A dozen Lancaster-Lebanon League football players and one local coach received all-state honors on Wednesday, as more postseason gridiron awards poured in.
The PAFootballNews 2018 Coach’s Select All-State Teams for Class 1A, Class 3A and Class 5A were released, and the L-L was well represented. Pennsylvania coaches — more than 700 of them — voted for these honors.
Eight L-L players earned first-team nods, four league players earned second-team nods, and Manheim Central skipper Dave Hahn was tabbed the Class 5A Coach of the Year. Hahn guided the Barons to a 14-1 record with L-L Section Two and District Three championships on the way to a spot in the PIAA title game, a 36-31 setback against Penn Hills.
Two Class 3A players were honored: Lancaster Catholic offensive guard Charlie Skehan and Annville-Cleona center Connor Williams were voted to the second team.
Skehan helped the Crusaders go 10-0 during the regular season, when Catholic won the L-L Section Three title and earned the No. 1 seed in the D3-3A bracket before being tripped up by Bermudian Springs. Williams was named L-L Section Three Offensive Lineman of the Year and co-Outstanding Lineman of the Year after helping A-C reach the D3 playoffs.
Meanwhile, in Class 5A, Manheim Central teammates Evan Simon, at quarterback, Tyler Dougherty, at defensive end, Landan Moyer, at linebacker, and Colby Wagner, at return specialist, Warwick teammates Hayden Rucci, at tight end, and Trey Glass, at wideout, and Cocalico’s Noah Palm, at athlete, and Brock Gingrich, at offensive guard, earned first-team honors.
Simon passed for 2,573 yards and 30 touchdowns; Dougherty had 45 tackles and a pair of sacks in the trenches; Moyer had a team-best 134 tackles; Wagner piled up 558 punt/kick return yards; Rucci hauled in 30 receptions, eight for scores; Glass led the L-L in receptions (72) and TD grabs (15); Palm threw just one interception and was a 1,000-yard rusher; and Gingrich was voted Offensive Lineman of the Year and Outstanding Lineman of the Year in Section Two.
Manheim Central teammates Tyler Flick, at running back, and Will Rivers, at defensive back, earned second-team nods, repping the Barons.
Flick finished his career as the Barons' all-time leading rusher, and he had a program single-season-best 33 TD runs this past fall, and Rivers had 93 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions from his DB spot for Central this season.
Simon, Flick, Moyer, Rivers, Glass, Rucci, Gingrich and Palm were named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 5A All-State Team last week, while Simon and Rucci earned USA Today All-Pennsylvania all-star honors.
PAFootballNews will release its Class 2A, Class 4A and Class 6A 2018 Coach’s Select All-State Teams on Thursday.