Duffy voted Union County MVP
Chris Duffy has been a catalyst for Porter Ridge High's football team the past two seasons, helping in all phases of the game.
A 6-foot, 200-pounder who will play running back for the Charlotte 49ers next season, Duffy was voted the Most Valuable Player for the 2012 All-Union County Football Team by The Enquirer-Journal sports staff.
Duffy rushed 201 times for 1,452 yards and 20 touchdowns, added one receiving touchdown, recorded 41 tackles and two interceptions for the 13-2 Pirates.
Coach Blair Hardin gives Duffy high praise.
"I would say Chris is probably the best player I've ever coached," Hardin said. "He's multi-talented on both sides of the ball. He can run, catch, block, play special teams.
"Chris practices the exact same way he plays in a game. He never took a play off in practice. He's physical and fast and he set a great example for his teammates."
Sun Valley sophomore running back Albert Funderburk and Monroe senior defensive back Jermany Hammond were also awarded individually.
Funderburk was named the Union County Offensive Player of the Year after a UC-best 2,032 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns.
Funderburk's biggest play of the season came in the first round of the 4A state playoffs on the road against TC Roberson.
Tied at 31-all, the Spartans ran a draw to Funderburk with the thought of going to overtime. But Funderburk had other thoughts, and after making a couple defenders miss, completed an 80yard TD run as time expired.
Hammond had a monster year with 10 interceptions.
Also a special teams ace, Hammond also blocked eight punts and 14 kicks and scored nine touchdowns.
Pirates have most honored
Porter Ridge had a county-best 15 players named to the All-Union County squads, followed by Monroe with 11 and Sun Valley with 10.
The Pirates had the most first-teamers with seven — five of them were seniors.
Junior running back Jerrick Robbins rushed for 1,313 yards to help the Pirates to the 4A state championship game, and will be a key returning piece along with junior linebacker Nick Vagnone, who shared the team lead in tackles (104).
Four Pirates made first-team all-county for the second straight season, including Duffy, Vagnone, defensive end Avery Worsham and all-American kicker Matt Wogan.
Monroe had two repeat first-teamers in QB Quay Chambers and linebacker Ashad Byrd. Forest Hills senior linebacker Tyric Laney and Cuthbertson senior receiver Emmitt Afam also made first-team for the second year in a row.
Redhawks returning the mostMonroe, which finished the season 11-3, will return the most all-county players with six, followed by Porter Ridge with five.
The Redhawks placed five juniors and a sophomore on the all-county team.
Marvin Ridge, Weddington, Piedmont, Forest Hills, and Central Academy each return three while Union Academy, Cuthbertson and Parkwood will each return one all-county player.
The 2012 first-team offense included eight seniors, five juniors and a sophomore, while the first-team defense had 12 seniors and two juniors.
The three honorary teams are comprised of 51 seniors, 27 juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.
— E-J Sports Editor Jerry Snow contributed to this story
ALL-UNION COUNTY FOOTBALL TEAM
(as voted on by The Enquirer-Journal)
Union County MVP:
Chris Duffy (Sr.), Porter Ridge
Offensive Player of the Year:Albert Funderburk (So.), Sun Valley
Defensive Player of the Year:
Jermany Hammond (Sr.), Monroe
QB: Quayshawn Chambers (Sr.), Monroe
RB: Albert Funderburk (So.), Sun Valley
RB: Gavin Black (Sr.), Weddington
RB: Jerrick Robbins, (Jr.), Porter Ridge
WR: Emmitt Afam (Sr.), Cuthbertson
WR: Ty Thompson (Sr.), Sun Valley
OL: Ethan Suzenvich (Sr.), Porter Ridge
OL: Jacob Cannell (Sr.), Sun Valley
OL: Zach Panek (Sr.), Cuthbertson
OL: Jemarcus Glenn (Jr.), Monroe
OL: Ethan Pierson (Jr.), Piedmont
Kicker/punter: Matt Wogan (Sr.), Porter Ridge
Athlete: Jared Lee (Jr.), Forest Hills
Returner: Ryan Black (Jr.), Weddington
DL: Avery Worsham (Sr.), Porter Ridge
DL: Tristan Thompson (Sr.), Monroe
DL: Ryan Dilworth (Sr.), Porter Ridge
DL: Adam Smits (Sr.), Marvin Ridge
LB: Heath Moore (Sr.), Weddington
LB: Ashad Byrd (Jr.), Monroe
LB: Tyriq Laney (Sr.), Forest Hills
LB: Nick Vagnone (Jr.), Porter Ridge
DB: Billy Ryan (Sr.), Weddington
DB: Jermany Hammond (Sr.), Monroe
DB: Chris Duffy (Sr.), Porter Ridge
DB: Hunter Purser (Sr.), Piedmont
Rover: Roderick Poag (Sr.), Forest Hills
Utility: Chase Roten (Sr.), Weddington
OFFENSEQB: Kevin Saxton (Sr.), Sun Valley
RB: CJ Carelock (So.), Forest Hills
RB: Rasheed Rushing (Sr.), Union Academy
RB: Brandon Gentry (Sr.), Piedmont
WR: Nigel Wiley (Jr.), Sun Valley
WR: Sam Mobley (Jr.), Parkwood
OL: Conner Hogan (Sr.), Porter Ridge
OL: Dequavis Allen (Jr.), Monroe
OL: Danny Edwards (Sr.), Parkwood
OL: Sam Rhoten (Sr.), Weddington
OL: Jake Beachum (Jr.), Sun Valley
Kicker/punter: Tyler Cochran (Jr.), Marvin Ridge
Athlete: Luke Bayly (Jr.), Porter Ridge
Returner: Jacob Henderson (Jr.), Marvin Ridge
DL: Chris Glidewell (Sr.), Forest Hills
DL: Devyn Cunningham (Jr.), Porter Ridge
DL: Taylor Latu (Sr.), Marvin Ridge
DL: Isaiah Byarm (Jr.), Sun Valley
LB: Luke Gill (Sr.), Sun Valley
LB: Devin Black (Sr.), Union Academy
LB: Austin Moore (Sr.), Porter Ridge
LB: Jack Ryan (Jr.), Weddington
DB: Cordarrius Williams (Sr.), Sun Valley
DB: Marcus Freeman (Sr.), Porter Ridge
DB: Luke Porter (Jr.), Central Academy
DB: Tre Shun Wynn (Jr.), Monroe
Rover: Bruce Randall (Sr.), Porter Ridge
Utility: Michael Macchiavello (Sr.), Sun Valley
QB: Aaron Pilkington (Fr.), Marvin Ridge
RB: Chase Byrum (So.), Monroe
RB: Devin Johnson (Sr.), Cuthbertson
WR: Tyler Ivey (Jr.), Piedmont
WR: Jaylan Barbour (Jr.), Monroe
WR: Carter Hill (Sr.), Marvin Ridge
OL: Addison Day (Sr.), Marvin Ridge
OL: Kyle Hatcher (Sr.), Weddington
OL: Zeb Davis (Jr.), Forest Hills
OL: Grant Hill (Sr.), Porter Ridge
OL: Josh Anderson (Sr.), Union Academy
Kicker/punter: Alan Tinoco (Sr.), Forest Hills
Athlete: Ryan Kendall (Jr.), Cuthbertson
Returner: Lavonte Baker (Sr.), Monroe
DEFENSEDL: Eric Price (Sr.), Monroe
DL: Jonathan Jauch (Sr.), Parkwood
DL: Drew Lair (Fr.), Porter Ridge
DL: Niko Smith (Sr.), Marvin Ridge
LB: Alex Norton (Sr.), Cuthbertson
LB: James Houston (Sr.), Parkwood
LB: Aaron Braswell (So.), Piedmont
LB: Vito Pugliese (Jr.), Central Academy
DB: Evan Altizer (Jr.), Weddington
DB: Quay Threatt (So.), Central Academy
DB: Cameron Lewis (Sr.), Piedmont
DB: Tyus Deese (Sr.), Forest Hills
Rover: Maliq Pando (Jr.), Union Academy
Utility: Rashod Bivens (Sr.), Forest Hills