Jersey Shore High School’s football team features 11 District 4 All-Stars

AP PHOTO/TIM WEIGHT Jersey Shore’s football team gets hyped before playing the District 4 semifinals against Athens last Friday night. The Bulldogs prevailed, 31-7, and advanced to the championship game.

Jersey Shore’s football team has had an incredible run up to this point, so it’s only fitting that a host of Bulldogs would be recognized for their achievements this season.

Eleven  Bulldogs were elected to the 2016 PHAC all-star team.  And in what has been a euphoric season, head coach Tom Gravish was quick to comment on the positive effect the all-star selections have had on his team.

“It feels good to have a great amount of players make the roster and it’s a great accomplishment for the team,” said Gravish. “The team has had a good season up until this point. We’re pleased with the PHAC all-stars.”

Highlighting the all-star squad for Jersey Shore was quarterback Elijah Shemory, who has recorded 2160 passing yards and thrown for 27 touchdowns on the season. Shemory is dedicated athlete, who developed his skills through year-round training.

“He worked hard in the offseason,” said Gravish. “He went to numerous quarterback camps and put numerous time in with us from the winter to the summer. The kids have a lot of respect for him because they know how much time he puts in.”

Following his record-setting season, wide receiver Todd Sanford was selected to the all-star team. Despite being sidelined for three weeks this year with an injury, Sanford was able to record 58 receptions–setting a new Bulldogs single-season record.

“He’s worked hard over this three-year period,” said Gravish. “He’s smart and he runs outstanding routes, even against the best coverage.”

“He’s worked hard over this three-year period,” said Gravish. “He’s smart and he runs outstanding routes, even against the best coverage.”

Joining Sanford with all-star honors was fellow receiver Hunter Frantz.  Frantz has posted 614 yards and seven touchdowns this season so far. His ability to haul in big-time grabs has caught the attention of his coach.

“The last couple games he has come up with a big catch,” said Gravish. “He came up with a big catch-or-two against Bald Eagles’ tough defensive backs. We like our receivers, and Hunter’s definitely in the mix with getting the balls thrown to him.”

Jersey Shore’s deep roster has been pivotal in its team’s quest for a district championship. Woven in that roster is an abundance of young talent, as underclassmen made up seven of the Bulldogs’ 11 all-star selections.

“We have a lot of youth on our team,” said Gravish. “We have some really-good players, and it was nice to see them get their rewards.”

Jersey shore will host Selinsgrove on Friday Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the District 4 class AAAA championship

List of Jersey Shore All-Stars:

First Team:

OL – Mason Sechrist

WR - Todd Sanford

DL – Tyler Smith

LB – Dominic Williams

DB – Austin Breon

Second Team:

QB – Eligah Shemoney

OL – Harlan Baier

OL – Jacob Jones

WR – Hunter Frantz

RB – Jarrett Guthrie

DL – Mason Sechrist

DL – Jacob Jones

DB – Kevin Titus