Northern Tier Sports Report
It was a year for the ages for Canton, going undefeated in the regular season and making it to the state semifinals. They won their first NTL Division-I title since 1998, and their first district title since 1990.
That success has netted them three major Bradford County All-star awards: Player of the Year Riley Parker, Defensive Player of the Year Hayden Ward, and Coaching Staff of the Year.
Parker led the rushing attack, running for over 1200 yards on the year, while Ward led the team in tackles, being able to get into the backfield and also be deep downfield in coverage.
Tyler Sechrist and his staff were able to guide the Warriors to a 13-1 record on the season.
Athensâ€™ Shayne Reid is the Offensive Player of the Year, rushing for over 1,000 yards while being a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, too.
Troyâ€™s Mason Imbt is the Lineman of the Year, leading a Trojan line that ran for over 2,000 yards, while also disrupting things defensively.
Troyâ€™s Clayton Smith is the Newcomer of the Year. Smith was part of the Trojan 2-headed monster in the backfield before a season ending injury in the game against Sayre.
The first team consists of Sayreâ€™s Brayden Horton at quarterback, with Parker and Reid the running backs. Troyâ€™s Damien Landon is the fullback, while the receivers are Sayreâ€™s Luke Horton, Athensâ€™ Karter Rude, and Wyalusingâ€™s Jacob Bruyn.
The offensive linemen are Imbt, Cantonâ€™s Brenen Taylor, Gage Pepper, and Conner Davis, and Athensâ€™ Dylan Harford.
Cantonâ€™s Cooper Kitchen is on the team for versatility, with teammate Weston Bellows on for versatility.
Reid is the first team kicker.
On first team defense for defensive line are Cantonâ€™s Caiden Williams and Mason Nelson, and Troyâ€™s Imbt and Mason Woodward.
The linebackers are Cantonâ€™s Ward, and Taylor, Troyâ€™sâ€™ Kory Schucker, and Sayreâ€™s Zach Garrity.
The defensive backs are Cantonâ€™s Bellows and Michael Davis, Rude, and Troyâ€™s Brandon Cohick.
Bruyn is the versatility selection, with Landon the punter.
The second team offense is Athensâ€™ Mason Lister at quarterback, Smith and Ward as the running backs, and Athensâ€™ Troy Jennings at fullback.
The three receivers are Sayreâ€™s Jackson Hubbard, Athensâ€™ JJ Babcock, and Wyalusingâ€™s Nolan Oswald.
The offensive linemen are Cantonâ€™s Williams and Mason Shultz, Troyâ€™s Eli Crane, Sayreâ€™s Cayden Firestine, and Athensâ€™ Tom Forrest.
Sayreâ€™s Josh Arnold is the utility selection, with Towandaâ€™s Riley Vanderpool in the versatility spot.
Troyâ€™s Justice Chimics is the kicker.
On the second team defensive line are Towandaâ€™s Varius Farrel, Cantonâ€™s Gage Pepper, Athensâ€™ Troy Pritchard, and Sayreâ€™s Donovan Wynn.
The linebackers are Towandaâ€™s Mason Hartmann, Cantonâ€™s Conner Davis and Parker, and Landon.
The defensive backs are Troyâ€™s Jayden Renzo, Cantonâ€™s Bailey Ferguson, Sayreâ€™s Lucas Horton, and Athensâ€™ Caleb Nichols.
Wyalusingâ€™s Skylar Manahan is the utility selection, with Lucas Horton the punter.