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Cougars get record five all-conference picks

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By Dwane Wilder

By DWANE WILDER

wilder@lafollettepress.com

Campbell County High’s football team landed a school record five players—six positions overall—on the 2008 All-Big East Conference team.

The Cougars had four players make first team all-conference last season and also in 2004, the only other years they qualified for the playoffs.

Senior defensive tackle Preston Young was the only returning player on the first team for Campbell County. He made the All-Big East Team last year as a tight end on offense.

Tyler Albright actually made the first team at two positions: running back and kick returner. The senior back rushed for 1,154 yards and scored 16 touchdowns, including one on a pass reception and another on a kickoff return.

Albright helped the Cougars set single game rushing and scoring records and earn back-to-back playoff appearances. He also averaged 30 yards per kickoff return.

“I’m glad to see our kids recognized,” said Campbell County coach Dewayne Wells.

“I felt like there were a couple of others that deserved to make all-conference and didn’t.”

The three other first team selections for the Cougars included sophomore center Keenan Evans and defensive backs Phillip and Stephen Wells.

Campbell County linebacker Troy Arnold was named second team all-conference as well as academic all-conference. He was a first team selection last season.

Cougars’ tailback Justin Young was honored with an all-character award. He made the first team last year as a return specialist and second team as a defensive back, but missed most of the first four games this season with a shoulder injury.

Even so, Justin Young had the highest average per carry (17 yards) of any Big East back while rushing for 521 yards in the last seven games.

Conference players of the year were Jamie Crawford (offense) and Zack Fleming (defense) of league champion Dobyns-Bennett. Brad Taylor of Bearden was named coach of the year.