Five Wilmington High football players and head coach Brandon Phillian garnered all-state honors in Class 2A yesterday by the Pennsylvania Football Writers.

Jimmy Reed, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior, and Jordan Gray, a 6-1, 235 senior, were named on the defensive line.

Colton Richards, a 6-2, 270 senior, was named at linebacker, while Cameron Marett, a 5-8, 175 senior, was an honoree at defensive back.

Robert Pontius, a 6-4, 195 senior do-everything player, was honored as an athlete.

Brandon Phillian, who took the Greyhounds to a 13-2 record and the state championship game in his first year at the helm, was named Coach of the Year.

“It’s something that’s special and humbling, but I view it more as recognition of our team and what a united group we had this year,” emphasized Phillian, who recalled a prior conversation – a day while in Wilmington’s wood shop. This season Phillian’s Greyhounds took many opponents to the wood shed.

Wilmington outscored opponents, 675-225, and out-gained them, 6,666 to 2,642. The Hounds sent a scare into Southern Columbia, forging a 14-all halftime stalemate.

Regarding his decorated quintet, Phillian felt a fond, unique kinship. 

“I think what’s special about this senior group is they all had talents and unique abilities, but when you mix those together, that’s what made it such a strong team,” the ‘Hounds head coach began. “You hear people talk about team chemistry? Well, I thought this group had great team chemistry. They were able to mix their strengths and attributes, and that’s why these boys from this senior class were – very deservedly – named to the all-state team.”

Continuing, Phillian related regarding his seniors, who posted a composite 45-9 won-loss record, “This group has been a successful group from the time they were in Midget football, to junior high, to when they were underclassmen – as sophomores going to the western final, then as juniors going to the state championship game. It’s just a great group, filled with high-character young men with excellent work-ethic. They embody the beliefs of ‘Wilmington football.’”

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Stone Hollenbach, Southern Columbia – 6-3, 200 senior

Skyy Moore, Shady Side Academy – 5-11, 185 senior

Aaron Tobias, Penns Valley – 6-2, 195 junior

John Caldwell, Ligonier Valley – 5-10, 150 senior

Logan Pfister, Chestnut Ridge – 6-1, 163 sophomore

Derek Johncour, Avonworth – 6-3, 181 senior

Running Back

Kobe Brish, Schuylkill Haven – 5-9, 200 junior

Gaige Garcia, Southern Columbia – 5-10, 195 junior

Christian Clutter, McGuffey – 6-0, 180 senior

Kam Williams, Steel Valley – 6-0, 185 senior

Kobe Joseph, Sharpsville – 6-3, 220 senior

Wide Receiver

Bryan Dworek, Brookville – 5-11, 175 senior

Aaron Tutino, Ligonier Valley – 5-11, 170 senior

Julian Fleming, Southern Columbia – 6-3, 215 junior

Cabe Park, Brookville – 5-9, 165 senior

Tight End

Logan Snyder, Penns Valley – 6-2, 200 junior

Offensive Line

Ja’Quay Hubbard, Sharpsville – 6-6, 315 senior

Austin Homan, Schuylkill Haven – 6-0, 243 senior

Troy Donlan, Southern Columbia – 6-0, 260 senior

Dylan Dininny, Richland – 6-5, 255 senior

Oak Six, Southern Columbia – 6-3, 265 senior

Athlete

Ryan Ripka, Penns Valley – 5-8, 160 senior

Aidan Houser, Wellsboro – 5-9, 165 junior

Specialist

Zane Puhala, Brockway – 5-10, 175 senior

DEFENSE

Defensive Line

Michael Hood, Mount Carmel – 6-0, 200 senior

Jimmy Reed, Wilmington – 6-2, 225 senior

Collin Instone, Richland – 6-3, 260 senior

Jordan Gray, Wilmington – 6-1, 235 senior

Harris Kohl, York Catholic – 6-0, 200 senior

Hunter Brown, Wellsboro – 6-4, 220 senior

Linebacker

Cal Haladay, Southern Columbia – 6-1, 190 junior

Colton Richards, Wilmington – 6-2, 270 senior

Todd Hill, Steel Valley – 5-10, 225 senior

Max Tillett, Southern Columbia – 6-0, 190 junior

Garrett David, North Penn-Mansfield – 6-3, 225 senior

Jarred Kohl, York Catholic – 6-1, 205 senior

Defensive Back

Cameron Marett, Wilmington – 5-8, 175 senior

Macen Akers, Everett – 6-1, 180 senior

Daniel Walker, Washington – 6-3, 210 senior

Daunte Allegretto, Ridgway – 5-8, 145 senior

Athlete

Robert Pontius, Wilmington – 6-4, 195 senior

Player of the Year: Julian Fleming, Southern Columbia

Coach of the Year: Brandon Phillian, Wilmington

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