District 11 Top Returning Players 2016 Week 9

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District leaders are now listed at the bottom.


RUNNINGBACKS:  Darnell Ferrell of Central Catholic scored 5 td’s vs Allen to extend his District lead to 35.  Ferrell had 4 rushing td’s to go along with a 72 yard td reception.  Mike Mitchell of Pleasant Valley now holds the single season school records for most yards rushing (1,381) and total td’s (24).  Austyn Borre previously held both records with 1,257 yards (2012 as a freshman) and 20 td’s (2015 as a senior).  Zach Petiet of Saucon Valley rushed for 272 yards and a td in their win over Notre Dame.  Petiet, a junior, has rushed for 1,265 yards this season and scored a total of 20 td’s.  For his career he’s rushed for 1,602 yards and scored 25 td’s.  Lubens Myers (131) and Sone Ntoh (145) both rushed for over 100 yards and each scored a td in their win over Easton.  Dylan Rabuck of Williams Valley continues to lead the District after rushing for 201 yards in their win over Tri-Valley.  Rabuck now has 1,454 yards and has scored 13 td’s.  Thomas Melchiorre and Eddie Brown of East Stroudsburg South combined to rush for 430 yards and 6 td’s in their 40-38 win over Pocono Mountain West.  Melchiorre has rushed for 1,421 yards this year and also joined the “4,000 yard” club with his 4,112 career rushing yards.  He scored twice in the game to give him 19 on the season and 51 for his career.  Brown scored the game winner (his 4th of the game) with 32 seconds left.  Jamaal Brome of Stroudsburg scored his team’s only touchdown vs Whitehall to join the “40 td” club as he now has exactly 40 career td’s.  All of Brome’s 40 td’s are rushing td’s.  Saivaughn Vass and Jesse Rocco combined to rush for 345 yards and 4 td’s in their win over Wilson.  Vass scored the 4 td’s and now has 16 for the year to go along with his 1,202 rushing yards.  His td’s are 6th best at Bangor while his yardage places him in 8th place at the school for a single season.  Job Goodman of WIlson rushed for 215 yards and 3 td’s in the same game.  Goodman and Vass along with Mitch Daniel of Notre Dame are all within 75 yards of going over 2,000 yard rushing for their careers.  Matt Lewandowski (129) and Tyler Clewell (151) of Mahanoy combined to rush for 280 yards and 6 td’s in their win over Panther Valley.  Lewandowski scored the first 5 td’s of the game.  Cam Lutz of Pine Grove had his second 200 yard rushing game this year.  He had 217 yards and scored 3 td’s in their win over Millerburg.  Lutz now has 880 yards and 9 td’s on the season.  Dashaun Peterson of Freedom went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season and now has 1,052 yards to go along with his 17 td’s scored.  His yardage puts him in 8th place and his td’s in 5th place at the school.  Jared Colletti of Palisades also went over 1,000 yards rushing.  Colletti sits in 8th place at the school with his 1,080 yards.  His 17 td’s this season is 6th best at Palisades.  Danny Sheib of Tri-Valley (1,082), Randy Terry of Bethlehem Catholic (1,040) and Luke Strauss (1,006) also join the list of 1,000 yard rushers this season.  Schuylkill Haven moved to 9-0 behind the running of Mike Kalyan (5-97-2 td’s), Danny Lozada (6-134-2 td’s) and freshman Kobe Brish (3-133-2 td’s).


QUARTERBACKS:  Jake Cirillo of East Stroudsburg South is closing in on 6,000 yards passing for his career.  Cirillo has 5,957 yards and 64 career td passes. His yardage puts him in 13th place all-time in the District. The top 12 all have over 6,000 yards for their careers.  His td passes ties him with Corey Cinicola of Jim Thorpe and Devante Cross of Parkland for 9th place on the District all-time list.  Brandon Keyes of Pleasant Valley leads the District with his 1,982 yards passing and 30 td passes.  His yardage moves him into 2nd place at PV, trailing only Brandon Leap’s 2,152 that he set as a junior in 2012.  Travis Stefanik of Nazareth threw for 215 yards and 2 td’s in their win over Liberty.  Stefanik went over 5,000 yards passing in his career and now has 5,036 (27th place all-time in the District).  Garrett Perschy of Palmerton threw for 234 yards and 3 td’s in their win over Salisbury.  Perschy cracks the top 50 on the District all-time list and moves into 48th place.  Joe Young of Freedom sits just outside the top 50 in 53rd place with his 3,840 yards.  Sitting in spots 54 thru 56 between Young and 57th place Ethan Kuczynski of Marian Catholic, are Matt McGinley of Tri-Valley, Justin Pacchioli of Easton, and Anthony Gonzalez of Liberty.  Ethan Persa of Central Catholic is also knocking on the door in 66th place with his 3,662 yards.  Four former qb’s are less than 25 yards ahead of Persa on the District list.  They are, Andy Shaver of Emmaus, Mark Smith of Allen, Anthony Graziani of Pen Argyl and Giani Sinatore of Whitehall.  Dylan Della Valle of Pocono Mountain West threw for 234 yards and 2 td’s vs ESN to go over 1,000 yards on the season.  He now has 1,098 yrds and 12 td passes.  Thad Zuber of Tamaqua (1,005) also went over 1,000 yards passing for the season last week.  Andrew Brett of Catasauqua has thrown for 1,573 yards this year which puts him in 4th place at the school.  He moved ahead of Mike Rieker, Joel Wedge and Joe Duracinsky.  Cole DeFranco of Notre Dame is in 4th place for passing yardage in a single season at the school.  DeFranco has 1,797 yards, which moves him ahead of Ricky Muschlitz and Mark Julian.


RECEIVERS:  Tim Walter of Southern Lehigh has now caught 42 passes for 619 yards and 8 td’s this season.  His career totals are 120 catches for 1,926 yards and 25 td catches.  His 6 catches last week enabled him to move ahead of five former players on the District career list and into 17th place.  They are, Tim Massaquoi and Kenny Yeboah of Parkland, Shane Simpson of Easton, Jeff Smillie of Southern Lehigh and Brad Miller of Panther Valley.  He cracks the top 20 for career yardage and sits in 20th place. He moved ahead of Quintin Lopez of Pius X and Larry Zimmerman of Pine Grove.  Desmond Boykin of Whitehall leads the District with 55 receptions.  John Murphy of ESS is one behind with his 54 catches.  Murphy is in 2nd place at the school for single season receptions, yardage and td catches, trailing only Dan Cason in all 3 categories.  His 18 td receptions ties him with Matt Walters.  Chris Monaco of PMW caught a 93 yard td pass from Dylan Della Valle vs ESN to break the school record for career yards receiving.  Monoco now has 1,158 yards bettering the old mark of 1,014 set by Matt Shelter in 2012.  Thomas Murphy of Central Catholic went over 1,000 yards receiving for his career.  Miguel Hernandez of Catasauqua has 48 receptions this year placing him in 3rd place at the school and Ryan Greene has 46 catches (also had 46 last year) and is tied for 4th place with Matt Andrews (1996).  Gavin Zehner of Lehighton has caught 41 passes for 615 yards this season.  His catches puts him in 4th place and his yardage in 6th place at Lehighton.  Jalen Simpson of Notre Dame has 48 catches in the first 9 games and is now tied with Tom Van Syckle for 5th place at the school.   Alex Huertas of Freedom has 40 catches (4th) this year for 570 yards (7th) and 8 td receptions (tied for 2nd with Trent Clark).


KICKERS: I currently have 6 players listed that have kicked a 47 yard field goal:  Mike Zin of Nazareth vs Easton in 1998; Andy Ryzewski of Liberty vs Pleasant Valley in the 1994 District 4A final; Bob Bleiler of Allen vs Whitehall in 1981; Rob Boothroyd of Tri-Valley vs Pine Grove in 1977; Matt Mathews of Easton vs Whitehall in 2000; Jim Puschak of Bethlehem Catholic vs Upper Perkiomen in 1983 and Carson Landis of Emmaus vs Bethlehem Catholic this year.



Week 9 Trivia: Dashaun Peterson of Freedom became the 9th Patriot to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.  How many of the other 8 rushers can you name and who is only player at Freedom to do it twice? 



Week 8 Trivia: Brandon Keyes of Pleasant Valley threw 6 td passes in week 7 and 5 in week 8.  At first it looked like he also threw 6 td’s last week but his first td pass he actually threw 2 yards behind him to Justin Richardson and it was counted as a lateral and a td run for Richardson.  With that being said.  Who’s the only District quarterback to throw for 6 td’s in back to back games? Don Rubright of Slatington threw for 6 td’s in back to back games against Catasauqua and Whitehall in 1969.  Rubright a junior that year, ended the season throwing for 1,581 yards and a school record 21 td’s.  Karl Andreas who went on to play at Clemson, caught 29 passes for 591 yards and 10 td’s.  The team finished the season 10-0.  They had tough wins over Pennridge (13-6), Lehighton (12-0), Northampton (25-16), Stroudsburg (22-12) and Upper Perkiomen (14-0) to go along with their other 5 wins over Parkland (39-6), Emmaus (29-0), Catasauqua (54-0), Whitehall (60-6) and lastly a Thanksgiving morning win over Palmerton (62-0). 



Week 7 Trivia:  Northampton football has won many league championships and has had many powerhouse teams.  They also play an extra game each year vs Catasauqua on Thanksgiving morning.  But they’ve only had 8 players that rushed for 1,000 yards in a season.  How many of the 8 can you name and who holds the record? Denny Onkotz (1965), Mike Drexler (1981 & 1982), Jim Scott (1997), Phil Hard (1999), Jeff Pammer (2003), Devin Kline (2004) and the record holder was the last one to do it.  Shane Fenningham rushed 1,257 yards in 2008 (13 games) breaking Onkotz’s old record of 1,234 yards (8 games).


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? Mike Wascura kicked a 49 yarder vs BECA in 1999.  Austin O’Brien kicked 8 field goals as a sophomore in 2008.


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), 5 (9), 4 (3), 4 (4), 4 (6), 4 (8) Darnell Ferrell (Central Catholic) *7 Ties School Record*

6 (6), 4 (8) Logan Sterner (Pen Argyl) *School Record*

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

5 (8) Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley) *Ties School Record*

5 (7) Nick Breiner (Tamaqua)

5 (8), 4 (4) John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)

5 (9) Matt Lewandowski (Mahanoy Area)

4 (1) Thomas Melchiorre (East Stroudsburg North)

4 (2) Mitch Daniel (Notre Dame)

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

4 (4), 4 (7) Dashaun Peterson (Freedom)

4 (4), 4 (7) Zach Petiet (Saucon Valley)

4 (4), 4 (9) 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)


4 (7) Mike Mayernik (Lehighton)

4 (7) Desmond Boykin (Whitehall)

4 (9) Eddie Brown (East Stroudsburg South)



Single Game Rushing Yardage (200)

304 (3), 254 (9) Thomas Melchiorre (East Stroudsburg North)

301 (6), 217 (9) Mike Mitchell (Pleasant Valley) *School Record*

272 (3) Jamaal Brome (Stroudsburg)


272 (7) Saivaughn Vass (Bangor)

270 (8), 258 (3) Logan Sterner (Pen Argyl)


265 (3) Brandon Belfonti (Northern Lehigh)

265 (8) Lubens Myers (Emmaus)

262 (5), 206 (6), 201 (9) Dylan Rabuck (Williams Valley)

251 (7) Dashaun Peterson (Freedom)

272 (9), 243 (8) Zach Petiet (Saucon Valley)

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)

215 (9), 212 (5) Job Goodman (Wilson)

210 (4) Danny Scheib (Tri-Valley)

217 (9), 210 (5) Cam Lutz (Pine Grove)


Single Game Passing Yardage (200)

462 (8), 288 (2) Jake Cirillo (East Stroudsburg South) *School Record*

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

335 (7), 271 (8), 264 (6), 244 (4), 229 (1), 217 (2) Brandon Keyes (Pleasant Valley)

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

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

304 (8), 260 (7), 234 (3), 215 (9), 210 (1) Travis Stefanik (Nazareth)

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

291 (3), 264 (5), 256 (7), 241 (1) Deven Bollinger (Northwestern) *School Record*

282 (3), 266 (7), 225 (1), 218 (1) Zachary Gilbert (Whitehall)

276 (5), 260 (8), 210 (7) Ethan Persa (Central Catholic)

276 (8) Romeo Wright (Allen)

266 (7), 204 (2), 201 (1) Hunter Kennedy (Panther Valley)

264 (5), 259 (4), 254 (7), 234 (9) Garrett Perschy (Palmerton)

258 (4) Doug Weist (North Schuylkill)

255 (3) Noah Allegretta (Shenandoah Valley)

247 (8) Quidanie Vega (Dieruff)

245 (8), 234 (9) Dylan Della Valle (Pocono Mountain West)

243 (2), 221 (7) Logan Yoder (Tri-Valley)

243 (5), 243 (7) Javon Clements (Bethlehem Catholic)

226 (8) Eric Wapinsky (Pottsville)

223 (6), 210 (1) Joe Young (Freedom)

208 (2) Todd Erney (Liberty)

207 (3) Scott Poulson (Easton)


Single Game TD Passes (4)

6 (7), 5 (4), 5 (8) Brandon Keyes (Pleasant Valley) *Ties School Record*

6 (8) Jake Cirillo (East Stroudsburg South) *School Record*

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

5 (7), 4 (8) Ethan Persa (Central Catholic)

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

4 (4) Garrett Perschy (Palmerton)


4 (7) Javon Clements (Bethlehem Catholic)

4 (7) Travis Stefanik (Nazareth)

4 (7) Logan Yoder (Tri-Valley)



Single Game Receptions (10)

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

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

11 (8) Felix Alvarez (Allen) *Ties School Record*

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

10 (7), 10 (8) John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)


10 (7) Zac Keifer (Nazareth)



Single Game Reception Yardage (150)

207 (4), 191 (7) Desmond Boykin (Whitehall)

206 (8), 190 (2) John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South) *School Record*

187 (1), 176 (3), 164 (8) Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley)

184 (1), 161 (5), 153 (7) Trevor Cunningham (Northwestern) *School Record*

176 (2) Darian Street (Liberty)

168 (3) Julian Liaci (Nazareth)

167 (7) Zachary Keifer (Nazareth)


Single Game Reception TD’s (3)

5 (8), 4 (4), 3 (2), 3 (7) John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South) *School Record* Ties District Record

4 (8), 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 (3) Mike Stasko (Palmerton)

3 (6) Alex Huertas (Freedom)

3 (7), 3 (8) Thomas Murphy (Central Catholic)

3 (7) Zachary Keifer (Nazareth)

3 (8) Shawn O’Toole (Jim Thorpe)



District Season Leaders (2016)


Rushing (1000)

1454 Dylan Rabuck (Williams Valley)

1421 Thomas Melchiorre (East Stroudsburg North)

1381 Mike Mitchell (Pleasant Valley) *School Record*

1335 Darnell Ferrell (Central Catholic)

1265 Zach Petiet (Saucon Valley)

1202 Saivaughn Vass (Bangor)

1135 Jamaal Brome (Stroudsburg)

1122 Logan Sterner (Pen Argyl)

1082 Danny Scheib (Tri-Valley)

1080 Jared Colletti (Palisades)

1052 Dashaun Peterson (Freedom)

1040 Randy Terry (Bethlehem Catholic)

1006 Luke Strauss (Southern Lehigh)


Touchdowns (15)

35 Darnell Ferrell (Central Catholic)

24 Mike Mitchell (Pleasant Valley) *School Record*

21 Logan Sterner (Pen Argyl)

20 Zach Petiet (Saucon Valley)

19 Thomas Melchiorre (East Stroudsburg North)

19 John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)

17 Sone Ntoh (Emmaus)

17 Jamaal Brome (Stroudsburg)

17 Jared Colletti (Palisades)

17 Dashaun Peterson (Freedom)

16 Mike Stasko (Palmerton)

16 Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley)

16 Saivaugh Vass (Bangor)

15 Mike Kalyan (Schuylkill Haven)



Passing Yards (1000)

1982 Brandon Keyes (Pleasant Valley)

1797 Cole DeFranco (Notre Dame)

1775 Ethan Persa (Central Catholic)

1740 Travis Stefanik (Nazareth)

1652 Jake Cirillo (East Stroudsburg South)

1573 Zachary Gilbert (Whitehall)

1573 Andrew Brett (Catasauqua)

1511 Garrett Perschy (Palmerton)

1497 Deven Bollinger (Northwestern) *School Record*

1373 Joe Young (Freedom)

1334 Cody Scherer (Lehighton)

1285 Logan Edmond (Southern Lehigh)

1221 Derek Sheaffer (Emmaus)

1151 Hunter Kennedy (Panther Valley)

1122 Noah Allegretta (Shenandoah Valley)

1098 Dylan Della Valle (Pocono Mountain West)

1090 Eric Wapinsky (Pottsville)

1007 Javon Clements (Bethlehem Catholic)

1005 Thad Zuber (Tamaqua)


Touchdown Passes (14)

30 Brandon Keyes (Pleasant Valley) *School Record*

21 Jake Cirillo (East Stroudsburg South)

17 Ethan Persa (Central Catholic)

17 Travis Stefanik (Nazareth)

15 Eric Wapinsky (Pottsville)

15 Garrett Perschy (Palmerton)

14 Deven Bollinger (Northwestern)

14 Logan Edmond (Southern Lehigh)

14 Zachary Gilbert (Whitehall)

14 Joe Young (Freedom)



Receptions (30)

55 Desmond Boykin (Whitehall)

54 John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)

48 Jalen Simpson (Notre Dame)

48 Miguel Hernandez (Catasauqua)

46 Ryan Greene (Catasauqua)

42 Timmy Walter (Southern Lehigh)

41 Gavin Zehner (Lehighton)

40 Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley)

40 Alec Huertas (Freedom)

39 Trevor Cunningham (Northwestern)

38 Corey Raysely (Catasauqua)

33 Mike Stasko (Catasauqua)

33 Jon Moran (Notre Dame)

33 Felix Alvarez (Allen)


32 Josh Artis (Emmaus)

32 Julian Liaci (Nazareth)

32 Tom Murphy (Central Catholic)

30 Mike Vinas (Shenandoah Valley)

30 Jackson Buskirk (Whitehall)


Reception Yardage (500)

977 Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley) *School Record*

882 John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)

874 Trevor Cunningham (Northwestern) *School Record*

718 Desmond Boykin (Whitehall)

672 Miguel Hernandez (Catasauqua)

619 Timmy Walter (Southern Lehigh)

615 Gavin Zehner (Lehighton)

592 Thomas Murphy (Central Catholic)

576 Jalen Simpson (Notre Dame)

570 Alec Huertas (Freedom)

560 Julian Liaci (Nazareth)

540 Zac Keifer (Nazareth)

527 Josh Artis (Emmaus)

526 Chris Monaco (Pocono Mountain West)

513 Mike Stasko (Palmerton)


Reception Touchdowns (8)

18 John Murphy (East Stroudsburg South)

15 Justin Richardson (Pleasant Valley) *School Record*

11 Trevor Cunningham (Northwestern)

9  Alston Wolfe (Saucon Valley) *School Record*

8  Alec Huertas (Freedom)

8 Thomas Murphy (Central Catholic)

8 Tim Walter (Southern Lehigh)

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