Four players to watch heading into Week 4 of the postseason

21 November 2018


London Johnson

Halifax quarterback London Johnson holds one of the keys to the Wildcats success this weekend against Lackawanna Trail. (Christina Hoy/4th Down)

By Andy Shay: 

1. Nazir Burnett, WR, Bishop McDevitt: He recently opened up his FBS recruiting after initially committing to Syracuse. No matter what college he ends up choosing, the deep threat and outstanding route runner is putting up record numbers this season. His averages might be more impress than his raw numbers. How about 22.6 yards per catch and 131.2 yards receiving per game? Those are consistency at the highest level. Among his 70 catches are 24 touchdowns. Broken down … one of every three catches Burnett makes is a touchdown reception. You can’t cover him 1-on-1 and expect to slow him down.

2. T’nyis Becker, WR, Bishop McDevitt: Part of the most lethal wide receiver combination in the state. The important part to remember about Becker is he is a dual-threat option for the Crusaders offensively. On the verge of eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards, Becker has 947 stripes on 46 catches with nine touchdowns in nine games. He’s also rushed for nearly 500 yards and averages a rushing touchdown every six attempts. Throw in kick returns, and despite missing three games with an injury, Becker has more than 1,500 all-purpose yards. He can take any play for six points when given a small seam.

3. Cole Senior, DT, Middletown: The senior who was voted the defensive MVP for the Mid-Penn Capital Division continues to make life miserable for opposing defenses. He leads the Blue Raiders in tackles behind the line of scrimmage, plays the game with a hard edge and reads the game better than he ever has. And he’s really fast into gaps, which drives offensive lines nuts. In this game against Conwell-Egan, pressure on the quarterback could make or break this game defensively. Did I mention he plays the game with a hard edge and is generally not the warmest individual on the football field?

4. London Johnson, QB, Halifax: If the Wildcats are going to win a second PIAA Class 1A playoff game, Johnson will be key to guiding them past Lackawanna Trail. See, this LT time is like every other District 2 champion – they primarily run the ball and play very good run defense. Defending the pass is highly suspect, though, and that’s where Johnson and his 56-percent completion percentage and more than 1,600 yards through the air comes into play. He’s been stellar all year, but in this game there is a real opportunity to be the difference maker by mixing up throws to different players and confusing this run-first defense of Lackawanna Trail.