Bryce Hall’s patience and dedication finally paid off.
Recently, the Manchester running back decided to continue his football and academic career at Christopher Newport University.
Hall showed over the course of his high school career that he can workhorse for his team. He surpassed 140 rushing yards in a game twice and had multiple 3 touchdown performances. Hall was set to breakout in his sophomore season, accumulating 77 carries for 443 yards and 8 touchdowns before injury sidelined him for the rest of season. The dynamic running back is still recovering, but showed flashes of fearless running style this season, as he ran for 26 yards on 8 carries and caught one reception for 29 yards. CNU recognized the potential Hall still possess and made a strong push to bring him aboard.
“The campus was sweet,” said Hall. “That was my favorite campus I visited. The way the coaches dealt with me when I got there impressed me. They knew my name, where I was from, and everything as soon as I stepped on campus. Coach Shockley, the guy that recruited me, was real with me and told me everything honestly.”
With his recruitment process out of the way, Hall can return his attention to his recovery, as he tries to bring his previous level of dominance to the Captains.
Breon Davis’ breakout senior season played a huge role in the team’s offensive success this season.
The 6-0, 155-pound wide receiver received All-Conference honors after putting up 539 yards and 7 touchdowns on 32 receptions. Davis also showed he was person to go to in the clutch, as he caught a game winning touchdown to cap off an amazing comeback for the Lancers.
Davis’ speed, route running, and catching ability propelled him to being the number one option for Manchester’s passing game. After his outstanding senior season, many colleges started to show interest, but the All-Conference receiver decided that Bluefield College was where he wanted to continue his career.
“It was a good fit,” explained Davis. “I felt like the coaches really loved me there and I really felt wanted. I feel like I can come in and make an impact right away at the next level.”
Lockdown defensive backs are in high demand in football and Taj Poindexter has the potential to be exactly that.
Poindexter played wide receiver for most of high high school career before switching to the defensive side of the ball this year. From his new position, he showed flashes of elite play, finishing with 26 tackles and numerous passes defended. Offenses challenged him all season long, and the 5’10 174-pound defensive back showed he would not back down. Poindexter is a track regional champion, and he showed off that speed throughout the year, as he was able to keep up with faster receivers in the area. Poindexter ultimately decided that Frostburg State University was where he wanted to spend his next 4 years.
“Being that my Mom moved to Maryland, I wanted to be close to her,” explained Poindexter. “I was looking at schools up there and it came down to Frostburg or Salisbury. I choose Frostburg because it just felt like home to me.”
Middle linebackers are often where you find the leaders of defenses and Manchester’s program was no exception.
Gavin Corker was phenomenal for his team last season, finishing with 64 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Whatever his team needed him to do, that is what he did. He led Manchester in tackles and was one of the reasons their defense was one of the most stout in the area.
He was also a big vocal leader for team, always firing up his teammates and pushing them to greater heights. The 6-0, 205-pound linebacker attracted many different colleges, but choose to continue his career at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.
“I liked the football program and I liked the environment there and the campus,” said Corker. “I really liked the education. They have a really good economics program, which is what I want to study so that was one of the main reasons.”
D’Jermaine Layne’s consistency and skill lead him to have a dominant season.
The 6-0, 132-pound defensive back started every game for the Lancers, finishing with 36 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and multiple passes defended. Layne’s size and speed helped him to keep receivers away from the ball, as well as come up and make tackles when needed. He was relentless while in coverage, refusing to let anyone get by him and never taking a play off. Layne proved he can compete at the collegiate level, and decided to commit to Virginia State University.
“When I went on campus, I felt like it was home,” said Layne. “I wanted to be somewhere close, and VSU just made sense.”
Joining the team in his junior year, Jesse Clark came in and made an immediate impact on the Lancer defense.
Last season, the 5-10, 160-pound linebacker finished with 32 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and a sack. Clark was relentless in his pursuit of the ball and never let runners escape once they were in his grasp. He quickly earned the respect of his coaches and teammates, and caught the eye of numerous collegiate programs. Along with his passion for football, Clark is also passionate about his career aspirations, making his choice pretty simple. Clark decided to continue his education and football career at The Apprentice School.
“It was the best fit for me,” explained Clark. “I get to work and play football, and those were two big things for me.”