Walton and Sidney split nine appearances on the New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State football teams, announced Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Five Walton players were recognized in Class D, while four Sidney players were named in Class C after competing in Class D during previous seasons.
“It’s fun when guys get recognized for the work they put in, throughout the whole year really,” Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said. “With the fact that there are more teams and more kids in Class C, for the guys to get recognized at that level is a big testament to where they are in their work ethic and habits.”
Sidney wide receiver Liam Matthews earned first-team recognition for the third time as a senior, and for the first time in Class C after previously being recognized in Class D as a sophomore and junior.
Matthews caught 53 balls for 990 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior season. He concluded his Sidney career with 153 catches, compiling 3,083 yards and 42 touchdowns. He averaged 20.2 yards per catch.
“As a dad, it’s just fun to see him receive those accolades. It’s been a long career for him, he’s been playing on our varsity team since halfway through his freshman year,” Jeff Matthews said. “To sit in the car with him on the way to camps, watching him do his homework at the dinner table, all that stuff goes into it. There’s a lot of emotion there.”
Matthews was joined by a trio of teammates earning honorable mentions, with senior lineman Cameron Chabot backing up his appearance on the all-state second team last season.
Junior running back Zach Harrington earned his honorable mention after rushing for 1,278 yards and 13 touchdowns on 178 attempts. Like Harrington, senior linebacker Wyatt Kiff made a first appearance on the all-state team after totaling 81 tackles in 2019 and 195 in three varsity seasons.
Walton senior Nick Lamoreaux led the way in Class D, earning a first-team honor as a linebacker.
He was followed by three Walton players on the second team, with Morgan Condon, a senior, named as a wide receiver.
Dylan Jacob, a senior defensive back, earned a second all-state honor after earning an honorable mention as a running back last season, and junior defensive lineman Jordan Blincoe also picked up a second honor after being named to the first team a year ago.
Senior Cody Ray rounded out the five Walton appearances with an honorable mention as a wide receiver.
More information on all-state teams can be found online at roadtosyracuse.com.