TRI-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Charles Anderson, RB, Central York: The 6-foot-1, 179-pound tailback was a workhorse for the Division I co-champions this year, using a blend of speed and power to pile up astronomical numbers. Anderson led the YAIAA in carries (260) and yards rushing (1,863), and he scored 20 of the Panthers' 36 offensive touchdowns.
The senior twice topped the 300-yard plateau in a game, including a 38-carry, 310-yard outing in a 13-12 win against South Western. Anderson also served a key role in one of the area's best defenses. He played mostly defensive end, racking up 45 tackles and a sack.
Kyle Baublitz, LB, Central York: The hulking senior came into the season with plenty of hype, and he lived up to his billing. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound linebacker excelled in the Panthers' blitz-happy scheme, piling up an astounding 123 total tackles, using a combination of size and athleticism rarely found at the high school level.
Baublitz, who will enroll early at Penn State this winter and play defensive end, also earned first-team honors as a tight end. He reeled in 17 passes (third-best on the team) for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Levi Sager, RB, South Western: The senior back was the go-to-guy for one of the area's most prolific run attacks. Though the Mustangs spread the wealth offensively, Sager still racked up a team-best 807 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns on just 107 carries. He had a touchdown in 10 of South Western's 12 games.
Fittingly, Sager's biggest statistical performance -- a 16-carry, 108-yard outing -- came in South Western's dramatic, first-round district playoff win against Cedar Cliff.
Ian Smith, QB, South Western: The Mustangs' wing-T attack utilized the pass more than normal this year, in part because of their senior signal caller. In his first full season as a starter, Smith was the third-leading passer in the YAIAA with 1,477 yards, and tossed 16 touchdowns.
Jeremy Knaub, RB, Red Lion : He may not have been flashy, but the junior runner was a model of consistency for Pat Conrad's squad. Knaub used his hard-running style to pile up 984 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Jordan Zackery, WR, William Penn: The small-but-speedy junior was a do-it-all threat in the Bearcats' Spread-T formation. Zackery was William Penn's leading receiver (15 catches, 245 yards) and ran for another 293 yards.
Jimmy Nicklas, WR, South Western: The 6-foot-2 senior was a consistent target for the Mustangs, reeling in 21 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns.
James Morton, WR, Red Lion: The 6-foot-2 pass catcher used his good speed and hands to produce several highlight-reel grabs. Morton had a team-best 411 receiving yards, highlighted by a 124-yard, two-touchdown outing against Spring Grove.
Teddy Fisher, T, Red Lion: At 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, the senior anchored a front-five that helped the Lions amass 3,186 yards of total offense this season.
Logan Neff, T, Central York: The sophomore stepped up to play a huge role on the offensive line that created holes for Anderson. All the more impressive considering Neff's relatively small stature (5-foot-10, 174 pounds).
Dan Laird, G, South Western: In addition to his role on defense, Laird was a key component of an offensive line that helped the Mustangs grind out 2,536 rushing yards this season.
Nick Reed, G, Dallastown: The 240-pound junior bolstered a young offensive line that improved as the season went on. Dallastown won it's final four games of the year to snag a District playoff berth.
Tom Dydek, C, Central York: The 6-foot-1, 194-pound senior was counted on before the season to anchor a young line. Dydek delivered and earned his second straight first-team selection.
Ben Reigart, K, Spring Grove: The junior booted three of his six field goals in a Week 1 win against Kennard-Dale, and added 24 extra points on the season.
Garrett Hartman, DT, Dallastown: The junior was just one key member of a youthful Dallastown defense that held its own all season. Hartman posted 49 tackles, including nine in a season-opening blowout of York Suburban.
Dan Laird, DT, South Western: The senior was part of the foundation of a strong Mustangs defense that held opponents to 9.8 points per game in the regular season. Laird chipped in 57 tackles on the season.
Bobby Esiaba, DE, Dallastown: The speedy, 180-pound junior was a playmaker all season for the Wildcats. Esiaba led Dallastown with 4.5 sacks, recovered two fumbles and was third on the team with 80 tackles.
Kyle Mahorney, DE, South Western: The 6-foot-4 senior was a constant threat off the edge, ranking third on the team in tackles (72) and second in sacks (4).
Jake Myers, ILB, South Western: Bermudian Springs coach Jon DeFoe called Myers one of the best high school players he'd ever seen, and sure enough the senior was the heart and soul of the Mustang defense. He led the team in tackles (139), sacks (5) and tied for tops in interceptions (4).
Ryan Sexton, OLB, South Western: Sexton teamed with Myers to give the Mustangs a fierce linebacking corps. The junior had 71 tackles, including 10 and a fumble recovery in the Mustangs' Oct. 2 victory against Dallastown.
Karl Rice, OLB, Central York: Panthers coach Brad Livingston called the senior Baublitz's "twin" at the beginning of the year, and sure enough the pair combined to form a dominant duo. Rice tallied 66 total tackles and three sacks.
Jimmy Nicklas, DB, South Western: Well known for his exploits at wideout, the senior caught a few balls on defense, as well. His four interceptions were tied for the team lead.
Ben Reigart, DB, Spring Grove: The 5-foot-9 junior was rock solid for a resurgent Rockets defense, picking off two passes and defending four more.
James Culp, DB, Central York: The speedy senior had a team-high five interceptions for the Panthers, including three in a regular season win against Dallastown. Culp also chipped in 35 tackles.
Brittan Jones, DB, Central York: Another key cog in Central's defense. The junior safety had 44 tackles and recorded an interception in the Panthers' division-title clinching win against William Penn.
Keith Stambaugh, K, Spring Grove: The junior averaged an impressive 41.1 yards on 36 punts this season, including a 73-yarder against South Western.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Don Seidenstricker, South Western: The Mustangs' 50th anniversary season was a success, thanks in no small part to their stalwart head coach. In his 24th season, Seidenstricker earned his ninth league coach of the year honor by leading South Western to a 11-2 mark, a share of the Division I title and No. 4 seed in the District 3, Class AAAA playoffs.
Through it all, the Mustangs exhibited the hallmarks of a Seidenstricker-coached team: spreading the wealth on offense and playing sound, fundamental defense.
-- John Clayton