HS FOOTBALL: Seven area players named to PFW Class A All-State team

Dec. 29—Seven area football players were honored Thursday by being named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class A All-State Team.

Mahanoy Area had three of those selections, as senior offensive tackle David Sanchez, senior linebacker Ben Manley and junior Colm McGroarty made the 41-player Class A squad selected by football writers and broadcasters from across the state, including the Republican Herald.

Also honored on the Class A team were a pair of Tri-Valley players, senior defensive tackle Jacob Scheib and senior linebacker Reece Huntzinger, Minersville senior defensive back Brock Polinsky and Marian junior defensive lineman Jesse Rodino.

Steel-High quarterback Alex Erby was named the Class A Player of the Year, while the Rollers' Andrew Erby was named Class A Coach of the Year.

The Class AA and 3A teams will be released later today, while All-State teams in classes 4A-6A will be unveiled Friday.

The complete Class A team is listed below:

2022 Pennsylvania Football Writers' All-State Teams

CLASS A

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Alex Erby, Steel-High (6-4, 205, junior); Braylon Thomas, Union Area (6-2, 180, junior); Dan McGarry, Curwensville (5-10, 175, senior); Nehemiah Azeem, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (5-9, 175, senior)

Running Back

Jalen Wagner, Reynolds — 6-1, 190 senior

John Shuster, Windber — 5-11, 190 senior

Landan Stevenson, Mapletown — 5-10, 180 senior

Riley Parker, Canton — 6-0, 190 senior

Ronald Burnette, Steel-High — 5-10, 180 junior

Wide Receiver

Ross Eyer, Muncy — 6-4, 185 senior

Xavier Nelson, Bishop Canevin — 5-8, 160 senior

Haydin McLaughlin, Reynolds — 6-0, 190 senior

Tight End

Austyn Smyth, Northern Lehigh — 6-3, 200 senior

Offensive Line

Andrew Erby Jr., Steel-High — 6-4, 275 junior

Mason Nelson, Canton — 6-2, 290 senior

Jackson VanNorman, Northern Lehigh — 6-1, 250 junior

Nate Leksell, Reynolds — 6-0, 255 senior

David Sanchez, Mahanoy Area — 6-1, 290 senior

Tyreese Washington-Law, Clairton — 5-10, 240 senior

Athlete

Branson Eyer, Muncy — 6-1, 175 senior

Nick Frame, Northern Lehigh — 6-2, 180 senior

DEFENSE

Defensive Line

AJ Jimenez, Northern Lehigh — 6-1, 215 senior

Eugene Green, Steel-High — 6-2, 215 junior

Britton Spangle, Glendale — 5-10, 215 senior

Jesse Rodino, Marian Catholic — 6-3, 210 junior

Jacob Scheib, Tri-Valley — 5-11, 210 senior

Linebacker

Hayden Ward, Canton — 5-11, 165 senior

Jason Shuda, Muncy — 6-1, 220 senior

Ben Manley, Mahanoy Area — 6-2, 225 senior

Cody Dumm, Northern Cambria — 5-9, 180 senior

Ethan Karpowich, Northern Lehigh — 6-1, 225 senior

Reece Huntzinger, Tri-Valley — 5-10, 170 senior

Defensive Back

Brock Polinsky, Minersville — 5-11, 165 senior

Colm McGroarty, Mahanoy Area — 5-9, 155 junior

Tanner Trybus, Cambria Heights — 5-11, 170 senior

Jason Cross, Bishop Canevin — 6-0, 165 junior

Jaeion Perry, Steel-High — 6-1, 175 junior

Specialist

Bailey Ferguson, Canton — 6-0, 170 senior

Athlete

Weston Bellows, Canton — 5-10, 190 senior

Mitchell Tingley, Lakeview — 5-7, 185 junior

Tyler Biggans, West Branch — 5-10, 200 junior

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alex Erby, Steel-High

COACH OF THE YEAR: Andrew Erby, Steel-High

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