Coach Jeremy Blunt, PHS athletes receive Class 3 All-State Football Team accolades; BHS athlete named to Class 5 All-State Football Team
The Virginia High School League (VHSL) announced its 2022 all-state football teams. Phoebus High School senior athlete Jordan Bass was named the Class 3 Offensive Player of the Year, in addition to his first-team selections on the offensive and defensive units. Phoebus head coach Jeremy Blunt was named the Class 3 Coach of the Year.
As a wide receiver, the 6’3”, 215-pound Bass caught 56 passes for 1,378 yards and 30 touchdown receptions, with 318 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He was the Region 3A Offensive POY, the Peninsula District POY, All-Tidewater POY, and a MaxPreps 2nd-team All-America selection as an all-purpose defensive player. He chose the University of Pittsburgh after receiving numerous offers from, among other ACC programs, Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Head coach Jeremy Blunt, a senior linebacker/tight end on Phoebus’ first state title team in 2001, led the Phantoms to back-to-back state titles (9th overall) and a 15-0 record with a 48-7 win over Kettle Run in the Class 3 finals ending the season on a 20-game winning streak. The Phantoms posted eight shutouts in 2022. Blunt completed his seventh season as head coach with the Phantoms with a 77-14 career record.
“What an honor to be recognized as the Division 3 State Coach of the Year,” said Blunt. “To have coaches set aside competition and recognize the type of record year that we had this season was incredible. Offensively, we scored a total of 635 points, an average of 42.3 a game. Defensively, we only allowed 50 points total throughout 15 games, and the starting defense only allowed three touchdowns total during that 15 game stretch. Overall, we only allowed 3.3 points per 15 games defensively. We ended the season as the number one defense in the state throughout all classifications. Job well done, Phantoms!”
Phoebus had a total of 12 players named to the Class 3 All-State Team. These athletes are:
Jordan Bass- Receiver and Defensive Back
Emery D’Urso – Offensive Lineman
Jayden Earley – Defensive Back
Keyontae Gray – Defensive Back
Markus Hopson – Defensive Lineman
Nolan James - Quarterback
Mychal McMullin – Defensive Lineman
Anthony Reddick – Defensive End
Zayveon Rogers - Linebacker
Taysean Steveson – Defensive End
Ty’Reon Taylor – Running Back
Kaleb Tillery - Linebacker
Bethel High School kick returner Victor Romain was also named to the 2022 Class 5 All-State Football Team.
“Victor Romain, Jr. came onto the scene in his first year as a starter becoming one of the most explosive players in not only the Peninsula District but also the state of Virginia,” said David Porter, Bethel coach. “In his first year as a varsity full time starter, Victor was named 1st Team All Peninsula District at WR/KR/All-Purpose, 2nd Team All Peninsula District DB, 1st Team All Region WR, 3rd Team All Tidewater WR by the Virginian Pilot, 1st Team All-State KR, and Honorable Mention All-State WR. Offensively, Victor split time between RB and WR. He was able to amass over 400 yards rushing as well as over 500 yards receiving. As a KR he was able to return three kickoffs for touchdowns. Defensively, he picked off two passes returning one for a touchdown.”
Thirty-two (32) players make up the first-team and second-team all-state (Offense: one quarterback; four linemen; one center; three running backs; three wide receivers; one tight end; one kicker; one kick returner; one all-purpose offensive player. On defense: three defensive linemen; two defensive ends; four linebackers; four defensive backs; one punter; one punt returner; one all-purpose defensive player).
Each all-state selection committee comprises eight football coaches (two from each Region).
The Class 3 and 5 All-State, first and second-team squads, can be viewed here.