Tonawanda News — QUARTERBACK
Chris Woodard,North Tonawanda
Stats: 1,455 passing yards, 9 passing TDs, 875 rushing yards, 11 rushing TDs, 15 tackles, 1 interception, 39.56 punt average, 14/16 PATs.
Scoop: Woodard was named the A-North division’s Co-Offensive Player of the year. The junior led the Jacks to five straight wins to close out the season. The dual-threat QB figures to be one of top signal callers in Western New York in 2014.
Tristan Boling, Tonawanda
Stats: 614 passing yards, 8 passing TDs, 570 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs, 36 tackles, 1 interception.
Scoop: Class C first-team defensive selection. As the Warriors QB, Boling led Tonawanda to its first playoff berth in nine years this season. Boling made the transition from WR to QB this season and the junior will look for even better results in his final season.
Tim Barnard, Tonawanda
Stats: 913 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs, 70 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 108 tackles, 2 interceptions.
Scoop: The senior was a first-team Class C defensive selection. Barnard scored the winning touchdown against Amherst in season finale on final play of overtime.
Nigel Davis, St. Joe’s
Stats: 1,108 rushing yards, 13 rushing TDs, 75 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 44 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 27 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception.
Scoop: Davis was named a finalist for the Connolly Cup award. Coach Dennis Gilbert called the senior one of the most athletically gifted players he’s ever coached.
Jake Ferry, North Tonawanda
Stats: 789 receiving yards, 7 receiving TDs, 20 tackles, 1 interception.
Scoop: Selected to the Class A offensive first-team. Broke the school record for receiving yards in a season with 96 yards against Hamburg in season finale.
Terrell Ford, Kenmore West
Stats: 409 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs, 157 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 31.4 punt return yard average, 2 return TDs, 70 tackles, 5 interceptions.
Scoop: Class AA second-team selection. Ford is one of the most dynamic athletes in Western New York. His contributions in all three phases have earned him a spot in the U.S. Army All-American combine in January.
Connor Pumm, Tonawanda
Stats: 354 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs, 55 tackles, 2 interception, 1 defensive TD.HONORABLE MENTION
Scoop: First-team Class C offensive selection. The senior could line up inside with his hand on the ground or as a wide receiver, giving his QB a versatile and large target in all areas of the game.
Will Galley, Tonawanda
Scoop: First-team offensive selection for Class C. The senior anchored one of the top units in the division with his size and power. He finished the season with 56 tackles and 3 fumble recoveries on defense. Coach Rob Gross called him one of top lineman he’s ever coached.
Ryan Osborn, North Tonawanda
Scoop: Second-team offensive selection for Class A. The senior recorded 16 tackles and 4 sacks on defense, while acting as the clear-cut leader of an offensive line unit that set QB Chris Woodard loose for over 2,300 total yards.
Matt Rymarczyk, Kenmore East
Scoop: First-team Class A offensive selection. The junior captain had 19 tackles and led the team with six sacks on defense. Many coaches in the A division regard Rymarczyk as one of the most dominant lineman in the area, requiring special attention when game planning for the Bulldogs.
James Stewart, Kenmore West
Scoop: First-team Class AA offensive selection. Finished with 29 total tackles on defense, but his presence was felt most on the offensive line. He was the big cog in a line that blocked for News Player of the Year Alex Price.
Tyler Hill, St. Joe’s
Scoop: The senior played all over the field for the Marauders. He recorded 50 tackles on defense, a sack, an interception for a touchdown and he also caught 14 passes at tight end for 249 yards.
Alex Molik, North Tonawanda
Stats: 23 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery.
Scoop: As a junior, Molik was selected as a second-team Class A offensive performer. He anchored the offensive line at left tackle and plugged up the middle on defense for a Lumberjacks defense that improved throughout the season.
Jon Zellner, North Tonawanda
Stats: 47 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 field goal block, 798 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs.
Scoop: Class A defensive first-team selection. Zellner was the work horse for the Jacks, running between the tackles for tough yards on offense and punishing opposing RB’s and QB’s on the defensive side of the ball. A true leader and inspirational player for NT.
John Bortz, Kenmore West
Stats: 35 tackles, 2 sacks.
Scoop: Bortz was a second-team Class AA defensive selection. He helped carry the Blue Devils to a semifinal appearance in the Section VI playoffs against Jamestown.
Kurt McGowan, Kenmore East
Stats: 55 tackles, 390 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs.
Scoop: The senior was a first-team Class A defensive selection. He was a stabilizing force on a tough Bulldogs defense that featured playmakers in all levels of the unit.
Rod Payne, St. Joe’s
Stats: 45 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 172 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs.
Scoop: The senior led the Marauders in every defensive statistical category before seeing his season cut short due to injury in Week Six. Standout performance with 10 tackles against Aquinas in Week Four.
Preston Smith, Kenmore East
Stats: 20 tackles, 1 interception, 696 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs, 152 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs, 1 passing TD.
Scoop: The senior was a first-team Class A offensive selection. He was a leader on both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs and his athleticism really showed with his versatility on offense.
Paul Palladino, Tonawanda
Stats: 74 tackles, 1 interception.
Scoop: A Class C defensive second-team selection, Palladino was one of the Warriors emotional leaders. his toughness and heart helped form the identity of a tough Tonawanda defense.
Jayson Taylor, Kenmore West
Stats: 31 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception.
Scoop: As a sophomore, Taylor was selected to the first-team Class AA defensive team. Coach Rich Harris called him an animal who is always around the ball and ready to make a play from his linebacker position.
Alimayu Akono, St. Joe’s
Stats: 18 tackles, 4 interception, 6 pass deflections, 1 punt block, 80 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD.
Scoop: Akono’s play in the secondary was a key for the Marauders this season. He teamed with Nigel Davis to make life difficult on opposing team’s QB’s.
Trent White, Kenmore West
Stats: 42 tackles, 1 interception.
Scoop: White was a second-team Class AA defensive selection. He had an impact in both the passing and running game with his cover skills and ability to help stop the run for the Blue Devils.
TONAWANDA — Chris Mara, Brandon Frye, Corbin Snyder.
NORTH TONAWANDA — Christian Mahoe, Nehemiah Stone, Taylor Mellott.
ST. JOE’S — Anthony Castillani, Justin Jones, Mike McCarthy.
KENMORE WEST — Nick Wojnar, Adam Fron, Anthony Catania.
KENMORE EAST — Connor McMahon, Adam Geib, Amane Daniels.
CARDINAL O’HARA — Donel Cathcart, Jovell Littlejohn, Gino Lattuca.