Defensive lineman Bryce Mostoller and linebacker Logan Eller each played a large part in the resurgence of Somerset football over the last two seasons.
Their efforts during the 2013 season – the junior campaigns for both – landed the pair on the Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AAA All-State Team, which was released on Thursday.
No players from The Tribune-Democrat’s coverage area were selected to the Class A squad, also released on Thursday.
The Golden Eagles posted a 10-2 mark this past season, carrying their banner to the District 5-6-8-9 subregion championship game before falling to high-powered Clearfield.
Even in that loss, Somerset held the Bison to their lowest scoring output of the season – 21 points – until Berwick eliminated Clearfield in the PIAA quarterfinals by a 44-7 tally.
“I think it’s a great individual award for both, but with great team defense you’re going to have guys get award at this time of the year,” Somerset coach Bob Landis said. “We were sound in coverage, fundamentals, they both did a fantastic job with the implementation of the scheme we run here.”
Both anchored a defense that was one of the stingiest in the region, allowing no more than 28 points in a game all season.
A 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker, Eller’s season saw him total 141 tackles, four sacks and an interception.
“He’s the middle linebacker on defense,” Landis said. “He’s the main tackler, he’s very sound in his technique and in filling gaps. This past offseason, he gained a lot of confidence, strength and speed. He had a great offseason last winter and it showed this fall.”
Mostoller’s versatility also allowed him to make an impact on offense, but it was his contributions on the Golden Eagles’ defensive line that boosted him to all-state status.
The 6-3, 225-pounder racked up 101 tackles and 10 sacks – and eight quarterback hurries – along with a fumble recovery.
“He was a good pass rusher when he came here as a sophomore,” Landis said. “But where’s he’s gotten better is in run defense. His biggest gains were in rush defense. He’s a big-framed kid that sets an edge well.”
While the Golden Eagles will have to combat the loss of multiple key contributors to graduation, Mostoller and Eller each return next season.
“They have another offseason to get bigger, faster and stronger and we’re looking forward to it.”
Bishop McDevitt’s Andre Robinson's heavy workload of 2,279 rushing yards and 32 total touchdowns earned him Class AAA Player of the Year honors.
Brandon Yescavage, the leader behind Old Forge's sprint to championship weekend in Hershey, and South Williamsport's Dominick Bragalone, shared the same distinction in Class A.
North Catholic's Bob Ravenstahl was named Class A Coach of the Year while Archbishop Wood’s Steve Devlin took the honor in AAA.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.