Each week during the 2017 high school football season, each member of our team — plus those working behind the scenes at 4th Down Magazine — will pass out game balls to top performers.
Here we’ll run players selected from The Sentinel’s coverage area. For the full list from our partners at 4th Down Magazine, visit the website at https://4thdownmagazine.com/ or download the 4DM app on Google Play or in the Apple Store by searching “4th Down.”
From 4th Down Staff
Charlie Katshir, WR/DB, Cumberland Valley: You could argue that Katshir’s work off the ball is equally important to Cumberland Valley’s success. Because of his big-play ability, defenses have been forced to locate No. 2 on the field at all times. That was true again Friday, although CD East had a difficult time avoided Katshir’s “reach” all night at Chapman Field. When the dust settled in this District 3 Class 6A quarterfinal, Katshir had delivered five receptions for 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In addition, the Penn State recruit picked off three passes, halting any chance for the Panthers to keep the Eagles in sight. Cumberland Valley advanced to the semifinal round opposite Hempfield via its 62-9 victory over the Panthers.
From Andy Shay
Adam Houser, RB/DB, Shippensburg: Two weeks in a row for me giving Houser a call. He was the best two-way player on the field in the District 3 playoff loss to Bishop McDevitt. You knew in the second half he was the first option in both the run and pass game and the Crusaders still had a very tough time keeping him in check. Houser finished with 6 grabs for 140 yards, including a 66-yard catch-and-run that led to a touchdown, and added 40 yards on the ground. He also made five solo tackles on defense and kept the Crusaders from breaking off at least three long runs with stellar solo tackles.
Jared Plessinger, QB, Cumberland Valley: There is a perfect number for a quarterback in the Wing-T offense when it’s putting points on the scoreboard. Plessinger’s 7 of 9 for 179 yards and three touchdowns is dead solid Wing-T perfect for a quarterback. No surprise the Eagles hung 62 points on CD East with those numbers. Plessinger has put together a solid season, despite missing a game because of a suspension. His touchdown passes of 23, 28 and 42 yards back up a rushing attack that piled up 336 yards. If he completes 7 of 10 passes the rest of this postseason, the Eagles will be almost impossible to beat.
From Geoff Morrow
Noah Alejandro, RB; Trent Fries, LB; Payton Morris, QB, East Pennsboro: With usual star RB Onasis Neely not quite 100 percent (but still very much the focus of Susquehannock’s defense), the Panthers rolled into the District 3 Class 3A semifinals on the strength of great balance, with some outstanding individual efforts as well. Alejandro, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior, gave the running game a different look by rushing eight times for a career-high 147 yards and three scores. Morris, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior, mixed 14 of 17 passes to five different receivers for 125 yards and a TD, while also rushing for 18 yards and another score. And Fries, in addition to two catches for 20 yards as a tight end, was a beast on defense with seven tackles, a sack and another TFL, drawing praise from the Warriors’ coach as unblockable after East Penn’s 45-14 victory.