Blake Reddick ran for 2,974 yards this season, and a good portion came by running behind the blocks of teammate Sam Breese.
So it is only fitting that, after the duo helped Lakeview to its most successful season in school history, the pair earned a spot on the 2013 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Team.
The honor was well deserved in both cases.
Reddick’s rushing total was tops in the state and 700 yards more than Class AAA Player of the Year Andre Robinson of Bishop McDevitt. The senior also scored 33 touchdowns and averaged 11.31 yards per carry as the Sailors won their first District 10 Class A title.
“On defense too,” said Lakeview head coach Dan York. “Blake was huge on defense too. Yes, he ran for almost 3,000 yards. But he had seven interceptions, two forced fumbles. He was big on both sides of the ball.”
The same holds true for Breese, who made it as a defensive lineman.
The 6-foot-11, 280 pound senior was a preseason all-state selection on the offensive line, but York was proven correct in thinking his big man was a better defensive player. According to York, Breese was second in the state for sacks by a defensive lineman with 12. He also had 104 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. For good measure, Breese also blocked two punts and a field goal.
“I tell people all the time that Sam is an athlete,” said York. “He uses his hands well. He gets off the ball well. Just a great athlete.”
And this All-State nod is not the first honor for either player, but another in what is sure to be a long list to come.
According to York, WKBN television in Boardman, Ohio named Reddick the Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year at its Big 22 banquet on Wednesday. At that same banquet, WKBN Sports honored Breese as one of its “Five Blocks of Granite”, which goes annually to the five best lineman in the area.
“Any successful team has to have the players,” said York. “It is not about the Xs or the Os, it is about the Bills and the Joes. And they were two of the best that ever played here at Lakeview.”
Robinson’s heavy workload of 2,279 rushing yards and 32 total touchdowns earned the junior Class AAA Player of the Year honors as part of the 2013 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Team.
Brandon Yescavage, the leader behind Old Forge’s sprint to championship weekend in Hershey, and South Williamsport’s Dominick Bragalone, shared the same distinction in Class A.
This is the fourth year the all-state selection process has been overseen by the sportswriters who cover high school football around the Commonwealth. Players are nominated in all four PIAA classifications, then a statewide ballot was issued to afford all writers the opportunity to cast their votes.
Archbishop Wood’s Steve Devlin and North Catholic’s Bob Ravenstahl were named Class AAA and Class A Coach of the Year, respectively.
Here is a closer look at the Class AAA and Class A All-State teams (District 10 players in bold):
Billy Fessler, Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 175 senior
Nick Marsilio, Bishop McDevitt, 6-3, 185 junior
Jarrett McClenton, Archbishop Wood, 5-8, 160 junior
Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt, 5-11, 205 junior
Marc Royer, Manheim Central, 5-9, 180 junior
Kobay White, Bishop McDevitt, 6-0, 185 sophomore
Alex Greenawalt, Cathedral Prep, 6-4, 205 senior
Thaddius Smith, Cardinal O’Hara, 5-9, 170 senior
Jake Del Priore, Southern Lehigh, 5-9, 160 senior
Zach Talley, Lansdale Catholic, 6-3, 225 senior
Brett Kulka, General McLane, 6-5, 245 senior
Devonne Barnes, Cathedral Prep, 6-3, 272 senior
Ryan Bates, Archbishop Wood, 6-5, 285 junior
Chad Zunich, Manheim Central, 6-3, 315 junior
Jordan Mosley, Bishop McDevitt, 6-2, 280 senior
Josh Messina, Archbishop Wood, 5-10, 185 senior
Aidan Brosious, Conrad Weiser, 6-2, 200 senior
Ryan Saunders, Jim Thorpe, 5-10, 172 senior
Spencer Herrington, Clearfield, 5-11, 168 junior
James Trucilla, Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 256 junior
Noah Beh, Scranton Prep, 6-7, 260 senior
Mike Perloski, Bishop McDevitt, 6-1, 235 senior
Bryce Mostoller, Somerset, 6-3, 225 junior
Darrious Carter, Indiana, 6-5, 205 senior
Chase Winovich, Thomas Jefferson, 6-4, 215 senior
Jake Cooper, Archbishop Wood, 6-3, 230 junior
Logan Eller, Somerset, 6-0, 200 junior
Tory Delmonico, West Allegheny, 6-2, 203 senior
Nate Monroe, Bishop McDevitt, 6-0, 205 senior
Collin Kendrick, Southern Lehigh, 6-1, 212 senior
Felix Manus-Schell, Cathedral Prep, 6-1, 180 senior
Marlon Tyree, Cathedral Prep, 6-2, 180 senior
Malik Hooker, New Castle, 6-2, 185 senior
Christian Lezzer, Clearfield, 6-1, 218 senior
Player of the Year: Andre Robinson, Bishop McDevitt
Coach of the Year: Steve Devlin, Archbishop Wood
Michael Pietropola, Wellsboro, 6-1, 185 junior
Lenny Williams, Sto-Rox, 6-0, 200 senior
Blake Over, Northern Bedford, 6-5, 190 senior
Brandon Yescavage, Old Forge, 6-2, 190 senior
Daiqwon Buckley, Dunmore, 5-11, 225 senior
Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport, 5-11, 200 junior
Blake Reddick, Lakeview, 6-1, 180 senior
Colby Klingerman, Bloomsburg, 5-11, 175 senior
Brandon Owlett, Wellsboro, 5-10, 165 senior
Mike Feryo, Schuylkill Haven, 6-4, 240 senior
Ryan Paulish, Old Forge, 6-4, 290 senior
Ryan Long, North Catholic, 6-2, 250 senior
Tyler Cavenas, Mahanoy Area, 6-5, 260 senior
James McHale, Dunmore, 6-7, 300 senior
Paul Papi, Old Forge, 6-0, 228 senior
Josh Tripp, Southern Columbia, 6-5, 270 senior
Luke Rarig, Southern Columbia, 6-0, 180 junior
James Warren, Steelton-Highspire, 5-11, 170 senior
PJ Fulmore, North Catholic, 5-8, 180 junior
Nick Little, Bishop Guilfoyle, 6-2, 229 senior
Nazar Mironenko, Mifflinburg, 6-1, 280 senior
Joey Bruno, Old Forge, 6-3, 250 senior
Jarred Fragapane, North Catholic, 6-3, 235 senior
Sam Breese, Lakeview, 6-1, 280 senior
Shane Schuback, Old Forge, 6-1, 225 senior
Cody Pavlick, Southern Columbia, 6-2, 215 senior
Lukas Damian, Marian Catholic, 6-2, 227 senior
Jorden Sekol, Old Forge, 6-2, 210 senior
Brian Doty, Wellsboro, 6-0, 255 senior
Jake Manetti, Old Forge, 6-0, 185 senior
Cale Bruso, Tri-Valley, 6-0, 155 senior
Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge, 6-1, 161 junior
Clintell Gillaspie, Monessen, 6-0, 225 senior
Cole Barnhardt, Williams Valley, 5-9, 170 senior
Co-Players of the Year: Brandon Yescavage, Old Forge; Dominick Bragalone, South Williamsport.
Coach of the Year: Bob Ravenstahl, North Catholic