By Andy Shay:
4th Down Magazine
While the 2017 season is in the books, award season is still going strong.
Our nomination process is now complete. We'll announce our Most Valuable Player on January 17.
The winner will be presented with a trophy courtesy of Crown Trophies in Lemoyne at a later date.
6-0, 205-pound junior
In his first full season as the starter for the Crusaders all Chase Diehl did was throw for nearly 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns. He battled back from an early-season injury to become a Keystone Division All-Star by completing 70.4 percent of his passes with only eight interceptions. The hidden key to his success was a staggering 12.7 yards per attempt in 2017.
5-9, 190-pound senior:
Mason Frampton is a two-way impact player who helped the Indians to an outright MPC Colonial title and a berth in the District 3 playoffs. The Colonial Division Co-MVP rushed for 778 yards and eight touchdowns and is credited with 143 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and a pick.
6-0, 200-pound senior:
A three-year starter who throws a lethal deep ball, Yahmir Wilkerson capped completed 128 of 223 passes for 2,367 yards and 26 touchdowns against just five interceptions. He averaged a stellar 18.5 yards per completion and also chipped in with eight rushing touchdowns.
5-10, 200-pound senior
Malachi Young guided the Rollers to their 12th District 3 championship by completing 62 percent of his passes for 2,704 yards with 34 touchdowns. The All-State selection is capable of making every throw and was intercepted only six times this season. One out of every five of his completions went for a touchdown.
6-3, 240-pound senior
A four-time All-State selection, Micah Parsons, was named National Defensive Player of the Year after recording 55 tackles, nearly 20 TFLs and 10.5 sacks this season. He also led the Cougars in rushing with 1,239 yards and 27 touchdowns. One of the top 5 recruits in the 2018 class, Parsons enrolled early at Penn State.
6-0, 190-pound junior:
Dylan Rabuck is a two-time All-State selection who was the Tri-Valley League MVP after rushing for 2,948 yards with 42 touchdowns in 14 games. Rabuck rushed for 200 or more yards eight times and twice cracked the 300-yard barrier in a game. He averaged 210 yards per game and a staggering 13.3 yards per carry.
5-11, 195-pound senior
Onasis Neely established every East Pennsboro record for rushing for more than 5,000 career yards. In his final season, rushed for 2,464 yards and 33 touchdowns to earn the Offensive MVP for the Mid-Penn Capital Division.
6-3, 200-pound senior
Charlie Katshir had an impact for the Eagles all over the field. He recorded 45 tackles with 4 interceptions to finish his career with 24 picks. On offense, Katshir caught 37 passes and rushed 53 times to produce 1,489 all-purpose yards and 15 total touchdowns.
5-11, 205-pound senior
Brady Fox capped a stellar career where he became the all-time leading rusher in school history with 4,165 yards and 67 TD runs. He carried 160 times this season for 1,458 yards and 26 TDs in leading the Blue Raiders to their second straight 3A finals appearance.
6-2, 175-pound junior
Nazir Burnett was McDevitt’s go-to receiver who hauled in 52 receptions for 1,110 yards and 15 touchdowns for a Crusaders team that won the Mid-Penn Keystone Division and played for the District 3 Class 4A title.
View Nazir's junior year highlights.