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Spencer-Van Etten/Candor’s Beach named NYS 8-man football Player of the Year

By Tioga County Sports Report

(Candor / Spencer, NY) — The unbeaten Spencer-Van Etten/Candor football team, led by co-player of the year Devin Beach, has five players named to 8-man all-state spots by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Beach, a senior tight end and linebacker, shares co-player of the year with Red Jacket quarterback Kyle DaMore.

He was the Eagles’ perfect fit in the fast-paced 8-man game as a dual threat on offense. Beach rushed for 793 yards and 11 TDs and had 10 receptions for 313 yards and eight TDs. Defensively, he had 54 tackles, including 39 solo stops, 10 tackles-for-loss, and one QB sack. He was also a contributor on special teams.

Earning first-team honors for SVEC are senior quarterback Nick Thomas, senior running back Hunter Haynes and senior offensive lineman Elliot Walter. Senior linebacker Tyler Stahl received an honorable mention.

“I would like to congratulate all of our players that were selected to the all-state team,” coach Mike Chaffee said. “It is a great honor for them and the SVEC Eagles community. They each put in the work to deserve this recognition and we as a program couldn’t be happier for them.”

The Eagles went 9-0 this past season, winning a regional championship (8-man does not hold a state championship). They averaged 57.3 points per game, while holding their opponents to 6.7.

SVEC, which is expecting to return to the 11-man ranks next season, has won 14 consecutive 8-man games and is riding a 15-game win streak dating back to 2019.

This story is posted with permission of the Tioga County Sports Report.