Raiders snag conference honors
By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — Ten members of the Richmond Senior football team were honored as all-Southeastern Conference selections it was announced this week.
Leading the way for the Richmond contingent was senior running back Diquon Cox, a two-time honoree. Cox rushed for 1,586 yards on 168 touches — an average of 9.4 yards — and 19 touchdowns to close out his Raider career. Cox added six catches for 78 yards and a score.
Joining Cox on the all-SEC team was his backfield mate, Miles Grant. A first-time selection, Grant rushed for 915 yards on 89 carries and 13 touchdowns. The junior averaged 10.3 yards a touch. Grant was second on the team with 12 receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown.
The Raiders had three offensive linemen selected all-conference. Senior Josh Leviner is a two-time selection, while senior Logan Northcutt and junior Kevin Norton were honored for the first time. The trio helped Richmond rush for an average of 349.4 yards per game and score 40 points per contest.
Richmond placed four defensive players on the team — Tony Bostick, Darreal Chambers, Travon Davenport and Shawn Everett.
Bostick, who is a two-time honoree, recorded 44 total tackles, had two tackles for a loss and a sack as a senior. Chambers, a senior, notched 41 total tackles, recorded four sacks and a fumble recovery. It was Chambers’ first time being named to the team.
Davenport finished with 64 total tackles and a fumble recovery. The senior was first on the team with 10 pass breakups and was second with two interceptions. Everett had 59 total tackles and forced two fumbles. He led the Raiders with three interceptions and was second on the squad with nine pass breakups as a junior. Davenport and Everett were first-time honorees.
Rounding out the all-SEC picks for Richmond is punter Brandon Greene. He finished his junior year with an average of 38.7 yards per punt. This was Greene’s initial all-conference selection.
The six SEC coaches named Scotland junior quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe offensive player of the year. Ratliffe split the honor with former Hoke running back Detrez Newsome last season. Another Fighting Scot was also named defensive player of the year has senior defensive back Trejon Monley grabbed the award. It was the second straight year a Scotland player earned the honor. Artemis Robinson was the top defender last year.
The league’s coach of the year award was shared by Pinecrest’s Chris Metzger and Scotland’s Richard Bailey.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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