Glenville Places 14 on All-Conference TeamBy Chris Hunter | December 2nd, 2011 | Category: Sports | No Comments »
Although the football season is over and the Pioneers haven’t made the post season, several Pioneers joined a select few of elite players within the conference due to their impressive performances throughout the season.
Captaining the offense is quarterback Adam Neugebauer of West Virginia Wesleyan on the first team all-conference offensive team. Three Pioneers joined him on the First Team because of their exceptional play throughout the season. Junior Joe Mesadieu has been a key factor in the Pioneer offense all season long. The Roanoke, Virginia native averaged just under 100 yards a game and led the team with 1,173 yards on the ground. Mesadieu had arguably one of the most impressive plays of the season off an 89-yard rush against West Virginia State. While Mesadieu was the leading rusher for the team, Jordan Griffin was picking apart defenses from his wide receiver position. Griffin, a graduate of Robert C. Byrd high school in Clarksburg, West Virginia, led the Pioneers in receiving yards with 841 yards. He finished the season with an impressive 75 receptions which was second in the conference and he led the Pioneers in points with 66 as he found the end zone an outstanding 11 times. Junior Mark Jackson has possibly had the most interesting journey to being on the offensive first team. Jackson–hails from Columbus, Ohio, and after having a stellar career at Brook Haven High school ultimately chose Illinois University—a division one school that has sent players like Juice Williams and Rashard Mendenhall to the NFL. Deciding that the big school wasn’t for him was a huge decision but through it all he had one person who believed in him. “My mom pushed me all the way. [She] never gave up on me and I never gave up on myself,” says Jackson. Despite taking his talents to the division 2 level, the 6’6” Junior has received interest from several NFL teams including the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans, and Atlanta Falcons. With a rigorous offseason training plan, Jackson looks to improve his speed and his already impressive 385 pound maximum bench and 520 pound squat press.
“I never gave up on myself,” said Junior Mark Jackson.
The captain for the 2011 WVIAC defensive squad is linebacker Joe Greenway of Concord. The lone Pioneer joining him on the first team was James Washington. Washington overpowered offensive lines all season long to crush opposing quarterbacks and running backs. The Bowie, Maryland resident had 12.5 tackles for a loss and an astonishing 10 sacks on the season. Washington also was key factor in forcing turnovers for the team with 5 forced fumbles.
Jakharie Murphy was the only member of the team to make the Second Team and only player to be recognized for his special teams efforts. Murphy, who previously played his high school and junior college football in California, averaged 24.3 yards per return. Murphy had an impressive 96 yard touchdown return at the University of Charleston. The Oakland native looks to take his talents on to the next level.
Glenville added three players to the Honorable Mention Offensive Team. Senior Wide Receiver Antwan Stewart had 47 catches on the season for 703 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Washington, D.C native tied teammate Jordan Grifffin for a team high in receptions with his performance against the University of Charleston with 10 catches. Joining Stewart would be two guys that don’t make the stat sheet but whose efforts are no less important. Jon Rasnick was a staple on the offensive line from his center position. A sophomore from Orange, Virginia, Rasnick has already established himself as one of the premier offensive linemen within the conference. Kalob McCaffrey has been another offensive linemen who has been physically dominating opponents all season long. The Newton, Kansas resident added great leadership to a very well disciplined team.
On the Honorable Mention Defensive Team are Sophomore Terry Reese, Junior Nate Ingersoll, and Senior Matty Porter. Reese, another resident from Washington D.C, had 73 tackles from his safety position. Reese added an interception and 7 pass break-ups on the season. Leading the team in tackles this season was Ingersoll—who is from Ashburn, Virginia, from his linebacker position. Ingersoll added an interception to his 90 tackles. In-state resident from Martinsburg, Porter used his combination of size, strength, and speed to make his presence felt by opponents. Porter had 52 tackles, 8 of which were for a loss, and three sacks during the season.
Junior quarterback Darold Hughes and Senior linebacker Donald Marshall made the WVIAC Special Honorable Mention. Hughes started every game but one for the Pioneers and was not just a prolific passer for the team but also a great leader. Hughes threw for over 2,000 yards on the season and had 12 touchdown passes. Marshall was having a great season that almost certainly would have landed him a higher spot on conference team if it weren’t for a season ending leg injury in the Concord game. As it is, Marshall still had a good enough season in those first six games to land himself a very impressive award. Marshall had 45 tackles, 2.5 for a loss and a sack, on the season.
For the first time in Glenville State history a Pioneer got the Freshman of the Year honor. The Defensive Freshman of the Year is defensive linemen, Hunter McWhorter. Another in-state resident, McWhorter resides in Horner, West Virginia. McWhorter’s most impressive performance on the stat sheet was a two sack performance against West Liberty. The true freshman has three years of eligibility left so Pioneer fans can look to see his name on the stat sheet for years to come.