November 25, 2011


CHS puts five on elite squad

Staff Writer

A total of five Cortland High football players have been accorded first-team all-league honors in voting by Section 3 A American Division coaches.
Senior wide receiver Qwuhail Barlow and senior quarterback Devon Darrow were both named to the elite squad for the second year in a row, and are joined there by senior running back Jonathan Prior, senior linebacker Mike Baldassarre and junior linebacker Colin Walsh.
Representing champion East Syracuse-Minoa — whose coach, Kevin DeParde, was named the Coach of the Year — on the first team are seniors Bobby Ali (offensive lineman), Jordan Barton (running back), Bobby Campese (receiver), Tyler Johnson (quarterback) and Mike Gorney (tight end) plus juniors Jeffrey McDuffie (defensive back) and Steve Loder (linebacker). Runner-up Jamesville-DeWitt placed seniors Will Sterriker (receiver), Eric Thompson (quarterback), Jake LaRussa (linebacker) and John Gallauresi (offensive line) and juniors Taumeras Howard (receiver) and Lyndon Pisansky (offensive line) on the first team.
Fowler’s first-team selections are seniors Wilquan Burke (receiver), Floyd Hartford (defensive line) and London Odister (linebacker) and sophomore running back Dalton Cooley. Making the first team from Fulton is sophomore running back Mark Pollock.
Cortland’s second-teamers are junior linebacker Andrew Potter, senior tight end Dylan Stafford, junior offensive lineman Corey Brown, senior defensive lineman Zeke McGinn and senior offensive lineman Kyle Teeter. They are joined by seniors Buddy Frigon (receiver), Neil Hesse (offensive line), D.J. Jackson (defensive back), Shane Stoy (defensive back), JacQuell Cotton (defensive back) and Jon Britton (tight end) plus sophomore Chris Szlamczynski (offensive line) from ES-M and J-D seniors Austin Tousaw (linebacker), Amani Jackson (running back) and Brendan Flanagan (linebacker), junior Josiah Williams (defensive back) and sophomores Rasheed Baker (linebacker) and Pete Crossett (offensive line).
Also earning spots on the second team are seniors Jujuan Ortman (receiver), Brandon Grealish (defensive line) and Shaquill Giles (running back) and junior defensive lineman Cody Rupert from Fowler and, from Fulton, seniors Nick Woodworth (defensive line) and Mark Aldasch (defensive back) and junior Jordan Baldwin (tight end).
The Purple Tigers’ honorable mentions are junior lineman Kevin Parker, senior lineman Seamus Fields and junior wide receiver/cornerback Josh Gutchess. ES-M seniors Bobby Crandall, Ryan Wiggins, Ryan Mantor, Ikiey Coker and Matt McClary and juniors Sam Pascarella and Mike Hearn earned honorable mention, as did J-D seniors Alex Delavan, Stephen Vallery, Dave Barletta, Tommy Zheng and Koy Adams and junior Zach Shapiro. Honorable mention also went to Fowler senior Dante Hibbler and juniors Rahsean White, John Carnegie and Ron Peryea. Fulton did not have any honorable mentions.
Cortland coach Dave Darrow had the following comments on his first-teamers.
On Qwuhail Barlow: “Qwuhail totaled 636 yards on 25 receptions with nine touchdowns and had 11 TDs overall and three two-point conversions for a team-high 72 total points scored. He is the state single-game yardage record holder with 318 yards against Whitesboro. We will miss his ability to change the game.”
On Devon Darrow: “Devon had a 54.1 percent completion rate (85-for-157) for 1,192 yards and 16 TDs as well as 15 two-point conversions. He also rushed for seven TDs for 42 points, third-best on the team. Devon has been a great two year starter and leader for us.”
On Jonathan Prior: “Jonathan rushed for 850 yards and also had 250 receiving yards. He scored 11 TDs overall and a pair of two-point conversions for 70 points, second on the team. He also had over 500 return yards and returned one punt and one kickoff for TDs. He is a great kid! We will miss this kind of production.”
On Mike Baldassarre: “Mike had 36 solo tackles and 79 tackles total, six for losses, and three fumble recoveries. He has the potential to be a very solid college football player.”
On Colin Walsh: “Colin had 42 solo tackles, 69 total and seven for a loss and six fumble recoveries (including three in the first-round sectional loss to Indian River). He has the potential to be one of the best LB in the section next year.”


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