Drelyn Ford honored for court performance

Published 10:31 am Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Drelyn Ford of Franklin High School has been named Region 1A Player of the Year in basketball for his performance this past season. FHS head basketball coach Robby Cutchins said the team captain also has Region 1A First Team Selection, Tri-Rivers District Player of the Year and First Team All District to his honor.

That’s considerable consolation coming after the Broncos’ defeat on Feb. 22. The team fell then to Northumberland, dashing the FHS boys’ hopes of getting to the state tournament.

Ford learned of the recognitions last week from Cutchins after representatives of the Tri-Rivers, Eastern Shore, Tidewater and Northern Neck districts met following the season’s end.

Drelyn Ford of Franklin High School demonstrates some of his ability on the basketball court. The junior is determined that he and his teammates will win state championship next year. — Stephen Cowles | Tidewater News

The 16-year-old junior remembered that recovering from the loss “took the whole weekend” of talking with the coach and teammates before he bounced back.

“I wanted that game so bad. I gave my all,” he said. “We just came up short.”

Ford is now determined that he and his fellow Broncos will work much harder to achieve state level and, of course, victory.

“Next year I plan to work a lot harder,” said Ford looking to his senior year. “I want to be First Team All State.”

He praised both Cutchins and the team for everyone’s work last season, and referred to them as all being close like a family.

These recent accolades are not the first for the 6-foot, 4 and one-quarter inch athlete. In his freshman year, Ford made First Team All Conference and Second Team All District. The next year, he was First Team All Conference and Second Team All Regional and First Team All District.

Although Ford greatly enjoys basketball, he admitted to loving football even more.

The wide receiver has also made his mark in that game, having been named First Team All District, First Team All Regional and Second Team All State in the past.

At this time, Ford wants to play football in college, but has not yet made a firm choice where. His ambition afterward is to one day play professionally.

Cutchins noted that Ford has been doing well on the field and court, but no less importantly in the classroom; his GPA is 3.25 so far.

Ford thanked God, his family, coaches, teammates and fans for what he’s achieved to date.

“I want to leave my stamp — my legacy — on Franklin High School,” he said.