Dec. 21, 1992: Iverson named state's football player of the year

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The honors keep rolling in for Allen Iverson, leaving just one question for the Bethel High School star: What can he do next year to top his junior football season?

Iverson, who led Bethel to the Group AAA Division 5 championship, received his latest - and biggest - honor on Sunday, when he was named the state's Group AAA player of the year. He was first-team all-state as a defensive back and kick returner, and he received consideration at quarterback.

Two other local players were named to the Group AAA all-state team. Ferguson end Eric Jones, a junior, was a first-team selection on offense. He had 43 catches for 853 yards and 12 TDs.

Hampton linebacker Myron Newsome, a senior, was a second-team choice on defense. He led the Peninsula District in tackles with 118.

Only a talented crop of quarterbacks in the state kept Iverson from earning three spots on the All-Group AAA team, as selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.

In the state title game, Iverson passed for 201 yards, ran for one touchdown, intercepted two passes and returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown as Bethel beat E.C. Glass 27-0.

The first-team quarterback is Patrick Henry of Roanoke's Shannon Taylor, a 6-5, 240-pound senior who accounted for 1,948 total yards and 24 touchdowns.

He is joined in the backfield by Mike Jeter of Yorktown, Bayside's Greg Melvin and Jason Vineyard of L.C. Bird.

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