Players from Reidsville, Morehead and Rockingham were recently selected for the HSXtra.com All-Area team.
Reidsville had the most selections of any team in the county with four first team, two second team and five honorable mentions.
First team selections included quarterback Kyle Pinnix, running back Lionel Long, offensive lineman Trey Pickard and athlete Breon Pass.
Pinnix, just a junior, was a second-team HSXtra.com All-Area as a sophomore. He led the Rams to a 15-1 record and their second- consecutive NCHSAA class 2-A state championship on Dec. 14 with a 14-0 win over Northeastern.
He tied Reidsville’s single-season record set in 2003 by Kendon Doe with 45 touchdown passes and completed 164 of 261 attempts (63 percent) for 3,226 yards with only five interceptions.
Pinnix also was a threat as a runner, with 513 yards and six touchdowns.
Long gave the Rams a powerful running game to complement the area’s best passing attack. The senior earned the Most Valuable Player award in Reidsville’s second-straight victory over Elizabeth City Northeastern in the NCHSAA Class 2-A championship game, after being named the Rams’ outstanding offensive player in the 2018 title game.
He rushed for 1,768 yards on 201 carries and scored 34 touchdowns and was named the Mid-State 2-A Conference’s offensive player of the year.
Pickard was the leader of an offensive line that coach Jimmy Teague said might have been the Rams’ best during his storied tenure. He was a big, physical tackle for a Reidsville team that averaged 49 points per game on its way to a 15-1 record and the title. He was selected as the Mid-State 2-A Conference’s offensive lineman of the year.
Reidsville best all-around athlete, Pass caught 48 passes for 851 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 208 yards and two TDs as a receiver and accounted for six two-point conversions. As a defensive back, he broke up eight passes and picked off one on the rare occasions when quarterbacks challenged him in coverage. As a kick returner, he finished with 556 yards and ran back two kickoffs and two punts for TDs. Pass averaged 31.5 yards with a long of 55 and was named the Mid-State 3-A’s punter of the year and was named Reidsville’s outstanding offensive player in the state championship game. He was also a first-team HSXtra.com All-Area in 2018. A high-level FBS recruit, he is also being recruited nationally as a basketball player.
All four were Mid-State 2A All-Conference players.
Reidsville senior linebacker Colby Johnson and senior offensive lineman Jordan Lindsay were selected on the second team.
Johnson was one of the leaders of the NCHSAA Class 2-A championship team. He intercepted four passes — including a pick-six — and was credited with 69 tackles in the 2019 season. He also contributed as receiver, catching 15 passes for 408 yards and five touchdowns.
Lindsay was a Small but powerful blocker for a Rams. He helped protect Pinnix and opened holes for Long as Reidsville averaged 49 points per game and also contributed on the defensive line. Both were All-Mid-State 2-A Conference selections as well.
Demontez Canada, Kwame Davis, Auldon Edwards, Jiheem Hooper and Seth Jeffries were honorable mentions.
Morehead punter Logan Dodson was the lone first team selection for the Panthers. The senior averaged 34 yards per punt and dropped 11 inside the 20 for a Panthers team that reached the NCHSAA Class 2-AA playoffs. As a kicker, he made both of his field-goal attempts and was 15-of-21 on extra-point tries. Dodson also contributed as a three-year starter in the secondary where he had 67 tackles and three interceptions. He also saw time as a wide receiver and quarterback. Dodson was a two-time All-Mid-State 3-A Conference selection as well.
Panther teammates Ja’Quan Cannon, DeAndre Richardson, Kelton Williams were all honorable mention selections.
Rockingham big man Colby Smith was a second team selection as an offensive lineman.
At 6-7 285 pounds, Smith only figures to get better as a senior. He was the blocker most Cougars running plays followed and was the quarterbacks best blind side blocking option on passing downs. He also contributed as a defensive lineman and averaged 90 snaps per game. He was an All-Mid-State 3-A Conference selection and already has 10 FBS-level scholarship offers as a left tackle including the Big Four schools, Illinois, Louisville, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Rockingham County teammates Hayden Hundley, Austin Lynch and Matthew Reichenbach were all honorable mention selections.
Joe Sirera contributed to this report.