Four Chargers selected All-State

Published 4:06 pm Thursday, January 21, 2016

Four Central High School football players made the Virginia High School League (VHSL) 2015 Group 1A All-State Football Team announced Thursday.

Senior Bayden Bishop was selected First-Team All-State as a center. He was Central’s lone First-Team honoree.

“Bayden has worked hard,” said head coach Will Thomas.

“Bayden didn’t even start last year. He came in and worked hard during the week before this season started. I am just real proud of him … And, as far as a lineman, he was one of our smallest, but he was tough and gave you everything he had.”

Thomas said that Bishop worked so hard that he came in every day to train and prepare for the season, and then continued to train during the season.

“He earned his position this year, no question,” Thomas said.

Senior Jamori Peagram was selected as a Second-Team All-State offensive lineman, while senior Brandon Williams was selected as Second-Team defensive lineman.

“Jamori played a lot last year and did a really good job, but he was not a starter,” Thomas said.

“At the end of his junior year, he figured out that he needed to get in the weight room to do better, and it paid off. He did a really good job for us this year.”

Williams’ all-state recognition was especially impressive given that he was sidelined early in the season with a bout of appendicitis.

“He missed the first five games, and we were really bad against the rug when he was out,” Thomas said.

“Williams was probably our most veteran defensive football player[s]. This was his third year starting on the defense.”

Thomas said that Williams was among the top five strongest players on the team.

Senior Brandon Scott was selected as Second-Team receiver and Second-Team defensive back.

“Brandon holds a school record for average yards per reception. So, every time he caught a pass, it was for more than 35 yards,” said Thomas. “That is impressive, man. That is a big-play kind of guy. He was way more valuable to us on defense, kind of like our quarterback of the defense.”

The 2015 season marked Thomas’ eighth year coaching football at Central.

“All these guys are seniors, and we’re going to miss them,” Thomas said.

The Chargers finished their season 9-4 overall this school year and advanced to the third round of the Group 1A playoffs, losing 42-0 to Riverheads High School.