Mifflin County has 11 named all-stars

LEWISTOWN — With winning comes accolades and the Mifflin County football team, fresh off a winning season and a conference championship, are getting their fair share of attention.

The Huskies placed 11 on the Mid-Penn Colonial all-star team and Scot Sechler, in his first full season, earned co-Coach of the Year honors in a tie with Shippensburg’s Eric Foust.

Senior defensive end Brock Capouillez and senior center Alex Thierwhechter made the first team. Earning spots on the second team were seniors Dylan Grassmyer (DT), Isaac Matthews (DE), Julian Jackson (WR), Logan Thompson (OT) and Nathan Poche (FB), juniors Bronson Smith-Price (OT) and Jacob Krepps (LB), along with sophomores Gage Schaeffer (RB) and Trey Kibe (DB/LB).

The 11 entries tied West Perry for most in the conference. Schaeffer and Kibe were the only sophomores to make the all-conference squad.

“I was excited for that. The one thing it shows is it was a great team effort when you see that many kids on an all-star team,” Sechler said. “We didn’t have a lot of first teamers. I was a little disappointed with that, seeing as how we won the league. But you see how many kids we had on the second team and that shows a great group effort and that’s what we were shooting for.”

Sechler led Mifflin County to a 6-5 record and a berth in the District 6 Class 6A championship game. The Huskies won a school-record six straight games and a program-first Colonial Division title. The winning season was just the second in school history.

“What I think it (coach of the year) truly shows is the great staff we have. They do a tremendous job and if I take credit for anything it’s seeking out those guys and recruiting them to be on the staff,” Sechler said. “They do all the hard work, put in the hours and I’m thankful that they’re a part of the program.”

Thierwechter made the switch to center this year a smooth one. The veteran leader made all the line calls to help make this unit one of the best offensive lines in the conference.

“It’s an honor to be chosen. It’s really special to see all the work you put in over the summer pay off with a first-team selection,” Thierwechter said. “It wasn’t too bad of an adjustment moving inside. Our O-line coach, Derek Yoder, helped me out a lot with the calls. I struggled with snapping the ball out of the shotgun and he taught me a different way to snap in the shotgun and that helped me a lot. I’m really proud of how our entire offensive line played this year.”

Capouillez also switched positions — moving from linebacker to defensive end, a position he never played before, and the results were impressive, to say the least. He finished the season with 77 tackles, 4.5 of those for a loss with one sack.

“It was pretty special for me to receive that because I worked really hard this summer to get stronger and better as a linebacker,” Capouillez said. “As the season started, I wasn’t too happy with the move, but it all worked out. I was happy to receive the award and how I played. I want to give a shout out to Bob Douglas for helping me. He worked with me extra to make the transition to defensive end.”

Sechler noted it was the duos unselfishness and work ethic that put them on the first team.

“It wasn’t their natural home but it was a place we needed them on the team. We asked them both to switch positions to strengthen up some spots where we needed help,” Sechler said. “Obviously, they did a great job, first teamers. Alex called the line and Cappy held down the outside. They did a great job. There was a learning curve moving to a new position and they adapted very quickly. Making first team Mid-Penn is quite an accomplishment.”

Smith-Price and Thompson were the bookend tackles and along with Thierwechter, made the Husky power running game go. And what a running game it was.

Schaeffer (936 yards, nine TDs) and Poche (569 yards, nine scores) combined for 1,505 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Husky Thunder and Lightning backfield. When quarterback Noah Wright went to the air Jackson (25 receptions, 410 yards) was his favorite target.

Capouillez, along with Grassmyer (36 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss) and Matthews (49 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, six sacks), anchored a standout defensive line that held Mid-Penn Colonial Offensive MVP Adam Houser (Shippensburg) to just 35 yards on 17 carries — his worst performance of the season.

Krepps, from his Sam linebacker spot, led the team in tackles (87) and tackles for loss (18). He also had four sacks and an interception. Kibe played a linebacker/safety hybrid and had a standout season, his first on varsity, with 55 tackles, five of those for a loss.

“With 11 all-stars and the coach of the year thing, we set the bar high. I like that bar set high. You have to aim for the stars,” Sechler said. “Our seniors set a foundation we can build upon and we’re already game planning for next year.”

Waynesboro’s Quentin Gaskill won the conference Defensive MVP award.