Nine local players named to Writers’ all-state team
Nine players from the Mirror’s coverage area were named to the 2019 Pa. Football Writers’ Class 1A All-State Team Friday afternoon.
Four of those players — Keegan Myrick (DB), Brady Bithell (OL), Andrew Yanoshak (DL) and Zach McCloskey (LB) — are from PIAA Class 1A runner-up Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic.
“It’s incredible. These guys definitely deserve the honor,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said. “Our guys are great players, and it’s always great to see the state recognize our guys.”
Myrick, Yanoshak and McCloskey are all juniors. Myrick had six interceptions as a defensive back and rushed for the Mirror coverage area high 1,777 yards. Yanoshak led the Mirror’s area with 20 sacks, and McCloskey led the Marauders with 140 tackles.
Bithell is a senior who signed with Robert Morris to play college football earlier this month.
“It’s icing on the cake for Brady,” Wheeler said. “He was an incredible athlete for us and kept the Division I scholarship streak up for us. To leave as an all-state player for us, I think it’s fitting.”
Juniata Valley and Tussey Mountain each have two representatives on the team. Seniors Grant Musser (defensive athlete) and Jacob Hensor (DB) made it for the Green Hornets, and senior Tyler Rhodes (offensive athlete) and junior Chad Morningstar (DE) made it for the Titans.
“It’s proof that hard work and dedication pays off,” Juniata Valley coach Bill Musser said. “Both of those young men worked extremely hard in the weight room, and Grant was one of our leaders both in season and out of season. I can’t even imagine if we had Jacob for another year what his limits could have been.”
Musser had 80 tackles, nine sacks and a pair of interceptions, and Hensor had 10 interceptions. Rhodes had 1,034 yards rushing and 37 catches for 720 yards, and Morningstar recorded 118 tackles and 12 sacks.
“Both kids are incredible football players,” Tussey Mountain coach Anthony Sottasante said. “Even more than that, from a character standpoint and a work ethic standpoint, they are about as good as any kid I have ever coached. I think both of them have their best football ahead of them.”
Claysburg-Kimmel was also represented on the team by Seth Musselman at linebacker. He finished with 140 tackles (79 solo) and an interception.
“He’s done everything for our program the last couple years,” Claysburg-Kimmel coach Matt Bilchak. “We’ve used him in so many different roles, and it’s reflective that people across the state recognized his hard work. I’m really proud of him and what he’s done for our program.”