2014 All-Hudson Valley Football All-Stars
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: ANDREW LIVINGSTON, RYE
Senior, 6-2, 180 — Committed to Brown University
The most accomplished quarterback in the history of Section 1.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about Livingston, who leaves Rye with just about every school record, Section 1’s single-season and career passing marks and a legacy for being about as unassuming and unselfish as any star athlete you’ll ever meet.
Livingston was a four-year and three-time captain for the Garnets. This season alone he passed for 2,246 yards and 23 touchdowns — and also led the team in rushing — as Rye captured the Section 1 Class A championship.
In his career, Livingston finished with a 5,716 yards passing, snapping the previous mark held by Briarcliff grad Rob Higle. Livingston, who passed for 58 career touchdowns, will play at Brown University.
COACH OF THE YEAR: MIKE O’DONNELL, STEPINAC
The Stepinac football team captured their first-ever CHSFL AAA title this fall and, in the process, the program cemented itself as the best in the Hudson Valley.
Behind a veteran roster with incredible depth, O’Donnell guided the squad to an undefeated regular season, highlighted by a convincing win over St. Anthony’s and a comeback victory at rival Iona Prep.
Stepinac, which also had lopsided wins over Monroe-Woodbury and Massachusetts power Mansfield, crushed previously-unbeaten St. Peter’s in the semifinals before taking down Iona again before a monstrous crowd at Fordham University for the title.
Despite a loss to Canisius (Buffalo) in the first-ever Catholic state title game, Stepinac was the story of the season in the region and finished the year ranked No. 6 in MSG Varsity's Tri-State Top 20 poll.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB: ANDREW LIVINGSTON, RYE
* Hudson Valley Player of the Year
QB: JASON BAILEY, CORNWALL
Junior, 6-1, 185
The first-year starter had huge shoes to fill and massive expectations and managed to meet them all this season. Bailey completed 174 of 264 passes (66-percent) for 2,560 yards and 33 touchdowns to lift Cornwall to its fourth straight Section 9 Class A championship. Bailey threw at least one touchdown and 150 yards in all 12 games, highlighted by a 224-yard, three-TD effort against Rye in the state quarters where he led Cornwall on a game-winning fourth-quarter scoring drive.
RB: AARON FORBES, NEWBURGH
Newburgh Free Academy, 6-0, 205
The fourth-year varsity player defined the term “game-breaker” for the Class AA state finalists. Forbes rushed for 1,545 yards and 24 touchdowns, earning MSG Varsity’s Section 9 Player of the Year award and guiding Newburgh to a dramatic overtime win in the Class AA sectional final. Forbes also caught five touchdowns and ranked among the Hudson Valley’s top defensive backs.
RB: MARQUEZ JACKSON-ALLEN, MAMARONECK
Senior, 5-9, 185
The breakthrough season for the Tigers was spearheaded by Jackson-Allen, a game-breaker out of the backfield and one of the region’s most physical runners. The third-year starter ran for 1,720 yards and 19TDs, averaging 9.3 yards per carry to lead Mamaroneck to the Class AA semifinals. Jackson-Allen set the school record for rushing yards in a game against Clarkstown South with 299 — and then broke it two weeks later with 305 versus Suffern.
WR: TIM DEGRAW, RYE
Senior, 5-9, 150 — Committed to Yale (baseball)
The most accomplished receiver in the history of Section 1. Livingston had to throw all those passes to somebody and DeGraw took advantage, finishing his senior year with 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns on 53 catches. Only twice in Section 1 history has a receiver gone over 1,000 yards — DeGraw and DeGraw. He finishes his career fifth all-time in NYS history in receiving yards and will play baseball at Yale.
WR: TYLER PEDDIE, CORNWALL
Senior, 5-10, 170
There were no shortage of options in this Cornwall offense but Peddie was the most reliable and explosive. A second-year, two-way starter, he caught 32 passes and racked up 647 yards and 14 touchdowns. He scored at least once in 10 games and caught two scores in the win over Rye. Add in the fact he was stellar in the secondary and Peddie was among the most productive skill players in the region.
OL: DWAYNE SCOTT, STEPINAC
Stepinac, 6-3, 290
On a Stepinac team loaded with talent, Scott may have been the most irreplaceable player on a championship roster. The left guard dominated the line of scrimmage on every play and the Crusaders ran for 280 yards per game and 8.4 yards per carry largely behind his blocking. Scott guided Stepinac to its best season in program history, capturing a CHSFL AAA Division title and a berth in the state title game.
OL: COREY HOLDER, NEW ROCHELLE
Senior, 6-2, 220
The two-way lineman was a three-year starter for the Huguenots and was arguably the most athletic lineman in Section 1. Holder led New Rochelle in tackles in all three seasons — including the team’s state title season his sophomore year — and posted 51 tackles, 5 sacks and an INT this fall. The majority of the New Ro offense was run behind Holder’s blocker.
OL: TYLER GONZALES, NEWBURGH
Newburgh, Sr., 6-4, 280
The largest figure on the Newburgh line became arguably the biggest factor in its postseason success. A two-year starter at tackle, Gonzalez matured this fall and used a blend of strong technique with brute strength to own his side of the line of scrimmage. He became a force up front and the Goldbacks ran behind him when they needed their tough yards all the way to the Carrier Dome for the Class AA final.
OL: STEVEN IRCHA, BRONXVILLE
Senior, 6-3, 240 — Committed to UPenn
Ircha didn’t just dominant the line of scrimmage this season for the Broncos. He was the type who could destroy an opposing teams’ entire game plan. A four-year varsity player, Ircha had 80 tackles and 14 sacks, which was good enough for coach Jeff Napolitano to call him “by far the most valuable player” he’s had in 27 years as a head coach. Ircha was Class C’s Lineman of the Year.
OL: ANDREW SOMMER, MAMARONECK
Senior, 6-1, 210 — Committed to Amherst College
You have to respect what Sommer did in his high school career. Despite being a fullback most of his life, Sommer accepted a role on the offensive line and turned himself into an exceptional blocker, especially in the open field. The Tigers ran primarily behind him and he was always around the ball on defense, evidenced by his team-best 136 tackles and five sacks. Sommer is the type you build a team around, both because of his talent and attitude.
ATH: CAMERON CIERO, HORACE GREELEY
Senior, 6-1, 185
There were some great quarterbacks this season in Section 1. But there wasn't anybody as exciting to watch as Ciero. In his second season as starter, he became a highlight waiting to happen, passing for 1,277 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushing for 1,005 yards and 14 scores in just eight games. He ran for at least one touchdown in every game and passed for at least one score in seven of eight contests, guiding Greeley to the Class AA playoffs.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL: QAADIR SHEPPARD, IONA PREP
Iona Prep, 6-4, 230
One of the Tri-State’s most dynamic two-way players, you could make a case that Sheppard belonged on any all-star team as a receiver or a defensive end. On offense, he was the Gaels’ most consistent target, catching 54 passes for 842 yards and 13 touchdowns, five of which came in two wins over CHSFL power St. Anthony’s. Sheppard, who has over a dozen Division I offers, also had 12 sacks and five fumble recoveries.
DL: ERIC FAVORS, NORTH ROCKLAND
North Rockland, HV, 5-11, 260 South Carolina (track and field)
Don’t be fooled by the size. Favors was as ferocious and disruptive a nose guard to come through the Hudson Valley in the past 20 years. The four-year starter required constant double-teams dating back to his first season when he led the Red Raiders to a Class AA title. Favors, an All-American shot putter headed to South Carolina, had 148 tackles, 59 for loss, 14 sacks, five forced fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown.
DL: ROBBIE SCHUMACHER, JOHN JAY-EF
Senior, 6-2, 225
The Patriots were blessed with one of the deepest rosters in the region but Schumacher was just too good to keep off the field on both sides of the ball. He was at his best defensively, compiling 16.5 sacks in his fourth varsity season. He also was his brother's favorite target in the clutch as he caught 29 passes, none bigger than on that final drive against Mamaroneck in the playoffs.
DL: ZACHARY GORDON, MONROE-WOODBURY
Senior, 6-1, 215
The veteran lineman came into his own this fall and broke out as a star for the Section 9 Class AA finalists. Gordon, thanks to strong hands and a relentless motor, was third on the roster with 73 tackles and a team-high 5.5 sacks. Arguably his best game came in the Section 9 title game when he posted 10 tackles and a sack in an OT loss to eventual state finalists Newburgh.
LB: QUINN ZSIDO, CORNWALL
Senior, 6-0, 190
The Hudson Valley is steeped in linebacker talent yet Zsido separated himself as the smartest and most dependable to play the position. The third-year starter, who has applied early to MIT and the University of Chicago, was ferocious in the middle, leading the Dragons with 98 tackles and two interceptions. Zsido, who also ran for four touchdowns on offense, had 12 tackles in the Section 9 final and 13 in both state tournament games.
LB: DANIEL NEGRON, STEPINAC
Junior, 6-0, 205
The star power on the Stepinac defense ranked among some of the best in the history of the Hudson Valley. Negron, meanwhile, posted the best statistics of them all. He led the defense with 126 tackles and three sacks. Negron dominated the middle in a regular-season win over St. Anthony’s, posting 15 tackles and two sacks, and had a career-high 18 tackles, a sack and an interception in the semifinal win over St. Peter’s. In two seasons, Negron has 208 tackles in 23 games.
LB: COLE GENNETT, MONROE-WOODBURY
Senior, 5-11, 205
The two-time first team selection was the rock in the middle of the Monroe defense. After helping the Crusaders get to the state title game last season, the third-year starter recorded a team-high 107 tackles, three sacks and an interception. Hobbled a bit by injuries, Gennett managed to rush for 563 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense, highlighted by 254 yards and three scores plus 12 tackles in a playoff win over Warwick.
LB: JONATHAN FORREST, NEW ROCHELLE
Senior, 5-11, 205
The most high-profile player in Section 1 entering the season ended his four-year varsity career by guiding the Huguenots to an 8-1 record and a berth in the Class AA semifinals. Forrest, who was slowed by a late-season knee injury, wan an unstoppable force out the backfield, evidenced by his 167-yard, three-TD performance in an OT win over eventual champion John Jay-EF. Forrest, a state champ as a sophomore, will play Division I football and is still weighing his options.
DB: DAMARCUS MILLER, STEPINAC
Stepinac, 6-0, 180, Stony Brook
The third-year starter on defense really came into his own this season and showed tremendous versatility as a linebacker and safety. He was third on the team with 68 tackles and came up with four interceptions, two coming in an emotional 16-14 win over rival Iona Prep in the CHSFL AAA title game. Miller returned the first for a touchdown for what proved to be the go-ahead score.
DB: ALEX PARKINSON, MAMARONECK
Senior, 6-5, 210 — Committed to Princeton
Size alone made Parkinson a worthy target as a wideout and an imposing presence on both sides of the ball. The Princeton-bound star caught 21 passes for 327 yards and six touchdowns while completely dominating games in the secondary at safety. He closed the season with a 87 tackles in 8 games, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Parkinson was as complete a player as you’ll find on this list.
DB: GAVIN HESLOP, STEPINAC
Stepinac, 6-2, 180
When the Crusaders need a big play on either side of the ball, Heslop was the guy they turned to. And he delivered repeatedly throughout the season. The cornerback had three interceptions, 22 pass deflections, 60 tackles and three sacks, showing an ability to make plays anywhere on the field. Heslop rarely touched the ball on offense but made things happen when he did, running for 440 yards and six touchdowns on just 20 carries for the CHSFL champions.
ATH: TYQUAN ENNIS, STEPINAC
Senior, 5-9, 175
Everything seemed to fall into place this season for Ennis, who legitimately could have played any skill position on offense and made plays all over the field on defense. The linebacker had 68 tackles (40 solo) and six sacks for the CHSFL champs and was as steady as they come in coverage. Offensively, Ennis ran for 670 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 50 carries.
K/P: DEREK DEOUL, WASHINGTONVILLE
Senior, 6-2, 190
The most dependable leg in the Hudson Valley set the bar high early this season for kickers around the region. Deoul broke the Section 9 record with a 54-yard field goal in the season opener. A Division I prospect, Deoul was 7 of 8 on field goals this season and finished with 27 in his sensational varsity career.
KR: ANGEL SUAREZ, CHESTER
Senior, 5-7, 170
Nobody had a bigger postseason in the Hudson Valley than Suarez — and it’s not even really debatable. The third-year player was marvelous in all facets, including the return game where he brought two touchdowns back. As a running back, he rushed for 1,877 yards and 23 touchdowns — highlighted by a 401-yard effort in the state semifinal win over Cambridge. Suarez ran for 11 touchdowns and 830 yards in three state tourney games and finished the year with 29 catches for 563 yards and eight scores.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Vinny Aloi, Sr., Chester
QB: Robert Madison, Sr., Iona Prep
RB: Malcolm Major, Sr., Stepinac
RB: Nick Santavicca, Jr., Yorktown
WR: Dylan Mucci, Sr., Iona Prep
WR: Brandon Sadlier, Sr., Chester
OL: Nate Lake, Sr., Minisink Valley
OL: Robert Papuli, Sr., Marlboro
OL: Michael Westfall, Sr., Newburgh
OL: David Harris, Sr., Stepinac
OL: Daniel Wittekind, Jr., Chester
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL: Oliver Janvier, Sr., Newburgh
DL: Chris Jordan, Sr., Stepinac
DL: Shawn Casey, Sr., John Jay-EF
LB: Tim Forbes, Sr., Yorktown
LB: Adonis Alcime, Sr., Nyack
LB: Sal Villano, Sr., Iona Prep
LB: Marc Barbieri, Sr., Arlington
DB: Brandon Lewis, Sr., Monroe-Woodbury
DB: Dom Brescia, Sr., Rye Neck
DB: Ryan Lee, Sr., John Jay-Cross River
DB: Brian Thompson, Sr., Iona Prep
SECOND TEAM SPECIAL TEAMS
ATH: Ryan Schumacher, Jr., John Jay-EF
ATH: Brandon Coleman, Sr., Stepinac
K/P: Davis Brief, Jr., Warwick
KR: Joe Lisowski, Sr., John Jay-EF