Skeen leads All-County offense

Running back Saig Skeen of Central Davidson breaks away for a 50-yard touchdown run in a game against Lexington this season. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)

Before he ever put on a Central Davidson football uniform, Saig Skeen had some lofty goals that involved rewriting the record book and putting himself at the top of the career rushing list.

And he did what he set out to do.

The 5-10, 215-pound senior had a stellar season during which he rushed for 2,376 yards and 30 touchdowns. In his last regular-season game, Skeen broke Edgar Pickett’s career rushing record of 4,815 yards, set a school single-game rushing mark of 386 yards against Lexington and ended up with 5,235 yards altogether as a Spartan.

For his outstanding efforts, Skeen is the 2012 The Dispatch All-Davidson County Offensive Player of the Year.

“It was a goal I’ve had for four years,” Skeen said of breaking the career rushing record. “It really meant a lot to me to do that.”

Blessed with power and speed, Skeen was able to run through people and outrun them as well. He was timed at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash. He led the county with an average of 8.3 yards a carry.

“One thing that stands out about Saig is he got better as the season went on,” said Central coach Brad Morton. “I think he had a thousand yards in the last three or four games. It’s something to think that he had 1,800 yards as a junior and got even better. He could have sat back and said he had a great year, but he ran hard right up to the end. That’s a great tribute to him.”

It was an all-encompassing effort by Skeen.

“I set my mind that I would work hard, four days a week working out,” Skeen said. “I had to bust my butt on the field, in-season and off-season, in practice, in games. It was hard work.”

Skeen was never better than in the Lexington game when he erupted for 386 yards and five touchdowns in Central’s 55-26 win, setting the school record and a county record until Thomasville’s Gabe Brockett broke it a week later.

“I didn’t realize I had that many yards,” Skeen said. “Even when we were up big, it felt like they were close to us, that they score and beat us. So it was like you had to keep going, had to keep going.”

Pickett was a member of Clemson’s 1981 national championship team as a sophomore defensive end. Skeen, who has drawn interest from Western Carolina and Wingate, hopes he receives a chance to play in college.

Here is the rest of the All-County offense:

Chase Mitchell, quarterback, North Davidson — The 6-2, 180-pound senior threw for 1,579 yards and 13 touchdowns with five interceptions while completing 57 percent of his passes. He also ran for four touchdowns and was proficient running the offense as North went 14-1, advancing to the 4-A state semifinals. Mitchell was an all-Central Piedmont Conference pick.

Gabe Brockett, running back, Thomasville — A 6-1, 180-pound senior, Brockett led the county with 3,050 yards rushing and tallied 28 touchdowns. He set a county record with 433 yards against Lexington. It was the eighth-best single game effort in North Carolina history heading into the state playoffs. Brockett was named offensive player of the year in the Central Carolina Conference.

Devonte Moore, running back, North Davidson — The 5-8, 165-pound senior ran for 1,021 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was an all-CPC selection.

Jake Comer, offensive lineman, Central Davidson — A powerful blocker, the 6-1, 235-pound senior anchored the line that paved the way for Skeen’s record-setting season. Morton labeled Comer as the best offensive lineman he’s ever had. He was an all-CCC selection.

Wyatt Beck, offensive lineman, South Davidson — The 6-2, 300-pound senior was an all-Yadkin Valley Conference selection and is expected to play college football.

Tequan Williams, offensive lineman, Thomasville — The 5-10, 250-pound senior was excellent on pulling blocks, often springing the way for Brockett, and was named to the all-CCC team.

Frank Ingram, offensive lineman, Thomasville — The 6-2, 265-pound senior was another top blocker for the Bulldogs and an all-CCC pick.

Jadd Smith, offensive lineman, North Davidson — A 6-1, 240-pound senior, Smith graded out as the Black Knights’ best blocker and was an all-CPC pick.

Taylor Booze, wide receiver, East Davidson — The 6-2, 215-pound senior had 46 receptions for a county-best 850 yards. He caught six touchdown passes and was named to the all-CCC team.

Mel Covington, wide receiver, Lexington — The 6-2, 170-pound senior caught 35 passes for 766 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 21.9 yards per catch and was named to the all-CCC team.

Ashton Phillips, wide receiver, North Davidson — The 5-10, 175-pound senior led the county with 51 receptions for 557 yards. An all-CPC pick, he was also the Black Knights’ long snapper.

Spencer Landfried, kicker, North Davidson — A 5-11, 175-pound senior, Landfried was 17-for-23 on field goals, including a school record-tying 51-yarder. Landfried, who was 68-for-70 on PATs, was the state’s leading scorer and CPC kicker of the year in 2011 and 2012.

Chase Mitchell, punter, North Davidson — A rare double selection, Mitchell averaged 41.5 yards a kick, fifth best in the state. He was the All-County punter in 2011 and the CPC punter of the year in 2012. He has committed to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to play football and baseball.

Honorable mention: Marquez Grayson, Lexington; Caleb Worley, Lexington; Nick Wimmer, North Davidson; Ryan Nunn, North Davidson; Rob Styers, Thomasville; Josh Moore, Central Davidson; Troy Curry, Central Davidson; Dakota Hedrick, Central Davidson; Ryan Trudniak, Ledford; Kyle Smith, West Davidson.

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