Beyond the Scoreboard: Football Conferences honor top players, coaches
WNC’s four public school conferences have announced player and coach honors for the 2017 high-school football season.
Players and coaches of the year were selected by each conference’s coaches in the Western Mountain Athletic, Mountain Six, Western Highlands and Smoky Mountain conferences.
Nathan St. Onge, Reynolds High’s leading receiver, was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year in the WMAC. His teammate, linebacker Frank Torres, was the defensive POY.
The Rockets completed a sweep of the awards with Shane Laws’ selection as Coach of the Year. Laws led his team to a 14-2 record (8-0 in league play) and a berth in the state 3AA title game.
Record-setting receiver Tykel Landrum of Hendersonville was the Player of the Year in the Mountain Six. Landrum, playing in the Shrine Bowl this week, finished as WNC’s all-time leader in receptions (253), touchdown receptions (46) and receiving yards (4,558).
Senior Colton Cochman of Franklin and Pisgah junior Terran Brown were named linemen of the year, and Franklin quarterback/punter Andrew Moore was the Special Teams POY.
Following a 13-1 season that included the league title with a 5-0 mark, Josh Brookes was named Coach of the Year.
In the WHC, Mountain Heritage senior quarterback Trey Robinson was the Player of the Year. He set career records as WNC’s all-time leader in rushing yards (8,532), total offense (12,913) and TD responsibility (170).
Mitchell quarterback Ben Young was the Offensive Player of the Year. His four-year numbers in total offense (11,235) and TD responsibility (143) are second all-time behind Robinson, and his passing yardage (7,972) and TD passes (86) are also second among WNC quarterbacks for a career.
Mitchell’s Ben Robinson is the Defensive Player of the Year. Joey Robinson, who led Mountain Heritage to a 13-1 mark (5-0 in the league) was the Coach of the Year.
Polk County’s Dillon Overholt was selected as Athlete of the Year and Mountain Heritage’s Zeb Virnelson was the Lineman of the Year.
The Smoky Mountain Back of the Year was senior quarterback Tye Mintz, who capped a career of 10,046 yards of total offense and a TD responsibility of 108 by leading Cherokee to the state 1A title.
Robbinsville’s Isaiah Bradley was the Lineman of the Year, and Coach of the Year was shared by the three men who also shared the regular-season title with 5-1 records – Neil Blankenship (Swain County), Kent Briggs (Cherokee) and David Gentry (Murphy).
Following are the all-conference teams:
Western Mountain Athletic
- Asheville High – Andrew Leota, Dana Campbell, Corey Clement, Trevon Robinson, Three Hillier, Keith Mosely, Chris Sorrells, Taquandre Bates, Marvin Pearson.
- Enka – Chase Bennett, Logan Fender, Anthony Johnson, Justin Parker.
- Erwin – Isaiah Poore, Kendrick Weaver, Simeon Thompson, Dylan Crook, Dillon Luther, Jesse Hembree, Will Dorsey, Ethan Lunsford.
- North Buncombe – Nick Lisenbee, Johnny Laws.
- North Henderson – Darren Lammons, Brandon Rhodes.
- Reynolds – Alex Flinn, I’dre Bell, Jake Setterlind, Bryson Patton, Chayce Plummer, Eli Hembree, Elijah Klepac, Andrew McKay, Dre Dowdle, Kejuan Watkins.
- Roberson – Barshia Young, Shaq Gist, Ty Gossett, Kobe Miles, Troy Tobe, Greg Johnston.
- Tuscola – Bailee Ewart, Grayson Perkins, Adam Henry, Brandon Cullins, Cameron Parker, Will Stevenson, Will Smathers.
- West Henderson – Trent Gasperson, Dalton Cole, Jasper Thomas, Elijah Nickell.
- Brevard – Ethan Shook, Stevi Benjamin, Luke Ellenberger, Kyle Williams.
- East Henderson – Jake Shattuck, Chris Hemphill, Kenny Pridmore, Korbitt Collins.
- Hendersonville – Alex Williford, Ty’rese Hunt, Kalin Ensley, Ethan Frish, Cole McMurray, Shawn Pearce, Daniel Pearce.
- Franklin – Grant Stiles, Bailey Watts, Zach DeLaCruz, Carrington Houston, A.J. Carpenter, Byron Shields, Brock Kloeppel, Daniel Pickens.
- Pisgah – Jonathan Mehaffey, Ashton Hill, Rome Henson, Justin Davis, Eric Robinson, Tanner Wike.
- Smoky Mountain – Cody Lominac, Parker Flynn, Blake Curtis, Dustin Stephens, Clayton Frady, Tyler Waliezer.
- Avery – Caleb Hicks, Sam McCollum, Steven Sanchez.
- Madison – Clark Gray, Ty Snelson, Brayson Payne, Kennedy Snelson.
- Mitchell – Landon Miller, Ben Young, Brody Smith, Jesse Pressley, Jessie Pitman, Hudson Boone, Noah Pitman, Trevor Self, Ben Robinson.
- Mountain Heritage – Mike McCoy, Jr., Dathan Robinson, Dawson Branton, Trey Robinson, London Neil, Keaton Hall, Zeb Virnelson, JT Isham, Kane McCandless, Isaac Quintero.
- Owen – Ausn Meyers, Otis Mallory, Antonio McDowell, Kaleb Wood.
- Polk County – Austin Wilson, Bryson Seay, Dillon Overholt, Elijah Sutton, Braden Miller, Hayden Schumate, Devin Panchyshyn.
- Andrews – Abe Christensen, Andrew Horton.
- Cherokee – Zak Perez, Isaiah Armachain, Byron Locust, Isaiah Evans, Cade Mintz, Tye Mintz, Will Davis, Holden Straughan.
- Hayesville – Mark Cothren.
- Murphy – Jake Hincke, Travis Seabolt, Mkicah Nelson, Kadrian McRae, Joey Curry, Hunter Shope, Cory Farmer, Slade McTaggart.
- Robbinsville – Blake Sawyer, Will Hopper, Rylee Anderson, Isaiah Bradley, Elijah Wachacha, Freddy Romero, Josiah Phillips.
- Rosman – Deland Thomas.
- Swain County – William Paul, Brodie Bowman, Holden Petty, Noland Brown, Ice Littlejohn, Briar Younce.