a game once. Defensively, Glessner totaled 75 tackles (41 solo), three sacks and a blocked punt, averaging 8.3 tackles per game.
Eric Ewing, Senior FB/DE, Conemaugh Township – Ewing made impacts for the Indians from his position at defensive end, racking up 43 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 3.9 tackles per game. Ewing was part of a Conemaugh Township defensive unit that held eight of 11 opponents to 14 points or less. As a fullback, Ewing ran for 166 yards and one touchdown on 52 carries and caught another two passes for 17 yards, averaging 3.2 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per reception.
Grant Speigle, Senior K/P, Conemaugh Township – The Indians’ leading special teams weapon, Speigle averaged 31.2 yards per punt on 31 boots, with four of those kicks downed inside the 20 yard line to go with a long of 67 yards. On kickoffs, he averaged 41.1 yards per boot on 19 tries, with one touchback. Speigle also converted 30 extra points for Conemaugh Township.
Jacob Craig, Senior TE/LB, Berlin Brothersvalley – A key returning presence at linebacker for Berlin, Craig finished the season as one of the team’s top tacklers and sack artists, amassing 92 tackles, 7.5 sacks, a deflected pass, a fumble recovery and two blocked punts, averaging 9.2 tackles per game. He finished with a season-best 16 tackles against Windber and a pair of 13-tackle games against Meyersdale and North Star. Offensively, Craig was mostly a blocker for a Mountaineer offense that averaged 299 rushing yards and 40.1 points per game, but he also got a chance for some touches. Using his 6’1, 228-pound frame at tight end, Craig caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 18 yards per catch, and also registered a 35-yard touchdown run on his only rushing attempt.
Joe Pipon, Senior QB/S, Windber – Pipon was at the helm of the Ramblers’ offensive arsenal, amassing 900 total yards of offense (525 passing, 375 rushing) and accounting for eight Windber touchdowns (6 rushing, 2 passing). He completed 47-of-106 passes (44.3 percent) and averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 72 rushes. He threw for 100+ yards once and ran for 100+ yards once, but did not stop there. Including his six rushing touchdowns, Pipon scored 58 total points (15 extra points, 2 two-point conversions, 1 field goal) and averaged 32.5 yards per punt on 20 boots, with one punt downed inside the 20 yard line.
Jordan Hamacek, Senior OL/DL, Windber – A defensive force for the Ramblers, Hamacek totaled 52 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 5.8 tackles per game.
Jordan Shroyer, Senior WR/LB, Conemaugh Township – The Indians’ top returning multi-purpose athlete, Shroyer notched an impressive 1,428 all-purpose yards (246 rushing, 685 receiving, 259 punt returns, 238 kickoff returns) and scored 10 total touchdowns (9 receiving, 1 rushing). Shroyer caught a team-best 42 passes, averaging 16.3 yards per catch, finishing five games with at least four catches and three games with 100+ receiving yards. He also averaged over seven yards per carry, 17.3 yards per punt return and 19.8 yards per kickoff return. Defensively, #31 recorded 85 tackles (52 solo), two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, averaging just under eight tackles per game.
Josh Bulger, Senior OL/LB, Shade – District 5’s top returning sack artist, Bulger had himself quite a solid junior season. He chalked up 78 tackles (44 solo), a team-best 10 sacks (for 63 yards lost) and a fumble recovery, averaging 8.7 tackles and 1.1 sacks per game. Bulger finished five Panther games with 10+ tackles and two games with multiple sacks.
Jourdan Miller, Junior WR/DB, Northern Bedford County – A key returning presense to the Northern Bedford defensive backfield, Miller totaled 15 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, four deflected passes and a fumble recovery, averaging 1.5 tackles per game. Miller was part of a Panther defensive unit that held 11 of 12 opponents to 18 points or less last season, with two shutouts. He also caught five passes for 34 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per catch.
Justin Hoover, Senior RB/LB, Meyersdale – The featured rusher in the Red Raiders’ ground attack that averaged more than 200 yards per game, Hoover finished with 1,326 yards and 10 touchdowns on 194 carries and caught another nine passes for 61 yards and one additional touchdown, averaging 6.8 yards per carry and 6.8 yards per reception. Hoover ran for 100+ yards in seven of nine games, including a pair of 200+ yard performances. Defensively, he added 88 tackles (54 solo), one sack, one interception, two deflected passes, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He also returned 10 kickoffs for 199 yards and also averaged 32 yards per punt on 25 attempts, with five punts downed inside the 20 yard line.
Kyle Monroe, Senior OL/LB, Meyersdale – Monroe tallied 64 tackles (35 solo) for the Red Raiders last season, averaging 6.4 tackles per game for a Meyersdale defensive unit that held three of 10 opponents to 15 points or less.
Levi Bowser, Junior K, Berlin Brothersvalley – The guy in charge of the kickoff and placekicking chores for the Mountaineers, Bowser converted 39 extra points, accounting for just under 10 percent of Berlin’s season total of 401 points scored. On kickoff duties, Bowser booted 22 total kickoffs, with one touchback, averaging just under 41 yards per boot.
Logan Fluke, Senior QB, Northern Bedford County – Fluke only played in the first 10 of Northern Bedford’s 12 games in 2010, missing the majority of the Panthers’ run to the District 5 Class A championship game. While he was in action, however, he posted a solid junior season, leading NBC to a 10-0 record. Fluke completed 54-of-103 passes for 725 yards and 11 touchdowns against five interceptions, connecting on 52.4 percent of his passes, throwing for 100+ yards three times and posting two games with three scoring passes each. He also added 162 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per rush. Defensively, Fluke added five tackles, two interception and three deflected passes.
Logan Kensinger, Senior OL/ILB, Chestnut Ridge – A key returning defensive presence for Chestnut Ridge at linebacker, Kensinger chalked up 96 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, averaging 9.6 tackles per game. Kensinger posted a trio of 16-tackle games against Windber, Meyersdale, and Allegany (Cumberland, Md.). Kensinger was part of a Chestnut Ridge defensive unit that held five of 11 opponents to 18 points or less, with one shutout.
Marcus Shippey, Senior ATH, Bedford – Shippey was at the controls of Kevin Steele’s Wing-T offense in 2010, and he put up respectable statistics, amassing 952 total yards of offense (524 passing, 428 rushing) and accounting for 13 total Bison touchdowns (7 rushing, 6 passing). Shippey completed 29-of-81 passes (35.8 percent), throwing for 100+ yards once, and averaged 4.1 yards per carry on 104 carries, running for 100+ yards once. Defensively, Shippey racked up 106 tackles (69 solo), an interception, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, averaging 10.6 tackles per game and finishing six games with 10+ tackles. He also averaged 31.1 yards per punt on 31 attempts and 49.3 yards per kickoff, with one touchback, on 26 boots.
Matt Dull, Senior WR/LB, Chestnut Ridge – A key two-way returning player for Chestnut Ridge, Dull ripped up opposing offenses for 106 tackles and a pair of interceptions, averaging 9.6 tackles per game, finishing four games with 11+ tackles, including a 17-tackle performance against Windber and 14 stops against Berlin Brothersvalley. Offensively, Dull racked up 607 all-purpose yards of offense (415 rushing, 192 receiving) and scored five total touchdowns (3 rushing, 2 receiving). He averaged 6.5 yards per carry and 17.5 yards per reception. Dull also returned 12 combined kickoffs and punts for 155 yards.
Matt Orner, Junior TE/DE, Shade – A key returning presence at linebacker for Shade, Orner registered 39 tackles (23 solo) and four sacks, averaging 4.3 tackles per game and posting a two-sack performance against North Star. Orner’s four sacks accounted for 25 yards lost.
Matt Sollenberger, Senior RB/DB, Northern Bedford County – The top returning rusher from a Panthers’ rushing attack that averaged more than 250 yards per game last season, Sollenberger ran for 211 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries, averaging over five yards per rush. He posted a season-best 98 yards in Northern Bedford’s season opener against Moshannon Valley. Defensively, Sollenberger posted 60 tackles (all solo), a sack, a deflected pass and two fumble recoveries, averaging five tackles per game. He also completed two passes for 19 yards and returned four kickoffs for 24 yards.
Matt Yost, Senior RB/DB, Conemaugh Township – A defensive force for the Indians, Yost totaled 61 tackles (45 solo) and a pair of interceptions, posting a season-high 14 tackles against Northern Bedford in the District 5 Class A playoffs and returning an interception for a touchdown against Conemaugh Valley. Yost also returned six kickoffs for 160 yards, including an 86-yard return for touchdown against North Star, added 10 rushes for 65 yards and caught a 20-yard pass.
Max Strasiser, Senior QB, North Star – Easily District 5’s top returning field general and one of the top offensive catalysts among the district’s Class A schools, Strasiser amassed 2,435 yards of total offense (2,010 passing, 425 rushing) and had a hand in 32 total touchdowns for the Cougars (21 passing, 11 rushing). He completed 114-of-196 passes (58.2 percent), throwing for 100+ yards nine times, 200+ yards five times and 300+ yards once. Strasiser has thrown for 3,125 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career, and has the potential to become the first 4,000-yard passer in D5 history. He helped North Star to a 9-4 record and the school’s third District 5 football championship in the last four seasons.
Mike Ott, Senior SE/P, Shade – Ott handled the punting chores for the Panthers last season, averaging 36.5 yards per punt on 17 attempts, with five of those punts downed inside the 20 yard line. Ott’s long punt of the year went for 48 yards.
Neil Yoder, Senior RB/LB, North Star – Primarily a defensive force for the District 5 Class A champion Cougars, Yoder racked up 118 tackles (74 solo), an interception and two forced fumbles, averaging 9.8 tackles per game. He finished seven of North Star’s 13 games with double-digit tackle totals, including 18 stops against Chestnut Ridge, 14 tackles against Northern Bedford County and 13 tackles against Clairton in the PIAA Class A playoffs. He was part of a North Star defensive unit that held five of 13 opponents to 14 points or less, with one shutout. Yoder also ran for 37 yards on four carries and returned four kickoffs for 59 yards.
Quinton Hixson, Senior OL/DL, Northern Bedford County – A 6’3, 300-pound behemoth in the trenches for the District 5 Class A runner-up Panthers, Hixson has the potential to receive some interest from some collegiate football programs. He tallied 54 tackles, two sacks, a deflected pass and a forced fumble for Northern Bedford last year, playing a key part on a defensive unit that held 11 of 12 opponents to 18 points or less, with two shutouts. Offensively, Hixson helped to pave the way for an NBC offensive unit that averaged 322 yards (253 rushing) and 35.3 points per game, scoring 56 total touchdowns (45 rushing, 11 passing).
Randy Martz, Senior G/LB, Meyersdale – Martz finished his junior season by racking up 59 tackles (36 solo), averaging 6.5 tackles per game for the Red Raiders, including a season-best 12 stops against Shade. Martz was part of a Meyersdale defensive unit that held three of 10 opponents to 15 points or less.
Rusty Miller, Junior TE/DL, North Star – A 6’1, 215-pound target at tight end in the North Star aerial assault, Miller snagged 16 passes for 256 yards and a trio of touchdowns, averaging exactly 16 yards per catch. He finished six games with multiple catches and five games with at least 30 receiving yards. The Cougars averaged more than 155 yards through the air last season, producing three receivers with at least 15 catches and 250 receiving yards.
Tanner Cahill, Junior RB/LB, Conemaugh Township – Cahill had a very solid sophomore season for the 8-3 Indians, racking up 111 tackles (66 solo), a sack, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt, averaging 10.1 tackles per game. He finished with a pair of 14-tackle games against Blacklick Valley and North Star and also had 12 tackles against Rockwood. Cahill also contributed 18 rushing yards on four carries in limited offensive action.
Tanner Revak, Senior WR/DB, North Star – A 6’2 presence in the Cougars’ defensive backfield, Revak chalked up 77 tackles (43 solo), three interceptions and four deflected passes, averaging 5.9 tackles per game. He posted a season-best 11 tackles in a loss to Berlin Brothersvalley in the third week of the season. Also utilized as a receiver, Revak was the fourth-leading pass catcher in the Cougars’ aerial assault, hauling in nine passes for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 9.6 yards per reception.
Tim Tallyen, Senior TE/ILB, Windber – Tallyen will bring a veteran presence to one of the linebacker slots in Windber’s defense after tallying 97 tackles (59 solo) and a trio of fumble recoveries, averaging 9.7 tackles per game. He posted a season-best 16 tackles against Conemaugh Valley and 13 stops against Ferndale. The CV and Ferndale games were two of six total games Tallyen reached or topped the 10-tackle plateau in a game.
Tony Strasiser, Junior WR/DB, North Star – Strasiser finished as North Star’s leading receiver for the second consecutive season, snaring a team-best 49 passes for 969 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 19.8 yards per reception. He finished six games with five or more catches and four games with at least 100 receiving yards. In his career, Strasiser has been on the receiving end of 83 passes for 1,612 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also ran for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 carries (10.9 yard avg. per rush), recorded 34 tackles (21 solo), six deflected passes and a forced fumble on defense and returned six punts for 65 yards. Strasiser also handled the Cougars’ punting duties in 2010, averaging 35.4 yards per punt on 21 attempts, with six of those punts downed inside the 20 yard line.
Treston Clark, Senior TE/DE, Windber – Clark used his 6’0, 232-pound frame to haul in nine passes for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns, averaging 18.4 yards per reception. He also helped provide blocking for a Rambler offensive arsenal that averaged 346 yards (285 rushing) and 21.5 points per game. Defensively, Clark added 60 tackles (31 solo) and a pair of sacks.
Tyler Shetler, Senior RB/S, Windber – The top returning rusher from Windber’s potent ground attack that averaged more than 280 yards per game last season, Shetler posted 469 yards and a trio of touchdowns on 51 carries – reaching those numbers in just six games. He averaged 9.2 yards per carry, running for 100+ yards in two games, including a 210-yard effort against Ferndale. Defensively, Shetler chipped in with 18 tackles (13 solo) and a forced fumble.
Wolf Otten, Senior FB/ILB, Windber – A key returning presence at linebacker for the Ramblers, Otten chalked up 91 tackles (68 solo) and 3.5 sacks, averaging 9.1 tackles per game for the blue and white. He finished five games with 10+ tackles, including a season-high 14 tackles against Ferndale and 12 stops against Chestnut Ridge. Otten was part of a Windber defensive unit that held six of 10 opponents to 14 points or less.
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