Sun-Gazette Preseason All-Star Team

Quaterback

Elijah Shemory,

Jersey Shore

The senior quarterback put together the best season in program history as a first-time starter last year. Shemory threw for 2,657 yards and a district-best 33 touchdowns while helping the Bulldogs capture the District 4 Class AAAA championship. An all-state selection, Shemory threw a touchdown pass in all 13 games and topped 200 yards seven times. He also threw eight postseason touchdowns and threw for 325 yards and four touchdowns against Johnstown in the state tournament. Shemory’s 2,657 yards were the fourth highest total in area history and his 33 touchdowns were the third highest.

Running backs

Cole Cavanaugh, Loyalsock

A breakout player last season, Cavanaugh emerged as one of the area’s best running backs for one of the area’s best offenses. The hard-nosed senior ran for 1,080 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Cavanaugh hits the hole hard and is good at gaining yards after contact. He topped 100 yards five times last year and ran for a career-high 197 yards in a double overtime win over Shamokin. Cavanaugh was a force against District 4 Class AAA champion Montoursville as well, running for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

Gideon Green,

South Williamsport

The area’s leading returning rusher and an all-state selection, Green put together one of the best seasons in program history last year. Receiving Division I interest, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder ran for 1,958 yards and 23 touchdowns and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Despite playing entire games at linebacker, Green consistently grew stronger throughout games and carried 50 times for 310 yards against North Penn-Mansfield. Green is the area’s active career leader in yards and combines punishing contact with good speed for someone his size.

Brendan Hill,

North Penn-Mansfield

The senior running back ignited the Panthers’ running game last season a year after North Penn-Mansfield struggled to sustain a consistent running game. Hill ran for 918 yards and 12 touchdowns and averaged 6.8 yards per carry. He came up big in the District 4 Class AA quarterfinals against Line Mountain, running for a career-high 192 yards and three touchdowns. Hill showed he can be a game breaker in the season opener, running for 184 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries. He also caught 13 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Wide Receivers

Dylan Farronato, Lewisburg

The junior has made quite an impact over his first two years, catching 62 passes for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 6-1 junior has good speed and also is dangerous on defense and special teams. Farronato was one of the area’s leading receivers a year ago, hauling in 38 passes for 649 yards and seven touchdowns. The three-year starter had at least 75 yards receiving six times. Farronato also intercepted a team-high five passes, made 46 tackles and scored two defensive touchdowns in a playoff-clinching win over Mifflinburg.

Hunter Frantz,

Jersey Shore

He missed the first two weeks last year, but Frantz made a huge impact on both sides of the ball once he returned. No returning area receiver caught more passes than Frantz, who finished with 41 catches for 703 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns. A speedy 6-2 senior, Frantz topped 100 yards three times, including in each of his first two varsity starts. He also touchdowns in eight of the 11 games he played and put together a strong postseason. Frantz is tough in the secondary as well and intercepted six passes, returning one for a touchdown.

Kevin Titus,

Jersey Shore

When leading receiver Todd Sanford was lost to a season-ending injury in Week 7, Titus joined Frantz as players who emerged as big-time threats and helped the offense continue thriving. Titus build off a breakout 2015 campaign, catching 33 passes for 582 yards and seven touchdowns. The explosive senior averaged 17.6 yards per catch and was brilliant in the state tournament against Johnstown, catching a career-high seven passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Two years ago Titus, who intercepted four passes, caught four passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns against Montoursville.

Tight end

Levi Gaiotti, Canton

One of Canton’s most valuable players, Gaiotti burst onto the scene last season and finished second among area tight ends in catches. The 6-1 senior caught 29 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns. Gaiotti had four multiple-reception performances and caught five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown against Wyalusing. Gaiotti can block well and also averaged 9.1 tackles per game at linebacker.

Offensive line

Reilly Barnes,

South Williamsport

As a freshman three years ago, Barnes immediately made an impact and helped Dominick Bragalone set a state record for yards in a season. He has only grown better since then and the senior now is one of District 4’s premier linemen. The 6-0, 240-pounder has often helped South own the line of scrimmage and was a big reason the Mounties averaged 245 yards last season. Barnes has helped South have 1,000-yard rushers in each of his three years starting and also made a big impact as a first-time starting defensive tackle last year.

Kurt Danneker, Williamsport

The reigning Sun-Gazette Offensive Lineman of the Year and an all-stater, Danneker is an overpowering blocker who has received multiple Division I offers. The four-year starter has become a force up front and was instrumental in helping Williamsport feature one of the area’s best offenses in recent memory last year. Danneker helped Williamsport average 519 yards and 48 points per game and win its first district championship since 1995. The 6-4, 318-pounder also made a major impact after playing along the defensive line later in the season as the Millionaires reached the state quarterfinals.

Ben Johnson,

South Williamsport

Another terrific South linemen, Johnson is a three-year starter who is receiving Division I interest and has received an offer from Marist. The 6-3, 250-pound senior is tough to move and overwhelmed opponents at times last year as South went 11-2 and frequently imposed its will. A first team HAC-III all-star, Johnson has helped South relentlessly run the ball the past two seasons and also shines on defense. Johnson defends the run well, harasses the passer and had a key blocked punt against Central Columbia a year ago.

Collin Pietropola, Wellsboro

One of Wellsboro’s best all-around players, Pietropola, a first team Sun-Gazette all-star last year, helped the Hornets go 11-1 last year and averaged 369 yards and 40 points per game. The three-year starter was the quarterback of a strong offensive line that helped Wellsboro run for 3,311 yards, third highest among District 4 teams. Smart and quick, Pietropola is just as tough defensively. The 6-2, 260-pound linebacker made 99 tackles last season, averaging 8.3 per game, topped 10 tackles three times and recovered four fumbles.

Dalton Tubbs, Montoursville

The Warriors featured a potent offense that included two all-staters last season and it was players like Tubbs who helped pave the way. The senior was dominant up front, delivering 10 pancake blocks and not allowing a sack in 13 games. Tubbs often blew defenders off the ball, helped Brycen Mussina set District 4 records for passing yards and a touchdowns and earned first team HAC-I honors. Without Tubbs performing so well, Montoursville would not have had the success it did as it shined against a brutal schedule and captured another district championship.

Kicker

Nate Liscum, Lewisburg

A special teams weapon, Liscum has put together consecutive strong seasons. He finished second among area kickers last year in field goals, making five. Liscum finished 5 for 8 and also went 18 for 21 on extra-point tries. The senior has made nine field goals and 48 extra-points over the last two seasons.

Defensive line

Owen Hoffman, Montoursville

A first team Sun-Gazette all-star last year, Hoffman tied for the area lead in sacks and was tough to block as the season progressed. The explosive defensive end finished with 10 1/2 sacks and came up huge against District 4 Class AAAA champion Jersey Shore when he made 3 1/2 second-half sacks in a comeback win. Hoffman also was virtually unblockable against Lewisburg when had had 4 1/2 sacks. He finished with 17 tackles for loss and had 10 solo tackles in two playoff wins. Hoffman also is a returning starter along the offensive line and could be one of the team’s most valuable players.

Jacob Jones,

Jersey Shore

One of several players who shined as a young team captured a district championship, Jones was a force at times up front. The senior lineman finished with a team-high nine sacks and added 13 tackles for loss. He also averaged nearly six tackles a game, impressive for a defensive lineman. Jones helped Jersey Shore feature one of the district’s top defenses and he sacks in seven games, six which the Bulldogs won. Jones was all over the field in a season-changing win against Shikellamy, making a career-high 12 tackles, including three for loss.

Hunter Poust, Muncy

An all-state selection last fall, Poust was a major reason Muncy captured its first district championship since 1999. The athletic defensive end helped ignite a strong defense that put together six straight scoreless quarters in districts. He was among the area leaders in tackles for loss, making 20, and also had a team-high seven sacks. Poust averaged seven tackles per game and was tough to keep away from the ball. The three-year starter had sacks in six different games and had at least one tackle for loss in 12 straight games. He topped 10 tackles against South Williamsport, Wellsboro and Sayre teams that won 30 combined games.

Mason Seacrist,

Jersey Shore

Like Jones, Seacrist is tough on the ball and was a league all-star on both the offense and defensive lines last season. Seacrist is an excellent run stuffer and helped the Bulldogs often stifle opposing running games. He also finished third on the team in tackles, averaging 6.4 per game. Seacrist made a team-high 19 tackles for loss and had eight sacks, placing him among the area leaders. He had two sacks in the state tournament against Johnstown and also was a major cog in an offense that averaged 30 points and 350 yards per game.

Linebacker

Robert Brown, Wellsboro

As a freshman, Brown immediately shined on a big stage and helped Wellsboro capture its first district championship. The junior suffered no sophomore slump last year and averaged a team-high 9.3 tackles per game for one of the best defenses in area history. Brown finished with 114 tackles and helped Wellsboro record seven shutouts while allowing just 33 regular-season points. Brown already has made 212 career tackles and topped 10 tackles five times last year. He also had four sacks and forced four fumbles. Brown played one of his best games in the district semifinals, making 22 tackles against South.

Dale Shrawder, Hughesville

Another three-year starter, Shrawder has put together two straight strong seasons and became the heart of Hughesville’s defense last year. Shrawder made big plays in nearly every game and finished with 103 tackles, averaging 10.3 per game. Shrawder is a good leader, flies to the ball and hits hard. He topped 10 tackles seven times and had at least 10 solo tackles four times. Shrawder plays the run well and also can get after the passer, making three sacks and recovering two fumbles. A first-time HAC-III all-star, Shrawder made 15 tackles in a big comeback win at Warrior Run and went over 10 tackles in each of his last four games.

Hunter Webb, Loyalsock

An all-stater and last year’s Sun-Gazette Linebacker of the Year, Webb is a three-year starter who has been dominant despite not playing football as a freshman. Webb will play at Connecticut next fall and went over 100 tackles in each of the past two seasons. Webb is explosive and can go sideline to sideline as fast as any linebacker around. He led the area in tackles during the regular season last year, making 131 and finished the year averaging 11.9 per game. Webb is tough against the run and pass and he made 22 tackles for loss last season while adding three sacks, an interception and a fumble return for a touchdown.

Dominic Williams, Jersey Shore

It is hard to have a much better first year starting than Williams put together last year. The senior linebacker earned all-state honors after making 103 tackles and averaging 8.6 per game. He also had four sacks and 12 tackles for loss while helping the Bulldogs win six straight late-season games. Most impressive, Williams intercepted an area-high seven passes and returned two for touchdowns, a game-winner against Shikellamy and a district title clincher against Selinsgrove. Williams is an excellent playmaker, topped 10 tackles six times and averaged 11.3 tackles during the postseason.

Defensive back

Austin Breon,

Jersey Shore

The latest in a line of quality Jersey Shore cornerbacks, Breon earned all-state honors after making major strides as a first-year starter. Breon intercepted six passes and was key to the defense surging down the stretch. The senior intercepted a pass in six different games, including in the district championship against Selinsgrove. Breon is a good athlete who also does damage offensively. He caught three passes for 135 yards and a touchdown against Johnstown last year and went 92 yards for a second-half score.

Coleman Good, Muncy

An outstanding quarterback as well, Good has developed into an outstanding all-around player in his two years at Muncy. The junior safety was key to Muncy’s defense playing so well during districts last year and made 103 tackles. Good finished second on the team in tackles, topped 10 tackles five times and also intercepted a pass. Good has a nose for the football and is the latest member of his family to make a big impact at Muncy. He also is a three-year starting quarterback who threw for 1,153 yards and 10 touchdowns last year while running for a team-high 595 yards.

Dalton Prough, Wellsboro

An excellent three-sport athlete, Prough put together an outstanding season and intercepted a team-high four passes. That was especially impressive since he had not played high school football before. The senior cornerback became a shutdown-type defender and was key to Wellsboro’s defense being so stifling. Prough not only made those interceptions, but made big plays afterward. Three of his returns covered 25 or more yards and one went for a touchdown. Prough also returned a fumble for a touchdown, forced a fumble and blocked a kick.

Brian Shaffer, Montoursville

One of the area’s premier safeties, Shaffer came up big for the district champions last year, averaging 7.1 tackles per game and intercepting three passes. The senior plays the run and pass well and could also play linebacker some when and if called upon. Shaffer topped 10 tackles in each of his first four games last year and helped Montoursville earn a thrilling win at Jersey Shore when he intercepted two passes. Shaffer was a force against Selinsgrove, making 12 solo tackles as Montoursville beat its rival for the first time since 2000.

Athlete

Quinn Henry, Wellsboro

Arguably the MVP on two straight Wellsboro teams that captured district and league championships, there is little Henry does not do. Only injuries prevented Henry from going over both 1,000 passing and rushing yards for a second straight season. The senior quarterback ran for a team-high 1,074 yards and 17 touchdowns while throwing for 846 yards and 14 touchdowns. Henry also returned two punts for touchdowns and accounted for 33 touchdowns four different ways. Henry is excellent at evading defenders and accounted for 11 touchdowns in the league championship and two playoff games last year. He also has six interceptions the last two seasons.

Punter

Derek Gee, Loyalsock

A good safety who intercepted five passes last year, Gee also can be a weapon on special teams. He is a two-time HAC-III first team punter and was among the district’s best last year, averaging 35.6 yards per kick. Equally important, Gee placed seven punts inside the 20-yard line and is a player who can effectively change field position in Loyalsock’s favor.

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