LUMBERTON — The Lumberton and Purnell Swett football teams combined to place nine players on the all-Sandhills Athletic Conference football team.
The league released the list over the weekend after Scotland (12-2, 7-0 SAC), the last SAC team competing in the state playoffs, lost to Harding in the NCHSAA 4A Championship in Winston-Salem.
The Rams (5-7, 2-5 SAC) placed five players on the all-SAC squad, including a trio of defensive players in senior lineman Kalan Locklear, junior linebacker Dylan Lowry and senior defensive back Blake Lowry.
Locklear had a team-high six sacks, with Dylan Lowry logging a team-best 84 tackles. Blake Lowry finished second on the squad with 73 tackles on the season.
Speedy wide receiver Chandley Brayboy, who finished the season with 1,1147 yards on 90 catches and 11 touchdowns, and senior lineman Trequan Gordon represented Purnell Swett’s offense.
The Pirates (2-9, 1-6 SAC) had four players on the all-SEC squad, including junior quarterback Braylan Grice — a three-time honoree. Grice, who finished second in the league with 30 total touchdowns in the regular season, was named the top punter in each of his first two seasons with the Pirates.
Junior wideout Kwashek Breeden also represented Lumberton’s offense. He finished the season with 942 yards on 44 catches and eight touchdowns.
Seniors Malik Cooper and Breighlan Swindell represented the Pirates’ defense. As Lumberton’s top cornerback, Cooper tallied 48 tackles, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions in his final prep season. At linebacker, Swindell logged 114 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss.
Scotland, which won its seventh straight conference championship this season, earned a league-best 12 selections and swept the awards. Scots running back Zamir White, a Georgia commit, was named the offfensive player of the year, with linebacker Chris Williams taking defensive player of the year honors. Richard Bailey was named the league’s coach of the year.