East Pennsboro Onasis Neely named 4th Down Magazine 2017 MVP

17 January 2018


East Pennsboro running back Onasis Neely can add another piece of hardware to his collection. The 5-11, 204-pound senior earned the inaugural 4th Down Magazine Most Valuable Player Award for the 2017 season.

The Temple University commit chalked up quite a resume in his final campaign with the Panthers, tallying 2,444 yards and 32 touchdowns. He concluded his career at East Pennsboro as a three-year starter with 5,684 notches and 70 touchdowns.

“We certainly wouldn’t have been where we were in 2017 without him,” East Pennsboro coach Todd Stuter said. “We rode his coat-tails... he’s a great athlete, tremendous leader and has a wonderful personality.”

A durable runner, ‘Nasty Nas’ showcased great balance and the speed necessary to bounce outside and accelerate away from defenders.


View Neely’s senior highlights.


His mix of speed and toughness fueled the versatile senior to six 200+ yard games and the Panthers to the District 3 Class 4A semifinal.

The Pennsylvania Sports Writers honored Neely as a Class 4A All-State representative in 2016 and 2017. He also bagged the Offensive MVP for the Mid-Penn Capital Division.

“This is a blessing,” Neely said of the award. “It feels good. All the hard work on the field is paying off it feels like.”

Neely will be presented with the hardware at a later date.


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