Payne leads Eagles award-winners

Published 4:31 pm Thursday, November 29, 2018

Prince Edward County High School’s varsity football team drew three 2018 All-James River District selections and two 2018 All-Region 2A selections, with senior wide receiver Rah’Quan Payne making the first team in both instances.

Eagles senior Rahme Marshall made the all-district first team and the all-region second team as a punt returner.

Senior J’Sean Dupuy made the all-district second team as a linebacker, finishing as a top tackler with 104 tackles.

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Prince Edward ended the 2018 season with a 3-7 overall record.

Reflecting on the awards attention his team received, Eagles Head Coach James Ford said, “Of course, there are some guys that you wish would have got a nod that didn’t get the votes, unfortunately, but for the most part, I think we were well-represented with the three guys that were selected.”

Payne was sidelined by a knee injury for the first two-and-a-half games this year but then received a second opinion and returned to record 27 receptions for 545 yards and six touchdowns, plus 154 yards and three scores rushing.

“It was well-deserved,” Ford said of Payne’s honors. “… The work he put in this summer and then coming off of injury and able to still have the season he had this year, he earned it. I’m so proud of him.”

Marshall made his name as an Eagles running back but was honored as a punt returner.

“That one took me by surprise … but I was happy for him,” Ford said.

Marshall had two returns for 130 yards and two touchdowns.