Quaker Valley’s Ricky Guss named Pennsylvania’s Class 3A player of the year

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | 2:30 PM


Quaker Valley coach Jerry Veshio and quarterback Ricky Guss, who led the Quakers to a PIAA football championship this month, were named Tuesday as the state's Class 3A Coach and Player of the Year.

Two of Guss' teammates, Isaiah McNair and Andrew Seymour, also earned all-state honors in a vote of Pennsylvania sports writers. In all, 10 WPIAL players earned all-state honors, including three from Aliquippa: Tariq Jones, Kwantel Raines and Solvauhn Moreland. The others from the WPIAL are Bryce Ramer and Will Connelly of Beaver, Lionel Deanes of Seton LaSalle and Dustin Shoaf of Yough.

Class 3A

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Ricky Guss, Quaker Valley – 6-2, 195 senior

Connor Watkins, Loyalsock – 6-3, 205 junior

Adam Cecere, Forest Hills – 6-4, 220 junior

Cole DeFranco, Notre Dame-Green Pond – 6-0, 185 junior

Lane Voytik, Sharon – 5-11, 185 sophomore

Running back

TaQuan Bradley-Chambers, Lehighton – 5-9, 175 senior

Ian Border, Huntingdon Area – 6-0, 210 senior

Brady Fox, Middletown – 5-11, 205 senior

Patrick Garwo, Conwell-Egan – 5-10, 200 senior

Jesse Capriotti, New Hope-Solebury – 5-11, 165 senior

Zach Helsley, Mercyhurst Prep – 6-0, 180 junior

Dustin Shoaf, Yough – 6-1, 195 junior

Wide receiver

Ziyon Strickland, Sharon – 5-10, 180 senior

Gerald Ross, Loyalsock – 6-2, 170 junior

Isaiah McNair, Quaker Valley – 5-8, 180 senior

Will Gruber, Hickory – 5-10, 175 senior

Tight end

Chris Mottillo, Mercyhurst Prep – 6-5, 245 senior

Offensive line

Brendan Douglass, Middletown – 6-5, 270 senior

Solvauhn Moreland, Aliquippa – 6-4, 260 junior

Anthony Rossi, Scranton Prep – 6-3, 270 senior

Bryce Ramer, Beaver Area – 6-5, 300 senior

Nolan Wentz, Lehighton – 5-11, 240 senior

Athlete

Jon Long, Forest Hills – 6-0, 180 senior

Cody Scherer, Lehighton – 5-9, 240 senior

Jared Colletti, Palisades – 5-9, 165 senior

Lionel Deanes, Seton LaSalle – 5-8, 175 senior

Specialist

Will Connelly, Beaver Area – 6-2, 200 senior

DEFENSE

Defensive line

Rilee Bechdel, Bald Eagle Area – 6-1, 200 senior

Cole Senior, Middletown – 6-0, 210 junior

Dylan Dailey, Jim Thorpe – 6-0, 202 junior

Drew Nickles, Palisades – 6-3, 225 senior

Andrew Seymour, Quaker Valley – 6-1, 222 senior

Linebacker

Hunter Webb, Loyalsock – 6-2, 210 senior

Jesse Luketa, Mercyhurst Prep – 6-3, 235 senior

Ivan Balavage, Scranton Prep – 6-2, 200 senior

Tariq Jones, Aliquippa – 6-0, 245 senior

Jared Smith, Martinsburg Central – 6-0, 210 senior

Defensive back

De'Shaun Wilson, Wyomissing – 5-10, 175 senior

Kwantel Raines, Aliquippa – 6-3, 200 senior

Sam Dickson, Scranton Prep – 5-9, 160 senior

Sam Newton, Loyalsock – 5-8, 145 senior

Athlete

Kyle Truesdale, Middletown – 5-11, 185 senior

Dylan Farronato, Lewisburg – 6-1, 183 junior

AWARDS

Player of the Year

Ricky Guss, Quaker Valley

Coach of the Year

Jerry Veshio, Quaker Valley

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