Hayfield’s Soper, Lenore headline All-Gunston District football team

Soper stiff-arming defender

Hayfield junior quarterback Chase Soper led the Hawks to a 9-1 regular season record. (Thomas Kinder image)

Hayfield had its best season in 25 years in 2018, going 9-1 during the regular season and advancing to the Occoquan Region semifinals. The Hawks also swept the Gunston District for the second year in a row, and the strong showing was rewarded with 11 players making first-team All-Gunston District, including the offensive and defensive players of the year.

Junior quarterback Chase Soper led the Hawks on the offensive side of the ball with 851 yards rushing, 2,105 yards passing and 36 total touchdowns en route to earning Gunston District Offensive Player of the Year. His teammate on the other side of the ball, senior defensive back Jayden Lenore, earned Defensive Player of the Year. Lenore finished the season with five interceptions and 100 total tackles, according to MaxPreps.com.

Other Hawks making first-team all-district included speedy receivers Rayjuon Pringle and Tim Drummond-Wiggins. The two seniors, along with sophomore Scott Woods (second team All-Gunston and runner-up for all-purpose player of the year) combined for 132 receptions and 21 touchdowns. Pringle also earned first-team all-district honors as a punt returner and a kick returner. Lineman Javier Oliver and Tommy Ryan also made the first team, as did running back CJ Lipford.

Defensively, three starting linebackers for the Hawks were named to the first team — John Kelly, Joseph Manga and Ben Santos — on a unit that held opponents to 14 points or less in five games.

Player walking off field

Mount Vernon’s Elijah Rucker made 1st team All-Gunston District on offense and defense. (Lori Heltzel photo)

Mount Vernon junior quarterback Fonnae Webb earned 1st team All-Gunston All-Purpose Player of the Year honors, leading the 8-3 Majors to another playoff berth and their best record in years. Webb ran for more than 1,300 yards and set a school record with 21 rushing TDs. Webb passed for another 13 touchdowns.

Other Majors joining Webb on the first team offense included senior wide receiver Kofi Kwarteng, junior running back Jordyn Reid and senior guard Elijah Rucker. Kwarteng average 25 yards per catch, while Rucker joined Hayfield’s Pringle as the only players in the district to earn 1st-team honors on both offense and defense.

Linebacker Robert Overby and senior cornerback Skyler Davis — who has committed to play next year at Morgan State — also earned first-team honors on the defensive side of the ball.

Mount Vernon junior Sam Renzi was named both first-team kicker and punter. Renzi had 41 touchbacks on kickoffs this season, and converted on 9 of 16 field goals — including a 47-yarder against rival West Potomac.

The full All-Gunston teams:

2018 All-Gunston District Football Team

1st Team Offense
First NameLast NamePositionSchool
LukeWilsonCenterT.C. Williams
ElijahRuckerOffensive LinemanMount Vernon
KevinReyesOffensive LinemanAnnandale
JavierOliverOffensive LinemanHayfield
TommyRyanOffensive LinemanHayfield
AlexBellemTight EndAnnandale
KofiKwartengReceiverMount Vernon
JordynReidRunning BackMount Vernon
CJLipfordRunning BackHayfield
AnthonyEatonRunning BackT.C. Williams
SamRenziPlace KickerMount Vernon
RayjaunPringleKick ReturnerHayfield
FonnaeWebbAll Purpose PlayerMount Vernon
ChaseSoperPlayer of the YearHayfield
1st Team Defense
First NameLast NamePositionSchool
ElijahRuckerLinemanMount Vernon
Za'anKhanLinemanT.C. Williams
LeoulMulgeltaLinemanT.C. Williams
JavuanMasonEndWest Potomac
RobertOverbyLinebackerMount Vernon
TavaresBrownBackT.C. Williams
SkylerDavisBackMount Vernon
SamRenziPunterMount Vernon
RayjuonPringlePunt ReturnerHayfield
AymenElHagAll Purpose PlayerAnnandale
JaydenLenorePlayer of the YearHayfield
MikeScottCoach of the YearAnnandale
2nd Team/Honorable Mention Offense
First NameLast NamePositionSchoolRate
JaimeReyesCenterMount Vernon2
PatrickDevlinCenterWest PotomacHM
MikeHoodOffensive LinemanMount Vernon2
AndyZepadaOffensive LinemanAnnandaleHM
JimmyLiangOffensive LinemanHayfield2
AmaduTurayOffensive LinemanHayfieldHM
JoshGyamfiOffensive LinemanWest Potomac2
BrianFlamencoOffensive LinemanWest PotomacHM
GinoMessinoOffensive LinemanT.C. Williams2
QuarondeBennettReceiverWest Potomac2
AborraKwartengReceiverMount Vernon2
DeandreDohertyReceiverWest Potomac2
DanielDansoRunning BackMount VernonHM
BaronDavisRunning BackAnnandale2
DylanWeaverRunning BackAnnandaleHM
NazBattleRunning BackHayfield2
RichardKobiahRunning BackWest PotomacHM
JTMayoQuarterbackWest PotomacHM
FonnaeWebbQuarterbackMount Vernon2
RyanAdamsKick ReturnerAnnandale2
RobLongerbeamAll Purpose PlayerT.C. Williams2
ScottWoodsAll Purpose PlayerHayfield2
2nd Team and Honorable Mention Defense
First NameLast NamePositionSchoolRate
MikeHoodLinemanMount Vernon2
MicaiahBoamahLinemanWest Potomac2
AnthonyMeijaEndMount VernonHM
KeyshawnSuberEndWest Potomac2
ConnorGreydanusLinebackerMount VernonHM
JakeRadoskiLinebackerWest Potomac2
AdamHunterLinebackerT.C. Williams2
BradfordCheiBackMount Vernon2
KaiBrookerBackMount VernonHM
MicahMcDonaldBackWest Potomac2
RyanAdamsPunt ReturnerAnnandale2
JonYoungAll Purpose PlayerHayfield2
SkylerDavisPlayer of the YearMount Vernon2