All-Berkshire football capsules

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All-Berkshire First Team

DEFENSE

COLE MORRISON

SENIOR DE, WAHCONAH

Morrison did not make his season debut until Week 5 against Drury while recovering from a knee injury, but his presence helped the entire defense once he returned. The Warriors allowed 27 points per game in the four games without him. They lowered their per game total to 15.5 over the final four games of the regular season.

JUSTYN SANTIAGO

JUNIOR DE, TACONIC

Santiago was part of an aggressive defensive line that thrived on getting into the opponents' backfield. Santiago has a quick burst off the ball and highlighted that ability in a 42-7 win over Ludlow. Santiago and the defensive line harassed Ludlow quarterback Daniel Rodriguez throughout, sacking him several times and using their pressure to force two interceptions.

RANDY PICHARDO

SENIOR DT, LEE

Pichardo manned a stout Lee defensive line, securing the middle and creating favorable match-ups for Matt Heppleston and Tyler Buratto on the outside. Pichardo used his strength to defend against the run, and had the quickness and hands skills to rush the passer.

SAM SALA

SENIOR DT, PITTSFIELD

Sala was an undersized defense tackle, but used his leverage and quickness to his advantage. He also had a nose for the ball, recovering a fumble against Monument and getting the game-ending sack against Mahar.

ZACH TINKER

JUNIOR DT, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN

Tinker is a strong player that anchored the middle of Monument's defense line. He played with physicality, but also had strong fundamentals when stopping the run or rushing the passer.

EVAN GARVEY

SENIOR DB, WAHCONAH

Garvey's developed a reputation for being a shutdown corner, displaying timing and athleticism in coverage. He had an interception against Mount Greylock, but the 5-foot-7 senior showcased his tackling ability as well, spending portions of the season at linebacker for the short-handed Warriors.

KOLBE MUZZY

SENIOR, DB PITTSFIELD

Muzzy used his quarterback's mentality to patrol the middle of the field at safety. He excelled in zone and man coverage, showing his one-on-one defending skills to break up a game-tying two-point conversion attempt against Taconic.

JAKE MCNEICE

JUNIOR DB, TACONIC

McNeice played cornerback for a ball-hawking Taconic secondary. The Braves intercepted eight passes in three games during Weeks 2, 3 and 4. McNeice's ability to stick tightly to receivers, with the help of a aggressive front seven, led to several interceptions.

ZACH GAGE

JUNIOR DB, TACONIC

Gage played at the cornerback position opposite McNeice, forming one of the top secondaries in the county. Gage, similar to the rest of the Braves secondary had a nose for the football. He highlighted his play-making ability with a two-interception performance against Lee.

SHANE CRONIN

SENIOR LB, PITTSFIELD

Cronin was the leader of a stout Pittsfield defense. He led the team in tackles for the second year in a row. He used his quickness to make tackles in the open field and had strong instincts in pass coverage as well.

NICK CASTILLO

SENIOR LB, LEE

Castillo is a versatile, high-energy athlete that filled multiple roles for Lee. On defense, he used his athletic ability to make plays in space. He helped the Wildcats defense limit teams to just 7.6 points in games they won.

BRANDON PEASLEE

JUNIOR LB, TACONIC

Peaslee missed the first two games of the season, but returned to be a major presence on the Taconic defense. He filled multiples roles on the team, but settled in at middle linebacker. He was the quarterback of the defense, handling the play calls and helping align his teammates.

SCOTT STRINGHAM

SENIOR LB, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN

Stringham was the middle linebacker in Monument's linebacker corps and always gave maximum effort on every play. He was one of the leading tacklers on the team and set a strong example for the younger players.

JAMESON COUGHLAN

SENIOR LB, HOOSAC VALLEY

Coughlan has been a force on the Hoosac Valley defense since his sophomore year. He's a sure tackler that's aggressive at the point of attack. He sheds blockers well and excels at stuffing running holes from his linebacker position. He was voted defense MVP by the coaches.

DALTON PECK

SENIOR UTILITY, WAHCONAH

Peck helped solidify a defensive line that went through personnel changes throughout the season. Peck wasn't the biggest linemen for the Warriors, but he used his leverage, quickness and football IQ to make plays.

ALEX GRIFFIS

JUNIOR, DRURY

Griffis was the leader of the Drury defense, manning the middle linebacker spot for the Blue Devils. Griffis is an intense competitor that gives maximum effort on every play. He uses his technique to create leverage and shed blockers, and he has the strength to big down ballcarriers with force.

OFFENSE

MATT KOPERNIAK

SENIOR, QB, HOOSAC VALLEY

Koperniak was the catalyst of the Hoosac offense. He earned offensive MVP from the coaches. He threw for 590 yards and six touchdowns. He added another 400-plus yards and six scores on the ground.

CAM ABDERHALDEN

SENIOR QB, LEE

Abderhalden was a strong-armed three-year starter under center for the Wildcats. He threw the deep ball well, but he added another dimension to his game this season, showing off his speed and scrambling ability.

AUSTIN HOUGHTALING

SENIOR OL, PITTSFIELD

Houghtaling served as a team captain and center for Pittsfield's triple-option attack. He was a strong run blocker up the middle, paving the way for 345 and 353-yard rushing performances against Amherst and Monument Mountain, respectively.

MATT JOHNSTON

SENIOR OL, TACONIC

Johnson was a team captain, known for his durability as he did not miss a snap all season. He made all the calls for the offensive line and used his strength to control the line of scrimmage at the center position.

KYLE NOYES

JUNIOR OL, WAHCONAH

Noyes was one of the main cogs of Wahconah's offensive line, in a scheme that requires versatility from its linemen. Noyes helped open holes for shifty running back Garvey and bruising back Tyler Cataldi. He also helped provide quarterback Will Genaway with time to throw, highlighted by a three-touchdown first half against Mount Greylock.

JAKE SWISTAK

SENIOR OL, HOOSAC VALLEY

Swistak was part of a physical offensive line that dominated in the running game. He played right guard with energy, determination and heart. As a senior, he served as a mentor to the younger offensive linemen.

PETER BARROW

SENIOR OL, HOOSAC VALLEY

Barrow switched from tight end to left tackle for his final season, solidifying Hoosac's offense line. His experience at tight end allowed him to move his when facing edge rushers, and helped him get to the second level to take on linebackers.

ANTHONY WHITELEY

JUNIOR RB, TACONIC

Whiteley is a powerful runner with breakaway speed in the open field. He led the Taconic rushing attack and helped lead the team to the Western Mass title game. He put together a prolific three-week stretch in Weeks 2, 3 and 4, rushing for 673 yards and seven touchdowns.

AVERY HALL

SENIOR RB, HOOSAC VALLEY

Hall brought the quickness to Hoosac's two-headed rushing attack. He's capable of breaking off the long run, but tough enough to plow in between the tackles as well. He also had a nose for the end zone, highlight by his 204 yards rushing and four touchdowns against Pittsfield.

BRENDEN ELLSWORTH

JUNIOR RB, HOOSAC VALLEY

Ellsworth provided the power to Hoosac's backfield and did a good job of filling in during Hall's absence. He rushed for 390 yards and five touchdowns in two starts.

MICHAEL HURLEY

SENIOR WR, LEE

Hurley was a shifty all-around threat for the Wildcats. He filled in at running back when needed, but had most of his production as a receiver. He had two big catches in the Western Mass. Division VI championship game, extending a late drive with a third-down catch, and setting up the final score of the game with a 34-yard grab.

SEAN MCCORMACK

SOPHOMORE WR, MOUNT GREYLOCK

McCormack and Brandon Condon created a solid receiving duo in Greylock's spread offense. McCormack used his athletic ability and 6-foot-2 frame to stretch the field and win 50/50 balls in the air. He put his big-play ability on full display against McCann, reeling in touchdowns of 30 and 94 yards.

JAVON REYNOLDS

SENIOR TE, HOOSAC VALLEY

Reynolds brought prototypical size to the tight end position with his 6-foot-5 frame. He's a solid run blocker and showed versatility, splitting out wide at times. He served as a kick returner as well.

BRANDEN PERRY

SENIOR UTILITY, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN

Perry was an explosive athlete at the quarterback position for Monument. Once running back Mike Buffoni went down with an injury, Perry carried the load offensively for the Spartans. He used his arm and legs to generate big plays. He was also a threat in the return game.

PATRICK STORIE

JUNIOR UTILITY, MOUNT GREYLOCK

Storie expanded his role from a workhorse back to an all-around threat in Greylock's spread offense. He showed ability as a pass catcher against Monument with four receptions for 144 yards. His 112 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Drury proved he could get the job done via hand-off as well.

DEVON WALKER

JUNIOR UTILITY, TACONIC

Walker was Taconic's go-to receiver and had some of the best hands in the county. He can accelerate past defenders on deep routes and does a good job of high-pointing the ball once it's in the air. His 64-yard touchdown catch off a deflected pass against Pittsfield was one of the highlights of the season.

All-Berkshire Second Team

Jake Gallaher, Taconic

Edwin Rodriguez, Pittsfield

Adam Bush, Hoosac Valley

Tyler Buratto, Lee

Matt Heppleston, Lee

Cedric Rose, Taconic

Brian Rodriguez, Pittsfield

David Critelli, Hoosac Valley

Hayden Bird, Drury

Kody Crosier, Drury

David McIntosh, Taconic

Sam Fick, Pittsfield

Austin Mendel, Hoosac Valley

Brodie Altiere, Mount Greylock

Brandon Condon, Mount Greylock

Contact Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252


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