Rivals earn top SED honors

Published 10:13 pm Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lakeland junior Raekwon Johnson was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year for the 2011 Southeastern District football season. Johnson passed, rushed, caught and returned fumbles for touchdowns as the Cavaliers went 7-4 and reached the Eastern Region Playoffs for the first time in program history.

Lakeland junior Raekwon Johnson was selected Co-Offensive Player of the Year and King’s Fork junior Charles Clark was the Defensive Player of the Year as the Southeastern District coaches decided their postseason football awards.

For guiding Lakeland from an 0-10 record last season to a 7-4 mark and the first-ever playoff season for Cavalier football, Glenwood Ferebee was the district Coach of the Year among the Division 5 schools.

Johnson was voted to the top team at “Utility back” as he played quarterback or running back, at whichever spot the Cavaliers needed him the most, during the season. Johnson scored touchdowns as a rusher, receiver, passer and from the defensive side off of turnovers as an inside linebacker. Johnson was named Second Team All-District at running back, one part of his “utility back” title.

King’s Fork junior Charles Clark was named the Southeastern District’s Defensive Player of the Year. Clark was selected to the All-District First Team at defensive back and Second Team at kick returner.

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Johnson’s mate as Co-Offensive Player of the Year is Oscar Smith senior running back J.C. Coleman. Coleman has committed to a scholarship with Virginia Tech.

Clark, who will also return for the Bulldogs next season, made First Team at defensive back, specifically as a safety, and Second Team as a kick returner. He also was a rusher and receiver for the Bulldogs as a wingback on the offensive side.

Each Suffolk squad had at least one representative on the All-District First Team.

Nansemond River’s LaMont Brown was voted to the First Team at running back. Brown, a four-year starter for the Warriors, has committed to a scholarship offer from Morgan State.

NR’s Stevon Simms, who returned kickoffs for touchdowns in back-to-back games in the middle of the season, was the district’s top kick returner.

The Warriors improved from 1-9 in 2010 to 5-5 this season, claiming the Suffolk city crown with wins over King’s Fork and Lakeland.

Lakeland’s Anaquan Peterson was selected to the First Team at wide receiver and punt returner. Fellow Cavalier speedster Antonio Jefferson was named First Team at defensive back and Second Team as a wide receiver.

 

2011 Southeastern District All-District Football Teams

 

Co-Offensive Players of the Year

J.C. Coleman, Oscar Smith and Raekwon Johnson, Lakeland

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Charles Clark, King’s Fork

 

Coach of the Year

Div. 5 – Glenwood Ferebee, Lakeland

Div. 6 – Richard Morgan, Oscar Smith

 

Offense — First Team

Quarterback

Jaylian Williamson, Oscar Smith

Running back

J.C. Coleman, Oscar Smith

Adriell Mayes, Great Bridge

LaMont Brown, Nansemond River

Wide outs

Zak Jones, Oscar Smith

Anaquan Peterson, Lakeland

Sequan Gooding, Oscar Smith

Willie Ponder, Western Branch

Tight end

Melvin Vaughn, Oscar Smith

Center

Tony Williams, Great Bridge

Guards

Troy Butler, Hickory

Connor O’Shea, Great Bridge

Tackles

Jordan Veal, Western Branch

Mark Warack, Grassfield

Kick returner

Stevon Simms, Nansemond River

Place kicker

Heath Saunders, Indian River

Utility back

Raekwon Johnson, Lakeland

 

Defense — First Team

Defensive ends

Kanaiya Anderson, Oscar Smith

Austin Johnson, Grassfield

Defensive linemen

Andrew Brown, Indian River

Jerome Williams, Grassfield

Tony Williams, Great Bridge

Brandon Riddick, Oscar Smith

Linebacker

Avery Thompson, Grassfield

Rahkeem Stallings, Oscar Smith

Conley Smith, Hickory

Drew Burns, Grassfield

Defensive back

Charles Clark, King’s Fork

Jeff Woods, Oscar Smith

Dominique Torres, Grassfield

Antonio Jefferson, Lakeland

Punt returner

Anaquan Peterson, Lakeland

Punter

Heath Saunders, Indian River

 

Offense — Second Team

Quarterback

Brian Beard, Great Bridge

Running back

Raekwon Johnson, Lakeland

Josh Marriner, Western Branch

Vincent Lowe, Grassfield

Wide outs

Shannon Evans, Nansemond River

Antonio Jefferson, Lakeland

Paris Smith, Grassfield

Juwan Alvarado, Indian River

Tight end

Soren Simonsen, Grassfield

Center

Scott Fahey, Hickory

Guards

Nick Selby, Grassfield

Trey Billups, Oscar Smith

Tackles

Garrett Watts, Great Bridge

Michael Garrett, Grassfield

Kick returner

Charles Clark, King’s Fork

Place kicker

Ryan Woodcock, Grassfield

 

Defense — Second Team

Defensive ends

Rod Holder, Indian River

Cameron Smith, Hickory

Defensive linemen

Garrett Watts, Great Bridge

Trey Mills, Deep Creek

Jaleel Shelton, Oscar Smith

Corey Barnes, Nansemond River

Linebacker

Demonte Tillery, Lakeland

TaQuon Jackson, Indian River

Trey Billups, Oscar Smith

Angel Santa, Great Bridge

Defensive back

Derrick Edghill, Lakeland

Juwan Alvarado, Indian River

Darrien Frazier, Great Bridge

Zak Jones, Oscar Smith

Kris Joe, Western Branch

Punt returner

Josh Marriner, Western Branch

Punter

Ryan Woodcock, Grassfield

 

Honorable mentions (Suffolk schools only)

King’s Fork

Ethan Banks, center

Will Black, linebacker

Lakeland

Jaylyn Reid, center

Chris Rodgers, defensive line

Nansemond River

Gary Brooks, linebacker

Corinth Cross, defensive back