Six Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football players named to Class A All-State team

The New York State Sportswriters Association revealed its Class AA and Class A All-State Football Teams Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake had the most players chosen to the All-State team among Section 2 programs with six, led by first-team offense selection Vincent Daviero. The senior led all area running backs with 1,557 yards and 21 touchdowns as he helped the Spartans win the Section 2 Class A title.

Linebacker Bryce Mussen was a second team All-State selection on defense for BH-BL, while tailback D.J.  Lashley received a fifth team honor. Quarterback Darien LaPietro, lineman Victor Little and defensive back Logan Stubblebine were honorable mentions.

Averill Park had five players receive All-State recognition, while Queenbury had four players receive statewide honors. Shaker, Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs all had four players named to the All-State team in Class AA.

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The complete list of Section 2 players receiving All-State honors are as follows:

Class AA
LB – Nick Popolizio (Guilderland), second team defense
OL – Dylan Blowers (Shenendehowa), third team offense
DL – Andy Weyrauch (Shenendehowa), third team defense
WR – Richie Quinn (Niskayuna), fourth team offense
All-purpose – Logan Souza (Shaker), fourth team offense
DL – Dylan Olson (Guilderland), fourth team defense
LB – Mahdi Elsawi (Saratoga Springs), fourth team defense
All-purpose – Carter Steingraber (Saratoga Springs), fifth team offense
DL – Josh Toutai (Shaker), fifth team defense
WR – James Altenburger (Shenendehowa) – sixth team offense

Honorable mention: Brendan Belott (Shenendehowa QB), Brandon Covey (Saratoga Springs lineman), Nate Ratigan (Shaker LB), Shane Lavender (Shaker DB), Hunter Regels (Saratoga Springs K)

Class A
RB – Vincent Daviero (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), first team offense
RB – Liam O’Mara (Queensbury), second team offense
OL – Devin Hunt (Queensbury), second team offense
LB – Bryce Mussen (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), second team defense
OL – Sean Collins (Queensbury), third team offense
LB – Kyle Nethercott (Averill Park), third team defense
DB – Jake Bornt (Averill Park), third team defense
PK – Alex Roca (Queensbury), fourth team offense
RB – D.J. Lashley (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), fifth team offense
DL – Jack Stangle (Ballston Spa), fifth team defense

Honorable mention: Darien LaPietro (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake QB), Victor Little (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake lineman), Jake Lucier (Averill Park lineman), Zach Washington (Ballston Spa lineman), Carl Nitz (Averill Park LB), Xavier Leigh (Troy DB), Logan Stubblebine (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake DB), James Finelli (Averill Park all-purpose)

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