Two York High football standouts earned all-state honors on Tuesday, Dec. 19, capping an impressive turnaround season by the Bearcats.
Senior running back Khalid Dorsey and junior defensive back Rob Rideout were both named to the Class 5-A All-State Team, as voted on by the Pennsylvania Football Writers.
Both were dynamic playmakers in helping York High go from 1-9 in 2016 to 9-2 in 2017. The Bearcats also tied for the York-Adams League Division I title and qualified for the District 3 5-A playoffs.
The all-state selections of Dorsey and Rideout brought the Y-A League's total of all-state players up to three after Dallastown junior running back Nyzair Smith made the 6-A team on Monday.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Dorsey, who recently committed to play for Football Championship Subdivision Howard University, finished second in the league in rushing, trailing only Smith. He ran for 1,728 yards on 195 carries, averaging 8.9 yards per carry. Dorsey also found the end zone 15 times and accounted for seven two-point conversion scores.
Rideout was just as impactful as a defensive back as Dorsey was at running back. His 70 tackles led the team, as did his four interceptions. On three of those picks, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 170-pound Rideout showcased his sprinter's speed by taking them back for touchdowns.
The 1-A, 3-A and 5-A all-state teams were announced on Tuesday after the 2-A, 4-A and 6-A teams were released Monday.
Top players, coaches: In 5-A, Gateway senior quarterback Brady Walker earned Player of the Year, while his head coach, Dan Holl, was named the Coach of the Year. Gateway fell in the state title game to Archbishop Wood.
In 3-A, Quaker Valley senior quarterback Ricky Guss was named Player of the Year and his head coach, Jerry Veshio, was named Coach of the Year. Quaker Valley won the 3-A state title.
In 1-A, senior Robert Kennedy of Jeannette and Williams Valley junior running back Dylan Rabuck took home co-Player of the Year honors. Kennedy earned his as an athlete. Coach of the Year was given to Greg Page of Homer-Center. Jeannette defeated Homer-Center in the state final.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org