Knights honored at 10 spots
The 2022 Eisenhower Knights will go down as one of the best teams in Eisenhower and Warren County history.
Their season ended last weekend in a 28-14 loss to Reynolds in the PIAA District 10 Class 1A championship game, but the honors are beginning to roll in for their record-setting 2022 season.
The Knights were named to the Region 2 first and second teams at 10 positions Tuesday as voted on by the league’s coaches.
Named to the First-Team Offense were Benji Bauer, Keegan Eckstrom, Kris Bunk, Mika Vanatta and Caleb Penley.
Bauer was named the region’s co-Player of the Year after rushing for 2,067 yards and 24 touchdowns on 245 carries. He added 14 receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown. Eckstrom was named as the all-purpose player for his ability running and receiving as well as returning kickoffs and punts.
He returned a kickoff for a TD, a punt for a TD, ran for four TDs and caught three TDs. Vanatta and Penley, both senior offensive linemen, were recognized for paving the way for Bauer’s record-setting season.
Named to the First-Team Defense were Bunk, Garret Jensen, Bauer and Penley.
At defensive end, Bunk had eight solo tackles and 17 assists to go along with a team-leading four fumble recoveries and five sacks. Jensen, a senior defensive back, had three interceptions, returning one for a TD. Bauer and Penley were both recognized at linebacker. Bauer had 23 solo tackles and 43 assists to go along with 21 tackles for a loss, three sacks, three interceptions and a TD. Penley had 21 solo tackles and 30 assists to go along with 15 tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception.
Also receiving recognition on the Second-Team Offense were four-year starting center Conner Younger and junior JJ Darr on the offensive line. Junior fullback Tucker Lindell was recognized after rushing for 598 yards and seven touchdowns on 78 carries.
Named to the Second-Team Defense were Vanatta at defensive tackle, senior Wyatt Lookenhouse and junior Shawn Pascuzzi. Lookenhouse, who was lost for the season in the eighth game, still contributed 10 solo tackles and five assists with an interception. Pascuzzi had 17 solo tackles and 13 assists. He led the Knights with five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
Kris Bunk Eisenhower 11 TE
Ja’son Ellman Mercyhurst Prep 11 WR
Landon Wayne Northwestern 12 WR
Collin Libra Seneca 12 WR
David Bahm Mercyhurst Prep 12 QB
Benji Bauer Eisenhower 12 RB
Ryan Miller Seneca 12 RB
Keegan Eckstrom Eisenhower 12 AP
Mike Vanatta Eisenhower 12 OL
Nate Ransom Northwestern 12 OL
Caleb Penley Eisenhower 12 OL
Sean Sokolowski Mercyhurst Prep 12 OL
Zane Snyder-Scott Northwestern 12 OL
Garrett McGuire Mercyhurst Prep 12 K
Ben Campbell Northwestern 12 K
Garrett McGuire Mercyhurst Prep 12 P
Zane Snyder-Scott Northwestern 12 DL
Kris Bunk Eisenhower 11 DL
Thomas Langer Mercyhurst Prep 12 DL
Caleb Penley Eisenhower 12 LB
Collin Libra Seneca 12 LB
Logan Stagl Northwestern 12 LB
Benji Bauer Eisenhower 12 LB
Garrett Jensen Eisenhower 12 DB
Landon Wayne Northwestern 12 DB
Kolton Sutter Northwestern 11 DB
Ja’son Ellman Mercyhurst Prep 11 DB
Beau Barber Seneca 12 DB
Logan Stagl Northwestern 12 TE
Jayden Moffett Iroquois 12 WR
Josh Wingenbach Mercyhurst Prep 12 WR
Kolton Sutter Northwestern 11 WR
Nolan Seabury Seneca 11 QB
Lloyd Fountain Northwestern 11 QB
Ben Campbell Northwestern 12 RB
Tucker Lindell Eisenhower 11 RB
JJ Ganska Mercyhurst Prep 11 AP
Trey Pound Seneca 12 OL
Ben Hawkins Mercyhurst Prep 12 OL
Zack Kerscheval Mercyhurst Prep 10 OL
George Mann Mercyhurst Prep 12 OL
JJ Darr Eisenhower 11 OL
Conner Younger Eisenhower 12 OL
Sam Kightlinger Iroquois 11 P
Mike Vanatta Eisenhower 12 DL
Joe Brennan Seneca 10 DL
Dylan Ellenberger Seneca 12 DL
Jesse Kightlinger Union City 12 DL
Clay Thomas Union City 12 DL
Ben Campbell Northwestern 12 LB
Hunter Razanauskas Mercyhurst Prep 11 LB
Anthony Buscemi Seneca 12 LB
Ryan Miller Seneca 12 LB
JJ Ganska Mercyhurst Prep 11 DB
Shawn Pascuzzi Eisenhower 11 DB
Steve Greyson Mercyhurst Prep 11 DB
Wyatt Lookenhouse Eisenhower 12 DB
Paul Johnson Mercyhurst Prep 9 DB