Wethington, Bulldogs are Ironclad

Published 8:35 pm Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Outstanding: King’s Fork High School junior feature back Deshaun Wethington, left, races for more yardage, a talent that helped him become the Ironclad Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Outstanding: King’s Fork High School junior feature back Deshaun Wethington, left, races for more yardage, a talent that helped him become the Ironclad Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

King’s Fork High School’s football team led all Suffolk high school teams and most teams in the Ironclad Conference with 18 conference honors.

The Bulldogs tied for the most first-team selections in the conference with eight, one of which was for junior running back Deshaun Wethington, who was voted by a committee of the conference’s six head coaches as the Ironclad Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

“It ended up being a unanimous decision on the conference vote, and he (had) about 200 yards more rushing than the guy from Phoebus (High School),” KF coach Joe Jones said. “It was just well-deserved.”

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The coach said he thought Wethington’s yards total and his yards per carry average spoke for themselves.

In 10 games this season, Wethington had 154 carries for 1,432 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 9.3 yards per carry and 143.2 rushing yards per game.

Marveling at his star running back’s consistently outstanding offensive production, Jones reviewed Wethington’s entire high school career to highlight what he called an amazing stat.

He said that during the past two seasons, Wethington has averaged 9.2 yards a carry. Adding in Wethington’s freshman-year performance, Jones realized his star feature back had 4,038 yards entering last week’s game, with a career average for yards per carry that was still above 8.0.

Bulldogs making the first team, in addition to Wethington, included senior TyQuan Weston, selected as both a kick returner and defensive back, senior center Steffen Bruce, senior defensive lineman George Reid, junior defensive end Josh Bush, senior defensive back Kane Miskel and senior punt returner Camryn Little.

“All in all, I was very pleased with the number of guys we got on the first and second teams,” Jones said, noting he thought it fell in line with King’s Fork’s 8-2 regular season record.

The 9-1 Heritage High School Hurricanes led all Ironclad Conference teams with 19 total player honors and tied the Bulldogs with eight first team selections.

King’s Fork players selected to the second team included senior Bryce Jones, as both an offensive lineman and a placekicker, senior offensive lineman Justin Calhoun, senior wide receiver Camryn Little, senior linebacker Keyon Ross, senior all-purpose player Duke Santora and junior punter Ryan Kluck.

Bulldogs senior defensive back Akil Freeman and junior defensive end Cullen Marshall received honorable mention.

Nansemond River High School had five first-team selections and 12 total honors.

Warriors making the first team included freshman Evan Lomax, selected as both a placekicker and punter; junior offensive lineman Jarrett Hopple; junior running back Terrence Lambert; and senior defensive end Napolean Cross.

“I was happy that those guys got on first team,” coach David Coccoli said. “It’s always a great honor to be selected all-conference, whether it’s first team, second team or honorable mention.”

He noted Lomax’s two first-team selections were quite an accomplishment for a freshman.

Nansemond River players selected to the second team included senior quarterback DeShon Saunders, junior center Seth Repko, junior all-purpose player Chris Henderson, sophomore defensive lineman Dia Gray and sophomore linebacker Henry Moreno.

Warriors senior defensive back Antonio Sims and junior offensive lineman Deondre Lacey received honorable mention.

Lakeland High School was represented by senior defensive back Convon’Tra Revell on the first team and had 11 total honors.

Cavaliers coach Bryan Potts said he thought Revell’s honor was well-deserved.

“The guy was very dependable all year for us, so it absolutely came as no surprise,” he said, noting Revell had seven interceptions and normally was tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best receiver.

Lakeland players selected to the second team included Revell, as a wide receiver; senior Gregory Stephen, as both an offensive and defensive lineman; sophomore center Chase Bell; senior running back Jordan Stokley; sophomore kick returner Alajuwun Langston; junior linebacker Monte Hillard; and freshman linebacker DeAndre Faulk.

Cavaliers senior wide receiver Isaiah Williams and junior defensive back Andre Drayton received honorable mention.

Potts said it was disappointing that junior defensive back William Barnes, who had nine interceptions this year, was not recognized.