Bobcats Score Big In D9sports.Com/Eric Shick Agency Post Season Football Awards (12/17/17)
D9sports.com announced their 2017 Eric Shick Agency Post Season Football Awards and All-District Nine Team this past Thursday (December 14th) and the District Nine Class AA Champion Clarion Area Bobcats were well represented. The Bobcats garnered the MVP Award, Defensive Player of the Year Award, Co-Coach of the Year Award, and were also named in the Game of the Year Award. The Cats also accounted for five slots on the All-District Nine Team.
Spencer Miller, a senior quarterback, defensive back and punter was named the Jim Kelly Award (District 9 MVP) winner. Spencer threw for 1030 yards, going 75 of 131, with 9 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 557 yards on 62 carries, with 10 touchdowns.
Spencer was stellar on defense and special teams also, with a sack, 5 interceptions, 13 passes defended, 133 tackles, one tackle for loss, 23 punts (42.1 yards per punt), 10 inside the 2o yard line.
Spencer was named to the All-District Nine Football Team at defensive back and punter.
Zak Bauer, a senior linebacker was named Defensive Player of the Year. Zak, who was named KSAC Large School Division Defensive Player of the Year, had 133 tackles, 41 of them for loss, with 8 sacks and two interceptions. Zak was named to the All-District Nine Football Team at linebacker and as an offensive lineman.
Bobcat mentor Larry Wiser was named Co-Coach of the Year along with Brookville coach Scott Park. Coach Wiser led the Cats to a 12-1 record and the District Nine Class-AA Championship. The Bobcats won their first round PIAA First Round game, advanced to the State Quarterfinals and finished the season ranked 8th in the state in Class-AA.
The Bobcats District Nine Class-AA Championship Game, a 28-21 victory was named Game of the Year.
Bobcat tight end Thomas Wurster was named to the All-District Nine Team. Thomas had 4 catches for 132 yards (32 yards per catch) and a touchdown. He was also an integral part of the Cats running game. In the Clarion offensive scheme the tight end is more of an offensive lineman as receiver.
Others receiving individual awards were:
Offensive Player of the Year
Bryan Dworek – junior wide receiver, Brookville
Offensive Lineman of the Year
Anthony Smith- senior guard, Kane
Special Teams Player of the Year
Clint Thurston – senior kicker and punter, Redbank Valley
Rookie of the Year, Individual Performance of the Year
Jack Krug – freshman quarterback, Brookville
Bob Tonkin: Tonkin – longtime coach, official and D9 Committee member
ERIC SHICK AGENCY D9SPORTS.COM ALL-DISTRICT 9 FOOTBALL TEAM
QB – Jack Krug, Brookville
RB – Nick Stewart, Curwensville
RB – Erik DeLong, Kane
RB – John Eakin, Bradford
WR – Bryan Dworek, Brookville
WR – Kyle Kerle, Clarion-Limestone
TE – Thomas Wurster, Clarion
OL – Anthony Smith, Kane
OL – Steve McClure, Curwensville
OL – Zak Bauer, Clarion
OL – Isaac Gralak, Bradford
OL – Logan Minich, Redbank Valley
DL – John Frank, Brookville
DL – Max Cowan, Ridgway
DL – Aiden Hulings, Kane
DL – Steve McClure, Curwensville
LB – Zak Bauer, Clarion
LB – Evan Furlong, Ridgway
LB – John Eakin, Bradford
DB – Spencer Miller, Clarion
DB – Josh Terry, Curwensville
DB – Neil MacDonald, Ridgway
DB – Brock Barrett, Redbank Valley
Place Kicker: Clint Thurston, Redbank Valley
Punter: Spencer Miller, Clarion
Congratulations to Spencer, Zak, Thomas, Coach Wiser and the whole Bobcat Squad, as well as all the rest of this season’s other selectees, on their honors.
(Special thanks to D9sports. com for this information. Go to their site to see their complete story on this year’s awards.)