Here are the 2023 NPF  LFC Division III All-Stars presented by the U.S. Air Force. The list is compiled by feedback from the division coaches and NPF Staff. We have added a division MVP which exemplifies a player who makes the biggest contribitions on both sides of the ball.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Lukas Gumble, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
Gumble finished his 2023 season with 1,643 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 12.8 yards per carry and those numbers could have been much higher as Lackawanna Trail was involved in many blowouts this year when starters were removed from the game early. Gumble only had four receptions in the Lions run-heavy offense but averaged 39.8 yards per catch. He also had two receiving touchdowns. On defense, he was an all-star at linebacker who finished with 58 tackles on the season including 6 tackles-for-loss. Gumble forced two fumbles and had three interceptions. Finally, he was one of the team leaders for Trail who won a division and district championship while winning 13 games in 2023.

OFFENSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Reese Gaughan, Sr. – Riverside
Gaughan finished off a great career for the Vikings setting multiple records. A four-year starter, he set the LFC single-game receiving record against Mahanoy Area this season. Gaughan is also now the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards in the conference. For 2023, he caught 56 passes for 872 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gaughan was also pressed into quarterback action early in the season. He threw for 390 yards and 7 touchdown passes. Riverside used him in the running game as he ran the ball 11o times for 700 yards and added 9 rushing scores. Gaughan also was one of the best defensive backs in LFC 3.

DEFENSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hunter Patterson, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
Patterson is a four-year starter and was the heart and soul of the Lions defensive unit that allowed only 8 points per game in league play and 15.6 points overall. He was the leading tackler for Trail and ended up with 79 on the season. Patterson was very good against the run but also was used in pass coverage. He ended up with four passes defended on the season. He also recorded a sack and forced fumble and leaves a legacy of toughness at Lackawanna Trail.  Patterson was also the starting fullback and ran for 613 yards and 10 touchdowns

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Alex Castellano, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail

One of the reasons for the Lions success in 2023 was the dominance of the lines on both sides of the ball. Castellano was the veteran leader of the unit up front. He was instrumental in Trail’s running game and helped produce over 4,200 rushing yards this season. Castellano did just the opposite on the defensive side of the ball as one of the Lions main run stoppers. He ended up with 38 tackles on the season, 2 tackles-for-loss and 2 fumble recoveries and was constantly taking up multiple blockers to free up other defenders to make plays.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Steve Jervis – Lackawanna Trail
Coach Jervis led the Lions to an unbeaten regular season, a league championship, a district championship and two state playoff wins before bowing out in the Class 1A quarterfinals to the No. 1 team in state. Trail has always had a very compeititive program and Jevis has actually built on that success to create one of the best small schools in the state. He now has a 113-60 record at LackawannaTrail Trail and 136 wins overall as a head coach.

 







 

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB: Chase Taddonio, Jr. –  Riverside
RB: Demetrius Douglas, Jr. – Lackawanna Trail
RB: Lukas Gumble, Sr. –  Lackawanna Trail
FB: Hunter Patterson, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
WR: Reese Gaughan, Sr. – Riverside
WR: Max Kimmel, Jr. – Lackawanna Trail
TE: Joe Granko, Sr. – Old Forge
OL: Tavian Branch, So. – Riverside
OL: Alex Castellano, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
OL: Cooper Patterson, So. – Lackawanna Trail
OL: Gary Shaw, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
OL: Ed Snee, Sr. – Riverside
ATH: William Marcy, Jr. – Susquehanna
K: Santino D’Amico, So. – Riverside

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL: Tavian Branch, So. – Riverside
DL: Alex Castellano, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
DL: Zack Chilek, Sr. – Riverside
DL: Steven Loby, Sr. – Susquehanna
DL: Cooper Patterson, So. – Lackawanna Trail
LB: Joe Granko, Sr. – Old Forge
LB: Lukas Gumble, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
LB: Richie Kostoff, Jr. – Riverside
LB: Hunter Patterson, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail
DB: Reese Gaughan, Sr. – Riverside
DB: Max Kimmel, Jr. – Lackawanna Trail
DB: Casey O’Brien, Sr. – Riverside
DB: Cooper Payne, Sr. – Susquehanna
P: Isaih Rodriguez, Jr. – Old Forge







HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE
QB: T.J. DiMattia, Jr. – Old Forge, QB: Stephen Jervis, Sr. – Lackawanna Trail; RB: Cael Krushnowski, Jr. – Old Forge, RB: Anthony Prince, Fr. – Carbondale Area; FB: Robbie Garvey, Sr. – Riverside; WR: Cooper Payne, Sr. – Susquehanna, WR: J.J. Rogers, Jr. – Riverside; TE: Richie Kostoff, Jr. – Riverside; OL:  Lucas Evans, So. – Lackawanna Trail, OL: Rykin Hobart, Jr. – Susquehanna, OL: Chad Hoskins, Sr. – Riverside, OL: Chris Petrucci, Sr. –  Holy Cross, OL: Will Wozniak, So. – Old Forge; ATH: Nick Novak, Sr. – Old Forge, ATH: Aiden Wudarski, So., Holy Cross; K: Colin Bailer, Sr. – Carbondale Area

HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE
DL: Lucas Evans, So. – Lackawanna Trail, DL Elijah Houderschieldt, Jr. – Carbondale, DL Zach Norton, Jr. – Susquehanna, DL: Cody Ormes, Sr. – Carbondale Area, DL Colton Stone, Sr. – Susquehanna; LB: Robbie Garvey, Sr. – Riverside, LB: Geno Scatena, Sr. – Old Forge, LB: Kolbee Soltis, Sr. –  Lackawanna Trail, LB: Leland Wudarski, So. – Holy Cross; DB: Nick Novak, Sr. – Old Forge, DB: Chris Rasmus, So. – Old Forge, DB: J.J. Rogers, Jr. – Riverside, DB: Weston Yannone, Fr. – Susquehanna; P: Santino D’Amico, So. – Riverside