Prep line­men voted all-state

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

The Times-Tribune - - Front Page - 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.

Max Bor­gia and Kyle Pol­is­han

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