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District 11 Top Returning Players – Week 4

Written by: on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022. Follow Duke Helm on Twitter.


DISTRICT 11 NOTES (week 4):  


Five running backs are now over 500 yards rushing for the season.  District leader Alex Achenbach of Williams Valley leads the group with 572 yards.  Michael Pascoe of Panther Valley is next with 540 yards.  He’s followed by Cade Sawyer of Southern Lehigh (536 yards), Aiden Myers of Schuylkill Haven (510 yards) and Matt Machalik of Palmerton (507 yards).  Achenbach and Cade Christopher of Northwestern lead the District as both players have scored 10 td’s this season.  Christopher, Sawyer, and Nigel Linton of Whitehall all went over 1,000 yards rushing for their careers last week.  Christopher also has 1,079 career receiving yards.


Matt Machalik of Palmerton threw for a school record 305 yards and 4 td’s in their win over Jim Thorpe.  He just set the record last with when he threw for 302 yards.  Machalik also rushed for 230 yards and scored 3 td’s.  Machalik became the first player in District 11 to throw for 300 yards and rush for 200 yards in the same game.  Brendan Nosovitch of Central Catholic was the closest player to accomplish this when he threw for 418 yards and rushed for 183 yards in a 49-27 win over Archbishop Wood in the state semifinal game in 2010.  Nosovitch threw 5 td passes and scored 2 td’s in the game. Machalik also tied the school record again with his 4 td passes.  Matt Falcone was the first Bomber to throw 4 td’s vs North Schuylkill in 2008.  Garrett Perschy threw 4 td’s vs Notre Dame in 2014 and against Pen Argyl in 2016.  Machalik leads the District with his 1,041 yards passing and 13 td passes and also went over 3,000 yards (3,013) and 30 td’s passes (31) in his career.  Sammy Sasso of Nazareth has the 2 highest total with 890 yards.  Sasso along with Isaac Whiteash of Williams Valley, Trey Dogmantis of Whitehall and Trevor Minalda of North Schuylkill have all thrown 9 td passes this season.  Minalda threw 4 td’s last week vs Tamaqua.  Jake Fotta of Emmaus threw 2 td passes and teammate Josiah Williams threw 4 td passes in their win over ES North.  Williams threw for 184 yards putting him over 2,000 yards for his career (2,089).  Williams also tied the school record for td passes in a game with 4.  Rollie Houseknecht was the first Green Hornet to throw 4 in a game way back in 1951 vs Whitehall.  Avery Koser of Southern Lehigh had a perfect night in their win over Palisades as he went 10 for 10 for 245 yards and 2 td’s while also rushing for 130 yards and 2 td’s.  Luke Thomas of Bethlehem Catholic threw for 243 yards and a td in their win over Liberty.


Dalton Drake of Palmerton caught 8 passes for a school record 189 yards vs Jim Thorpe.  Steve Endres held the old record when he had 153 yards vs Northern Lehigh in 1989.  Joey Flail of North Schuylkill caught 3 td passes last week in their win over Tamaqua and now has 5 on the season and 22 for his career.  Conner Dillon of Tamaqua leads the District in reception yardage (441 yards) and td receptions (7).  Dillon had his 3rd game in a row with over 100 yards receiving and 2 td receptions.  Damian Tyminski leads the District with 29 catches.  Ian Rarick of Lehighton follows Tyminski with 25 catches and Jack Kocher of Whitehall is 3rd with 23 catches.  Tyminski and Rarrick both have 392 yards receiving which is good for 2nd place in the District.  Mason Kuehner of Nazareth went over 1,000 yards receiving for his career last week vs Freedom.  Kuehner, a junior, has caught 64 passes for 1,044 yards and 9 td’s so far in his career.  Eric Wert of Bethlehem caught 7 passes for 154 yards vs Liberty and now has 80 career receptions.


With Conner Dillon of Tamaqua having 3 consecutive games in a row with 2 td receptions, what is the District record for 2 or more in consecutive games?  It is 6 games in a row.  Dan Cason of East Stroudsburg South caught 2 td passes in each of the first 6 games in 2009.  Cason would finish the season catching 57 passes for 1,095 yards and 20 td’s.

2022 single-game highs: ( ) is the week the player accomplished the stat

Single Game Touchdowns (4)

5 (1) Alex Achenbach (Williams Valley)

5 (3) Steven Lilly (Palisades)  *Ties School Record*

4 (1) Cade Christopher (Northwestern)

4 (1) Caiden Schaffer (Central Catholic)

4 (2) Aiden Myers (Schuylkill Haven)

4 (3) Danny Darno (Notre Dame)

Single Game Rushing Yardage (200)

315 (2) Aiden Myers (Schuylkill Haven)

305 (1), 241 (2) Alex Achenbach (Williams Valley)

221 (3) Danny Darno (Notre Dame)

217 (1) Cade Christopher (Northwestern)

217 (3) Clarence Watkins (Allen)

216 (1) Lane Lehman (Pine Grove)

208 (3) Luke DeRiggi (PM West)

203 (1) Michael Pascoe (Panther Valley)

200 (2) Cade Sawyer (Southern Lehigh)

Single Game Passing Yardage (200)

338 (1) Will Jacobson (Blue Mountain)  *School Record*

305 (4), 302 (3) Matt Machalik (Palmerton)  *School Record*

294 (1), 202 (4) Sonny Sasso (Nazareth)

292 (3) Brad Rissmiller (Pen Argyl)

256 (1) Colby Mitchell (ES South)

255 (2), 247 (1) Brady O’Donnell (Lehighton)

247 (3) Jake Fotta (Emmaus)

245 (4) Avery Koser (Southern Lehigh)

243 (4) Luke Thomas (Bethlehem Catholic)

236 (3) Trey Dogmantis (Whitehall)

233 (2) Danny Darno (Notre Dame)

225 (3) Isaac Whiteash (Williams Valley)

215 (1) Ben Kreitzer (Nativity)

200 (1) Travis Riefenstahl (Saucon Valley)

Single Game TD Passes (4)

4 (1), 4 (4) Matt Machalik (Palmerton)  *Ties School Record*

4 (1) Travis Riefenstahl (Saucon Valley)

4 (1) Colby Mitchell (ES South)

4 (3) Isaac Whiteash (Williams Valley)

4 (4) Trevor Minalda (North Schuylkill)

4 (4) Josiah Williams (Emmaus)  *Ties School Record*

Single Game Receptions (10)

13 (1) Damian Tyminski (Pen Argyl)  *School Record*

11 (1) Nick Ryan (Shenandoah Valley)

10 (2) Ian Rarick (Lehighton)

10 (2) Justin Yescavage (Jim Thorpe)

Single Game Reception Yardage (140)

202 (1) Nick Ryan (Shenandoah Valley)

189 (4) Dalton Drake (Palmerton)  *School Record*

166 (1) Nekhi Spencer (ES South)

158 (1) Mason Kuehner (Nazareth)

156 (2) Ian Rarick (Lehighton)

154 (4) Eric Wert (Bethlehem Catholic)

Single Game Reception TD’s (3)

3 (1) Nekhi Spencer (ES South)

3 (3) Brady Evans (Williams Valley)

3 (4) Joey Flail (North Schuylkill)  *Ties School Record*

Field Goals (40 yards)

42 Griffin Mitstifer (Parkland)

District 11 Season Leaders

Rushing (425)

572 Alex Achenbach (Williams Valley)

540 Mike Pascoe (Panther Valley)

536 Cade Sawyer (Southern Lehigh)

512 Cade Christopher (Northwestern)

510 Aiden Myers (Schuylkill Haven)

507 Matt Machalik (Palmerton)

490 Sal Capria (Jim Thorpe)

454 Matt Martin (Marian Catholic)

433 Steven Lilly (Palisades)

432 Jalen Fletcher (Freedom)

426 Danny Darno (Notre Dame)

Touchdowns (8)

10 Alex Achenbach (Williams Valley)

10 Cade Christopher (Northwestern)

  9 Matt Machalik (Palmerton)

  9 Caiden Schaffer (Central Catholic)

  9 Caden Henritzy (Northampton)

  8 Conner Dillon (Tamaqua)

  8 Josh Ludlow (Notre Dame)

  8 Danny Darno (Notre Dame)

  8 Jarod Moore (Pleasant Valley)

Passing Yards (600)

1041 Matt Machalik (Palmerton)

  890 Sonny Sasso (Nazareth)

  773 Travis Riefenstahl (Saucon Valley)

  715 Danny Darno (Notre Dame)

  697 Trey Dogmantis (Whitehall)

  688 Brad Rissmiller (Pen Argyl)

  664 Ben Kreitzer (Nativity)

  663 Avery Koser (Southern Lehigh)

  643 Luke Thomas (Bethlehem Catholic)

  627 Brady O’Donnell (Lehighton)

  623 Trevor Minalda (North Schuylkill)

  609 Isaac Whiteash (Williams Valley)


Touchdown Passes (8)

13 Matt Machalik (Palmerton)

  9 Isaac Whiteash (Williams Valley)

  9 Sammy Sasso (Nazareth)

  9 Trey Dogmantis (Whitehall)

  9 Trevor Minalda (North Schuylkill)

  8 Avery Koser (Southern Lehigh)

Receptions (18)

29 Damian Tyminski (Pen Argyl)

25 Ian Rarick (Lehighton)

23 Jack Kocher (Whitehall)

21 Nick Ryan (Shenandoah Valley)

20 Jareel Calhoun (Central Catholic)

18 Eric Wert (Bethlehem Catholic)

18 Nolan Lobb (Nazareth)

18 Noah Dolbin (Nativity)

18 Dalton Drake (Palmerton)

Reception Yardage (350)

441 Conner Dillon (Tamaqua)

392 Ian Rarick (Lehighton)

392 Damian Tyminski (Pen Argyl)

390 Noah Dolbin (Nativity)

375 Brady Evans (Williams Valley)

364 Dalton Drake (Palmerton)

Reception Touchdowns (5)

7 Conner Dillon (Tamaqua)

5 Brady Evans (Williams Valley)

5 Joey Flail (North Schuylkill)

5 Nolan Lobb (Nazareth)

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