Isaly, Starcher, Streiff, Miller Captain the 65th Annual All-Valley Small School Football Team

Michael Starcher

Senior, RB

Cameron

Captain

He was the heart and soul of the Dragons’ run to a perfect regular season and first official home playoff game.

A first team all-stater, Starcher rushed for 1,557 yards and 18 touchdowns, caught 165 yards and three touchdowns worth of passes. Oh, and he made 111 tackles defensively.

Lukas Isaly

Junior, Utility

River

Captain

If we had an overall player of the year award, Isaly would be the pick.

Playing this season at quarterback, Isaly passed for 1,550 yards and 14 touchdowns while running for 1,029 yards and 23 more scores. He also ran for 11 2-point conversions and made five interceptions on defense to become first team All-Ohio.

Carter Streiff

Senior, LB

Buckeye Trail

Captain

Virtually a one-man wrecking crew for Coach Donnie Kerns’ resurgent Warriors.

He recorded a team-leading 127 tackles to go with a sack, a pair of interceptions and a defensive touchdown to earn second team All-Ohio honors. Offensively, Streiff had more than 400 yards and four scores.

Trey Miller

Senior, DB

Bishop Donahue

Captain

A captain for the second season in a row, as well as a repeat first team all-stater, there was no better cover man in the valley. Miller, who depending upon what the opposition wanted to do also played some linebacker, made 95 tackles to go with six interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

He threw for a TD, rushed for two and caught five.

Brady Treherne

Senior, OL

Barnesville

Another first team All-Ohio performer, Treherne was a big reason — literally at 5-foot-7, 205 pounds — the Shamrocks went back to the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.

Coach Matt Johnson said he was a solid as they come offensively, but he also made 50.5 tackles — eight for loss — and three sacks defensively.

Donnie Meadows

Senior, OL

Shadyside

Meadows helped the Tigers return to the playoffs yet again, and he earned All-Eastern District and All-OVAC laurels for his work.

He graded out at 90-percent efficiency and was an extremely strong player, according to Coach Mark Holenka. Defensively he made 65 stops, which was second on the team.

Mason Ladyga

Senior, OL

River

A three-year starter, Ladyga was a key cog on Coach Mike Flannery’s club’s run to an unbeaten regular season.

A special mention All-Ohio pick, Ladyga graded out at better than 90 percent each week. He was the guy Isaly and company consistently ran behind.

Lander James

Senior, OL

Cameron

The son of offensive coordinator Eric James, Lander anchored the line from his center spot for the perfect-record Dragons.

He made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be, helping open holes for Starcher and company.

Caide Bunfill

Senior, RB

Barnesville

A second team All-Ohio selection, Bunfill helped the Shamrocks get back to the second season.

He averaged 9.3 yards per carry while racking up an Ohio Valley-leading 1,798 yards. Included in that, was a 379-yard performance against Buckeye Trail.

Bunfill scored 31 touchdowns in 11 games.

Alex Krupa

Junior, RB

Shadyside

A key cog in the Tigers offense, Krupa was equally adept running and catching the football.

He carried 162 times for 968 yards — 5.9 per tote — and scored 18 touchdowns. Additionally, Krupa caught 17 passes for 308 yards.

Colby Brown

Junior, QB

Cameron

A second-team selection last season, Brown moves up to the top rung.

Also a first team all-stater for the Dragons, he threw for 1,737 yards and 24 touchdowns, rushed for 446 yards and 15 scores and collected 17 2-point conversions.

Isaac Rine

Senior, QB

Wheeling Central

The consummate leader, Rine led the Maroon Knights to the state quarterfinals and was awarded first team all-state status.

A four-year starter, he completed 81 of 140 attempts for 1,300 yards and 22 touchdowns. Rine ran for 342 yards and two more scores.

Brooks Parsons

Junior, WR

Magnolia

A 6-0, 200-pounder speedster, once Parsons got behind the defense it was game over.

He hauled in 45 passes for 875 yards — an average of 19.4 a catch — and scored six touchdowns. He also rushed for 105 yards and a TD and scored twice on kickoff returns and once on a punt return.

D’Eondre Burney

Senior, WR

Bellaire

Talk about a guy who could go get the football. Burney was the Big Reds’ go-to guy whether he was playing offense or defense.

Burney caught 37 passes for 808 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively he had five interceptions.

John Burkhalter

Senior, WR

Wheeling Central

A repeat first-team honoree on this team as well as all-state, Burkhalter used his athletic ability to get open even when he wasn’t.

Burkhalter hauled in 30 passes for 705 yards — an average of 23 a catch — and scored a total of 13 touchdowns.

Billy Johnson

Senior, Utility

Shadyside

When the Tigers needed a big play, Johnson was often there to make it.

He completed 59 percent of his passes (111 of 188) for 1,720 yards and 16 touchdowns. He rushed for another 596 yards and 11 scores and made 28 PATs.

As a punter, he downed four inside the 20-yard line.

Jimmy Hull

Senior, Utility

Bishop Donahue

An injury cut his season short, but he put up quite the numbers.

Hull completed 80 of 130 for 1,282 yards and 17 touchdowns, against three interceptions. The leading passer in the OVAC before breaking his collarbone, Hull also rushed 63 times for 365 yards and three touchdowns.

Danny Zdinak

Senior, Kicker

Toronto

He could have made this list at any number of positions, whether it be offensively or defensively.

But the fourth-leading scorer in the small-school ranks makes it as a kicker. He finished with 120 points after booting 36 extra points and a pair of field goals, to go along with 13 touchdowns.

Defense

Luke Matusik

Senior, DL

River

He could have made our team on either side of the ball, but gets the nod on defense.

A 6-2, 205-pounder, Matusik anchored the middle for the Pilots and made 66 tackles to go along with 10 sacks.

He graded out at 91 percent offensively.

Clayton McCabe

Senior, DL

Wheeling Central

Also honored as a first team all-stater, McCabe was a force from his defensive end position.

McCabe, a four-year starter, recorded 60 tackles to go along with 10.5 sacks for Coach Mike Young’s team.

Drew Dietz

Senior, DL

River

He and Matusik go hand-in-hand, so it was a must that both make the grade.

Likewise, Dietz, was a stalwart on both sides of the ball. Defensively, where he played mostly at end, Dietz recorded 38 tackles — five for a loss — to go with two sacks.

Adam Murray

Freshman, LB

Wheeling Central

You read that right — this was Murray’s first season on the varsity level, and boy did he shine.

Murray led the Maroon Knights with 87 tackles and one fumble recovery. It was often difficult to tell if he was playing end or linebacker, because Murray seemed to apply pressure from everywhere.

Vinny Mangino

Sophomore, LB

Bishop Donahue

A nagging ankle injury limited him to eight games, but Mangino made the most of his time on the field for Coach John Durdines.

Mangino was charted with 109 tackles — 23 for loss — on his way to earning first team all-state. He added a pair of sacks and both forced and recovered two fumbles.

Cody Saksa

Senior, LB

River

A first team All-Ohio selection, the 5-9, 200-pounder was an all-out menace for the Pilots.

He registered 93 tackles — 18 of which were behind the line of scrimmage — to go with 10 sacks in leading his team to an unbeaten regular season.

Kutch Clark

Senior, LB

Steubenville Catholic

A 5-foot-9, 190-pounder, Clark was a punishing hitter every time he met a ballcarrier.

Also a second team All-Ohio selection, Clark was always around the football for Coach Steve Daley’s defense.

Kaelan Hannahs

Senior, LB

Barnesville

Coach Matt Johnson calls Hannahs one of the toughest and most versatile players he has coached, and we tend to agree.

Hannahs made 102 tackles (85 solos) including 18 for losses. He also registered seven sacks on his way to special mention all-state.

Parker Caretti

Senior, DB

River

Mike Flannery says Caretti is one of the best shutdown corners he has seen at the school.

The senior’s first team All-Ohio selection does nothing but validate that claim. Caretti intercepted five passes to go along with 863 total yards and five touchdowns.

Tyler Anderson

Senior, DB

Tyler Consolidated

A second team West Virginia Class AA selection, Anderson was a big reason why the Silver Knights returned to the postseason.

He was equally as effective on offense with more than a thousand yards and 17 touchdowns combined rushing and receiving, but Anderson’s eight interceptions speak volumes.

Matthew Burkhart

Senior, DB

Barnesville

Another standout on both sides of the ball, Burkhart earned special mention all-state.

Defensively he makes the grade here, after registering 35 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception. He also gained more than 1,500 yards offensively.

Jacob Murray

Senior, Utility

Linsly

A jack-of-all-trades for Coach B.J. Depew, Murray excelled both as a receiver and a cornerback.

He made 20 tackles and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. He caught 19 passes for 350 yards in four games and was also the team’s punter and kicker.

Drew Wagnild

Junior, Utility

River

Never a defensive back to shy away from contact, Wagnild shined for the Pilots.

He recorded 77 tackles and also proved to be a threat both running and catching the ball on offense.

Gage Giovengo

Senior, Utility

Linsly

This guy was everywhere — literally. Giovengo played both linebacker and safety defensively, and four different positions on the other side of the ball.

He made 66 tackles, 24 solo and 15 for a loss. Additionally, Giovengo had 4.5 sacks. He ran for seven scores.

Levi Streets

Junior, Utility

Valley

A bright spot in a difficult season that was derailed by major injuries. A punishing runner from his fullback spot, Streets perhaps got even more pleasure out of inflicting hits on the other side of the ball.

Jarrett Hooper

Senior, Punter

Monroe Central

In what was an unusual down season for the Seminoles, Hooper did all he could. He averaged 35.8 yards on 32 punts, which equals out to 1,148 yards. He rushed for four scores, threw for 1,000 yards and another six TDs.

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