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Delone Catholic's workhorse senior named to all-state football team

Matt Allibone
York Daily Record

Delone Catholic's Tate Neiderer has picked up another honor after an impressive season in which he rarely left the field for the Squires. 

Neiderer was named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 1A All-State football team as an "Athlete" Tuesday. He was one of four players in the classification named to the team at that position — which is meant to honor all-around players who fill a variety of roles for their teams. 

About 90 sports reporters from around the state were involved in the nomination and voting process. 

A running back and linebacker, Neiderer was the lone YAIAA player named to the three all-state teams that were released so far. The all-state teams for Class 2A and Class 3A were released later Tuesday afternoon. 

The Class 4A, 5A and 6A all-state teams will be released Wednesday afternoon. 

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Tate Neiderer (24) gets wrapped up during the football game between York Catholic and Delone Catholic at York Catholic High School, Friday, October 23, 2020. The Squires defeated the Fighting Irish 28-10.

Neiderer led Delone Catholic to a 6-1 record, a YAIAA Division III title and an appearance in the District 3 Class 1A title game. The Squires lone loss was the district championship in a 23-13 home contest to eventual state champ Steel-High. 

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Neiderer played bigger than his size and only left the field when the Squires were kicking off. He rushed for 860 yards on 119 carries and averaged 7.2 yards per carry. He finished with more than 1,000 all-purpose yards and scored 17 total touchdowns. 

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He also registered 65 tackles and three sacks in six regular season games — averaging almost 11 tackles per game. 

Neiderer had perhaps his best performance of the season in the Squires 28-10 win over rival York Catholic to clinch an undefeated regular season and division title. He rushed 32 times for 227 yards and three touchdowns while picking up 11 tackles and a sack on defense. 

"When you set out to be a coach and think about the type of players you want to have, Tate's that guy," Delone Catholic head coach Corey Zortman said after the York Catholic game. "Sometimes you have to tone him back at practice because everything he does is full bore. He just has a motor that doesn't stop. 

"He's a leader and takes that role personally. He's great with a ball in his hands, but he takes care of the young guys and leads by example."

The all-state nod is the latest award for Neiderer, who was also named both YAIAA Division III Offensive Player of the Year and Division III Defensive Player of the Year by league coaches. He split the defensive award with Bermudian Springs senior Savauri Shelton this fall after winning it outright as a junior. 

Neiderer was also named a first-team linebacker in the entire YAIAA by GameTimePA. 

Matt Allibone is a sports reporter for GameTimePA. He can be reached at 717-881-8221, mallibone@ydr.com or on Twitter at @bad2theallibone.