Gold, Merkle honored with state award

The two York-Adams League quarterbacks were two of 61 football players to earn the 2015 Pennsylvania Mini Max High School Awards.

Patrick Strohecker
  • Gold finished with over 1,600 yards of total offense and a team-high 11 touchdowns.
  • Merkle finished his career as the York County all-time passing leader with 5,506 passing yards.

York-Adams League quarterbacks Thomas Merkle and Cade Gold were already recognized for their strong seasons on a local level.

Now, their strong senior campaigns are being recognized on a state-wide level.

On Tuesday, the Maxwell Football Club announced its 2015 Pennsylvania Mini Max High School Award Winners and the two York County products were among 61 high school football players from the state to earn the award.

Gold helped lead Dallastown to a York-Adams League Division I title this year, going 9-1 in the regular season, before having its season end in the first round of the District 3-AAAA playoffs to Central Dauphin East. Gold completed his senior season by accounting for more than 1,600 yards of total offense. He threw for 1,120 yards while rushing for 511 more, totaling a team-high 11 touchdowns. For his season, he was named as a first-team Division I all-star selection by the league's coaches.

Dallastown's Cade Gold runs with the ball against Northeastern in a game earlier this season. Gold earned the 2015 Pennsylvania Mini Max High School Award on Tuesday. Dawn J. Sagert -

Merkle's senior season with York Suburban was one for the record books. The senior led the league is passing, throwing for 2,551 yards, while also throwing for a league-high 26 touchdowns. He was an integral part of the Trojans capturing their first outright Division II championship since 1982, going 8-2 in the regular season and qualifying for the District 3-AAA playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Northern York. During the season, Merkle also set the York Suburban and York County passing records, finishing with a career total of 5,506 yards and tied for second in county history with 45 touchdowns.

The 61 Mini Max Award Winners were from Districts 1, 3, 11 and 12 located in the eastern part of the state and were nominated throughout the year by their coaches. The nominated players were then evaluated based on football performance, academics, and community service, according to the Maxwell Football Club website. All award recipients will be invited to attend a dinner on Jan. 14, where one player from the list of 61 will be selected as the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year.

You can view the entire list of award recipients online at

York Suburban quarterback Thomas Merkle set the York County high school passing record during his time at York Suburban, throwing for 5,506 yards and 45 touchdowns.