BG gets three on all-state first team
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic led the way with three selections on the Pa. Football Writers All-State team announced Tuesday afternoon.
Seniors Keegan Myrick (RB), Andrew Yanoshak (DL) and Cameron Maloney (DL) were all honored for the second consecutive season on the Class 1A team.
“All three are back-to-back all-state players, which is really a testament to how great they have been for their careers at BG,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said. “They have really been able to lead us to district titles and state success. It’s great to see them recognized for their ability at the state level.”
Myrick rushed for 1,141 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 277 yards and another score for the District 6 champions. Yanoshak and Maloney were part of a stout defensive line that allowed a core Mirror coverage area low of 9.2 points per game.
Williamsburg’s Tyler Clark, who finished with the sixth-most tackles in Class 1A in Pennsylvania and earned all-Inter-County Conference honors, was selected to the team as a linebacker after leading the Blue Pirates to their first postseason win since 1989.
“I’m extremely proud of him, especially after what he had to deal with last year,” Williamsburg coach Ryan Hileman said. “He was injured for most of the season last year but played through it. To see him come back and play the way he did all year and earn all-state honors is a real tribute to the work he put in during the offseason.”
Rounding out the area’s representation on the Class 1A team were Glendale offensive lineman Colt Bickford and Tussey Mountain’s Chad Morningstar — both first-team ICC all-stars.
“Colt is a special type of athlete whose best football is still ahead,” Glendale coach “Spank” Trexler said. “He is a young athlete who is just beginning to develop physically. He has natural strength, understands leverage and is very agile. His skill set will allow him to play various positions as he moves on to the next level. In addition to his physical skills, he is very intelligent on the field and in the classroom. He understands the game and leads in various ways to make himself and those around him better. Above all, he is as kind and good-hearted person that I have ever worked with, and I am excited for the great things ahead for him.”
Morningstar had six sacks and 32 tackles for loss for the Titans, who finished as the District 5 Class 1A runner-up.
Bellwood-Antis running back Zach Mallon, who led the Mirror’s core coverage area with 1,145 yards rushing and scored 132 points, landed on the Class 2A team as an athlete.
“He’s able to do a lot of things,” Bellwood-Antis coach Nick Lovrich said. “He has good size, good speed and he has some power. He catches the ball well. We did a lot of things with him. He was our punter, and at the end of the year he was kicking for us. He did a lot of really big things to help our success this year.”
Joining Mallon on the 2A team were a pair of Chestnut Ridge players in Logan Pfister (QB) and Matt Whysong (WR) as well as Cambria Heights linebacker Ian Eckenrode.
“He had a great year this year, and every award he gets is well deserved,” Cambria Heights coach Jarrod Lewis said. “He works extremely hard, and he’s probably the smartest player I have ever coached. He was a coach on the field, and I’m happy to see a kid like that who really loves football and puts in the time get rewarded like he has this year.”
Pfister finished with 1,554 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air and added 783 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground for the Lions. Whysong, only a junior, was his favorite target with 46 catches for 798 yards and seven touchdowns.
A pair of Mountain League rivals highlighted the Class 3A selections.
Central sophomore quarterback Jeff Hoenstine, who led the area with 1,823 yards and 23 touchdown passes while leading his team to a District 6 championship, and Tyrone senior wide receiver Damon Gripp, who had a Mirror core coverage area high of 55 catches for 983 yards and eight touchdowns in just eight games, made the squad.
“I have had some great receivers over the years at both Altoona and Tyrone, and Damon ranks up there with the best,” Tyrone coach John Franco said. “He does everything well. His routes are excellent, he had great speed and tremendous hands. He makes plays. He’s a very intense player, and he’s a playmaker who is clutch.”
Hoenstine’s 23 touchdowns tied a Scarlet Dragons’ single-season record.
“He led our team to a great season, and he was one of the main reasons we were successful,” Central coach Dave Baker said. “He deserves whatever honors he gets. He worked as hard as anyone ever has to get to where he is.”
Bedford, which defeated Central on its way to the PIAA semifinals, had two players honored.
Junior quarterback Mercury Swaim, who passed for 1,578 yards and 18 touchdowns and ran for 1,141 yards and 18 more scores, made the team as an athlete. Steven Ressler, one of Swaim’s top targets with 54 catches for 824 yards, made it as a defensive back where he had a pair of interceptions and forced two fumbles.
The Class 4A, 5A and 6A teams will be announced today.