Hodnefield Touchet's lone SEB-8 pick

The junior earns all-league football honors at defensive back while league champion Tri-Cities Prep dominates the team eight slots.


TOUCHET — Despite another playoff season, Touchet’s third-place finish in the Southeast 1B-8 League didn’t translate into a lot of respect when it came to naming the all-league team.

Only one Indians player, junior Jake Hodnefield, earned all league honors. And Hodnefield was selected as a defensive back rather that the quarterback position where excelled the most.

Quarterback honors, as expected went to state record-breaking Tri-Cities Prep senior Will Hoppes, who was one of six Jaguars named to the squad.

Two of Tri-Cities Preps picks, senior Jay Orth and junior Troy Redman, who named to both the offensive and defensive teams. Redman was selected a receiver and defensive back and Orth as an offensive lineman and linebacker.

The other Jaguar selections are senior running back Kevin Ratuiste, junior offensive lineman Jarrod Ver Steeg and senior defensive lineman Antonio Ledesma.

Colton placed five on the squad, including senior Sam Robertson, who was named as a running back and linebacker. The other Wildcat selections are Steve Eacker at receiver, Pat Lutskas as an offensive lineman, Chase Druffel at linebacker and Bernie Druffel on the defensive line.

Lyle-Wishram junior Henry Matai was selected at running back and linebacker. And his brother, senior Allan Matai, was named at defensive line.

Trevor Johnson, a senior linebacker from St. John-Endicott, rounds out the team.

Dan Whitsett of Tri-Cities Prep is the coach of the year.


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