Ten members of the Marple Newtown Tiger football program earned All-Delco honors for the 2014 season.
Adrian Sapnas, RB, 1st Team
Abel Hoff, WR, 1st Team
Marcus Weathers, QB, Honorable Mention
Kyle Kelly, OL, Honorable Mention
Luke Lozowicki, OL, Honorable Mention
George Lambritsios, AP/SP, Honorable Mention
Vince Ciavardelli, DL, Honorable Mention
Noah Turner, DL, Honorable Mention
Gino DiCamillo, LB, Honorable Mention
Carmen Christiana, DB, Honorable Mention
All-Delco Football: Carter at top of crowded All-Delco QB class
By Matt Smith, Delco Times
In addition to Daily Times Player of the Year Adam Krauter of Springfield, the rest of the 2014 All-Delco football offense includes:
Kevin Carter, Haverford School: The junior quarterback was the most efficient passer in Delaware County this season. After throwing three interceptions in a Week 1 loss to West Catholic, he attempted 141 passes without an interception en route to guiding the Fords to nine consecutive wins and the Inter-Ac League championship. Carter finished with the top passing efficiency rating in Delco (170.82). He was second in touchdown passes (16) and yards (1,532) to Haverford High’s Jack Donaghy, who played two more games than Carter. Boasting a 67.7 completion percentage, Carter set Haverford School’s single-game passing record with a 391-yard performance in a blowout win over Germantown Academy.
Adrian Sapnas, Marple Newtown: No player gained more critical acclaim on a weekly basis as Sapnas, the county’s leading rusher for 2014. It was an amazing year for the senior, who broke Marple Newtown’s single-season and career rushing records. It’s hard to believe how great Sapnas truly was considering he was the Tigers’ featured running back for less than two seasons. This year, Sapnas finished with 2,094 yards, the fourth-best output in county history. His career total of 2,993 yards bested that of former Tiger Matt Moccia, who rushed for 2,900 yards from 2003-05. Sapnas enjoyed his best game on the final week of the season, going off for 304 yards and four touchdowns against Chichester. Sapnas led all county players (non-quarterbacks) with 24 touchdowns.
Phil Poquie, Haverford School: Considered one of the most explosive running backs in the county, Poquie, who will play lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, amassed the fifth-highest rushing total in the county (1,076 yards) on fewer than 100 carries. Poquie netted an average of 11.3 yards and was a a major threat every time he was given the ball. Coach Mike Murphy said Poquie is one of the best running backs he’s ever coached.
Dee Barlee, Episcopal Academy: The junior running back displayed his immense potential for the Churchmen in 2013, when he racked up 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns as a first-year starter for coach Todd Fairle. While the Churchmen endured an uneven season (5-6), Barlee was a threat every time he touched the ball. In a Week 8 victory over Penn Charter, Barlee rushed for 296 yards, the greatest single-game performance in EA history. He amassed close 1,295 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Mark Everton, Interboro: Everton set the school’s career receiving record with 1,957 yards, which ranks sixth in Delaware County history, and his 115 receptions leaves him fourth all-time. In addition, while at Interboro the senior twice led the county in receiving yardage. His 821 yards in 2014 were the most by a Delco receiver since Matt Bundy in 2009 (1,087). Everton averaged 17.1 yards per catch and posted seven touchdown catches for the Bucs in ‘˜14.
Abel Hoff, Marple Newtown: Hoff proved to be one of the top receivers in the county despite his dimunitive frame (5-9). On the final night of the season, he caught eight passes for 78 yards and three touchdowns to become the county’s single-season record holder with 70 receptions, breaking a 24-year-old mark set by Ridley’s Devon Preston (69). Hoff also excelled in the defensive secondary and on punt returns for the Tigers. With Sapnas out of the picture, Hoff will be the Tigers’ top weapon in 2015.
Nick Costello, Haverford: As the Fords enjoyed an eight-win campaign and advanced to the District One Class AAAA playoffs for the second time in three years, Costello emerged as a top-flight wide receiver in a league loaded with standouts at the position. The 6-5, 205-pound senior was a terror in man-to-man coverage. He ended his scholastic career with a spectacular three-touchdown performance in a win over Upper Darby on Thanksgiving morning. For the year, Costello with 751 yards and a county-best 11 touchdowns.
Brian Denoncour, Haverford School: The junior offensive tackle was the top lineman on the best team in the Inter-Ac. The 6-3, 260-pounder was a consistent force and anchor in the trenches. Thanks in large part to Denoncour’s season-long dominance, the Fords averaged 242.9 yards on the ground. Fords coach Mike Murphy views him as a Division I talent. The future is bright for Denoncour, a two-time All-Inter-Ac League standout who will be one of the top returnees in the county at his positon next fall.
Christian DiGalbo, Bonner-Prendergast: As the Friars posted their most wins in a season since 2001, DiGalbo was in the middle of the action, manning the center position with aplomb, physical dominance and fine technique. DiGalbo’s work as both a superb run and pass blocker helped enable the Friars to an 8-3 record and a trip to the Catholic League Class AAA semifinals. He also was a standout defensive tackle and an All-Catholic League selection for the Friars. DiGalbo and his twin brother, Collin, who passed for more than 4,000 yards in roughly three seasons for the Friars, are garnering plenty of college interest.
Lou Lombardo, Bonner-Prendergast: A standout offensive and defensive lineman, Lombardo was a consistent contributor for the Friars in 2014. Lombardo is a third-generation All-Delco. His father, Lou, played at Cardinal O’Hara and Villanova in the 1970s. An All-Catholic League selection, Lombardo helped the Friars place among the best scoring offenses in the county from the right guard position. Only a junior, Lombardo will be one of the top returnees at his position in Delco come next fall, as the Friars will look to improve upon a successful eight-win campaign.
Alex Andersen, Radnor: When Andersen first came to Radnor, coach Tom Ryan knew he had someone special at his disposal. Prior to 2014, Andersen, a two-way lineman and All-Central League honoree, gave his verbal commitment to University of Penn. The 6-2, 270-pounder is another in a long list of Radnor linemen to have continued their careers at the Division I and Division 1-AA levels. He will enroll at Penn’s Wharton School of Business.
Jonah Jackson, Penncrest: There are linemen in Delaware County, and there are special players such as Jackson. Put simply, the 6-4, 290-pound Jackson was a beast for the Lions, who finished an otherwise disppointing year (3-7) with two consecutive victories. Despite the team’s struggles, Jackson flashed his immense talent on a weekly basis and was the anchor on both the offensive and defensive line. On defense, Jackson registered 39 tackles and four sacks. Jackson, who will continue his career at Rutgers, was selected to the All-Central League team for a second straight yet.
Brian Allen, Springfield: The senior quarterback earned All-Delco honors as an all-purpose performer due in large part to his versatility at the position. A dual threat, Allen helped guide the Cougars to the District One Class AAA final and the program’s first Central League title in 20 years. He became the county’s first 1,000-yard passer and rusher in at least 15 years, while finishing fifth in the county with a passing efficiency rating of 128.19. He threw for 1,248 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for 1,024 yards and 12 scores.
Jack Soslow, Haverford School: A first-year kicker, the senior was 40-for-43 on extra-point attempts (two of which were blocked) and led all county kickers by with 12 field goals. He had longs of 49 and 52 yards, the latter tying a Delco record. Soslow broke the Inter-Ac record for most points in a season by a kicker with 76 and 34 of his 66 kickoffs went for touchbacks.