|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: SAYRE'S BELLES EARNS "PLAYER OF YEAR" HONORS — HEADLINES ALL-VALLEY FOOTBALL TEAM (3 PHOTOS) (2016-11-17)
RICE, JUDSON, SATTERLY ALSO EARN TOP HONORS
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Sayre enjoyed one if its best seasons in nearly four decades and senior Tylor Belles was an integral part of its success on both sides of the ball to earn “Player of the Year” and headline the 2016 Valley Sports Report "All-Valley" football team.
Belles doubles as the Valley Sports Report’s “Offensive Player of the Year,” while Waverly senior Braydon Rice is the “Defensive Player of the Year,” Waverly sophomore Gavin Judson is the “Newcomer of the Year,” and Sayre’s Steve Satterly is the “Coach of the Year.”
Belles was a workhorse on offense, using his size, speed and field vision to run for a school-record 1,575 yards on 246 carries. He scored 20 rushing TDs and was a threat out of the backfield in Sayre’s passing game.
Defensively, Belles was also a force on defense, keeping opposing runners from getting outside, and putting tremendous pressure on opposing quarterbacks with 14 sacks. He was also one of the top punters in the NTL.
Rice led the Wolverines with 82 tackles, including a team-high 48 solo stops. He also had one QB sack and a fumble recovery.
A four-year starter at Waverly, Rice, listed at 5-9, 175 pounds, used his quickness and high football IQ to lead a Waverly defense that was difficult to run on.
Judson took over the starting job in Week 4 and led Waverly to a 5-2 record in its final seven games.
Quick and elusive, Judson sports an accurate arm, completing 52.5 percent of his passes (83 of 158) for 1,197 yards and 13 TDs, while being intercepted just three times. He also rushed for 147 yards and one TD.
Coming off a 4-6 season in 2015 — his first on the sidelines at his alma mater, Satterly directed the Redskins to an 8-4 record this season, including the program’s first league (or division) title of any kind since 1980.
Sayre’s win over Canton in the District 4, Class A semifinals was the program’s first postseason win since the inception of District play in 1986, sending the Redskins to their first-ever District 4 championship game.
The 2016 “All-Valley” football team is loaded with seniors. The only underclassmen to earn honors are Athens junior Zach Jayne, Sayre sophomore Nate Garrity, Waverly sophomore Gavin Judson, Tioga junior Trey Floyd, Waverly junior Dalton Loper, and Athens sophomore Kaden Rude.
2016 All-Valley Football team
Gavin Judson, junior, Waverly: See above.
Tylor Belles, senior, Sayre: See above.
Zach Jayne, junior, Athens: Big and fast, Jayne used a bruising running style to pick up extra yardage after the initial hit, often turning short runs into much bigger gains.
Jayne rushed for 1,284 yards and 13 TDs on 209 carries. He also had nine catches for 58 yards.
Tyler Whitmore, senior, Tioga: Whitmore has good size and good speed and used those attribute to rack up some big yardage games this season. He was also good at pounding out 3 or 4 yards per carry against better defenses.
Whitmore rushed for 1,043 yards and 15 TDs on 143 carries, and also ran for 15 two-point conversions. He also had 12 receptions for 129 yards.
Kalen Keathley, senior, Athens: A threat to score anytime he touched the ball, Keathley was utilized in the passing game and the ground game. A shoulder injury kept him at less than 100 percent for at least half the season.
Keathley hauled in 47 receptions for 900 yards and 10 TDs, and also rushed for a score.
Hunter Bodine, senior, Waverly: Bodine is fast, can get off his feet, and has great hands. Those traits led to some incredibly acrobatic catches this season.
Bodine led the Wolverines with 46 catches for 703 yards and six TDs. He also completed his only pass attempt of the season for 44 yards.
Brendyn Stillman, senior, Waverly: Stillman is speed personified, but the physicality in his play grew exponentially over his three seasons on the field. Another threat to score anytime he touched the ball, he was a big part of the Waverly ground game and aerial attack.
Stillman caught 28 passes for 426 yards and three TDs, while rushing for 233 yards and two TDs.
Jarod Stanfield, senior, Athens: A very good blocker, Stanfield was also a big target in the passing game with eight catches for 110 yards and two TDs.
Trey Floyd, junior, Tioga: A tremendous blocker on the edge, Floyd gave his running backs massive running lanes on the outside. He also displayed the potential to be a weapon catching the ball as well.
Floyd led the Tigers with 13 receptions for 234 yards and three TDs.
Avery Chandler, senior, Athens: A three-year starter, Chandler is fundamentally sound and a physical presence in the Wildcats ground game.
Zach Hatch, senior, Sayre; Hatch slimmed down after his junior year and his improved quickness and athleticism was a tremendous asset for the physical lineman.
Trey Howey, senior, Tioga: Howey was a key cog on a Tioga offensive line that led the way for more than 240 yards per game on the ground.
Dalton Loper, junior, Waverly: A starter as a freshman, Loper missed his sophomore season with a broken leg, but bounced back this year to be Waverly’s top lineman. A bit under-sized, Loper is quick, deceptively strong, and knows how to create space for runners and protect his QB.
Brandon Paris, senior, Sayre: A physical presence on the line, Paris moves well and was a key component of an offensive line that paved the way for more than 200 yards per game during the regular season.
Tylor Belles, senior, Sayre: See above.
Nate Garrity, sophomore, Sayre: Under-sized at defensive end, Garrity was a terror for opposing offenses. Using his quickness to go under, around and through blockers to wreak havoc in the backfield against opposing running backs and quarterbacks, who he sacked 12 times this season.
Dalton Loper, junior, Waverly: Quick and athletic, Loper always seemed to be around the ball. He led the Wolverines with 82 tackles (9.1 tackles per game), and had two QB sacks.
Jarod Stanfield, senior, Athens: Quick and agile, Stanfield was a key to Athens’ defensive, whether it was keeping opposing runners from getting outside, or putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Matt Collins, senior, Athens: A bit under-sized, Collins used his quickness, toughness, and high football IQ, to be among the team leaders in tackles. He was also a vocal leader on the field.
Zach Jayne, junior, Athens: Jayne used his size, speed, and nose for the ball to be among the Wildcats’ leaders in tackles.
Braydon Rice, senior, Waverly: See above.
Garrett Sutryk, senior, Waverly: Big, fast and aggressive, Sutryk was a force for the Wolverines. He missed missed three games due to an injured shoulder, but still ended up sixth on the team with 53 tackles, including 43 solo stops, which was second on the team.
Kaden Rude, sophomore, Athens: To say Rude has a nose for the football might be an understatement. His 11 interceptions were, by far, the most in the area. He had one “pick-6” and also returned a fumble for a score.
Brendyn Stillman, senior, Waverly: A good pass defender, Stillman came up and punished ball carriers with his size and speed to the ball. He had 33 tackles, including 24 solo stops, and one interception.
Chris Ray, senior, Sayre: Despite his size, Ray was not afraid to come up and support against the run. He was also an outstanding coverage guy and had four interceptions on the season.
Kalen Keathley, senior, Athens: A top-notch cover guy, most teams avoided throwing the ball his way this season.
Hunter Bodine, senior, Waverly: Bodine converted 18 of 20 extra-point kicks and made 4 of 5 field-goal attempts, including a long of 37 yards.
Brendyn Stillman, senior, Waverly: Stillman displayed a strong leg again this season, averaging 39.4 yards per attempt on 26 punts, including a long of 51 yards.
Kalen Keathley, senior, Athens: Despite teams kicking away from him all season, Keathley did return a pair of kickoffs for scores this season.
Chris Ray, senior, Sayre: Possessing good hands, Ray took the stress out of punt returns by consistently fielding the ball cleanly and getting up field. He had one return for a score the season and had another one called back.
IN PHOTO 1: Sayre’s Tylor Belles. IN PHOTO 2: Waverly’s Braydon Rice. IN PHOTO 3: Waverly’s Gavin Judson. … VSR STOCK PHOTOS.
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