Etowah County had a strong showing on the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State high school football teams released Saturday night.
Leading the way for the county were six first-team players: Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods, Etowah’s Jamin Graham and DeRickey Wright, Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads and Jack Busch and Westbrook Christian’s Jackson Luttrell.
Woods played a big role in the Titans’ late-season push for a playoff spot that came up just short. He was chosen to the Class 7A team as an athlete.
For his senior season, the 6-foot, 210-pound Woods ran for 879 yards on 192 carries with 10 touchdowns and he also returned kicks for coach Bart Sessions’ team. Wednesday, Woods signed a scholarship to play D-I football, as he will suit up for the in-state Troy Trojans.
Graham and Wright each had huge seasons in helping lead the Blue Devils to the 5A state quarterfinals, a perfect regular season and a No. 1 ranking in the ASWA poll.
Graham, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end who signed with Nebraska on Wednesday, concluded his last year in an Etowah jersey by filling up stat sheets. He had 72 total tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, 12.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two covered fumbles for touchdowns, one tackle for a safety and two passes broken up.
Wright, who also played quarterback at times, made the team as a defensive back. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound junior finished with 46 tackles, six interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), one covered fumble for a score, six passes broken up, five tackles for a loss and one sack.
The Eagle duo of Meads and Busch worked in tandem to produce a ground game that nearly was unstoppable for coach Mike Robertson’s team. Meads landed his third straight first-team All-State nod in 4A. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound junior finished with 2,531 yards and 32 touchdowns on 264 carries, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry. He also caught six passes for 62 yards and a score.
Busch was a second-team All-State selection in 2017. A 6-foot-3, 250-pound senior, he led a line that helped clear opponents out of the way for Meads and helped Hokes Bluff reach the state quarterfinals.
Luttrell, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior, signed to play college football for Jacksonville State on Wednesday. He was a second-team All-State choice in 2017. In his final year for the Warriors, Luttrell totaled 63 tackles, including 31 for a loss, 14 sacks and three passes broken up to help Westbrook reach the 2A playoffs for a second straight year for the first time since 2009-10.
Southside senior Kenneth Bothwell was a second-team running back in 5A after helping lead the Panthers to the second round of the playoffs. Also from Southside, junior Nolan Johnson was selected as the second-team punter in 5A. He also excelled at kicker for the Panthers.
Etowah senior Trey Cole was voted a second-team defensive lineman and was a big part of the Blue Devils’ dominant defense.
Ashton Gulledge, a junior, and Braydon Hill, a senior, were second-team athletes in 4A from Hokes Bluff. Gulledge starred at quarterback and in the secondary, while Hill was Gulledge’s favorite target at receiver, stood out on the defense’s back line, returned punts and punted for coach Mike Robertson’s team.
Westbrook Christian senior receiver PJ Wells was a second-team selection in 2A. He was the Warriors’ big-play threat in the passing game and also was a difference-maker in the secondary.
Also in 2A, West End’s Jeremiah Roberson, a junior, was a second-team pick at wideout. Though the Patriots finished 1-9, Roberson and the offense still were very productive throughout the year.
Coosa Christian junior Dartavious Britton made the 1A second team as a running back. He had a big year on the ground in helping the Conquerors finish 7-4 and make the postseason for a third straight year for the first time since they joined the AHSAA.
County players who were chosen as honorable mentions included Etowah senior linebacker Jarren Wright in 5A and Coosa senior quarterback Caiden Lipscomb and sophomore receiver Evan Delp in 1A.
Here are the 2018 Alabama Sports Writers Association high school football All-State teams and honorable mentions:
QB: Taulia Tagovailoa, Thompson, Sr., 6-0, 205
RB: Larry McCammon, Hoover, Sr., 5-11, 203
RB: Te’Darrian Murray, Lee-Montgomery, Sr., 6-0, 208
RB: A’Montae Spivey, Central-Phenix City, Sr., 6-1, 200
WR: Ja’Varrius Johnson, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 5-11, 175
WR: George Pickens, Hoover, Sr., 6-3, 207
WR: John-Michael Riley, Bob Jones, Sr., 5-10, 180
OL: Kevon Carr, Auburn, Jr., 6-4, 310
OL: Josh Jones, Central-Phenix City, Jr., 6-5, 305
OL: Amari Kight, Thompson, Sr., 6-7, 310
OL: Pierce Quick, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 6-5, 285
OL: Zach Taylor, James Clemens, Jr., 6-5, 305
PK: Will Reichard, Hoover, Sr., 6-2, 185
DL: Ledarrius Cox, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 6-0, 305
DL: Daevion Davis, James Clemens, Sr., 6-2, 305
DL: Mohamoud Diabate, Auburn, Sr., 6-4, 225
DL: Brandon Mack, Jeff Davis, Sr., 6-4, 225
LB: Sawyer Brady, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 6-1, 210
LB: Will Conner, Thompson, Sr., 6-2, 225
LB: Jacobye Green, Bob Jones, Sr., 6-1, 210
LB: Demouy Kennedy, Theodore, Jr., 6-3, 205
DB: Brandon Butts, Prattville, Sr., 5-8, 155
DB: Cally Chizik, Auburn, Sr., 5-10, 190
DB: Malachi Moore, Hewitt-Trussville, Jr., 6-0, 170
DB: Reddy Steward, Austin, Sr., 6-0, 170
P: Miles Tillman, Sparkman, Jr., 5-11, 180
Jerwuan Thomas, Grissom, Sr., 5-11, 170
Cadarrius Thompson, Florence, Sr., 6-3, 180
Hunter Tillman, Theodore, Sr., 5-8, 165
Jamontez Woods, Gadsden City, Sr., 6-0, 210
QB: Paul Tyson, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 6-5, 218
RB: Kolbe Blunt, Davidson, Sr., 5-10, 175
RB: Shadrick Byrd, Thompson, Sr., 5-11, 212
RB: Armoni Goodwin, Hewitt-Trussville, So., 5-9, 180
WR: Austin McGhee, James Clemens, Sr., 5-10, 190
WR: Mike Pettway, Thompson, Jr., 6-0, 175
WR: Dazalin Worsham, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 5-10, 170
OL: Ellis Adams, Hoover, Sr., 6-4, 312
OL: Javion Cohen, Central-Phenix City, Jr., 6-4, 255
OL: Fernando Diaz, Enterprise, Jr., 6-3, 260
OL: Will Ryland, Fairhope, Sr., 6-0, 250
OL: Taylor Thompson, Prattville, Jr., 6-3, 225
PK: Bay Cummings, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 5-8, 158
DL: Jeremiah Alexander, Thompson, Fr., 6-2, 210
DL: Bernard Miles, Central-Phenix City, Sr., 6-1, 235
DL: Kevin Penn, Austin, Sr., 6-3, 300
DL: Rodney Thompson, Prattville, Sr., 6-3, 235
LB: Zach Boerner, Prattville, Sr., 6-0, 210
LB: Clark Griffin, Mountain Brook, Jr., 5-9, 210
LB: Cade Jenkins, Austin, Sr., 5-11, 185
LB: Greg Russell, Hoover, Sr., 5-11, 202
DB: Kameron Brown, Theodore, Sr., 5-10, 185
DB: Jelen Lee, Florence, Sr., 6-0, 170
DB: Dell Pettus, Sparkman, Sr., 6-0, 190
DB: Alex Washington, Mountain Brook, Sr., 6-1, 185
P: Parker Colburn, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., 6-0, 170
Dallas Daffin, McGill-Toolen, Jr., 5-11, 170
D.J. Douglas, Thompson, Sr., 6-0, 205
Joshua McCray, Enterprise, So., 6-1, 207
Caden Rose, Bob Jones, Jr., 5-10, 170
QB: Robby Ashford, Hoover, Jr., 6-4, 215; Jamil Muhammad, James Clemens, Sr., 6-1, 212
RB: Cooper Bishop, Vestavia Hills, Sr., 6-1, 207; Mel Dantzler, Grissom, Sr., 5-10, 205
WR: Ramone Bradley, Fairhope, So., 5-9, 170; Eddie Williams, Central-Phenix City, Jr., 6-3, 175
OL: Michael Moncuso, Mountain Brook, Sr., 6-1, 275; Jordan Valrie, Murphy, Sr., 6-2, 295
PK: Tylan Perine, Prattville, Sr., 6-1, 190
DL: Jerry Bethea, Fairhope, So., 6-1, 270; Eric Taylor, Hewitt-Trussville, Jr., 6-5, 280
LB: Colton Higgins, Theodore, Sr., 6-1, 200; Zach Hopkins, James Clemens, Sr., 6-0, 220
DB: Will Brooks, Vestavia Hills, Sr., 6-2, 180; Jabari Moore, Hoover, Sr., 6-1, 189
P: Zach Johnson, Central-Phenix City, Jr., 6-2, 160; Grant Thornton, Enterprise, Sr., 6-1, 182
ATH: Khalil Griffin, Bob Jones, Sr., 6-0, 190
COACH OF THE YEAR
Tyrone Rogers, Lee-Montgomery
Article portion courtesy of The Gadsden Times