Seven more all-state from A, AAA
Hunter Webb goes from Lancer to Huskie this morning when he is expected to sign a national letter of intent to play football at Connecticut during national signing day.
But the senior linebacker is not yet done making football headlines at Loyalsock. And he had a lot of help Tuesday.
Webb was one of four Lancers who were selected to the Class AAA all-state team. Webb’s teammates Connor Watkins, Gerald Ross and Sam Newton also earned all-state honors as did Lewisburg’s Dylan Farronato. Muncy’s Hunter Poust earned all-state Class A honors for a second straight season and Canton wide receiver Timmy Ward capped his big sophomore season by earning an all-state selection as well. It was the second straight day the area produced seven all-state players after the 6A, AAAA and AA teams were unveiled Monday.
Like Poust, Webb earned all-state honors for a second straight season. The dynamic three-year starter led District 4 in tackles, finishing with 179 and averaging 14.9 per game. Webb set the program single-season tackle record and, despite not playing football as a freshman, finished his high school career with 395 tackles, 15 sacks, 46 tackles for loss and four interceptions. He anchored a strong defense last fall that played some of its best football in the postseason when he averaged 17 tackles per game as Loyalsock captured its first district championship since 2009.
While Webb powered the defense, Watkins fueled an explosive offense. The junior quarterback showed why he is receiving Division I interest, shattering several program records and throwing a touchdown pass in all 13 games. Watkins, a three-year starter, threw for a Loyalsock record 2,561 yards and 30 touchdowns while completing 57.9 percent of his passes. He also ran for 481 yards and a team-best 10 touchdowns. Watkins is climbing up the area career record book as well and has thrown for 5,235 yards and 59 touchdowns during his first three seasons.
Watkins did not have Ross to throw to as a freshman because Ross did not play that season. Despite that, Ross made enormous strides as a junior last fall, becoming just the third 1,000-yard receiver in Loyalsock history. Ross went from catching 10 passes as a sophomore to finishing with 58 catches for 1,038 yards and a program-record 14 touchdowns. Ross’s 14 touchdowns were the third-highest by an area receiver in the 2000s and he averaged 17.9 yards per catch. Ross also became the program’s first 1,000-yard receiver since 2007 and scored in nine different games.
Newton complemented Ross in the passing game as a big-play threat, but did his most damage shutting down opposing receivers. The senior cornerback provided blanket coverage throughout the season and finished tied for the district interception lead with seven. Newton consistently took the opponent’s best receiver out of the game and intercepted three passes in a 35-6 district championship win at Danville.
Lewisburg gave Loyalsock a battle in the district semifinals and Farronato was a big reason why. Lewisburg’s version of a swiss army knife, Farronato did damage as a receiver, safety and special teams ace and earned all-state honors at the athlete position. The junior wide receiver missed 2 1/2 games with a shoulder injury, but still finished with 33 catches for 647 yards and seven touchdowns. The area’s active leader in receptions with 95 may be even better on defense and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Farronato also averaged 33.8 yards per punt and placed four inside the 20-yard line.
Poust helped Muncy become a district and NTL-II champion the past two seasons and capped his stellar scholastic career with his best season yet. The two-time all-state defensive end led District 4 in sacks, finishing with 11 1/2. Poust also made 23 tackles for loss and averaged 7.6 tackles per game. He had 4 1/2 sacks in a big early-season win at Montgomery and had 20 1/2 sacks, along with 48 tackles for loss the past two seasons.
Ward has the potential to become a multi-time all-state selection like Poust after earning all-state wide receiver honors. The explosive sophomore broke Canton records with 51 catches for 925 yards and five touchdowns. Ward was second only to Williamsport’s Marcus Simmons in catches and yards during the regular season. Ward also put together one of the best performances by a wide receiver in area history when he caught 13 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns against District 4 Class A champion Wyalusing.