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Parton gets two all-state selections

Out of all the Class 3A schools spread across Pennsylvania, only a handful were fortunate enough to have players named to the all-state team.

Chad Parton was one of those lucky few.

The Salisbury senior was recently named to two all-state football teams for his 2020 season on the gridiron. He was selected to the 2020 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class 3A All-State Team as a wide receiver after he tallied 58 catches for 1,052 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns in just eight games.

“It means a lot to me knowing that my hard work paid off,” Parton said. “This accomplishment doesn’t only represent me, but it also represents my team and what we accomplished.”

Parton was also recognized by coaches around the state. He was named to the 2020 Class 3A Pennsylvania Football News (PFN) Coaches Select All-State Team as an offensive athlete after ranking in the top four in all of Pennsylvania in catches (58) and receiving touchdowns (12). His total receiving yards (1,052) and receiving yards per game (131.5) ranked second in the state.

The recognition is one that not many Salisbury players have achieved over the program’s history. Kyle Pingarelli achieved the feat last year on defense with his Second-Team selection at safety. Mason Donaldson also garnered all-state honors on defense during his 2015 season.

Despite the odds, Parton believed one day he would be compared to the top players in the entire state.

“Yeah for sure [this was something I thought I could achieve],” Parton said. “Starting in flag football when I was four years old, always the goal was to be better than everyone else. I’m an extreme competitor.”

Parton was also one of three Falcons recently recognized at the local level. He was selected to the Colonial League Football Coaches Association (CLFCA) Team as First-Team nods on both offense (athlete) and defense (defensive back). He was a unanimous selection for both positions.

“I want to thank all the coaches for doing that and recognizing me,” Parton said. “That’s something that is rare and an achievement that only the best players get, so it means a lot to me.”

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Chad Parton (8) was recognized for his offense abilities on two all-state teams. The Colonial League coaches also gave him a unanimous nod as first-team defensive back. He was the only unanimous selections on the All-Colonial League team and earned that feat on both sides of the ball.