Carroll’s McMillian, Rotenizer earn all-district honors

By Allen Worrell - aworrell@thecarrollnews.com
File photo Carroll County running back Cassell McMillian runs ahead for some of his team-leading 447 rushing yards in 2017. McMillian has been named to the All-Three Rivers District team along with teammate Lance Rotenizer. -

Carroll County’s football team placed two players on the All-Three Rivers District team and the good news is both have eligibility remaining for the Cavaliers.

Junior running back Cassell McMillian and junior defensive back Lance Rotenizer both earned spots on the All-Three Rivers District team. McMillian was honored as a second-team running back and Rotenizer was chosen to the second team as a defensive back.

A 5-8, 168-pound junior, McMillian led Carroll County’s ground game in 2017. McMillian led the team in just about every rushing category, including rushing attempts (82), rushing yards (447) and rushing touchdowns (5). He averaged 5.45 yards per rush for the season and also tied for the team lead in receptions with 10 catches for 117 yards. McMillian ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the season finale against James River, a 32-12 victory in Hillsville.

A 5-4, 154-pound junior, Rotenizer finished among the team leaders in almost every defensive category. Rotenizer tied for the team lead in passes broken up with five, had Carroll’s only blocked kick, and was second on the team in solo tackles (53) and total tackles (67.5). His 29 assisted tackles were the third-most for the Cavaliers in 2017. Rotenizer also recovered one fumble and recorded one tackle for loss.

All-Three Rivers District

First Team Offense

QB – Coulter Hodges (James River); Center – Alex Gillispie (Giles); OL – Maxx Philpott (Glenvar), John Shaffer (Glenvar), Josh Landreth (Floyd County), Ben Reynolds (Giles); RB – Jack Leonard (Glenvar), Presley Yates (Floyd), Ryan Beidleman (Giles); WR – Josh Clifford (Glenvar), River Clonch (James River), Chris Carter (Radford); TE – Austin Gallimore – (Radford); All-Purpose – P.J. Prioleau (Radford); Kicker – Jacoby Wilson (Giles); Kick Returner – Chris Carter (Radford)

Offensive Player of the Year – Ryan Beidleman (Giles)

Coach of the Year – Jeff Williams (Giles)

Second Team Offense

QB – Landry Gerbers (Glenvar); Center – Cole Webb (Floyd); OL – Ben Cox (Radford), Corey Voss (Floyd), Justin Hall (Alleghany); Ethan Roe (Giles); RB – Cassell McMillian (Carroll County), P.J. Prioleau (Radford), Jarrett Agee (Floyd); WR – Justin Campbell (Glenvar), Erik Tolley (James River), Daryn Hilemon (Alleghany); TE – Conner Martin (Giles); All-Purpose – Ian Bary (Floyd); Kicker – Kaid Furhman (Glenvar); Kick Returner – Bradley Loder (Glenvar)

First Team Defense

DL – Maxx Philpott (Glenvar), Josh Landreth (Floyd), Ben Reynolds (Giles); DE – Hunter Stanley (Glenvar), Connor Martin (Giles); LB – Colby Street (Glenvar), Justice Marshall (Radford), Austin Gallimore (Floyd), Jarrett Agee (Floyd); DB – Josh Clifford (Glenvar), Jaylin Taylor (Radford), Ian Bary (Floyd), Ryan Biedelman (Giles); All-Purpose – Hunter Phlegar (Glenvar); Punter – Josh Landreth (Floyd); Punt Returner – Ryan Beidleman (Giles)

Defensive Player of the Year – Maxx Philpott (Glenvar)

Second Team Defense

DL – Brandon Saunders (Glenvar), Ben Cox (Radford), Mitch Cook (Floyd); DE – Roman Bonet (Radford), Corey Voss (Floyd); LB – Dakota Fransisco (Glenvar), Elijah Duncan (Radford), Nick Metz (Floyd), Dayton Brown (Giles); DB – Logan Williams (Glenvar), Lance Rotenizer (Carroll County), River Clonch (James River), Daryn Hilemon (Alleghany); All-Purpose – Cade Nicely (Alleghany); Punter – Payton Hollins (Radford); Punter Returner – Chris Carter (Radford)

Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

File photo Carroll County running back Cassell McMillian runs ahead for some of his team-leading 447 rushing yards in 2017. McMillian has been named to the All-Three Rivers District team along with teammate Lance Rotenizer.
https://www.thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_CCMcMillian.jpgFile photo Carroll County running back Cassell McMillian runs ahead for some of his team-leading 447 rushing yards in 2017. McMillian has been named to the All-Three Rivers District team along with teammate Lance Rotenizer.

By Allen Worrell

aworrell@thecarrollnews.com