Moorefield’s Riggleman a QB’s nightmare
MOOREFIELD – Brandon Riggleman spent last football season striking fear into the hearts of opposing quarterbacks, now he’s set to line up against some of the best competition in the state Saturday in the North South All-Star Classic at Laidley Field.
“He’s a complete animal on defense,” MHS coach Josh See said. “He’s definitely a special player. His best asset is his speed. He ran a 4.8 second 40-yard dash at a college combine. The only thing going against him is his size and he doesn’t let that deter him.”
At 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds, Riggleman probably won’t be the biggest guy on the defensive line. However, See says offensive linemen will definitely take notice once they line the ball up.
“I think he will surprise some people,” See said. “Not many single-A guys get a shot to play in this game. Being from a small school, I think some people may over look him. He’s undersized, but he’s going to shoot the gaps and they better be ready or he’s going to be in the backfield a lot.”
Riggleman was tough for opposing offensive linemen to stop during the regular season. He amassed 165 tackles, including 28 tackles for a loss, along with 23 sacks, three blocked kicks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He lead the team in every defensive category except interceptions.
“He’s got an engine that never stops,” See said. “He was the strongest guy on the team. We couldn’t block him in practice. In games, they typically would double team him. Sometimes, he would get frustrated, but I’d tell him it’s a compliment. He’s a real game changer. He can swing the momentum of the game on any given play.”
Riggleman was a first team All-PVC pick and second team All-State choice.