GameTimePA.com's Offensive Player of the Year
Ross Campbell, West York, sr., QB: At one point this season, Campbell led the YAIAA in passing and rushing. Through the regular season, he finished third in passing yardage to Hanover's Kyle Krout and York Suburban's Thomas Merkle, and behind York Catholic QB Hakeem Kinard in rushing.
However, what set Campbell apart was the West York machine in which he served as conductor.
The Bulldogs averaged 495 yards of total offense during the regular season. Before a District 3 Class AAA elimination vs. Cocalico, their only loss came by one point to Dallastown (9-2).
As for Campbell's production? He rushed for 1,474 yards and a league-high 26 touchdowns. As for passing, he threw for 1,681 yards and another 11 TDs — to just six interceptions.
GameTimePA.com's first-team offense
Colton Dull, Bermudian Springs, sr., RB: Dull led the offensive charge in Bermudian's run to a YAIAA Division III title and No. 2 seed in the District 3 Class AA playoffs. The fullback rushed for 1,466 yards and 22 TDs. Only York Catholic's Kinard and West York's Campbell — both quarterbacks — had more yards for YAIAA teams this season.
Terrance Carter, Central York, sr., RB: If the YAIAA had fantasy football draft, Carter would have been worth considering with a high pick. He rushed for 835 yards and 11 touchdown while scoring another five TDs on 24 receptions for 436 yards.
Dylan Krieger, Hanover, sr., WR: Krieger had the most productive season for a YAIAA receiver in recent memory. He caught 78 passes — 33 more than the next-closest receiver — and gained 1,279 yards. Both totals led the league. By season's end, the 6-foot-5 Krieger found himself throwing and running to ignite the Nighthawks' attack.
Collin Mailman, York Suburban, jr., WR: Speaking of that next-closest receiver, Mailman's 45 catches for 1,007 yards and eight TDs helped Suburban in its move up to Division II. He was the top target for QB Thomas Merkle, who threw for 1,625 yards — second-most in the YAIAA during the regular season.
Drew Hartlaub, South Western, so., specialist: Hartlaub's 14 TDs came in three ways this year — six rushing, five receiving and three on kick returns. Hartlaub emerged early in the season as a big-play threat and continued to factor into the Mustangs' offense. His 1,303 total yards included 382 rushing and 481 receiving. Just a sophomore, Hartlaub averaged 29.3 yards per kickoff return, including a season-best 95-yarder.
Antijuan Washington, Fairfield, jr., TE: The position might be going out of style with most offenses, but Washington made it a necessity for the Green Knights. He led them in receiving with 25 catches for 392 yards and four TDs.
Tray Noye, Dallastown, sr., T: A YAIAA Division I all-star last season at guard, coach Kevin Myers made the change with Noye this season to tackle. And guess what? He repeated as an all-league lineman at the new position.
Garret Ishman, Eastern York, sr., T: An all-league tackle in Division III last year, Ishman again earned more honors with the move up to Division II. However, YAIAA coaches selected him to their Division II all-star team at guard after he changed positions late in the season. "It was something we should have done before the season started," coach Dave Kemmick said. "He did great and whatever you asked him to do." And the Golden Knights benefited to the tune of 301.6 yards rushing per game.
Justin Tindull, Dallastown, sr., G: Like Noye, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Tindull changed positions — but to guard — and helped Addison Quinones rush for 1,159 yards and 13 TDs. The Wildcats won the YAIAA Division I title.
Sam McCollum, Bermudian Springs, sr, G: A wrestler for the Eagles, McCollum helped pave the way in Bermudian's wing-T offense that generated close to 350 yards rushing per game.
Logan Stover, West York, sr., C: While Campbell took player-of-the-year honors, much work had to be done up front to help the Bulldogs improve by six wins over last year. Look no further than Stover at center in West York's no-huddle offense. The Bulldogs' top 13 rushers this season all averaged at least 5 yards per carry.
Mac Curran, Dallastown, sr., K: A Penn State commit in soccer, Curran's leg gave a considerable boost to the Wildcats on the gridiron. In 10 games, Curran booted 12 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. He scored 57 points and converted 9-of-12 field goals, including a season-best 49-yarder against Red Lion.
Hakeem Kinard, York Catholic, sr., QB
Briton Shelton, Bermudian Springs, sr., RB
Shay Feulmer, Spring Grove, sr., RB
Diego Torres, West York, sr., WR
Qua'Shawn Grooms, York Catholic, sr., WR
Owen Ritter, Dallastown, sr., TE
Levi Murphy, Dover, sr., T
Owen Jacobs, Spring Grove, so., T
Andrew Lawson, Spring Grove, jr., G
Hunter Mummert, West York, sr., G
Silas Hall, Bermudian Springs, sr., C
Andrew Luckenbaugh, Spring Grove, jr., K
Kobe Wansel, Gettysburg, sr., specialist
GameTimePA.com's Defensive Player of the Year
Addison Quinones, Dallastown, sr., S: Quinones was as versatile a defender as it got around the league. He started at safety but also could play linebacker. He led the Wildcats' defense with 96 tackles in their march to a YAIAA Division I title. He also paced the offense with 1,159 yards rushing.
"The athleticism speaks for itself, but his leadership set him apart," Dallastown coach Kevin Myers said. "The best compliment I can give him is he's a lot like Ben Kline. He could have a good conversation with adults and then have fun with his buddies."
Kline led the Wildcats on both sides of the ball in their 2010 pursuit of a division championship. He then went on to play at Penn State, where he is currently redshirted as a senior.
Quinones has college aspirations but is still mulling whether to play football or lacrosse, Myers said.
"I know he's looking at some higher academic schools, but he's keeping his options open."
GameTimePA.com's first-team defense
Giovanni Almanza-Alvarado, Gettysburg, sr., DE: A force on both sides, Gettysburg benefited from the returning Mid-Penn all-star during its first season in the YAIAA. The Warriors had the league's third-best defense in yards given up during the regular season and finished in the top six offensively in yardage. Almanza-Alvarado received first-team all-league honors from Division II coaches both at offensive tackle and defensive end.
Noah Hakes, Bermudian Springs, sr., DT: A returning all-star, Hakes again received the Division III coaches' nod as a first-team tackle. Yes, he shows up on both offense and defense all-star lists. Through the 10-game regular season, Bermudian finished second in the YAIAA for offensive yards and first in fewest yards given up by a defense. Hakes also finished among the Eagles' top three in tackling, and he was second in sacks to senior end Cody Rowland.
Nate Mentzer, Biglerville, sr., DT: The Canners went from a one-win team last year to a District 3 playoff berth in Class AA, and Mentzer's efforts had much to do with the improvement. A returning all-star, Mentzer led the Canners in tackles for loss and finished third overall in tackles for Biglerville.
Kristoffer Phennicie, Dallastown, sr., DE: Phennicie proved to be a sack artist with a team-high 11 for the Wildcats. He totaled 39 tackles, some of which came at key moments. For example, take his shared stop of William Penn at the goal line just before halftime. The stand preserved momentum for the Wildcats (9-2 overall) in their unbeaten Division I mark.
Michael Ogle, Bermudian Springs, sr., LB: For much of this season, Ogle led the YAIAA's best defense in tackles. Through the regular season, Bermudian was the only team that gave up fewer than 2,000 yards — just 1,528 total — and the Eagles forced 28 turnovers.
Lucas Barshinger, Eastern York, sr., LB: A two-way standout in the Golden Knights' first playoff appearance since 1990, Barshinger led Eastern's defense in tackles (86 through the regular season). He also scored a team-best 19 TDs through their final game in Week 11 vs. district power Bishop McDevitt. "He dominated both sides of the ball," Eastern coach Dave Kemmick said. "He gives you everything."
William Reilly, Dallastown, jr., LB: Reilly wasn't far behind Quinones in tackles with 93. Coach Kevin Myers described Reilly as "the type of kid that's going to sell out and do what he's gotta do." On top of defense, Reilly also served as the long snapper on punts, extra points and field goals.
John Middleton, Dallastown, sr., CB: A first-year starter, Middleton emerged with a team-leading six interceptions. "He wasn't big in size and stature but made some big plays," coach Kevin Myers said of the 5-foot-7, 140-pound corner. One of his biggest interceptions clinched Dallastown's Week 10 win at Red Lion, when Middleton pulled in a long pass headed toward the goal line. The turnover also sealed the Wildcats' outright division championship.
Brett Kinneman, West York, sr., S: The safety position was arguably one of the YAIAA's deepest (see Ryan Markle below). Kinneman hadn't played football since junior high. He already had a Division I college baseball scholarship pact with North Carolina State, but he decided to come out for football. The Bulldogs, in turn, had the YAIAA's second-stingiest defense with Kinneman providing a team-high 99 tackles. "We're not here if it's not for him," coach Ron Miller said during West York's run to the postseason.
Wyatt Gearhart, Bermudian Springs, sr., CB: As menacing as the Eagles were up front, their secondary also could give quarterbacks nightmares. Senior safety Ryan Markle tied a school record with nine interceptions, which he reached in Week 10. At cornerback, the versatile Gearhart added five more picks and a fumble recovery.
Jacob Garrity, Dallastown, jr., P: This punter could hit. Garrity starred on Dallastown's defense, producing an interception in the end zone against South Western that fueled the Wildcats' rally from 21 points down. YAIAA Division I coaches selected him as their first-team punter, where he averaged 40.8 yards per attempt and had seven kicks inside the 20-yard line.
Nick Kniery, West York, sr., DT
Nick Argento, Red Lion, so., DT
Cody Rowland, Bermudian Springs, sr., DE
Seth Janney, South Western, so., DE
Gary Gobernik, Northeastern, jr., LB
Antwan Jackson, Red Lion, sr., LB
Garrett Stauffer, West York, sr., LB
Zack Stauffer, Spring Grove, sr., LB
Ryan Krebs, South Western, sr., S
Tyler Loucks, Delone Catholic, sr., S
Ryan Markle, Bermudian Springs, sr., S
Brock Geiman, South Western, jr. P
Coach of the Year
Jon Scepanski, Northeastern: If moving up to Class AAAA-heavy Division I wasn't enough for Scepanski's Class AAA Bobcats, he lost his starting quarterback in Week 1. Northeastern was even down to its third QB for a stretch and also lost leading rusher Kody Reeser to injury for a few games. Still, the Bobcats finished the year 5-5 behind the second-year coach.
In addition to a beefed up schedule, Northeastern improved from a 1-9 season in Scepanski's first year with the young squad. Many of his players — particularly at the skill positions — are slated to return next year.
Also earning consideration were Bermudian Springs' Jon DeFoe, who guided a disciplined team to a 10-0 regular season, and Gettysburg's Matt Heiser, whose Warriors contended for a YAIAA Division II title and reached the district playoffs. A year after Dallastown's run to the Class AAAA district finals, Kevin Myers' Dallastown Wildcats sustained the success and won Division I.
Bermudian Springs: Dustin Lauver, T, Brennan Waltermyer, LB
Biglerville: Jorden Trostel, K/P
Central York: Elzir Stroman, LB, Isaiah Dickson, LB, Jeremiah Dadeboe, DB, Robert Romey III, TE
Dallastown: Jordan Burns, C
Delone Catholic: Justin Gobrecht, TE, Jake Kadis, RB., Chase Kint, T/D
Dover: Shawn Orchard, DE, Malik Allen, DE, Durran Ledbetter, LB, John Sterner, DB
Eastern York: Keegan Corwell, RB, Jake Kessler, S, David Livelsberger, RB, Damian McKinsey, K, Wyatt Smith, OT
Fairfield: Mike Quealy, WR
Gettysburg: Mitchell Hoffman, DT, Wade Laudeman, LB, Lane Sherman, DB, Michael Heeschen
Hanover: Kyle Krout, QB, Garrett Reichard, G, Bill Morris, LB
Kennard-Dale: Austin Jenkins, DB
Littlestown: Lucas Reynolds, LB
New Oxford: Max Lippy, G, Brock Hartman, T, Keegan Romanoff, KR
Northeastern: Peyton Wolgamuth, G, Tate Lau, DE, Conner Johnson, S
Red Lion: Sam Lowe, DE, Stone Hill, LB, Nate Orji, DB, Kendrick Boyd-Gillespie, DB
South Western: Tyler Jachelski, LB, Matt Helwig, OT
Spring Grove: Ian Slaven, DB
Susquehannock: Josh Stoneberg, QB.
West York: Ian Lichty, TE, Noah Townsley, LB, Gavin Toomey, DB
William Penn: James Way III, QB, Sae'Quan Whitaker, WR, Lasmir Mitchell, LB, Bryshon Sweeney, CB, Jake Whitfield, DT
York Catholic: Dan Yokemick, S.
York County Tech: Mason Carl, C.
York Suburban: Thomas Merkle, QB, Sawyer Robinson, LB, Dustin Knaub, DB.
Note: Players were selected for just one side of the ball even if they played on both.