By The Daily Item
A pair of between-the-tackle running backs and one versatile senior who played a number of different positions highlighted area selections on the Tri-Valley League All-League football team, picked by the league's head coaches.
East Juniata's David Brantley gave the Tigers a multitude of options on offense with his ability to line up in the backfield, under center and as a wide receiver. Brantley's versatility earned him a first-team nod as a variety back but the overall package that Brantley brought to the field for Tigers' head coach Simon Cameron did not go unnoticed as Brantley was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year along with Upper Dauphin's Trey Campbell. Brantley, who was also named to the first team as a returner, finished his year with 1,014 yards and eight scores on the ground.
Campbell caused problems for opposing defenses throughout the season, finishing the year with 1,529 yards on the ground, second in the area behind Southern's Adam Feudale, and 16 touchdowns en route to a first team selection at tailback. Campbell gained a large chunk of his yards in a game against East Juniata as the senior ran for 276 yards on 50 carries, scoring four times in a Trojans' win.
Campbell and Brantley were joined in the all-league backfield by Line Mountain's Cory Warford. Warford consistently gained yardage throughout the season for the Eagles, topping his senior season with 1,055 yards and finding the end zone 12 times. Warford was not only an impact player on the offensive side of the ball, receiving first-team honors as an inside linebacker.
A repeat selection as the first-team quarterback was Williams Valley's Stephen Sedesse. Sedesse threw for 20 scores in his junior season and matched that total in his senior campaign.
By a glance at the first team, Sedesse will find three of his offensive targets in various positions. The Vikings' Cole Barnhardt joined Campbell and Pine Grove's Ryan Heim at tailback while Cody Miller and Tim Schorr rounded out the Vikings' first-team selections at wide receiver and tight end respectively. Heim was named the Tri-Valley League most valuable player after unofficially running for 1,682 yards and 24 scores.
The rest of the first team was filled by East Juniata's Kevin Allen and Newport's Dalton Klinger at wide receiver, Pine Grove's Ryan Martin at center, Martin's teammate, Scott Werner, and Tri-Valley's Devin Masser at guard and Upper Dauphin's Dakotah Wiest and Pine Grove's Ryan Vuksta at tackle.
On the defensive side of the ball, Williams Valley's Trevor Whelski earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in addition to joining Warford as a first-team pick at inside linebacker. Pine Grove's Steve ZImmerman was chosen as the Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Rounding out the defensive first-team picks were Tri-Valley defensive end Hunter Herb, Williams Valley's Beau Yoder joined by Pine Grove's Jesse Fisher and Tri-Valley's Max Kroh. Schorr and Tri-Valley's Devin Masser were selected as outside linebacker and Juniata's Chad Eberle, Williams Valley's Matt Miller and Tri-Valley's Cale Bruso and Tanner Coleman were picked at defensive back.
Newport kicker Hunter Wirth and Pine Grove punter Jed Blankenhorn were also named to the first team and Tri-Valley's Hunter Harner was the recipient of the Coaches Award.