Here are the 2021 District 2 All-Stars presented by MotorWorld. The list is compiled by feedback from the district coaches and NPF Staff. Only District 2 players are eligible. Players are only eligible at one position even if they excelled at more than one position on the field.
OFFENSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
London Montgomery, Jr. – Scranton Prep
Nobody but COVID-19 and an injury stopped Montgomery. The numbers speak for themselves. In 10 games, he rushed for 2,360 yards, averaging 12.2 yards per carry and running for 35 touchdowns, all tops in District 2. He also added a receiving and kickoff return touchdown. Keep in mind that Montgomery accumulated a lot of these stats without playing full games as the Cavaliers were usually in mercy rule in the second half. He has gotten several Division I offers as a junior.
DEFENSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lacota Dippre, Jr. – Lakeland
A combination of speed and size, Dippre was dominant on the defensive side of the ball recording 65 Total Tackles, 25 Tackles for a loss, 9 Sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, 1 Interception and an INT return for a TD, 2 Forced Fumbles and 5 Fumble Recoveries. Dippre did all of this will being double-teamed on many occasions. He has followed in his big brother C.J.’s (University of Maryland) footsteps and is getting attention from Division I programs.
LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Nick Elko, Sr. – Wyoming Area
Elko has been the model of consistency up front for the Warriors over the past several seasons. He has been a dominant force on both sides of the ball and has been instrumental in his team’s success. A four-year starter, Wyoming Area has produced a 50-7 record including a state championship with Elko in the trenches. On offense, he recorded 31 pancake blocks and defensively he had 57 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble.
COACH OF THE YEAR
George Howanitz – Valley View
When you lose your starting quarterback and arguably your best player, it can be a struggle as a coach to continue to be successful and in this case, it is even tougher as a father as Coach Howanitz son Adam went down with a knee injury in Week 6. But the Cougars never missed a beat winning a district-high 12 games and the school’s fourth district championship in the past 11 seasons. Valley View was outstanding on both sides of the football and outscored their opponents in the playoffs 101-14 with both opposition touchdowns coming in mop up time.
ALL-DISTRICT 2 OFFENSE
QB – Dominico Spataro, Jr. – Lakeland
Spataro led District 2 in passing yardage and passing touchdowns leading Lakeland to a LFC Division III title. He also led all quarterbacks in rushing yards.
RB – Devin Ayala, Sr. – Mid Valley
Ayala was the second leading rusher in District 2 and instrumental in the Spartans turnaround going from 1 win in 2020 to 9 wins in 2021. He also 3rd in rushing touchdowns in the district.
RB – Connor Hilling, Jr. – Valley View
Hilling took the offense on his shoulders when the Cougars lost their starting quarterback. He was 4th in District 2 in rushing yards and 2nd in rushing touchdowns.
FB – John Greenfield, Sr. – Old Forge
Greenfield was a punishing blocker for the Devils and a key short yardage option. He had 9 rushing touchdowns and led the way for one of the most balance and efficient offenses in the area.
WR – Robert Rossi, Sr. – Scranton Prep
Rossi was stuck on a run-first offense, but when they did need a play in the passing game, he a was mismatch against any defender who tried to cover him. He finished 3rd in District 2 with 9 touchdowns and 9th in receiving yards.
WR – Justice Shoats, Sr. – Holy Redeemer
Shoats athleticism made him a threat every time he touched the ball. Playing for the first time since middle school, he was 2nd in District 2 in receiving.
TE – Aiden Black, So. – Delaware Valley
Black is an emerging star and college prospect. He is already one of the best blocking tight ends in the area and was the second leading tight end in receiving yards in District 2.
OL – Anthony Nicotera, Jr. – Scranton Prep
Nicotera was the leader of one of the best offensive lines in the area. He led the way for the leading rusher in District 2.
OL – R.J. Schirg, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
Schirg was a model of consistency for the Lions being their best lineman over the last three years. He was impressive in his run blocking which was the focus of the Trail offense.
OL – Jake Simoson, Sr. – Lake-Lehman
Simoson follows a long line of successful lineman from Lake-Lehman. He had to carry the load up front with a very young offensive line.
OL – Tyler Swartz, Sr. – Valley View
Swartz is a three-year starter who led the Cougars to over 3,700 rushing yards. He was a leader of one of most talented lines in NEPA.
OL – Gabe Tidgridge, Sr. – Delaware Valley
Delaware Valley has produced many good offensive lineman and Tidridge carries on that tradition. Playing center, he was excellent in pass protection and a skilled run blocker.
ATH – Colin Skeen, Sr. – Valley View
Skeen could hurt you in many ways and was full of big plays. He averaged 9.6 yards per carry and 19.0 yard per catch for 631 yards from scrimmage. He also had four returns for touchdowns – 3 punt and 1 kickoff.
K – Roman Levant, Jr. – Wallenpaupack
Levant had a strong leg which resulted in many touchbacks, but he also was one of the best scoring kickers in the area. He led District 2 with 7 field goals including four from 40+ yards. He also added 30 extra points.
ALL-DISTRICT 2 DEFENSE
DL – Raimon Abreu, Sr. – Hazleton Area
Abreu proved to be the leader up front for the division winning Cougars. He made 63 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. More important he created issues for offensive lineman trying to block him, freeing up linebackers to make plays.
DL – Josh Angelo, Sr. – Mid Valley
Angelo caused all kinds of havoc up front as the leader of the Spartans defense. He ended up with 40 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 8 pressures and 2 fumble recoveries.
DL – Parker Bolesta, Jr. – Dallas
Another player who disrupted more plays than he made, Bolesta was the main man on the defensive front making 43 tackles,6 tackles for loss and recording 4 sacks.
DL – Dante Randle, Sr. – Valley View
Randle was continuously in the backfield forcing running backs to alter their plans and he was non-stop on the pass rush. He had 85 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 2 sacks for the Cougars.
DL – Nick Rasmus, Sr. – Old Forge
Rasmus was the leader on one of the best defensive fronts in the area. Constantly taking on double-teams, he recorded 28 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 2 forced fumbles for a smothering Old Forge defense.
LB – Michael Golay, Sr. – Scranton Prep
Little doubt who was the playmaker for the Cavaliers defense which was top 3 in District 2. He recorded 130 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 2 pass deflections and a blocked extra point.
LB – Spencer Kishbaugh, Jr. – Berwick
Kishbaugh made plays and in big moments for the Dawgs defense. He had 90 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 3 interceptions and 5 pass breakups.
LB – Ty LaFave, Jr. – North Pocono
When you watch LaFave on film, he always seemed around the ball. He was the leader of the a defense that only gave up 86 points during the regular season and helped the Trojans to make the district championship game.
LB – Ryan Matyas, Jr. – Hazleton Area
Matyas was a ball hawk for the Cougars defense and ended up with 79 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. He went downhill to the ball as good as any LB in the WVC.
DB – Sean Mackinder, Sr. – Valley View
Mackinder tied for the district lead with six interceptions and only one pass was completed on him in coverage for a total of 2 yards. He also posted 36 tackles and was the quarterback of a very good Valley View secondary.
DB – Connor Olisewski, Sr. – Wyoming Valley West
Olisewski had his hands full facing teams with pass-happy offenses, but he made plays all season long. He finished tied for the district lead with 6 interceptions.
DB – Rocco Pizano, Sr. – Wyoming Area
Pizano won’t have the stats of some of the other defensive backs in the area, but that’s because teams stayed away from him when throwing the ball. That respect by coaches earned him that respect. His 3 interceptions tied him for the team lead.
DB – T.J. Schmalze, Sr. – Wallenpaupack
Not many safteties were around the ball like Schmalze was in 2021. He made 101 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2 interceptions. Another player who teams chose to throw away from.
P – Luke Russo, Sr. – Hazleton Area
Russo has had a strong leg all of his career and been a weapon for the Cougars in special teams. He averaged over 41 yards per punt this season.