Mark Dunckle anchored both sides of the line for two seasons that saw Lackawanna Trail play in the state championship game in 2018 and state semifinals in 2019. On the offensive side, the Lions rushed for 4,293 yards his junior season and 4,148 yards his senior season. On defense, he led Trail in 2019 with 88 tackles including six tackles for loss including 14 tackles in the state semifinal against Bishop Guilfoyle.
Dunckle was named NPF Lackawanna Football Conference Division IV Lineman of the Year in both 2018 and 2019. He was also division first-team offensive and defensive line. In 2019, Dunckle was named to the NPF All-District team as an offensive lineman. He also was named first-team all-state defensive lineman by the Pa Football Writers and EasternPAFootball.com. Dunckle will continue his academic and football career at Division 1 FCS Bucknell University.
Lackawanna Trail coach Steve Jervis on Dunckle: “Mark came into the 2018 season with the task of replacing all state selection Shawn Jones on both sides of the ball. He did not disappoint. Mark always played bigger than he was. He is a kid who has a high football IQ and is the epitome of toughness. His quickness and block recognition on defense was really what made him great. He had a motor that never quit. Just an absolute pleasure to coach.”