Eight Burke County prep football players this past week were named to the preseason All-Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference team by Friday Nights in Carolina, a new organization covering the sport locally.
East Burke placed four on the team while Draughn and Patton had two selections each.
The 27-member preseason All-NWFAC list included a player at each offensive and defensive position as well as a kicker, punter and two athletes. Back-to-back defending league champion Hibriten led the way with seven players on the team; EB and Bunker Hill’s four selections each tied for second.
The local All-NWFAC preseason players included Cavaliers senior running back Josh Moore (5-9, 165), senior offensive lineman Matthew Vue (5-8, 240), senior defensive back Chase Childers (5-9, 160) and senior punter Turner Strong (5-8, 140); Wildcats senior wide receivers Khe-nai Banks (5-3, 130) and Denver Treadway (5-11, 140); and Panthers junior offensive lineman Daniel Rector (6-3, 285) and senior defensive lineman Rico Barrino (6-0, 330).
Of those players, Moore, Vue and Barrino were named All-NWFAC last fall (Moore for a second straight year), and Treadway was an honorable-mention pick. Moore was a first-team all-county player last fall while Treadway, Childers and Barrino were honorable mention.
Moore led the county last year in carries (267) and rushing yards (1,319) and was second in rushing touchdowns (11). Vue had two tackles and helped the Cavs rank second in the county in rushing yards per game (174.5). Childers had three interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown, as well as five receptions for 47 yards and a TD. And Strong made 21 of 23 extra points and made a 28-yard field goal.
Banks had 23 catches for 248 yards and a score while playing just half the season. His year was highlighted by a six-catch, 114-yard day at Avery County. Treadway caught 18 passes for 275 yards and a TD and led the county with 12 pass breakups on defense.
Rector and Barrino helped Patton make a fourth straight trip to the playoffs as the team rushed for 163.7 yards per game and allowed the second-fewest yards and points among county squads last fall. (Individual statistics were not available.)
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