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Prep linemen voted all-state

Prep linemen named to Class 3A team after helping Cavaliers to 12-2 season.

- BY JOBY FAWCETT

Kyle Polishan and Max Borgia selected to the Pennsylvan­ia Football Writers Class 3A team Monday. Sports,

Scranton Prep enjoyed a second straight championsh­ip season and produced a couple more all-state football players.

Offensive lineman Kyle Polishan and defensive lineman Max Borgia were both selected to the Pennsylvan­ia Football Writers Class 3A allstate team Monday.

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Scranton Prep won the District 2 Class 3A title for the second year in a row, this time under the guidance of first-year coach Terry Gallagher, who took over for retired Hall of Fame coach Nick Donato.

“It’s a great day for the program,” Gallagher said. “First and foremost, they are great kids and great students. They are two of the hardest working kids. They were dedicated all year round and were outstandin­g role modes for the younger players. They are also selfless kids. Kyle is a freak, I mean, he is tall and athletic and always is going full

speed. Max is undersized, but he is a really tough kid, who has outstandin­g technique.

“They both played with such passion and were relentless.”

Both Polishan and Borgia played big roles in a 12-2 season that included the program’s first win in the PIAA playoffs, a 37-13 victory over Montoursvi­lle and quarterbac­k Brycen Mussina, who also made the all-state team.

Polishan and Borgia were the driving force for the Cavaliers, who dominated the line of scrimmage all season.

On offense, Polishan, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound senior, helped Scranton Prep pound away for 3,334 yards rushing, while also passing for 1,597 yards, and scoring more than 30 points seven times. Defensivel­y, he contribute­d 50 tackles with two sacks, five passes defended, and an intercepti­on.

“This speaks to our program that is really on the rise,” Polishan said. “Yes, it is an individual award, but it is a reflection of the success the team had. Last year, we won districts and that was the goal, so going into the offseason we really wanted to improve on that. We worked really hard and worked in the weight room and on our speed. We watched a lot of film. “It was a tremendous season.” For two seasons, Borgia, a 5-9, 225-pound senior who is a twotime All-Region player, has been a menace on offense and defense. His quickness and unrelentin­g pursuit of the ball this year resulted in 71 tackles, including eight for loss with five sacks and an intercepti­on for a unit that gave up only 180.1 yards per game, posted three shutouts and gave up less than 10 points in nine games.

As a junior, Borgia earned AllRegion honors as a guard on offense.

“This means a lot to me and I am really honored,” Borgia said. “I owe a lot to coach Gallagher and our line coach, Dan McShaffery. I am definitely undersized, so that gave me extra motivation going against the much bigger guys. I liked that competitio­n. This is really special. I worked hard.

“Me and my teammates all worked hard and we are really happy with what we have accomplish­ed.”

Nanticoke’s Justin Casey, joined Borgia as an all-state selection on the defensive line. A 6-6, 207-pound senior, he had 82 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. Also forced three fumbles, recovered two and scored one defensive touchdown.

Middletown, which defeated Scranton Prep in the PIAA quarterfin­als, had four players chosen. Running back Jaelen Thompson, lineman Ethan Newton, linebacker Hunter Landis and specialist Tyreer Mills.

Central Martinsbur­g running back Alex Hoenstine, who ran for a school-record 2,480 yards and 43 rushing with 49 total touchdowns earned Player of the Year honors.

Beaver Falls coach Ryan Matsook earned Coach of the Year.

Wyoming Valley West offensive lineman Chris Bleich, who is committed to Penn State, earned a spot on the Class 5A team.

Clairton’s Lamont Wade, also a Penn State commit, earned Player of the Year in Class 1A, while Bishop Guilfoyle’s Justin Wheeler, was chosen as Coach of the Year.

Armstrong running back Zane Dudek was chosen as the Player of the Year and Harrisburg’s Calvin Everett was Coach of the Year in Class 5A.

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