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Cavs place four on all-region team

Lakeland High School’s football team had four players selected to the Class 3 Region A teams.

The Cavs finished their season with a 5-7 record after a regional semifinal loss to York High School. Because of Lakeland’s strong individual performances throughout the regular season and throughout the playoffs, they had four players recognized on the all-region teams.

On the first team offense, senior Deondre Little was selected as a wide receiver. Little was a first team Southeastern District selection at wide receiver this season, and one of his goals was to make the all-region team as well. In the Cavs’ loss to York, he had a big play go for 96 yards and a touchdown.

“I feel honored to receive this kind of award,” Little said. “It was one of my goals for this season.”

Senior DeAndre Faulk was selected as a first-team all-region linebacker. Like Little, he too was chosen to the district first team as well, but on defense. Faulk was an all-region selection as a junior as well, and an all-state selection.

Junior quarterback Tyquan Holloman was selected as the second-team all-region quarterback, while Treyvonte Keys was selected as a second-team defensive lineman. Antonio Vaughn and Keonte Cobb were both honorable mentions in the region.

Even though Lakeland did not reach the goal of a regional championship game like the Cavaliers hoped, the players still felt like they accomplished some good things throughout the season. Playing in a tough district allowed Lakeland to face many bumps and bruises throughout their record, but they remained competitive in almost all of their games. As the No. 7 seed in the 3A Region, they upset the No. 2 seed in I.C. Norcom High School. In the regional semifinal, a second-half surge from York was needed to put Lakeland away.

“We had our ups and downs, but the season went all right,” Faulk said. “We did not quite get everything we wanted, but we still had a solid season.”