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Three Indians earn spot on Class AA 1st team

From Staff, Wire Reports

CHARLESTON -- Class AA champion Bridgeport, which finished 14-0, was one of five

teams to place three players on the 2000 Class AA all-state

first team, chosen annually by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. They are senior offensive lineman Jason Reppert, senior defensive lineman Josh Nicewarner and junior defensive back Mike Honce.

In addition, Bridgeport linebacker Joel Horne was named the captain of the second team defense, while tailback Brian

Berry and offensive lineman Aaron Horne were second team offensive selections. Grafton's Travis Garrett was also named to the

second team offensive line.

Reppert was a key member of an offensive line which paved the way for one of the state's top running attacks. Bridgeport averaged 307.4 yards rushing per game. Honce, a versatile weapon on offense and defense, led the Indians with seven

interceptions, and returned one for a touchdown. Nicewarner led the team with 73 tackles during the regular season and was switched

from the

defensive line to linebacker midway through the regular season.

Oak Hill's Casey Eagle, a 6-foot-1, 273-pound senior offensive lineman, has been selected the offensive captain of the All-state team. He was a second-team selection last year when

the Red Devils competed in AAA.

Teammate Adam Bowland, who was a starting quarterback, kicker and defensive back,

joins Eagle on

the first team as a utility player. He surpassed 700 yards rushing and passing, ran for eight scores, passed for nine more and made a field goal and 28 extra points.

Wayne, which was 13-1 and lost in the title game to Bridgeport, had three players picked: Junior fullback Robert Pratt (1,319 yards, 18 TDs), junior linebacker Adam Clay (143 tackles, three defensive TDs) and senior defensive lineman Zach Botkins (60 tackles).

Wyoming East, last year's champion, also had three players on the first team. They are junior running back James "Tank" Tunstalle, who ran for 1,946 yards and 23 TDs; senior defensive lineman Justin Grogg, who scored more than 130 points as a fullback-kicker; and senior linebacker Ashley McNeely, the defensive captain who made 175 tackles and 12 sacks.

Shady Spring senior linebacker Brandon Moore joins Grogg and McNeeley as the only repeat selections. Moore is joined on the first team by two teammates: senior running back Remmy Bortell (1,683 yards, 17 TDs) and senior defensive back Josh Rose (11 interceptions).

Winfield, which advanced to the quarterfinals in its first playoff appearance in 12 years, is the final team with three selections. They are junior lineman Brandon Bright, junior punter Shane Thompson and senior defensive back Connor Robertson.

Thompson's 47.5 yard per punt average in the first round against Clay County established a new playoff preliminary round record for the class.

Rounding out the offensive line are Poca senior Daniel Cantrell and Ritchie County senior Thomas Naylor. Williamstown senior Darren Lott completes the defensive line.

Clay County claimed two of the skill positions with senior quarterback Jason Tucker, who passed for 884 yards and 19 TDs, and junior receiver Jarod Douglas, who caught 30 passes for 490 yards.

Magnolia senior receiver Jason Baxter (43 catches for 512 yards) and Poca junior utility player Darrell Thomas (1,386 total yards, 17 TDs) round out the offense. The kicker is Weir senior Seth Harpold, who hit six field goals.

Magnolia junior linebacker John Smith and Braxton County senior defensive back Heath Cook, who made nine interceptions, complete the first team.

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