Tuesday, January 1, 2013


By Don Seeley

Spring-Ford’s run to last month’s District 1 final certainly caught the attention of the football community throughout the Philadelphia region and around the state.
Or so it seems after reviewing Pennsylvania Football News’ All-State selections, released late Tuesday.
Led by R.J. Sheldon – named to the third team defense – Spring-Ford accounted for all seven of the area’s selections on the website’s Class AAAA teams. The only other area players recognized were Phoenixville’s Ryan Pannella and Pottstown’s Richy Masciarelli, who received honorable mention in Class AAA.
Sheldon, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior, was named as a defensive lineman. Teammates Tate Carter, Hank Coyne, Jarred Jones, Zameer McDowell, Mason Romano and Robby Varner all received honorable mention on defense.
More than 1,000 nominations for the all-state teams were received from coaches and selected media. PFN staff’s own observations of game, as well as MaxPrep and PFN statistics and college recruiter evaluations were used in selecting the first and second teams as well as honorable mentions for each of the four enrollment classifications.
According to Spring-Ford statistics, Sheldon was credited with 41 tackles, including a team-high seven sacks, as one of the Rams’ defensive ends. He had 11 quarterback hurries, caused three fumbles and recovered three.
Sheldon also started at tight end. He was an integral part of the blocking schemes for the Rams’ running game, and caught 23 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.
McDowell, who started at the other defensive end spot for Spring-Ford, along with tackles Romano and Varner, received honorable mention defense. Carter was selected as an athlete, while both Coyne and Jones received honorable mention offense as a quarterback and running back, respectively.
Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker, who guided the Rams to their first postseason win – three overall before the loss to Coatesville in the district final – and a school-record 12-3 mark, loses Sheldon, McDowell and Coyne to graduation. Romano, Varner, Carter and Jones will be seniors next season.
In Class AAA, Pannella – The Mercury’s All-Area Two-Way Player of the Year – received honorable mention as a linebacker. According to Phoenixville statistics, he was credited with 115 solo tackles (181 overall), including two sacks. The senior also started at tight end and caught 22 passes for 402 yards and three touchdowns.
Masciarelli, a senior, converted 18 point-afters and six field goals according to Pottstown statistics.
For the complete list of all the Pennsylvania Football News’ all-state teams, go to http://www.pafootballnews.com.

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