Video: Ethan Payne highlights - 2019
See the Poca running back as he earns Player of the Year honors.
Mentioned along with one of the greatest running backs in the history of West Virginia high school football, Ethan Payne
has had an incredible career at Poca
. And he's not done yet.
Only a junior, Payne broke the state modern-day, regular-season points record, previously held by Seattle Seahawk great Curt Warner, who had 263. Payne finished the regular season with 276 points and ended the overall season with 52 touchdowns.
Payne also rushed for 2,545 yards to lead the state while leading Poca to an 11-1 record. As a result, Payne gets the nod as the MaxPreps West Virginia High School Player of the Year as part of the West Virginia All-State Football Team presented by Suddenlink by Altice.
Martinsburg coach Dave Walker is the Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to their fourth straight Class AAA state championship. Along the way, Walker picked up his 300th career win. He is the state's all-time wins leader with 304 victories — 248 of them at Martinsburg. His team scored 859 points on the season for a 61-points per game average.SUDDENLINK BY ALTICE WEST VIRGINIA ALL-STATE
QB — Daylin Goad, Mingo Central (Matewan), 6-2, 185, Jr.
The most prolific passer in the state, he completed 216-of-335 passes for 3,444 yards and 31 touchdowns. Goad also ran for over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.
QB — Alex Dunlevy, Wheeling Park (Wheeling), 6-0, 175, Sr.
Finished the season as one of the leading passers in the state with 2,808 yards passing and 30 touchdowns against four interceptions.RB — Hunter America, Doddridge County (West Union), 5-9, 190, Sr.
Finished the season as the second-leading rusher in the state with 2,176 yards and 25 touchdowns on 307 attempts.RB — Ethan Payne, Poca, 6-1, 205, Jr.
Kanawha Valley Player of the Year after rushing for 2,545 yards and 52 total touchdowns in 12 games.WR — Jarod Bowie, Martinsburg, 5-9, 165, Sr.
Caught 44 passes for 1,082 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season while earning All-Eastern Panhandle honors.WR -— Drew Hatfield, Mingo Central, 6-0, 180, Jr.
Led the state in receiving with 126 receptions for 1,965 yards and 21 touchdowns.TE — Jacob Bishop, Wyoming East (New Richmond), 6-2, 192, Sr.
All-Coalfield selection caught 31 passes for 526 yards and eight touchdowns.OL — Zach Frazier, Fairmont Senior (Fairmont), 6-3, 275, Sr.
Ranked by 247 Sports as the top lineman in West Virginia.OL — Marcellus Marshall, Morgantown, 6-5, 310
Ranked by 247 Sports as one of the top linemen in West Virginia.OL — Wyatt Milum, Spring Valley (Huntington), 6-6, 273
Top-ranked lineman in the state for the class of 2021 by 247 Sports.OL — Jackson Oxley, Cabell Midland (Ona), 6-3, 250, Sr.
All-Mountain State Conference first team.OL — Ty Lucas, Martinsburg, 6-3, 310, Sr.
All-Eastern Panhandle selection.AP — Gage Michael, Fairmont Senior, 6-0, 175, Jr.
Michael threw for 2,381 yards on the year and rushed for over 1,500 yards in leading Fairmont to the No. 1 seed in Class AA.K — Kaulin Parris, Bluefield, 6-3, 165, Sr.
Top kicker in the state with had six field goals during the season.DL — Sean Martin, Bluefield, 6-6, 260, Sr.
The top-ranked defender in West Virginia by 247 Sports, Martin is headed to play at West Virginia.DL — Matthew Bednarski, Martinsburg, 6-2, 247, Sr.
All-Eastern Panhandle selection on the offensive and defensive lines.DL — Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, 6-3, 245, Jr.
All-Mountain State pick had 82 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.DL — Bomani Brooks, Hurricane, 6-3, 245, Sr.
All-Mountain State Conference selection, Brooks had 75 tackles, five sacks and eight tackles for loss.LB — Adam Murray, Wheeling Central Catholic (Wheeling), 6-1, 230, Sr.
A good bet to become the first three-time Sam Huff Award winner. Has over 600 tackles in his career and had 153 tackles with 20 tackles for loss as a senior.LB — Trey Pancake, Bridgeport, 6-0, 185, Sr.
Leader of the defense for the Class AA state champions.LB — Trey Sine, Martinsburg, 5-10, 180, Sr.
Eastern Panhandle Defensive Player of the Year.DB — Michael Lemley, Oak Glen (New Cumberland), 5-10, 155, Sr.
Led the state with 14 interceptions and added 107 tackles.DB — Isaiah Johnson, Bluefield, 6-1, 190, Jr.
Ranked as the top player in the Class of 2021 in West Virginia by 247 Sports.DB — JJ Roberts, Cabell Midland, 5-11, 175, Sr.
Mountain State Conference Player of the Year.DB — Kerion Martin, Capital (Charleston), 6-1, 195, Sr.
All-Mountain State Conference choice.AP — Brandon Penn, Parkersburg South (Parkersburg), 6-0, 185, Sr.
Penn had 3,207 all-purpose yards in the regular season with 37 touchdownsP — Logan Spurlock, Capital, 6-0, 215, Sr.
All-Kanawha Valley pick who averaged 40.6 yards per punt and also played linebacker and handled kickoffs.
QB — Elijah Banks, Martinsburg, 6-2, 210, Sr.
Led the state in touchdown passes with 42. Threw for 2,450 yards on the season while leading Martinsburg to a Class AAA state title.QB — Carson Deeb, Bluefield, 6-0, 195, Jr.
Led Bluefield to the Class AA state championship game, throwing for 2,935 yards and 34 touchdowns on the season.RB — JJ Davis, Bluefield, 6-1, 195, Sr.
Part of Bluefield's 1-2 offensive punch along with Deeb, Davis ran for 1,923 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season.RB — Blake Hartman, Musselman (Inwood), 6-1, 190, Jr.
Eastern Panhandle Offensive Player of the Year with over 1,800 yards rushing.WR — Xander Castillo, James Monroe (Lindside), 5-10, 165, Sr.
Among the state leaders with 1,255 yards receiving and 18 touchdown catches.WR — Logan Vance, Clay County (Clay), 6-2, 175, Sr.
Among the state leaders during the regular season with 1,280 yards receiving and 21 touchdown catches.TE — Zach McCoy, Cabell Midland, 6-4, 255, Sr.
All-Mountain State first team pick.OL — Cole James, Doddridge County, 6-3, 360, Sr.
First team all-state two years in a row, James had 59 pancake blocks and played in 48 straight games.OL — Jacob Muncy, Point Pleasant, 6-2, 270, Sr.
Top blocker for the Big Blacks.OL — Devin Hill, Bridgeport, 6-2, 250, Jr.
Top lineman and an all-conference pick for the Class AA champions.OL — Terrance Pankey, Huntington, 6-1, 240, Sr.
All-Mountain State selection.AP — Noah Brown, Greenbrier West (Charmco), 6-3, 220, Jr.
The third-leading rusher in the state had 2,154 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns.K — Chris Catlett, Martinsburg, 6-0, 165, Sr.
Booted five field goals during the regular season.DL — Nic Waugh, Midland Trail (Hico), 6-0, 250, Sr.
All-Coalfield A Conference selection.DL — Hunter McMicken, Van, 6-3, 290, Sr.
Posted 93 tackles, five sacks and 14 quarterback pressures while earning All-Coalfield honors.DL — CJ Wade, Parkersburg, 6-2, 215, Sr.
Had 12 sacks in the regular season and was named All-Mountain State Conference. LB — Brocton Blair, Huntington, 6-1, 232, Sr.
All-Mountain State selection for the Highlanders.LB — Hunter Claypool, Meadow Bridge, 6-0, 175, Jr.
Led the state in tackles during the regular season with 162.LB — Gage Fiore, Parkersburg, 6-0, 210, Sr.
All-Mountain State selection for Parkersburg.LB — Ben Kee, Hoover (Clendenin), 5-8, 175, Sr.
All-Kanawha Valley first team.DB — Devin Heath, Hedgesville, 5-9, 170, Sr.
Named to All-Eastern Panhandle Team. Had 102 tackles, two interceptions, 838 yards receiving and 14 total touchdowns.DB -— Hunter Jenkins, Doddridge County, 5-9, 150, Jr.
All-conference choice had 11 interceptions and 46 tackles.DB — Toby Payne, Poca, 6-1, 185, So.
All-Kanawha Valley first team. Had seven interceptions and 15 touchdown receptions.DB — Teddy Marshall, Martinsburg, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Led Martinsburg in interceptions with five during the regular season. Also caught 22 passes for 370 yards and six scores.AP — Carson Winkie, Bridgeport, 6-3, 225, Sr.
Had 535 yards rushing during the regular season, but averaged over 150 yards during the playoffs including 200 in the Class AA championship game. Also a standout linebacker.
P — Michael Hughes, George Washington (Charleston), 6-0, 135, Jr.
Averaged 39.6 yards per punt and also had four field goals on the season.