Ponder, Cook lead All-SEKC squad

Published 12:30 pm Friday, January 4, 2019

Both Dalton Ponder and Dalton Cook put up big numbers all season and shared the award as player of the year for Class A-2A teams in the All Southeastern Kentucky Conference squad.

Ponder, a junior quarterback, led Williamsburg to a 9-3 record and district championship as he passed for 2,954 yards with 35 touchdowns and ran for 1,292 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Cook, a four-year starter at tailback, ran for 2,493 yards and 29 touchdowns to help Lynn Camp post a 10-2 record.

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Harlan was also well represented in the special awards, led by senior running back/receiver Kilian Ledford, who ran for 716 yards and caught 19 passes for 437 yards. Ledford was also a standout defensively with 30 tackles and was named best all-around by the league coaches.

Caleb Adkins, a Harlan senior, was named special teams player. He ran for 83 yards and led the team with 37 catches for 479 yards.

Harlan senior Garrett Begley shared the honor as best offensive lineman with Williamsburg’s Noah Miracle.

The All-SEKC team for Class A/AA includes:

Co-player of the year — Dalton Ponder, Williamsburg; and Dalton Cook, Lynn Camp

Coach of the year — Jerry Herron, Williamsburg

Best quarterback — Eric Mitchell, Lynn Camp

Best running back — Matt Golden, Pineville

Best receiver — Eli Mattingly, Williamsburg

Co-best offensive linemen — Garrett Begley, Harlan; Noah Miracle, Williamsburg

Best all-around — Kilian Ledford, Harlan

Best special teams player — Caleb Adkins, Harlan

Co-best defensive linemen — Mykel Griffin, Middlesboro; Dalton Bunch, Lynn Camp

Best linebacker — Hunter Brown, Williamsburg

Best defensive back — Cameron Gilbert, Lynn Camp


First team

Williamsburg — Devonte Powell, Caleb Rose, Gavon Thomas, Clay Kysar, Tyler West, Cody Maxey, Blane Sizemore, Trey Hendrix and Jeff Tye.

Lynn Camp — Datrick Roberts, Chase Brown, Michael Floyd, Tracy Fee, Frank Boswell, Jayden Dunn and Gage Roberts.

Harlan — Will Varner, John Brady Brock, Franklin Davis, Ethan Clem, Jordan Howard and Braydon Shanks.

Pineville — Nick Holbrook, Lee Cox, Brendan King and Landon Couch.

Middlesboro — Alex Mason and Sebastian Wagoner.

Honorable mention

Williamsburg — Bryce McCullah-Creekmore, Kyle Davis, Brenden Lester and Marty Gilley.

Lynn Camp — Spencer Gilbert, Cody Hendrix, Domanick Cook and Brennan Warfield.

Harlan — Jarrett McKenzie, Connor Scearse, Josh Burkhart and Wil McCarthy.

Pineville — Tim Gambrel, Reese Capps, Devon Morris and Hayden Calebs.

Middlesboro — Rayshawn Patterson, Rhyan Rogers, Colton Jones and Hunter Hoskins.