PV's Mitchell makes 2nd team
It's hard to hide Panther Valley's Brock Mitchell on the football field.
At 6-5, 245 pounds, the junior tight end was very visible to both opponents and fans.
As it turns out, he was also visible to those making this year's all-state selections.
Mitchell, who caught 31 passes for 384 yards this past season, was named Tuesday to the Class A Second Team Pennsylvania Sports Writers' All-State football squad.
"When I first found out I was excited for him and excited for our program," said Panther head coach Frank Damian. "He really blossomed this year into a versatile player for our team. He helped the team by playing wherever he was needed. He was put in a situation where we needed him to play different positions."
Mitchell's primary spot was tight end, but due to numerous injuries suffered by PV this past season, he also lined up in the backfield. He collected 83 yards on eight carries. He scored four touchdowns, two receiving and two on the ground.
"He's just a great athlete," said Damian. "He's also a great leader and has a good work ethic."
"We split him out a bit to take advantage of some matchups. As a tight end, he had excellent skills. He was a good blocker and was a multiple threat for us."
Due to his size, he often created problems for other teams in the secondary. But it wasn't just his size that allowed him to post impressive numbers and earn him league, county and now state honors.
"He has nice, big, soft hands and also has good leaping ability," said Damian. "He adjusts well to the ball and knows how to use his body to shield off defenders."
Mitchell currently is recovering from a recent accident. The Panthers hope he can return to the field for his senior year and help the team improve on a 1-9 record.
"He was excited and pleased when he heard about his selection," said Damian. "He realized how hard work on his part and the team's part made this possible."