Sun-Gazette offensive all-stars

Elliott Walker has more than 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in his career.

Elliott Walker has more than 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in his career.

Quarterback

Isaiah Hankins, Williamsport

The Sun-Gazette Player of the Year put together one of the best seasons ever by a District 4 quarterback. Hankins owns virtually every passing record there is at Williamsport and easily won the District 4 passing title with a 213.3 rating, the second-highest in area history. Hankins broke the Wyoming Valley Conference record for career touchdown passes (64) and is one of only four area quarterbacks to ever top 6,000 passing yards. Hankins completed 69.3 percent of his passes for 2,560 yards and 27 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions. Hankins did not throw an interception over the season’s final six games and also ran for 919 yards and 14 touchdowns. The three-year starter twice topped 2,000 passing yards and finished his scholastic career with 8,097 career yards and 93 touchdowns, both program records.

Running back

Treyson Potts, Williamsport

Only a sophomore, Potts put together one of the best seasons in Williamsport history, rushing for 2,017 yards and scoring 37 touchdowns, both District 4-highs. Potts, the Sun-Gazette’s Back of the Year, became just the second player in program history to top 2,000 yards, joining two-time all-state selection Darrell Blackman. Explosive, agile and able to turn short gains into long touchdowns, Potts topped 100 yards 10 times and 200 yards three times despite often not playing beyond early in the third quarter of blowouts. Potts scored at least once in all 14 games and has scored in 18 straight games going back to 2015. A versatile weapon, Potts also caught 18 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns while returning a kickoff for a score. In just two seasons and 25 varsity games, Potts already has run for 2,911 yards and scored 52 touchdowns.

Gideon Green, South Williamsport

A true workhorse, Green put together one of the best seasons in South history, running for 1,958 yards and 23 touchdowns while averaging 5.6 yards per carry. A first team HAC-III running back and linebacker who rarely left the field, Green never tired despite leading the area in carries and topping 30 carries five times. Green ran for 310 yards on 50 carries against North Penn-Mansfield and consistently wore on defenses. The 6-foot-3 junior topped 100 yards in 12 games and 200 yards three times. Had it not been for a high ankle sprain that caused Green to miss a Week 8 game, he likely would have topped 2,000 yards. Green already has gone over 3,000 career yards and is 15th among area rushers in the 2000s.

Cole Cavanaugh, Loyalsock

A hard-nosed runner and valuable two-way starter, Cavanaugh filled a big void at running back and helped Loyalsock’s offense keep flourishing. The junior running back finished fourth among area rushers with 1,080 yards and nine touchdowns. Cavanaugh’s development in his first year starting was critical to Loyalsock going 8-3. Cavanaugh made a lot of yards after contact and averaged 6.2 yards per carry. He also topped 100 yards five times and came up big in a 27-14 win over District 4 Class AAA champion Montoursville, running for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Cavanaugh also ran for a career-high 197 yards in a double overtime win over Shamokin.

Wide Receiver

Tommy Shea, Montoursville

The Sun-Gazette Receiver of the Year put together one of the best receiving seasons in District 4 history and shredded one defense after another. Shea built off a strong finish to the 2015 season and was virtually unstoppable at times, breaking the area record for receiving yards in a season. Shea led District 4 in all three major categories, catching 63 passes for 1,347 yards and 14 touchdowns. Fast, explosive and a good route runner, Shea topped 100 yards five times and 90 yards eight times. Also a good linebacker, Shea caught at least one touchdown in nine different games and did damage despite double teaming and teams focusing their coverages around stopping him. Shea played his best game against District 4 Class AAAA champion Jersey Shore, catching 12 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-33 comeback win.

Todd Sanford, Jersey Shore

Had he not torn his ACL, MCL and meniscus scoring a second-quarter Week 7 touchdown at Shikellamy, Sanford might have broken the area record for receptions in a season (82). Against the odds, Sanford played some in the postseason, but he basically had seven full games and still put up big-time numbers. A superb route runner with some of the district’s best hands, Sanford caught 60 passes for 791 yards and nine touchdowns, almost all coming in the first 6 1/2 weeks. Sanford broke Jersey Shore single-season and career reception records and is only the ninth area player in the 2000s to catch 100 passes, finishing with 100 for 1,466 yards and 19 touchdowns. Sanford topped 10 catches three times and tied an area record for single-game receptions when he caught 16 passes for 223 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-28 comeback win at Bellefonte.

Elliott Walker, Williamsport

A dynamic player on offense, defense and special teams, Walker rarely left the field and rarely failed to make a big impact. The only player in area history to top 1,000 career receiving and rushing yards, Walker became a matchup nightmare and caught 41 passes for 755 yards and a program record-tying 13 touchdowns. The senior averaged 18.4 yards per carry, topped 100 yards twice and produced four multi-touchdown games. Also an elite cornerback and kick returner, Walker was at his best against State College in a 35-28 state tournament win. Walker caught four passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns that night while also breaking up five passes, punting well and nearly breaking a long punt return for a touchdown. He also caught 10 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown against district finalist Delaware Valley.

Tight End

Mitchell Rothrock, Montoursville

A first team HAC-II all-star, Rothrock produced the best pass-catching season by an area tight end since Muncy’s all-stater Nate Messner in 2002. Rothrock became a big weapon and was a big reason Montoursville featured one of the district’s best passing games. Fast and strong, Rothrock caught 26 passes for 625 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged a whopping 24 yards per catch and had a knack for turning short to intermediate throws into long touchdowns. Rothrock missed a game but still tied for third among area receivers in touchdown catches and topped 60 yards four times. Rothrock made key catches at big times and showed his explosiveness in a 31-29 win against Mount Carmel, turning two passes into 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Offensive Line

Kurt Danneker, Williamsport

All season long, the Sun-Gazette Offensive Lineman of the Year showed why he is receiving Division I interest. Danneker was an absolute force up front and often overpowered defenders, paving the way for one of the area’s most dominant offensive seasons ever. Danneker was a big reason Williamsport averaged a state-best 519 yards and 48 points per game and Williamsport did some of its best running on his side. A three-year starting junior, Danneker has good quickness for a 310-pounder and has played guard as anyone at Williamsport in recent memory. Danneker also moved to defense late in the season and helped Williamsport’s run defense make dramatic improvement and become downright stingy during the playoffs.

Connor Rutan, South Williamsport

South has built an excellent program the past five seasons, winning 51 games and five league championships. It all starts up front and the best compliment one can give Rutan is say that he is one of South’s best linemen during the 2000s. A two-time all-state selection, Rutan was overpowering again during his senior year, helping South often impose its will and wear down teams. Rutan is a superb run blocker and helped South run for 245 rushing yards per game. He was the anchor of a dominant line that beat a series of playoff teams and that helped South finish 11-1. Rutan is receiving Patriot and Ivy League interest and helped South go 33-8 during his three years as a starter.

Reilly Barnes, South Williamsport

And helping Rutan along has been Barnes, who has developed into an elite center. Barnes also is a three-year starter and has made a huge impact in each of his three seasons. Barnes put together his best season thus far, helping South win 10 straight games and average more than 300 yards and 30 points per game. Barnes is powerful and smart and has grown better each season at South. He was a big reason this season, South came within 31 yards of having two 1,000-yard rushers. Barnes also started along the defensive line and had a big season there as South so often controlled the line of scrimmage against good teams.

Josh Dauberman, Hughesville

A two-time Sun-Gazette and HAC-III first teamer, Dauberman again was the anchor of a good offensive line that helped Hughesville’s offense humming. Dauberman, a 6-5, 295-pound senior, was a matchup problem each week and made his presence felt along both lines. Dauberman has been a huge part of Hughesville’s resurgence and helped the Spartans average more than 25 points and 335 yards per game. Hughesville’s offense shined when it mattered most late in the season as the Spartans won three of their last four games to reach the postseason and then scored 26 points against a Wellsboro defense that had allowed just 33 points in the regular season. Dauberman was at the heart of that surge and helped Hughesville reach districts three straight years.

Collin Pietropola, Wellsboro

Like Barnes, Pietropola was his line’s quarterback and did an outstanding job at center. Pietropola has been one of the area’s best linemen the last two years and helped Wellsboro run for 3,311 yards, third highest among District 4 teams. Pietropola is strong and has good feet and technique. He has helped the offense put together three straight strong seasons and also was at the heart of its defense’s success, finishing among the team’s leading tacklers. Wellsboro averaged 369 yards and more than 40 points per game and Pietropola was a major reason why.

Kicker

Ethan Lazorka, Montoursville

One of the best kickers in area history, Lazorka is a two-time all-state selection and was nearly perfect this season. The senior kicker made nine field goals and made his first 48 extra points. The only unsuccessful extra-point try came on a blocked kick on his last attempt this season. Lazorka set an area record for field goals in a season and finished with 75 points. Lazorka was a weapon and without him, Montoursville might have had a much different season since five of his field goals came in five games decided by five points or fewer. Lazorka produced 145 points in just two seasons, the third highest total among area kickers in the 2000s.

Athlete

Marcus Williams, Loyalsock

One season after missing all but one quarter of his junior year with a torn ACL, Williams put together a season to remember and was the most valuable player on a team that won eight games and again reached the playoffs. Williams did just about everything and did it all so well. The senior leader caught 33 passes for 714 yards and 10 touchdowns while running for 645 yards and 10 touchdowns. He totaled 22 touchdowns four different ways, also returning an interception for a score and throwing a touchdown pass. Williams scored in all but one game and was a threat to make a big play every time he touched the ball. Also an excellent cornerback, Williams often matched up with the opponent’s best receiver and performed well. Williams intercepted three passes, recovered two fumbles and solidified a defense that was ranked among the area’s best.

Second Team

QB–Brycen Mussina, Montoursville; RB–Ashton Martin, South Williamsport; RB–Brendan Hill, North Penn-Mansfield; RB–Jarrett Guthrie, Jersey Shore; WR–Marcus Williams, Loyalsock; WR–Hunter Frantz, Jersey Shore; WR–Dylan Farronato, Lewisburg; TE–Jalen Jackson, Williamsport; TE–Pat West, South Williamsport; OL–Tyler Anderson, Williamsport; Crae McCracken, Loyalsock; OL–Dalton Tubbs, Montoursville; Mason Seacrist, Jersey Shore; Shane Kelly, North Penn-Mansfield; Ath–Quinn Henry, Wellsboro; K–Chris Titman, Muncy

Honorable mention

Landon Henry, QB, Hughesville; Elijah Shemory, QB, Jersey Shore; Nolan Ott, RB, Montoursville; Brenden Gardner, WR, Hughesville; Matt Gummo, WR, Warrior Run; Dee Gose, OL, Lewisburg; Ben Johnson, OL, South Williamsport; Parker Jones, TE, Wellsboro; Justin Neff, Ath, Central Mountain; Nate Liscum, K, Lewisburg; Andrew Czap, K, Loyalsock.

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