Nazareth quarterback Sonny Sasso announced earlier this fall that he would accept a scholarship to wrestle at Virginia Tech.

Blue Eagles football coach Tom Falzone understands Sasso’s decision, especially considering Sasso was a state champion last March at 189 pounds.

“These big schools were calling him to wrestle, and after him it was Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech, and how do you answer that?” Falzone said. “But he can definitely be a college quarterback. He’s tough out there. He throws the ball well. He can run. I can’t say enough about the work he does. He is definitely a great captain for our team.”

Sasso is not only the Blue Eagles’ leading rusher, but also the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s leading passer through six games this season.

He’s the only player in the league to currently throw for over 1,000 yards and has a league-best 15 passing yards and just one interception on 121 carries.

As Nazareth (5-1) looks to win its first third district title in four seasons, Sasso will lead the way along with a host of talented receivers such as Mason Kuehner, Nolan Loeb and Logan Hilarczyk. As impressive as their numbers are, they might have been even more staggering had Falzon not pulled all of his starters with two minutes left in the first quarter of what turned out to be a 69-0 rout of East Stroudsburg North last week.

Sasso and Co. will get a much tougher test in the next two weeks when Nazareth visits Allentown Catholic Central on Saturday night and hosts Emmaus on Oct. 14.

But up to this point, Sasso has done a great job continuing the Blue Eagles’ tradition of excellence at the point guard position, following Matt Bagby, Anthony Harris and Travis Stefanik, among others.

“Sonny is wonderful,” Falzon said. “He’s the ultimate leader and everything you want in a quarterback. And he is a winner, which is the most important thing about him. You win a state wrestling title as a junior, it’s obvious that he has the mindset to win. But he does what’s best for the team and he really buys into what we’re trying to do offensively. He distributes the ball and takes what the defense gives him. I feel comfortable with him with the ball in his hands.”

Sasso also starts in Falzone’s defense and is one of the team’s leading rebounders.

Here’s a look at the EPC South and North season leaderboards entering the season:

HURRY UP

Player, School, Att, Yds, Avg, TD

Jalen Fletcher, Liberty, 92, 691, 7.5, 11

Trey Trembo, Park, 83, 518, 6.2, 8

Nigel Linton, Whitehall, 113, 499, 4.4, 6

Tillick Jarvis, Emmaus, 80, 462, 5.8, 5

Caden Shaffer, ACCHS, 87, 440, 5.1, 11

Nathan Schultz, ACCHS, 91, 406, 4.5, 2

J’vier Johnson, Easton, 45, 356, 7.9, 2

William Day, Easton, 46, 349, 7.6, 4

Ethan Neidig, Liberty, 65, 345, 5.3, 5

Jacob Sutton, Bekahi, 75, 337, 4.5, 3

Rahmel Terry, Becahi, 74, 327, 4.4, 6

TRANSITION

Player, School, C, A, I, Yards, TD

Sonny Sasso, Nazareth, 78, 121, 1, 1,241, 15

Trey Dogmanitz, Whitehall, 83, 147, 7, 969, 13

Jake Fotta, Emmaus, 53, 82, 1, 963, 13

Luka Tamas, Becahi, 69, 120, 7, 802, 4

Tommy Mason, Liberty, 70, 143, 4, 785, 5

Ethan Neidig, Liberty, 46, 82, 2, 701, 4

Luke Spang, Parkland, 35, 56, 1, 556, 4

Matt Case, ACCHS, 49, 78, 3, 458, 1

Joseph Martinez, Easton, 34, 58, 4, 364, 6

Josiah Williams, Emmaus, 8, 13, 0, 201, 4

RECEIVING

Player, Rec, Yds, Avg, TD

Jaryl Calhoun, ACCHS, 31, 255, 8.2, 0

Jack Kocher, Whitehall, 27, 337, 12.5, 4

Mason Kuhner, Nazareth, 25, 476, 19.0, 4

Dylan Darvill, Emmaus, 23, 431, 18.7, 7

Eric Werth, Becahi, 23, 330, 14.3, 1

Karim Brice, Freedom, 23, 270, 11.7, 1

Nolan Loeb, Nazareth, 22, 391, 17.8, 8

JuJu Fears, Easton, 19, 242, 12.7, 4

Marcus Askernise, Freedom, 17, 186, 10.9, 0

Niko Shyar, Svoboda, 16, 193, 12.1, 3

Brayden Bashore, Whitehall, 16, 178, 11.1, 4

Jayden Ellis-Lahey, Becahy, 15, 200, 13.3, 3

Logan Hilarczyk, Nazareth, 15, 187, 12.5, 1

COLLECTION OF POINTS

Player, School, TD, 2 Points, PAT, FG, Points

Jalen Fletcher, Liberty, 12, 0, 0, 0, 72

Caden Shaffer, ACCHS, 11, 0, 0, 0, 66

Mason Kuhner, Nazareth, 10, 1, 0, 0, 62

Nigel Linton, Whitehall, 10, 0, 0, 0, 60

Trey Trembo, Park, 9, 1, 0, 0, 56

Nolan Lobb, Nazareth, 9, 0, 0, 0, 54

Dylan Darville, Emmaus, 8, 0, 0, 0, 48

Rahmel Terry, Beth. Catholic, 6, 1, 0, 0, 38

Griffin Mitifer, Parkland, 19, 5, 0, 0, 34

William Day, Easton, 5, 0, 0, 0, 30

Tilik Jarvis, Emmaus, 5, 0, 0, 0, 30

Ethan Neidig, Liberty, 5, 0, 0, 0, 30

TACKLE

Ethan Hosack, ACCHS, 56

Aidan Garrett, Emmaus, 55

Carter Troxel, 48, Whitehall

Antonio Izzy Ramos, Becahi, 46

Russell Clark, Parkland, 44

Matt Case, ACCHS, 41

Robert Williams, Becahi, 41

Andrew Young, Nazareth, 40

Griffin Patridge, ACCHS, 39

Siddique Small, Svobodi, 38

Alexander George, Easton, 36 years old

BAGS

EJ Boney, Emmaus, 4

Nate Kemmerer, Parkland 4

Aidan Garrett, Emmaus, 3

Shawn Wilson, Easton, 3

Mario Landino, Emmaus, 3

Colin Wells, Nazareth, 3

Ryan Bechtel, Emmaus, 3

Andrew Young, Nazareth, 3

INTERCEPTIONS

Carter Troxel, Whitehall, 4

Dylan Darvill, Emmaus, 3

HURRY UP

Player, School, Att, Yards, Avg, TD

Fela Alanian, PV, 111, 683, 6.2, 7

Kaden Henrizzi, N’Hampton, 91, 577, 6.3, 11

Luke DeRigi, PMW, 82, 471, 5.7, 5

Clarence Watkins, Allen, 65, 463, 7.1, 3

Blaze Jones, ESS, 86, 404, 4.7, 1

Jarrad Moore, PV, 61, 380, 6.2, 8

Romeo Carmen King, ESN, 54, 377, 7.0, 5

William Francis, Stroudsburg, 91, 371, 4.1, 2

Valentina Byers-Robinson, PV, 70, 367, 5.2, 7

DJ Kelley, PME, 92, 344, 3.7, 3

Rasu Wearing-Poindexter, PME, 71, 334, 4.7, 3

Andre Rimes, Stroudsburg, 51, 319, 6.3, 6

TRANSITION

Player, School, C, A, I, Yds, TD

Colby Mitchell, ESS, 59, 122, 7, 894, 8

Jordi Guzman, Dieruff, 49, 131, 6, 769, 3

Antonina Russo, N’hampton, 38, 57, 2, 581, 6

Ian McHugh, PMW, 47, 91, 5, 470, 6

Wayne King, ESN, 24, 71, 7, 334, 2

Aiden Herman, Stroudsburg, 21, 44, 6, 234, 3

Austin Snyder, Allen, 9, 24, 3, 161, 1

AJ Slivka Northampton, 8, 11, 1, 128, 2

Valentina Byers-Robinson, PV, 3, 9, 0, 120, 1

RECEIVING

Player, School, Rec., Yds, Avg, TD

Noah Azorio, Dieruf, 18, 311, 17.3, 1

Tyrese Hester-Bay, PMW, 17, 260, 15.3, 3

Shane Bulay, ESS, 17, 221, 13.0, 2

Jaylen Richardson, N’Hampton, 12, 220, 18.3, 4

Tymir Williams, N’Hampton, 12, 155, 12.9, 2

Nehi Spencer, ESS, 11, 266, 24.2, 4

Romeo Carmen-King, ESN, 11, 180, 16.4, 0

Tristen Pinnock, N’Hampton, 10, 155, 15.5, 1

Will Mecca, PMW, 10, 112, 11.2, 1

COLLECTION OF POINTS

Player, School, TD, 2pt, PAT, FG, Points

Caden Henrizzi, N’hampton, 11, 0 0, 0, 66

Jarrad Moore, PV, 9, 0, 0, 0, 54

Fela Alanian, PV, 7, 0, 0, 42

Shane Bulay, ESS, 6, 3, 0, 0, 42

Jaylen Richardson, N’Hampton, 7, 0, 0, 0, 42

W. Byers-Robinson, PV, 7, 0, 0, 0, 42

Andre Reams, Stroudsburg, 6, 0, 0, 0, 36

AJ Slivka, N’hampton, 6, 0, 0, 0, 36

Nehi Spencer, ESS, 5, 2, 0, 0, 34

Romeo. Carmen King, ESN, 5, 2, 0, 0, 34

Billy Stuldreyer, N’Hampton, 5, 1, 0, 0, 32

Luke DeRigi, PMW, 5, 0, 0, 0, 30

TACKLE

Mike Barrett, please. Dalina, 44

Zaheer Williams-Dennis, ES South, 44

Jacob Patrick, ES South, 44 1

Matt Smith, ES North, 43

Aiden Lawlis, requests. Dalina, 42

Alex Ecker, please. Dalina, 42

Charles Capers, ES South, 42

Fela Alanian, Requests. Dalina, 33

Michael Johnson, ES South, 32

Yorch Urbaez, ES North, 31

BAGS

Zaheer Williams-Dennis, ES South, 2½

Jacob Patrick, ES South, 1

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INTERCEPTIONS

Jaylen Richardson, N’hampton, 3

Liddell Burpo, pleadings. Valley, 3

Connor Triano, PM East, 3

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