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Statewide Top Teams: Six Imhotep players highlight all-state team

Six players and the coach from Imhotep Charter, which went 15-0 en route to statewide glory, were selected to the Class AAA all-state team by Pennsylvania football writers.

Six players and the coach from Imhotep Charter, which went 15-0 en route to statewide glory, were selected to the Class AAA all-state team by Pennsylvania football writers.

Imhotep senior running back Mike Waters, who rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and scored 45 touchdowns, was voted player of the year. Panthers boss Albie Crosby, whose squad outscored foes by 702-104 this season, was named coach of the year.

The other Imhotep players, all seniors, earning all-state honors were Florida State-bound tight end Naseir Upshur, offensive linemen Yasir Durant and JohnCarlo Valentin, and defensive ends Andre Mintze and Shaka Toney. Toney is projected to be a linebacker at Penn State.

Three Archbishop Wood players were recognized: senior quarterback Anthony Russo, a Rutgers recruit who passed for more than 2,400 yards and 35 TDs; senior offensive lineman Kurt Stengel (Navy); and junior wideout Mark Webb.

Bishop Guilfoyle junior Evan Chadbourn, a multipurpose threat who rushed for 2,297 yards and scored 53 TDs, was voted Class A player of the year. No Philly-area players were picked at that level.

Pa. Football Writers

All-State Team

Class AAA

Player of the Year: Mike Waters, Imhotep Charter

Coach of the Year: Albie Crosby, Imhotep Charter



Hunter Merritt, Conneaut, 6-1, 190, senior

Ben Moser, Susquehanna Twp., 5-10, 180, senior

Anthony Russo, Archbishop Wood, 6-4, 225, senior

Tayvon Bowers, Bishop McDevitt, 6-2, 215, junior

Running Back

Evan Culver, Saucon Valley, 5-10, 180, senior

Juvon Batts, Selinsgrove, 5-9, 184, senior

Levi Lorson, Jersey Shore, 5-9, 193, senior

Zane, Dudek, Armstrong, 5-10, 180 junior

Mike Waters, Imhotep Charter, 5-10, 195 senior

Terence Stephens, West Allegheny, 6-1, 200, senior

Wide Receiver

Kobay White, Bishop McDevitt, 6-1, 195, senior

Henry Litwin, Conneaut, 6-1, 200, senior

Mark Webb, Archbishop Wood, 6-3, 190, junior

Bryce Hall, Bishop McDevitt, 6-3, 195, senior

Tight End

Naseir Upshur, Imhotep Charter, 6-3, 245, senior


Ryan Solt, Wilkes-Barre Coughlin, 6-3, 285, junior

Yasir Durant, Imhotep Charter, 6-7, 330, senior

JohnCarlo Valentin, Imhotep Charter, 6-5, 338, senior

Aaron Seigle, Susquehanna Twp., 6-3, 280, senior

Kurt Stengel, Archbishop Wood, 6-4, 265, senior


Collin Shank, Lampeter-Strasburg, 6-1, 215, senior

Alvin Pacheco, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-0, 190, senior



Thor Balavage, Scranton Prep, 6-2, 240, senior

Dominick Covatto, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 283, junior

Shaka Toney, Imhotep Charter, 6-4, 220, senior

Bryce Charles, Jersey Shore, 6-0, 250, senior

Andre Mintze, Imhotep Charter, 6-4, 225, senior


Tyler Starfursky, Scranton Prep, 6-2, 230, senior

Matthew Bauer, Erie Cathedral Prep, 6-2, 205, sophomore

Matt Collins, Clearfield, 6-0, 205, junior

Wyatt Clements, Lehighton, 6-1, 210, senior

Christian Carvis, Saucon Valley, 6-0, 185, senior

Jerry Roberts, Erie Cathedral Prep, 5-11, 215, junior


Shawn Turber, Shikellamy, 6-0, 185, senior

Ryan Lezzer, Clearfield, 5-11, 180, junior

Exree Loe, Greater Johnstown, 5-11, 195, junior


Ta'Nauz Gregory, Erie Cathedral Prep, 5-7, 150, senior


Derek Adams, Manheim Central, 5-11, 180, senior