Cabell Midland linebacker Ryan Riedel is usually the first man in the midst of a tackle when the Knights are on the defensive side of the football.
Nationally, however, Riedel is considered the "Next Man In" after competing at the IMG Academy football program last summer in Bradenton, Fla. Riedel was named to the "Next Man In" team, which is the name given to the 27 best juniors and below on the inaugural High School All-Madden Team.
"Anytime you have a player receive that type of accolades, it's an exciting thing for the school, the player and his family," Cabell Midland coach Chip McMillian said.
More than 400 players attended the IMG Academy football program.
There were two select teams chosen from those 400 players -- the 2010-11 All-Madden Team which featured seniors and the "Next Man In" team for juniors and below. Each team featured the 27 top athletes in each division.
Of the 54 total players chosen to represent the teams, only 11 were from a state other than Florida.
Riedel was the only player from West Virginia on the list.
This season, Riedel's performance on the field has been just as solid as his showing at the camp. In the Knights' 17-10 win over Winfield, Riedel stopped Winfield's David Gaydosz on 4th-and-1 from the Cabell Midland 3 to turn the ball back over to the offense and swing momentum.
Riedel has been in double-digits in tackles for each contest and will look to shut down the Lincoln County offense at 7:30 p.m., Friday, when the Knights take on the Panthers at Lions Club Field in Hamlin, W.Va.
Coming into the contest, both Lincoln County and Cabell Midland have had trouble putting points on the board. The Knights are averaging only 11 points per game while the Panthers are scoring 14 each contest.
For Cabell Midland (1-2), it's all about executing in the opposition's territory -- something they haven't done well this season.
"We've been in the red zone seven times in the last two weeks without putting points on the board," McMillian said. "When you have one person break down here or there, it costs you. We've got to do a better job of focusing."
Given the way the last two contests against Lincoln County (1-2) have played out, McMillian does not expect any letdown from his team.
Last season, the Panthers came into Ona and earned a 12-6 win. In 2008, the Panthers led 29-14 at halftime before the Knights' scored 22 consecutive points in the second half to win 36-29.
"These kids were sophomores then, so that and last year's game should weigh heavy on their mind," McMillian said.