Delaware Valley quarterback among Class 6A all-stars after record year.
Matt Cavallaro turned in a memorable performance in his final season at the controls of the Delaware Valley football team, and maybe his final season in the sport.
On Tuesday, the senior quarterback was selected to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 6A all-state team.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Cavallaro guided the Warriors to an Lackawanna Football Conference title and a District 2 Class 6A championship. He
set passing records for yards and touchdowns in a season.
All-state teams were chosen in a vote by sports writers who cover high school football across the state.
Cavallaro follows in the footsteps of former Delaware Valley quarterback Bryan Schor, who earned all-state honors in Class 4A after the 2012 season and whose records he broke.
Despite his success, Cavallaro likely played his last football game, as he intends to play ice hockey in college.
“It’s exciting,” Cavallaro said Tuesday taking a break from practicing on a frozen pond for ice hockey. “It’s an unbelievable honor. I couldn’t have done any of this without my teammates and my coaches.
“Obviously, it’s cool to be named all-state. I have to thank them a lot for all they did for me. You can’t do anything like this by yourself.”
In his second season as the starting quarterback, Cavallaro, one of six quarterbacks chosen to the all-state team in the classification with the largest schools by enrollment, emerged as the leader of the Warriors and earned The Times-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year award.
He had 10 games where he threw for more than 200 yards this season and had a seasonhigh 334 yards and six touchdowns against West Scranton. Cavallaro also had 275 yards passing and three touchdowns in a win over Williamsport, which advanced to the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals and had six players named to the all-state team.
In his final game, Cavallaro threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to Williamsport.
Overall, he finished with 2,809 yards, which broke the area record of 2,722 set by Lakeland’s Evan Kraky in 2000, and had 34 touchdown passes. He also broke Schor’s school records of 2,585 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Schor is now the starting quarterback at James Madison and will be playing in the Football Championship Subdivision National Championship game against Youngstown State on Jan. 7 at noon in Frisco, Texas.
“Growing up, you are always going to the Friday night football games, and I got to watch Bryan a lot,” said Cavallaro, who served as the team ball boy in sixth grade. “I got to know him pretty well. I always looked up to him as an athlete and quarterback, and more as a person and a leader.
“It’s unbelievable to be mentioned in the same sentence as him. As you can see, he’s doing pretty well for himself.”
In his career, Cavallaro, 17, totaled 3,928 yards passing and 43 touchdowns and led Delaware Valley to a record of 16-8 with two LFC Division I titles and this season’s District 2 Class 6A crown.
Williamsport, which avenged its loss to Delaware Valley in the District 2-4 Class 6A subregional final and won a PIAA playoff game over State College before losing to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, was represented by quarterback Isaiah Hankins, running back Treyson Potts, tight end Jalen Jackson, lineman Kurt Danneker, athlete Elliot Walker and defensive lineman Ross Stebbins.
Running back D’Andre Swift and coach Gabe Infante from St. Joseph’s Prep, which won the state title, earned Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors.