|PIAA FOOTBALL: SAYRE'S GARRITY, CARNRIKE EARN ALL-EASTERN PA. KUDOS (2019-01-07)
GARRITY NAMED TO CLASS ALL-STATE FIRST TEAM BY PA. COACHES
Valley Sports ReportSAYRE — Sayre seniors Nate Garrity and Gage Carnrike have both been tabbed first-team Class A All-Eastern Pa. on the gridiron this fall by EasternPAFootball.com. The team includes players from Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12 and Independent teams.
Garrity was also named to the PAFootballNews.com’s inaugural Coach’s Select All-State Class A football team.
Garritty led the resurgent Redskins with 116 tackles this season, including three QB sacks. He also had two interceptions and two fumble returns.
“Nate is a tough football player who seems to just have a nose for the football,” said Sayre coach Kevin Gorman. “He started off the season slow, but as soon as he got the defense down, he was all over the place.
“Our last game against Muncy was his best game on defense, he was all over the field,” noted Gorman. “Nate would have had more sacks because he is a great pass rusher, but he was so good in coverage we didn't want to take him out of it.
“Nate will be tough to replace next year in the middle of our defense,” added Gorman. “We will have to replace a lot of tackles and his overall football IQ.”
Carnrike hauled in 28 receptions for 720 yards (25.7 yards per catch) and six TDs.
“Gage is a really good wide receiver,” said Gorman. “He has great hands and isn't afraid to go up and get a ball, or catch a ball coming across the middle.
“Anytime he touched the ball, he had the ability to go all the way,” he noted. “He is very elusive, and he is always spinning or cutting. A few times he just got tripped up when he could of taken it for six.
“When we needed a big play through the air, we looked his way. He just had an ability to come up with the ball,” added Gorman. “His catching ability and elusiveness is going to be missed next year. We will have to replace his production on offense.”
IN PHOTO: Sayre’s Nate Garrity (left) and Gage Carnrike.
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