East Bladen’s Nick Norris (75) and Zach Meares (7) were named to the All-Three Rivers Conference football team.
Five East Bladen seniors – Rasean McKoy, Nick Norris, Josh Hayes, Javant McDowell and Zach Meares – and a trio of West Bladen players – seniors ShyRon Adams and Ethan Davis and junior Demarius Robinson – have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference football team.
McKoy was the workhorse of the East offense rushing for 1,169 yards and 15 touchdowns, adding 127 receiving yards and 3 more TDs and returning a kickoff for a touchdown. He also sealed the victory over Whiteville with a pass interception.
Norris and Hayes anchored the offensive line that cleared the way for the Eagles to average 374 total yards and 41 points per game. Hayes was a tackling machine racking up 84 tackes from his middle linebacker position.
McDowell hauled in 5 touchdown passes from his tight end spot and had 131 receiving yards. On defense the 6-foot-6 end made 35 tackles, 3 sacks and had a leaping interception. Meares threw for 426 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Adams hauled in 11 passes for 242 yards and 4 touchdowns and also had a 94-yard kickoff return. Ethan Davis filled a key role on the Knight offensive line. Robinson rushed for 142 yards, snared 4 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown and returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown at West Columbus.
Receivng Honorable Mention from East Bladen were: senior Zylique Lewis (33 tackles), senior Brady Hollingsworth and junior Donnie Ezzell (key performers on offensive line that cleared the way for the Eagles to average 374 total yards and 41 points per game, Ezzell also had 17 tackles).
Other Honorable Mention recipients for East included: junior Raymond Autry (345 rushing yads, 6 touchdowns, returned kickoff for touchdown); junior Nazire Smith (6 receptions for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 pass interceptions on defense); junior Javius Brooks (rushed for 394 yards and 5 touchdowns and caught 23-yard TD pass).
Receiving Honorable Mention from West Bladen were: sophomores Xavier Lopez and Raymond Gillie (both had key fumble recoveries on defense), sophomore Tyler Ward (forced key fumble against Fairmont); sophomore Gary Parker (rushed for 224 yards, 5 touchdowns and six 2-point conversions).