The 50: Take a look at the best GameTimePA football players

Matt Allibone
York Daily Record

Who are the best football players in central Pa.? 

Here's our selections for the 50 to watch in the GameTimePA coverage area — York, Adams, Franklin and Lebanon counties. 

Here's our top 10 — followed by 40 more to watch this season. 

10 (tie). Michael Scott, Dallastown, so., WR; Juelz Goff, Central York, jr., RB

Dallastown's Michael Scott (left) and Central York's Juelz Goff (right) are two of the top young offensive players in the YAIAA.

Is it cheating to list two players here? Sure, but how could we choose between these dynamic up-and-comers with Division I talent? The only thing keeping them from ranking higher is they both had limited opportunities to touch the ball last year due to their age and the teammates around them. Still, Scott caught 33 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns last season and has already had visits to Penn State. Goff rushed for 507 yards on 87 carries and scored 10 total touchdowns despite taking a backseat to Beau Pribula and the Central York passing game. He's got an offer from Old Dominion and has gotten interest from Penn State, South Carolina and West Virginia. Don't be surprised if both these players are ranked among the best players in the league by midseason.

9. Levan McFadden, York Catholic, sr., QB

York Catholic quarterback LeVan McFadden stays on his feet as he runs the ball in the fourth quarter of a YAIAA Division III football game at J.T. Flaherty Field on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in McSherrystown.

He does everything for one of the best small-school teams in District 3. Entering his third year as York Catholic's starting quarterback, McFadden was named an all-state "Athlete" last season after throwing for 979 yards, rushing for 682 and accounting for 26 total touchdowns for a team that was undefeated until the state playoffs. He also picked off three passes at safety. He's got an offer from Division III Misericordia but also gotten some attention from Division I programs Stony Brook and Army.

8. Brittyn Eakins, New Oxford, sr., RB/DE

New Oxford's Brittyn Eakins (21) protects the ball before being tackled by Kennard-Dale's Jacob Copenhaver during the first quarter of a YAIAA Division II game at Kennard-Dale High School on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 in Fawn Grove.

Perhaps the most underrated player in the YAIAA. Eakins got little attention last season but his production on both sides of the ball was matched by few players. He rushed for 930 yards on 159 carries and scored 10 total touchdowns while also racking up 79 tackles, five sacks and an interception as a defensive end. He's grown a few inches from last season and is now 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He's had visits to Division I FCS Dartmouth and Weber State and Division II Seton Hill.

7. Parker Hines, Central York, sr., WR

Central York's Parker Hines hauls in a deep pass during the second quarter against Dover in a YAIAA football game at Central York High School on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Springettsbury Township.

One of just two starters from Central York's 2020 state-finalist team still in high school. Hines played in the slot on that squad but is also a speedster capable of being a deep threat ― evidenced by a 99-yard touchdown catch against Cumberland Valley last year. He finished last season with 36 catches for 619 yards and nine touchdowns. He's gotten interest from Eastern Michigan and Penn State.

6. Mikey Bentivegna, York Suburban, sr., RB/S

York Suburban's Mike Bentivegna (2) dives to try to intercept  a South Western pass during the first half of a game between South Western and York Suburban, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at South Western High School in Penn Township. South Western led 14-0 at the end of the first half.

One of the most versatile players in the YAIAA, Bentivegna is just 5-foot-8 but at 185 pounds has the strength to bench press 315. And he combines that power with quickness and hands that make him a threat as a runner and receiver. He played in just six games last season due to a concussion but finished with 1,205 all-purpose yards (540 rushing, 349 receiving and 316 return) and nine touchdowns. He also had 23 tackles and two interceptions as a linebacker/safety hybrid. He's gotten offers from Division I FCS St. Francis and Division II Seton Hill.

5. Sam Stoner, York High, sr., QB

York High's Sam Stoner prepares to to throw the ball during the second quarter against Governor Mifflin at Smalls Athletic Field in York on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

He's gone a little under the radar due to the exploits of Beau Pribula, but Stoner has a chance to finish his career as one of the most productive quarterbacks to come through York County. Entering his third year as the starter, Stoner threw for 1,960 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions last season. He needs just over 750 yards to break Jordan Davis' York High career passing record. Stoner has earned offers from Division I FCS schools Towson, St. Francis and Southern Utah and Division II schools Millersville and Clarion.

4. Danny Pham, Central York, sr., C/DT

Central York's Danny Pham (right) protects Beau Pribula during a game against Cumberland Valley in Week 2 of the 2021 season.

The best returning lineman in the league. Pham anchored a young Panthers offensive line last season and will be relied on even more this season. He also tied for the team lead with five sacks despite only rotating in on defense. At 6-foot-1 and 285 pounds, he has the potential to play center or defensive tackle in college. He's gotten offers from Division I FCS St. Francis and Division II Gannon and Clarion.

3. Andrew Osmun, Spring Grove, sr., QB/WR/S/K

Spring Grove's Andrew Osmun drags a pair of Twin Valley defenders with him into the end zone as he scores on a 20-yard rush on a quarterback draw in the first quarter of a first round PIAA District 3 Class 5A football game at Papermakers Stadium on Nov. 5, 2021, in Jackson Township. The Rockets won, 33-6, securing their first playoff win since 2012.

He can do it all. A starting quarterback since his freshman year, Osmun will likely play more wide receiver and running back this year but has also accepted a Division I FCS scholarship as a safety where it's possible he'll be moved to linebacker. And he's probably the best kicker and punter in the YAIAA. All he has to do is take some snaps at offensive line and cook a few team dinners and "he can do it all" won't be an exaggeration in the slightest. Osmun missed five games with broken ribs last year but still rushed for 366 yards, passed for 203, caught for 124, scored nine total touchdowns and made 32 tackles. He will be playing college football for Fordham.

2. Kenny Johnson, Dallastown, sr., WR/S

Dallastown's Kenny Johnson takes one look back as he goes on to score a 60-yard receiving touchdown on the very first play of the game against South Western on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Dallastown.

There's a reason 16 Division I programs were after his services. Johnson is truly unstoppable as a receiver and easily one of the top players in the state. He caught 46 passes for 852 yards and seven touchdowns last season ― showing the ability to run past, go over or go through defenders. But that only scratches the surface of his effect on Dallastown. The 6-foot-2 receiver was always the focus of opposing defenses, yet still caught passes over multiple defensive backs and drew pass interference penalties. He was a team player who blocked and made plays all over the field on defense ― finishing with 41 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a strong safety. Most importantly, he was a major reason a program that won three games the previous two seasons combined went 6-4. The University of Pittsburgh recruit will once again be heavily relied on this year by a Wildcats team hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

1. Jahiem White, York High, sr., RB

York High's Jahiem White runs for a touchdown. York High defeats Dallastown Area High School 36-20 in football in Dallastown, Friday, October 1, 2021.

Could he be the best running back in the state? Coatesville coach Matt Ortega thought White was second to just Nick Singleton last season ... and Singleton is now vying for playing time in Penn State's backfield. Nearly every recruiting publication has White is the discussion for Pennsylvania's top runner along with Scranton Prep's London Montgomery (Penn State) and Bishop McDevitt's Marquese Williams (Minnesota). It's easy to see why. The West Virginia commit has moves, speed, power, hands ― everything but elite size at just 5-foot-9, 180 pounds. But that didn't stop him from rushing for 2,128 yards and 30 touchdowns with an insane 13.1 yards per carry last fall. With 3,840 career rushing yards, he should easily break Dayjure Stewart's York High career record of 4,138 yards this season and needs 2,175 yards to eclipse Eastern York grad Alex Cooley's YAIAA mark of 6,015. Don't be surprised if he touches the ball enough to make a run at Stewart's single-season mark of 3,045 yards — and leaves Cooley's record in the dust.

Players to Watch

Dayton Bagwell, Central York, linebacker, jr

Austin Billet, Eastern York, quarterback, sr. 

Rylan Bratton, York Suburban, quarterback, so.

Quinn Brennan, York Catholic, wide receiver/safety, sr.

Elijah Britner, Greencastle-Antrim, defensive lineman, sr.

Aric Campbell, Dover, quarterback, jr.

Kyle Chapin, Palmyra, offensive lineman, sr.

Tucker Chamberlin, Shippensburg, quarterback, sr.

Tavon Cooper, Greencastle-Antrim, wide receiver, sr.

Nick Creisher, York Catholic, linebacker/running back, sr.

 Nigier DeWitt, Central York, safety, jr.

Aidon Fritsch, Elco, linebacker/tight end, sr.

Trent Giraffa, Delone Catholic, center, sr.

Nolan Groff, Cedar Crest, wide receiver, sr.

Lane Hersh, Spring Grove, guard, sr.

Mikel Holden, Waynesboro, running back, sr.

Jay Huber, Cedar Crest, quarterback, sr.

Elijah Inners, Central York, offensive tackle, sr.

Jermere Jones, Chambersburg, quarterback, jr. 

Gavin Keller, Annville-Cleona, wide receiver/quarterback, sr.

Amari Kerr, Shippensburg, running back, sr.

Andrew Koons, Fairfield, wide receiver, sr.

Alex Long, Annville-Cleona, linebacker, sr.

Fernando Marquez, Cedar Crest, running back, jr.

Emanuel Mason, Lebanon, quarterback, jr.

Garrett McCleary, Kennard-Dale, running back/safety, sr.

Mike McMonigle, York High, offensive tackle, jr.

Gavin Mullins, Dover, running back/wide receiver, sr.

Ethan Nelson, Red Lion, guard, sr.

Ryder Noel, Delone Catholic, quarterback/cornerback, sr.

Ben Oestrike, Susquehannock, running back/linebacker, sr.

Chase Roberts, Hanover, quarterback, sr. 

Luke Shaffer, Northern Lebanon, linebacker, jr.

Jon Shay, Annville-Cleona, linebacker, so.

Damian Stafford, Red Lion, tight end/defensive end, sr.

Alex Timmins, Delone Catholic, guard/defensive end, sr.

Carson Trone, South Western, defensive back/wide receiver, sr.

Erby Weller, Shippensburg, wide receiver, sr.

Jake Williams, Elco, running back, sr.