Salamanca, Randolph, F/E stars make Big 30 list
The 2021 Big 30 Football All-Star team, comprised of 31 players from across the New York-Pennsylvania border, included four players from Randolph and two each from Salamanca and Franklinville/Ellicottville.
For the Cardinals (10-1), fresh off a Section 6 Class D championship, junior running back Xander Hind and junior tackle Ryan Carpenter made the Big 30 offensive all-stars while junior middle linebacker Jaiden Huntington and senior defensive back Luke Pagett made the defensive all-star unit. Hind also won the top offensive prize, the Gary Sage Memorial Big 30 Player of the Year (see related story).
Carpenter anchored a line that led the way for two productive running backs, Hind and Pagett, and was one of three underclassmen award winners announced alongside the finalists for the Trench Trophy.
Huntington made 93 tackles (68 solo) with two sacks and two interceptions. Pagett had 74 tackles (55 solo) with a sack in addition to 710 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Cardinals coach Brent Brown also won the Alfred Joe Bunnell/Rod Rohl Memorial Award for Big 30 Coach of the Year.
— For Salamanca (7-2), junior running back Jesse Stahlman and senior defensive lineman Kody Shinners gave the Warriors an all-star on each side of the ball. Shinners, additionally, won the James Russell/E.B. Fitzpatrick Unsung Lineman of the Year, the top prize for Big 30 linemen (see related story).
Stahlman had 1,044 rushing yards in eight games, staying consistent with at least 100 yards in each game, and rushing for 10 touchdowns. He also had 108 receiving yards and threw a touchdown while filling it at quarterback.
In another Big 30 honor for the Warriors, senior Eion Quigley won the Mike Abdo Award, one of two 12th Man Award scholarships given to a senior on each side of the New York-Pennsylvania border who has displayed exemplary effort throughout their career.
— For F/E (7-3), senior quarterback Lucas Marsh made the offensive all-stars and senior defensive back Logan Grinols made it on the defensive side.
Marsh passed for 1,267 yards (82-for-149) with 23 touchdowns and six interceptions and added 297 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Grinols, also F/E’s top receiver (595 yards, 10 touchdowns), had three interceptions, a fumble recovery and 25 tackles (two for loss).
Sam Wilson, Salamanca Press