PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Alex Cooley, RB, Sr., Eastern York: The senior's milestone-shattering season was nothing short of remarkable. Cooley not only set the PIAA single-game record for rushing yards in 2012 -- he also secured second place on that same list. The apex of the 5-foot-7, 177-pound rusher's campaign came on Sept. 28, when he rushed for 500 yards (along with eight touchdowns) against Hanover.
In Week 10, Cooley nearly shattered his own PIAA record when he piled up 495 rushing yards in a beyond-wild 81-58 win vs. York County Tech. Overall, Cooley amassed a YAIAA-record 2,845 rushing yards this season, along with 32 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 11 yards per carry.
Cooley finished his career with a 6,015 rushing yards -- yet another league record.
Tanner Cool, QB, Sr., Biglerville: Cool was the YAIAA's most accurate quarterback, completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,466 yards. He fired 14 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.
James Dougherty, QB, Sr., York Catholic: No area passer threw for more yards than Dougherty's 2,641 this season. The southpaw also registered a 58.6 completion rate and 25 touchdown throws.
Mike Moore, QB, Sr., Bermudian Springs: Lost in the clockwork-like efficiency of the Eagles' run game was the steady play of Moore. The senior completed 53.3 percent of his passes for 1,332 yards.
Oakley Fissel, RB, Sr., Biglerville: The Canners runner turned in his second straight 1,000-yard rushing campaign. He led Biglerville in yards (1,122) and rushing touchdowns (20) and averaged 8.2 yards per carry.
Zach Stroup, RB, Sr., Bermudian Springs: The Eagles' top rusher and senior leader, Stroup piled up 1,252 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
Joe Hurda, FB, Jr., Biglerville: Another member of Biglerville's three-headed monster at running back with Fissel and Jordan Wenk. Hurda got the tough yards between the tackles, churning out 914 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Calvin Savary, FB, Jr., York County Tech: Savary was the definition of a workhorse for the Spartans. He carried 267 times for 1,554 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Tristan Sponseller, FB, Jr., Bermudian Springs: Sponseller supplied the power portion of Bermudian's Wing-T attack with 1,140 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Jose Gonzalez, WR, Sr., Hanover: The passing game was a bright spot for rebuilding Hanover, and Gonzalez was the Nighthawks top pass-catcher (35 receptions, 400 yards).
Nick Hornbrook, WR, Sr., Littlestown: The Bolts' No. 1 receiver, Hornbrook snatched 35 catches this season, including five touchdown grabs.
Tyler Lieberum, WR, Sr., Biglerville: A constant big-play threat, Lieberum averaged 24.8 yards per catch en route to 619 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Aaron O'Brien, WR, Sr., York Catholic: Dougherty's top target. O'Brien had 37 catches for 794 yards -- good for a 21.5 average -- and 10 touchdown grabs.
Jake Heiland, TE, Sr., Biglerville: Heiland caught 15 passes for 298 yards and five touchdowns -- two of which came during a first-round playoff win vs. Trinity.
Brandon Markle, TE, Sr., Bermudian Springs: The senior functioned as both a blocker and a pass-catcher, notching 11 catches for 186.
Austin Noel, TE, Sr., Delone Catholic: The two-way standout led the Squires in all major receiving categories, hauling in 23 passes for 483 yards and five scores.
Brett Harris, OG, Jr., Fairfield: Harris led a unit that helped clear the way for standout back Thomas Bollinger to amass 1,025 rushing yards.
Henry Lillich, OG, Sr., York County Tech: The wins didn't materialize as often as Tech would have liked this season, but it wasn't the run game's fault. Lillich helped the Spartans average 315.9 rushing yards per contest.
Brock Linebaugh, OG, Sr., Bermudian Springs: One of three Eagles offensive linemen to make the first team, Linebaugh bolstered one of Bermudian's strongest units.
Curtis Laughman, OT, Sr., Bermudian Springs: The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder anchored a line that allowed the Eagles to average 254.4 rushing yards per game.
Jack Neitz, OT, Sr., Delone Catholic: The Squires would not have been able to average 33.8 points per game without the development of players such as Neitz -- a 5-foot-11, 230-pound senior -- along the line.
Trevor Stover, OT, Sr., Biglerville: The 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior helped blow open holes for the Canners' versatile rushing attack (260.8 yards per game).
Connor Bossom, C, Jr., Delone Catholic: The junior centered a line that helped Delone average 245 rushing yards in three playoff games.
Brock Flemmens, C, Sr., Bermudian Springs: The Eagles' dominance up front started with Flemmens, who provided plenty of size (6-1, 250) and muscle at the center position.
Tyler Markle, C, Sr., York Catholic: One of the members of the "100 percent beef club," as the Irish O-line was called. He helped lay the foundation for an offense that averaged 33 points and more than 400 yards per game.
Jorden Trostel, K, So., Biglerville: Nicknamed "J.T. Money" by his coach, Alex Ramos, Trostel made three field goals and 42 extra points.
Brock Linebaugh, DT, Sr., Bermudian Springs: In addition to his work along the offensive front, Linebaugh added six sacks and 51 tackles.
Ben Smith, DT, Jr., York Catholic: A junior, Smith hunted down 36 tackles and also added a trio of sacks -- two of which came in a win vs. Littlestown.
Trevor Stover, DT, Sr., Biglerville: Stover made his presence felt on the defensive side, as well, where he amassed 43 tackles and a sack.
Chris McManama, DE, Sr., Bermudian Springs: The senior terrorized quarterbacks to the tune of a team-best 7.5 sacks.
Jake Slonaker, DE, Sr., Bermudian Springs: Along with McManama, Slonaker gave the Eagles plenty of playmaking ability off the ends. Slonaker chipped in seven sacks and 65 tackles.
Chiam Smith, DE, Jr., York Suburban: Smith amassed three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in addition to his 49 tackles.
Austin Hartzell, ILB, Jr., Bermudian Springs: The Eagles second-leading tackler (94), Hartzell also notched three sacks and an interception.
Joe Hurda, ILB, Jr., Biglerville: The junior made 34 tackles and had his only sack during an opening-night win vs. James Buchanan.
Austin Noel, ILB, Sr., Delone Catholic: Noel tracked down an incredible 153 tackles, including 94 solo stops, to go along with 6.5 sacks. He had eight games with 11 or more takedowns, including a season-high 19 against York County Tech.
Trevor Hildebrand, OLB, Jr., Littlestown: Hildebrand made 78 stops on defense, including a season-high 12 during a Week 5 contest against York Catholic.
Zach Smith, OLB, Sr., Delone Catholic: Another member of a strong Squires linebacker corps, Smith made 57 tackles and tacked on an interception.
Zach Stroup, OLB, Sr., Bermudian Springs: The two-way playmaker had 39 tackles and one interception -- which he returned 35 yards for a touchdown against York Suburban.
Dustin DeGroft, CB, Jr., Littlestown: The junior made 56 total tackles, including 13 stops and a sack during a tight loss to York Catholic.
Oakley Fissel, CB, Sr., Biglerville: A repeat two-way all-star, Fissel snagged four interceptions.
Sean McManama, CB, Sr., Bermudian Springs: The senior made 41 tackles and also added a sack and two fumble recoveries for the Eagles' smothering defense.
Tyler Lieberum, S, Sr., Biglerville: A ball-hawk on defense, as well, Lieberum swiped three interceptions and made a team-best 54 tackles.
Mike Moore, S, Sr., Bermudian Springs: When he wasn't running the offense, Moore led the defense from his safety spot. He chased down 51 tackles and nabbed two picks.
Brett Smith, S, Sr., Delone Catholic: Known more for his work at quarterback, Smith also managed 72 tackles and a team-best five interceptions from his safety spot.
Jose Gonzalez, P, Sr., Hanover: Gonzalez averaged better than 37 yards per kick for the Nighthawks.
Lance Reneker, Spec., Sr., Delone Catholic: A productive running back, Reneker also stood out on special teams. He produced three return touchdowns (two kickoff, one punt).
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jon Defoe, Bermudian Springs: Make it two straight YAIAA Division III titles -- and two straight undefeated regular seasons -- for Defoe's Eagles, who ended up advancing to the District 3 Class AA title game. You'd have to go back to Oct. 29, 2010, to find Bermudian's last divisional loss. Not too shabby.
QB Brady Goodfellow, Hanover; QB Brett Smith, Delone Catholic; RB Thomas Bollinger, Fairfield; RB Matt Lehr, York Catholic; FB Matt Giuffreda, Delone Catholic; WR/Spec. Jaime Nixon-Alark, York Suburban; WR Joseph Rost, York Catholic; TE Juan Aguilar, Hanover; TE Chiam Smith, York Suburban; OG Larry Griffin, Littlestown; OG Matt Kauffman, York Suburban; OG Joel Lawerence, Eastern York; OT Clay Reichart, Hanover; OT Ian Shelley, York Catholic; C Eric Showers, Biglerville; K James Dougherty, York Catholic.
DT Shurome Hairston, York County Tech; DT Brett Harris, Fairfield; DT Jack Neitz, Delone Catholic; DE Kurtis Barbers, York Catholic; DE Justin Gobrecht, Delone Catholic; ILB Grant Mauro, Bermudian Springs; ILB Seth McGregor, Littlestown; ILB Doug Mills, York Catholic; OLB Emanuel McDowell, York Suburban; CB Ian Brown, Hanover; CB Chandler Draughn, York Suburban; CB Aaron O'Brien, York Catholic; CB Ryan Rickell, Littlestown; S Mike Quealy, Fairfield; S Lucas Reynolds, Littlestown; S Joseph Rost, York Catholic; P James Dougherty, York Catholic.
-- John Clayton