Kegarise, Trimarchi, Hoch named L-L’s Outstanding Players

By on December 7, 2016
This year’s Frantz-Rider-Yohe Award winners, pictured with their coaches, included (front row, left to right) Manheim Central QB Kody Kegarise, Warwick QB Tyler Trimarchi and Annville-Cleona wide receiver/DB Cameron Hoch; (back, l-r) Baron coach Dave Hahn, Warrior coach Bob Locker and Dutchmen coach Matt Gingrich. Photo by Bruce Morgan

This year’s Frantz-Rider-Yohe Award winners, pictured with their coaches, included (front row, left to right) Manheim Central QB Kody Kegarise, Warwick QB Tyler Trimarchi and Annville-Cleona wide receiver/DB Cameron Hoch; (back, l-r) Baron coach Dave Hahn, Warrior coach Bob Locker and Dutchmen coach Matt Gingrich. Photo by Bruce Morgan

Frantz-Rider-Yohe Awards presented by Lions Clubs

It was a whirlwind 24 hours for Warwick’s Tyler Trimarchi and Manheim Central’s Kody Kegarise starting last Wednesday night.

First, the two senior QBs received First-Team All-Star honors in Sections One and Two at the L-L Coaches Banquet at the Timbers Restaurant in Mount Joy.

While they were still soaking that in, Trimarchi and Kegarise, along with Section Three Annville-Cleona’s Cameron Hoch, then took home the Frantz-Rider-Yohe Awards last Thursday as the Outstanding Players in their respective Sections at the General Sutter Inn.

The awards, based on voting by coaches in each of the three Sections, are named for former Elizabethtown coach Bill Frantz, former Warwick coach Bernie Rider and former Columbia coach Jack Yohe.

The Lions Clubs from Lititz, Elizabethtown, and Columbia sponsored the awards, with club representatives Aaron Miller, Mike Myers and Jeff Deascenti making the presentations.

“It’s been a pretty great 24 hours,” Trimarchi said.

Truth be told, it was a pretty great season, period, for the award winners.

Both were dual-threat impact players.

Trimarchi was 151-of-220 through the air for 1,700 yards and 21 TDs with just one INT, in addition to rushing for 692 yards on 158 carries, with seven TDs, helping the Warriors (8-3 overall) finish runner-up in Section One with a 6-1 record, then advance to the District Three playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Kegarise, meanwhile, was 134-of-209 passing for 2,349 yards and 19 TDs, along with lugging the ball 180 times for 1,610 yards with 28 TDs, as the Barons (6-1 L-L, 11-2 overall) earned a share of the Section Two title with Cocalico and reached the District Three finals for the first time since 2013.

Each player displayed humility while thanking their teammates, coaches and parents for the honor.

“There’s a valuable lesson that we can take away from this banquet,” said Master of Ceremonies Mark Hough, a Lititz Lions Club member. “Tonight, the young men talked about humility, leadership and character. Though your opponent is your foe for 60 minutes, after you’ve gained their respect and they’ve earned yours, we can see the importance about what is good and hopefully that’s something that leaders will take into account in the future.”

Trimarchi definitely gained a lot of coaches’ respect this year while earning their votes for the award.

“Pretty awesome. It’s a great feeling,” Trimarchi said of the honor. “To be recognized for individual awards is great, but individual awards comes team success and I feel like we had a lot of that this year. I’d like to take a moment to thank my teammates and coaches. The coaches really made sure we worked hard all season and made sure I had the best senior year I could. And my teammates, they made some incredible plays this year — Carter Forney, Evan Popalis, guys like that — and just giving me memories I’ll never forget and putting me in positions to win.”

The memory which tops the list from this fall, of course, was Popalis’ catch of Trimarchi’s Hail Mary pass, giving the Warriors a 31-28 win over back-yard rival Manheim Township on Oct. 14.

“I’m never going to forget that one,” Trimarchi smiled.

Nor will he forget the influence his parents, Kurt and Melissa, had on him from a young age.

“I’d like to thank my parents for the support that they’ve always given me throughout the years,” he said.

Warrior coach Bob Locker talked about his senior QB’s leadership and work ethic, studying film and investing long hours in the off-season, while describing his All-Star campaign operating a newly-installed offense.

“We found that we had a perfect triggerman for our new offense,” Locker said. “Fran Tarkenton, a former Minnesota Viking quarterback, said, ‘I think greatness in quarterbacks is taking what you’ve got, whether it’s a great team or a struggling team, and making them better.’ As I stated at our team banquet, Tyler quite simply made us better as a team. He helped make us a dangerous offense. His statistics are impressive, but only begin to tell the story. In my opinion, what makes him worthy of this prestigious award is how he kept us in games, how he kept us in plays. Our players believed that we were never out of a game, they believed that he would lead us back. They believed in Tyler and that belief made us better.”

Certainly, Manheim Central’s team also had a strong belief in Kegarise.

All he did, as Baron coach Dave Hahn noted, was put himself in the same class with such former Manheim Central greats as Matt Nagy and Jeff Smoker with the stats he posted this season.

“What can I say about Kody Kegarise that his play hasn’t already shown?,” Hahn asked. “He’s a tremendous athlete, he was a rock for us this year and as a matter of fact, the past two years … Just watching him for the past two years has been truly amazing. It’s been quite an experience for me. So much so that Kody ranks now, I think it’s the top three in most of our quarterback statistics and that’s putting him with the likes of a Matt Nagy and with Jeff Smoker. And if you ask me, I think that’s in pretty high regard.”

The 6-foot-0, 180-pound signal-caller became just the seventh player in L-L League history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season, joining joining former MC stars Jarryd Moyer and Justin Gorman, ELCO’s Arron Achey, Lebanon’s Mark Pyles, Hempfield’s Sam Kramer, and Lancaster Catholic’s Bryan Downey.

“I couldn’t have imagined that,” Kegarise said, “but the line really stepped up and the blocking was great and the receivers really improved their blocking since last year on the perimeter and downfield — it really helped.”

It was no wonder he was selected as the Section Two Outstanding Player.

“It feels good,” said Kegarise, who was also a recipient of the 2017 Mini-Max Award. “I didn’t know how big (the award) was until I came here … It was just a lot of fun being able to play my senior year as a Baron. I had a lot of fun. No regrets.”

In addition to his teammates, Kegarise also thanked his coaches, parents (Kevin and Richelle) and family.

“My parents were always there for me with helpful advice and encouragement,” he said, “and I’m very grateful for the knowledge my coaches have shared with me and all that they’ve done to help me succeed.”

Whether Trimarchi and Kegarise continue to play at the next level is still being determined.

“I’m talking to some schools about playing football possibly … not really sure yet,” Trimarchi said. “But I’m definitely going to try to major in accounting and follow in my dad’s footsteps and see where that takes me.”

Asked what schools are currently in the mix, Trimarchi said, “A lot of local schools … LVC, Grove City, Juniata, a couple schools like that. Honestly, if Bloomsburg reached out to me, that would be fantastic. That’s where I want to go to school. So if I could do that, go to school and possibly play football there, that would be a dream come true.”

Kegarise’s plans, too, are still unfolding.

“I’m still on the fence … I’m probably out 60 or 70 percent on playing,” he said. “I’m just talking to different schools that come into (Manheim Central) and just seeing what looks I’m getting.”

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