Boys Varsity Football · Jamontez Woods makes Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State high school football team

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


Tyrone Rogers, Lee-Montgomery

Article portion courtesy of The Gadsden Times