Randolph’s Hind Named Class D Player Of The Year

Randolph’s Xander Hind was named the Section VI Class D Player of the Year after running for a Section VI record 2,577 yards and 34 touchdowns this season. Photo by Mike Frame

Following a season during which he set the Section VI single-season rushing record and led the Randolph Cardinals to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinals, it is no surprise that senior Xander Hind has been named the Section VI Class D Player of the Year.

Hind finished with 305 carries for 2,577 yards and 34 touchdowns while also catching five passes for 191 yards and another two touchdowns. Defensively, from his safety position, Hind was in on a team-high 66 tackles to go along with a sack and two interceptions. As a return man, Hind took back three kicks for 132 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown, and also returned nine punts for 65 yards.

Franklinville/Ellicottville senior quarterback Gian Nuzzo and Clymer/Sherman/Panama sophomore wide receiver Bryce Hinsdale shared the league’s Offensive Player of the Year award.

Nuzzo ran 155 times for 925 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 35-of-75 passing for 592 yards and eight touchdowns. Nuzzo also caught two passes for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Titans.

Hinsdale caught 74 passes for 761 yards and six touchdowns; made 26-of-32 extra-point kicks and 6-of-7 field goals; punted 23 times for 806 yards; and was in on 36 tackles, including one for a loss, intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble for the Wolfpack.

Randolph’s Jaiden Huntington was named a Section VI Class D co-Defensive Most Valuable Player with Portville’s Zander Keim. Photo by Mike Frame

Randolph senior linebacker Jaiden Huntington and Portville senior linebacker Zander Keim shared the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award.

Huntington was in on 64 tackles, including nine for losses, and had one sack, one interception, one fumble recovery and one touchdown defensively for the Cardinals. On offense, from his tight end position, he caught 16 passes for 307 yards and seven touchdowns.

Keim was in on 71 tackles, including 16 for losses, and had two sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown defensively for the Panthers. On offense, Keim caught 16 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns while running 42 times for 202 yards and five touchdowns.

Randolph senior Ryan Carpenter was named the league’s Lineman of the Year after paving the way for the Cardinals to run for 3,331 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. Defensively, Carpenter was in on 51 tackles and had a sack to go along with two fumble recoveries.

Randolph’s Brent Brown was also named the Coach of the Year after the Cardinals ran the table with a perfect 7-0 league record during which they outscored opponents 246-58. Randolph also beat Clymer/Sherman/Panama and Franklinville/Ellicottville in the Section VI playoffs before topping Oakfield-Alabama/Elba in the Far West Regional.

Randolph’s Ryan Carpenter was named the league’s Lineman of the Year. Photo by Mike Frame

Cattaraugus-Little Valley was honored with the Team Sportsmanship Award with Timberwolves senior Donnie Seamon the Individual Sportsmanship Award winner.

Members of the league’s All-Academic Team were: Cattaraugus-Little Valley junior Camden Young, Clymer/Sherman/Panama senior Brayden Hayes, Franklinville/Ellicottville senior Ben Brol, Frewsburg senior Patrick Spencer, Gowanda/Pine Valley junior Quentin Centner, Portville junior Sam Zeigler, Randolph senior Owen Nelson and Wilson junior Ben Wortkoetter.

Hind and Carpenter were joined on the First Team Offense by Cardinals senior fullback Payton Slade. Huntington was joined on the First Team Defense by senior defensive end Sterling Skye, junior defensive end Maverick Adams and senior defensive back Carson Conley.

Nuzzo was joined on the First Team Offense by junior running back Hunter Smith and senior linemen Tyler Gibas and Ben Brol. Senior defensive lineman Koda Curtis represented Franklinville/Ellicottville on the First Team Defense.

Hinsdale was joined on the First Team Offense by sophomore quarterback Tate Catanese, senior running back Trent Burchanowski and senior lineman Taite Newman. Senior linebacker Lucas Lisciandro represented the Wolfpack on the First Team Defense.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Bryce Hinsdale was named a Section VI Class D co-Offensive Most Valuable Player with Franklinville/Ellicottville’s Gian Nuzzo. P-J file photo by Matt Spielman

Junior running back Kaedon Holcomb and junior lineman Hayden Emley represented Portville on the First Team Offense. Joining Keim on the First Team Defense were senior lineman Kyran Johnson and senior linebacker Caiden Zollinger.

Gowanda/Pine Valley was represented by senior running back Harlee Conklin on the First Team Offense, Wilson was represented by senior wide receiver Drew Dabill on the First Team Offense as well as senior linebacker Carter Pytlik and junior defensive back Jack Mahar on the First Team Defense, Frewsburg was represented by Spencer, a defensive back, and junior defensive lineman Harrison Eckert on the First Team Defense and Cattaraugus-Little Valley was represented by senior defensive end Raiden Terhune on the First Team Defense.



Tate Catanese Soph. QB Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Gian Nuzzo Sr. QB Franklinville/Ellicottville

Xander Hind Sr. RB Randolph

Kaedon Holcomb Jr. RB Portville

Trent Burchanowski Sr. RB Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Hunter Smith Jr. RB Franklinville/Ellicottville

Harlee Conklin Sr. RB Gowanda/Pine Valley

Payton Slade Sr. FB Randolph

Hayden Emley Jr. OL Portville

Tyler Gibas Sr. OL Franklinville/Ellicottville

Taite Newman Sr. OL Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Ben Brol Sr. OL Franklinville/Ellicottville

Ryan Carpenter Sr. OL Randolph

Bryce Hinsdale Soph. WR Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Drew Dabill Sr. WR Wilson


Raiden Terhune Sr. DE Cattaraugus-Little Valley

Maverick Adams Jr. DE Randolph

Harrison Eckert Jr. DL Frewsburg

Kyran Johnson Sr. DL Portville

Koda Curtis Sr. DL Franklinville/Ellicottville

Sterling Skye Sr. DE Randolph

Zander Keim Sr. LB Portville

Caiden Zollinger Sr. LB Portville

Lucas Lisciandro Sr. LB Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Carter Pytlik Sr. LB Wilson

Jaiden Huntington Sr. LB Randolph

Carson Conley Sr. DB Randolph

Jack Mahar Jr. DB Wilson

Patrick Spencer Sr. DB Frewsburg



Luke Petryszak Jr. QB Portville

Chase Haglund Soph. QB Frewsburg

Beau Bielecki Jr. RB Franklinville/Ellicottville

Tristan Farnham Jr. RB Randolph

Nick Manroe Jr. OL Portville

Elial Bryan Jr. OL Randolph

Craig Howard Sr. OL Gowanda/Pine Valley

Alex Barmore Soph. WR Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Owen Nelson Sr. WR Randolph

Draven DeJesus Sr. WR Frewsburg

Payton Dustin Sr. WR Frewsburg


Hayden Trietley Sr. DL Franklinville/Ellicottville

Brandon Martin Sr. DE Wilson

Ben Krajewski Sr. DE Gowanda/Pine Valley

Maxx DeYoe Soph. LB Portville

Drake DiDomenico Sr. LB Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Ethan Lackner Jr. LB Wilson

Gabe Roth Sr. LB Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Ben Wortkoetter Sr. LB Wilson

Devin Henderson Sr. DB Cattaraugus-Little Valley

Noah Shenk Jr. DB Franklinville/Ellicottville

D.J. Szata Soph. DB Cattaraugus-Little Valley

Quentin Centner Jr. DB Gowanda/Pine Valley


Cattaraugus-Little Valley: Payton Bradley (Fresh.)

Clymer/Sherman/Panama: Alex Redlecki (Soph.), Grant Lictus (Jr.), John Watson (Jr.), Brayden Hayes (Sr.), Dylan Michael (Sr.)

Franklinville/Ellicottville: Owen Chudy (Jr.), Brad John (Sr.), Isaac Towne (Soph.), Billy Slavinski (Soph.)

Frewsburg: Vincent Sanfilippo (Jr.), Blake Weaver (Soph.)

Gowanda/Pine Valley: Aiden Ackley (Jr.), Winter Rivera (Soph.), Fred Roland (Sr.), Kaleb Smith (Jr.)

Portville: Bryce Findlay (Sr.), Adrian DeFazio (Fresh.), Sam Zeigler (Jr.), Bryan Randolph (Sr.)

Randolph: Preston Burrows (Sr.), Talon Rowland (Jr.)

Wilson: Andrew Ensminger (Sr.), Conner Ernest (Jr.), Brayden Lepsch (Jr.), Jon Mercurio (Sr.), Hamza Merrick (Soph.), Casey Sidote (Jr.), Willy Wortkoetter (Fresh.)


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper? *


Starting at $4.62/week.

Subscribe Today