CHS football draws 17 selections

Published 12:07 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Eleven members of Central High School’s 2018 varsity football team received recognition from coaches in the region across 13 All-Region 1B selections, while four Chargers were also selected for All-James River District honors.

Central players making the all-region first team included senior Trey Patterson III, as both a kick returner and as a defensive back, junior offensive lineman Shamond Sellers, junior running back T’zion Wilkerson and senior linebacker Jackson Dalton.

Chargers on the second team included Dalton, as a tight end, senior center Dawson Bishop, senior place kicker Earl Ginn, senior defensive lineman Garrett Williams, junior defensive end Kawonte Ragsdale, senior linebacker Geontra Ragsdale, junior punter Jonathan Hatchett and junior defensive all-purpose player Khalil Wood.

Reflecting on his team’s regional accolades, Central Head Coach Will Thomas said, “We were very pleased, very well represented.”

The Chargers earned the No. 3 seed in the Region 1B tournament, advanced past the first round and fell narrowly, 27-24, to host No. 2 William Campbell High School in the semifinals. Central finished the year with a 7-5 overall record.

Compared to the small Region 1B, the district features a larger field of teams, including squads that hail from larger Virginia High School League Class 2 schools, making it more difficult to receive district recognition.

Chargers making the all-district first team were Wilkerson, as a running back, Kawonte Ragsdale, as a defensive end, and Williams, as a defensive lineman.

Dalton made the second team as a linebacker.

Patterson drew regional recognition as a kick returner because he returned seven kicks for 217 yards and a touchdown this year. As a defensive back, he had 64 total tackles, including 14 solo tackles, plus one fumble caused and one fumble recovered.

Wilkerson finished the year with 179 carries for 1,093 yards and 10 touchdowns.

“It’s his second year of a thousand yards rushing in a row, and he’s got another year left, and to my knowledge, I don’t think we’ve ever had a kid that had three 1,000-yard seasons in a row,” Thomas said.

Kawonte Ragsdale recorded 106 total tackles, including 33 solo and 34 tackles for a loss. He also had one fumble caused and one fumble recovery.

Dalton ended up with 72 total tackles, including 15 solo and 19 tackles for a loss. He also had one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks.

Williams registered 46 total tackles, including nine solo and 22 tackles for a loss. He also had one fumble caused.