Three Mount Joy Cyclones, who were instrumental in the team’s championship season, have been selected to participate an Arena Showcase with the Central Penn Chargers.
Wide receivers Michael Stum and Jason Nyhart are scheduled to participate in the event along with defensive tackle Todd George.
Stum, listed at 6-foot-6, was a consistent threat for the Cyclones this past season. He caught 25 passes for 409 yards (16.4 average) and 12 touchdowns. All three would have led the team if it were not for Nyhart’s 14 touchdowns.
Nyhart was not far behind in receptions or yards as he hauled in 22 passes for 372 yards (16.9 average).
George was credited with 10 tackles (five for a loss) and 4.5 sacks. As with most defensive tackles, their impact is often greater than what the box score represents.
In Keystone Bowl XIII, George forced his way into the Mifflin County Tomahawks backfield and quarterback Lashawn Brown fired a pass downfield off his back foot that was intercepted.
George also brings tremendous size to the position as he is 6-foot-3 and weighs 340 pounds.
The trio of Cylcones will make their way to Maryland in November to perform for several scouts, according to Stum.
Stum said that the lack of details provided to this point make it an interesting, yet exciting, opportunity.
“I’m still kind of figuring it out. I haven’t got a real description yet. I’m just going off what I see and hear,” Stum said.
The Chargers initially contacted Stum through a Facebook message and asked if he would like an opportunity to participate in the game. Stum saw a unique opportunity and responded in the affirmative.
Stum, a former basketball player at the University of Valley Forge, said that playing football was something he did for fun after college, but was never something he saw developing to the level that it has.
“As the seasons keep going everything goes to another level. I keep hearing good things from coaches, players and leagues. It gives me even more of a drive to feel that I can do this,” Stum said.
“My perspective is to have fun and help team win, I’m competitive, but the goal is to catch someone’s eye and get signed to a contract. If not, I’ll work on what I need to. I’ll get opinions from other people on what I need to work on.”
The rosters will be limited to 25 players and the fact that three Cyclones are currently listed provides Stum with a level of comfort.
“It’s obviously a blessing to go into something with people that you’ve won championships with. Jason and Todd are great guys and athletes. At the end of the day we get to play on a different stage with different people,” Stum Said.
“We worked so hard to get here and to represent our teammates and the Mount Joy Cyclones. We get a chance to show that it’s possible to get contract starting in an eight-man league. Hopefully it’ll bring more exposure and build those programs up. It’s gonna be fun. I know that for a fact.”