Area players earn all-Big 10 first-team laurels
ELKINS – The Big 10 Conference football team was released on Thursday with several area players earning honors.
The team was broken down into “A” for large schools and “B” for small schools.
Elkins and Buckhannon-Upshur were represented on the “A” squad.
Earning first-team honors were junior running back T.J. Guire, junior defensive back Rodney Vandevender and senior defensive lineman Gabe Guire.
Buckhannon-Upshur placed senior offensive lineman Brett Sears, senior receiver Tyler Kuhn, senior defensive lineman Ryan Smith and senior defensive back Ryan Strader on the first unit.
Philip Barbour’s first-team selections on the “B” squad included senior offensive lineman Garrett Stalnaker, senior receiver Will Knight, senior defensive lineman Lucas Howe and senior linebacker Logan Allen.
The remainder of the “A” first-team offense are Fairmont Senior’s Lance Payton, Lewis County’s Bryson Greenlief and North Marion’s Chase Duckworth and Alex Carr as the linemen; Bridgeport’s Trey Pancake, North Marion’s Ricky Newbrough and Lewis County’s Marshall Hobbs at running back; Fairmont Senior’s Camden Longwell and Kayson Nealy, North Marion’s Tariq Miller and Preston’s Colton Rosenberger at receivers; and North Marion’s Gunner Murphy at quarterback.
The “A” offensive utility player was Bridgeport’s Brian Henderson and Lewis County’s Jared Griffth is the kicker.
Other “A” defenders include Fairmont Senior’s Dominick Owens, North Marion’s Gage Dickson and Garrett Conaway, Bridgeport’s Devin Hill and Michael Watkins, Robert C. Byrd’s Trace Wagner and Preston’s Robbie Stinson on the line; Bridgeport’s Carson Winkie, Fairmont Senior’s Nate Kowalski, Preston’s Aiden Bishoff, Lewis County’s Jordan Gay and North Marion’s Ty Thorne at the linebackers; and Fairmont Senior’s Frankie Smith, North Marion’s Ethan Raines, Bridgeport’s Devin Vandergrift and RCB’s Jayden Willis at the back positions.
Lewis County’s Dylan Wright was the “A” defensive utility player, while Bridgeport’s Sam Romano is the punter.
Joining Stalnaker on the “B” offensive line were Lincoln’s Payton Hawkins, J.R. DeFazio and Bobby Bart and Liberty’s Bryce Wamsley and Zach Womeldorff.
Liberty’s Dwayne Buckhannon and Lincoln’s Colton Hovermale are the “B” running backs, while Lincoln’s Corey Prunty and Zach Snyder joined Knight at the receiver spots and East Fairmont’s Dom Postlewait is the quarterback.
The rest of the “B” defensive unit included linemen Avery Baker (East Fairmont), Ian Baker (Grafton), Bryce Stearns (Liberty), Eli Kyle (Liberty) and Cody Griffith (Lincoln); linebackers Colton Talkington (Lincoln), Luke Pollock (East Fairmont) and Andrew Irvine (Grafton); and backs Will Sarsfield (East Fairmont), Noah Leggett (Liberty) and Tanner Moore (Liberty).
Lincoln’s Levi Moore was the utility player on defense and Grafton’s Joey Dingledein the punter.
Fairmont Senior quarterback Gage Michael was named the Big 10 player of the year, RCB’s Jeremiah King the offensive player of the year and Liberty’s Seth McIntyre the defensive player of the year.
The league’s lineman of the year was Fairmont Senior’s Zach Frazier, who has verbally committed to play at West Virginia University, while former Tucker County assistant coach Shane Eakle of East Fairmont was the coach of the year.