York-Adams football players earn more all-state honors
The 2016 high school football season for York-Adams League teams ended nearly two months ago, but several local athletes received one last recognition to commemorate the year.
Six Y-A League athletes and another York County athlete have been named to the Pennsylvania Football News All-State Teams.
Not surprisingly, York Catholic, the only Y-A League team to win a playoff game and make it to the state tournament, led all local teams with three players recognized at the Class 2-A level.
Senior running back Jakkar Kinard was a first-team selection after leading the Y-A League with 2,071 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, helping the Fighting Irish earn the Y-A League Division III and District 3 2-A crowns.
Kinard was joined by teammates Dan Yokemick and Matt Knauer. Yokemick, who served as both a quarterback and defensive back for York Catholic, earned honorable mention at defensive back, while Knauer was named honorable mention at defensive line. Kinard and Yokemick were both named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers' All-State
Team back in December.
In 6-A, Central York kicker/punter Carter Luckenbaugh was named to the second team as a punter. Luckenbaugh was one of the more reliable punters in the Y-A League, routinely switching fields for the Panthers by booming punts more than 40 yards. As a place kicker, Luckenbaugh drilled home 37 extra points and seven field goals, which was the second-most field goals in the league in 2016.
At the 3-A level, a pair of Adams County players found their names on the all-state list. Littlestown wide receiver Tyler Barthel and Bermudian Springs defensive lineman Dorian Steele Jr. earned the honor.
Barthel was an honorable mention pick after hauling in a league-high 49 passes for the Thunderbolts and finishing third in the league with 682 yards. He was a key figure in getting Littlestown into the District 3 3-A playoffs.
Steele Jr. was also honorable mention, a cog on the Eagles' line that allowed 17.8 points per game and also qualified for the 3-A district tournament.
Not from the Y-A League, but from a York County school, Northern York senior kicker Aidan Alves was named to the Class 4-A second team as kicker.