Dan's the Man in NTL
Dan Frankenfield was named the Northern Tier League Small School Player of the Year in balloting by the coaches last week.
Frankenfield, a first-team honoree at tailback and outside linebacker for the Rams, was joined on the first team by offensive guard Anthony Benninger, strong safety Joey Champluvier, defensive end Clayton Force and punter Tyler Fenton.
A senior, Frankenfield led the Rams with 1,005 rushing yards on 158 carries. He scored eight touchdowns on the ground to lead Wyalusing with 48 points. He also caught six passes for 94 yards.
Defensively, Frankenfield made 76 tackles, including 65 solo stops, as an outside linebacker. He also had one fumble recovery and an interception.
Benninger, also a senior, helped open up holes for Frankenfield and the rest of the Wyalusing runners, who totaled 1,490 yards.
He also was named to the second-team defense as a defensive tackle where he led the team with 68 solo tackles and added 15 assists. He had three fumble recoveries, including two in one game to tie a school record.
Champluvier, a senior, made 80 tackles, including 61 unassisted tackles, from the secondary. He also had one interception.
Force, also a senior, had 83 tackles, including 64 solo stops. He had one fumble recovery and blocked a kick.
Fenton, a junior, averaged 35.2 yards on 34 attempts as the Rams’ punter.
Joining Benninger on the second team were senior Aaron Johnson as a versatility player; senior Chris McDonald at wide receiver; senior Tracey LaFrance at offensive tackle and junior Jeremy Allyn at tight end.
Johnson filled a number of spots for the Rams, but made a real impact early in the year as a kick returner. He had 11 kickoff returns for 334 yards and a touchdown. He also had one punt return for 16 yards.
Offensively, Johnson, who started the last nine games of the season at quarterback, threw for 416 yards on 31 completions with four touchdowns. He also rushed for 91 yards and caught one pass for 54 yards.
Defensively, where he made the honorable mention list at cornerback, Johnson had 14 tackles and made five interceptions. His four interceptions against Wellsboro tied a school single-game record.
McDonald had 16 receptions for 243 yards and four touchdowns. He was also on the honorable mention last at cornerback, where he had 51 solo tackles and five assists with one interception.
Allyn added 11 catches for 135 yards and one score.
LaFrance, playing left tackle, helped the team average four yards per rushing attempt.
Canton’s Ben Pepper was named Offensive Player of the Year. Muncy’s Clayton Good was voted Defensive Player of the Year. Montgomery’s Jesse Baker was the Lineman of the Year.
Canton’s coaching staff, led by head coach Miller H. Moyer, was voted Staff of the Year.
The first team offense also included Canton’s Ben Pepper (quarterback) and Scott Rockwell (fullback); Sayre’s Jesse Dagutis (tailback), Nick Bostwick (tight end) and Gabe Nobles (offensive guard); Muncy’s Rijad Sabanovic (wide receiver), Cody Parsons (offensive guard), Jake Colburn (center) and Scott Appleman (placekicker); South Williamsport’s Mike Hall (wide receiver) and Montgomery’s Cameron McHenry (versatility) and Jesse Baker (offensive tackle).
Also on the first-team defense were Canton’s Wes Campbell (defensive tackle) and Scott Rockwell (inside linebacker); Muncy’s Mike Knier (defensive tackle), Clayton Good (free safety) and Tim Colburn (cornerback); Montgomery’s Jesse Baker (defensive tackle) and Cameron McHenry (cornerback) and Sayre’s Ryan Myers (defensive end), Al Bodolus (inside linebacker) and Alex Lyons (outside linebacker).
The second-team offense included South Williamsport’s Tyler House (quarterback), Chris Stonge (fullback), Matt Bartholomew (tailback) and Marco Estrella (offensive tackle); Canton’s Jordan Campbell (tailback), Ryan Kutz (wide receiver), Conner Route (offensive guard), Tanner Machmer (center) and Brian Jannone (placekicker); Sayre’s Derek Myers (offensive guard) and Muncy’s Skylar Ebner (tight end).
The second-team defense included Canton’s Conner Route (defensive tackle), Garret Wesneski (defensive end), Tim Bassett (defensive end), Ben Pepper (cornerback, punter) and Wes Moore (outside linebacker); Sayre’s David Mendola (defensive tackle); Muncy’s Zac Maldaldo (defensive end), Troy Hembury (strong safety), Tim Colburn (inside linebacker) and Ken Koch (punter); Montgomery’s Luke Forrestal (defensive end) and Brent Buss (inside linebacker) and South Williamsport’s Jonny Pulizzi (free safety), Tyler Weaver (cornerback) and Colt Young (outside linebacker).