Spartans come on late in season, win first ever State Title

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
February 25, 2015



In 2014, many firsts happened all across the country. Some teams made it to the playoffs for the first time, while others advanced to the season’s culminating championship games for the first time.


In Columbia, Missouri the Spartans from Battle High School captured their school’s first ever State Championship in football, beating Nixa, 24-22.


The fight to get to the State Championship for Battle, however, was just that – quite the challenge.


The Spartans started their season off on the wrong foot, dropping a high-scoring matchup to Jackson, 62-34. Despite 265 rushing yards by Nash Sutherlin, the Spartans were outdone in the second half, surrendering 27 points over the final two quarters.


Despite the loss to open the season, Battle put forth a gutsy performance against Wentzville Holt in their second game of the season. Leading 42-28 at halftime, the Spartans allowed the Indians back in to the game in the second half after a quick 70-yard touchdown heave cut the Battle advantage to 49-42.


Sutherlin however would put the game away with a 50-yard touchdown rush, his second of the game, with just 3:47 left to play, giving the Spartans a 56-42 advantage. Even with a late touchdown surrendered to the Indians, Battle pulled off the victory, 56-49, in what would be the highest scoring game of the season in terms of total points for both teams.


After their exciting victory over Holt, Battle took to their home field for the first time in 2014, against Class 6 Rock Bridge.


After starting the game with two unconventional scores, a safety and a field goal, that gave the Spartans a 5-0 lead, the Bruins would launch a 25-point scoring onslaught over the next 25 minutes. Rock Bridge would hold on to defeat Battle, 25-11, pushing the Spartans record to just 1-2 on the season.


The Spartans brought their record back to even with a 36-0 shutout victory over Excelsior Springs in week four, only to be right back on the losing side of things a week later. Against Helias Catholic, Battle turned the ball over three times and committed nine penalties for 75 yards in a 29-14 defeat.


The playoffs seemed a long ways away for the Spartans after week five, but nevertheless, the Battle defense stood tall in their next two games, holding both Hickman and Lee’s Summit North to just seven points apiece and just 116 and 96 total yards of offense, respectively. Battle defeated the Kewpies, 14-7 before defeating the Broncos, 37-7.


Any momentum built from their two consecutive wins before, was lost the next week when Battle hosted Jefferson City in the final regular season home game of the year. The Jays built a 31-7 lead at halftime and didn’t look back, defeating the Spartans, 38-20.


In the final game of the regular season however, Battle once again got back to their winning ways, defeating Hannibal, 28-14 to push their record to 5-4 before heading to the playoffs as an unlikely contender.


The start to the playoffs pitted the Spartans against a one-win team in Washington, whom Battle defeated easily, 56-8 to advance.


Carrying what would become a common trend into their next game, Battle would face off against one of their regions top teams, and one of the teams that had been qualified for an automatic pass from the first round of the playoffs. Waynesville, the Spartans opponent in the second round, was coming off a week of rest, having been granted a bye in the first round.


Their rest seemingly paid off as late in the fourth quarter, Waynesville running back Jalen Thomas scored from 1-yard out to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 17-14. That lead needed to last just 0:18 seconds longer however, as Sutherlin capped a quick drive with a 3-yard touchdown rush for the game-winning score.


The Spartans advanced to the third round after defeating Waynesville, 21-17.


Battle would take on Camdenton in their next postseason game, another team that had been granted a pass through the first round of the playoffs.


The Spartans scored first on a Brevinn Tyler connection to Chyrome Thorpe in the first quarter before Camdenton would tie the score before halftime at 7-7. Battle however would score two quick times in the third quarter to steal momentum and hold on to beat the Lakers, 22-14 and advance to the state quarterfinals.


Fort Zumwalt North would await the Spartans in the quarterfinals, having won their two playoffs games with ease, 29-0 over Parkway North and 42-7 over Fort Zumwalt East. The Panthers were also granted a bye in the first round of the playoffs and would meet the Spartans holding  a 10-1 record.


Similar to their previous game, Battle and Fort Zumwalt North went to the halftime break tied, this time at 13 points apiece.


Tyler would throw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Javeon McQuitty in the opening moments of the third quarter before both defenses would stand tall. The Tyler-McQuitty connection would be the final points of the game, and be enough to advance the Spartans to the state semifinals with a 20-13 victory.


Taking on their lone opponent who wasn’t granted that first round bye, the Spartans seemingly looked the part of the dominant team, dismantling Ladue Horton Watkins, 34-6 to advance to the school’s first ever state championship game appearance.


The State Championship game featured two teams just as unlikely as the other to have made it to the season’s culminating game. Both Nixa and Battle would bring with them a 10-4 record.


The Spartans got the scoring started with a Marshall Willingham 17-yard score with just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter.


The Eagles answered back however, with two quick Alec Murphy scores that gave Nixa a 14-7 lead that they would take to halftime. A scoreless third quarter was broken in rapid fashion as Battle kicker Kaleb Adams connected on a 43-yard field goal with 4:01 left.


Nixe quarterback Logan Tyler would be intercepted on the Eagles ensuing possession as Darrion Hall would secure the takeaway and return it for a touchdown. After a successful two-point conversion, the Spartans lead 18-14 in just a matter of 1:10 seconds.


Riding their momentum, Brevinn Tyler would rush from 18-yards out to give Battle a 24-14 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter.


Adams field goal in the third quarter would prove to be the difference in the game after Dawson Mills connected with Dustin Clifton for 17-yards and a score that brought the Eagles within two points, 24-22.


The Spartans would need to bleed the remaining 4:18 off of the clock to hold on to the victory. They got help by means of a big 33-yard completion from Tyler to Thorpe on a 3rd and 8 play. After the pass, Tyler would seemingly put the game away with a 50-yard touchdown rush, only to be called back by an illegal procedure penalty.


Nevertheless, the Spartans would be able to run out the final moments of the clock and secure the school’s first ever football State Championship, holding on to defeat Nixa, 24-22.



After an up and down season ended with the ultimate goal, the 2015 season for the Spartans will have to have some exciting moments to compete with this past season. Battle will return Tyler (a rising junior), Thorpe, McQuitty and a host of other offensive stars looking to defend their title.


One thing is for sure, if teams didn’t know who the Battle Spartans were before 2014, they know now.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Nash Sutherlin (2090 yards)

Passing: Brevinn Tyler (1379 yards)

Receiving: Chyrome Thorpe (554 yards)

All-Purpose: Nash Sutherlin (1290 yards)

Touchdowns: Nash Sutherlin (19)

Rush attempts: Nash Sutherlin (280 carries)

Receptions: Chyrome Thorpe (43 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Interceptions: Kole Hinton (4)

Interception return: Marshall Willingham (111 yards)

Fumbles recovered: Chandler Anderson (4)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 427 points

Opponent scoring: 311

Total offense: 5186 yards

Total rushing yards: 1669 yards

Total passing yards: 3517 yards

Opponent offense: 3153 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1475 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1678 yards

Turnover differential: +9 (18 interceptions, 11 fumbles)

Maroons successfully defend their title, win school's 5th Championship

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 30, 2015


All season long in 2014, the Dowling Catholic looked like a team on a mission. With one goal in mind, that mission was completed when the Maroons defeated Washington, 49-14 and hoisted the Iowa 4A State Championship trophy for the second consecutive year, and fifth time overall.


Senior quarterback, Iowa commit and undisputed Dowling leader Ryan Boyle led the charge in 2014 as he led the Maroons to the single greatest season in Iowa 4A history. The 697 points put on the board for Dowling last fall set the highest mark for points in a season in Iowa history.


On the other side of the ball, Dowling’s defense did more than its share while special teams also helped to set the Dowling offense in prime position all season long.


All three units were so good for the Maroons in 2014 that 11 of Dowling’s 13 victories, at one point or another, saw the 35-point, running-clock mercy rule take effect.


Boyle finishes his career at Dowling as one of the more decorated quarterbacks in Iowa history as well, throwing for nearly 8,000 yards (7,887) and nearly 100 touchdowns (97). His 2014 numbers nearly equaled his numbers from his junior season, throwing for 1,924 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 1,082 yards and another 18 scores.


His senior year followed up an incredible 2013 season in which he threw for 1,751 and 18 touchdowns while he ran for 1,138 yards and 22 touchdowns. He finished his career with back-to-back State Championships. 




He was named as the 2014 Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year to boot. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback is committed to the University of Iowa and was rated on nearly every list as one of the top players across the entire state.


The 2014 season for Boyle and the Maroons may not have had as much success, had it not had a minor setback in September.


On September 19, 2014, Dowling traveled to rival Valley High School for a rematch of 2013’s state semifinals matchup. The Maroons found themselves trailing at halftime however, 24-7, as a Boyle pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown for the Tigers that stole any momentum at the break.


Despite Boyle’s best comeback efforts, Dowling found themselves on the losing end of a game for the first time since November of 2012, dropping the game to Valley, 24-21.


After the loss, head coach Tom Wilson rallied his troops and used the defeat at the hands of their rival as a wake-up call, a time to reflect and ideally, win-out.


Dowling did just that, ripping off 10 straight victories, and doing so in impressive fashion.


The Maroons tore in to Lewis Central a week after the loss to Valley, defeating the Titans, 51-10. They defeated Sioux City East by the same 51-10 margin a week later. Continuing the tear, Dowling finished the regular season with big wins over Johnston (50-13), Roosevelt (70-21) and Des Moines North (77-7).


Entering the postseason at 8-1 gave the Maroons the fourth ranked seed in the 4A Playoffs. They simply continued their impressive play, defeating Indianola, 62-21 to start the playoffs.


Dowling advanced to the state quarterfinals after defeating Ames, 59-24 and then advanced to the state semifinals by cruising past Ankeny, 48-14.


In their slimmest margin of victories in 2014, the Maroons jumped out to a 24-0 lead over Waukee before the Warriors would close the gap to 24-14. However, that would be the closest Waukee would get, as Boyle led two quick scoring drives before halftime, increasing the lead to 34-14 at the break.


Dowling would defeat the Warriors, 41-28 to advance to the state championship.


Undefeated Cedar Rapids Washington would await the Maroons in the 2014 Iowa 4A State Championship game. The Warriors, winners of every game in 2014 by double-digits, would prove to be no match for Dowling in the season’s biggest game.


Boyle would lead two scoring drives early in the first quarter to jump out to a quick 14-0 lead. Despite allowing a Washington touchdown before the second quarter, Boyle would lead two more scoring drives and give the Maroons a 28-7 advantage at halftime.


The onslaught wouldn’t stop there however as all three units, offense, defense and special teams would fire on all cylinders for the Maroons in the second half. Gray Gochenour would score just 1:59 in to the third quarter and Max Kasap would punch in a 22-yard touchdown with 7:11 left in the third, starting the mandated mercy rule’s running clock.


Gochenour would score again in the early stages of the fourth quarter to push the lead to 49-7, and all but ensure a continued running clock to the end.


The Dowling defense allowed just six yards through the air against the Warriors, a season-best.


The Maroons moved the ball with ease against Washington, partly because of Boyle’s control, but also because they started six of their 10 drives in Warrior territory.


Dowling, in the end, defeated Washington 49-14 behind four touchdowns accounted for. He carried the ball 19 times for 144 yards and three scores on the ground. Gochenour finished the game with 50 yards rushing and two touchdowns while Kasap finished with 42 yards and his score.




The Maroons repeated as champions and will surely go down in Iowa football history as one of the more prolific teams in the state’s prestigious prep school football history. Dowling is now 27-1 the past two seasons under the helm of Coach Wilson. 




Graduating a player like Boyle, who will continue his playing career with the Iowa Hawkeyes, will be a tough task for Coach Wilson and his staff, however, the winners of five State Championships since 2000 should be up for the challenge. 


 Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Ryan Boyle (1088 yards)

Passing: Ryan Boyle (1924 yards)

Receiving: Eric Fardel (811 yards)

All-Purpose: Ryan Boyle (1088 yards)

Touchdowns: Ryan Boyle (18)

Rush attempts: Ryan Boyle (166 carries)

Receptions: Eric Fardel (49 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Interceptions: Dante Campero (8)

Interception TD: Dante Campero (2)

Fumbles forced: Cole Deskin (2)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 697 points

Opponent scoring: 208

Total offense: 6090 yards

Total rushing yards: 4102 yards

Total passing yards: 1988 yards

Opponent offense: 3002 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1491 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1511 yards

Third down conversions: 43.4% (62/143)

Opponent third down conversions: 32.8% (61/186)

Turnover Differential: +21 (17 INT, 14 FR)

Dutch dominate their way to a 14-0 record, first Championship

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 29, 2015


The 2014 season was a dominant season for schools across the country. Some dominated on offense while others dominated on defense.


In Iowa, the Pella Dutch dominated on both sides of the ball last year, leading the way to the school’s first ever 3A State Championship.


Pella finished the season with a flawless 14-0 record and defeated defending champion Bishop Heelan Catholic, 38-17 to wrap up the perfect season.



The Dutch performed on all cylinders in every game in 2014 en route to the school’s first championship. In all but two games during their championship run last season, Pella’s defense allowed 0, 6 or 14 points. They recorded five shutout victories while allowing no more than 14 points to any opponent until the season’s culminating game.


While their defense was playing lights out, their offense would nearly equal that stellar play, averaging over 49 points per contest.


The offense and defense put together impressive games like their week one victory over Washington. Despite allowing 314 yards to Demons, Pella forced two opportune turnovers and quarterback Noah Clayberg accounted for five touchdowns in the 35-0 victory.


Their week one shutout announced that the Dutch were a team to be reckoned with in 2014 as they followed that up with a 45-14 victory over Dallas Center-Grimes. Clayberg threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another while running back Nathan Henry accumulated 101 total yards and three rushing touchdowns.


The season continued to roll along with wins against Oskaloosa (61-6), Norwalk Community (38-14) and Knoxville (28-0).


In their closest game of the regular season, Pella traveled to Carlisle in week six. The Dutch fell behind 3-0 early but would take the lead in the second quarter when Clayberg forced a fumbled, recovered and returned it for a touchdown. Despite a Carlisle field goal before halftime, Pella led 7-6 at the break.


Neither team could muster much in terms of moving the ball after that. Scoring was sparse in the second half, as the only points put on the board in the first 20 minutes of the final quarters were a 25-yard field goal from Seth Johnson that increased Pella’s lead to 10-6.


However, Clayberg would put the game out of reach for Pella, intercepting a Jordan Pierce pass himself and turning the change of possession into points of his own. After intercepting the pass, Clayberg led the Dutch on a seven play drive, rushing in the game-sealing touchdown from 17 yards away. The Dutch’s 17-6 victory would remain as the closest game of the season, in terms of final score, in 2014.


Following their thrilling victory over Carlisle, Pella ended the regular season on an impressive tear, consecutively scoring a season-high in points, a 69-14 victory over Newton followed by a 77-6 over Saydel.


Not to be out done by the offense’s season highs in points, the Dutch defense would shut out the next two opponents, 54-0 over Chariton and 41-0 over Fairfield.


In the second round of the playoffs, Pella would take on Newton once again. After dispatching Fairfield in the first round, they would handle their business against the Cardinals, jumping out to a 56-0 lead through three quarters. Newton would score twice in the final quarter before falling 56-14.


The Dutch would face another familiar opponent in the state quarterfinals when they squared off against Washington. Pella used a 28-point second quarter before shutting out Washington in the second half to win 31-14 and advance to the state semifinals.


Xavier, Pella’s state semifinal opponent, would prove to be no match for the Dutch in 2014. Henry ran for two first quarter touchdowns while Johnson would connect on two second quarter field goals to give Pella a 20-0 halftime lead.


The Dutch defense would shut the door after that, limiting the Saints to just 58 total yards of offense, just eight yards on the ground. Pella advanced to the state championship game with their 27-0 victory.


In the State Championship game, Pella would be pitted against the defending champion Bishop Heelan Catholic. In fact, the Crusaders had played in six of the past eight state championships and 13 all-time.


The Dutch would not be deterred however, not in the face of playing a storied program like Bishop Heelan, nor in the face of a 17-7 deficit that they found themselves in during the second quarter.


Despite allowing 17 consecutive points to the Crusaders, Pella turned to their leader. The junior signal-caller answered a Bishop Heelan field goal with an impressive 10-play drive that covered 60 yards before Clayberg would punch the ball in from four yards out.


Clayberg’s drive spanned just under three minutes off the clock and successfully took the momemtum away from the Crusaders in favor of Pella.


The Dutch would take the lead back from Bishop Heelan on their first possession of the second half when Clayberg touted the ball in for a score from 14 yards out. His second rushing score of the game put Pella back in the lead, 21-17.


The Dutch would maintain the lead forcing two Crusader punts before Henry took a carry 72 yards and an empowering touchdown. Henry’s score increased the lead to 28-17. Again, the defense would clamp down for the Dutch, forcing two punts and an interception on the Crusaders’ next three possessions.


Meanwhile, Pella would score on two of those turnovers, a 28-yard Johnson field goal and Clayberg’s third rushing score of the game with 4:45 left in the fourth quarter. Clayberg’s score increased the lead to a comfortable 38-17 for the Dutch.


However, after forcing a Bishop Heelan turnover on downs, Pella fumbled the ball away, breathing life into the Crusaders. That was until Quinton Murphy delivered a hit to Bishop Heelan receiver Tucker Spears that jarred the ball loose. When Pella’s Payson Vande Lune recovered the ball, the Dutch faithful in attendance would erupt.

Two quick kneel downs by Clayberg would be all that was left as Pella would be crowned Iowa 3A State Champions for the first time.


Clayberg, behind his three rushing touchdowns and 154 rushing yards would be named the game’s most valuable player. Henry ran for 150 yards himself and another score while Murphy finished with a touchdown on the ground and having forced the game’s sealing fumble.


Pella finished the game scoring 31 unanswered points en route to the 3A Title.



With Clayberg and Henry returning for their senior seasons, it is no doubt that the Dutch will open the fall camp of 2015 as the preseason No. 1 as they will look to successfully defend the school’s first state crown.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Noah Clayberg (1637 yards)

Passing: Noah Clayberg (1256 yards)

Receiving: Will Warner (652 yards)

All-Purpose: Noah Clayberg (1784 yards)

Touchdowns: Noah Clayberg (22)

Rush attempts: Noah Clayberg (172 carries)

Receptions: Will Warner (42 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Garret Jansen (59.5)

Tackles for loss: Garret Jansen (25.5)

Sacks: Garret Jansen (6)

Pass break ups: Will Warner (13)

Interceptions: Will Warner (5)

Fumbles recovered: Logan Heerema (5)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 617 points

Opponent scoring: 107

Total offense: 5513 yards

Total rushing yards: 4109 yards

Total passing yards: 1404 yards

Opponent offense: 2729 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 1244 yards

Opponent passing yards: 1485 yards

Third down conversions: 40.2% (49/122)

Opponent third down conversions: 28.9% (57/197)

Turnover Differential: +20 (19 INT, 16 FR)


Congratulations to HSGC users across the western region of the country


By: Cameron Mellor

January 15, 2014


In light of the annual high school All-American games that took place the first weekend of 2014, signifying the culmination of the high school football season, we see no better time than the present to continue to unveil the first-annual, All-HSGC Award Lists for the 2013 football season.


With extensive parameters and essential criteria to be considered for the coveted list, the All-HSGC Awards signify excellence on the field of key offensive positions and defensive players as a whole. The quintessential component of the list was basic and to-the-point – your team must utilize the HSGameCenter program being delivered by Digital Scout. From there, the grading criterion included, but was not limited to, yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and much more.


The west region contains users from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


After careful deliberation and hours of scouring over statistics from programs far and wide, the list of the first ever All-Western HSGC Awards are here.


All-Western Player of the Year:

Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo (Calif.) Preparatory School (11-2)

Running Back No. 29

2625 total yards, 38 total touchdowns



All-Western First Team


Kody Wilstead, Pine View (Utah) High School (9-2), No. 3

3797 total yards, 36 total touchdowns



Running Back:

Devin Martinez, Southridge (Ore.) High School (7-4), No. 24

1711 total yards, 19 total touchdowns


Kava Cassidy, Serra San Mateo (Calif.) High School (11-3), No. 8

1715 total yards, 18 total touchdowns



Wide Receiver:

Jack Bangerter, Pine View, No. 5

1283 total yards, 13 total touchdowns


Tyler Mullen, Summit (Ore.) High School (5-6), No. 80

1692 total yards, 19 total touchdowns


All-Western Second Team


Willy Pflug, Sunset (Ore.) High School (7-3), No. 12

2926 total yards, 35 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Boyd Rieke, Bigfork (Mont.) High School (9-1), No. 13

1389 total yards, 23 total touchdowns


Kelton Hunt, Enterprise (Utah) High School (5-4), No. 35

1415 total yards, 22 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Justin Kennett, Orting (Wash.) High School (6-4), No. 5

1241 total yards, 11 total touchdowns


Nick Hines, Tualatin (Ore.) High School (6-5), No. 16

960 total yards, 11 total touchdowns


All-Western Third Team


Kaden Schmitt, Shelley (Idaho) High School (11-2), No. 8

3006 total yards, 32 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Jamil Bond, Lutheran (Colo.) High School (8-2), No. 24

1121 total yards, 23 total touchdowns


Sean Daniels, Rye (Colo.) High School (6-4), No. 7

1672 total yards, 14 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Josh Peterson, Shelley, No. 12

674 total yards, 13 total touchdowns


Christian Pabico, Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic High School (11-2), No. 18

717 total yards, 11 total touchdowns



All-Western Honorable Mention


Cody Limmer, Poudre (Colo.) High School (4-5), No. 9

2546 total yards, 25 total touchdowns



Matthew Fa’aita, Serra, No. 18

2462 total yards, 27 total touchdowns


Brian Lewerke, Pinnacle (Ariz.) High School (8-3), No. 6

2555 total yards, 29 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Brandon Hayman, Mount Vernon (Wash.) High School (6-3), No. 24

1401 total yards, 13 total touchdowns


Jake Pruit, Southridge, No. 2

1118 total yards, 13 total touchdowns


Gregonta Brown, Gresham Union (Ore.) High School (4-7), No. 25

1591 total yards, 10 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Colton Miller, Pine View, No. 22

1061 total yards, 5 total touchdowns


Jeff Bieber, Sunset, No. 5

849 total yards, 7 total touchdowns


Spencer Long, Poudre, No. 8

772 total yards, 11 total touchdowns


Jeron Konkright, Newport (Wash.) High School (4-5), No. 1

854 total yards, 14 total touchdowns



All-Western Defensive Player of the Year

Jason Fao, Long Beach Poly, No. 55

97.5 total tackle, 79 solo, 28 tackle for loss, 8.5 sack


All-Western Defensive Honorable Mention

Caleb Turner, Long Beach Poly, No. 5

131 total tackle, 109 solo, 31.5 tackle for loss, 1 interception


Ben Bachman, Gresham Union, No. 88

49 total tackle, 47 solo, 16.5 tackle for loss, 5 sack, 3 interception


Thor Katoa, Pine View, No. 11

104.5 total tackle, 73 solo, 16 tackle for loss, 5 sack



Dylan Draper, Pine View, No. 2

58.5 total tackle, 40 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 2 sack, 3 interception


Travis Jinks, Southeast (Wyom.) High School (5-5), No. 73

51 total tackle, 32 solo, 13 tackle for loss, 7.5 sack

Congratulations to HSGC users across the northeast region of the country


By: Cameron Mellor

January 8, 2014


In light of the annual high school All-American games that took place this past weekend, signifying the culmination of the high school football season, we see no better time than the present to continue to unveil the first-annual, All-HSGC Award Lists for the 2013 football season.


With extensive parameters and essential criteria to be considered for the coveted list, the All-HSGC Awards signify excellence on the field of key offensive positions and defensive players as a whole. The quintessential component of the list was basic and to-the-point – your team must utilize the HSGameCenter program being delivered by Digital Scout. From there, the grading criterion included, but was not limited to, yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and much more.


The northeast region contains users from the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C.


After careful deliberation and hours of scouring over statistics from programs far and wide, the list of the first ever All-Northeast HSGC Awards are here.


All-Northeast Player of the Year:



Steven Peoples, Galax (Va.) High School (6-5)

Running Back No. 22

3598 total yards, 44 total touchdowns


All-Northeast First Team


Mark Pyles, Lebanon (Pa.) High School (7-4), No. 5

3919 total yards, 48 total touchdowns


Running Back:



Josh Sweet, Woodgrove (Va.) High School (9-4), No. 4

2818 total yards, 40 total touchdowns


Deshaun Wethington, Kings Fork (Va.) High School (9-3), No. 4

2157 total yards, 23 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Swahneek Brown, Mechanicsburg (Pa.) High School (5-5), No. 1

1112 total yards, 18 total touchdowns


Jeremy De la Cruz, Lebanon, No. 11

1123 total yards, 12 total touchdowns


All-Northeast Second Team


Kent Henry, Western Albemarle (Va.) High School (10-3), No. 16

3571 total yards, 51 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Qadree Ollison, Canisius (NY) High School (9-2), No. 7

1496 total yards, 22 total touchdowns


Brad Rinehart, Middletown (Md.) High School (14-0), No. 22

1665 total yards, 29 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Nicholas Negron, Lebanon, No. 4

1014 total yards, 13 total touchdowns


Steven Hearn, Western Albemarle, No. 10

801 total yards, 13 total touchdowns


All-Northeast Third Team


Nick Cascione, New Canaan (Ct.) High School (13-1), No. 15

3439 total yards, 45 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Gavin Berkely, Meyersdale Area (Pa.) High School (8-2), No. 36

1121 total yards, 20 total touchdowns


Frank Cognetta, New Canaan, No. 4

1441 total yards, 16 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Jonathan Duhart, Manchester (Va.) High School (8-3), No. 11

1103 total yards, 10 total touchdowns


Jordan Stewart, Arundel (Md.) High School (9-3), No. 5

1127 total yards, 9 total touchdowns


All-Northeast Honorable Mention


Ben Nardo, South Carroll (Md.) High School (9-3), No. 16

3065 total yards, 35 total touchdowns


Anthony Messenger, Arundel, No. 4

3014 total yards, 31 total touchdowns


Alex Lipscomb, Ritchie County (WV) High School (8-4), No. 15

2723 total yards, 27 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Justin Jones, Chilhowie (Va.) High School (7-5), No. 20

1623 total yards, 21 total touchdowns


Brent Hinson, Tabb (Va.) High School (7-4), No. 33

1798 total yards, 15 total touchdowns


Mikell Moore, McKeesport Area (Pa.) High School (10-1), No. 24

1136 total yards, 16 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Dylan Mellor, Woodgrove, No. 2

915 total yards, 8 total touchdowns


Andrew Fischer, East Rochester (NY) High School (7-2), No. 81

599 total yards, 12 total touchdowns


Charles Sobieraski, Lockport (NY) High School (3-6), No. 81

526 total yards, 11 total touchdowns



All-Northeast Defense

Player of the Year:

George Aston, Sherando (Va.) High School (10-2), No. 10

126.5 total tackle, 62 solo, 6.5 tackle for loss, 2 sack, 3 interception


Honorable Mention Defense:

Logan Casey, Middletown, No. 67

53.5 total tackle, 43 solo, 17.5 tackle for loss, 6.5 sack


Ricky Leonard, Middletown, No. 83

39 total tackle, 30 solo, 25 tackle for loss, 14 sack


Anthony Marconi, West Morris Mendham (NJ) High School (6-6), No. 59

117 total tackle, 85 solo, 5.5 tackle for loss, 2.5 sack, 1 interception


Marshall Taylor, Lockport, No. 65

38 total tackle, 21 solo, 14 tackle for loss, 7.5 sack


Matt Bartnik, Cheektowaga (NY) High School (6-2), No. 21

45.5 total tackle, 36 solo, 17.5 tackle for loss, 3 sack


Joseph Dixon, Galax, No. 20

71 total tackle, 40 solo, 18 tackle for loss, 2.5 sack


Osiris Crutchfield, Western Albemarle, No. 73

41 total tackle, 29 solo, 10 tackle for loss, 8 sack

Sophomore Sensation Garners HSGC Player of the Week

By Cameron Mellor

November 13, 2013


The Almira-Coulee-Hartline High School fans can rest assured that even though their 2013 season may be over, their future is very, very bright.  The reasoning behind a bright future lies in the hands, and feet, of sophomore dual-threat sensation Dallas Isaak, the HSGC National Player of the Week.


Dual-threat may not accurately describe Isaak as he does much, much more for the Warriors.  In addition to quarterbacking the offense, Isaak also led the team in yards in several different offensive categories: rushing, punt return, kick return and total punting.  If that wasn’t enough, Isaak also led his team in total tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions.



“Dallas is a special player,” ACH head coach Brandon Walsh said.  “He might be the best sophomore I’ve ever coached.  We’ll see how he develops but we’re excited to have him for the next two seasons and we’re looking for big things from him.”


In his most recent outing, Isaak notched 115 yards through the air with one score while rushing for 302 yards and four more touchdowns.  He also had 17.5 tackles and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score.


Those numbers propelled the Warriors to a 52-14 victory over the Curlew Cougars, in their final game of the season after missing the playoffs narrowly.


Isaak finished the season with 2,177 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground, nearly 300 yards from a school record.  He did however notch school records for rushing yards (450) and rushing touchdowns (9) in a game against Wellpinit just two weeks prior.


Isaak was able to have this success while, unfortunately, the Warriors were dealing with injury issues during the better part of the season.


“We had a different starting lineup on offense for every game of the season,” Walsh said.  “Dallas was the one consistent piece throughout the season as he got more and more comfortable and we slowly got better despite the injuries.


“His biggest games came in each of our wins, he definitely carried us offensively and our success as a team was directly connected to his performance.”


In addition to leading most statistical categories on the football team, Isaak also plays basketball and baseball for the Warriors. He also has a 3.95 GPA this year so far and was the second sophomore to be voted co-captain on the football team for Coach Walsh.


“As a sophomore, he is a leader in our high school and on our football team,” Walsh said.  “This can be seen by the fact that he was voted co-captain, only the second time in my coaching career that a sophomore has earned that honor.”


Almira-Coulee-Hartline fans can rest assured that there will be more to come from Isaak, either on the hard court, on the diamond or on the gridiron.


It’s easy to see why the future is bright and why Isaak has taken his leadership role and ran with it, literally.


Follow Isaak and the Warriors next year or take a look back on their season at this link:

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Isaak Finishes Season Strong