The All-State teams are announced and Central Dauphin cleans up in AAAA. Fifth-year coach Glen McNamee and junior running back Zayd Issah take top coach and top player awards, respectively, in Class AAAA -- a nice way to top off a historic December that also included winning a PIAA title last week.
The big difference is that Issah, who scored the game-winning touchdown in CD's 14-7 victory over Lansdale North Penn in the AAAA championship game, shared the player of the year honors with Nazareth quarterback Daniel Harding. Harding passed for nearly 3,800 yards this season to lead the Blue Eagles to their first District 11 championship.
Also making the Quad A team, Zach Wilk and Evan Schwan from CD, Diante Cherry from J.P. McCaskey, Adam Brenneman from Cedar Cliff and Kyle Friend from Cumberland Valley.
District 3 champion Lancaster Catholic, which won its second Class AA state title in three seasons, placed running back Roman Clay, offensive lineman Adam DePietro and defensive specialist Charles Sweigert on the all-state team.
Here are the complete lists...
2011-2012 PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS WRITERS' ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM CLASS AAAA
OFFENSE QUARTERBACK Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Daniel Harding Nazareth 6-4 205 Sr. Mack Leftwich North Allegheny 5-11 190 Jr.
RUNNING BACK Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Dan Brown Central Bucks South 5-10 180 Sr. Jack Haffner State College 5-10 205 Sr. Luke Hagy Mount Lebanon 6-1 198 Sr. Damion Jones-Moore Pittsburgh Central Catholic 5-7 180 Sr.
WIDE RECEIVER Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Adam Bridgeforth Nazareth 6-0 180 Sr. Diante Cherry J.P. McCaskey 5-9 175 Jr. Anthony Nixon Pittsburgh Central Catholic 6-2 205 Sr.
TIGHT END Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Adam Breneman Cedar Cliff 6-5 230 Jr.
LINEMEN Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Patrick Kugler North Allegheny 6-4 270 Jr. Chris Muller Boyertown 6-6 300 Sr. Ian Park Upper St. Clair 6-4 290 Sr. Zach Wilk Central Dauphin 6-5 275 Sr.
SPECIALIST Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Dakota Conwell Upper St. Clair 6-1 210 Sr. Eugene Lewis Wyoming Valley West 6-3 200 Sr.
KICKER Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Matt Loughnane Penn-Trafford 5-10 150 Jr.
DEFENSE LINEMEN Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Cody Conway Gateway 6-4 210 Sr. Kyle Friend Cumberland Valley 6-1 280 Sr. Arthur Goldberg Mount Lebanon 6-4 280 Sr. Evan Schwan Central Dauphin 6-6 225 Sr.
LINEBACKER Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Rob Dvoracek Parkland 6-2 220 Sr. Tyrone "T.J." Neal McKeesport 6-1 225 Sr. Hakeem Oliver Gateway 5-10 200 Sr. Sean Burke La Salle College HS 5-10 185 Jr. Ralph Reeves Lansdale North Penn 6-0 230 Sr.
DEFENSIVE BACK Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Brendan Coniker North Allegheny 6-1 170 Jr. Andrew Erenberg Peters Twp. 5-10 200 Sr. Anthony Orlando Liberty 5-10 170 Sr. Will Parks Germantown 6-1 175 Sr.
SPECIALIST Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Jaylen Coleman University Prep 6-0 230 Sr. Greg Garmon McDowell 6-2 200 Sr. Zayd Issah Central Dauphin 6-4 210 Jr.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Zayd Issah Central Dauphin Daniel Harding Nazareth
COACH OF THE YEAR Glen McNamee Central Dauphin
2011-2012 PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS WRITERS' ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM CLASS AA
OFFENSE QUARTERBACK Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Steve Franco Tyrone 6-3 190 Sr. Blake Rankin Bloomsburg 6-4 195 Sr.
RUNNING BACK Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Roman Clay Lancaster Catholic 5-11 205 Jr. DeShawn Coleman Hickory 6-1 175 Jr. Dylan Evans Pen Argyl 6-3 190 Sr. David Williams West Philadelphia Catholic 6-1 188 Jr.
WIDE RECEIVER Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Zach Challingsworth South Fayette 6-2 170 Jr. Shakur Nesmith Imhotep Charter 6-4 185 Sr. Nick Patton Tyrone 6-2 150 Sr.
TIGHT END Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Scott Orndorff Seton-La Salle 6-5 240 Sr.
LINEMEN Player School Ht. Wt. Grade J.J. Beggan Seton-La Salle 6-4 280 Sr. Matt Bell Hickory 6-3 280 Sr. Adam DePietro Lancaster Catholic 6-6 300 Sr. Jonathan Green North Schuylkill 6-3 295 Sr. Christian Skrepenak GAR Memorial 6-9 350 Jr. Michael Mooney Malvern Prep 6-5 260 Sr.
SPECIALIST Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Kyle Armagost Moniteau 6-1 195 Sr. Darrell Crawford GAR Memorial 5-9 165 Sr.
DEFENSE LINEMEN Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Eric Ellis Washington 6-1 225 Sr. Eric Joraskie Mount Carmel 6-4 265 Jr. Shakir Soto GAR Memorial 6-3 230 Jr. Malcolm White Wyomissing 6-0 265 Sr. Connor Maloney Malvern Prep 6-4 270 Sr.
LINEBACKER Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Alex Anzalone Wyomissing 6-3 205 Jr. Mack Behe Penn Cambria 6-2 175 Jr. Tristin Freeman West Philadelphia Catholic 6-0 215 Sr. Cody Shustack Mount Carmel 5-10 200 Sr. Brandon Smith Lewisburg 6-1 200 Jr.
DEFENSIVE BACK Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Demetrious Cox Jeannette 6-1 190 Sr. Alex Filarsky Lakeland 6-1 170 Sr. Reggie Mitchell Shady Side Academy 5-9 155 Sr. Shailek Powell GAR Memorial 6-0 180 Sr.
SPECIALIST Player School Ht. Wt. Grade Zack Ripic Towanda 5-11 185 Sr. Charles Sweigert Lancaster Catholic 6-0 185 Sr.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Steve Franco Tyrone
COACH OF THE YEAR John Franco Tyrone