|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: ATHENS' JAYNE EARNS FOOTBALL "PLAYER OF YEAR" HONORS — TIOGA'S FLOYD, KLOSSNER, SIBERSKI, AIELLO ALSO EARN TOP HONORS (2017-11-22)
TIOGA'S CHAMBERS, SAYRE'S BROWN, WAVERLY'S PRICE TOP NEWCOMERS
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — On the heels of a historic senior season, Athens' Zach Jayne is the 2017 Valley Sports Report Football “Player of the Year.”
Tioga senior Trey Floyd is the “Defensive Player of the Year,” while Tioga senior Nick Klossner is the newly-minted “Postseason Player of the Year,” and Tioga’s Nick Aiello is the “Coach of the Year.”
Tioga senior DeMario Chambers is the “Newcomer of the Year,” while Sayre sophomore Corbin Brown is the “Offensive Newcomer of the Year,” and Waverly sophomore Thomas Price is the “Defensive Newcomer of the Year.”
Jayne, who is also the “Offensive Player of the Year,” had a year for the ages for the Wildcats.
Big, fast, and physical, Jayne rushed for 2,161 yards and 34 TDs — both school records — on 274 carries, which amounts to 7.9 yards per carry. He also had 10 receptions for 115 yards and one TD.
Jayne had eight games of 205 yards or more, including 283 yards in a win over North Penn-Mansfield, and a career-high 348 yards in a win over Sayre. Jayne scored five TDs in a game four times in 2017.
He finished his career with a school-record 4,254 yards and 57 TDs.
Defensively, Jayne had 48 tackles this season, including a season-high 12 against Towanda. He also had nine tackles-for-losses, and 7.5 QB sacks.
At 6-0, 210 pounds with near sprinter’s speed, Floyd did it all defensively for the Tigers. He chased down running backs on the edge, clogged up the run game between the tackles, and put pressure on the QB when teams needed to pass.
Siberski was a dominant presence in the trenches — on both sides of the ball. He anchored an offensive line that paved the way for 309.1 rushing yards per game, while creating havoc on the defensive line with his size and athleticism.
Klossner is the winner of the first “Postseason Player of the Year” after helping the Tigers to their sixth Section IV title in seven years, and their sixth Regional championship as well.
Despite missing 1 1/2 games early in the postseason due to a minor concussion, Klossner rushed for 275 yards and three TDs on just 20 carries, and had 14 receptions for 302 yards and four TDs in the postseason.
In the Section IV title game, Klossner rushed the ball seven times for 178 yards and three TDs, and caught two passes for 49 yards and a TD. After 105 yards in total offense in the state quarterfinals, Klossner caught seven passes for 164 yards and three TDs, and rushed for 51 yards in season-ending loss to to Maple Grove in the semifinals.
A year after his first (and only) losing season in his eight years on the sidelines at Tioga, Aiello directed the Tigers back into the New York State Class D semifinals for the sixth time in seven years, a run that included their sixth Section IV title. Aiello is now 71-18 in his tenure at Tioga
Cambers is a dynamic blocker at tight end, and also contributed when he had the opportunity to get his hands on the ball, with 15 carries for 116 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and one TD, as well as two catches for 44 yards and one TD.
Defensively, he was a “shut-down corner” and a sure tackler. He also had a 90-yard kickoff return at Edison.
Brown showed off a strong arm this season, throwing for a Valley-best 1,138 yards. He completed 45.1 percent of his passes, and threw for 14 TDs. He was intercepted 12 times.
Price is an athletic, and hard-hitting linebacker, who has a nose for the ball. He was Waverly’s leading tackler during the second half of the season, and finished the season third on team with 77 tackles.
“Super 7 Newcomers of 2017:” Cambers, Brown, Price, Sayre sophomore Isaiah Firestine, Waverly freshman David Hallett, Waverly sophomore Scott Woodring, and Tioga freshman Jacob Armstrong.
2016 All-Valley Football team
Connor Hutchinson, senior, Tioga: A true leader on the field, Hutchinson, at 6-1, 202 pounds, was a threat running the ball, and was an accurate passer.
He completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 797 yards for 14 TDs, and just one interception. He also ran for 288 yards and seven TDs on 55 carries.
Second Team: Waverly junior Gavin Judson.
Zach Jayne, senior, Athens: See above.
Thomas Llewellyn, senior, SVEC: Fast and elusive, Llewellyn could also lower his shoulder for the extra yard or two. He rushed for 723 yards and seven TDs on 117 carries in eight games.
Trey Floyd, senior, Tioga: In his first year at running back, Floyd, who also lined up at tight end and in the slot, got better and better as the season progressed. He rushed for 683 yards and 17 TDs on 89 carries, and also caught eight passes for 167 yards and four TDs.
Second Team: Tioga senior Max Johnson, SVEC junior Christian Haynes, Justin Rockwell, senior, Tioga.
Nick Klossner, senior, Tioga: An electrifying performer, Klossner was a threat to take the ball to paydirt every time he touched it. Klossner caught 29 passes for 558 yards and eight TDs, and also rushed for 512 yards and eight TDs on 43 carries.
Matt VanHouten, senior, Waverly: A big-play receiver, VanHouten had a Valley-high 31 receptions for 389 yards and five TDs. He also carried the ball four times for 40 yards.
Gage Carnrike, junior, Sayre: A sure-handed receiver with good speed, Carnrike hauled in 22 receptions for 465 yards and eight TDs.
Second Team: Athens senior Dylan Wolfe, Athens sophomore Keegan Rude, Waverly junior Ethan Lloyd.
Matt Robbins, senior, Athens: A tremendous blocker, Robbins had five catches for 96 yards. He also caught four two-point conversions.
Nathan Mack, junior, SVEC: A good blocker, Mack had 18 receptions for 203 yards and two TDs.
Second Team: Tioga senior DeMario Chambers and Waverly sophomore Scott Woodring.
Scott Siberski, senior, Tioga;
Gavin Corino, senior, Athens;
Dewain Talada, senior, Waverly;
Alex Bloss, junior, Tioga;
Ben VanGalder, junior, SVEC.
Second Team: SVEC senior Noah Pierce, Sayre junior Brandon Northrop, Waverly senior Matt Nichols, Tioga junior Austin Lamb, Waverly’s Dalton Loper.
Matt Robbins, senior, Athens: Physical and athletic, Robbins had 43 tackles, and was among the state leaders with 11 QB sacks.
Connor Hutchinson, senior, Tioga: Long and athletic, Hutchinson was equally adept at containing the run game on the edge, and pressuring the QB in the passing game.
Scott Siberski, senior, Tioga: See above.
Dalton Loper, senior, Waverly: Athletic, with a nose for the ball, Loper led the Wolverines with 10.2 tackles per game. He also had an interception.
Nate Garrity, junior, Sayre: Quick, strong, and very difficult to block, Garrity led Sayre with 8.5 tackles per game. He also had three QB sacks, and one interception.
Second Team: Waverly senior Dewain Talada, SVEC senior Damian Cook, Sayre junior Brandon Northrop, Athens senior Gavin Corino, SVEC junior Nathan Mack.
Trey Floyd, senior, Tioga: See above.
Max Johnson, senior, Tioga: Quick, with a nose for the ball, Johnson was among Tioga’s leading tacklers on the season.
Zach Jayne, senior, Athens: See above.
Christian Haynes, junior, SVEC: Athletic and a hard hitter, Haynes led the Eagles with 45 tackles, including 23 solo stops. He had 1.5 tackles-for-losses, and one interception.
Second Team: Athens sophomore Dawson Leiser, SVEC senior Thomas Llewellyn, Waverly sophomore Thomas Price, Waverly junior Montana Davis.
DeMario Chambers, senior, Tioga: See above.
Isaiah Firestine, sophomore, Sayre: Fast and physical, Firestine was among the team leaders in tackles for the Redskins at 8.2 per game. He also had three QB sacks, and one interception, which he returned for a score.
Nick Klossner, senior, Tioga: When opponents threw against Tioga, very few threw in Klossner’s direction, and when they, he usually made them pay. He was also solid on run support.
Kaden Rude, junior, Athens: Athletic with a good head for the game, Rude always seemed to be around the ball. He recorded 42 tackles, and two interceptions.
Second Team: John Worthing, junior, Tioga: Waverly senior Mat VanHouten, SVEC junior Kyle Jelliff, and Sayre junior Gage Carnrike.
Aric Westbrook, junior, Athens: Westbrook consistently kicked the ball where coach Jack Young wanted it on kick-offs this season. He converted 34 of 42 PAT kicks, and was 2-for-2 in field-goal attempts, including a long of 34 yards.
Eithan McEnulty, senior, Waverly: While stats are incomplete, McEnulty averaged about 35 yards per punt this season.
Damian Hudson, sophomore, Athens: A threat to go the distance each time he touched the ball, Hudson did return one kick for a score this season.
DeMario Chambers, senior, Tioga: Benefiting from the fact that teams consistently kicked away from Nick Klossner, Cambers returned the majority of kicks for the Tigers this season and consistently put them in good field position. He had one kick return of 90 yards for a score.
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