2013 All-Sentinel Football
Coach of the Year: Michael Whitehead, Cumberland Valley
Offensive Player of the Year: Andrew Ford, Sr., QB, Cedar Cliff
•Andrew Ford, Sr., Quarterback, Cedar Cliff: Ford made it easy to see why so many colleges were calling his name. The Virginia Tech recruit followed up a breakout junior season with another stellar season, using precision to consistently put up big numbers week after week. Ford finished the season 160-for-237 (67.5 percent) for a Sentinel-area best 2,761 yards and 36 touchdowns, all while sitting out a few fourth quarters because of big leads. What might have been most valuable from Ford was his ability to make those around him better, as the Colts had five players catch for at least 300 yards and four touchdowns.
•Tyler Updegraff, Sr., Running back, Cumberland Valley: After emerging onto the scene late last season, Updegraff continued to cause fits for oppositions out of the Eagles’ Wing-T, entering tonight with the second highest rushing total in the Sentinel area with 1,407 yards, adding nine touchdowns to the mix. With classmate Tyler Heisey as the power back in the offense, Updegraff provided the speed in the backfield, averaging six yards per carry. He also reeled in two touchdown passes, bringing his total through 13 games to 11 scores.
•John Ford, Sr., Running back, Red Land: Don’t let Ford’s small stature fool you, he can bring it with the best of them. As the premiere player for the Patriots, the senior back was second in the area with 206 carries, while taking care of the punt and kick return duties as well. That didn’t slow him down though, as he tallied a Sentinel-area best 1,450 yards on the ground — seven yards per carry — in just 10 games for 15 touchdowns.
•Brandon Kuntz, Sr., Wide receiver, Trinity: It may have been a down year for the Shamrocks, but not because Kuntz struggled. As the main weapon in Trinity’s offense, the senior was often double or triple teamed, yet still was able to make plays that would make college defensive backs miss. He finished the regular season third in the state with 1,136 yards receiving on 66 catches, good for an average of 17.2 yards per. On an offense that at times had trouble finding the end zone, Kuntz finished with 13 touchdown receptions.
•Chase May, Sr., Wide receiver, West Perry: Earning his second-straight All-Sentinel nod is hardly the only accolade May had this fall. The senior broke the school record for career receiving yards and touchdown receptions, all while finishing his final year as a Mustang with 817 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 58 catches on the year. His receiving yards were good for second in the area through 11 games.
•Swahneek Brown, Sr., Wide receiver, Mechanicsburg: Coach Chris Hakel was right on when he pointed out Brown as a player to watch this season. The senior Brown was a leader of the Wildcats’ high-scoring offense, reeling in 44 catches for 808 yards and 15 touchdowns, the most TD receptions in the Sentinel area in the regular season. In 10 games, he tied for the second most touchdowns with 19. Brown was a threat to score no matter where he was lined up, including on defense, where he returned a fumble recovery 58 yards for a score.
•Noah Davis, Sr., Offensive line, Boiling Springs: Without much size around him, Davis helped get the Bubblers offense going by providing ample protection up front. With the help of Davis and Co., Boiling Springs rushed for more than 1,500 yards, almost 300 yards more than in 2012.
•Cody Brymesser, Sr., Offensive line, Cumberland Valley: Brymesser was a big part of a senior-laden offensive line for the Eagles that paved the way for Updegraff and Heisey, helping both accumulate more than 890 yards on the ground.
•Brent Wagner, Sr., Offensive line, Cumberland Valley: Wagner set the tone for the Eagles line as the leader in the middle. From helping ease in new quarterback Chris Galbraith to clearing the way for 2,960 rushing yards in 13 games (227.7 yards per game), Wagner was an integral part of Cumberland Valley’s roster.
•Ben Bischof, Sr., Offensive line, East Pennsboro: The Panthers didn’t make the playoffs, but still enjoyed plenty of success in 2013, running off seven wins. Bischof was one of the leaders of senior-heavy roster, helping clear the way for 2,112 total rushing yards.
•Spencer VanScyoc, Sr., Offensive line, Shippensburg: The Colonial Division loves to run the ball and the Greyhounds were no different. Even with the loss of a few big names up front, Shippensburg had plenty of success on the ground, thanks largely to VanScyoc. Lining up at center, the senior helped clear room for four 300-yard rushers, as the Greyhounds totaled 2,561 yards on the ground.
•Ben Dubas, Sr., Kicker, Mechanicsburg: A steady kicker can be hard to come by in high school, but the Wildcats had no such issue with Dubas. The senior connected on 31 extra points, but more importantly knocked in four field goals, including the longest in the Sentinel area from 45 yards out.
Bill Williams, Fr., RB, Camp Hill
Noah Malone, Jr., WR, Cedar Cliff
Jake Scott, Sr., WR, Cedar Cliff
Kyler Smith, Sr., RB, Cedar Cliff
Sydney Tep, Sr., OL, Cedar Cliff
Tyler Heisey, Sr., RB, Cumberland Valley
Connor Long, So., K, Cumberland Valley
Nick Guida, Sr., RB/WR, East Pennsboro
John Linnehan, Sr., OL, East Pennsboro
Todd Stuter, Sr., RB, East Pennsboro
Shyheim Brown, So., RB, Mechanicsburg
Tyler Schubert, Jr., QB, Mechanicsburg
Zach Rollman, Jr., OL, Red Land
William Burt, Sr., RB, Shippensburg
Nick Morris, Sr., OL, Shippensburg
Chris Lehman, Jr., QB, West Perry
Defensive Player of the Year: Tyler Heisey, Sr., LB, Cumberland Valley
•Brady Morris, Sr., Defensive end, Cumberland Valley: One of a number of standouts on the CV defense, Morris helped control the line of scrimmage against some of the more ferocious offensive lines in the Mid-Penn. The senior was third on the Eagles with 90 tackles through 12 games, which is a big number for someone in the trenches. He also led the team with five sacks and was consistently a thorn in the side of quarterbacks attempting to pass.
•Nick Barowski, Sr. Defensive end, Cedar Cliff: A transfer into the Colts’ program, Barowski was one of the keys to the rapid turnaround of the Cedar Cliff defense that made them one of the top teams in District 3 all season. Whether at end or standing up as a linebacker, multiple opposing coaches said they had to plan their offense around where the senior would be in order to find any success against the Colts. Showed his reckless nature with a pair of fumble returns for scores on the year.
•Caleb Schnur, Sr., Defensive tackle, East Pennsboro: One of many seniors who anchored the Panthers this year, especially in the trenches. Schnur helped control the line of scrimmage for the East Penn defense that proved itself as one of the better sides in the area. Teams often ran the other way to find some space in the rushing game, and Schnur helped close down the pocket numerous times on opposing passers.
•Lucas Chestnut, Sr., Defensive tackle, Mechanicsburg: The wrestler certainly used his talents on the mat to his advantage in the trenches, becoming a handful for opposing offensive linemen. A lot of work fell his way in the Mid-Penn Keystone, as a large group of squads in the division loved to run the ball, putting pressure on Chestnut and his teammates to get a good push up front.
•Tyler Heisey, Sr., Linebacker, Cumberland Valley: The Commonwealth defensive MVP and our Defensive POY was a one-man wrecking ball on the CV defense. His 130 tackles through 12 games led the team, and despite going both ways and taking punishment as a fullback on offense, he still loved to dish it out on the other side of the ball. Heisey’s play helped the Eagles to their current five-game winning streak, as despite not putting up great numbers, the unit came up with big stop after big stop.
•Dylan Herb, Sr., Linebacker, Shippensburg: Coach Eric Foust singled out the play — and the leadership — of Herb on defense as a huge reason for the Greyhounds’ turnaround from 0-2 to 8-2. For his efforts, the ball-hawking backer was named the Colonial defensive MVP after helping his squad to a second straight division title. When not helping out on defense and special teams, Herb was found smack in the middle of the Ship defense, and often every tackle.
•Richard Settle, Sr., Linebacker, Northern: Tons of pressure on the senior as one of just two returning starters for the Polar Bears. His play in the middle helped the Dillsburg outfit to the fourth-best scoring average in the area despite the squad’s final record of 3-7. Thanks in large part to the defense, Garrett Mowery’s crew was right in every game until at least halftime, and was in eight of them until the waning moments.
•Ben Bischof, Sr., Linebacker, East Pennsboro: There was plenty of experience back on the Panther defense, but filling the slot of Cody Hollingsworth were some big shoes to step into. Bischof, who also played on the offensive line, did so admirably. The Panthers were top in the area, allowing just 14 points per game, and were once again a near-miss from the postseason. Five games had East Penn giving up just seven points or fewer, plus just 21 in overtime to Class A quarterfinalist Steel-High — a season-low for the Rollers.
•Dlron Simmons, Sr., Defensive back, Cumberland Valley: Big plays just seemed to find this CV corner, who often had the duty of matching up with the opposition’s top receiver. Simmons’ senior campaign is still going, but he has four interceptions on the season to go along with 30 tackles, which goes to show that he’s not afraid to step up in run support either. Not found in stats are his numerous pass breakups, which often came from him jumping the route of an open receiver to seemingly knock the ball away at the last second.
•Jake Scott, Sr., Defensive back, Cedar Cliff: Teams had to throw the ball against the Colts, as they found themselves behind on the scoreboard early and often. Despite flying around on the outside of the Cedar Cliff offense during its quick-strike drives, Scott found the energy to run with opposing receivers just as steadily. He often must have felt like a receiver on that side of the ball as well, as he came down with his fair share of interceptions, none bigger than the pair he snagged in the second half of the Colts’ win over Bishop McDevitt.
•Chase May, Sr., Defensive back, West Perry: The senior may be more well-known for his antics as a wide receiver — just check out the first-team offense — but his defensive play can’t be overlooked either. Whether lining up at corner, playing a center-fielder free safety or rolling up near the line of scrimmage, May seemed to be all around the ball. He wound up with just a pair of interceptions, but got his nose in on plenty of action, as he finished second on the team with 73 tackles to help boost a defense that put the clamps on opposing offenses in the final six games of the season.
•Storm Fridinger, Sr., Defensive back, Shippensburg: A mean center fielder in the middle of the Ship defensive backfield, Fridinger dared teams to try to throw overtop on the Greyhounds. That was often their only chance as well, as Ship rolled up early leads that forced run-heavy teams into throwing the ball. Speaking of the run game, those grind-it-out Colonial Division teams had an extra defender to deal with on first and second downs as well, as the senior had no problem creeping up toward the line in support of his front seven.
•John Ford, Sr., Kick returner, Red Land: Everyone knows how dangerous Ford was with the ball in his hands and the tiniest sliver of light between a pair of offensive linemen. Now picture him on the receiving end of a punt or kickoff, with no would-be tackler within 15 yards of him. That helped set up plenty of chances for the Red Land offense, and more than a few times, the offense didn’t even need to touch the field. The senior easily led the way locally with four return touchdowns, including one of at least 87 yards in each of the first three weeks of the season.
Dakota Detwiler, Sr., DL, Boiling Springs
Tyler Wise, Sr., DB, Boiling Springs
Marshall Durham, Sr., DL, Camp Hill
Kyler Smith, Sr., LB, Cedar Cliff
Tim Spinelli, Jr., LB, Cumberland Valley
Tyler Updegraff, Sr., DB, Cumberland Valley
Matt Landry, Sr., DL, East Pennsboro
Ian McMaster, Sr., DL, East Pennsboro
Todd Stuter, Sr., LB, East Pennsboro
Ryan Turpin, Sr., DB, East Pennsboro
Austin Egolf, Sr., DL, Northern
Brad Cleary, Sr., DL, Shippensburg
Mason Cramer, Sr., DL, Shippensburg
Hunter Lesher, Sr., DL, West Perry
Dalton Megonnell, Sr., LB, West Perry
Nate Sites, Sr., DB, West Perry