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The 2018 All-Metro football team

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Presenting the Times-Dispatch All-Metro football first-team offense (from left to right), taken at The Diamond: Devin McCray, Chris Butler, Chris Tyree, Ali Jennings, Tre Mason, Will Pritchard, Brendon Clark, Jacob Edwards, Tre Clark, Deandre Owens, Suirad Ware, Cole Simon, Aaron Vardell.

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All Metro Brendon Clark, Manchester

All-Metro player of the year: Brendon Clark

School: Manchester

Position: Quarterback

Year: Senior

Height, weight: 6-3, 220

The skinny: A sharp passer and hard-nosed runner, Clark completed 136 of 229 passes for 2,327 yards, 35 touchdowns and just one interception. He rushed 105 times for 774 yards and 17 more touchdowns, leading Manchester to a 15-0 record and the Class 6 state title. A Notre Dame signee and a four-year starter, Clark totaled 9,215 total yards of offense during his high school career and put his name in the local record book. A returning member of the All-Metro team, he was named Class 6, Region A offensive player of the year.

Person he most admires: “My great grandfather.”


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All Metro Chris Tyree, Thomas Dale

Chris Tyree

School: Thomas Dale

Position: Running back

Year: Junior

Height, weight: 5-9, 175

The skinny: Among the fastest high school football players in the area, Tyree rushed 177 times for 1,465 yards (122 ypg) and 10 touchdowns. He caught 27 passes for 337 yards and two more scores, also playing defense and special teams. He was named to the all-Class 6, Region B team.

Person he most admires: “My parents.”


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All Metro Tre Mason, L.C. Bird

Tre Mason

School: L.C. Bird

Position: Running back

Year: Junior

Height, weight: 5-9, 160

The skinny: A workhorse for the Bird offense, Mason carried the ball 287 times for 1,860 yards (155 ypg) and 15 touchdowns. Eight times this year he rushed for 100 yards or more. He was named all-region in 5B and helped Bird reach the second round of the playoffs.

Person he most admires: “My father.”


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All Metro Chris Butler, Glen Allen

Chris Butler

School: Glen Allen

Position: Wide receiver

Year: Senior

Height / weight: 6-0, 190

The skinny: In his first year playing high school football, Butler was a big part of Glen Allen’s emergence. He caught 60 passes for 996 yards (91 yards per game) and scored 13 touchdowns. He was named all-region in 5B.

Person he most admires: “My parents.”


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All Metro Ali Jennings, Highland Springs

Ali Jennings

School: Highland Springs

Position: Wide receiver

Year: Senior

Height / weight: 6-3, 188

The skinny: One of multiple weapons in the Highland Springs receiving corps, Jennings caught 35 passes for 674 yards and seven touchdowns. He was named all-region in 5B and helped the Springers win their fourth consecutive state title. He has committed to West Virginia.

Person he most admires: “My family.”


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All Metro Tre Clark, Manchester

Tre Clark

School: Manchester

Position: Wide receiver

Year: Senior

Height / weight: 5-11, 158

The skinny: Clark rarely came off the field for the state-champion Lancers. He made 23 catches for 429 yards and seven touchdowns, returned 21 punts for 575 yards (27.4 ypr), returned five kicks and punts for touchdowns and intercepted five passes on defense. He was named all-region in 6B on offense and defense.

Person he most admires: “My mother and step father.”


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All Metro Will Pritchard, Manchester

Will Pritchard

School: Manchester

Position: Offensive line

Year: Senior

Height, weight: 6-4, 280

The skinny: The top blocker on the Manchester offensive line, Pritchard blocked for a state championship team that rushed for 3,500 yards and threw for almost 2,500 yards. Pritchard, who has signed with Virginia Tech, moves up from second team last year.

Person he most admires: “My grandfather.”


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All Metro Deandre Owens, Highland Springs

Deandre Owens

School: Highland Springs

Position: Offensive line

Year: Senior

Height, weight: 6-2, 280

The skinny: The center for the Highland Springs offense, Owens directed an offensive line for a team that passed for 3,226 yards and rushed for 2,142 yards. Owens was named all-region in 5B.

Person he most admires: “My parents.”


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All Metro Jacob Edwards, Dinwiddie

Jacob Edwards

School: Dinwiddie

Position: Offensive line

Year: Senior

Height, weight: 6-3, 300

The skinny: A two-way lineman, Edwards blocked for an offense that produced 3,488 rushing yards and 1,802 passing yards. On defense he recorded 56 tackles, 33 assists and 21 tackles for loss. He was named all-region in 4B on both sides of the ball.

Person he most admires: “David Abbey, my cousin.”


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All Metro Cole Simon, Benedictine

Cole Simon

School: Benedictine

Position: Offensive line

Year: Senior

Height, weight: 6-1, 240

The skinny: Simon was the best offensive lineman for a team that rushed for 200-plus yards per game and allowed only eight sacks all season. A four-year starter, Simon was the center for the Cadets.

Person he most admires: “My sister.”


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All Metro Suirad Ware, Highland Springs

Suirad Ware

School: Highland Springs

Position: Offensive line

Year: Junior

Height, weight: 6-2, 250

The skinny: Ware played offensive and defensive lineman for the Springers, who won their fourth consecutive Class 5 state title. On defense he recorded 46 tackles, 22 assists and a team-best 26 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He was named all-region in 5B on offense and defense.

Person he most admires: “My mom.”


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All Metro Aaron Vardell, Midlothian

Aaron Vardell

School: Midlothian

Position: Kicker

Year: Senior

Height, weight: 5-9, 170

The skinny: Vardell made seven of 10 field goal attempts, his longest coming from a distance of 47 yards, and 15 of 17 PAT attempts. On kickoffs, he recorded 13 touchbacks. He also punted 45 times for n average of 37.2 yards per punt. He put nine punts inside the 20-yard line and his longest soared 67 yards.

Person he most admires: “My parents.”


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All Metro Devin McCray, Goochland

Devin McCray

School: Goochland

Position: Utility

Year: Junior

Height, weight: 5-11, 170

The skinny: A quarterback, running back, free safety and cornerback, McCray completed 48 of 97 passes for 807 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. He rushed 123 times for 587 yards and 16 touchdowns, and on defense he made 20 tackles and 20 assists and intercepted six passes. He was one of the key players in Goochland’s run to the Class 2 state championship game and its 14-1 record.

Person he most admires: “My father and grandfather.”


All-Metro football second-team offense

Pos. Name School Year Ht, Wt
QB D'Vonte Waller Highland Springs Sr. 6-3, 187
RB Eric McDaniels Henrico So. 6-1, 230
RB Eric Rankin Hanover So. 6-3, 210
RB Isaiah Todd Manchester Jr. 5-6, 180
WR Kevin Gayles Huguenot Jr. 6-1, 195
WR Antwane Wells Highland Springs Sr. 6-2, 180
OL Alim Hunter Henrico Sr. 6-1, 270
OL Tristan Mann Monacan Sr. 6-5, 230
OL Evan Robinson Highland Springs Jr. 6-2, 270
OL Ashalam Matchingtouch Manchester Sr. 6-0, 225
OL James Bell Manchester Jr. 6-2, 265
K John Dustin Hanover Sr. 6-1, 180
Util Sean Wood-Allen Hopewell Sr. 5-9, 165

Honorable mention offense

QB: Meziah Scott, Petersburg, So., 6-0, 195; Nigel Williams, Collegiate, Jr., 6-1, 185; Aerek Thomas, John Marshall, Jr., 5-11, 150; Patrick Routsis, St. Christopher’s, Sr., 6-1, 185, Jalen Brown, Amelia, Sr., 5-9, 145.

RB: Jacob Taylor, Powhatan, Sr., 5-8, 190; Tyre’ Dalton, Dinwiddie, Sr., 6-0, 205; Chris Houston, Clover Hill, 5-9, 180, Sr.; Tucker Bratton, Atlee, Sr., 5-10, 175; Robert Briggs, Hopewell, So., 5-9, 185; Shy’Re McKeiver, Highland Springs, Sr., 5-9, 195; Rayquan Smith, Highland Springs, Sr., 5-9, 205; Kolbe Jorgenson, King William, Sr., 6-0, 175.

WR: Will Hayes, St. Christopher’s, Sr., 5-11, 165; Ayinde Budd, Collegiate, Sr. 6-5, 205; Teon Powell, Monacan, Jr., 5-11, 190; Hasan Gibson, James River, Sr., 5-10, 175; Michael James, Life Christian, Jr., 6-0, 205; Trey Boll, Collegiate, Jr., 6-3, 205; Rasheed Jackson, Henrico, Sr., 6-0, 185; Collin Harding, Manchester, Sr., 6-1, 155; Cla’Trey Reese, Dinwiddie, Sr., 6-2, 190; Shoye Sampson, John Marshall, Sr., 6-1, 175; Ziayahn Jackson, Amelia, Sr., 6-3, 190.

TE: Julian Ruiz, Clover Hill, Sr., 6-2, 220; Aaron Bowers, Lee-Davis, Sr., 6-4, 225; Cedric Drumgoole, Dinwiddie, So., 5-9, 155.

OL: Will Reid, Douglas Freeman, Jr., 6-4, 270; Jeremy Singleton, Trinity Episcopal, Sr., 6-4, 300; Ron Webster, Hopewell, Jr., 6-3, 275; B.J. Worsham, Monacan, Sr., 5-11, 165; Hunter Klein, Midlothian, Sr., 6-5, 270; Jeb Wickham, St. Christopher’s, Jr., 6-5, 260; Berk Snow, Thomas Dale, Jr., 6-0, 235; Justin Hawk, Goochland, Sr., 6-4, 245; Connor Duncan, Goochland, Jr., 6-0, 255; Luke Freudenthal, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot, Sr., 6-3, 295.

K: Adam Notley, Douglas Freeman, Sr, 6-1, 190; Jacob Hayward, Goochland, Sr., 5-10, 165; Jayden Alsheskie, Highland Springs, So., 6-0, 155; Jake Lero, Manchester, Sr., 6-1, 180; Jack Siewers, St. Christopher’s, Jr., 5-11, 150.

Util: Isiah Page, Varina, Jr., 5-8, 150; Jaden Payoute, L.C. Bird, Sr., 6-3, 195; Brian Davis, Thomas Dale, Jr., 5-11, 200; Jacquel Thomas, Armstrong, Jr., 5-11, 185; Isaac Jackson, George Wythe, Sr., 6-0, 170; Marc Gresham, King William, Jr., 5-8, 165.


Going to the banquet?

First- and second-team All-Metro players will be honored at the All-Metro football banquet Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump. Tickets are $45 and can be ordered by contacting Ron Axselle at coachax@verizon.net. The deadline to order tickets is Jan. 17.


Previous All-Metro players of the year

2015: Greg Dortch, Highland Springs

2014: Scott Bracey, Benedictine

2013: Earl Hughes, L.C. Bird

2012: Paul Robertson, L.C. Bird

2011: Yahkee Johnson, L.C. Bird

2010: Brendon Riddick, Hermitage

2009: Airek Green, Thomas Dale

2008: Adam Morgan, Dinwiddie

2007: Ju-Ju Clayton, Hermitage

2006: Russell Wilson, Collegiate

2005: Russell Wilson, Collegiate

2004: Victor Harris, Highland Springs

2003: Jerrett Brown, Hopewell

2002: John Taylor, L.C. Bird

2001: Tee Rogers, Varina

2000: Michael Robinson, Varina

1999: Aaron Alexander, Henrico

1998: Kevin Lewis, Varina; Matt Farrior, Matoaca

1997: Cordell Roane, Varina

1996: Ronald Samuel, Patrick Henry

1995: Adam Burke, Lee-Davis

1994: Danielle Derricott, P. Henry

1993: Ken Oxendine, Thomas Dale

1992: James Farrior, Matoaca; Jason Vineyard, L.C. Bird

1991: Joe Elrod & Antoine Lee, Lee-Davis

1990: James Roe, Henrico

1989: Jerry Jerman, Huguenot

1988: Corey Holliday, Huguenot

1987: Emmanuel Moss, H. Springs; Craig Williams, John Marshall

1986: James Hargrove, John Marshall

1985: Donnie Morris, Patrick Henry

1984: Gary Wilkerson, Dinwiddie

1983: Kevin Morgan, Dinwiddie

1982: Von Allen, Hopewell

1981: Alphonso Harris, Hopewell

1980: Dwight Grant, H. Springs

1979: David Murphy, Collegiate

Sports reporter

Eric Kolenich writes sports stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, focusing on local athletes and teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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