Nine schools make up All-Area football team; Fort Hill, Mtn. Ridge grab 26 spots


Mar. 30—Nine schools made up the Cumberland Times-News All-Area football team, led by Fort Hill and Mountain Ridge, which occupied a combined 26 spots on the first and second teams.

Area head coaches were requested to submit nominations from their own team. Those were used to create a ballot for coaches to vote on. Ten coaches submitted nominations and eight returned ballots.

Fort Hill, which finished 13-0 and captured its third consecutive state championship, nabbed 10 first-team selections and 15 overall.

Mountain Ridge (11-2), the Class 1A runner-up for a third straight season, placed four on the first team and 11 on the first and second teams combined.

Allegany followed with nine overall selections (four first team), followed by Frankfort (six overall, three first team) and Keyser (five overall, four first team).

Northern nabbed two first-team slots, and East Hardy had four second-team selections. East Hardy and Petersburg had one first-teamer each. Hampshire had one second-team player.

First Team Offense

The first-team quarterback was Mountain Ridge senior Will Patterson (5-foot-11, 180 pounds), an unanimous selection after completing 146 of 226 passes for 1,739 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. His completions, completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns all led the area.

Patterson, who was the Co-Offensive Player of the Year along with Fort Hill’s Jabril Daniels, was also second in the area in rushing yards (1,166) and touchdowns (20).

Daniels (6-0, 185) was an unanimous pick at running back after a record-setting season that saw him set a Fort Hill single-season record with 34 touchdowns — equalling a city record with Karson Robinette (2017) and one off the area record.

The 6-0, 185-pound junior back carried the ball 190 times for 1,826 yards and 33 touchdowns. Daniels’ rushing total is…

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Publish date : 2024-03-31 03:59:00

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