Warwick, Central earn All-Star accoladesFootball

By on December 7, 2011

Tom Devenney was a rock as a two-way lineman for Warwick in 2011.

Last Wednesday, Nov. 30, the 6-foot-2, 278-pound junior was recognized for his play by receiving First-Team All-Star honors as a defensive interior lineman and Section One Lineman of the Year accolades at the L-L League All-Star football banquet at the Timbers Restaurant in Mt. Joy.

Warriors senior Brady Forney was also named First-Team, taking home the honors at running back.

Devenney, who also received Second-Team laurels as an offensive tackle, finished third for Warwick’s defense in tackle points (86), in addition to recovering two fumbles and collecting 2.5 sacks. Offensively for a Warwick squad which finished 2-8 overall (2-5 Section One), he helped to anchor a line which paved the way for 1,729 rushing yards — fourth most in Section One — and 288.8 yards per game.

Forney was one of those players who benefitted from Devenney’s blocking, as he rushed for 611 yards on 95 carries (6.4 avg) and a team-best 13 touchdowns. With Warwick hobbled by injuries all season, the senior playmaker also took snaps as the Warriors’ Wildcat QB, in addition to lining up at wide receiver, and he accounted for 1,072 total yards of offense and 16 touchdowns.

Finishing second behind Forney in scoring for Warwick this fall was senior kicker Shawn Mearig, who earned Second-Team accolades. He had 18 PAT’s and seven field goals, good for 39 points.

Taking home Honorable Mention honors for the Warriors were senior Anthony Boak (226 carries, 908 yards, 3 TD’s) at running back, senior Dalton Bollinger at center and defensive end (55 tackle points), senior Jared Good at guard, junior Albert Powell at inside linebacker (103 tackle points, two fumble recoveries, one safety, 4.5 sacks), senior outside linebacker Chad Messimer (team-best 118 tackle points, league-tying eight sacks, two fumble recoveries) and junior defensive back Austin Minnich (75 tackle points).

Turning to Manheim Central, Mike Williams received Section Two Coach of the Year honors, senior Andrew Kauffman picked up Linebacker of the Year accolades and the Barons put eight players on the First-Team following their 8-3 finish (6-1 Section Two).

Kauffman, who was named First-Team at inside linebacker, placed second on the Barons’ defense with 127 tackle points and led the team with six INT’s. He also chipped in with 3.5 sacks for a Barons’ defense which finished second in Section Two while allowing just 249.7 yards per game.

Others First-Team selections for Central on the defensive side of the ball were senior interior lineman Derek Shaub (46 tackle points, 2.5 sacks), junior defensive back Reid Pavlik (team-high 143 tackle points), junior defensive end Nate Henry (88 tackle points, four sacks), and senior punter Bryant Myer (37.7 avg.).

Offensively, sophomore tight end Taylor Geib (22 catches, 329 yards, one TD), junior center Austin Good and Myer (30 PAT’s, six field goals, 48 points) at place-kicker earned First-Team honors.

Second-Team recognition went to senior QB Caleb Walton (112-for-200 passing, 1,492 yards, 9 TD’s; 182-882 rushing, 15 TD’s), senior wideout Josh Good (27-424 receiving, 3 TD’s), junior offensive tackle Manny Del Carpio, and junior defensive end Chris Lynn (62 tackle poijnts, 4.5 sacks).

Finally, sophomore wide receiver Andrew Seiverling (21-206 receiving, 2 TD’s), senior defensive interior lineman Trent Lilley (38 tackle points, 1.5 sacks), senior outside linebacker Caleb Martin (63 tackle points, 3 sacks) and senior defensive back Good (69 tackle points, 2 INT’s) received Honorable Mention. More FOOTBALL STARS, page B-6