While the Bay Rivers District will not pick players of the year this football season - newly formed conferences will - the Inside the Bay Rivers District blog will fill the void. Below are our predictions of the the top players in the district, including an accolade or two not usually included on the all-district team.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
We’ll go against the grain a little bit here by picking Lafayette running back Jahlil Green over last year’s district and Daily Press Offensive player of the Year, Devonte Dedmon of Warhill. Both are quick and lightning fast and will run for more than 1,000 yards, but Green gets the edge running behind a better line on a better team.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DB Green, DB Dedmon, LB Kapri Doucet (Bruton), LB Darren Patton (Lafayette), DE Grayson Boyce (Poquoson) and DE Malcolm Reynolds (York) all deserve consideration, but small and unblockable LB Marcus Wakelyn of York is already showing signs that he could surpass last year’s 143 tackles.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Out most of last season with an ankle injury after accounting for more than 1,000 yards (806 rushing) as a sophomore, look for Reggie Lipscomb of Warhill to come up big again this season.
We give the edge to Lafayette junior Brendan McGinty, thanks to improved athleticism which makes him threat running and throwing. Don’t sleep on New Kent’s Luke Mechling, who threw for nearly 1,500 yards a year ago.
The battle is on between Lafayette’s Brandon Villanueva-Pernell (23 catches, 367 yards, two TDs) who edges Smithfield’s James Green (23 yards per reception) here.
BEST KICK RETURNER
Villanueva-Pernell returned four kicks for scores a year ago, numbers Smithfield’s Jamarie Wrenn or Bruce Cypress are capable of duplicating.
This one is close between Green and Dedmon. Devonte Dedmon of Warhill gets the edge here for his ability to produce at any skill position, return kicks and intercept passes.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun