Benson, Trumbull On Jim Kelly All-District 10 Team; O’Brien Earns Jim Kelly Assistant Coach Award

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WARREN, Pa. – The spoils of a dominant season continued for Eisenhower football this week.

(Photo courtesy Steve Younger. Eisenhower receiver Dillon Benson.)

Wide receiver Dillon Benson and defensive back Owen Trumbull were named to the inaugural Jim Kelly D9and10Sports.com All-District 10 Team powered by the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg, while Knights assistant coach Jeff O’Brien earned the Jim Kelly Assistant Coach of the Year Award.

Eisenhower’s District 10 Class 1A semifinal win over West Middlesex was honored with the Jim Kelly Game of the Year Award as well.

Benson finished the year with 35 receptions for 656 yards (18.7 yards per catch) and six touchdowns. He averaged over 70 receiving yards per game. Benson tied for fourth in D-10 in receptions, was second in receiving yards and tied for seventh in receiving touchdowns.

(Photo courtesy Steve Younger. Eisenhower defensive back Owen Trumbull.)

While Trumbull may be better known for his exploits as a quarterback, he had a strong season defensively as well. He finished the year with 36 tackles, six for loss, and had two forced fumbles.

(Photo courtesy Steve Younger. Eisenhower assistant coach Jeff O’Brien.)

Jim Kelly Assistant Coach of the Year – Jeff O’Brien, Eisenhower 

Head coach Jim Penley has a tremendous coaching staff at EHS, including O’Brien, who was instrumental in helping the Knights to an unbeaten 7-0 regular season. Ike went on to beat West Middlesex in the 1A semifinals before falling to Reynolds in the D-10 championship game.

Jim Kelly Game of the Year – Oct. 30: Eisenhower 22, West Middlesex 21, 2 Overtimes, D10 Class 1A Semifinals

In the District 10 Class 1A semifinal, Eisenhower and West Middlesex battled to a 7-7 tie through regulation. Both defenses, which had been stifling through four quarters, yielded in overtime. Big Reds quarterback Ty Tate hooked up with Chris Smith on both a 10-yard touchdown and the 2-point conversion to give WM the lead. Ike running back Cael Black answered with a 9-yard touchdown run and quarterback Owen Trumbull leapt over the line for the conversion. In the second overtime, Trumbull ran it in from five yards out and Jake Venman connected on the point after for a 22-15 lead.

Big Reds running back Colby Johnson ran in from five yards to cut the lead to 22-21. The Knights thought they had the win on an incompletion in the end zone, but a defensive pass interference penalty gave WM another shot. Tate handed the ball to Ian Smith on a straight dive. The Knights defensive line came up with its biggest stop of the season to keep Smith from crossing the goal line and securing a berth in the D-10 title game.

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The D9and10Sports Football Awards are named after Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly with Kelly’s permission.

Kelly’s is most known as Hall of Fame quarterback of the Buffalo Bills who grew up in East Brady, Pa. and went to Miami (Fla). Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 after passing for over 45,000 yards as a pro, including two seasons in the USFL, with 320 career touchdown passes. He led the Bills to four straight AFC Titles.

Jim Kelly D9and10Sports.com All-District 10 Team Powered by the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg

OFFENSE

QB – Michael Henwood, Hickory

RB – Ethan Susen, Wilmington

RB – Anthony Stallworth, Farrell 

RB – Cam Russell, Oil City

WR – Ramarion Whitehead, Hickory

WR – Dillon Benson, Eisenhower

WR – Cody Smith, Harbor Creek

WR – Braeden Soboleski, McDowell

TE – Luke Petergol, Conneaut

OL – Weston Phanco, Wilmington

OL – Jacob Chimiak, Wilmington

OL – Gary Satterwhite, Farrell

OL – Mario Fontanazza, Oil City

OL – Jaheim Bassham, Cathedral Prep

APB: Cole Toy, Reynolds

DEFENSE

DL – Justin Fagley, Oil City

DL- Dominic Foote, Meadville 

DL – Rocco John-Daniello, Reynolds

DL – Cole Bish, Northwestern 

DL – Mario Fontanazza, Oil City

LB – John David Campbell, Cathedral Prep

LB – Zach Martin, Grove City

LB – Rocco Iacino, Hickory

LB – Anthony Jackson, Farrell

LB – Zac Kiefer, Oil City

DB – Dakota Cole, Oil City

DB – Rashawn Tate, McDowell

DB – Marrick Bauer, Harbor Creek

DB – Dreyvin Livingston, Reynolds

DB – Owen Trumbull, Eisenhower 

ATH – Justo Rivera, McDowell 

Specialists

K – Preston Runser, Northwestern

P – Trenten Wheeler, Cambridge Springs

KR – Seth Fuller, North East