Adkins, Culbertson lead All-SW Virginia team

Kevin Mays • Nov 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Underclassmen took the top honors on the 2018 Times News All-Southwest Virginia football team.

Ridgeview sophomore sensation Trenton Adkins’ stellar season earned him the title of Times News Offensive Player of the Year, and J.I. Burton junior Mikey Culbertson pounded his way to Times News Defensive Player of the Year honors.

J.I. Burton veteran coach Jim Adams was selected coach of the year.


Adkins, who continues to get looks from NCAA Division I schools, had a strong sophomore year to back up his coming-out party a year ago as a freshman.

Adkins rushed for 1,987 yards and 26 touchdowns on 217 carries this season. He also had 271 yards and five touchdowns receiving on just nine catches.


J.I. Burton’s defense struggled at times during the season, but Culbertson was a constant for the Raiders.

The junior recorded 137 tackles and had 51 tackle assists. He also recorded five sacks and had two interceptions.

Adams was named coach of year after guiding the Raiders to the Cumberland District championship and into the Region 1D semifinals.

Under Adams, the Raiders — who had a roster hovering around the 25-player mark throughout the year — closed out the regular season with eight consecutive victories to finish 8-2.

The Raiders then went 1-1 in the postseason to complete the year with a 9-3 mark.

2018 Times News All-Southwest Virginia Football Teams

Offensive Player of the Year

Trenton Adkins, Ridgeview

Defensive Player of the Year

Mikey Culbertson, J.I. Burton

Receiver of the Year

Derrick Allen, J.I. Burton

Defensive Back of the Year

Alijah Sproles, Ridgeview

Offensive Lineman of the Year

Brandon Bunch, Union

Defensive Lineman of the Year

Ethan Roark, Abingdon

Coach of the Year

Jim Adams, J.I. Burton



QB — Houston Thacker, J.I. Burton

RB — Trenton Adkins, Ridgeview

RB — Garrett Whited, Eastside

WR — Derrick Allen, J.I. Burton

WR — Holt Dotson, Abingdon

TE — Tyler Thayer, Abingdon

OL — Brandon Bunch, Union

OL — Mason Mullins, Ridgeview

OL — Tyler Spriggs, J.I. Burton

OL — Gage Bassham, Abingdon

O — Eli Stallard, Wise Central

Utility — Matthew Sexton, Ridgeview

K — Justin Falin, Union

KR — Jacob Hensley, Ridgeview


D — Tyler McCloud, John Battle

DL — Dylan Hale, Abingdon

DL — Ethan Roark, Abingdon

DL — Austin Jones, J.I. Burton

LB — Mikey Culbertson, J.I. Burton

LB — Alijah Sproles, Ridgeview

LB — Evan Bellamy, Eastside

LB — Mason Polier, Union

DB — River Carter, Abingdon

DB — Luke Reed, Gate City

DB — Wesley Gilliam, Thomas Walker

Utility — McKenzie Sproles, Ridgeview

P — Drew Vermillion, Gate City

PR — Quinn Turner, Ridgeview



QB — Jordan Rasnick, Eastside

RB — Avery Jenkins, Union

RB — Mason Hardin, Rye Cove

WR — Ben Brickey, Wise Central

WR — Devin Goins, Lee High

TE — Chase Love, Rye Cove

OL — Matthew Gibson, Rye Cove

OL — Peyton Redinger, Thomas Walker

OL — Noah Sage, Lee High

OL — Nathan Tiller, John Battle

OL — Major Cook, Abingdon

Utility — Dawson Lee, Thomas Walker

K — Jayden Farley, John Battle

KR — Esau Teasley, J.I. Burton


DL — Jason Cowden, Thomas Walker

DL — Michael Calhoun, Gate City

DL — Johnny Williams, J.I. Burton

DL — Nick Cooper, Union

LB — Matthew Gibson, Rye Cove

LB — Jake Crosswhite, Abingdon

LB — Logan Tomlinson, Gate City

LB — Seth Scarbrough, John Battle

DB — Austin Gibson, Union

DB — John Lane, Twin Springs

DB — Lucas Lane, Rye Cove

Utility — T.J. Taylor, Abingdon

P — Jayden Farley, John Battle

PR — River Carter, Abingdon