, 2014

LHS dominates postseason
conference offensive honors

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster's star offensive players received high praise from coaches in Conference #43 last week.

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Quarterback Ricky Gibson of Lancaster was selected offensive back of the year and offensive player of the year. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster’s Devonte Haskins was named Conference #43’s offensive lineman of the year.
Senior Devonte Haskins was named the All-Conference offensive lineman of the year, while senior teammate Ricky Gibson captured two of the top awards as the conference's offensive back of the year and the offensive player of the year. 

"Ricky was a dynamic player who was a dual threat to run or pass. His explosive play-making ability, along with 30 combined touchdowns earned him player of the year," said LHS coach Damien Crissey. "Devonte was a force on the offensive and defensive lines for the past three seasons. He played with passion, intensity and nastiness."

Gibson led the conference in rushing with 1,005 yards on 169 carries during the regular season and scored 15 touchdowns and one two-point conversion. He also completed 84 passes for 17 touchdowns. 

Along with the high honors, Gibson and Haskins made the first team offensive cut as a utility player and guard, respectively. Lancaster junior wide receiver Tyrell Henderson had 35 receptions this season for 729 yards and scored 10 touchdowns for the year to make the offensive first-team cut. Haskins also was named to the first-team defense as an end.   

Lancaster, which finished 4-6 during the regular season and ended the season last week with a playoff loss to Central Lunenburg, placed four on the all-conference second teams including Henderson at linebacker, senior kicker Jack Kelly, sophomore defensive lineman Sam Bouis and senior defensive back Demetrick Lee. 

Other picks

Essex, which is riding a 10-1 overall record into the second round of the Region 1A East playoffs, had one player pick up both of the top defensive awards. Junior Sterling Hammond was named the defensive back of the year and the defensive player of the year. Washington & Lee senior Kaleel Pratt was named the defensive lineman of the year. 

Hammond was also named as a back to the defensive first team and was joined by teammates senior lineman Anthony Johnson, senior linebacker Jamar Kelly, junior linebacker Leo Gaskins, senior back Dartanious Jones and junior lineman Markuis Lucas. 

Essex filled four spots on the offensive first team in senior receiver D. Jones, junior running back Gaskins, junior quarterback Dominek Broaddus and senior tackle Andrew Balderson. 

Northumberland junior Ameer Veney filled two spots on the offensive first team including receiver and kick returner. 

Others named to the offensive first team were Rappahannock's Andrew Brown (G) and Marquis Lanier (TE); Washington & Lee's Alex Lane (K) and DJ Weldon (RB), and Colonial Beach's Darin Jones (C), Frankie Jacobo (T) and  Lamar Lucas (RB). 

Others named to the defensive first team were Rappahannock's Brown (DL) and  Lanier (DB); Washington & Lee's Pratt (DE), Milan Bullock (LB) and Davon Hamilton (DB), and Colonial Beach's Nick Graves (P) and DezJohn Parker (LB).   

Second team offensive selections were Washington & Lee's Chantz Swann (C), Gabe Loesel (G), Davon Hamilton (WR) and Treshaun Brown (QB); Essex High's Peyton Brooks (G), Alex Balderson (T), DJ Ashlock (TE), CJ Jones (WR) and DeAndre Baylor (utility); Rappahannock's Jaquan Thompson (RB), Marcus Byrd (WR) and AJ Darby (T), and Colonial Beach's Shamar Shanks (RB) and Nick Graves (RB).  

Second team defensive selections included Colonial Beach's Carter Foster (DE), Brandon Phillips (DL), Brandon Buzby (LB) and Shanks (DB); Rappahannock's Javon Gillis (DL), Jamal Fisher (LB), Ronald Johnson (LB) and Marcus Boyd (DB); Washington & Lee's Gabe Loesel (DL) and Alex Lane (P), and Essex High's DJ Ashlock (DE), Malik Martin (DB) and Hammond (KR). 

Essex high's John Fulks and Washington & Lee's Antron Yates were named the conference's co-coaches of the year. 

In addition, the conference released its all-academic team which included Lancaster's Shane Chambers, Matthew Joyner, Tim McDaniels, Carter Robbins, Jonathan Seal, Brad Smith, Kevin Thomas, Taylor Woolard and Lee. Northumberland's Alex Baughan, Daniel Dietz, Zak Kent and Connor Woolard also received academic honors. 

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