Cavs earn 13 all-conference football honors
Published 10:14 pm Friday, December 4, 2015
Two players from Lakeland High School’s football team made it onto the 2015 All-Conference 27 first team, while seven Cavaliers were selected to the second team and two received honorable mention.
“All together 11 guys, that’s a pretty big accomplishment for those guys,” Cavs coach Kevin Knight said. “I’m very excited for those guys, proud of them.”
Lakeland was represented on the first team by juniors Alajuwun Langston and Damontra Milteer.
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Langston was selected to the first team twice, as an all-purpose player and as a defensive back, and Milteer made the cut at the running back position.
Knight could tell at the all-conference voting meeting that Langston commanded significant respect from the coaches around the conference.
“It was amazing because the coaches had stepped up and nominated him for Player of the Year in our conference, but he finished second in voting,” Knight said.
As for what impressed them about Langston, “his big play ability, his aggressiveness on defense, his play-making skills — they’d seen it all,” Knight said. “Everybody had to know where No. 1 was when he was on the field.”
The coach noted that Langston accumulated 546 receiving yards, 325 rushing yards and five touchdowns on offense this season. He was also dangerous as a kick returner.
As a defensive back, Langston had three interceptions, two sacks and approximately 65 tackles this year.
Knight said that he looked at Langston as Lakeland’s shutdown cornerback, noting that though Grassfield High School star receiver and University of Florida track commit Grant Holloway had a long touchdown reception against the Cavs, Langston helped ensure it was his only catch of the game.
“I think everybody saw his shutdown abilities,” Knight said.
Damontra Milteer finished the year with 825 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.
Knight said he thought the other coaches in the conference voted Milteer to the first team because they had seen him make big plays when Lakeland needed them.
“He was that home run threat,” Knight said after noting many of his touchdowns were scored on long runs.
Cavaliers making the all-conference second team included senior Monte Hillard, at both the linebacker and tight end positions, junior defensive tackle Tre’Von Claude, sophomore linebacker DeAndre Faulk, junior offensive lineman Garrett Whitley, senior safety Andre Drayton, junior defensive end Demetrius McKinney and freshman running back Ricardo Ray.
Lakeland junior center Chase Bell and junior defensive end Kory Lawrence received honorable mention.