Chefren Makes First Team All-State, All-MSAC
5 Other Big Reds Get Post-Season Honors
Max Chefren, senior defensive end, has been named to the first team defense for the 2014 All-State and All-Mountain State Athletic Conference football teams.
The all-state team, selected by the sportswriters, saw the 6-foot-2, 200 pound PHS senior named to the first unit.
Two other Big Reds were mentioned on the all-state list as senior Corey Burdette was named special honorable mention and senior Dan Fox was named honorable mention.
Chefren was joined on the All-MSAC honor squad by five other players, two second team selections, one special honorable mention and two honorable mention.
While Chefren was the only Big Red to be named to the first All-MSAC team, Burdette was selected as a second team running back and sophomore Ben McFarland was named as a second team offensive lineman. Fox was named to the special mention list while seniors Chase Shank and Charley Conley were named honorable mention.
Chefren had an incredible season on defense for PHS, leading the team with 107 tackles, 53 of them solo. He had an amazing 35 tackles for loss and 11 quarterback sacks. He also recovered two fumbles (one he returned 22 yards for a touchdown) and forced three more fumbles while even returning three short kickoffs for 68 yards (one for 41 yards).
Corey Burdette ..............................Ben McFarland
Burdette led the team in scoring with 13 touchdowns, 11 rushing and two receiving. He paced the Big Reds with 700 yards rushing on 181 carries in 10 games while catching six passes for 66 yards.
McFarland, a two-year regular already on the line, was the key blocker all year as PHS averaged 29 points and 284.5 yards per game on offense. He also played defensive end and had 21 tackles.
Fox led the team in all-purpose yards with 854 and scored six touchdowns while passing for another. He caught 8 passes for a 22.1 average and three TD's while leading the team in interceptions with three and averaging 22.5 yards on 11 kick returns. He had a 9.9 yards per carry rushing average with 417 yards on 42 attempts.
Shank scored six touchdowns, had 360 rushing yards, three fumble recoveries and was second on the team in tackles with 90. Conley anchored the center of both lines, playing center on offense and nose guard on defense.
Dan Fox ...............Chase Shank.........Charley Conley
Capital won the conference championship this season and beat another MSAC team, South Charleston, for the Class AAA state championship. Capital's Jon Carpenter was named Coach of the Year and South Charleston junior quarterback Kentre Grier was named Player of the Year.