Newport wide receiver Beno Nunez earned a game ball for his performance in Week 7 against Line Mountain. (Photo by Aaron Wright/4th Down)
By 4th Down Staff:
Each week during the 2018 high school football season, each member of our team--and those working behind the scenes as well at 4th Down Magazine--will pass out game balls to top performers.
Players will earn a point per game ball they receive during the season. The top earner will receive an award at the end of the season from our crew.
4th Down Game Balls
Tim Siwy, QB, Big Spring: After Greencastle-Antrim delivered a go-ahead touchdown with about a minute left in the fourth quarter, the 5-9, 149-pound senior created his own heroics to propel the Bulldogs to their third victory of the season. Siwy impressed his coach with his calm demeanor in leading Big Spring back down the field as the final second ticked away. He hit Adam Degregario on the game-winning 18-yard strike with just two seconds left on the clock.
Adam Houser, RB-DB, Shippensburg: Houser exploded in the second half of a 34-21 win over previously unbeaten West Perry, running 31 times for 191 yards and three straight touchdowns inside the 10. Also had a first-half interception.
Kyle Swartz, RB-LB, Northern York: Swartz bounced back from a nasty-looking knee injury last week to shred Susquehannock for three rushing scores (25, 2 and 65 yards) on 20 carries. He finished with 240 yards in the 41-14 road win.
Jake Adams Game Balls
Colton Musser, LB-OL, Shippensburg: The Greyhounds’ 32-21 win over West Perry did not look anywhere near certain through 23 minutes. The Mustangs were rolling, up 21-6. But Musser had a pair of turnovers that nearly single-handedly turn the tide in Elliottsburg, with all do respect to the performance of Ship’s o-line and Adam Houser. He scooped up an incredibly ill-conceived fullback pass just off the turf for a 5-yard pick-six just before halftime. That noticeably shifted momentum. And then in the third quarter he swallowed up a key fumble. I didn’t track tackles Friday night, be he seemed to be in on around 10 if memory serves. He played a dominant game to unseat previously unbeaten WP.
Joseph Bruno, WR-DB-KR, Mechanicsburg: Technically, his designation should be running back now, because that’s what he has served as in recent weeks while his broken finger heals. It just further proves how indispensible the junior Division I recruit is to the Wildcats. In what was his best game since the September injury, Bruno ran 24 times for 158 yards, scoring on runs of 14 and 15 yards. It was especially important for a Mechanicsburg squad that picked up its first win this season, beating Red Land 21-0. The victory ensures M-burg avoids a third 0-10 season in four years.
Jaheim Morris (RB) and Jaheim Reynolds (WR), Cedar Cliff: When this season started, the Colts ran through Bobby Whalen (and by extension, QB Chris Dare). That’s hardly the case now. Morris and Reynolds have put up several monster games in recent weeks and did so again in a 48-7 thumping of visiting Hershey. Reynolds had a pair of long TD receptions (42 and 53 yards) and finished with four catches for 117 stripes. Morris toted the rock 14 times for 132 yards, added two grabs for 10 stripes and scored on runs of 3 and 8 yards. They have become huge pieces of a team leading the Mid-Penn Keystone with three weeks left.
Andy Shay Game Balls
Adam DeGregorio, WR, Big Spring: The Bulldogs were 0-for-September, losing all four of their games after starting 2-0. So the gents from Newville were more than glad to see the calendar switch to October. DeGregorio, a 5-foot-5, 155-pound junior, came up with a huge receiving game for the Bulldogs in a 26-22 MPC Colonial Division victory over Greencastle-Antrim. DeGregorio had seven catches for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns covering 58 and 18 yards. The 18-yard grab was the game winner late in the fourth quarter and moved the Bulldogs to 3-4 overall.
Keyshawn Jones, RB, Chambersburg: This young man should receive very strong consideration for MPC Commonwealth Division Offensive MVP award this year. The Trojans are 6-1 after a tough 26-20 road victory over CD East. Jones rushed for a career-high 311 yards on 31 carries with a pair of touchdowns. The junior did most of his damage in the first half when he blew up for 222 yards on 16 carries (13.9 yards per carry) and scored both this touchdowns. This was his second game in 2018 with more than 200 yards on the ground.
Caleb Hawkins, RB, Palmyra: We know all about the Cougars passing game and how it can loosen up a defense. The running game has been a solid complement all year, but in a convincing win over Boiling Springs, Hawkins had his best night of the season. He rushed for a season-high 198 yards on 23 carries with a trio of touchdowns. Hawkins’ TD runs came from 3, 9 and 25 yards and he is a huge reason the Cougars are 7-0.
Michael Bullock’s Game Balls:
Beno Nunez, WR, Newport: Nunez hauled in five passes for 113 yards as the Buffaloes downed Line Mountain 20-13 for their second straight victory.
Evan Billow, RB-LB, Halifax: Billow rushed 20 times for 82 yards and scored three times as the Wildcats remained unbeaten with a 31-7 victory over Susquenita.
London Johnson, QB, Halifax: Johnson enjoyed a remarkably efficient night behind center, completing eight of his 11 pass attempts for 158 yards — including strikes of 64 and 12 yards to Broc Grosser that went the distance.
Jake Ramberger, RB, Upper Dauphin: Ramberger carried the football just 13 times, but he collected 118 yards and one touchdown as the Trojans (6-1) ran their winning streak to five games with a 21-0 whitewash of Juniata.
Josh Leininger, QB, Pine Grove: Leininger caused most of his damage with his legs, collecting a game-high 136 yards (and a 45-yard touchdown) on 18 attempts in the Cardinals’ 21-14 loss in overtime to Williams Valley. Also completed a two-point pass to force overtime.
Colin Luckenbill, RB, Pine Grove: Luckenbill cracked 100 yards yet again, gaining 118 yards on 19 carries as the Cardinals fell short, 21-14, to Williams Valley in OT. Luckenbill’s 22-yard TD run pulled Pine Grove within 14-12.
Bryce Lucas, LB, Williams Valley: Lucas piled up 15 tackles and one sack as the Vikings (6-1) stopped Pine Grove 21-14 in overtime.
Spencer Dimon and Faizan Ali, DT, Williams Valley: Dimon totaled 11 tackles (two for losses) and Ali registered 10 as the Vikings held on to beat Pine Grove 21-14 in overtime.
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