By Randy Arrington
LURAY — For a second-straight year, Luray High School standout Brady Jenkins earned All-Region honors on both sides of the football. Last season, the two-way player earned first team honors as an all-purpose offensive player and second team honors as a linebacker. However, this year the senior was selected for the All-Region B first team as both a running back and a linebacker.
Through 12 games, Jenkins finished his senior campaign with 1,617 yards rushing. The senior lead an offense that averaged more than 300 yards and nearly 40 points per game. As a linebacker, he lead a defense that held opponents to an average of 18.9 points per game. In his final game, the senior running back rushed for 181 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown in a Region B semifinal loss to Central.
Luray (9-3) ended their season at home on Nov. 18 with a 22-12 loss to the Falcons, who advanced to steam roll the Rams of Strasburg, 34-7, on the road in the Region B championship. The Falcons (11-2) will host Poquoson in a VHSL Class 2 semifinal at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
On the offensive side, Luray sophomore Jae Frye (lineman) and senior Kenny Frye (running back) were chosen for second team All-Region B honors; while senior Robin Hernandez (lineman) and junior Braden Ancell (linebacker) received second team defense selections. Kenny Frye ended his senior season with 928 yards, after posting 61 yards in his final game in the playoffs against Central after a two-week absence.
Jenkins was one of four players across the region to accomplish the feat of being honored on the All-Region B first team for both offensive and defensive skills. Strasburg’s Ryan Roller was chosen as a first team all-purpose offensive player, and both a first team linebacker and punt returner on defense. The Rams’ senior was named the Region B Offensive Player of the Year, an honor he also earned in the Bull Run District.
Strasburg junior Colby Shaw was selected for the All-Region B first team as both an offensive lineman and a linebacker. Like Luray’s Jenkins, Central junior Tyler Forbes was named first team as both a running back and a linebacker. Forbes has two rushing touchdowns against the Bulldogs in the Region B semifinal on Nov. 18.
Central junior Nathan Lopez was chosen as the Region B Defensive Player of the Year, earning first team honors as a defensive lineman. Lopez won the same honor in the Bull Run District.
Despite dropping the Region B title game, Strasburg earned the most first team selections with nine — junior Blake Frazier (center), junior Colby Shaw (offensive lineman/linebacker), junior Griffin Carter (tight end), senior Ryan Roller (offensive all-purpose/defensive back/punt returner), senior Omari Holiday (defensive lineman), and junior Walker Conrad (defensive end). The Rams earned four second team selections.
Central of Woodstock recorded the second-most first team selections with eight — senior Gaige Lewis (offensive lineman), senior Ben Walters (receiver), junior Tyler Forbes (running back/linebacker), senior Luc Retrosi (kicker), senior Cully Neese (kick returner), junior Nathan Lopez (defensive lineman), and senior James Bland (defensive back). The Falcons earned seven second team selections.
The powerful passing duo of East Rockingham junior Jakari Eaves and senior Zach Joyner earned first team All-Region B honors as quarterback and receiver, respectively. Eaves passed for nearly 2,000 yards this season.
For schedules, rosters and results, check the Bull Run District website.