The Times-Tribune

Shoemaker, Cavallaro honored

Junior latest Dunmore lineman to be named to all-state team.

- BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

Dunmore continued its dominant run of success using an all too familiar formula of strength and force. Nick Shoemaker emerged as the leader of its overpoweri­ng defensive line. Combining his 6-foot-2, 250-pound frame with quick feet, the junior became the latest in a long line of outstandin­g linemen for the Bucks as he earned a spot on the Pennsylvan­ia Football Writers Class 2A all-state team Tuesday.

All-state teams were chosen in a vote by sports writers who cover high school football across the state. No players from the Lackawanna Football Conference were chosen to the Class 4A team.

“It feels really good to receive this honor,” said Shoemaker, who was on his way to the weight room. “I put a lot of effort in with the help of my coaches and my parents. I worked hard and the more work you put in the better the results you will see.”

This season, Dunmore reeled off 13 straight wins to start the season, only the second time the program has achieved it, joining the 1985 team. The Bucks won their third straight District 2 Class 2A championsh­ip and won a state playoff game for the third straight season, before losing to Ligonier Valley in the quarterfin­als.

Defensivel­y, the Bucks controlled every game on their Lackawanna Football Conference Division III schedule. They finished by limiting opponents to 183.9 yards a game in the conference and 206.1 yards a game overall in a 13-1 season.

Shoemaker, who also excelled as an offensive tackle, had more than 60 total tackles with a season-high of nine against West Scranton, and added 12½ tackles for loss and 4½ sacks to earn AllRegion honors.

He is the eighth lineman from Dunmore to earn allstate honors since 2007 when it reached the PIAA Class 2A final and began a run of nine seasons with more than 10 wins a season. Shoemaker joins Jim Sabia (2007), Ryan Eitutis (2008), Paul Gaughan (2010), James McHale (2012, 2013), Mike Boland (2012), Tim Drewes (2014) and Dan Drewes (2014).

“From seeing Timmy and Danny make all-state a couple of years ago, to me making it now is unbelievab­le,” Shoemaker said. “They were really good role models for me and now I have to be a role model for younger kids. I have to work even harder.

“My whole life revolves around football. Dunmore football means a lot to me.”

Steel Valley, which cruised to the Class 2A state title, swept the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors.

DeWayne Murray, who ran for more than 2,000 yards with more than 40 touchdowns, and coach Rod Steele earned the awards.

Steel Valley had another player named to the all-state team, Paris Ford, a University of Pittsburgh recruit, was selected as a defensive back.

Ligonier Valley, which defeated Dunmore in the state playoffs, had quarterbac­k Collin Smith, receiver Aaron Tutino and linebacker Elijah Parrish selected.

In Class 4A, Coughlin lineman Ryan Solt, who is committed to the University of Albany and the son of former NFL lineman Ron Solt, earned a spot on the all-state team for a second straight season.

Cathedral Prep (Erie) quarterbac­k Joe Mischler earned Player of the Year honors, while his coach and father, Mike Mischler, took the Coach of the Year award.

Cathedral Prep had eight players chosen to the all-state team.

Imhotep Charter, which defeated North Pocono in the PIAA playoffs and lost to Cathedral Prep in the final, had quarterbac­k Nasir Boykin, offensive lineman Justin Johnson, athlete Aamir Brown, defensive lineman Omar Speights, linebacker Amin Black and defensive back Isheem Young selected to the all-state team.

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