|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: TIOGA'S WORTHING NAMED FOOTBALL 'PLAYER OF YEAR' — TIOGA'S WOOD, TAYLOR, LAMB, SAYRE'S GARRITY, GORMAN ALSO EARN TOP HONORS (2018-11-29)
By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — SeniorJohn Worthing did everything for Tioga, and he did it very well, earning him the 2018 Valley Sports Report football “Player of the Year.”
Sayre senior Nate Garrity is the “Defensive Player of the Year,” while Tioga freshman Emmett Wood is the “Newcomer of the Year,” Tioga senior Stephen Taylor is the “Lineman of the Year,” Tioga senior Austin Lamb is the “Postseason Player of the Year,” and rookie Sayre coach Kevin Gorman is the “Coach of the Year.”
At 140 pounds, Worthing rushed for 1,050 yards and 13 TDs, with the large majority of them coming between the tackles. He led the Tigers with 17 receptions for 232 yards and three TDs.
Worthing was also among the team leaders in tackles, led the team in interceptions, returned punts, and handled the long-snapping chores.
Garrity, a staple on the All-Valley teams the last few years, led the resurgent Redskins with 116 tackles this season, including three QB sacks. He also had two interceptions and two fumble returns.
Taylor, at 6-4 and 295 pounds, was the cornerstone of Tioga’s experience offensive line that paved the way to 332 yards per game on the ground, and 55 rushing TDs on the season. A physical presence, Taylor could be counted on to move his defender for the tough yard, or lead a run around end.
Only a freshman, Wood, using a blend of speed, power and instincts, led the Tigers with 1,416 yards and 15 TDs, averaging 8.1 yards per carry. He was also the team leaders in tackles and interceptions.
Lamb played his best defense of 2018 in the postseason. He was active from sideline to sideline, averaging 11 tackles per game, and returned a fumble for a TD in the state semifinals.
Gorman took over a Sayre program that was 1-9 in 2017, and engineered a five-game turn-around, ending the regular season with a 6-4 record and the Redskins’ first win over Athens since 2001. Sayre’s season came to an end with a 19-7 loss at Muncy in the District 4, Class A semifinals.
2018 All-Valley football team:
Colby Sindoni, senior, Waverly: In his first year playing quarterback, and two years removed from playing soccer, Sindoni completed 54.5 percent (48 of 88) of his passes for 676 yards and 11 TDs, with five interceptions. He also ran for 212 yards and four TDs.
Emmett Wood, freshman, Tioga: See above.
John Worthing, senior, Tioga: See above.
Damian Hudson, junior, Athens: As quick as anyone in the area, Hudson was much improved running between the tackles this season. He ran for 814 yards and nine TDs.
Gage Carnrike, senior, Sayre: The most dangerous player in the region, capable of taking the ball to the house anytime he touched the ball. Carnrike hauled in 28 receptions for 720 yards (25.7 yards per catch) and six TDs.
Keegan Rude, junior, Athens: A big target with good hands, Rude hauled in 25 catches for 378 yards.
Ethan Miller, junior, Sayre: Tall with good hands and good speed, Miller had 22 catches for 468 yards (21.3 yards per catch) and five TDs.
Scotty Woodring, junior, Waverly: A good blocking tight end, Woodring also hauled in 16 receptions for 225 yards and four TDs.
Stephen Taylor, senior, Tioga;
Austin Lamb, senior, Tioga;
Alex Bloss, senior, Tioga;
James Schutt, senior, Waverly;
Jared Williams, senior, Athens;
Devin Ervin, senior, Sayre.
Zach Belles, sophomore, Sayre: Dominant and unblockable at times, Bellis has the ability to take over games. He averaged 4 tackles per game and often drew double teams.
Tanner Hollenbeck. senior, Tioga: Very quick and fast to the ball, Hollenbeck was probably the most pleasant surprise on the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers this season.
Ethan Lloyd, senior, Waverly: A good defender on the edge and a solid tackler, Lloyd averaged 5.3 tackles per game. He also had three fumble recoveries.
Ben Pernaselli, sophomore, Athens: Fast off the edge, Pernaselli was dominant at times for the Wildcats. He averaged 7 tackles per game, and had seven QB sacks this season.
Dom Wood, junior, Tioga: A physical player with a nose for the ball, Dom Wood’s play was a key to Tioga’s defense against the run.
Nate Garrity, senior, Sayre: See above.
Nick Watkins, senior, Athens: Watkins has a nose for the ball, and is a sure tackler. He averaged 10.8 tackles per game, had two QB sacks, and also blocked two field goals and one punt.
Austin Lamb, senior, Tioga: An under-rated athlete, Lamb was all over the field for the Tiger defense this season.
Owen Wanck, senior, Tioga: A physical presence in the middle for the Tigers, Wanck was another big key run stopper for the defense.
Thomas Price, junior, Waverly: A tremendous athlete, Price made plays from sideline to sideline, and led the Wolverines with 9.9 tackles per game.
Pat Casterline, junior, Sayre: An under-rated athlete with a nose for the ball, Casterline averaged 7 tackles per game. He also had three interceptions and one fumble recovery.
John Worthing, senior, Tioga: See above.
Kaden Rude, senior, Athens: A leader on the field, Rude was strong in coverage. He averaged 2.1 tackles, and had two interceptions.
Ethan Stotler, junior, Waverly: Quick and physical, Stotler was a big part of Waverly’s defense against the run. He was fourth on the team with 5.5 tackles per game and had one interception.
K — Nate Bowers, senior, Waverly: Bowers, who consistently aided the Wolverines in the field-position battle with deep kickoffs, made 24 of 28 extra-point attempts this season, and made six of eight field-goal attempts, including a long of 38 yards.
P — Keegan Rude, junior, Athens: Rude averaged 35 yards per punt, and had very few returned this season.
KR — Brayden, Murrelle, senior, Athens: Murrelle averaged 22.4 yard per return, including a 96-yard return for a score.
PR — John Worthing, senior, Tioga: Sure-handed in his duties, Worthing consistently helped Tioga into better field position with his returns.
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