Windber athletes lead way on Somerset All-County Football Team

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Windber entered the 2021 season with a big target on its back. The Ramblers lived up to the billing dominating the WestPAC en route to a conference title and an Appalachian Bowl throttling of Heritage Conference champ, Cambria Heights.

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The Ramblers' postseason accolades continue to roll in. The Somerset Football Coaches selected Windber tailback John Shuster as the all-county Offensive MVP, while head coach Matt Grohal earned Coach of the Year accolades.

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Meanwhile, Berlin Brothersvalley defensive end Holby McClucas collected Defensive MVP honors.

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Shuster racked up 1,407 rushing yards and 25 rushing touchdowns on 155 attempts. Despite not playing a full four quarters of football until Week 9, Shuster had 10, 100-yard games this season. The junior also caught six passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns, and also made an impact on the defensive side of the ball.

Windber tailback John Shuster carries during a WestPAC football game against Conemaugh Valley on Aug. 28, in East Taylor Township.
Windber tailback John Shuster carries during a WestPAC football game against Conemaugh Valley on Aug. 28, in East Taylor Township.

Shuster was also recently named the inaugural Daily American Somerset County All-24 Football Team Offensive MVP.

Grohal guided the Ramblers to a 10-1 mark. Windber suffered a heartbreaking loss to Westinghouse in the District 5-8 Class AA title game. However, Grohal was a major reason for Windber's return to glory. He was also recently selected Daily American Somerset County All-24 Football Team Coach of the Year.

Windber led the all-county selections with 10.

McClucas tallied 76 tackles, including 24 for loss, 9.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries for the Mountaineers. The junior had double digit tackles in two games.

Berlin Brothersvalley defensive end Holby McClucas (4) leads the charge to bring down Portage running back Jon Wolford during a WestPAC football game, Oct. 15, in Berlin.
Berlin Brothersvalley defensive end Holby McClucas (4) leads the charge to bring down Portage running back Jon Wolford during a WestPAC football game, Oct. 15, in Berlin.

Berlin went 8-3 and advanced to the District 5-8 Class AA semifinals before falling to Windber. McClucas was a major part of Berlin's success on both sides of the football. He was a key cog in the wheel on offense. McClucas was one of the top tight ends in the county.

McClucas was also a defensive selection on the Daily American Somerset County All-24 Football Team as well.

The Mountaineers had eight athletes chosen to the all-county team.

2021 Somerset All-County Football Team

Berlin Brothersvalley: Hunter Cornell, Carson Harding, Carson Modrak, Ryan Blubaugh, Cory Jose, Grant Mathias, Holby McClucas, Pace Prosser

Conemaugh Township: Jackson Byer, Billy Rouser, Ethan Black, Tanner Shirley

Meyersdale: Daulton Sellers, Collin Krause

North Star: Carter Weible, Ethan Yoder, Ethan Eller, Connor Yoder

Somerset: Ethan Hemminger, Spencer Marteeny

Windber: Gino Flori, Nathan Grohal, Dylan Tomlinson, John Shuster, Keith Charney, Aiden Gray, Brady Russo, Nick Dom, Ethan Brady, Blake Klosky

This article originally appeared on The Daily American: Windber's Shuster, Berlin's McClucas earn top all-county football honors

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