HUNTINGTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers had six players named to the 2018 Class AAA All-State Football team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Senior linebacker and wide receiver Andrew Herron and junior quarterback and defensive back Ryan Strader both landed on the Special Honorable Mention team while senior tailback Dash Davis, senior fullback Casey Hamner, junior utility Jacob Loudin and junior lineman Ryan Smith were selected to the Honorable Mention squad.
Herron recorded 88.5 tackles during the 2018 season including 19.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He also forced four fumbles and had three fumble recoveries.
As a wide receiver, he caught five passes for 185 yard (37.0 average) and one touchdown.
“While only playing football his junior and senior seasons Andrew was the heart and soul of our defense for the past two years,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Duane Stoeckle. “He was always coachable and was a quick learner. Other teams had to account for him every play. He was a quiet leader for us who lead by example.
Stader was a dual threat from his quarterback position. He threw for 750 yards completing 46 of his 96 passes along with five touchdowns.
He also accounted for 474 yards on the ground on 99 attempts scoring eight touchdowns.
“He is very deserving of the Special Honorable Mention,” Stoeckle commented. “He was our offensive leader. He made a huge jump from his sophomore year to this year. Most people don't realize the responsibility he has in running our offense. He has a great understanding of our offense and does a great job running it. He led us in total touchdowns with 13 — eight rushing and five passing. While we play him sparingly on defense, due to his offensive responsibility, he really has a nose for the football on defense and had two interceptions. We expect great things from him next year!”
Davis led the B-U ground game with 643 yards on 86 attempts scoring six touchdowns and hauled in eight passes for 111 yards.
On defense, he made 11 tackles, one tackle for loss and had one pass break-up.
“Really glad to see Dash on the Honorable Mention list, especially after getting his injury last year,” Stoeckle said. “Dash was a quiet steady leader who always lead by example. He ran very hard for us between the tackles and showed promise catching the football as well. He could also be a very physical tackler. I think over his four years playing B-U football he finished every drill, at every practice always giving percent.”
Hamner, a back the Bucs counted on for the tough yards, gained 267 yards on 63 rushed and scored five touchdowns.
From his defensive position, he recorded 20 tackles, three tackles for loss, forced one fumble, had one fumble recovery and compiled one sack.
“Casey was also deserving to be on the Honorable Mention list,” Stoeckle stated. “Casey provided some leadership and toughness for us on both sides of the ball. He averaged over four yards per carry from his fullback spot and did a nice job for us on the defensive line. He also was our long snapper on punts and kicked off for us at the end of the year. If he wants to do it, he could be an excellent long snapper at the next level.”
Loudin racked up 468 yards on the ground on 38 attempts including five touchdowns and had a run of 85 yards.
Through the air, he caught 13 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, he made 35 tackles, three for loss, picked off two passes, had one pass break up and one fumble recovery.
On offense, Smith recorded four pancakes and averaged a high-weekly lineman grade each week and twice earned Offensive Lineman of the Week for the Bucs.
On defense, he recorded 14 tackles, two for loss and one sack. He also had one pass break up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
"Ryan became a full-time starter for us with the Bridgeport game,” Stoeckle said. “He always graded out well after each game. Our perimeter game really improved when he was inserted as a starting lineman. He has unlimited potential and the sky is the limit for Ryan.”
Stoeckle and his Bucs ended the year with a 5-5 record and on a three-game winning streak.
They compiled a 3-2 record in the Big 10 Conference.
Spring Valley’s Doug Nester and Graeson Malashevich were named co-captains of the offense while R. J. Barrett of Martinsburg and Grant Harman of Martinsburg were named co-captains of the defense.
Spring Valley led the First Team selections with four while Martinsburg had three.
The Class AAA All-State Football Team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association
QB – Grant Wells, George Washington, Sr.
WR – Evan Parow, University, Sr.
WR – Jarod Bowie, Martinsburg, Jr.
WR – Brenton Strange, Parkersburg, Sr.
RB – Ivan Vaughn, Cabell Midland, Sr.
RB – Blake Hartman, Musselman, So.
OL – Doug Nester, Spring Valley, Sr. (co-captain)
OL – Darnell Wright, Huntington, Sr.
OL – Zach Williamson, Spring Valley, Sr.
OL – Tristen Bittner, Wheeling Park, Sr.
OL – Ryan Creech, Parkersburg, Sr.
K – Timmy McCutchen, Hurricane, Sr.
UTIL – Graeson Malashevich, Spring Valley, Sr. (co-captain)
UTIL – Malakai Brown, Hedgesville, Jr.
UTIL – Tre Beard, Musselman, Sr.
DL – Kalai Clark, Capital, Sr.
DL – Cayden Keeler, Ripley, Sr.
DL – Cody Stanley, Spring Valley, Sr.
DL – Jevon Lang, Jefferson, Sr.
DL – Bryce Damous, Huntington Sr.
LB – R.J. Barrett, Martinsburg, Sr. (co-captain)
LB – Brocton Blair, Huntington, Jr.
LB – Drew Joseph, South Charleston, Sr.
LB – Jesthon Moore, Morgantown, Sr.
DB – Grant Harman, Martinsburg, Sr. (co-captain)
DB – Kerry Martin, Capital, Sr.
DB - Nyjere Smith, Hedgesville,
UTIL – Nick Yoho, Parkersburg South, Sr.
UTIL – Devaughn McWhorter, Wheeling Park, Sr.
P – Finnegan Hall, Hedgesville, Sr.
QB – Logan Holgorsen, University, Sr.
WR – Jack Stakem, Wheeling Park, Sr.
WR – Colby Piner, Greenbrier East, So.
RB – Christian Hill, Hurricane, Jr. (captain)
RB - Naieem Kearney, Martinsburg, So.
RB - Tyler Moler, Parkersburg, Sr.
OL – Max Howell, Huntington, Sr.
OL – Logan Osburn, Cabell Midland, Sr.
OL – Wyatt Milum, Spring Valley, So.
OL – Nick Malone, Morgantown, Sr.
OL – Andrew Dolin, Ripley, Sr.
K – Isaiah Carpenter, Huntington, Sr.
UTIL – Jake Johnson, Parkersburg, Sr.
UTIL – Owen Chafin, Spring Valley, Sr.
UTIL – R.J. Evans, Ripley, Sr.
DL – Ben Gribble, University, Sr.
DL – Breece Hoff, Capital, Sr. (captain)
DL – Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, So.
DL – Matt Bednarski, Martinsburg, Jr.
LB – Brayden Mooney, Parkersburg South, Sr.
LB – J.T. Cooper, Hurricane, Sr.
LB – Dewayne Grantham, Martinsburg, Sr.
LB – Chris Rinehart, Musselman, Sr.
DB – Amir Richardson, University, Sr.
DB – Teddy Marshall, Martinsburg, Jr.
DB – Griffin Adkins, Cabell Midland, Sr.
UTIL – Evin Hurt, Spring Mills, Sr.
UTIL – Isaac Howard, Spring Valley, Sr.
UTIL – Quisean Gray, Capital, Sr.
P/DL – John Hicks, Hampshire, Sr.
Aaron Alvarez, Morgantown; Jaylan Battaile, Greenbrier East; Adam Brinegar, Martinsburg; Chiron Cannady, Princeton; Zach Doughty, Parkersburg South; Romeo Dunham, South Charleston; Alex Dunlevy, Wheeling Park; Caden Easterling, Riverside; Parker Elmore, Spring Valley; Gage Fiore, Parkersburg; Preston Fox, Morgantown; Shane Hercules, John Marshall; Andrew Herron, Buckhannon-Upshur; Josh Kay, Ripley; Ty Konchesky, Morgantown; David Livingston, Spring Valley; Nick Longerbeam, Jefferson; Ty Lucas, Martinsburg; Grant Mayfield, Hampshire Alex Mazelon, George Washington; Chas McCool, John Marshall; Caden McCoy, St. Albans; Sebastian Oldham, Musselman; Terrance Pankey, Huntington; Stephen Perrine, Huntington; JJ Roberts, Cabell Midland; Logan Spurlock, Capital; Ryan Strader, Buckhannon-Upshur; Chelo Teneval, Martinsburg; Ty Wilcoxon, Huntington; Ethan Wilson, Musselman
Jace Bradbury, Washington; Jesse Cain, Hedgesville; Isaiah Carpenter, Huntington; Carlito Carter, Cabell Midland; Austin Chapman, Riverside; Dash Davis, Buckhannon-Upshur; Nick DeFelice, Morgantown; Christian Evans, University; Nevin Ferguson, Cabell Midland; Kain Ford, Riverside; Tyrese Foster, Capital; Ranson Graham, Princeton; Casey Hamner, Buckhannon-Upshur; Ben Haught, Parkersburg South; Brandon Honaker, Greenbrier East; Chase Henson, Spring Mills; Isaac Isabell, George Washington; Chance Knox, Capital; Marion Lawson, Greenbrier East; Ridge Lester, St. Albans; Antoine Lewis, Jefferson; Jacob Lindhardt, George Washington; Jacob Loudin, Buckhannon-Upshur; Kerion Martin, Capital; Brandon Moran, Martinsburg; Ethan Northcraft, Musselman; Rohan Parchment, Spring Mills; Keon Padmore-Johnson, Spring Mills; Aaron Pierson, Martinsburg; Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson; AJ Prestera, Huntington; Logan Raber, University; Trevor Sardo, Hampshire; Ryan Smith, Buckhannon-Upshur; Cody Sharp, Spring Valley; Samahji Simon, South Charleston; Trey Sine, Martinsburg; Jermain Snodgrass, Wheeling Park; BJ Summerlin, Huntington; Caleb Tenney, Spring Mills; Jesse Wilcox, Capital; Dylan Wood, Wheeling Park; Colton Wright, Woodrow Wilson