Mechanicville star named first team all-state

Dan Hayner (72) led Mechanicville to a berth in the Class A Super Bowl.
Dan Hayner (72) led Mechanicville to a berth in the Class A Super Bowl.

Versatile Mechanicville High School senior Dan Hayner has been named to the all-state Class C first-team defense after leading the Red Raiders to seven wins and a Super Bowl appearance.

Nine Section II Class B, C and D players earned first-team honors by the New York State Sportswriters Association, while Glens Falls receiver Andrew Murphy was selected the Class B co-Player of Year with Chenango Forks running back L.J. Watson.

Playing defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker, Hayner made 86 tackles with four sacks. Seventeen of his tackles went for a loss, and the Class C Central Division Defensive Player of the Year forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles.

“He learned how to read things instead of just plowing ahead and looking for the ball carrier,” Mechanicville coach Erik Smith said of the four-year varsity performer. “He has a good feel for the game, and the speed and quickness to go with it.”

Hayner played offensive guard and also ran the ball this season, picking up 140 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. One of his touchdowns came in a 21-13 Section II semifinal win over Voorheesville, a team Mechanicville lost to early in the season.

“In our last three games, he never came off the field,” Smith said of the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Daily Gazette All-Area first-team defender. “He played offense, defense and special teams. All 48 minutes.”

Smith described Hayner as a tough and durable player.

“He had a dislocated shoulder his freshman year and came back the next week,” Smith said. “Last year, he had a meniscus tear and was back the next week. He didn’t want to miss anything. He wanted to be out there with his teammates.”

Linebacker Nate Hatalsky was the last Mechanicville defender named to the all-state first team in 2012.

Murphy’s superb senior season included 41 receptions for 881 yards and 12 touchdowns. State Class B champion Glens Falls has three first-team selections in quarterback Joe Girard III, running back Aaron Sampson and defensive tackle Lucas Sanders.

The all-state Class AA and A teams will be released next week.

Andrew Murphy, Glens Falls, 12, 5-11, 170, end (Co-Player of year); Joseph Girard III, Glens Falls, 10, 6-1, 175, quarterback (first team); Aaron Sampson, Glens Falls, 11, 5-7, 170, running back (first); Willie Walker, Hudson, 11, 5-11, 172, running back (second); Tony Green, Glens Falls, 12, 6-1, 200, end (third); Cameron Brooks, Schalmont, 12, 5-7, 170, running back (fourth); Jeff Derwin, Broadalbin-Perth, 12, 6-3, 250, line (fifth); Andrew Stamatel, Glens Falls, 12, 6-4, 185, kicker (fifth).
Lucas Sanders, Glens Falls, 12, 6-0, 265, line (first); Chris Meano, Hudson, 12, 5-10, 155, linebacker (third); Maison Goldstein, Hudson, 11, back (fourth); Devin Kipp, Hudson, 12, 6-2, 208, line (fifth); Steve Kross, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, 12, 6-2, 210, line (fifth); Kyle Vachon, Glens Falls, 10, 6-0, 220, linebacker (fifth).
Honorable Mention
Quarterback: Jake Defayette, Schalmont, 12. Running back: Derek Willson, Schuylerville, 11. Offensive end: Dylan Balcom, Glens Falls, 12. Line: Thomas Donovan, Schuylerville, 11; Brandon Smith, Glens Falls, 12. Linebacker: Noah Dixon, Glens Falls, 12; Billy Galka, Schalmont, 12; Dakota Trombley, Glens Falls, 11. Defensive back: Quinn Girard, Glens Falls, 11. All-Purpose: Matt Ferriero, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, 12; Sam McInnis, Johnstown, 12.

Cole Burgess, Greenwich, 11, 6-0, 170, all-purpose (first); Ryan Daly, Voorheesville, 12, 5-10, 175, quarterback (second); Tom Madigan, Hoosic Valley, 12, 5-11, 185, running back (second); Ezra Echeandia, Stillwater, 12, 6-0, 170, end (second); Patrick Foley, Voorheesville, 12, 6-1, 230, line (second); Jake LaFountain, Mechanicville, 9, 5-7, 145, kicker (second); Ethan Richardson, Voorheesville, 12, 5-11, 172, end (third); Liam Maloney, Holy Trinity, 11, 6-7, 250, line (third).
Dan Hayner, Mechanicville, 12, 6-2, 240, line (first); Jayden Coutte, Coxsackie-Athens, 12, 6-5, 275, line (first); Brandon Wilbur, Greenwich, 12, 5-10, 168, linebacker (second); Isaac Sanchez, Hoosic Valley, 12, 6-2, 185, back (second); Spencer Morgan, Mechanicville, 12, 6-2, 200, line (third); David Quell, Holy Trinity, 12, 6-1, 225, linebacker (third); Noah Summers, Chatham, 12, 6-3, 165, back (third).
Honorable Mention
Running back: Reese Cristaldi, Greenwich, 11; Marc DeBates, Mechanicville, 12. Offensive end: Morgan Williams, Granville, 12. Line: Frank Adams, Hoosic Valley, 12; Josh Ferrusi, Taconic Hills, 12; Cody Hayner, Mechanicville, 11; Sam Kramer, Corinth, 12; Owen Lyons, Watervliet, 10; Jon Miller, Greenwich, 12. Linebacker: Steve Ackerman, Corinth, 12; Billy Callahan, Mechanicville, 12. Back: Ravion Burt, Watervliet, 10; Dan Motta, Mechanicville, 10; Brendan Stout, Greenwich, 12; Aaron Tomczak, Hoosick Falls, 12. All-Purpose: De’Shau Mitchell, Watervliet, 12.

Ryan McLenithan, Cambridge, 12, 5-8, 160, running back (first); Max Hoffer, Cambridge, 11, 6-2, 190, line (first); Zack Rowland, Cambridge, 11, 5-10, 142, quarterback (second); Helen Mooney, Cambridge, 11, 5-10, 149, kicker (second); Maurice Seymore, Cambridge, 12, 6-0, 182, running back (third); Andrew Grenier, Whitehall, 11, 6-1, 240, line (third); John O’Connor, Canajoharie, 12, 6-6, 285, line (third).
Brenden Holcomb, Cambridge, 11, 6-3, 220, linebacker (first); Colton Dean, Cambridge, 11, 6-2, 207, line (second); Mike Hartlieb, Canajoharie, 12, 6-6, 280, line (second); Greg Shambo, Warrensburg, 11, 5-7, 150, linebacker (second); Devonate Foreman, Rensselaer, 12, 5-10, 210, linebacker (third).
Honorable Mention
Offensive end: Trevor Folts, Canajoharie, 12. Line: Brandon Bolster, Whitehall, 11; Nathan Genevick, Cambridge, 10; Lucas Winchester, Cambridge, 12. Linebacker: Jonas Butz, Cambridge, 11; Lucas Morse, Whitehall, 12. Punter: Nick Kennedy, Whitehall, 11.

Doug Luke, who guided Cambridge to the state Class D championship and a 13-0 record, is the USA Today All-USA New York Football Team’s Coach of the Year.

Luke called for a make-or-break two-point conversion in double overtime in the state final against Maple Grove, and Cambridge pulled it off when Zack Rowland passed to Shawn Lemieux for a 22-21 victory. Maurice Seymore’s touchdown run began the Indians’ OT comeback from a 21-14 deficit.

Cambridge outscored its opponents by an average of 55-8 and won its second state title, the first coming in 1999.

Junior safety Joe Casale of state Class AA champion Troy and senior tackle Lucas Sanders of New York Class B champ Glens Falls made the All-USA New York first-team defense.

John Irion is bringing his double-wing offense and weight training program to Granville, two of the trademarks that made his Queensbury varsity football teams such a success.

The 56-year-old retired teacher was recently appointed Granville’s new coach at a school board meeting. Granville went 1-8 in each of the past two seasons.

In 20 years at Queensbury, Irion led the Spartans to a 136-61 record, four Section II championships and the state Class A title in 2013. That team went 13-0, while his state runner-up teams in 1997, 1998 and 2014 each went 12-1.

Queensbury went 8-1 this past season and captured the Section II Class A Northwest Division title.


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