Y-A League football coaches recognize 2017 All-Stars

Patrick Strohecker
York Dispatch

 Around the rest of District 3 and all of Pennsylvania, high school football is still being played.

Dallastown's #9 Nyzair Smith break past Red Lion's Evan Paules during football at Red Lion Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Smith's league-leading 2,055 rushing yards earned him Division I Offensive Player of the Year. J. Kelley Dentry

It'll be that way well into December.

After a disappointing showing in the first weekend of the District 3 playoffs, football around the York-Adams League has come to an end.

It's been that way for more than a week now.

But, that doesn't take away from the fact that there were a number of standout individual performances on the gridiron this season, with those players and coaches helping their teams reach great heights.

Recently, the 23 coaches of the Y-A League released their 2017 Y-A League all-stars in all three divisions.

York High's Rob Rideout leaps above Josh Sebastian of Dallastown to catch a ball on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Rideout was named the 2017 Division I Defensive Player of the Year. John A. Pavoncello photo

Division I: In Division I, Dallastown and York High both exceeded preseason expectations to grab co-Division I championship honors.

The Wildcats finished 8-2 in the regular season, while the Bearcats went 9-1, but, in league play, both finished 6-1. So, it's not surprising that those teams accounted for the Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Dallastown junior running back Nyzair Smith was named the Division I Offensive Player of the Year after leading the league in rushing with 2,055 yards in 11 games. He was the only player to eclipse 2,000 yards on the season and broke the Dallastown single-season rushing record by Week 9. He also scored 32 touchdowns on the year, including five in back-to-back games during Weeks 9 and 10.

York High's dynamic junior Rob Rideout earned Defensive Player of the Year honors after being a cornerstone in the Bearcats' secondary. York High allowed just 21.5 points per game and only 112.9 yards passing, while generating 22 takeaways.

Coach of the Year was given to the Wildcats' Kevin Myers, after he guided the program to an 8-3 overall record. After routinely making the district playoffs under the old, four-class format, Myers' squad missed out on the 6-A postseason in 2016 with a 7-3 record. However, he coached up a strong team and, as the season progressed, Dallastown got better, resulting in a co-Division I title and return to the district playoffs.

Dallastown head coach Kevin Myers was named the 2017 Division I Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to a co-Division I championship and 8-3 overall record.

Division II: In Division II, West York junior running back Ay'Jaun Marshall was named the Offensive Player of the Year, Dover senior lineman Chase Heath was the Defensive Player of the Year and Steve Wiles of Susquehannock was the Coach of the Year.

Marshall finished fifth in the Y-A League in rushing with 1,227 yards and averaged 7.4 yards per carry. After getting off to a slow start to the season due to playing much bigger teams, Marshall came on strong during league play. His big-play ability helped the Bulldogs be more competitive within the league.

Heath was a force on the defensive line for the Eagles, as they made a run for the Division II crown. As a team, Dover finished 6-4 overall and a loss in Week 10 to Susquehannock prevented it from capturing the Division II title. The Eagles ranked fifth in the league in defense, allowing 266.1 yards per game and were third in pass defense.

Like the division title, the Coach of the Year honor likely came down to the winner of the Week 10 match-up between Dover and Susquehannock. With both teams experiencing strong turnarounds, the Warriors edged the Eagles to go a perfect 6-0 in league play. That was enough to earn Wiles the honor, while he also guided Susky into the postseason for the first time in a decade. Overall, the Warriors went 8-3 on the season, their first winning season in more than 10 years.

West York running back Ay'Jaun Marshall was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Year. Photo by Jeremy Drey

Division III: In Division III, the two Catholic schools — York and Delone — took home the individual Player of the Year honors, while a longtime coach earned himself Coach of the Year recognition.

Starting on offense, Fighting Irish senior Kyle Dormer was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Squires senior Zach Schussler was named the division's Defensive Player of the Year. Littlestown head man Mike Lippy wrapped up Coach of the Year.

Dormer had a big hand in turning around York Catholic this season and helping it earn co-Division III title honors and make a fifth consecutive District 3 championship game.

After starting the year at running back, he was moved into the starting quarterback role during the team's fifth game of the season. Sitting at 2-2 at that point, the Fighting Irish rattled off six consecutive wins to close out the regular season, before losing in the District 3 2-A title game to Newport, finishing 8-3 overall. Dormer racked up 853 yards on the ground and accounted for 12 rushing touchdowns.

Dover's Chase Heath, left, and Shad Murphy talk to reporters at the York-Adams Football Media Day at the York Newspaper Company Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. Heath was named the Division II Defensive Player of the Year for the Eagles. Bill Kalina photo

For Schussler, the linebacker was huge in helping Delone stay relevant in Division III, despite graduating a number of key players from the 2016 team. The Squires went 8-2 overall, which didn't earn them a Division III title or a berth in the District 3 2-A championship game. However, Delone did still have the top defense in the Y-A League, allowing 189.3 yards per game and it also allowed the second-fewest points per game at 13.2.

Lippy completed his 15th season with the Thunderbolts and guided the team to a 9-1 record in the regular season, helping them capture a co-Division III championship, along with York Catholic. In the District 3 3-A playoffs, a four-point loss to No. 2 Wyomissing kept Littlestown from playing for a district title and capped a strong 9-2 season, a slight improvement on last year's 8-3 team.

Susquehannock head coach Steve Wiles directs practice at the school Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. After leading the Warriors to their best record in 10 years and their first playoff appearance in a decade, Wiles was named the Division II Coach of the Year. Bill Kalina photo


Division I

Offensive Player of the Year: Nyzair Smith, Dallastown

Defensive Players of the Year: Rob Rideout, York High

Coach of the Year: Kevin Myers, Dallastown

First Team

Quarterback: Cade Pribula, Central York

Running back: Nyzair Smith, Dallastown; Khalid Dorsey, York High; Delunche Shaw, South Western

Wide receiver: Owen Buhr, New Oxford; Rob Rideout, York High; Dayjure Stewart, York High; Time Sturgis, Central York

Tight End: Ben Ward, Dallastown

Center: Raymond Christas, Dallastown

Offensive guard: Elijah Alexander, Northeastern; Jonah Miller, Dallastown

Offensive tackle: Aaron Graser, Dallastown; Zerick Nease, Red Lion

Punter: Daniel Simpson, Spring Grove

Return Specialist: Dayjure Stewart, York High

Kicker: Elijah Workinger, Red Lion

Defensive end: Seth Bernstein, York High; Steve Werner, Dallastown

Defensive tackle: Raymond Christas, Dallastown; Nate Phillips, York High

Inside linebacker: Josiah Smallwood, York High; Elijah Workinger, Red Lion

Outside linebacker: Jamel Foster, Red Lion; Wyatt Hughes, Northeastern

Defensive back: Rodrick Farley Jr., Central York; Connor Reed, Spring Grove; Rob Rideout, York High; Max Teyral, Dallastown

York Catholic quarterback Kyle Dormer tries to break through a tackle against Newport on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Dormer's ability to run and throw earned him Division III Offensive Player of the Year honors. Dawn J. Sagert - dsagert@yorkdispatch.com

Second Team

Quarterback: Zach Throne, Red Lion

Running back: Zach Crossland, Red Lion; Hunter Werner, Central York; Nigel Williams, York High

Wide receiver: Denny Dennison, Red Lion; Connor Reed, Spring Grove; Taemar Willis, Northeastern; Sean Wolfe, South Western

Tight end: Seth Bernstein, York High

Center: Jake Waldrup, Red Lion

Offensive guard: Jared Miller, Red Lion; Quinten Slyder, Dallastown

Offensive tackle: Devin Gaffney, Central York; Dalton Stacho, South Western

Punter: Mitch Groh, Dallastown

Return specialist: Taemar Willis, Northeastern

Kicker: Nick Basile, Central York

Defensive end: Ian McNaughton, Central York; Evan Paules, Red Lion

Defensive tackle: Elijah Alexander, Northeastern; Nick Taylor, Red Lion

Inside linebacker: William Anderson, Dallastown; Kollin Vaught, Central York

Outside linebacker: Quinn Bacha, Central York; Dayure Stewart, York High

Defensive back: Justin Atwood, Dallastown; Jalen Bryant, York High; Denny Dennison, Red Lion; Darnell Johnson, Central York

Honorable Mention

Quarterback: Micah Anciso, York High; Brayden Long, New Oxford; Brett Smith, Dallastown

Running back: Braden Brandt, Spring Grove; Elijah Workinger, Red Lion 

Wide receiver: Briar Foltz, Spring Grove; Jamel Foster, Red Lion; Max Teyral, Dallastown

Tight End: Nate Eyster, Northeastern 

Center: Nick Duncan, New Oxford; Xjavier Ramos, York High

Offensive guard: Trey Bernstein, York High; Brian Edwards, Dallastown; Antonio Jones, York High; Cody Smith, New Oxford; Adrien White, South Western

Offensive tackle: Dahmier Banks, York High; Dwayne Beady, York High; D.J. Hopper, Dallastown

Return specialist: Zach Crossland, Red Lion; Delunche Shaw, South Western; Max Teyral, Dallastown

Kicker: Mitch Groh, Dallastown; Wes Sneeringer, South Western

Defensive end: Patrick Anderson, Spring Grove; Reid Hershner, Central York; Blake King, York High; Lucas Skelly, Dallastown, Adam Zarfoss, Northeastern

Defensive tackle: Ben Bartkowski, Central York; Richard Cole III; William Molina, York High; Dalton Stacho, South Western

Inside linebacker: Dylan Forbes, New Oxford; Kaiden Gaylord, South Western; Eric Glass Jr., Spring Grove; Dalton Ream, Northeastern; Cole Stremmel, South Western; Ben Ward, Dallastown

Outside linebacker: Nate Downey, Dallastown; Mason Figdore, Dallastown; Josh Higdon, South Western; Shareef Jakes, South Western

Defensive back: Obi Anyatonwu, Central York; Owen Buhr, New Oxford, Zach Crossland, Red Lion; Yazir Dixon, Dallastown; Joey Sauers, Central York; Josh Sebastian, Dallastown; Dionte Wilson, York High

Division II

Offensive Player of the Year: Ay'Jaun Marshall, West York

Defensive Player of the Year: Chase Heath, Dover

Coach of the Year: Steve Wiles, Susquehannock

First Team

Quarterback: Justin Johnson, Dover

Running back: Ay'Jaun Marshall, West York; Ammon Robinson, Gettysburg; Dan Clapp, Susquehannock

Wide receiver: Andrew LaManna, West York; Derek Arevalo, Dover; Charles Warren, Gettysburg; Demonte Martin, Eastern York

Tight end: Ethan Schammel, Susquehannock

Center: Jason Snelbaker, Dover

Offensive guard: Chase Heath, Dover; Luke Ohmann, Susquehannock

Offensive tackle: Tanner Harkins, Kennard-Dale; Shad Murphy, Dover; Wyatt Hogan, Susquehannock

Punter: Ethan Schammel, Susquehannock

Return specialist: Ay'Jaun Marshall, West York

Kicker: Devin Crone, Dover

Defensive end: Nick Spadafora, West York; Ethan Schammel, Susquehannock

Defensive tackle: Chase Heath, Dover; Wyatt Hogan, Susquehannock

Inside linebacker: Brandon Lawyer, Dover; Austin Heiser, Gettysburg

Outside linebacker: Dalton Stike, Kennard-Dale; Jake Taylor, York Suburban

Defensive back: Ay'Jaun Marshall, West York, Laion Shelton, Gettysburg; Brady Fouchie, Gettysburg; Justin Wetzel, West York

Second Team

Quarterback: Zach Ketterman, Gettysburg

Running back: Logan Kline, Eastern York; Dalton Stike, Kennard-Dale; Savion Harrison, York Suburban; Brandon Lawyer, Dover

Wide receiver: Wyatt Cairns, Kennard-Dale; Willie Batty, York Suburban; Jamal Anderson, West York; Ben Trego, Susquehannock

Tight end: Thomas Hoover, York Suburban

Center: Logan Carbaugh, Gettysburg

Offensive guard: Alig Johnson, York Suburban; Jerome Chemelli, Kennard-Dale

Offensive tackle: Tyler Gallagher, Gettysburg

Punter: Jahshim Snyder, York Suburban

Return specialist: Ammon Robinson, Gettysburg

Kicker: Jacob Bridel, Gettysburg

Defensive end: Tanner Harkins, Kennard-Dale; Codi Hower, Gettysburg

Defensive tackle: Pat Lichty, West York; Jerome Chemelli, Kennard-Dale; Logan Carbaugh, Gettysburg

Inside linebacker: Marcos Valdes, York Suburban; Kyle Orndorff, Susquehannock

Outside linebacker: Eli Bentzel, West York; Alec Kramer, Susquehannock; Jahshim Snyder, York Suburban

Defensive back: Savion Harrison, York Suburban; Demonte Martin, Eastern York; Shawn Hinkle, Dover; Chris Norris, Susquehannock

Honorable Mention

Quarterback: Corey Wise, West York; Hunter Sentz, Susquehannock; Mitchell Galentine, Eastern York

Running back: Wyatt McCleary, Kennard-Dale; Nate Banks, York Suburban; Bryce Newman, Gettysburg; Daron Brown, Susquehannock

Tight end: Codi Hoover, Gettysburg

Center: Chase Bonitz, Susquehannock; Pat Lichty, West York; Carl Carbaugh, Eastern York

Offensive guard: Austin Coy, West York

Offensive tackle: Patrick Maloney, Kennard-Dale; Ja'Vontae Johnson, West York

Return specialist: Derek Arevalo, Dover

Kicker: Craig Potts, Kennard-Dale

Punter: Craig Potts, Kennard-Dale; Derek Arevalo, Dover

Defensive end: Jacob Schaub, Gettysburg; Tyler Sengia, Dover; Johnathan Brown, Kennard-Dale; Keyvon Wright, York Suburban; Justin Griffith, York Suburban

Defensive tackle: Eloy Rojo, Susquehannock; Aliq Johnson, York Suburban; Garth Barclay, York Suburban; Tyler Gallagher, Gettysburg

Inside linebacker: Gunner Pennington, Gettysburg; Drew Robinson, West York; Wyatt McCleary, Kennard-Dale

Outside linebacker: Simeon Davis, Gettysburg; Josh Paul, Gettysburg; Allan Clapp, Susquehannock; Marcus Howell, Dover; Brennan Beach, Kennard-Dale

Defensive back: Willie Batty, York Suburban; Ben Trego, Susquehannock; Wyatt Cairns, Kennard-Dale; Brady Bowman, Dover; Daron Brown, Susquehannock; Nate Banks, York Suburban; Griffith Shultz, Gettysburg 

Division III

Offensive Player of the Year: Kyle Dormer, York Catholic

Defensive Player of the Year: Zach Schussler, Delone Catholic

Coach of the Year: Mike Lippy, Littlestown

First Team

Quarterback: Chase Dull, Bermudian Springs

Running back: Ryan Hart, Delone Catholic; Justin Barnes, Hanover; Charlie Burnett, Fairfield

Wide receiver: Kolt Byers, Bermudian Springs; Ryan Malinowski, Delone Catholic; Jacob Thomas, Littlestown; Riley Brennan, York Catholic

Tight end: Jon Pierce, Delone Catholic

Center: Jake Nicholls, Fairfield

Offensive guard: Brent Hayes, Biglerville; Liam Landis, York Catholic; 

Offensive tackle: Malachi Fodor, Littlestown; Matt Knauer, York Catholic

Punter: Noah Aeppli, Bermudian Springs

Return specialist: Ryan Hart, Delone Catholic

Kicker: T.J. McGraw, York Catholic

Defensive end: Malachi Fodor, Littlestown; Matt Knauer, York Catholic

Defensive tackle: Brent Hayes, Biglerville, Seth Leonard, Delone Cathlic; Liam Landis, York Catholic

Inside linebacker: Trace Grim, Bermudian Springs; Zach Schussler, Delone Catholic

Outside linebacker: Darren Beall, Bermudian Springs; Ryan Hart, Delone Catholic; Jarred Kohl, York Catholic

Defensive back: Evan Brady, Delone Catholic; Austin Watters, Littlestown; Massimo Antolick, York Catholic; Riley Brennan, York Catholic

Second Team

Quarterback: Jakob Lane, Littlestown

Running back: Ryan Curfman, Bermudian Springs; Corbin Brown, Littlestown; Andrew Snelbaker, York Catholic

Wide receiver: Damian Manzo, Biglerville; Nick Wheeler, Fairfield; Terrance Romey, York Catholic

Tight end: Noah Aeppli, Bermudian Springs

Center: Zach Schussler, Delone Catholic; Harris Kohl Jr., York Catholic

Offensive guard: Nate McCollum, Bermudian Springs; Andrew Shipley, Delone Catholic

Offensive tackle: Paul Asper, Biglerville; Zach Groft, Delone Catholic

Punter: Justin Barnes, Hanover 

Kicker: Everett Kenworthy, Hanover

Defensive end: Nate McCollum, Bermudian Springs; Paul Asper, Biglerville; Andrew Shipley, Delone Catholic

Defensive tackle: Jake Nicholls, Fairfield; Harris Kohl Jr., York Catholic

Inside linebacker: Dylan Morey, Littlestown; Carter Sinclair, York Catholic

Outside linebacker: Garrett Stadler, Fairfield; Richard Pokrivka, York Catholic

Defensive back: Chase Wood, Bermudian Springs; Cody Pfaff, Delone Catholic; Joey Quealy, Fairfield; Terance Romey, York Tech

Honorable Mention

Quarterback: Evan Brady, Delone Catholic; Kyle Dormer, York Catholic

Running back: Darren Beall, Bermudian Springs

Offensive guard: John Macharsky, Fairfield

Kicker: Marcello Malvone, Delone Catholic

Punter: Nick Wright, Biglerville

Defensive end: John Macharsky, Fairfield

Inside linebacker: Dylon Stair, Hanover

Outside linebacker: Jon Pierce, Delone Catholic

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com