Northwestern recently competed its best football season in years. With the season now finished, the Tigers have earned some individual accolades to go along with their Eastern Conference championship medals.
Senior Mac Storm and junior Cam Richardson have been named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State team.
Storm is a 6-foot-3, 300-pound linemen who earned a spot on the all-state offensive line. Richardson is a wide receiver/corner back who was named as the all-state defensive athlete.
"With the team success comes individual accolades," said Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder. "We take care of the team aspect first. We went 9-3 and won the Eastern Conference title. This puts the icing on the cake. I'm very proud of our football program."
Storm, a left guard who is being recruited by Division I colleges, was the anchor of the Tiger offensive line. When the Tigers needed a few yards, it was no secret they were going to the left side.
"Even if other teams knew where we were going, they still had to stop it," said Snyder. "In my opinion he was the most dominant offensive lineman in [the Colonial League]."
Behind Storm and his linemates, the Tigers ran for 2,695 yards this season and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.
Snyder called Storm the strongest player ever to come through his high school. He bench presses 425 pounds and can leg press over 1,000 pounds. He's come a long way since missing nearly his entire sophomore season with a form of complex regional pain syndrome. He developed that after battling back from another rare disease called Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
After getting on the field for a couple games at the end of his sophomore season, Storm has been a leader and the team's best lineman for the past two seasons.
"He is a special kind of kid," said Snyder. "It shows what you can overcome."
Richardson is also a special player. He did just about everything for the team. He lined up at receiver or running back on offense. He returned kicks and punts. And he was the team's lock down corner.
"We lined him up against the best receiver on the opposing team," said Snyder. "He was the best cover guy in the league. He can track the ball. He's also a great tackler. He doesn't have many interceptions because people didn't throw the ball his way."
Richardson had three picks this season, tied for the team high. He also mad 15 tackles.
He put up big numbers on offense, tying Snyder's record for receiving touchdowns in a season (seven) and in a career (nine). He caught a team-high 34 passes for a team-high 625 yards while rushing 60 times for 345 yards (second on the team).