By the numbers: Star York-Adams skill-position players continue to put up impressive stats
- Central York WR Saahir Cornelius scored five touchdowns in the Panthers' win last week.
- Red Lion QB Zach Mentzer leads the league in touchdown-to-interception ratio.
- Dallastown's Jordan Cook leads all Y-A League quarterbacks with 661 rushing yards.
Last week, we focused on some of the more underappreciated York-Adams League football players.
This week, let’s put the spotlight back on the familiar names.
Here’s a rundown of stats involving some of the top Y-A League athletes.
Seven: In his first season as a varsity player and his first as a wide receiver, Red Lion’s Randy Fizer is turning into one of the best pass catchers in the league.
Fizer, who was a quarterback until two months ago, caught seven passes in the Lions’ upset win over York High at Horn Field last week. The agile wideout totaled 117 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came in the final minutes of the game to pull off the improbable upset.
Fizer is third in the league in receiving yards with 538 and receptions with 32. He’s scored 10 times this season.
Six: This stat has a mix of well-known names and less-heralded ones.
Six Y-A receivers with more than two catches a game have gained more than 20 yards per reception.
Headlining the list, unsurprisingly, is York High’s Rob Rideout. The senior has caught only 15 passes on the season, but he’s totaled 536 yards on those receptions for 35.7 yards per catch. Rideout has scored 16 touchdowns this season on only 37 touches.
Two Central York wideouts appear on this list. Taylor Wright-Rawls ranks second in yards per catch at 26.6 (23 catches for 612 yards), while Saahir Cornelius is fourth at a hair over 22 yards (28 catches for 617 yards). Cornelius and Wright-Rawls rank first and second, respectively, in reception yards this season.
Dover’s Dallas Evans is third at 24.5 (17 catches for 416 yards), and Gettysburg’s Charles Warren is fifth at 22 yards (19 catches for 418 yards).
Rounding out the list is York Tech’s Terence Romey. Despite the Spartans’ winless record, the wideout is sixth in the league in yards per reception at 21.6 (14 catches for 303 yards).
Five: There are certainly positions other than wide receiver, but with the way football is changing at all levels, including the Y-A League, let’s stick with the pass catchers for one more stat.
Cornelius, who leads the league in receiving yards, scored five touchdowns in the Panthers’ win over Spring Grove last week.
The senior caught five passes for 133 yards and four touchdowns. His fifth touchdown came on a 55-yard punt return. Cornelius scored four times in the second quarter, all consecutively, to give the Panthers the Division I victory.
Four: OK, that’s enough about the wideouts. Let’s talk about a star running back who hasn’t been focused on as much this season because of injury issues and crazy numbers by Dayjure Stewart and Nyzair Smith.
West York’s Ay’Jaun Marshall is one of the most talented backs in the league, and he proved that last Friday. Marshall ran for 243 yards and four TDs on 26 carries in the Bulldogs’ win over Eastern York. The win kept West York alive for a share of the D-II title.
Despite missing two games, Marshall has 969 total yards and has accounted for 10 TDs.
Three: Delone Catholic has been the most dominant team in the Y-A League this season. Leading the Squires’ rushing attack is Logan Brown, who ranks third in the league in yards per carry at 9.2.
Only Stewart (12.1) and Gettysburg’s Ammon Robinson (9.4) rank higher among rushers with more than five carries a game. Brown is seventh in the league in yards with 652 on 71 carries. He’s also fifth in touchdowns with 12.
Two: This stat is slightly complicated, so here’s a simpler version: Cade Pribula is outstanding.
Central York’s record-breaking QB has averaged more yards per attempt than every other Y-A QB has touchdown passes, except two.
Pribula’s ridiculous 13.62 yards per attempt is more than every QB’s touchdown total except Eastern York’s Trevor Seitz (21) and Red Lion’s Zach Mentzer (14). That includes solid passing teams such as New Oxford, Littlestown and West York.
One: Mentzer orchestrated the Lions’ comeback win last week, and he ranks first in a stat many consider one of the most important for QBs: touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Mentzer has thrown 14 touchdowns to only two interceptions for a 7:1 ratio. Pribula is second in this metric at 6.75:1.
Zero: This QB stat is about one of the more unconventional signal callers in the league.
Dallastown’s Jordan Cook hasn’t been terribly successful throwing the ball this season, but zero Y-A QBs have run the ball like he has.
Cook is sixth in the league in rushing yards with 661 on 99 carries. He’s also scored 10 TDs to go along with his three passing scores.
It’s rare for a QB to be near the top of rushing yards totals this late in the season, considering the negative rushing yards QBs take for sacks.
The next best running QB is Mentzer with his 284 rushing yards — 377 less than Cook’s total.
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