Sayre's Belles, Canton's Martell earn All-State recognition.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | December 20, 2016

 

Two NTL football players earned All-State recognition Monday.

Sayre's Tylor Belles and Canton's Kaden Martell were named to the 2016 Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Team for Class A and both for different reasons.

Belles was named at running back for rushing for over 1,500 yards this past season and leading the Redskins to the NTL Division-II title and to the District IV title game.

Martell was named at linebacker where he had 138 tackles for the Warriors, averaging 12.5 per game.

"I don't think I would have nearly as much recognition as I've gotten this year if everyone didn't do their job out on the field," said Belles. "It just so happened that, when I did my job to the best of my ability and everyone did their best, I got to score out of everyone doing their best. It's definitely a team sport and that's what I like about it. I like having everyone there and to share the glory we had this year with everyone."

At first, Belles thought he had made the All-District team when his coach Steve Satterly texted him about the honor.

"I was kind of confused," remarked Belles. "I didn't quite fathom that it was possible."

The senior credits his father's words for his success.

"My dad always used to tell me that there's always someone better than you and there's always someone outworking you," said Belles. "I thought to myself that, if I wanted to be one of the best or good enough, then I have to work harder than anyone else."

He was a varsity player from his freshman year on, along with five others, and hopes that they were able to impart something onto the younger generation.

"Coming into this year, I had to be a role model," Belles said. "I had to set the bar for people to look to after I was gone."

For Canton coach Tyler Sechrist, Martell was more than deserving.

"He's worked really hard," said Sechrist. "He's really excited and I'm excited for him."

He noted Martell's ability to sniff out plays from the middle linebacker position.

"He just had a great nose for the ball," Sechrist described. "He put himself in great position."

Despite Canton finishing below .500 on the year, Sechrist was happy to see Martell not get overlooked.

"It's nice because sometimes you don't get the recognition because of that," he said. "It's kind of a bright spot to our season."

Sechrist is even more excited for next year as Martell has already hit the weight room to get stronger and faster.

"I don't ever want them to be content or satisfied," he said.

And his underclassmen seeing Martell still working hard is something that's going to motivate them, too.

"The kids need to see that," Sechrist remarked. "Kaden has committed himself to be a leader."

Muncy defensive lineman Hunter Poust made All-State as well.