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District 11 Top Returning Players 2016 Week 6

Written by: on Thursday, October 6th, 2016. Follow Staff on Twitter.


By Duke Helm

DISTRICT NOTES:  District leaders are now listed at the bottom.


RUNNINGBACKS:  Logan Sterner of Pen Argyl scored 6 td’s in their win over Northern Lehigh.  Sterner had 3 rushing td’s, 1 td catch and 2 punt returns of over 80 yards each.  He broke an eight way tie for most td’s in a game at Pen Argyl.  Gil Strunk, Gary Heard, Barry Wooley, Woody Petchel, Ed McGinley, Jake DeBoer, Dylan Evans and Sterner himself all scored 5 td’s in a game.  Luke Strauss of Southern Lehigh rushed for 230 yards and 4 td’s in their win over Bangor.  Dylan Rabuck of Williams Valley rushed for over 200 yards for the second week in a row, putting him over 1,000 yards on the season (1,006) and over 2,000 yards for his career (2,115).  Mike Mitchell of Pleasant Valley rushed for a school record 301 yards and caught 3 passes for 85 yards in their win over East Stroudsburg South.  Austyn Borre held the old record when he rushed for 255 yards vs PMW last year.  Mitchell scored 4 td’s including the last 74 yards of a hook and ladder pass on their first play of the game.  He now has 944 yards rushing and 308 yards receiving while scoring a total of 17 td’s this year.  The 17 td’s ties him with Rob Getz and Austyn Borre for 3rd place all time at Pleasant Valley.  Darnell Ferrell of Central Catholic scored another 4 td’s last week to up his District leading total to 24.  Ferrell has scored at least 4 td’s in each of the last 5 games.  His streak of at least one td return in a game ends at 4 games.  Thomas Melchiorre of East Stroudsburg North leads the District in rushing with 1,034 yards.  Melchiorre now has 47 career td’s and is tied with 6 other players on the District 11 all-time list.  They are, Duke Lilly (Northern Lehigh), Erik Marsh (BECA), Brad Walter and Sean Hoffman of Wilson, Darrius Webb (BECA/Freedom) and Andre Williams of Parkland.  Ferrell is second in the District with 1,012 yards.  Ferrell now has 37 career td’s and is tied on the District list with Jamie Germani (Emmaus), Justin Graf (Nazareth), Anthony Gonzalez (Liberty), Grif Griffiths (Tamaqua), Paul Martin (Marian Catholic) and Dashon Russell of Pius X.  Jamaal Brome of Stroudsburg rushed for 144 yards and scored 4 td’s in their win over PME.  Sophomore’s Lubens Myers and Sone Ntoh of Emmaus both rushed for over 100 yards in their win over Freedom.  Also in the game, Hornet qb Derek Sheaffer threw for 189 yards and wr Josh Artis caught 3 passes for 100 yards.  Darion Jacoby of Pottsville and Mike Kalyan of Schuylkill Haven have each scored 20 career td’s.  Gunner Anglovich of Liberty went over the 2,000 yards rushing and 30 td’s for his career.  He now has 2,060 yards and 31 td’s.


QUARTERBACKS:  Brett Yarnall of Stroudsburg had his first career 200 yard passing game last week vs PME.  Yarnall threw for 225 yards and 2 td’s.  Deven Bollinger of Northwestern now has 1,126 yards passing, putting him in 5th place all-time at Northwestern for a single season.  Brandon Keyes of Pleasant Valley threw for 264 yards and 3 td’s vs ESS.  Keyes now leads the District with 1,313 yards and 16 td passes.  Both of those totals pop up on the single season all-time list at PV.  His yardage is 6th best just behind Trevor Micklos and his td passes are 4th best.  Joe Young of Freedom threw for 223 yards and 3 td’s vs Emmaus.  Young is now the Patriots all-time leading passer for yardage.  He’s now thrown for 3,516 yards and 29 td passes.  Persa went over 3,000 yards for his career (3,017).  Andrew Brett (Catasauqua), Zachary Gilbert (Whitehall), Young (Freedom), Ethan Persa (Central Catholic) and Cody Scherer of Lehighton all went over 1,000 yards passing for the season.  Brett also went over 2,000 yards for his career (2,021) and has also thrown 20 career td pases.  Jake Cirillo of ESS has thrown for 5,180 yards in his career placing him in 23rd place all-time on the District.  Travis Stefanik of Nazareth moves into 42nd place with his 4,257 yards passing.  Stefanik’s 48 td passes ties him for 28th place all-time in the District with Mark Borda of Bethlehem Catholic and Chris Palumbinsky of Shenandoah Valley.  Ethan Kuczynski of Marian Catholic joins the “40 td” club with his 40 td passes.  He becomes the 3rd Colt to throw for at least 40 td’s in their career.


RECEIVERS:  Justin Richardson of Pleasant Valley caught 6 passes for 132 yards and 2 td’s to up his season totals to 27 receptions for 708 yards and 10 td catches.  His yardage and td catches are 2nd best at the school.  Richardson (1,096) and Williams Valley’s Allen Hand (1,007) both went over 1,000 yards receiving in their careers.  Desmond Boykin of Whitehall caught 7 passes vs Parkland to up his District lead to 38 catches.  Alec Huertas of Freedom caught 6 passes for 116 yards and 3 td’s vs Emmaus,  Huertas now has 28 catches for 429 yards and 7 td’s.  His 7 td catches ties him with Collin Freitas for 3rd best at Freedom for a single season.  Timmy Walter of Southern Lehigh needs 1 more catch to join the century club.  Walter is currently the District leader for active players with 99 catches for 1,689 yards and 23 td catches.  Ryan Greene of Catasauqua needs 6 more catches to reach 100 for his career.  Runningback, Mitch Daniel of Notre Dame caught his 50th career catch last week vs Palmerton.  Sophomore Benny Pembleton of Stroudsburg caught a pass for a 36 yard td and returned 2 punts back of 56 and 78 yards vs PME.


KICKERS: Carson Landis kicked 3 field goals last week vs Freedom including a 44 yarder, giving him 6 on the year.  He booted field goals of 47 and 48 yards vs BECA earlier this year.  He currently has 11 career field goals after kicking 4 last year and 1 in 2014.  Dalton Landis kicked 7 field goals in 2012 and had 9 for his career including a 44 yarder as time expired in their 23-20 win over Parkland in 2011.  Kyle Landis kicked 5 field goals in 2000 including a 45 yarder vs Allen.  He kicked 2 more in 2001 to give him 7 total for his career.  See trivia for more.


Week 6 Trivia: Carson’s 48 yard field goal vs BECA is not a school record.  Dalton’s 7 field goals in one season isn’t a school record either.  Who kicked the longest field goal in Emmaus history and who kicked the most field goals in one season at Emmaus?



Week 5 Trivia: Deven Bollinger of Northwestern went over 1,000 yards passing last week to become the 9th freshman to do accomplish that in District 11.  How many of the other 8 can you name and who did first? Jake Cirillo (ESS 2013), AJ Long (Pius X 2010), Alex Atiyeh (Dieruff 2003), Ryan Fry (Nazareth 1995), Brent Andrew (Marian Catholic 1994), Jim Weidle (Mahanoy Area 1992), Dan Kendra III (BECA 1991) and the first to do it was Ric Schumacher of Notre Dame in 1988.


Week 4 Trivia: Desmond Boykin of Whitehall had 207 yards receiving last week vs Liberty.  That is not a school record.  Who holds the school record for most receiving yards in a game at Whitehall?  HINT: He was a “one game wonder”.  Question #2… I’ll make it a little bit easier.  Boykin became the 8th Zephyr to go over 1,000 yards receiving in their career.  How many of the other 7 players can you name?  In a 31-14 Thanksgiving day loss to Emmaus in 1988, Fred Delucia had 9 catches for a school record 228 yards.  In Stan Luckenbill’s last game as head coach, Delucia caught 4 passes from starter Dave Swartley in the first half.  Then, in the second half Luckenbill inserted sophomore qb Mike Buskirk.  Buskirk connected with Delucia 5 times for 155 yards and 2 td’s.  Question 2 answer: Mike Peters, Adam Skrapits, Joel Cesare, Jim Potocnie, Matt Hamscher, Tyler Artim and Conner Sullivan.


Week 3 Trivia:  Joe Young of Freedom (3,001 career passing yards) needs 393 passing yards to break the school record.   Who holds the record with 3,393 passing yards for their career at Freedom?  Jeff Haberl threw for 3,393 yards from 1995-96.  Haberl would throw for 1,443 yards (16 td’s) as a junior and then throw for 1,950 yards (19 td’s) as a senior.  He would complete 71 passes for 1,459 yards and 14 td’s to his bookend wide receivers Matt Kacanda and Trent Clark.


Week 2 Trivia:

No player in the District rushed for 200 yards last week.  When was the last time that happened in the regular season? There’s been a player in District 11 rush for at least 200 yards in 51 consecutive regular season weeks and counting.  I’m currently back to 2010 (week 10) researching to find a 200 yard rusher.


Week 1 Trivia:  Mitch Daniel of Notre Dame rushed for over 1,000 yards (1,096) and caught passes for over 500 yards (525) in 2015.  Who is the only other player in District 11 to accomplish this?  Hint: He played D1, but didn’t play offense.  Kyshoen Jarrett of East Stroudsburg South rushed for 1,027 yards and caught 33 passes for 591 yards in 2010.  Jarrett had a successful career at Virginia Tech making 249 career tackles from his safety position.


2016 single game highs: ( ) is the week the player accomplished the stat


Single Game Touchdowns (4)

7 (5), 5 (2), 4 (3), 4 (4), 4 (6) Darnell Ferrell (Central Catholic) *7 Ties School Record*

5 (4) Mike Stasko (Palmerton) *Owns School Record of 6 set in 2015* 

4 (1) Thomas Melchiorre (ES North)

4 (2) Mitch Daniel (Notre Dame)

4 (4) John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)

4 (4), 4 (5) Sone Ntoh (Emmaus)

4 (4) Dashaun Peterson (Freedom)

4 (4) Zach Petiet (Saucon Valley)

4 (4) Saivaughn Voss (Bangor)

4 (5) Randy Terry III (Bethlehem Catholic)

4 (6) Mike Mitchell (Pleasant Valley)

4 (6) Luke Strauss (Southern Lehigh)

4 (6) Jared Colletti (Palisades)


Single Game Rushing Yardage (200)

304 (3) Thomas Melchiorre (East Stroudsburg North)

301 (6) Mike Mitchell (Pleasant Valley) *School Record*

272 (3) Jamaal Brome (Stroudsburg)

265 (3) Brandon Belfonti (Northern Lehigh)

262 (5), 206 (6) Dylan Rabuck (Williams Valley)

258 (3) Logan Sterner (Pen Argyl)

235 (4), 213 (3) Darnell Ferrell (Central Catholic)

230 (6) Luke Strauss (Southern Lehigh)

226 (5) Richie Zahodnick (North Schuylkill)

216 (1) Randy Terry III (Bethlehem Catholic)

212 (5) Job Goodman (Wilson)

210 (4) Danny Scheib (Tri-Valley)

210 (5) Cam Lutz (Pine Grove)


Single Game Passing Yardage (200)

335 (3), 224 (1) Logan Edmond (Southern Lehigh) 

315 (1), 240 (2), 235 (3) Cody Scherer (Lehighton) *School Record*

305 (1), 254 (3), 239 (5) Cole DeFranco (Notre Dame)

302 (2), 297 (1) Andrew Brett (Catasaqua)

291 (3), 264 (5), 241 (1) Deven Bollinger (Northwestern) *School Record*

288 (2) Jake Cirillo (East Stroudsburg South)

282 (3), 225 (1), 218 (1) Zachary Gilbert (Whitehall)

276 (5) Ethan Persa (Central Catholic)

275 (3), 264 (6), 244 (4), 229 (1), 217 (2) Brandon Keyes (Pleasant Valley)

258 (4) Doug Weist (North Schuylkill)

255 (3) Noah Allegretta (Shenandoah Valley)

243 (2) Logan Yoder (Tri-Valley)

243 (5) Javon Clements (Bethlehem Catholic)

234 (3), 210 (1) Travis Stefanik (Nazareth)

223 (6), 210 (1) Joe Young (Freedom)

208 (2) Todd Erney (Liberty)

207 (3) Scott Poulson (Easton)

204 (2), 201 (1) Hunter Kennedy (Panther Valley)


Single Game TD Passes (4)

5 (2) Andrew Brett (Catasauqua) *Ties School Record*

5 (4) Brandon Keyes (Pleasant Valley)

4 (3) Logan Edmond (Southern Lehigh) *Ties School Record*


Single Game Receptions (10)

12 (6) Jason Najunas (Shenandoah Valley) *School Record*

11 (2) Miguel Hernandez (Catasauqua) *Ties School Record*

10 (4) Desmond Boykin (Whitehall) *Ties School Record*


Single Game Reception Yardage (150)

207 (4) Desmond Boykin (Whitehall)

190 (2) John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South) *School Record*

187 (1), 176 (3) Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley)

184 (1), 161 (5) Trevor Cunningham (Northwestern) *School Record*

176 (2) Darian Street (Liberty)

168 (3) Julian Liaci (Nazareth)


Single Game Reception TD’s (3)

4 (4), 3 (2) John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South) *Ties School Record*

3 (1) Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley) *Ties School Record*

3 (3) Trevor Cunningham (Northwestern)

3 (3) Timmy Walter (Southern Lehigh) *Ties School Record*

3 (4) Desmond Boykin (Whitehall) *Ties School Record*

3 (6) Alex Huertas (Freedom)



District Season Leaders (2016)


Rushing (700)

1034 Thomas Melchiorre (East Stroudsburg North)

1012 Darnell Ferrell (Central Catholic)

1006 Dylan Rabuck (Williams Valley)

944 Mike Mitchell (Pleasant Valley)

739 Jamaal Brome (Stroudsburg)

726 Randy Terry (Bethlehem Catholic)

724 Jarrad Pope (East Stroudsburg South)


Touchdowns (12)

24 Darnell Ferrell (Central Catholic)

17 Mike Mitchell (Pleasant Valley)

15 Thomas Melchiorre (East Stroudsburg North)

14 Sone Ntoh (Emmaus)

14 Logan Sterner (Pen Argyl)

12 Mitch Daniel (Notre Dame)

12 Zach Petiet (Saucon Valley)

12 Justin St.Hill (Jim Thorpe)


Passing Yards (800)

1313 Brandon Keyes (Pleasant Valley)

1206 Cole DeFranco (Notre Dame)

1156 Andrew Brett (Catasauqua)

1130 Ethan Persa (Central Catholic)

1126 Deven Bollinger (Northwestern)

1089 Zachary Gilbert (Whitehall)

1066 Cody Scherer (Lehighton)

1049 Joe Young (Freedom)

961 Travis Stefanik (Nazareth)

926 Derek Sheaffer (Emmaus)

913 Logan Edmond (Southern Lehigh)

899 Garrett Perschy (Palmerton)

882 Noah Allegretta (Shenandoah Valley)

875 Jake Cirillo (East Stroudsburg South)

843 Brett Yarnall (Stroudsburg)


Touchdown Passes (10)

16 Brandon Keyes (Pleasant Valley)

12 Deven Bollinger (Northwestern)

11 Logan Edmond (Southern Lehigh)

11 Joe Young (Freedom)

10 Cody Scherer (Lehighton)

10 Derek Sheaffer (Emmaus)

10 Andrew Brett (Catasauqua)


Receptions (24)

38 Desmond Boykin (Whitehall)

31 Gavin Zehner (Lehighton)

31 Miquel Hernandez (Catasauqua)

31 Jalen Simpson (Notre Dame)

29 John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)

28 Ryan Greene (Catasauqua)

28 Alec Huertas (Freedom)

27 Corey Raysely (Catasauqua)

27 Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley)

26 Trevor Cunningham (Northwestern)

25 Jon Moran (Notre Dame)

25 Jason Najunas (Shenandoah Valley)

24 Josh Artis (Emmaus)

24 Mike Stasko (Palmerton)


Reception Yardage (425)

708 Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley)

643 Trevor Cunningham (Northwestern)

475 John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)

458 Desmond Boykin (Whitehall)

451 Miguel Hernandez (Catasauqua)

432 Gavin Zehner (Lehighton)

429 Alec Huertas (Freedom)


Reception Touchdowns (6)

10 Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley)

9 Trevor Cunningham (Northwestern)

8 John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)

7 Alec Huertas (Freedom)

6 Timmy Walter (Southern Lehigh)

6 Alston Wolfe (Saucon Valley)

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