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West York's Zack Smith.

The three York County players named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Class AAA football team should not come as any surprise.

Eastern York's record-setting running back Alex Cooley joined the West York duo of Brody Kern and Zack Smith on the All-State team.

Kern ended a four-year high school career by helping lead his team to the District 3 championship game. He started all 51 games during his four-year career. West York won 41 of those games, including 13 in a row to start this season. He leaves the program after anchoring an offensive line that allowed West York to rush for an average of 223.4 yards per game. He's headed to Delaware to play football next season.

Asked when Kern came into his own, West York coach Ron Miller didn't hesitate: "Against Central York, 2009, very first game of the year, very first play."

As a freshman that night, Kern drew the assignment of blocking Kyle Baublitz, who was a Penn State recruit at the time.

"And our guy won," Miller said, laughing.


West York's Brody Kern.
Miller joked that it felt as if Kern has played for the Bulldogs longer than he's been coaching in West York.

"He deserves all the recognition he's receiving," Miller said.

Smith was a do-everything type of player this year for West York. He rarely left the field. A wide receiver, defensive back, punter and kick returner, Smith set school records for receptions (64) and receiving yards (1,129).

"Last year we started to see him making big plays," Miller said. "But this year he really put in the extra work, and the results were very evident. He literally kept us in two or three games this year."

Smith has not made a college decision, but Miller noted several schools are looking at him to play football at the next level.

Undersized at 5-7 and 177 pounds, Cooley compiled one of the best seasons and best careers in York-Adams league history. He established the state's top two single-game rushing performances, rushing for 500 yards against Hanover on Sept. 28, and then rushing for 495 yards against York County Tech in Week 10. Cooley rushed for a league-record 2,845 yards this season and 32 touchdowns. His 6,015 career rushing yards also set a league record.


Eastern York's Alex Cooley
Still, after Eastern missed the playoffs, Eastern coach Richard Brubaker was concerned Cooley might be overlooked.

"All the coaches were waiting with anticipation to see if he would make it," Brubaker said. "We were really happy to see him get this type of exposure."

Brubaker sought out Cooley at wrestling practice to congratulate him.

"It was his normal reaction, real humble," Brubaker said.

Undecided on his college destination, Cooley has been contacted by several Division III and Division II schools -- Brubaker said. But in recent weeks some small Division I schools have also reached out to Cooley.

District 3 champion Bishop McDevitt placed four players on the Class AAA team, including quarterback Alec Werner, receiver Brian Lemelle, defensive lineman Stave Marrazzo Jr. and defensive back Darnell Holland. Other District 3 honorees included Lancaster Catholic running back Roman Clay, Muhlenberg lineman Zach Duffy and Manheim Central tight end Taylor Geib.

Erie Cathedral Prep's Damion Terry won Class AAA Player of the Year honors, while his coach, Mike Mischler, earned Class AAA Coach of the Year.

On the Class AAAA team, former William Penn coach Matt Ortega earned top coaching honors. Ortega, who led William Penn to a 37-18 record from 2004-08, led Coatesville to a state final appearance in just his fourth season at the school. North Allegheny's Mack Leftwich won player of the year honors.

Seven District 3 players earned All-State nods in Class AAAA, including three from Wilson (Dominic Moyer, Jimmy Brooks and Junior Joseph) and two from Central Dauphin (Drew Scales and linebacker Zayd Issah). Harrisburg running back Robert Martin and Lower Dauphin kicker Joe Julius also earned spots on the squad.

CLASS AAAA


   The 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State football team. With players' school, height, weight and class.
OFFENSE
QUARTERBACK
   Mack Leftwich, North Allegheny - 5-11, 190 sr.
   Bryan Schor, Delaware Valley - 6-1, 215 sr.
   Thomas Woodson, Gateway - 6-2, 225 sr.
RUNNING BACK
   Mike Class, Pennridge - 5-11, 185 jr.
   James Conner, McDowell - 6-2, 230 jr.
   Robert Martin, Harrisburg - 6-0, 190 jr.
WIDE RECEIVER
   Will Fuller, Roman Catholic - 6-1, 175 sr.
   Gregg Garrity, North Allegheny - 5-10, 145 sr.
   Chris Jones, Coatesville - 5-11, 165 sr.
TIGHT END
   Zach Lyon, North Allegheny - 6-0, 190 sr.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
   Scott Augustine, McDowell - 6-1, 195 jr.
   Dan Herbster, Garnet Valley - 6-3, 275 sr.
   Patrick Kugler, North Allegheny - 6-5, 280 sr.
   Mike McGlinchey, William Penn Charter - 6-8, 275 sr.
   Tom Spiteri, La Salle College - 6-2, 285 sr.
   Mike Unger, Parkland - 6-2, 250 sr.
ATHLETE
   Sean Coleman, La Salle College - 5-9, 170 sr.
   Drew Scales, Central Dauphin - 5-8, 175 sr.
   Von Walker, Central Mountain - 6-0, 195 sr.
KICKER
   Joe Julius, Lower Dauphin - 5-11, 200 jr.
 
DEFENSE
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
   Curtis Cothran, Council Rock North - 6-5, 245 sr.
   Jeremy Gonzales, North Allegheny - 6-1, 220 sr.
   Junior Joseph, Wilson-West Lawn - 6-3, 235 sr.
   Jawan Turner, Woodland Hills - 6-1, 245 sr.
LINEBACKERS
   Alex Beasley, Woodland Hills - 6-0, 230 jr.
   Hodari Christian, McKeesport - 6-0, 215 sr.
   Dakota Everett, Pleasant Valley - 6-4, 225 sr.
   Zayd Issah, Central Dauphin - 6-4, 220 sr.
   Dominic Moyer, Wilson-West Lawn - 5-10, 210 sr.
DEFENSIVE BACKS
   Brendan Coniker, North Allegheny - 6-0, 180 sr.
   Montae Nicholson, Gateway - 6-2, 200 jr.
   John Reid, St. Joseph's Prep - 5-10, 175 so.
DEFENSIVE SPECIALISTS
   Jimmy Brooks, Wilson-West Lawn - 5-8, 160 sr.
   Karlon Quiller, Scranton - 6-0, 180 sr.
 
PLAYER OF YEAR
   Mack Leftwich, North Allegheny
COACH OF YEAR
   Matt Ortega, Coatesville
 

CLASS AAA


   The 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State football team. With players' school, height, weight and class.
OFFENSE
QUARTERBACK
   Joe Carroll, Thomas Jefferson - 6-2, 180 sr.
   Damion Terry, Erie Cathedral Prep - 6-4, 210 sr.
   Alec Werner, Bishop McDevitt - 6-1, 200 sr.
RUNNING BACK
   Roman Clay, Lancaster Catholic - 5-11, 215 sr.
   Alex Cooley, Eastern York - 5-7, 180 sr.
   Colin McDermott, Allentown Central Catholic - 5-11, 185 sr.
WIDE RECEIVER
   Robert Foster, Central Valley - 6-2, 185 sr.
   Brian Lemelle, Bishop McDevitt - 5-11, 175 sr.
   Zack Smith, West York - 6-1, 171 sr.
TIGHT END
   Taylor Geib, Manheim Central - 6-2, 210 jr.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
   Matt Barone, Montour - 6-3, 285 sr.
   Jordan Diven, West Allegheny - 6-1, 230 sr.
   Zach Duffy, Muhlenberg - 6-5, 315 sr.
   Dorian Johnson, Belle Vernon - 6-6, 280 sr.
   Brody Kern, West York - 6-2, 275 sr.
   Fran Walsh, Archbishop Wood - 6-1, 245 sr.
ATHLETE
   Derrick Fulmore, West Mifflin - 6-0, 190 sr.
   Devin Wilson, Montour - 6-4, 180 sr.
KICKER
   John Chereson, Erie Cathedral Prep - 5-10, 170 sr.
 
DEFENSE
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
   Jeff Gulyas, Allentown Central Catholic - 6-3, 210 sr.
   Steve Marrazzo Jr., Bishop McDevitt - 6-1, 210 jr.
   Erik Swanson, Erie Cathedral Prep - 6-2, 230 sr.
   Quinn Thompson, General McLane - 6-5, 230 sr.
LINEBACKERS
   Matt Galambos, Haverford School - 6-2, 225 sr.
   Carter Henderson, Franklin Regional - 6-0, 215 sr.
   Jerry Langan, Abington Heights - 5-11, 200 sr.
   Jake Plonski, Erie Cathedral Prep - 6-2, 220 sr.
   Dalvin Williams, Greater Johnstown - 6-2, 200 sr.
DEFENSIVE BACKS
   Darnell Holland, Bishop McDevitt - 5-11, 185 sr.
   Austin Jerman, Warren Area - 6-2, 180 sr.
   Jermaine Norris, Mastery Charter North - 5-11, 180 jr.
ATHLETE
   Andrew Guckin, Archbishop Wood - 5-11, 200 sr.
   Delton Williams, Erie Cathedral Prep - 6-2, 210 sr.
 
PLAYER OF YEAR
   Damion Terry, Erie Cathedral Prep
COACH OF YEAR
   Mike Mischler, Erie Cathedral Prep