Footballs fly around now more than ever at high school football games, and that means a quarterback’s arm is in on a lot of plays.
Bishop Kearney had one of the best quarterbacks in the state, according to the New York State Sportswriters Association.
A total of 14 players from Class B, C and D schools in Section V were designated first-team offense or defense, including Todd LaRocca, a senior at Bishop Kearney.
LaRocca, listed at 6-3 and 190 pounds, threw for 2,448 yards with 30 touchdowns as Bishop Kearney advanced to the state semifinals. The Kings, with coach Eddie Long, won the team’s first Section V championship since 1989. LaRocca, Most Valuable Player of the sectional final, is one of seven Class D first-team all-state selections in Section V.
Bishop Kearney running back Dahmir Ross, a junior, Red Jacket senior running back Sean Sheets and Caledonia-Mumford senior placekicker Josh Rides are on the Class D first-team offense with LaRocca. Clyde-Savannah’s Jarrod Faniel and Avon’s Josh Lutz, seniors who excelled at linebacker positions, are first-team selections with Avon defensive back Zack Loomis, who scored seven touchdowns in a game during the 2015 regular season.
Batavia senior linebacker Dominick Mogavero, for the second consecutive year, and Livonia senior offensive lineman Kirk Kornbau were named first-team all-state in Class B. Mogavero, also Batavia’s leading ballcarrier with 15 touchdowns and 1,127 yards, swooped in to make 125 tackles with five sacks, while Batavia repeated as Section V champions.
A pair of East Rochester/Gananda teammates are on the Class C first-team offense and three members of the state semifinalist Bath Rams are on the first-team defense. Cameron Cleveland ran for 2,095 yards and 26 touchdowns during East Rochester/Gananda’s drive to the sectional final, while senior offensive lineman Hayden Ricci helped make room.
Patrick Brewer and Michael Rice, included on the all-state team as defensive backs, helped Bath to its best season since 2000, along with senior defensive lineman Jacob Cupp, a senior listed at 5 foot-10 inches and 250 pounds.
New York State Sportswriters Association
Section V All-state Football players
Class B, C, and D
Class B first team: OL Kirk Kornbau (Livonia) senior; LB Dominick Mogavero (Batavia) senior; Second: QB Greg Mruczek (Batavia) senior; LB Tyler Crouch (Hornell) senior; Third: QB Tanner Irwin (Penn Yan) senior, LB Nick Kallio (Livonia) senior; LB Ethan Perham (Livonia) senior.
Class B Player of the Year: QB/DE Jake Schaffner, Cazenovia-III, senior.
Class C first team: RB Cameron Cleveland (East Rochester/Gananda) junior; OL Hayden Ricci (East Rochester/Gananda) senior; DL Jacob Cupp (Bath) senior; DB Patrick Brewer (Bath) senior; DB Michael Rice (Bath) senior); Second: OE Jake Taggert (Bath) junior; OL Matt Machuga (Bath) senior; DL Alex Brothers (East Rochester/Gananda) senior. Third: DL Shawn Morris (Lyons/Sodus) senior.
Class C Player of the Year: QB/LB Tony Silvanic, (Chenango Forks-IV) senior.
Class D first team: QB Todd LaRocca (Bishop Kearney) senior; RB Dahmir Pross (Bishop Kearney) junior; RB Sean Sheets (Red Jacket) senior; PK Josh Roides (Caledonia-Mumford) senior; LB Jarrod Faniel (Clyde-Savannah) senior; LB Josh Lutz (Avon) senior; DB Zack Loomis (Avon) senior. Second: OE Justin Davis (Bishop Kearney) senior; LB Josh Jackson (Bishop Kearney) senior; DB Devin Jensen (Dundee) senior.
Class D Player of the Year: RB/DB Jesse Manuel (Tioga-IV) senior.