Seven Hawks earn All-Conference football honors

Seven Hawks earn All-Conference football honors

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Seven Huntingdon Hawks earned All-Conference honors with the release of the USA South All-Conference football awards on Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Chris Hering, running back Eric Thomas, linebacker Trey Hayes and kicker Chase Young were named first-team All-Conference and quarterback Michael Lambert, offensive lineman Adam Mann and defensive back Jarrett White were named second-team All-Conference. Thomas was also named second-team All-Conference as a return specialist.

"We're proud of all of these guys," Huntingdon head coach Mike Turk said. "To have seven guys recognized says a lot about the work these guys put in and the impact they made all season. This is a good group that worked hard and we're excited to see them earn this recognition."

Of the Hawks' seven All-Conference selections, five are seniors and have earned recognition for multiple seasons. This is the third consecutive season Hering and Hayes have earned first-team All-Conference honors. They join former Hawks Anthony White and Chael Pridgen as the only Hawks to earn first-team USA South honors for three seasons.

Hayes and Young are the first Hawks to receive All-Conference recognition in each of their four seasons. Before earning first-team honors the past three seasons, Hayes was the USA South Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015. Young earned first-team All-Conference honors as a sophomore and senior and second-team recognition as a freshman and junior.

A four-year starter at linebacker, Hayes was a preseason All-America this season and has earned All-Region honors the past two seasons. He led the Hawks and was third in the USA South with 88 tackles this season. He also had nine tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble this season. He finished as Huntingdon's all-time leading tackler with 310 career tackles.

Young rewrote the record book for Huntingdon and USA South kickers during his four seasons. He was 8-for-10 on field goals this season and 41-for-43 on extra points. He made his final eight field goal attempts of the season and his only two missed attempts came from beyond 40 yards.

Young is the USA South's all-time leading scorer with 310 points, holds the USA South and Huntingdon career records for extra points made (208) and field goals made (34), holds the conference and Huntingdon records for extra points made in a season (63 in 2015) and holds the Huntingdon record for field goals made in a season (13 in 2017).

Hering, a preseason All-America this season and an All-Region selection last season, was a three-year starter on the Hawks' offensive line. As a senior, he anchored a line for an offense that averaged 35.9 points and 470.2 yards per game. He also helped pave the way for the third 1,000-yard rusher (Thomas) in Huntingdon history.

Thomas rounds out Huntingdon's first-team selections. In a nine-game season, the sophomore rushed for 1,020 yards and 11 touchdowns on 142 carries (7.2 yards per carry). He led the USA South in rushing touchdowns this season and was second in rushing yards.

Thomas was second in the conference in kick return yards (462) and kick return average (28.9 yards). He led the conference and set a Huntingdon record with an average of 172.1 all-purpose yards per game.

Two seniors and a sophomore represent Huntingdon on the second-team. In his first season as a starter, Lambert led the USA South in passing yards (2,086) and passing efficiency (146.2) and was second in passing touchdowns (19).

Mann and White closed their Huntingdon careers by earning All-Conference recognition for a second straight year. Mann teamed with Hering to provide leadership and experience on the offensive line and White recorded 27 tackles and led the secondary with two interceptions.

Junior running back Kobe Smith was named to the USA South's All-Sportsmanship team.

The All-Conference selections bring Huntingdon's total to 51 All-Conference performers in the past four seasons and 64 selections since joining the conference in 2013.

The complete All-Conference awards are listed below.


USA South All-Conference Football Awards

Offensive Player of the Year: Vontre Howard, Methodist

Defensive Player of the Year: Antonio Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Dalton Cole, Brevard

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Joseph Ledbetter, Averett

Coach of the Year: Shaun Hayes, Maryville




Quarterback: Jacob Wright, Averett

Running Back: Vontre Howard, Methodist

Running Back: Eric Thomas, Huntingdon

Receiver: Marcus Campbell, LaGrange

Receiver: Bubba Craven, Brevard

Receiver: Trey Lancaster, N.C. Wesleyan

Tight End/H-Back/Fullback: Ben Dorfman, N.C. Wesleyan

Offensive Line: Breon Foust, N.C. Wesleyan

Offensive Line: Michael Head, Averett

Offensive Line: Chris Hering, Huntingdon

Offensive Line: Kyle Larson, Maryville

Offensive Line: D.J. Twitty, Methodist



Defensive Line: JaCorey Jackson, Maryville

Defensive Line: Tavon Johnson, Maryville

Defensive Line: Joseph Ledbetter, Averett

Defensive Line: James Peagues, Greensboro

Linebacker: Dejon Brooks, Averett

Linebacker: Trey Hayes, Huntingdon

Linebacker: Antonio Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan

Defensive Back: Kasseem Bagley, Greensboro

Defensive Back: Pierre Chadwick, Maryville

Defensive Back: Hunter Hinson, Averett

Defensive Back: Quentin Jackson, Brevard


Speical Teams

Return Specialist: Bradley Jefferson, Averett

Kicker: Chase Young, Huntingdon

Punter: Cole Westberry, Averett




Quarterback: Michael Lambert, Huntingdon

Running Back: Sean Bowman, Averett

Running Back: Elijah Chenier, Maryville

Receiver: Tyler Benjamin, LaGrange

Receiver: Josh Carter, Methodist

Receiver: Oran Davis, Averett

Tight End/H-Back/Fullback: Terry Stewart, Maryville

Offensive Line: Malachi Farmer, N.C. Wesleyan

Offensive Line: Wyatt French, N.C. Wesleyan

Offensive Line: Traven Johnson, Methodist

Offensive Line: Adam Mann, Huntingdon

Offensive Line: Akeem Peterson, LaGrange



Defensive Line: Trenton Cumby, Maryville

Defensive Line: Axel Easter, Brevard

Defensive Line: Romello Herbin, Averett

Defensive Line: Tymondre Isaac, Averett

Linebacker: Seth Brendle, Averett

Linebacker: Bo Hering, Maryville

Linebacker: Jamal Ware, Maryville

Defensive Back: Bradley Jefferson, Averett

Defensive Back: Nate Jones, Methodist

Defensive Back: Octavius Ross, Averett

Defensive Back: Jarrett White, Huntingdon


Speical Teams

Return Specialist: Eric Thomas, Huntingdon

Kicker: Cole Westberry, Averett

Punter: Ralph Roman III, Brevard



All-Sportsmanship Team

Paul Wiles, Averett
Martigus Henley, Brevard
Ja'Von Bowers, Greensboro
Kobe Smith, Huntingdon
Akeem Peterson, LaGrange
Adam Diggs, Maryville
Jonathan Strahl, Methodist
Quinn Tobias, N.C. Wesleyan