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District 11 Top returning players 2018 Week 4

Written by: on Friday, September 21st, 2018. Follow Staff on Twitter.


DISTRICT 11 NOTES (week 4):   

by Duke Helm


Ian Csicsek of Saucon Valley rushed for over 200 yards for the 2nd week in a row when he netted 289 yards and 4 td’s in their win over Salisbury.  Csicsek moves up to 2nd place in the District behind Ryan Clark of ES South.  He earns a spot on to the chart with 1,193 career rushing yards.  Clark leads the District with 881 rushing yards and 14 total td’s.  Trey Gretzinger of Palisades is 3rd with 749 yards and has scored 13 td’s which is one behind Clark and one ahead of Csicsek.  Nick Breiner of Tamaqua scored 3 td’s in their win over Panther Valley to set the school’s career td record.  Breiner now has 49 td’s breaking the record of 48 td’s that Alex Zukus compiled from 2000-03.  Kaleb Monaco of PM West rushed for 239 yards and 4 td’s vs Allen and also scored a 5th td on a 20-yard interception.



Chris Whiteman of Lehighton threw for 269 yards and 3 td’s in their win over Marian Catholic.  Whiteman now has 918 yards passing on the season with 9 td passes.  He moves onto the chart with 1,154 career passing yards.  Cole DeFranco of Notre Dame passed for 256 yards and 3 td’s in their win over Palmerton.  DeFranco went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season and has a District leading 1,186 yards and 13 td passes.  He’s still in 5th place all-time on the District career passing yardage list with 7,649 yards.  DeFranco has thrown 69 career td passes and moves into a 9th place tie with Jake Cirillo of ES South (2013-16).  Dylan Rinker of PM East had another 200-yard game when he threw for 234 yards in their win over Dieruff and now has 753 yards this year.   Deven Bollinger threw 2 td passes in their win over Wilson and now joins the “40 td” club.  The junior has exactly 40 career td passes.  Ethan Parvel of Emmaus also joins the “40 td” club.  He threw 3 td passes in their win over Pleasant Valley and now has 42 in his career.  Anthony Harris of Nazareth completed 24 passes for 256 yards in their loss to Freedom.  Harris has 801 yards passing on the season which is currently 3rd best in the District.   First-year starter Daulton Leedy of Tri-Valley had his 2nd 200-yard passing game when he threw for 233 yards in their win over Pine Grove.  Whitehall’s junior qb Anthony Nanoah had his 1st 200-yard game with his 225 yards in their win over Central Catholic.  Todd Erney of Liberty went over 2,000 yards passing for his career (2,113).



Joe Herman of Whitehall caught 3 passes for 177 yards with all 3 going for td’s.  That’s the 2nd time in his career he’s accomplished that.  Last year in week 3 vs Nazareth he caught 3 passes for 119 yards with all 3 going for td’s.  Herman is now on the chart with 555 career receiving yards.  He has 21 career catches with 9 going for td’s.  Sophomore Jesse Engle of Williams Valley has 7 catches this year (and his career) with 6 going for td’s.  He’s averaging 33.4 yards per catch.  Nazareth’s Tommy Manos caught 8 passes last week and now leads the District with 28.  David Sanders of Notre Dame caught another td pass last week and leads the District with 7 overall.  Sanders and teammate Isaiah Dejesus are tied for 2nd place with 27 catches each.  Zack Crum of Lehighton had another big night when he caught 7 passes for 152 yards and 2 td’s.  He now has 22 catches for 474 yards and 4 td’s on the season.  Nick Lucian of Bethlehem Catholic caught 4 passes for 155 yards and 2 td’s in their win over Parkland.  Jessiah Woods of Dieruff caught 5 passes for 141 yards and a td vs PM East.  He’s on the chart now with 41 career catches for 684 yards and 4 td’s.



Devin Bartholomew of Parkland booted a school record 48-yard field goal vs Bethlehem Catholic last week.  He broke the previous record of 44 yards that Phil Frassinelli kicked in a 44-6 win over Emmaus in 1995.  Devon Troxell of Catasauqua kicked a 43-yard field goal vs Palisades last week.



Ron Hassler of Catasauqua known more for his coaching basketball in the Lehigh Valley including being inducted into the LV hall of fame was also a pretty good football player.  Hassler caught a td pass in a school record 8 straight games and had a total of 10 td catches in the 1973 ten game season.  The only 2 games he didn’t catch a td pass were in game 1 vs Salisbury against do everything Mark Weaver and in game 10 vs Northampton.  The K-Kids controlled most of the clock with the running of Dave Novogratz and Steve Clemons.  Nine of the 10 td catches were thrown by his cousin Barry Kennedy who was just a freshman.  As a junior, Hassler caught 25 passes from future Lehigh qb Mike Reiker but didn’t have a td catch all season.  Hassler went on to play at Moravian College.


In 1971 during the day on Friday, October 22nd a small plane flew over Nazareth high school and dropped 2,000 green and white paper bombs and 1,000 “surrender” leaflets asking the Blue Eagles to give up before it plays Pen Argyl on Saturday night at Andy Leh Stadium.



2018 single game highs: ( ) is the week the player accomplished the stat (yellow highlighter = last week)


Single Game Touchdowns (4)

6 (2), 4 (3) Ryan Clark (ES South)  *Ties School Record*

5 (2) Trey Gretzinger (Palisades)  *School Record*

5 (2) Kobe Brish (Schuylkill Haven)

5 (4) Kaleb Monaco (PM West)

4 (1) David Sanders (Notre Dame)

4 (2), 4 (4) Ian Csicsek (Saucon Valley)

4 (2) CJ Selby (Jim Thorpe)


Single Game Rushing Yardage (200)

328 (2) Kobe Brish (Schuylkill Haven)

326 (3), 263 (1) Ryan Clark (ES South)

289 (4), 210 (3) Ian Csicsak (Saucon Valley)

261 (1) Trey Gretzinger (Palisades)

257 (3), 232 (1) Logan Bachman (Central Catholic)

248 (2) Ethan Brader (Palisades)

239 (4) Kaleb Monaco (PM West)

221 (1) CJ Selby (Jim Thorpe)

220 (1) Zach Chowansky (North Schuylkill)

212 (1) Jaden Leiby (North Schuylkill)

209 (3) Ben Kramer (Blue Mountain)


Single Game Passing Yardage (200)

380 (2), 269 (4) Chris Whiteman (Lehighton)  *School Record*

361 (1), 337 (2), 256 (4), 232 (3) Cole DeFranco (Notre Dame)

269 (3), 234 (4), 223 (2) Dylan Rinker (PM East)  *School Record*

256 (4), 201 (1) Anthony Harris (Nazareth)

252 (2) Jared Jenkins (Freedom)

250 (2) Ethan Reis (Panther Valley)

233 (4), 208 (1) Daulton Leedy (Tri-Valley)

225 (4) Anthony Nanoah (Whitehall)

223 (3) Bo Meyers (Bangor)

209 (3) Aiden Stanton (Pottsville)



Single Game TD Passes (4)

5 (1) Jared Jenkins (Freedom)  *School Record*

5 (1) Cole DeFranco (Notre Dame)  *Ties School Record*

4 (3) Levi Engle (Williams Valley)

4 (3) Aiden Stanton (Pottsville)

4 (3) Zamar Brake (Bethlehem Catholic)


Single Game Receptions (10)

10 (2) David Sanders (Notre Dame)  *Ties School Record*


Single Game Reception Yardage (140)

192 (2), 191 (1) David Sanders (Notre Dame)  *School Record*

179 (2) Blake White (Panther Valley)

177 (4) Joe Herman (Whitehall)

155 (4) Nick Lucian (Bethlehem Catholic)

152 (4), 141 (2) Zack Crum (Lehighton)

151 (1) Christian Sapp (ES South)

141 (4) Jessiah Woods (Dieruff)


Single Game Reception TD’s (3)

4 (1) David Sanders (Notre Dame)

3 (3) Matt Stianche (Bethlehem Catholic)

3 (4) Joe Herman (Whitehall)


Field Goal Distance (40)

48 (4) Devin Bartholomew (Parkland)  *School Record*

43 (4) Devon Troxell (Catasauqua)

42 (1) Rustin Seyle (Central Catholic)

41 (3) Rustin Seyle (Central Catholic)



District 11 Season Leaders


Rushing (475)

881 Ryan Clark (ES South)

822 Ian Csicsak (Saucon Valley)

749 Trey Gretzinger (Palisades)

698 Jaden Leiby (North Schuylkill)

691 Logan Bachman (Central Catholic)

610 Kaleb Monaco (PM West)

600 Ryan Schreffler (Pottsville Nativity)

585 Ben Kramer (Blue Mountain)

583 CJ Selby (Jim Thorpe)

559 Ethan Brader (Palisades)

517 Zach Chowansky (North Schuylkill)

495 Nick Breiner (Tamaqua)

484 Kobe Brish (Schuylkill Haven)


Touchdowns (8)

14 Ryan Clark (ES South)

13 Trey Gretzinger (Palisades)

12 Ian Csicsek (Saucon Valley)

11 CJ Selby (Jim Thorpe)

9 Nick Breiner (Tamaqua)

9 Harold Reynolds (Easton)

8 Dalton Kintzel (Pine Grove)

8 Kaleb Monaco (PM West)


Passing Yards (600)

1186 Cole DeFranco (Notre Dame)

918 Chris Whiteman (Lehighton)

801 Anthony Harris (Nazareth)

753 Dylan Rinker (PM East)

687 Lawson Bray (PM West)

644 Daulton Leedy (Tri-Valley)

626 Jared Jenkins (Freedom)

601 Nathan Nimeh (Easton)


Touchdown Passes (8)

13 Cole DeFranco (Notre Dame)

10 Levi Engle (Williams Valley)

11 Jared Jenkins (Freedom)

9 Anthony Harris (Nazareth)

9 Chris Whiteman (Lehighton)

8 Hunter Luckenbill (Blue Mountain)

8 Ethan Parvel (Emmaus)

8 Deven Bollinger (Northwestern)

8 Nathan Nimeh (Easton)

Receptions (16)

28 Tommy Manos (Nazareth)

27 David Sanders (Notre Dame)

27 Isaiah Dejesus (Notre Dame)

24 Tristan Hillman (PM East)

22 Zack Crum (Lehighton)

19 Allen Negrete (Whitehall)

16 Blake White (Panther Valley)


Reception Yardage (300)

547 David Sanders (Notre Dame)

474 Zack Crum (Lehighton)

353 Isaiah Dejesus (Notre Dame)

328 Tommy Manos (Nazareth)

311 Kenny Pettiford (PM West)


Reception Touchdowns (5)

7 David Sanders (Notre Dame)

6 Jesse Engle (Williams Valley)

5 Jason Dean (Blue Mountain)

5 Nate Stefanik (Nazareth)


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