Love, Brabrand lead 2013 Cap Eight all-conference football team

12/22/2013 11:29 AM

12/22/2013 11:30 AM

Wakefield High quarterback Evan Brabrand and Wake Forest running back Bryce Love share football player of the year honors in the Cap Eight 4A Conference.

Love helped lead Wake Forest to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA finals while Brabrand helped Wakefield to the regular-season conference title.

Love, a junior, rushed for 1,973, averaging 123.3 per game. He led the Cougars with 27 touchdowns. Brabrand stepped in as a first-year quarterback to lead the Wolverines with 2,899 passing yards. He averaged 223 per game.

Brabrand was joined on the honorees list by Wakefield coach Rod Sink, who was named coach of the year.

Leesville Road’s Malcolm Hitchcock, who played running back and quarterback, was the offensive player of the year, and lineman Sam Blue was the defensive player of the year. Broughton kicker Andrew King was the special teams player of the year.

The all-conference team included:


Evan Brabrand, Aaron Zhang, Justin Bethea, Jake Butler, Josh Lowery, George Ihediwa, Nick Dennis, Julian Drew, Drew Lair, Tevin Hargrove, Mike Shelton, Dallaw McDougal, Rey Gill.

Leesville Road

Chris Pendergraft, Darius Darden, Spencer Eason-Riddle, Zane Weekman, Malcolm Hitchcock, Braxton Berrios, Taylan Johnson, Khmari Alexander, Brock Pyper, Bryan Henriquez. Honorable mention: Connor Eller, Alex Butler, Daniel Gleiverman, Max Reconnu, Patrick Rice, Nate Duell.


Sam Blue, Khalil Spears, Brian Miller, James Smith-Williams, Julian Williams, Reid Herring, Paul Oquendo, Naquan Bryant, Dillon Dawkins, Reche Hunter, Marcus Marshall.


Antwuan Elliott, Cole Nigor, Daeqwan Bailey, Bryson Powers, Jeriko Styles, Jah Laville, Elijah Bell, Elijan Bivens.


Greg Clifton, Jalen Parson, Matt Baker, Tyler Crowther, Jeff Gemmell, Trey Ratliff. Honorable mention: Charles Johnson, Azubeze Uzoma, Jack Doyle, Blake Walters, Josh Murphy, Matt Sattler.

Wake Forest

Jalyn Thorpe, Dexter Lawrence, Antwain Terry, Norman Cade, Javon Felder, Kendall Massey, Devante’ Reynolds, Mack Moore, Bryce Love.


Patrick Kearney, Rashid Hurst, Keenan Willard, Dominic Ford, Andrew King.


De’Jon Bosley; Roy Garris.

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