Thursday, 22 October 2020 12:08

Hood voted as 'Big 22 Player of the Year' finalist

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Hood voted as 'Big 22 Player of the Year' finalist Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — Caleb Hood is one of five finalists in the “Big 22 Player of the Year” competition.

The voting-based contest hosted by WSOC-TV is in its 11th year. After three weeks of online voting, the opening round field of 22 players was cut to the final five this week. WSOC’s sports director Phil Orban tweeted out the list on Monday.

Joining Hood, Richmond Senior High School’s quarterback, as finalists are Julian Gray (Hopewell High School), Elijah Metcalf (Mallard Creek High School), Jordan Poole (West Stanly High School) and Travali Price (North Lincoln High School).

At the start of the competition in mid September, Hood was one of eight future University of North Carolina football players on the list. But with the help of Richmond County and Raider Nation’s support, he is the lone Tar Heel commit to make the cut.

Hood is not the only Raider football player involved in an ongoing voting competition. Senior kicker Mack West was named a scholar athlete this week by the Great American Rivalry Series and is in the running to earn more scholarship money.

““We have both (Mack’s) and Caleb's Big 22 to vote going on right now,” head football coach Bryan Till said.  “It is great to be at such a special place where our community supports our kids.”

Voting for the winner of the “Big 22 Player of the Year” will begin on Friday. Fans can vote up to nine times a day and can visit WSOC-TV’s website to vote for Hood. 

Kyle Pillar

Three-time award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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