Jeff Delaughter rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season for Spring Grove. He’s expected to be one of the top players in the York-Adams League
Jeff Delaughter rushed for more than 1,500 yards last season for Spring Grove. He's expected to be one of the top players in the York-Adams League this season. (RANDY FLAUM -- rflaum@yorkdispatch.com)

One has already committed to play NCAA Division I football for the University of Maryland.

Three rushed for more than 1,500 yards a season ago.

One threw for nearly 1,200 yards and also rushed for almost 400 yards.

And two return after earning first-team all-star selections on both offense and defense from the York-Adams League coaches a season ago.

They are among the 10 players to watch this season in local high school football.

The season starts on Friday. You'll want to keep a close eye on these gridiron standouts over the next three months.

They are listed in alphabetical order:

Jason Bellinger, Ken nard-Dale, 6-3, 265, senior: The name Jason Bellinger may not mean a lot to many York-Adams football fans.

But the name means a lot to the York-Adams Division II coaches. The Rams were 0-10 a season ago, but Bellinger was still selected as a D-II First-Team All-Star at both offensive and defensive tackle.

On defense, Bellinger compiled 60 tackles, including six sacks in 2012.

Rob Catchings, Dallas town, 5-6, 160, senior: Catchings does not possess eye-catching size, but his quickness more than makes up for his lack of size.

Last year, he piled up 1,004 rushing yards and averaged 5.5 yards per rush. He also scored 11 touchdowns. He was also an option in the passing game, collecting nine receptions for 105 yards (11.7 yards per catch). Defensively he added 15 tackles from his defensive back position.


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He was a York-Adams Division I Second-Team All-Star at running back. He's also a standout baseball player for the Wildcats.

Jeff Delaughter, Spring Grove, 5-8, 185, senior: Delaughter was a workhorse for the Rockets a year ago, and he figures to be in that same role in 2013.

Delaughter rushed 266 times for 1,554 yards last season, averaging 5.8 yards per rush. He also scored 16 touchdowns. That earned him York-Adams Division I First-Team accolades. He had the most carries of any Division I back.

James Way was a dual threat at quarterback last season for York High.
James Way was a dual threat at quarterback last season for York High. (FILE PHOTO)

With Delaughter's help, Spring Grove soared from worst to first, rebounding from a 1-9 season in 2011 to improve to 8-4 in 2012. That included a share of the York-Adams Division I title and a District 3-AAA first-round victory.

Andrew Henry, Dallas town, 6-2, 170, senior: Henry will be in control as the Wildcats attempt to bounce back from a 4-7 campaign in 2012.

Henry threw for 1,194 yards, completing 100 for his 211 passes (47.4 percent), with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. With a year of experience under his belt, he figures to significantly better those numbers this season.

Henry was not a one-dimensional player. He also rushed 124 times for 399 yards, averaging 3.2 yards per rush. That's not bad, considering that losses because of sacks come off a QB's rushing total. He also scored six touchdowns.

Joe Hurda, Biglerville, 5-10, 195, senior: Hurda was a big reason that the Canners enjoyed one of their best seasons in recent memory.

Hurda helped Biglerville to a 9-3 overall record, including a District 3-AA playoff win. He rushed for 914 yards and averaged 5.7 yards per rush, scoring 14 touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 72 yards. Defensively, he had 34 tackles from his inside linebacker slot.

He was selected a York-Adams Division III First-Team All-Star on both offense and defense.

Steven Nalls, Susque hannock, 6-2, 165, senior: Nalls is the leading returning receiver in the York-Adams League.

Last year, playing for a 1-9 Warriors team, Nalls still managed to haul in 39 receptions for 507 yards, good for 13.0 yards per reception. As a defensive back, he collected 29 tackles, including two interceptions.

He was a York-Adams Division II First-Team All-Star at wide receiver.

Calvin Savary, York Tech, 5-10, 210, senior: York Tech struggled to a 2-8 record in 2012, but it wasn't because of Savary.

He bulled his way to 1,551 yards rushing on 267 carries -- the most in the York-Adams League. He averaged 5.8 yards per rush and scored 12 touchdowns.

Savary was named a York-Adams Division III First-Team All-Star at running back, while also garnering honorable mention accolades at linebacker.

David Shaw, Spring Grove, 6-5, 270, senior: Shaw piled up 52 tackles and four sacks as a defensive lineman in 2012 for the Rockets.

Shaw, who was a Division I First-Team All-Star at defensive tackle in 2012, is the third member of his family to reach the Division I level in football. His older brothers, John and Jim, each played for Penn State.

At Maryland, Shaw will play for Terrapins' head coach Randy Edsall, who is a Susquehannock High School graduate.

Dillon Thomas, South Western, 5-11, 195, senior: Thomas was a featured performer a season ago for the Mustangs from his running back position, racking up 1,521 rushing yards on 211 rushes.

He averaged an impressive 7.2 yards per carry and also had eight receptions for 78 yards (9.8 per catch). He also scored 17 touchdowns and chipped in 25 tackles at linebacker.

Not surprisingly, he was picked a York-Adams Division I First-Team All-Star running back. Thomas helped the Mustangs finish 6-5 and earn a District 3-AAAA playoff berth under first-year head coach Damian Paolucci.

James Way, York High, 6-2, 200, junior: Way took over as the Bearcats' starting quarterback early last season as a sophomore and proved to be a playmaker.

He rushed 90 times for 500 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per rush. He also threw for 851 yards, completing 60 of 142 passes, with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

With a year under his belt, the dynamic Way figures to be even better this season.

-- Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com.