By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | December 17, 2012 | Photo courtesy The Review
In a year where several teams at the top it was a tough call for the major award winners.
Tioga went the furthest of any team and only lost to Waverly in a close back and forth game during the regular season.
The Tiger's running backs ran for over 3,000 yards this season despite losing top rusher from last year Cody Bennett. The Tioga line was a big part of that and one of the key linemen was Carter Jackson, the All-Region Player of the Year.
Jackson also helped anchor Tioga's tough defense as well.
Tioga's Tyler Spires is the Defensive Player of the Year, the hardnosed leader of the Tiger defense.
Troy's Jed Wright is the Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for over 1,500 yards including several 200 yard rushing games.
The Lineman of the Year is Athens' Jon Canfield who anchored the powerful Wildcat running attack and defensive line.
Towanda sophomore Noah Huff is the Newcomer of the Year. He had to take over the reigns on offense when senior starter Trey Sites went down and had over 1400 yards of combined offense despite missing a game himself.
The Coach of the Year is Waverly's Jason Miller. Miller's squad was the only team from the area to go undefeated in the regular season and bested both Athens and Tioga in that time.
On offense the First Team is Waverly's Zach Cooney at quarterback, Tioga's Jesse Manuel and Spires along with Athens' Tyler Birdsall at running back with the three wide receivers Waverly's Austyn Bostwick, North Penn's Sam Bohnert and Athens' Ray McDougan.
The tight end is Wildcat Curt Moore while the offensive linemen are Jackson, Tioga's Jake Howland, Canfield, Towanda's Dave Canfield and Troy's Koty Kendall. The kicker is Athens' Troy Stivason while Wright is on at versatility.
The first team defense boasts Tioga's Dylan Babcock and Jackson, Athens' Craig Moore and Sayre's Gabe Nobles on the line with Waverly's Dylan Gutierrez and Mark Connor, Athens' Mike Estes, Spires and Sayre's Al Bodolus as the linebackers.
The defensive backs are Canton's Eddie Larcom, Athens' Austin Depew, Cooney and Troy's Justin Bradley. Troy's Josh McClaren is the punter while North Penn's Taylor Hillson is on at versatility.
Huff headlines the second team offense at quarterback with Tioga's Brad Jump at fullback and Wellsboro's Jermain Brooks and Sayre's Kyle Post at running back.
The three wide receivers are CV's Ryan Freeman, Athens' Brad Sampson and Waverly's Cody Marchese while Wellsboro's Dan Saniga is the tight end.
The offensive line is North Penn's Isaiah Compton, Athens' Tom Shenot, Towanda's Dan Corbett, Sayre's Derek Meyers and Waverly's Jeff Klossner. Waverly's Dan Hyland is the kicker while Towanda's Brandon Dinelli is on at versatility.
The second team defense boasts Tioga's Mike Melella, Troy's Connor Voorhees and the Canton duo of Tanner Machmer and Tim Bassett on the defensive line while the linebackers are Waverly's Jon Puusalu, Troy's Nick Stephani, Athens' Casey Clark, Wyalusing's Dylan Otis and Towanda's Justin Hunsinger.
The defensive backs are Tioga's Ryan House, Waverly's Anthony Girolamo, Wellsboro's Michael Pietropola and Troy's Brandon Mattocks. Towanda's Tony Daniello is the versatility selection while Wyalusing's Tyler Fenton is the punter.
The third team offense is Tioga's Ryan Vergason at quarterback with Wyalusing's Tim Ace and North Penn's Bryce Zaparzynski at running back. Athens' Garrett Clark and Waverly's Dylan Perry are the two wide receivers with Towanda's Austin Markel the tight end.
The offensive linemen are Wellsboro's Connor Coolidge, Wyalusing's Caleb Johnson, Troy's Hayden Nowacowski, Sayre's David Mendola and Canton's Connor Route with Wellsboro's Ben Shaw the versatility selection and Canton's Brian Jannone the kicker.
For third team defense the linemen are Towanda's Nick Place, Troy's Briar Jenkins and Walker West, Wyalusing's Paul Fusco and North Penn's Chris Mackley while the linebackers are North Penn's Noah Corwin, Athens' Shane Martin, CV's Luke Plummer, Canton's Wes Moore and Troy's Kyle Schucker.
The four defensive backs are Waverly's Dylan Wright, Wyalusing's Brandon Kelley and Brandon Davis and CV's Brandon Whitesell.
The punter is Canton's Chase Pepper while the versatility is Troy's Isaac Havens.