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D’Antae Sheffey, fr., RB, State College: The Little Lions claimed yet another District 6 Class 6A title, beating Altoona 28-7 on Friday. Sheffey spearheaded the offensive charge, rushing 15 times for 176 yards (11.7 yards per carry) and three touchdowns of 9, 9 and 1 yards.
Waylon Ehrenzeller, sr., RB, Juniata: Back after missing the last three regular-season games, Ehrenzeller provided all the juice needed to beat DuBois 17-7 in the District 6/9 Class 4A subregional Friday, scoring two second-half touchdowns and finished with 135 stripes on 21 carries.
Jonathan Kauffman, sr., OL/DT, Juniata: The Juniata defense also came through in the subregional win, allowing just 78 rushing yards, forcing two interceptions and a fumble and sacking DuBois QB Trey Wingard five times. Kauffman was at the center of it (quite literally) with eight tackles and two sacks.
Ezeekai Thomas, sr., RB/DB, Carlisle: The Thundering Herd were knocked out of the District 3 Class 6A quarterfinals 30-14 by Hempfield. But Thomas provided a late-game highlight with a 90-yard pick-6. He also had two receptions for 24 yards.
Isaac Sines, sr., QB, Cumberland Valley: It’s the last hoorah for a POTW regular. Sines had a stellar game, rushing 23 times for 115 yards and going 22 of 29 for 231 passing yards, but the Eagles could not withstand Manheim Township in a 37-31 District 3 Class 6A quarterfinal loss. Sines threw TDs of 31 and 28 yards, ran in two from 3 and 6 yards out, connected on four extra points and nailed a 39-yard field goal.
JD Hunter, sr., RB, Cumberland Valley: Not often do two losing players get nominated, but we’ll make an exception for Hunter after he caught nine balls for 116 yards in a tight 37-31 loss to Manheim Township. His 28-yard TD in the third quarter gave the Eagles a 28-23 lead.
Cole Bartram, jr., RB/LB, Northern: While passing yards were tough to come by, Bartram found some hay on the ground. The junior churned out 140 yards and a 12-yard touchdown to give Northern a 20-7 win over New Oxford in the District 3 Class 5A quarterfinals. That wasn’t all. Bartram had a team-high 11 tackles (two TFLs) and a half a sack.
Stone Saunders, so., QB, Bishop McDevitt: Saunders and the Crusaders dismantled East Pennsboro 42-7 in the District 3 Class 4A quarterfinals. The sophomore tossed five first-half touchdowns and finished 14 of 20 for 350 yards. Those TDs covered 47, 62, 53, 55 and 7 yards. He’s now the McDevitt career passing touchdown leader with 86.
Marquese Williams, sr., RB, Bishop McDevitt: Saunders didn’t hog all the fun. Williams contributed with his hands and legs in the quarterfinal blowout, rushing for 82 yards and a 5-yard score and hauling in 62 receiving yards, including a 53-yard TD.
Dorian Smith, jr., RB, Susquehanna Township: ‘Hanna had little to celebrate in a 52-6 loss to Lampeter-Strasburg in the District 3 Class 5A quarterfinals, but Smith ripped off an 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for Township’s only score and finished with 100 stripes on eight attempts (plus a 6-yard reception).
Brad Hockenberry, so., RB, West Perry: The Mustangs set new program benchmarks with their 11th win and second playoff win in a season thanks to a run game that carved up Lancaster Catholic in a 63-20 District 3 Class 3A semifinal victory. Hockenberry rushed nine times for 129 yards and three scores covering 30, 44 and 19 yards.