Adam Kulikowski

Adam Kulikowski

Broc Grosser

By 4th Down Staff: 

Count another accolade for Halifax's Broc Grosser.

 

Kane Everson celebration main

By 4th Down Staff: 

Harrisburg-area athletes will be nicely represented at the 62nd Big 33 Football Classic in May.


The Pennsylvania rosters were announced Thursday at noon and include six of the top athletes from Harrisburg schools.

The headliner is arguably Bishop McDevitt receiver Nazir Burnett, a Georgia Tech commit. Fellow pass-catching whiz Tnyis Becker (undecided) will join him from the Crusaders. And Carter Christopher, a William & Mary commit, will make it three McD studs at the yearly all-star showcase.

From there, it is all Mid-Penn Commonwealth teams.

The Harrisburg Cougars will be represented by quarterback Kane Everson (William & Mary) and defensive end Dionte Nichols (undecided). CD East's Aaron Blanding is an assistant coach on the Pa. coaching staff.

Altoona's Gaige Hill, a defensive tackle committed to Toledo, rounds out the group.

No Tri-Valley League players made the roster.

The high school all-star game, run by the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Associated, is moving to a new date and time this year: May 27, Memorial Day, at 2 p.m. It will be held at Landis Field at Speed Ebersole Stadium.

 

Chapman

Grad Chapman/File photo The Sentinel

By Jake Adams:

Monday was the realization of a lifelong dream for Grady Chapman.

 

Jose Lopez

By 4th Down Staff:

Over the next two weeks, we're introducing our candidates for the 2018 4th Down Magazine MVP award. Each day, we will release a new candidate, highlighting their case for the award. The winner will be presented with our MVP award created by Crown Trophy in Lemoyne. 

Our next MVP candidate hails from Bishop McDevitt where the Crusaders posted a 13-2 mark, winning the District 3 Class 4A title and advancing to the PIAA semifinals.

Jose Lopez, RB, Middletown (5-11, 190 junior)– Turned in a monster season as Blue Raiders’ featured back and steered program to third straight D3 title and PIAA final). MPC Capital Division Offensive MVP opened the postseason with four consecutive 200-yard games. Became program’s all-time rush king with 146 yards in the state final. Workhorse carried 285 times for 2,367 yards, 28 TDs this season, averaged 8.3 ypc and will enter his final season with 4,456 rush yards for his career.

 

Nazir Burnett, WR, Bishop McDevitt (6-2, 175 senior)– The one-time Syracuse commitment opened his recruiting back up in the middle of the season. Has plenty of FBS Power 5 offers. Excellent deep threat who is a precise route runner and developed this year as a downfield blocker. His 25 touchdown receptions ranks him second all-time in Pennsylvania scholastic football history. First-team MPC Keystone Division All-Star had 78 catches for 1,746 yards, averaging 124.7 yards per game and 22.4 yards per catch.

 

Broc Grosser, DB-WR, Halifax (6-1, 170 senior)– A dynamic two-way star for the Tri-Valley League and District 3 Class A champions. Headed to West Virginia as a preferred walk-on, Grosser accounted for more than 1,013 yards on offense with 12 touchdowns on only 54 total touches (40 catches, 14 rushes). Led the team in tackles from his safety position with 111 stops including 77 solo tackles. He also had 12 interceptions and four tackles for a loss.

Adam Houser, RB, Shippensburg (5-10, 180 senior)– Three year starter who has elevated the stature of this program. Everybody knew he was getting the ball this season and the MPC Colonial Division MVP rushed for 1,997 yards on 260 carries with 25 rushing touchdowns and had 100-plus yards in 10 of his 12 games. Averaged 166.4 yards per game and 7.7 yards per carry. Accounted for more than 50 percent of his teams total yards from scrimmage.

Bobby Whalen, WR-DB-KR, Cedar Cliff (6-1, 175 senior)– A jack-of-all-trades who can play five or six positions on the field in a game. Whalen is a standout baseball player who is headed to Louisville in the ACC on scholarship. The MPC Keystone Division MVP this season led the Colts in receiving with 58 catches for 946 yards and 12 touchdowns … had 63 carries for 407 yards with five touchdowns and also threw three touchdown passes. Accounted for 1,469 total yards of offense. On defense had 55 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Also had nearly 500 yards on kickoff and punt returns to give him more than 2,000 all-purpose yards.

Adam Burkhart, LB-RB, Central Dauphin (5-11, 215 senior)– A standout LB for the Rams for the second consecutive season, Burkhart carried a much heavier load offensively for CD the second half of the season to help the Rams reach the District 3 Class 6A finals vs. Harrisburg. Finished with 205 carries for 1,279 yards and 21 touchdowns. 125 of those carries, 803 of those yards and 15 of those touchdowns came in the final six games. Defensively finished with 75 tackles to lead the team, 8 tackles for a loss and 2 sacks. Selected Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth Division MVP.

 

Friday, 28 December 2018 13:17

Meet the PIAA 3A All-State Team

2018 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STATE TEAM
CLASS 3A

 

OFFENSE

Quarterback
Lane Voytik, Sharon – 6-1, 200 senior
Cole DeFranco, Notre Dame-Green Pond – 5-11, 190 senior
Eli Kosanovich, Aliquippa – 6-2, 200 senior
Leo O’Boyle, Scranton Prep – 6-8, 225 senior
Adam Cecere, Forest Hills – 6-4, 240 senior

Running Back
Avante McKenzie, Aliquippa – 5-8, 187 senior
Patrick Garwo, Conwell-Egan – 5-9, 210 senior
Jose Lopez, Middletown – 5-11, 190 junior
Max Moyers, Lewisburg – 5-10, 185 sophomore
Jordan Wilson, Sharon – 5-9, 230 senior
Zack Helsley, Mercyhurst Prep – 6-0, 185 senior

Wide Receiver
Logan Lutz, Grove City – 6-0, 180 senior
Will Gipson, Aliquippa – 6-1, 145 senior
David Sanders, Notre Dame-Green Pond – 6-4, 190 senior
Gerald Ross, Loyalsock – 6-2, 175 senior
C.J. Parchman, Sharon – 6-3, 215 junior

Tight End
Shane Kozick, Danville – 6-0, 170 senior

Offensive Line
Dylan Schley, Mercyhurst Prep – 6-4, 285 junior
Austin Weisser, Lewisburg – 6-5, 290 senior
Jack Kempsey, North Schuylkill – 6-5, 275 senior
Ethan Miller, Middletown – 6-2, 205 senior
Justin Kopko, Hanover Area – 6-4, 315 senior
Dorian Jefferson, Sharon – 6-2, 270 senior

Athlete
Nate Boyle, Tamaqua – 5-9, 169 junior
Dayln Brickner, Beaver Falls – 6-1, 170 senior

Specialist
Sam Scarton, Hickory – 6-1, 180 senior

Defensive Line
Solvauhn Moreland, Aliquippa – 6-3, 305 senior
Dylan Dailey, Jim Thorpe – 6-1, 215 senior
Cole Senior, Middletown – 6-0, 220 senior
Dwayne Majors, Conwell-Egan – 5-10, 250 senior
Elijah Mike, Aliquippa – 6-1, 305 junior
Cameron Wood, Montoursville – 6-4, 235 junior

Linebacker
Tyler Elsdon, North Schuylkill – 6-2, 215 junior
Tucker Johnson, Scranton Prep – 6-1, 175 junior
Gage Radabaugh, Middletown – 5-10, 180 senior
Dom DeLuca, Derry – 6-5, 225 senior
Kael Gardner, Bald Eagle Area – 6-0, 200 junior
Denver Light, Tyrone – 6-2, 215 senior
Blake Roberts, Bald Eagle Area – 6-2, 190 senior

Defensive Back
M.J. Devonshire, Aliquippa – 5-11, 180 senior
Tysheem Johnson, Neumann-Goretti – 5-11, 180 sophomore
Thomas Pidgeon, Lakeland – 6-0, 165 senior
Steve Smith, Mercyhurst Prep – 6-1, 175 sophomore

Player of the Year: M.J. Devonshire, Aliquippa
Coach of the Year: Mike Warfield, Aliquippa

 

Friday, 28 December 2018 13:09

Meet the PIAA 1A All-State Team

2018 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STATE TEAM
CLASS 1A

OFFENSE


Quarterback
Tyler Bradley, Our Lady of Sacred Heart – 6-3, 195 senior
Kyi Wright, Farrell – 6-3, 240 senior
Brady Fyfe, Shade – 6-3, 175 senior
Eric Wilson, Sto-Rox – 6-2, 180 junior
Quinn Zinobile, Juniata Valley – 6-3, 195 senior

Running Back
Christian Lewis, Farrell – 6-1, 180 senior
Noah Whiteleather, Rochester – 5-11, 180 senior
Austin Newcomb, Clarion-Limestone – 5-11, 145 junior
Hunter Cameron, United – 5-10, 170 sophomore
Clayton Parrish, West Middlesex – 5-11, 205 senior
Ray Melnikoff, Lackawanna Trail – 5-10, 205 sophomore

Wide Receiver
Jourdan Townsend, Farrell – 5-11, 185 senior
Rahmon Hart, Imani Christian – 6-3, 210 senior
Amahd Pack, Sto-Rox – 5-4, 150 junior
Dawson Snyder, Shade – 6-2, 175 senior

Tight End
Ben Knapp, Canton – 6-5, 210 sophomore

Offensive Line
Kobe Hilton, Farrell – 6-4, 280 senior
Jacob Brim, Lackawanna Trail – 6-0, 230 senior
Spencer Dimon, Williams Valley – 6-4, 280 senior
Gary Satterwhite III, Farrell – 6-2, 280 sophomore
Matt Long, Union City – 6-0, 250 senior
Ben Smith, Clarion-Limestone – 5-11, 230 junior

Athlete
Nate Rolka, Lackawanna Trail – 6-4, 215 senior
David Piestrak, Northwest – 6-2, 195 senior

Specialist
Kolton McGhee, Bishop Guilfoyle – 6-1, 187 senior

Defensive Line
Kolt Schaeffer, Tri-Valley – 6-0, 195 senior
Darius Goosby, Rochester – 6-3, 205 senior
Zac Cost, Lackawanna Trail – 6-3, 220 senior
A.J. Abraham, Bishop Guilfoyle – 6-0, 245 senior

Linebacker
Tymir Green, Farrell – 5-11, 225 senior
Zach Long, West Middlesex – 5-10, 200 senior
Mike Kustanbauter, Muncy – 6-0, 185 senior
Rhyle Strausbaugh, Montgomery – 5-10, 180 senior
Austin Mauger, Shade – 6-1, 136 senior
Cory Myers, Conemaugh Twp. – 6-1, 245 senior

Defensive Back
Timmy Ward, Canton – 6-0, 175 junior
Broc Grosser, Halifax – 6-1, 170 senior
Marcus Barnes, Jeannette – 6-4, 185 senior
Tyler McGrath, Tri-Valley – 5-10, 145 junior

Athlete
Dylan Wilt, Muncy – 6-3, 165 senior
Levi Engle, Williams Valley – 6-1, 171 senior
Gavin Henry, Union City – 6-1, 185 senior

Player of the Year: Kyi Wright, Farrell
Coach of the Year: Jarrett Samuels, Farrell

 

Thursday, 27 December 2018 15:27

Meet the PIAA 6A All-State Team

2018 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STATE TEAM
CLASS 6A

OFFENSE

Quarterback
Kyle McCord, St. Joseph’s Prep – 6-3, 195 sophomore
Kane Everson, Harrisburg – 5-11, 180 senior
Cade Pribula, Central York – 6-1, 200 senior
Ricky Ortega, Coatesville – 6-0, 190 junior
Tommy Friberg, State College – 6-5, 200 junior

Running Back
Nyzair Smith, Dallastown – 5-10, 187 senior
Aaron Young, Coatesville – 5-11, 190 senior
Shamar Edwards, North Penn – 5-11, 190 senior
Damon Horton, Hazleton – 5-10, 200 senior
Elijah Morales, Wilson-West Lawn – 5-9, 160 senior

Wide Receiver
Dapree Bryant, Coatesville – 5-8, 175 junior
Johnny Freeman, St. Joseph’s Prep – 6-1, 205 junior
Tommy Manos, Nazareth – 6-0, 180 senior
Jacob Hunsinger, Hazleton – 6-1, 185 senior
Marvin Harrison Jr., St. Joseph’s Prep – 6-3, 175 sophomore

Tight End
Nick Gallo, Council Rock South – 6-4, 235 senior

Offensive Line
Andrew Kristofic, Pine-Richland – 6-6, 275 senior
Ramsey Kifolo, State College – 6-3, 315 junior
Mike Katic, Pine-Richland – 6-3, 280 senior
Raymond Christas, Dallastown – 6-2, 260 senior
Ricky Santiago, Coatesville – 6-5, 305 senior

Athlete
Marques Mason, St. Joseph’s Prep – 5-8, 165 senior
Dresyn Green, State College – 5-10, 170 sophomore

Specialist
Jack Rodenberger, Manheim Twp. – 6-0, 175 senior

Defensive Line
Trevor Harris, Liberty – 6-3, 235 senior
Dionte Nichols, Harrisburg – 6-2, 230 senior
Cade Brennan, Garnet Valley – 6-4, 235 senior
Brian Dallas, Pittsburgh C.C. – 6-4, 225 senior

Linebacker
Tristan Wheeler, Bethlehem Freedom – 6-2, 225 senior
Andre White Jr., Harrisburg – 6-3, 215 senior
Tyler King, Pine-Richland – 6-1, 220 senior
Myles Talley, St. Joseph’s Prep – 5-10, 200 senior
Elijah Workinger, Red Lion – 6-5, 250 senior
Adam Burkhart, Central Dauphin – 5-11, 215 senior
Jeremiah Trotter Jr., St. Joseph’s Prep – 6-0, 200 sophomore

Defensive Back
Joey Porter Jr., North Allegheny – 6-2, 187 senior
Keaton Ellis, State College – 6-1, 185 senior
Sammy Knipe, State College – 6-1, 210 sophomore
Dom Dodson, Pittsburgh C.C. – 5-11, 185 senior
Isaiah Gilmore, Wilson-West Lawn – 5-11, 185 senior

Athlete
Cohen Russell, State College – 5-8, 175 senior
Donte Kent, Harrisburg – 5-11, 170 junior

Player of the Year: Kyle McCord, St. Joseph’s Prep
Coach of the Year: Calvin Everett, Harrisburg

 

Thursday, 27 December 2018 13:13

Meet the PIAA 4A All-State Team

2018 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STATE TEAM
CLASS 4A

OFFENSE

Quarterback
Jamie Diven, South Fayette – 6-1, 195 senior
Chase Diehl, Bishop McDevitt – 6-0, 205 senior
Isaac Rumery, Clearfield – 6-1, 205 senior
Deven Bollinger, Northwestern Lehigh – 6-4, 195 junior

Running Back
Billy Lucas, Cathedral Prep – 6-0, 205 senior
Ian Csicsek, Saucon Valley – 5-10, 185 senior
Max Shaw, Thomas Jefferson – 6-0, 190 senior
Mason Kordish, Valley View – 5-8, 170 senior
Tavion Banks, Bethlehem Catholic – 5-10, 187 junior

Wide Receiver
Nazir Burnett, Bishop McDevitt – 6-2, 175 senior
Mike Trimbur, South Fayette – 5-11, 180 senior
Dan Deabner, Thomas Jefferson – 6-0, 180 junior
Yusuf Terry, Imhotep Charter – 6-4, 175 senior

Tight End
Demonte Martin, Eastern York – 6-5, 195 senior

Offensive Line
Chris Oliver, Cathedral Prep – 6-4, 293 senior

Tim Weaver, Saucon Valley – 6-5, 285 senior
Dalton Daddona, Bethlehem Catholic – 6-3, 280 senior
Quentin Bloom, Clearfield – 6-0, 307 junior
Shane Murphy, Berks Catholic – 6-4, 270 senior
Marlon Westcott, Imhotep Charter – 6-2, 305 senior

Athlete
Janaasah Boone, Valley View – 6-0, 175 junior
Abdul MacFoy, Berks Catholic – 5-7, 165 junior

Specialist
Ryan Coe, South Fayette – 6-2, 225 senior

DEFENSE

Defensive Line
Joey Scarabino, Cathedral Prep – 6-3, 241 senior
Caleb Rockey, Bellefonte – 6-3, 245 senior
Ryan Bodolus, Pottsgrove – 6-1, 220 senior
David Tomb, Jersey Shore – 6-0, 205 senior
Luke Painton, Berks Catholic – 6-7, 245 senior
Carter Christopher, Bishop McDevitt – 6-3, 285 senior

Linebacker
Brandon George, Berks Catholic – 6-4, 240 senior
Paul Carreras, Bethlehem Catholic – 6-0, 225 senior
Traon Jones, Valley View – 5-5, 155 senior
Hunter O’Connor, Jersey Shore – 6-0, 225 senior
Dray Donley, Bishop McDevitt – 6-0, 215 senior

Defensive Back
Teagan Wilk, Berwick – 5-11, 180 junior
Alex MacKenzie, Conrad Weiser – 6-3, 195 senior
Nehemiah Figueroa, Pottstown – 5-10, 170 senior
Jaden Duplessis, Valley View – 6-1, 175 senior

Athlete
Tykee Smith, Imhotep Charter – 6-0, 190 senior

Kenyon Johnson, West Perry – 5-11, 180 junior

Player of the Year: Billy Lucas, Cathedral Prep
Coach of the Year: Mike Mischler, Cathedral Prep

 

Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:53

Meet the PIAA 2A All-State Team

2018 PENNSYLVANIA FOOTBALL WRITERS ALL-STATE TEAM
CLASS 2A
OFFENSE


Quarterback
Stone Hollenbach, Southern Columbia – 6-3, 200 senior
Skyy Moore, Shady Side Academy – 5-11, 185 senior
Aaron Tobias, Penns Valley – 6-2, 195 junior
John Caldwell, Ligonier Valley – 5-10, 150 senior
Logan Pfister, Chestnut Ridge – 6-1, 163 sophomore
Derek Johncour, Avonworth – 6-3, 181 senior

Running Back
Kobe Brish, Schuylkill Haven – 5-9, 200 junior
Gaige Garcia, Southern Columbia – 5-10, 195 junior
Christian Clutter, McGuffey – 6-0, 180 senior
Kam Williams, Steel Valley – 6-0, 185 senior
Kobe Joseph, Sharpsville – 6-3, 220 senior

Wide Receiver
Bryan Dworek, Brookville – 5-11, 175 senior
Aaron Tutino, Ligonier Valley – 5-11, 170 senior
Julian Fleming, Southern Columbia – 6-3, 215 junior
Cabe Park, Brookville – 5-9, 165 senior

Tight End
Logan Snyder, Penns Valley – 6-2, 200 junior

Offensive Line
Ja’Quay Hubbard, Sharpsville – 6-6, 315 senior
Austin Homan, Schuylkill Haven – 6-0, 243 senior
Troy Donlan, Southern Columbia – 6-0, 260 senior
Dylan Dininny, Richland – 6-5, 255 senior
Oak Six, Southern Columbia – 6-3, 265 senior

Athlete
Ryan Ripka, Penns Valley – 5-8, 160 senior
Aidan Houser, Wellsboro – 5-9, 165 junior

Specialist
Zane Puhala, Brockway – 5-10, 175 senior

DEFENSE

Defensive Line
Michael Hood, Mount Carmel – 6-0, 200 senior
Jimmy Reed, Wilmington – 6-2, 225 senior
Collin Instone, Richland – 6-3, 260 senior
Jordan Gray, Wilmington – 6-1, 235 senior
Harris Kohl, York Catholic – 6-0, 200 senior
Hunter Brown, Wellsboro – 6-4, 220 senior

Linebacker
Cal Haladay, Southern Columbia – 6-1, 190 junior
Colton Richards, Wilmington – 6-2, 270 senior
Todd Hill, Steel Valley – 5-10, 225 senior
Max Tillett, Southern Columbia – 6-0, 190 junior
Garrett David, North Penn-Mansfield – 6-3, 225 senior
Jarred Kohl, York Catholic – 6-1, 205 senior

Defensive Back
Cameron Marett, Wilmington – 5-8, 175 senior
Macen Akers, Everett – 6-1, 180 senior
Daniel Walker, Washington – 6-3, 210 senior
Daunte Allegretto, Ridgway – 5-8, 145 senior

Athlete
Robert Pontius, Wilmington – 6-4, 195 senior

Player of the Year: Julian Fleming, Southern Columbia
Coach of the Year: Brandon Phillian, Wilmington

 

By Adam Kulikowski: 

Middletown running back Richie Sykes didn’t think he would receive a Division I offer to continue his football career.

 

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