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Brown, Paige Captain 82nd Annual Team

December 22, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Matt Hackathorn

Wheeling Park

The former quarterback finished off his senior year as the top blocker for a team that had a 1,000-yard rusher, a 1,600-yard passer and advanced to the West Virginia Class AAA semifinals.

Hackathorn was named to the Class AAA first-team all-state squad as an offensive lineman.

Luke Staub, Martins Ferry

The 5-foot-11, 255-pound senior graded out at 92 percent and was named to the second-team Division V all-state squad as an offensive lineman.The offensive guard was also a standout on defense.

Justin Gibson, Indian Creek

The 5-11, 240-pound senior was a three-year letterwinner for the Redskins and paved the way for the Indian Creek ground game by consistently grading out with an A for his play on the offensive line.

William Poploski, Steubenville

Top lineman for Big Red, Poploski helped lead an offense that was besieged by skill positions injuries to the Ohio state semifinals

Chazzy Thomas

Morgantown

The winner of the Kennedy Award as West Virginia's Mr. Football and captain of Class AAA first-team all-state offensive squad, rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns before he was injured and limited in the final two games of the regular season the postseason.

Jaylon Brown

St. Clairsville,

Captain

The 5-8, 160-pound Youngstown State commit led the Red Devils with 171 carries for 1,328 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught six passes for 115 yards and two scores. Brown was the Eastern District's Division V Offensive Player of the Year.

Savion Johnson

Wheeling Park

Expected to be a backup to Bryce Ingram when the season started, Johnson became a key part when Ingram was injured and finished his sophomore season with 209 carries for 1,490 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

Zach Phillips, Wheeling Park

One of the school's top quarterbacks all-time, Phillips led the Patriots to the Class AAA semifinals by completing 116 of 189 passes for 1,974 yards with 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Nolan Marcus, Edison

Dual threat quarterback who completed 143 of 235 passes (60.9 percent) for 1,680 yards and six touchdowns with six interceptions. Also rushed for 512 yards and nine touchdowns.

Eric Banks, Wheeling Park

Despite not moving to receiver midway through his junior season, Banks went on to become a record setter his senior season with 46 receptions for 796 yards and seven touchdowns.

He averaged more than 17 yards a receptions and had a long reception of 80 yards.

Jack Armstrong, University

Big-play receiver for the Hawks, who advanced to the second round of the Class AAA playoffs. Armstrong finished the season with 40 receptions for 71 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had five carries for 38 yards completed a pass for 51 yards and a touchdown.

Cody Johnston

Meadowbrook

Johnston, a 6-1, 185-pound senior had 34 catches for 567 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 16.7 yards per catch and also scored three touchdowns on kick returns for Meadowbrook,which finished with more than seven victories for the first time in 31 years.

Nate Olmstead

Harrison Central

The versatile athlete made the most of his time wherever he played but was a standout at receiver where he caught 41 passes for 802 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He was a first-team all-Eastern District selection.

Arjay Burress, Martins Ferry

The sophomore finished the year with 1,060 yards on 111 carries and 10 touchdowns despite being injured during the season. Had a season-high 257 yards against Harrison Central, one of two games in which he topped 200 yards rushing. Also had 31 PATs.

Dalton Wiggins

Meadowbrook

Wiggins helped lead the Meadowbrook resurgence in 2013 by completing 105 of 169 passes for a total of 1,486 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 6-1, 175-pound senior also rushed for 505 yards and six touchdowns.

Zach Musilli,

St. Clairsville

One of the area's most accurate placekickers. Had 45 PATs during the regular season and also booted five field goals for the playoff-qualifying Red Devils.

Defense

Chalmer Moffett

Wheeling Park

Moffett, a junior, was huge in helping Park put together one of West Virginia's stingiest defenses in the regular season and advance to the Class AAA semifinals. Moffett was a beast on the line, registering 74 tackles and he was second to Huff Award winner Geremy Paige with 11 sacks. He also recovered a fumble.

Stone Wolfley, Morgantown

Wolfley, who is already getting Division I looks from, among others, West Virginia, was the Mohigans catalyst on defense, helping the team advance to the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. Also a tight end, had two 2-point conversions in key 41-38 victory against Wheeling Park.

Jaylin Williams,

Steubenville

One of the leaders of the Big Red defense who helped Steubenville play its way into the Ohio football semifinals.

Robert Vargo, Martins Ferry

The 6-6 defensive linemen led Ferry as he knocked down 11 passes and was also terror up front, often being double-teamed but still finishing with 31 tackles and a sack.

Geremy Paige

Wheeling Park

Captain

Winner of the Huff Award as West Virginia's top defensive player and captain of the Class AAA first-team all-state defense, Paige led the Patriots defense with 156 tackles, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries and had 10 or more tackles in all but two games, both of them blowouts in which he only played in one half. Paige had nearly 50 tackles in three postseason games.

Trevor Hardesty

John Marshall

A dual-threat on offense and defense, Hardesty, a 6-0, 205-pound senior, had 116 tackles for the Monarchs, 12 tackles for a loss of yardage, four sacks and three forced fumbles despite missing two-and-a-half games on defense because of an ankle injury.

Mason Friede, Union Local

The senior linebacker had a banner year, finishing with 84 total tackles, including 15 stops that went for a loss of yardage. He also recovered four fumbles for the the Jets.

Niko Williams

Harrison Central

Williams, a 5-9, 220-pound senior, was all over the field, but mostly in opposing backfields for the Huskies, recording 101 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss of yardage and two sacks. Williams finished the season being named to the first-team all-Eastern District Division V team.

Jake Stewart, St. Clairsville

The sophomore was a leader for the Red Devils defense with 110 tackles on the season, which earned him first-team all-Eastern District distinction. He also recovered three fumbles in helping the Red Devils finish 9-1 advance to the postseason.

Austin Skryneki

John Marshall

Finished the season with 62 total tackles, including 50 solo stops and a tackle for a loss for the Monarchs. Recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown and also had a pair of interceptions, returning one of those for a touchdown as well.

Tyler Lathem, Indian Creek

Lathem continually made big plays on defense for Indian Creek and finished the year with 45 tackles, five passes broken up, seven QB hurries, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. He returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and his returned his fumble recovery 80 yards went for a score as well.

Johnnie Blue, Steubenville

A standout on offense and defense, Blue, a sophomore, had several key plays on defense for Big Red, including a big sack on Indian River QB Brady Byers to help Steubenville earn a trip to the Ohio state semifinals.

Blake Roar, Indian Creek

An all-around standout for the Redskins, Roar, a four-year letterman, had 48 tackles, seven passes defended, three interceptions and a fumble recovery. For his career, the 5-10, 185-pound Roar, also an offensive standout, had 11 interceptions.

Malik Gummer, St. Clairsville

A two-way standout for the 9-1 Red Devils, Gummer earned all-Eastern District first-team honors after a season that saw him grab four interceptions on defense as well as score three touchdowns on returns for St. Clairsville.

Tony Richardson, University

Richardson was key in helping the Hawks to the second round of the West Virginia Class AAA state playoffs, with six sacks, 14.5 tackles for a loss of yardage, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Richardson has been given walk-on offers from WVU and Marshall and full ride offers from VMI and Princeton.

Todd Clark, Brooke

The leader of Brooke lines led the team in tackles on defense and was a key part of the offense which featured Nic Ossman and quarterback Aaron Walker.

Liam Casey, Wheeling Park

One of the state's top dual-threat kickers, also key in several games when he flipped the field on points. Averaged 40 yards per kick and tied Musilli for most points scored by kickers with 60 during regular season (45 PATs and five field goals).

 
 

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