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Alex Erby, jr., QB, Steel-High: It wasn’t really a fair fight against Fairfield, a 62-6 win for the District 3 Class 1A championship, but Erby still shined. The signal caller completed 13 of 15 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns, including two to the next player on the list and one apiece to Da’Quan McCraw and Jaeion Perry.
Durell Ceasar, jr., WR/KR, Steel-High: The guy who benefited most from Erby’s right arm was Ceasar, who caught six passes and turned them into 170 yards and two touchdowns against Fairfield. Caesar also returned a punt 60 yards for a score.
Amari Williams, jr., OLB, Steel-High: Williams racked up an absurd six sacks Saturday afternoon. Yeah, it came against an overmatched Fairfield for the D3 Class 1A crown in a blowout, but when’s the last time you heard of ANYONE recording six sacks?
Messiah Mickens, fr., RB, Trinity: The No. 3 Shamrocks ran Delone Catholic out of the District 3 Class 2A semifinals 56-17, with Mickens the one doing the honors. The freshman averaged nearly 14 yards a carry, rushing 11 times for 141 yards and four touchdowns of 60, 6, 5 and 15 yards. He also snagged two passes for 47 stripes.
Caleb Wray, jr., QB, Trinity: Wray was a tidy 10 of 12 for 198 yards and three touchdowns, guiding Trinity to a blowout semifinal win (the first Trinity playoff win since 2011) over the Squires to set up a district championship appearance. His TDs covered 13, 59 and 15 yards.
Marcus Quaker, jr., QB, West Perry: The AOTW’s season-long regular was at it again during a 45-21 win over Schuylkill Valley in the District 3 Class 3A semifinals, rushing 12 times for 152 yards and two scores (15 and 64 yards). He also completed 6 of 10 passes for 98 yards and a 21-yard TD.
Keith Oates, jr., QB/LB, East Pennsboro: The Panthers romped Kennard-Dale 43-0 in the District 3 Class 3A quarterfinals. Oates did a little of everything in the win, tossing 28- and 16-yard TDs during a 23-point EP second quarter and finishing with 135 yards on 7-of-12 passing. He ran eight times for 23 yards and had five tackles, one for a loss.
Spencer Siegel, jr., DE, Northern: Siegel is credited with the game-saving blocked extra point, the difference in a tight 21-20 win over South Western in the District 3 Class 5A first round. Siegel was plenty busy for a defense that allowed just 79 rushing yards, stacking up 10 tackles and two sacks.
Mason Yohn, sr., WR/DB/K/P, Northern: Yohn’s two touchdown receptions in the first half, covering 14 and 49 yards, were vital in the Polar Bears’ upset win Friday. He finished with three catches for 70 yards, added two tackles on defense, drilled three extra points and averaged a stellar 45.9 yards on seven punts, downing five inside the 20.
Trae Kater, sr., RB/DB, Shippensburg: The Greyhounds exacted some revenge and advanced to the District 3 Class 5A quarterfinals with a 32-14 win over Cedar Cliff. Kater had a rare double-double, 100 yards rushing and 100 more receiving. Kater ran 11 times for 125 stripes and a 53 TD, and he caught five balls for 108 yards and a 40 TD.
Amari Kerr, sr., RB/DB, Shippensburg: The other half of a two-headed rushing attack that carved up the Colts for 269 yards and three scores, Kerr churned out 110 stripes and a 12-yard first-quarter TD on just 12 carries. He also had a 17-yard reception.
Alex Yost, sr., RB, Altoona: The Mountain Lions survived Mifflin County 31-24 in the District 6 Class 6A semifinals, with Yost producing a tough 28 carries, 143 yards and touchdown runs of 2 and 8 yards, the last of which won the game with 34 seconds left.
Julian Hazelwood, fr., RB, Altoona: Yost provided the veteran leadership and Hazelwood provided promise, rushing 12 times for 130 yards and a 14-yard score early in Altoona’s playoff win over a feisty Huskies side. Altoona totaled 340 rushing yards.
Ian Bates, so., RB/DB, Line Mountain: While the Eagles were blown out by perennial state hammer Southern Columbia 69-6, Bates accounted for 165 offensive yards in the losing effort. While the 5-7, 155-pounder scrambled for 119 rushing yards on 26 carries, he also caught two passes for 46 yards – including a 35-yarder on a wheel route that he had to accelerate to get to before carrying the ball over the goal line.