Glens Falls senior Joseph Girard III has been named the All-New York State Class B Co-Player of the Year in football, along with Batavia senior running back Ray Leach.
It is the third consecutive state Class B player of the year award for Girard, who was chosen as Player of the Year for boys basketball last winter, and Co-Player of the Year in football in 2017. All-state selections for Class B, C and D football were announced Tuesday.
Cambridge-Salem running back Tommy English and defensive linemen Nate Genevick, both seniors, made the all-state Class C first team. In Class D, Warrensburg senior defensive back Evan MacDuff was a first-team selection.
Girard, a quarterback and free safety, led the Indians to a second state championship in two years, defeating Leach’s Batavia team 55-32. Girard set a Section II single-season passing record with 3,078 yards, threw for 36 touchdowns, and rushed for 394 yards and 13 more scores. Girard, whose Glens Falls team went 43-5 in his four varsity seasons, will play basketball at Syracuse University next year.
Glens Falls senior placekicker Sam Hogan, who plans to kick for Cornell University next year, made the all-state first team in Class B.
Chosen for the all-state Class B second-team defense were Glens Falls linebacker Kyle Vachon and Schuylerville defensive back Stratton Sherman. Named to the Class B fourth team were Glens Falls defensive linemen Thompson Collins and Nick Danahy, and linebacker David Barclay. Glens Falls senior receiver Trent Girard and sophomore all-purpose player Aalijah Sampson made the Class B fifth team.
Making the Class B honorable mention list were quarterback Caleb Condon, receiver Connor Hermanson and lineman Ben Reid of Hudson Falls; Glens Falls defensive lineman Terelle Bonner-Welch and linebacker Connor Girard; and Schuylerville lineman Jared Thivierge, defensive back Paul Harshbarger and all-purpose player Justin Carte.
In Class C, English rushed for 1,497 yards and scored 27 touchdowns, helped by the blocking of dominant lineman Genevick, as Cambridge-Salem rolled to a 10-1 record and a Section II title. In four varsity seasons with Cambridge, they recorded an impressive 43-3 record.
Also named to the Class C first team were Stillwater linemen Brody Peacock and Brian McNeil, with defensive back James Galarneau making second-team all-state for the Warriors.
Named to the Class C honorable mention were running back Tyler Linendoll and linebacker Jordan Dean of Cambridge-Salem; Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne linebacker Jimmy Kelleher; and quarterback Sam Richard, running back Jeffrey Vincent and lineman Nate Miller of Hoosick Falls.
In Class D, MacDuff made the all-state first-team defense, but also led Warrensburg to an 8-2 record and a Section II championship as quarterback. Junior running back Jesse Griffin, who rushed for 1,203 yards and scored 18 touchdowns before being knocked out with a collarbone injury, made the all-state second-team offense.
Whitehall linebackers Jake Moore, a senior, and Brendan Covey, a junior, made the Class D second-team defense. They were also the Railroaders’ offensive leaders as quarterback and fullback, respectively, combining for 1,700 rushing yards and scoring 28 touchdowns. Hoosic Valley senior linebacker Matt Fusco also made the second-team defense.
Named to the Class D honorable mention list were Warrensburg tight end/defensive lineman Brandon Bailey and two-way lineman Hunter Mosher, Fort Edward lineman Ryan Etu, and Hoosic Valley running back William Scofield, lineman Dominic Smith and kicker Isaac Carlo.