Janis, Kern earn All-State honors

By on January 8, 2014

A pair of Cocalico senior football standouts were recently recognized as All-State performers by the Pennsylvania Football News.

Jhet Janis

Jhet Janis

Jhet Janis, a 5-10, 200-pound quarterback/defensive back, was one of four L-L League players to earn First Team honors in Class AAA. Janis, who made the team at defensive back, joins other L-L players including Manheim Central running back Marc Royer and offensive lineman Chad Zunich, as well as L-S kicker Matt Wright.

And Dalton Kern, a diminutive 5-7, 170-pound linebacker at Cocalico, was selected to the Second Team by the publication, joining L-S defensive lineman Jordan Spahr.

This past season, Janis had an outstanding year on both sides of the ball for the Eagles. Defensively, the senior who will head to the University of Oregon to throw javelin next year, had a team-leading eight interceptions in 2013, returning two for touchdowns, and was sixth on the team in tackles (58). Offensively, he threw for 674 yards and seven scores while finishing second on the team in rushing with 1,012 yards and 18 scores.

Dalton Kern

Dalton Kern

A complete player, he added two punt returns to help the Eagles to an 11-2 record.

“Jhet just has knack for always being around the ball,” Cocalico Coach Dave Gingrich said. “When a pass was thrown in his direction, there was a great chance he would come away with it. He made a lot of big plays for us in all facets of the game and will be sorely missed next season. He has had a great career for us.”

The same could be said for Kern, who was arguably the defensive leader for the Eagles this year. Kern led the team in tackles with 136, which included 11 for losses. He had three sacks on the year, and caused three fumbles and recovered three.

“Dalton Kern is one of the most under appreciated kids in our league,” Gingrich said. “The kid is no more than 5-7, 170 pounds playing inside linebacker…all he did was have more than 360 tackles in three seasons. He was the glue of our defense, keeping everyone’s intensity at a high level.”

About ephratareview

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *