All-News-Herald gridiron squad

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 21, 2005

Suffolk News-Herald

After a great deal of planning, care and concern, here is the long-awaited All-Suffolk News-Herald Football team for the year 2004-05. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy had the most success, finishing at 5-4.

Nansemond River won three games, including victories over local rivals Lakeland and King’s Fork, and the Cavaliers won their first Southeastern District game in two years, beating King’s Fork.

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NSA: Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, NR: Nansemond River, LL: Lakeland, KF: King’s Fork


Quarterback: Terry Bullock- NR

Running backs: Kyle Jett – NSA, Brandon Early – NR

Fullback: Jason Rock – NSA

Wide receivers: Adam Gillette – NSA, Jeffrey Cook, LL

Offensive line: Tyler Blanks – NSA,

Placekicker: Chris Ashcraft – LL

Punter: Matt Tuttle – NSA

Kick returner: Shaka Miller – KF


Line: Deon Powell – NR, Kori Tootoo – NR, Greg Henderson – LL, Kyle Gilbertson – LL, Griffin Powell – NSA, Seth Kochenour-Lugo – KF

Linebackers: Charles Persons – NSA, Kelly Sims – LL, Dontauias Myrick – LL

Secondary: Mychal Cohen – NSA, Ben Parmenter – NSA

Player of the Year

Ryland Gwaltney, NSA

Surprised? Don’t be. This kid did it all.

It wasn’t that Gwaltney did any one thing outstanding – it was that he did everything well. If Kyle Jett needed a break from carrying the ball, Gwaltney was there. If Charles Persons couldn’t bring down a ball carrier alone (which was an extremely rare occurrence), Gwaltney was there. When the Saints decided that they needed more than one kicker, where did they turn?

That’s what makes the player that every team would like to have – the ability to do whatever he can, no matter who gets the credit (and their name in the News-Herald!). So, while Gwaltney might have been a player that few people outside of the NSA community knew much of, he might have been the one that they wouldn’t have won as many games without.