Maclay is Mifflin County’s first two-way all-league selection
Five Mifflin County Huskies on the state playoff team were honored by the Mid-Penn Conference’s Commonwealth Division.
John Michael Maclay was a second-team selection both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, a first in the school’s history.
Maclay earned the honor for his play as both a receiver and defensive back.
“I think he’s a great two-way performer,” Mifflin County coach George Miskinis said. “John Michael deserves all the credit for that. He spent a lot of time in the off-season getting himself ready. He’s a student of the game.”
And a skilled one, the coach said.
“It’s an attribution to his overall football ability.” Miskinis said.
“He’s a great scholar and an athlete. It’s one of those things where all his work in the off-season was recognized by the Mid-Penn coaches.”
Jesse Rogers, the only junior for Mifflin County to be honored was a first-team selection as a defensive down lineman.
Rogers earned the selection for his dominant play including a big sack in the DuBois game.
“I think the Mid-Penn coaches recognize Jesse as a player that you have to scheme around,” Miskinis said. “He’s still learning the game and he’s going to get better as he matures.”
The other first-team selection for the Huskies was tight end Curtis Jerzerick.
Jerzerick earned the honor despite missing two of the seven conference games.
“Curtis probably had the most outstanding stats of any tight end in the Mid-Penn,” Miskinis said. “As the season evolved, we started to see a lot of double bracketing coverage with Curt. They tried to take him away as much as possible. That opens up the offense for other people to make plays. When given the opportunity to make plays, he’s right there.
“We’re talking about two of our senior leaders that actually started to work last November,” Miskinis said of Maclay and Jerzerick. “They started lifting weights and encouraged a lot of others to do the same.”
Colton Craig, who lines up next to Rogers, was a second-team selection.
“Colton goes unrecognized a lot of times,” Miskinis said. “Teams start to look at Jesse and scheme for Jesse. One of them may get more recognition than the other. Colton has just been an extremely hard worker.”
Craig was one of the players Miskinis specifically praised for his role in Mifflin County’s first-round playoff win over State College.
The final Huskie to be honored by the conference was offensive lineman Philip Rearick.
“Phil has been dynamic,” Miskinis said. “He’s reshaped his body. He’s stronger and quicker than he was last year. Phil’s done a great job for us.”
Rearick has been a part of Mifflin County’s strong running game during the state playoff run that was highlighted by Heath Hidlay’s 337 rushing yards over two games.