Jersey Shore is going to need a bigger wall. Its collection of images from all the states is growing again in a major way.
Four Bulldogs took home all-state football honors from Pennsylvania Sportswriters 4A on Wednesday after a third consecutive appearance in Final 4. Cayden Hess, Haydn Packer, Brady Jordan and Breck Miller were named all-state players and Ordonez de Lewisburg joined them in Team 4A. Central Mountain’s Micah Walizer and Brett Gerlach made them seven area players selected as All-Staters on Wednesday, winning 5A honors. Counting all classes, 1-3 were named on Tuesday, the Sun-Gazette area produced 18 players from all states.
Hess tied an area record, being selected in All States for a third straight season, while Packer repeated. Hess has broken zonal records for career catches, yards and touchdowns and hit 1,000 yards last season. Packer, a junior linebacker, was at the heart of Jersey Shore’s defensive success and topped 100 tackles while helping the Bulldogs go 14-1 and win a fourth straight District Championship.
Jordan was selected as the athlete after producing over 3,000 yards as a quarterback and passing 2,000 passes as well as 1,000 rushing. He also intercepted five passes and was a reliable special teams performer. Speaking of special team weapons, Miller was the ultimate winner. The first-year kicker clocked a state and zone record of 15 on the field while finishing with a remarkable 109 points.
Ordonez took home all-state defensive line honors for a second straight season, anchoring Lewisburg’s defense and helping them make a big playoff push after a 0-3 start. The Lehigh-linked defensive end led the zone in sacks despite often doing double and triple teams as the Green Dragons have won five of their last six regular season games to reach the Districts.
Walizer and Gerlach provided a solid foundation for Central Mountain to build a resurgent program and the two seniors helped the Wildcats reach a second straight District 6 AAAAA class championship. Walizer was a linebacker force who passed 100 tackles for the second time in three years as Central Mountain produced its first winning season since 2009. Gerlach, like Jordan, was his team’s Swiss Army Knife. Gerlach set a program record with 1,883 passing yards, passed 500 rushing and was excellent safety.