BY PAUL LIOTTI
The Canandaigua Braves trotted out an explosive offense all season.
Starting with their quarterback and skill positions, they rolled through the first eight games of the season unscathed before losing in the Class A semifinals to Victor. As a result, the Braves placed seven players — all on offense — on Division II’s first team, led by quarterback Jack Johnston who was named the division’s Player of the Year. Six of those players were two-way players.
“This group of players was a pleasure to coach,” Canandaigua coach Jeff Welch said. “It’s not often in a coaching career you come across a group of kids like this: they had talent, played together, performed and had outstanding execution. Coming into the season we knew we had a good team, but we had questions up front, but they came together and we were successful.”
In all, 33 players were named to the first team, 13 of which were two-way players.
Johnston was joined on the team by Seth Vigneri (RB/LB), Mitch Pfeiffer (WR/DB), John DiSalvo (WR/DB), Matt Vierhile (WR/LB). Tyler Goode (WR/LB) and Dalton Boylan (OL/DL)
Victor had seven players named to the first, including Sam Castiglia who was named as both the kicker and the punter. The Blue Devils’ thunder and lighting running back duo of Joey Pezzimenti (RB/DB) and Rushawn Baker (RB/DB) joined fellow Victor gridders Justin Bai-Rossi (OL/DL), AJ Tillotson (DE), Camden Hay (LB/RB) and Sutton Boland (LB/RB) on the first team.
Webster Schroeder first-teamers were dominated on the defensive side of the ball, as Giacomo Lo Re (DT), JP McCarten (DT/DE), Travis Dear (LB) and Luke Lupisella (S) joined Ryan Bellavia (QB) to represent the Warriors.
Webster Thomas and Gates Chili each placed four players. For Gates, it was Nathaniel Ribis (OL), Isaiah Parker (LB), Legend Brown (LB) and Traylan McCray (DB); while Collin Hill (WR), Anthony Oca (OL), Ethan Harold (LB), Joe Meyers (DB) made it for the Titans.
Dynamic quarterback A’Lon Jenkins placed for Greece Olympia, as did Spartans Scottie Parr (WR), and Makyle Murdock (OLB).
Churchville-Chili’s interior linemen Will Zimmerman (OL/DL) and Nasiere Tisdale (DE) were also named.
Sophomores Baker and Parr were the only underclassmen to make the list.
|Player of the Year||School|
|Coach of the Year||School|
|Ryan Bellavia||Webster Schroeder||12||QB|
|Collin Hill||Webster Thomas||12||WR|
|Anthony Oca||Webster Thomas||12||OL|
|Giacomo Lo Re||Webster Schroeder||12||DT|
|JP McCarten||Webster Schroeder||12||DT/DE|
|Travis Dear||Webster Schroeder||11||LB|
|Ethan Harold||Webster Thomas||12||LB|
|Joe Meyers||Webster Thomas||12||DB|
|Luke Lupisella||Webster Schroeder||12||S|
|Tyler Langley||Webster Thomas||11||RB|
|Ethan Fame||Webster Schroeder||11||WR|
|Austin Riesenberger||Webster Schroeder||11||DT/DE|
|Anthony Grimshaw||Webster Schroeder||12||LB|
|Thomas Harding||Webster Schroeder||12||LB|
|Bradon Detro||Webster Thomas||12||LB|
|Tyron Harrell||Webster Schroeder||11||CB|
|Teagan McKane||Webster Thomas||12||DB|
|Tristan Altobelli||Webster Thomas||11||DB|