All-State selection for N.Y.
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- An astonishing 12 players from the Hoosick Falls Central School and Cambridge Central School football teams were named to at least the honorable mention lists for New York's all-state teams in Class C and D.
The sole first-team selection came from the Class C Panthers in senior defensive back Levi Brewster. Brewster, who had two interceptions in the 2012 championship game to seal a state title, snagged six in 2013 (40 percent of his team's interceptions) and also made 22 tackles.
On offense, Brewster was quarterback Garrett Wright's main target, catching 38 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers went 11-1 and reached the state semifinal against Rye Neck.
Two other Hoosick Falls players earned second-team nods: junior kicker Damon Dubois and senior linebacker Derek Bird.
Dubois made 36-of-45 point after touchdowns and 4-for-8 on field goals, including a 40-yarder in the playoffs. Bird made 45 tackles, including a team-high 11 for loss and had a team-high tying three fumble recoveries.
Four Panthers were named as honorable mentions, including junior quarterback Garrett Wright, who threw for 1,538 yards, 15 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He also ran for 10 scores in Hoosick's read-option offense, some of that on an injured leg late in the year.
The other honorable mentions were Brandon Hodges and Mark Hackett as linemen and Mike Matatt as a linebacker. Hodges had a lot of success on both sides of the ball, getting 31 tackles, including five for loss and a sack, along with three fumble recoveries. On offense, Hodges led the Panthers will 1,047 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.
Hackett made 46 tackles from his defensive line spot, including six for loss and two fumble recoveries.
Matatt made 34 tackles, five for loss, in his main spot at linebacker, but also ran for nearly 600 yards in a platoon with Hodges.
Five Cambridge players were chosen on the Class D list after the Indians went 10-1, losing to Moriah in the state quarterfinals.
Kiel Kyer was picked as a second-team defensive lineman after a season where he recorded 84 tackles and helped the offense rush for nearly 3,200 yards -- 6.7 yards every time a runner touched the ball.
One of those runners, junior Caleb Rowland, earned the nod as a second-team all-purpose back. Doing everything from running to receiving to returning kicks and punts, Rowland racked up 1,721 all-purpose yards -- 1,318 of those on the ground, with 19 touchdowns.
On the honorable mention slate, junior quarterback Ethan English was picked after a season where he completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,332 yards and 11 touchdowns against 4 interceptions. On defense, he led the team with four interceptions as well.
Also, Chris Warnke -- the thunder part of "Thunder and Lightning" with Rowland -- was honorable mention after a 1,311-yard rushing campaign with 19 touchdowns. He averaged more than eight yards a carry, and scored 152 points, one of the highest totals in Section II.
Josh Haskell also earned a honorable mention nod, making 58 tackles and seven sacks, a total that led the team.
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