Sunday, November 24, 2019

Lycoming Football - 2019 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Honors


OFFENSE: Sr WR Stephen Toczylousky 

What a year this senior wide receiver had! I remember talking to his family after the Widener win asking, "Where did he come from?" I found out soon enough that injuries plagued him affecting his play. But a healthy Toczylousky in 2019 put it all together. Stephen played in all 10 games for the Warriors catching 38 passes. Amazing catches for sure. During the Misericordia game he caught a ball at mid-field and watched himself jog to the endzone on the video scoreboard. No one in his sights! Then he repeated that feat and more as he had his longest touchdown run of 83 yards.

Stephen averaged 21 yards per catch and 81 yards per game. All on only 38 catches. The reason I say "only 38 catches," is because last years famed Lyco receiver Nick Costello had 53 catches. Nick averaged 17 yards per reception and 80 yards per game. 2015 senior wide receiver Ryan Umpleby, one of our greatest, had impressive numbers. In 10 games, Ryan was 20 yards short of the 1,000 yard mark with 7 touchdowns.

I have learned that WR stats depends somewhat on the quarterback and the receivers ability to get open. If they aren't looking for you, you can't catch the ball. If you don't have air between you and the defensive player, you are not getting the ball. As an example, Umpleby's junior year, he caught 66 passes for 1022 yards and 10 touchdowns. Compare that to his senior year!

Getting back to Stephen, I was amazed at the difficulty of some of his catches this year. Along with that is the speed and gains after his receptions. "After catch yardage" is so important to a great wide receiver and Toczylousky qualifies as one of the best in this category. Stephen was just a joy to watch in 2019 and his skillset and dedication to Lycoming Warrior football and his teammates is remarkable. He was one who was determined to make a difference. He is in our mind one of the best. That is why has picked him as the 2019 Offensive Player of the Year.

Oh yes, you need to go to the 2019 Player of the Year Photo Album and look at some of those fantastic catches of #8 over his 10 game stretch. We have most of them. Some are very amazing!

2018: Appeared in 10 games as a wide receiver and on special teams … made four catches for 45 yards … finished with two catches for 23 yards against King’s (Pa.) … had a season-long catch of 13 yards against Alvernia … had three tackles on special teams.

2017: Appeared in three games as a wide receiver … made one catch for three yards against Susquehanna … a member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll.

2016: Played in nine games on special teams ... had three total tackles on the season.

High School: A three-year letterwinner as a wide receiver and defensive back in football, and a three-year letterwinner in wrestling and baseball at Southern Columbia … notched 29 receptions for 733 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, earning WNEP’s Super 16 Dream Team and honors while helping team to state title … posted a 70-39 record in wrestling, placing in section twice and finishing fifth in region as a senior … posted a career .349 batting average with 51 hits, 25 RBI and 25 runs in baseball, earning two all-league accolades … hit .429 as a senior with 10 runs, 15 RBI, three doubles, two triples and a homer.

Personal: Son of Steve and Tammy Toczylousky ... has two sisters that attended Lycoming, Taylor ’15 and Trystanne ’19 ... an economics major ... favorite food is pizza ... favorite athlete is Brian Dawkins.


DEFENSE: Sr LB Sam Pawlikowski

In 2017 you could tell that defensive linebacker Sam Pawlikowski was destined to be a great one. As a sophomore, he had the second most tackles behind outstanding defensive back Mike Ward at 59. Along with that, he had two interceptions and a fumble recovery. In 2019, Sam was close to winning Player of the Week in almost every game. Playing in all 10 games, Pawlikowski had 73 total tackles, 24 ahead of his nearest teammate freshman Austin Rowley. He made 5 tackles on running backs for losses, a Sac and an interception.

Going back over the past ten years, Sam is the second leading tackler behind Ward. And some may not know that he has been that good. It is because Sam has been a silent giant. He is one of those people who doesn't say much, but when he does you know you had better listen. And Sam never had to be raunchy with the words he speaks. He is just such a role model for what a great defensive player must become. 

In summary, Sam was always in my camera sights when taking defensive photos. You need to go to the 2019 Player of the Year Photo Album and look for #30. He is in so many photos as I scanned for his number in all 10 games. He was the leading tackler this year and his presence and consistency on the field made it an easy choice for 2019 Player of the Year honors.

2018: Appeared in nine games and started six as a linebacker … totaled 30 tackles, 18 unassisted, four for loss, and two sacks … posted a season-high five tackles against Wilkes … had four or more tackles in six games.

2017: Played in all 10 games and started nine at linebacker … second on team with 59 tackles … second on team with 44 tackles on rushing plays … had four tackles for loss, two interceptions, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and fumble recovery … had four games with at least seven tackles and eight with at least five … posted a season-high eight tackles against King’s, Wilkes and Stevenson … had 1.5 tackles for loss against FDU-Florham … had an interception and fumble recovery in season opener against Susquehanna.

2016: Appeared in five games as a linebacker ... had two tackles against Wilkes … also appeared in two junior varsity games.

High School: A four-year letterwinner as a running back and linebacker in football and a three-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Seneca … a three-time first team all-conference ... a first team all-county and All-South Jersey pick as a senior … posted 148 tackles as a senior, including 17 tackles for loss, five sacks and two pass breakups … ran for 902 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior, also catching 11 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns ... captain of Blue team in the Adam Taliaferro Foundation-South Jersey Blue-White All-Star Classic … set school records with 399 career tackles and 24 tackles in a game and finished career second in school history with 2,660 rushing yards and 33 receptions … had school-record 265 rushing yards in a game as a junior.

Personal: Son of Marianne Scavone ... has five brothers, Andrew, Brian, Nick, Derrick, and Kris ... a business management major ... favorite movie is “The Blind Side” ... favorite sports team is the Philadelphia Eagles ... wants to be a detective.

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