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Warwick, MC claim L-L All Star honors
It’s not often that the Warwick football team has had a lineman earn L-L League First-Team All-Star honors on both sides of the ball in back-to-back years.
But that’s just what senior Tom Devenney accomplished for the Warriors.
When the 2012 Lancaster-Lebanon League coaches’ All-Star team was announced last Wednesday at the Timbers Restaurant in Mount Gretna, the 6-foot-3, 278-pound Division-One prospect again took home First-Team honors in Section One at both offensive guard and defensive interior lineman. He also received Offensive Lineman of the Year accolades, helping to pave the way for a balanced Warriors’ attack that gained 1,343 yards on the ground and 1,376 in the air.
Although Devenney was Warwick’s only First-Team All-Star following a season in which they finished 3-7 overall (1-6 Section One), the Warriors also had a pair of Second-Team All-Stars in junior running back Gabe Taylor and senior outside linebacker Ryan Gruett. Taylor ran for a team-best 726 yards on 188 carries (3.9 avg), with four TD’s, and he caught 10 passes for 89 yards. Gruett, meanwhile, helped to lead a Warriors’ defense by registering 94 tackle points, tied for second on the team with Devenney.
Honorable Mention honors went to senior quarterback Zack Hurst (104-for-208, 1,222 yards, 6 TD’s passing; 78-331 rushing, 4 TD’s) and senior defensive end A.J. Sanderson (80 tackle points, 3 sacks).
Turning to Manheim Central, the Barons earned six First-Team All-Star spots in Section Two, led by junior tight end Taylor Geib. who received the accolades at wide receiver while also taking home Wide Receiver of the Year, and Nate Henry, a two-way First-Team star at offensive tackle and defensive end, in addition to grabbing Defensive Lineman of the Year honors.
First-year starting quarterback Colin Fry, a junior, claimed First-Team accolades after throwing for 2,114 yards and 22 TD’s on 126-of-217 passing. He also had a team-best 14 rushing TD’s while gaining 373 yards.
Junior running back Ian Hanselman was the Barons’ other First-Team All-Star on offense, gaining a team-high 866 rushing yards, with 11 TD’s. He led an MC ground attack that finished with 2,811 yards (7.2 avg) and 42 touchdowns, as the Barons went 9-3 overall (6-1 Section Two) and advanced to the District Three Triple-A quarterfinals.
Joining Henry with First-Team accolades on the defensive side of the ball was senior interior lineman Rey Lasanta, who had a team-best 125 tackle points with five blocked kicks, two fumble recoveries and one QB sack. As a team, the Barons’ defense allowed 265 yards per game with 25 takeaways.
The Barons also had seven players earn Second-Team All-Star honors. Offensively, senior wide receiver Cole Proffitt (23 receptions, 421 yards, 4 TD’s), junior center Nate Brandt, and junior kickoff returner Andrew Seiverling (13 returns, 280 yards, 21.5 avg.) all earned the recognition. On the defensive side of the ball, senior interior lineman Tanner McCauley (55 tackle points, 1.5 QB sacks), senior inside linebacker Austin Garner (109 tackle points), outside linebacker Geib (89 tackle points, 1 QB sack) and junior defensive back Nick Brubaker (76 tackle points, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 INT’s) were all recognized.
MC players who received Honorable Mention were junior running back Marc Royer (96-746 rushing, 6 TD’s), senior place-kicker Evan Stauffer (56-for-59 PAT’s, 3-for-6 field goals), senior outside linebacker Dillon Harnly (83 tackle points, 1 QB sack, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 INT) and junior punter Wade Beamesderfer (26 punts, 887 yards, 33.7 avg.). More ALL-STARS, page B-3