Nazar Mironenko was dominating on defense and, the coaches said, many opponents run away from him. In the Shamokin game, Mironenko ran down the Indians’ tailback from behind for a tackle for loss on the opposite side of the field. He was also named to the HAC-I all-star first team.
Harley Stahl, a three-year starter at noseguard, had 95 total tackles, 41 solo, with seven sacks, 15 hurries, five caused interceptions, five caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was a first-team HAC-I selection.
Jake Becker, a 6-1, 230, senior defensive end, had 52 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery and six quarterback pressures. He was a HAC-III first-team selection.
Eric Joraskie, a 6-5, 260 tackle who will play at Northwestern University, was third on the team with 71 total tackles, five and a half sacks (for 40 yards in losses), a pass breakup, a blocked kick, 21 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hurries and two fumble-causing hits. He was a first-team HAC-II selection and a first-team all-state selection last year.
Brandon Smith, a three-year starter at linebacker, has 122 tackles, six for a loss, two sacks, six pass break-ups and two interceptions. He was a first-team HAC-II all-star and a three-time Class AA all-state selection at linebacker.
Ryan Solomon, a 6-0, 220 middle linebacker, had 121 total tackles, 81 solo, with four sacks, five hurries, two fumbles caused, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and two pass break-ups. One of his interceptions came at the goal-line to preserve Milton’s District 4 Class AAA semifinal win over Shikellamy.
Eric Haney, a 6-0, 194, junior middle linebacker, led the Ironmen in tackles with 159, 105 solo, with five and a half sacks, two interceptions and three fumbles caused. He was named to the HAC-I first team and the Class AA all-state team.
Nick Sebasovich, a 6-2, 240, senior inside linebacker, made 95 tackles, 29 solo, and also recovered three fumbles, forced three and had an interception.
Mike Walter, a 5-10, 205, senior linebacker, had 92 total tackles, 37 solo, with 2.5 sacks, three pass break-ups and three caused fumbles. Coaches said Walter is an excellent run defender and does a great job of pressuring the quarterback on blitzes. He was also a good cover guy versus the underneath patterns, they added. Walter was a first-team HAC-I selection.
Bret Berg, a senior safety, had 101 tackles, seven interceptions, three fumbles recovered and 16 passes defended.
Cale Rice, a 5-6, 153, senior cornerback, had 57 tackles, intercepted 10 passes, had three fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles and 16 passes defended. He was a first-team HAC-I selection and was also named to the Class AA all-state team.
Tyler Krebs, a 6-2, 185, senior safety, had 105 overall tackles, 49 solo, with four interceptions, six pass break-ups and one caused fumble. He was a two-year starter at free safety and the team’s leader in tackles. He was selected to the HAC-I first team. He also punted 37 times for 1,396 yards, a 38 average, with a long of 66 and 10 inside the 20-yard line. He was the HAC-I first-team punter.
Joe Kleman, a 5-10, 170, senior cornerback and two-year starter, had 12 pass break-ups, three interceptions and 46 tackles. He was named to the HAC-III first team.
Cole Rickert, a 6-2, 185, senior quarterback, passed for 1,138 yards in just eight games. He was injured in the week-four game with Williams Valley. He completed 77-of-129 passes with 12 TDs and five interceptions. He also rushed for four TDs, scored on an interception return and a two-point run.
Lucas Klingerman had 15 kickoff returns for 386 yards and is second all-time at Mount Carmel (Tony Mazzatesta) with 982 kickoff return yards in his career. Also finished with 2,084 all-purpose yards.