Spring Valley seniors Grant King, Jeremiah Jackson and Jordan Giles have earned spots on the Region 4-4A all-star football team.
King, an offensive lineman who will play in the annual North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, graded out at 94% this season with 37 knockdown blocks. He has committed to George State. Jackson had 64 tackles and two interceptions in the secondary and averaged 34 yards on kickoff returns. Giles set a new single-season school record with 57 receptions. The yield was 765 yards and three touchdowns. He will also play college ball at Georgia State in Atlanta.
The Vikings finished with a 2-9 record this season.
“It was a season of disappointment,” said second-year Vikings coach Quay Farr. “I felt we could have played better, but we had trouble scoring the entire season. At times we played good defense, but could not stay consistent. The kicking game was very good all season.
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Farr is optimistic that things will improve in 2009 with a solid core of returning starters expected back in the fold.
“We will be a very young football team and we must find a quarterback, but on paper we should be better offensively,” he said. “Defensively, we have a chance to be very good and the kicking game will be strong with all specialists coming back.”
The returning starters should include: wide receiver Andrew Levy, defensive back Calvin Campbell, long snapper Terry Seawell, wide receiver Antonio Williams, running back Kevin Boulware, defensive back Desean Deshazer linebacker Jarrion Manning, defensive end Trey Seals, running back Justin Hennix, linebacker Jaryll Parson, offensive lineman Quintin Anderson, defensive end Marcus Bullard, kicker Kevin Knapp and punter John Lenti.
Knapp was 6-for-7 in PAT kicks and 2-for-3 in field goal attempts. Lenti averaged 33.3 yards on 55 punts.
In addition to the three all-region players, Spring Valley will miss the services of departing seniors Jordan Jenkins (102 carries, 304 yards rushing), Joe Cunningham (1,084 yards passing), Marcus Harlan (73 tackles) and Trey Seals (6 sacks).