The Elizabethtown Area High School football team conquered its demons during the 2018 season and made the District 3 playoffs for the first time in a decade. That success was reflected in the All-Star awards for the Lancaster-Lebanon League, which were handed out at the year-end banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Bears saw 11 of its players receive Section Two honors, up from 10 in 2017. Three more were recognized as academic All-Stars as well.
The most decorated Elizabethtown player was senior Cole Livingston, who won the Section Two Wide Receiver of the Year award in addition to making the first team at both wideout and defensive back, the lone Bear to do so. Livingston led the section in receiving yards (670), tying for first in touchdowns (11) and finishing second in catches (37). Those figures were all in the top five of the L-L League as a whole. He also had a team-high 5 interceptions and scored 8 additional TDs (6 rushing and 2 via interception returns).
Three Bears made it onto the second team: sophomore wide receiver Luke Pierson, senior outside linebacker Tyler Lanza and junior defensive end Adnan Traore. Pierson led Section Two in catches (40), tying for seventh in the L-L League. He was second on the team behind Livingston in receiving yards (635) and third in TDs (5). Lanza had a team-high 135 tackles (10 of them for a loss), while Traore was second in tackles (82) and first in sacks (4).
Seven more were recognized as honorable mentions. The most notable was senior quarterback Cole Patrick, who led the L-L League in passing yards (2,570), finishing second in completions (159) and third in TDs (26). The rest included senior tight end Dylan Sweger, junior center Joe Sikora, senior tackle Zach Kreider, junior defensive tackle Tristan Mabee, sophomore kicker Cade Denlinger and junior kick returner Cole Rice.
Sweger was fourth on the team in both catches (24) and receiving yards (378). Mabee had 22 tackles on the season. Denlinger hit 30 out of 36 point-after tries and 4 out of 5 field goals. Rice totaled 614 return yards, averaging 22.7 yards per touch and scoring a touchdown.
On the academic side of things, Livingston and Sweger each received first-team All-Star awards, alongside senior Elijah Stackhouse, with all three earning a grade-point average of over 3.76. Seniors Brandon Fotibu and Jonathan Heisey both made the second team as well (GPA between 3.5 and 3.75).