First Posted: 1/15/2009
FAYETTEVILLE -- Lumberton claimed two of the top three awards in All-Two Rivers Conference football voting for the 2002 season, it recently was announced.
Lumberton quarterback Jordan Reisman was named the TRC's offensive player of the year, and Pirates coach Jeff Smouse was picked as the conference's coach of the year.
Lineman Demarcus Tyler of Two Rivers co-champion E.E. Smith was selected the league's defensive player of the year.
Reisman, a senior, completed 172 of 300 passes for 2,579 yards and 27 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions. He rushed for 1,028 yards at an average of 7.4 yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns.
Smouse, in his fourth season guiding the Pirates, led them to a 3-3 TRC record and a 9-4 overall mark. Picked to finish sixth in the conference this season after going 1-5 in league games in 2001, Lumberton posted its first winning record since 1986.
Aside from Reisman, Lumberton had two players among the 13 first-team honorees on offense. The Pirates, who tied for third place in the seven-team conference, had two players among the 15 first-team honorees on defense.
On offense Lumberton's first-team selections were guard Cobey Houser and wide receiver Deon Mitchell. On defense end Mario McDuffie and safety Matt Hunt were selected first team.
South View, which shared the TRC title with E.E. Smith, matched the Golden Bulls with three players on the first-team offense and three on the first-team defense.
Lumberton also had one second-team pick on offense -- wide receiver Adrian Worley -- and five second-team picks on defense -- tackle David Williams, linebacker Montrell Hill, cornerback Rod Hill, kicker Garrett Straughn and punter Mike Singleton.
Gaining honorable mention for Lumberton were offensive tackle Hutch Eckerson, linebacker Floyd Wade and cornerback Joe McKoy.
Purnell Swett, which placed sixth in the league standings with a 1-5 record, had one first-team selection: linebacker Martrel Brown. The Rams had three total second-team picks: offensive tackle Isaac Mar-tinez, running back Jarrett Meadors and nose tackle Britton Mercer.
Seven Purnell Swett players gained honorable mention: Kenwin Cum-mings as an offensive lineman and linebacker, running back Korey Revels, tight end Talik McCullom, defensive lineman Marcus Ayers and defensive backs Braxton Chavis, Jordan Locklear and Herbert Pittman.