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Clanton leads all-region football team

6 Central, Strasburg players chosen to first team; Franklin defensive player of year
Posted 2018-12-06

    Central senior Kyle Clanton has been chosen to the all-region first team in four positions for a second consecutive football season.

    Clanton was selected to the region’s first team as a wide receiver, defensive back, kickoff returner and punt returner.

    At wide receiver during the 2018 season, Clanton caught 33 passes for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns. As an offensive back, he carried the ball 59 times for 674 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    He scored an additional five touchdowns, bringing the total to 27, on kickoff or punt returns and interceptions.

    No other Shenandoah County high school football player has compiled such impressive statistics nor been so highly recognized during the past two seasons.

    Other Central and Strasburg players, however, have been tapped for all-region honors.

    Central’s Declan Franklin was chosen Region 2B defensive player of the year.

    Also a senior, Franklin was chosen to the all-region first team for a second consecutive year as both offensive and defensive lineman.

    On defense, Franklin had 97 tackles, 34 solo tackles, 11 tackles for los yardage, four assists and eight sacks.

    Central center Grayson Manning, another senior, was chosen all-region first team offense for a second season.

    On defense, the Falcons’ senior linebacker Zach Abrams joined Clanton and Franklin on the all-region first team. Abrams was credited with 90 tackles, 36 of them solo, four for lost yardage, 49 assists and a sack.

    Strasburg defensive end Cameron Harmon, a senior, is a first team all-region selection. Harmon had 62 tackles, 28 solo, six for loss of yards, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

    Rams’ senior Stephen Kloosterman was first team defensive back for the second straight year.  Kloosterman had 39 tackles, 22 solo, 17 assists and two interceptions.

    Kloosterman also was selected second team wide receiver. On offense, he caught 32 passes for 688 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    On the second team for the Falcons were offensive linemen Jake France and Camden Zirk.

    Central running back Shane Watson, who ran for 1,167 yards on 146 carries and scored 13 touchdowns, was a second team all-region choice.

    Strasburg’s Hunter Miller was a second team all-region selection on offense and defense.  A lineman, Miller’s stats included 80 tackles, 35 solo, 13 for lost yards, 45 assists and three sacks.

    Rams quarterback Chase Hart, a junior, was an all-region second team choice. Hart completed 86 of 186 passes for 1,450 yards, 20 touchdowns,  ran for 150 yards and scored two touchdowns.

    Strasburg junior wide receiver Trevor Sager joins the second team with 28 receptions for 404 yards, scored nine touchdowns and completed a touchdown pass of 14 yards.

    Strasburg junior running back Jalen Bray made second second team by gaining 806 yards rushing on 156 carries and  scoring11 touchdowns. He also had five pass receptions for 68 yards.

    Central defensive back Nick Houghton was a second team all-region choice with 51 tackles, 26 solo, two for lost yards, 23 assists and two interceptions.

    Falcons senior Christian Spitler was selected as an all-purpose player.  At th linebacker, Spitler had 55 tackles, 22 solo, five for lost yards, 26 assists, two sacksand two interceptions.

    Strasburg linebacker Da’Neil Holliday had 82 tackles, 33 of them solo, eight for lost yards, 49 assists, three sacks and a fumble recovery.