Each week, we’re nominating top statistical performers from around the Colonial-Schuylkill League for our 4th Down Magazine Player of the Week.
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Tri-Valley’s Cole Gemberlink made quite the first impression Friday night against Minersville, tallying five tackles and an interception.
His efforts garnered him our 2022 debut 4th Down Magazine Player of the Week in the Colonial-Schuylkill League with a whopping 5,839 votes to outpace Lane Lehman (Pine Grove)’s 4389 total tallies.
Total votes casted: 12,723
The nominees for Week 2:
Matt Machalik, Palmerton, jr, QB-FS: Palmerton quarterback Matt Machalik made quick work of Catasauqua Friday night, turning in a tiddy 12-of-14 passing for 197 stripes and three TDs in two quarters of action in a 42-16 victory. He also rushed for 76 yards on 14 carries, reaching pay dirt once.
Brady Evans, Williams Valley, sr, WR/DB: The 6-4 Evans also played a sizable role as Williams Valley skipped through with a 38-13 victory at Pine Grove. Evans caught four passes covering 125 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown reception that had the Vikings sitting on a 20-0 cushion with more than two minutes to go in the opening quarter.
Collin McGee, North Schuylkill, jr., WR-SS: This ball hawk proved to be a thorn in the side of Blue Mountain Friday night, picking off a pair of Will Jacobson’s passes in a 21-0 blanking of the Eagles.
Damian Tyminski, Pen Argyl jr., WR-SS: Tyminski turned in a stellar performance on defense for Pen Argyl Friday night, notching a team-high 14 takedowns (8 solo, 6 asst.) in the Green Knight’s 20-14 loss to Mahanoy Area.
Jake Scheib, Tri-Valley, sr, RB/DL: Scheib left bite marks all over Panther Valley – on both sides of the football – as Jeff Sampson’s Bulldogs claimed a 48-0 verdict. Offensively, Scheib rumbled for 147 yards on just eight carries, scoring twice. In fact, his 79-yard touchdown run late in the first half had Tri-Valley up 21-0. Scheib was just as effective on the defensive side of the ball, registering 12 tackles as Sampson’s squad improved to 2-0.
Dainn Vassallo (jr, TE-DE) and James Cartier, Notre Dame-Green Pond (sr., LB): OK, we’re cheating a bit on this one. Each of these gents could easily stand alone for this nomination, but when a pair of teammates rack up 21 tackles each in a game, both deserve the nod. Vassallo and Cartier carried the water for Notre Dame-Green Pond Friday night in a heartbreaking loss to Southern Lehigh, 29-28.
Connor Dillion, Tamaqua, jr., WR-DB: Just call him the do-it-all kid. Dillion made the most of 13 touches Friday night against Lehighton in a 32-29 victory, carrying the rock nine times for 107 yards and a TD. He also pulled down four receptions for another 134 stripes and a pair of golden tickets. Not bad for a night’s work.
Isaac Whiteash, Williams Valley, sr, QB/DB: Deftly directing the Vikings’ combustible attack, Whiteash completed 7 of his 9 pass attempts for 179 yards and a trio of scores as Tim Savage’s squad popped Pine Grove 38-13. All three of Whiteash’s touchdown strikes arrived before the break – the biggie was a 41-yard effort to Brady Evans – as Williams Valley (2-0) constructed a commanding 32-0 lead. Whiteash also picked off one pass before his night was over.
Kole Miller, Tri-Valley, sr, QB/DB: Miller channeled his inner Doug Flutie in terrific fashion – he wears jersey No. 22 – by throwing for 187 yards and rushing for 23 more as the Bulldogs rolled up 462 total offensive yards in a decisive 48-0 conquest of Panther Valley. Miller only attempted eight throws, but completed seven of them with two going for scores. His 55-yard strike to Jolten Flory in the opening quarter popped Tri-Valley in front early, while his 30-yard TD toss to Layne Yoder late in the third upped the Bulldogs’ advantage to a comfortable 35-0.