Sun-Gazette 2013 offensive all-stars
The junior quarterback earned all-state honors after shattering area records for yards, touchdowns and quarterback rating while also breaking the District 4 record for touchdown passes. Pietropola threw for 2,757 yards and 39 touchdowns while compiling a 249.4 quarterback rating, more than 100 points higher than the second-highest by an area passer. Smart and possessing a strong arm and good mobility, Pietropola led Wellsboro to its first undefeated regular season and topped 200 yards and threw at least two touchdowns in all 11 games. He also threw five touchdowns twice, six touchdowns once and four touchdowns twice while topping 300 yards five times and completing 63 percent of his passes.
Like Pietropola, Bragalone set records that might never be broken while earning the state’s co-Player of the Year Award. Featuring tremendous speed and strength, Bragalone ran over and around defenders for a state-high 3,2686 yards and 48 touchdowns in 12 games. Bragalone shattered area and District 4 records for single-season yards and touchdowns. Bragalone was so impressive, he beat Darrell Blackman’s previous area rushing record by 739 yards and Gary Brown’s previous touchdown record by nine. The 200-pound speedster came up big in his team’s biggest games too, running for 650 yards and seven touchdowns in two playoff games, topping 300 yards each time. Bragalone averaged an area-record 12 yards per carry and broke nearly every South record while topping 200 yards 10 times and 300 yards six times. He also ran for a Lycoming County record 420 yards and six touchdowns against Hughesville.
The best running back Jersey Shore has produced in the 21st century, Agae-Naipo was at the heart of his team’s remarkable turnaround. An excellent leader, Agae-Naipo treated each play like it was his last and motivated his teammates with his hard-nosed runs that often included him running over defenders. The HAC-I all-star ran for 1,349 yards and 13 touchdowns despite missing two starts and averaged 134 yards per game while becoming the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher of the 21st century. Agae-Naipo ran for 209 yards and two touchdowns in districts as Jersey Shore won its first championship since 1997 and he also was a standout linebacker.
One can only wonder how impressive Ott’s numbers would have been had he not suffered two serious injuries in the season’s second half. Ott might have become Montoursville’s first-ever 2,000-yard rusher had it not been for the injuries. Despite those, he still had a superb season, running for 1,337 yards and 14 touchdowns in just seven games. One of the district’s most versatile players, Ott possessed excellent vision and speed and was outstanding at breaking tackles. Despite missing three regular-season games, the senior still finished as the district’s third-highest rusher and averaged 9.5 yards per carry. The four-year starter topped 100 yards in all seven of his games and added five catches for 91 yards and two scores.
It is scary to think what Owlett might have done had he played high school football all four years. Despite having never played before his season, Owlett had one of the best receiving seasons in District 4 history and earned all-state honors. He caught 45 passes for 1,127 yards and an area-record 17 touchdowns. A big play seemed to happen just about every time Owlett touched the ball as he averaged 25 yards per catch and returned three kicks and punts for touchdowns. Owlett topped 100 yards eight times, including in the playoffs, and scored a touchdown in all 10 regular-season games. Owlett had multiple touchdowns five times and recorded the second-most yards by an area receiver in the 21st century.
Also an all-star at defensive back where he intercepted 22 passes the last three seasons, Pavalko was an explosive receiver who was tough to cover. The senior caught 36 passes for 738 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games. Fast, tall and athletic, Pavalko averaged 20.5 yards per catch, topped 100 yards four times and scored 16 touchdowns in five different ways while compiling more than 2,000 all-purpose yards. A three-year starter, Pavalko was second among area reeivers in yards and finished fourth in receptions, just four behind the leader, despite missing a game with an injury.
The first team HAC-III all-star had an excellent breakout season and helped Muncy reach the postseason for a second straight year. Brown won the area regular-season receiving title and finished with 43 catches for 718 yards and seven touchdowns. Brown has good speed and hands and averaged 16.7 yards per catch. He had a career-high 9 catches for 110 yards against Hughesville and tied for the second most catches by a Muncy receiver in the 21st century, impressive considering the program has produced 13 1,000-yard passers during that time. Brown topped 100 yards twice and could be even better next year.
Also a first team linebacker where he sparked Loyalsock’s defense, Haller developed into a tremendous asset to the team’s passing game. The senior led all area tight ends with 22 catches for 268 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 12.2 yards per catch. Haller also was a good blocker for a team that was among the district’s best at running the ball. The three-year starter made big plays at key times. He had a big catch on a game-winning drive against Shikellamy in Week 5 and his brilliant one-handed catch against Montoursville extended a game-winning drive that helped Loyalsock capture the HAC-II championship.
The 260-pound junior was an achor on a terrific line that paved the way for Bragalone’s historic season. Nelson opened some huge holes on the left side of the line and helped South repeat as NTL Small School champions. Nelson came up big, especially after standout lineman Sam Buck tore his ACL in Week 3, and helped South average 40 points per game.
Only a sophomore, Glavin has developed into one of the district’s premier tackles and has a bright future. The first team HAC-II all-star was the best player on an outstanding line that helped produce two runners who have more than 890 yards. Strong, agile and intelligent, the 275-pounder helped Loyalsock averaged more than 30 points per game and produce 4,259 yards of offense.
Travis Krall, Milton
One of the best linemen Milton has produced since four-year Duke starter Bob Benion graduated in 2002, Krall was a dominant force who helped Milton feature one of the district’s best offenses. A first team HAC-I all-star on both lines, Krall often overpowered defenders and helped Milton average more than 30 points and 350 yards per game. Krall was a dominant run blocker and helped Milton twice have three 100-yard rushers in the same game. He also protected quarterback Brady Chappell well, helping Milton have a 1,000-yard passer and rusher (Josh Brown).
Lucas Shaheen, Montoursville
While Montoursville was hit hard by injuries and its line was shuffled throughout the season, Shaheen remained a constant and helped the unit become one of the district’s best. A first team HAC-II all-star, Shaheen was a strong leader and helped Montoursville go 10-2 while starting 9-0 despite various injuries. With Shaheen helping lead the way, Montoursville averaged 30 points and 370 yards per game. His run blocking helped Montoursville nearly produce two 1,000-yard rushers.
Ian Niklaus, South Williamsport
The senior was another big reason, South moved the ball so well and featured such a dominant running game. A leader up front, Niklaus anchored the line’s right side and had his best year, helping South run for 3,973 yards. Niklaus often wore down defenders and helped South impose its will on defenders. He also was instrumental to the program going 20-4 the last two seasons and reaching two district championships.
Jim McMahon, Montoursville
An outstanding soccer player, McMahon joined the football team halfway through last season and became one of the district’s premier kickers. The senior kicked two field goals this season and also converted 32 of 34 extra points. McMahon had a big leg and also recorded three touchbacks.
QB-Kyle Datres, Loyalsock
RB-Josh Brown, Milton
RB – Bryce Zaparzynski, North Penn
RB-Brandon Whitesell, Cowanesque Valley
WR-Phil Krizan, Loyalsock
WR-Alex Erb, Montoursville
TE-Elijah Warnick, Muncy
OL-Steve Harrison, Loyalsock
OL-Brennan Eiswerth, Jersey Shore
OL-Kyler Widows, Wellsboro
OL-Dylan Fleet, Canton
OL-Kaden Stensland, Loyalsock
RB of the Year-Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport
Receiver of the Year-Brandon Owlett, Wellsboro
Lineman of the Year-Travis Krall, Milton