Waid, Mosora earn top district honors
Area high school football dominated the major awards in Division IV when the Northeast Inland District teams were announced Monday.
Hubbard linebacker Lukas Mosora won the defensive player of the year award, Girard quarterback Mark Waid was named offensive player of the year and Girard coach Pat Pearson won coach of the year.
Mike Pavlansky of Canfield in Division III and Anthony Maiorca in Division VII also won coach of the year honors in voting conducted by media members from throughout the district. The all-district list is on page 3C.
“That’s a reflection of my staff and these players. I’ve had an outstanding group of players this year and I attribute this to my unbelievable staff,” Pearson said about winning coach of the year honors.
Pearson and the Indians made the playoffs and finished the year at 10-2. That included a thrilling victory over the Lakeview Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs.
A part of how Pearson won the award was quarterback Mark Waid.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Waid threw for 3,129 yards with 34 touchdowns to just three interceptions. He also ran for 1,134 and scored 19 times on the ground.
“Coach Pearson is such a great coach. He loves his players like family and has brought everyone closer together,” Waid said. “He gives me free range of the offense and he trusts me no matter what to make the right play at all times.”
For both Pearson and Waid, winning those awards were all about receiver and line play.
“Michael Belcik is the hardest working guy I’ve ever been around,” Waid said about the Indians’ top receiver who earned first team all-district honors. “Also, my offensive line was incredible all year. They gave me the time to make all the decisions that I wanted to.”
Haeden Gump, a 6-5, 250-pound sophomore, also was a first team all-district player for the Indians. Jack DelGarbino (6-2, 265, Jr.) was first team as a defensive lineman. Jamil Bannister (6-0, 175, Jr.) was a first teamer for Girard at linebacker.
Also on the defensive side of the ball, Hubbard’s Mosora had quite the year to win player of the year in Division IV.
Mosora (5-8, 195, Jr.) led the Eagles to a tough 5-5 record and recorded 162 tackles on the year with 102 solo tackles.
“He had a great year and we played good defense. He was the catalyst and he truly understands the game at all times,” Hubbard coach Brian Hoffman said. “I hope that others see his play and want to put the work in to get to that level.”
Four times during the season Mosora recorded over 20 tackles, including a 25-tackle performance against Poland.
“I’m a little undersized so I have to beat people with my speed, not my size. Our defensive line was great all year. They didn’t allow many free releases which left me free to make plays all game,” Mosora said.
Mosora’s teammate, Tyreq Moorer (5-11, 205, Sr.) also made first team as an offensive back.
Canfield’s Pavlansky led the Cardinals to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Division III regional final Friday night against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Maiorca led Windham to an 8-2 season with just six seniors on the squad. The Bombers won a home playoff game in the first round and advanced to the regional semifinals.