7 Gridders Get All Big 10
Conference Team Honors
Lewis County High School's football teams have landed seven players named to the All Big Ten Conference Teams for the 2013 season. Four players were named to the First Team while 3 others landed spots on the second team.
Leading the way for the four First Team selections is Senior Mark Metzgar. Metzgar a 5'11", 205 lb. running back was named captain for the First Team Offensive Squad. Metzgar gained 1,002 yards on the season and scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and also caught 5 passes for 64 yards and added two more touchdowns for a total of 14 for the year. Metzgar gained 1,000 yards for the second season in a row as he topped the 1,000 yard mark in last season campaign.
Joining Metzgar on the first team on the offensive side is senior lineman Jordan Hall. Hall, a 5'11", 255 lb. lineman, was a key part of an offensive line that helped the Minutemen rack up 2,706 yards rushing during the season. Hall also had 1 fumble recovery during the season on the defensive side of the ball.
The Lewis County defense was also represented with two First Team Performers with Junior Brandon Moneypenny and Senior Skylar Carlton. Moneypenny a 6', 160 lb. defensive back led the conference with 7 interceptions one of which he returned for a touchdown. Moneypenny also saw action on the offensive side of the ball where he had 32 yards rushing and 33 yards receiving.
Carlton a 6'1",170 lb. defensive back had 3 interceptions in 2013 and also recovered a fumble which he returned for a touchdown. Carlton proved to be an all-around threat as he handled the quarterback job and also returned punts for the Minutemen. Carlton threw for 636 yards and 9 touchdowns and had 5 punt returns for 105 yards.
A trio of Minutemen landed spots on the second unit. Matt Norman, Ross Harvey and Tyler Gump were the three Lewis County players named to second team. Gump a 6' 4', 280 lb. senior lineman landed a spot on the second team offensive unit. Gump along with Hall was a part of the line that allowed the Minutemen to have success in the running game during the 2013 season.
Harvey and Norman both juniors landed spots on the second team defensive unit. Norman had three fumble recoveries and 3 blocked kicks and returned one of the fumbles for a touchdown. Harvey had 2 fumble recoveries and 4 blocks for the Minutemen that was one of the top-ranked defenses during the 2013 season in the state of West Virginia. Congratulations to all the players who made the All Big Ten Teams in 2013.continued support.
All State Volleyball
Lewis County High School's Tories Riffle has been named to the 2013 WV AAA All State Honorable Mention Volleyball Team. (Photo by Melissa Riley)
LC Football Team
The Lewis County Minutemen football team coming off a season that they recorded a 7-4 record and made their fourth playoff appearance in 5 years was honored at their annual football banquet held at Jackson's Mill on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Janet Rinehart welcomed everyone to the season ending event. Assistant Coach Bill Powers gave the invocation and then a meal was served. After the meal Jay Pinkney read a poem dedicated to the Senior Football players.
Then Head Coach Eddie Vincent took to the mike to make presentations to the team. Coach Vincent introduced his assistant coaches and thanked the school administration and Lewis County Board of Education. Coach Vincent then made mention of the seniors who posted the most wins by a class of seniors in school history with 27.
The 14 seniors, 11 of which were 4 year performers, never lost a game against long-time arch rival Buckhannon Upshur in their four year careers. He also honored the entire team for having a team GPA of 3.7 which is a remarkable feat for all the time that they put into practicing and games.
Then it was time for the staff awards for the 2013 season. The coaches grade the players in each game to come up with the awards given out in four different categories.
The 2013 MVP was Skylar Carlton. Carlton a four year player was the quarterback and also saw action on defense as well as handling punt returns. Carlton completed 38 of 68 passes for 696 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also had 105 yards in punt returns and had 3 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown. He also had 156 yards rushing and scored 2 touchdowns on the ground.
The next award was for the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year that went to Senior Mark Metzgar. Metzgar gained 1,002 yards rushing in 2013 while scoring 12 touchdowns and also added two touchdowns on pass receptions. Metzgar was also one of the 11 four-year seniors on this year's squad.
Picking up the award for Defensive Player of the Year was Junior Brandon Moneypenny. Moneypenny led the Big Ten Conference with 7 interceptions during the 2013 campaign. Moneypenny also saw action on the Minutemen offensive team.
Special Teams Player of the Year honors went to Sophomore placekicker/punter Riley Gunter. Gunter had a 32.7 yard average on 27 punts during the season. He also added 2 field goals and 43 PATS for a total of 49 points scored.
Letter winners received their letters for 2013 and all players received a participation certificate as well as state playoff T-shirts. The 14 senior players and three senior managers received footballs and mini LC helmets to honor their final season at Lewis County.
All Minutemen football players received plagues. donated by Consol Energy for their state playoff appearance. A special thank you was given to McDonald's for providing the pre-game meals during the season. The 14 senior players were Malik Conway, Brenton Hoover, Chris Weaver, Jacob Fikes, Brandon Robinson, Zach Rogers, Jordan Hall, Mark Metzgar, Skylar Carlton, Aaron Ryan, Zach Browning, Kennan Conrad, Dustin Martin and Tyler Gump.
Senior managers for 2013 were Sarah Gissy, Tori Riley and Allison Rohrbough. The 36 underclassmen were reminded that preparation for the 2014 season would begin with work in the weight room starting on Monday Dec. 2. A big thank you was given to players and coaches on another successful and enjoyable season and all are looking forward to continuing the Minutemen success in 2014 and beyond.