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Southwestern 4A all-conference football team announced.

Rocky River senior linebacker Jaylon Sharpe is a two-time Southwestern 4A defensive player of the year
Rocky River senior linebacker Jaylon Sharpe is a two-time Southwestern 4A defensive player of the year Special to the Observer

Indian Trail Porter Ridge running back Jaylen Coleman and Rocky RIver linebacker Jaylon Sharpe head the 2018 Southwestern 4A all-conference team.

The team was voted on by conference coaches. The Observer’s all-star team will be released later this month. The I-MECK 4A and SoMeck 7 all-conference teams have already been announced.

Coleman, a Duke recruit, led the Pirates to the N.C. 4A semifinals. He ran 211 times for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns.

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Porter Ridge High running back Jaylen Coleman rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and is the Southwestern 4A offensive player of the year Greg Stavish Special to the Observer

Rocky River’s Jaylon Sharpe repeats as league defensive player of the year. Sharpe had 127 tackles this season.

Porter Ridge’s Jared Wheatley was special teams player of the year. Wheatley averaged 48 yards per punt with a long of 64. He kicked off 88 times and 61 went for touchbacks. He was 63-of-67 on point-after-touchdown kicks and was 8-of-9 on field goals, with a long of 52.

Garinger High’s Jeff Caldwell was named league coach of the year. In his first season, in 2017, Caldwell led the Garinger to a 42-0 win over Monroe Central Academy to end a 55-game losing streak, then the longest in the state.

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Garinger High’s Jeff Caldwell is the Southwestern 4A coach of the year Observer File Photo

This season, Garinger finished 3-8, winning the most games at the school since 2010, when the Wildcats finished 7-5. That was the school’s last winning season. From 2011-16, Garinger won one game.

Coach of the YearJeff CaldwellGaringer
Offensive Player of the YearJaylen Coleman, RBPorter Ridge
Defensive Player of the YearJaylon Sharpe, LBRocky River
Special Teams Player of the YearJared Wheatley, K/PPorter Ridge






Offensive LineKorion SharpeRocky River


Grayson LewisHickory Ridge


Tre RichburgButler


Leo ArredondoButler


Anthony CarterButler


Will McDonaldPorter Ridge


Chase HaglerPorter Ridge


Cole CiminoPorter Ridge


Juwan TruesdaleMyers Park


Hayden MalcheskyMyers Park






Running BackAntonio SmithGaringer


Jamal WorthyButler


Quasean HolmesButler


Jatoine FieldsMyers Park






QuarterbackGrayson McCallPorter Ridge


Drake MayeMyers Park






Wide ReceiverJames MayeRocky River


Malcolm BaileyGaringer


Keyon LesaneButler


Elijah BowickMyers Park


Mushin MuhammadMyers Park


Shai WheelerIndependence






Tight EndChris BaileyGaringer


Sam BeemanPorter Ridge






PlacekickerMatt DennisMyers Park






Offensive SpecialistLogan CruceHickory Ridge






Defensive LineKalil AlexanderRocky River


Elijah RichardsonGaringer


Toney Black jrHickory Ridge


Traevon FreemanButler


Raevon FreemanButler


Davidson CarrollPorter Ridge


Jordan KingMyers Park


Tyson ClawsonIndependence






LinebackerLawence CampbellEast Meck


Brian GreirRocky River


Trey PurnellHickory Ridge


Brandon MasoneButler


Dylan BurdettePorter Ridge


Jake HarkleroadMyers Park


Roe ChitwoodMyers Park


Omar ZazuetaIndependence






Defensive BackZyone EasterlingRocky River


LaShawn AudryGaringer


Chris MasseyHickory Ridge


Garrett WilliamsHickory Ridge


Tyran JonesButler


Trey BlyMyers Park


Cameron Roseman-SinclairMyers Park


Zach RepakIndependence






PunterJared WheatleyPorter Ridge






Defensive SpecialistZay StatenGaringer






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