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Mt. Pleasant lures Hartsfield to take over grid program

By Maurice Patton

Fresh off a trip to watch one of his protégés compete for a college football national championship, Kit Hartsfield was announced Tuesday as the new football coach at Mt. Pleasant.

Hartsfield, 22-13 with three Class 6A state playoff appearances over the past three seasons at Blackman, succeeds Bronson Bradley at the Tigers’ helm.

“It’s a football-hungry program and community,” said the 33-year-old Hartsfield, a Lawrenceburg native who played his final two years at Riverdale – winning a 2004 state title – before going on to start four seasons at linebacker for Austin Peay. “They want success. I can feel the intensity from the administration. It’s a vision I want to be a part of, I’m excited to be a part of.”

The younger brother of longtime Midstate girls basketball coach Wendi Hartsfield Scott (Lawrence County, Riverdale, Blackman), Kit began his coaching career immediately out of college, taking the helm at Oakland Middle School and spending three years as defensive backs coach under Thomas McDaniel at Oakland High School.

“Coaching is part of our entire family,” he said. “It’s all I’ve ever known. It’s something I wanted to do from middle school age. I just did it in a different sport than most of my family.”

Kit Hartsfield (left, with former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer) will succeed Bronson Bradley as football coach at Mt. Pleasant. (Courtesy photo)

Following McDaniel’s departure to take the reins at Christian Brothers, Hartsfield moved across Murfreesboro and joined David Watson’s staff at Blackman as defensive coordinator. As a Blaze staffer, he helped the team post a 28-10 mark with a pair of state quarterfinal berths.

Named to succeed Watson at the top of the Blackman program in 2018, the Blaze went 10-2 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs in Hartsfield’s first campaign, followed by an 8-5 finish in 2019 and a quarterfinal loss to Region 3-6A rival Oakland. Blackman finished 4-6 this past fall, falling to Hendersonville in the opening round of postseason play.

“(In the last two years) we lost to Alcoa twice, we lost to Ravenwood twice, we lost to Independence twice, we lost to Oakland twice,” Hartsfield said, emphasizing the challenging schedule Blackman faced during his tenure.

Bradley led Mt. Pleasant to four playoff appearances in seven seasons, but was dismissed in late November after a 1-8 finish in a pandemic-hampered campaign. Despite losing nine starters – six on offense, three on defense – school administration saw fit to make a move after the Tigers sustained four one-possession losses.

Mt. Pleasant went 38-37 under Bradley, reaching the second round of the postseason in 2014 and in 2018 while also qualifying for the 2015 and ’19 Class 1A playoffs. The Tigers posted eight wins in both 2018 and ’19.

The vacancy drew nearly 50 applicants from across and from outside the state. A screening process resulted in six finalists interviewing over the weekend for the vacancy, with Hartsfield emerging.

“Coach Hartsfield brings a ‘championship mindset’ to Mt. Pleasant,” principal Ryan Jackson said in a release. “He has competed at a championship level as both a player and coach. He understands what it takes to lead and operate a top-tier football program, putting an emphasis on developing authentic player-coach relationships in order to fully maximize the potential of all of our players.”

Jackson said Hartsfield is expected to be visible with both the middle school and youth league programs in Mt. Pleasant.

 “The unification of our campus football program is paramount,” he said. “Creating an athletic powerhouse program in Small Town, USA, is our goal, and it starts with getting all stakeholders on the same page, with everyone pulling in the same direction.”

Mt. Pleasant will compete in Region 5-2A next fall, along with Richland, Summertown, Loretto, Cascade and Forrest. The Tigers’ non-region schedule will also include home games against both Columbia Central and Spring Hill – the first official meeting against the former since 1961, while the latter series resumes after a six-year hiatus.

Having sent a number of players on to the college ranks, including Ohio State running back Master Teague — he was in attendance for the Buckeyes’ 52-24 loss Monday to Alabama — Hartsfield said he’s ready for the challenge of similar achievements at the Maury County school.

“I love my Blackman people,” he said. “I had a great time, great support from that community. They’re going to continue to be successful.

“Football is 11 on 11. Every field is 100 yards long. Every kid wants to be coached and wants to be loved on. That’s my purpose, to help these kids reach their goals. I’m looking to build a staff that coaches for the kids and helps mold them into young men and can develop them to their fullest potential on the field.”

Columbia Central gridiron duo to move on as ‘Valley Boyz’

By Maurice Patton

COLUMBIA — It’s a rare route for most local athletes, but Carter Szydlowski and Justin Buchmann are banking on a prep school stop to get them where they want to be.

The Columbia Central football standouts announced recently they will attend at Tennessee Valley Prep Sports Academy in Huntsville for post-graduate competition.

“I didn’t want to settle,” said Szydlowski, a 6-2, 285-pound two-way lineman who was named a Class 5A all-state performer by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association last week. “I had opportunities to walk on … Not that I was ungrateful, but I felt I could play at a higher level.

“I played a kid (Dickson County’s Tre’vonn Rybka) that’s going to Kentucky and tore him up. I played a guy from Shelbyville (Gary Smith III) and locked him down; he’s playing at Duke. Any time I’ve played that type competition, I’ve competed and dominated.”

Along with a series of NAIA scholarship offers, Szydlowski had been offered preferred walk-on status at both North Alabama and Western Carolina. His coach agrees that better offers are likely in a year not marred by a pandemic.

“He’s a young senior; he doesn’t turn 18 until August,” Central coach Jason Hoath said. “I wish I had him another year. Going through the (recruiting process), I don’t think he got the looks he deserved, the opportunities he should have gotten. He weighed his options out and came across Tennessee Valley Prep.

“He missed out on summer camps because of COVID. Another year of film, in the weight room, hopefully will open up the door for some more opportunities for him. Being such a young senior and (with) a lot of natural ability, a hard worker, a good player, I think it’s a good decision for him.”

Established in 2018, Tennesseee Valley Prep heads into its fourth season of post-graduate football and men’s basketball competition. The school instituted a women’s basketball program last year, and expects to add soccer and track soon.

“We’ve primarily had kids from Huntsville, from Alabama and Georgia, and because I’m originally from Tennessee, I want to use my connections to try to reach out in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville,” second-year football coach Adrian Allen said. “I want to expand our footprint as far north as we can.

“With the NCAA and the NAIA making the decision to give athletes an additional year (of eligibility, because of the pandemic), prep schools are going to be important because there aren’t going to be as many opportunities out there.”

As long as prep school students take fewer than 12 hours of collegiate classes per semester, their eligibility at either the four-year or two-year collegiate level will not be impacted. Allen said TVP students typically enroll for six to nine hours at Calhoun Community College in Huntsville, but Szydlowski and Buchmann can take classes at the Fayetteville campus of Motlow State and avail themselves of the Tennessee Promise program.

“We want to expand our brand up into the Middle Tennessee area,” Allen said. “I would think this would be a viable opportunity for a lot of those kids.”

Buchmann, who had interest from multiple small schools near his native Michigan prior to joining the Central program this fall, rushed for 344 yards and seven touchdowns with the Lions along with 339 receiving yards and two scores. He and Szydlowski grew up as childhood friends.

“I heard about the prep school route, heard it was really expensive until I heard about Tennessee Valley Prep,” Szydlowski said. “It’s affordable and close to home. It allows me to chase my dream and get where I can compete. Everything made sense for me to make this decision.

“I’ll have the chance to be the same age as the people around me for the first time.”

Area duo earns D-II honors

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Zion Christian’s Luke Perko and Columbia Academy’s Collins Malone are among the Division II athletes recognized as all-state football performers by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, which announced its Class A, Class AA and Class AAA teams this week.

Perko, the Eagles’ junior quarterback/linebacker, threw for 1,432 yards and 22 touchdowns along with a team-high 822 rushing yards and seven TDs over 10 games as a first-year starter. He was also one of Zion’s top defenders as the team posted a 4-6 record.

Malone led the Bulldogs in receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns (22 catches, 365 yards, three TDs) as well as total tackles (51) and tackles for loss (10) from his linebacker position. The junior added a pair of sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries in seven on-field games as CA officially finished 1-6.

TSWA all-state teams for Class 1A and 2A were announced Wednesday, preceded by Class 3A and 4A on Tuesday and Class 5A and 6A on Monday.

The Division II-A, DII-AA and DII-AAA all-state teams are below.

DIVISION II-A OFFENSE

QB – Aaron Smith, Jackson Chr., Sr.*; Jared Vetetoe, Davidson Acad., Sr.; RB – Jon Lewis, Donelson Chr., Sr.*; Griffin Swinea, Davidson Acad., Sr.*; WR – Kelvi Rice, Davidson Acad., Sr.; Peyton Tinsley, Jackson Chr., Sr.; Ja’Chim Williams, The King’s Acad., Sr.; OL – Jalen Brockman, Davidson Acad., Jr.; Aidan Francis, Donelson Chr., Jr.; Darian List, Nashville Chr., Sr.; J.P. Oliver, Trinity Chr., Sr.; Aleric Watson, Middle Tenn. Chr., Jr.; ATH – Luke Perko, Zion Chr., Jr.; K – Neill Kane, Friendship Chr., Sr.

DIVISION II-A DEFENSE

DL – Harris Adams, Nashville Chr., Sr.; Kendyle Ball, Davidson Acad., Jr.; Riley Stanton, Donelson Chr. Acad., Sr.; Blaine Verdung, Univ. School of Jackson, Sr.; LB – Steele Haynes, Univ. School of Jackson, Jr.; Collins Malone, Columbia Acad., Jr.; A.J. Quinn, Davidson Acad., Sr.; Kytn Wolf, Franklin Grace, Sr.; DB – Marshaun Bowers, The King’s Acad., Fr.; Martease Edwards, Nashville Chr., Sr.; Tyke Tabor, Univ. School of Jackson, Sr.; Garrett Weekly, The King’s Acad., So.; ATH – Nakelin McAfee, The King’s Acad., Jr.; P – Ben Pledger, Univ. School of Jackson, Jr.

DIVISION II-AA OFFENSE

QB – Cade Law, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Jr.; Cooper Riggs, Knoxville Grace, Sr.; RB – James Dunn, Christian Acad. of Knoxville, Jr.*; RB – Jaylen Greenwood, Evangelical Chr., Jr.; WR – Pierce Browning, Knoxville Grace, So.; Michael Human, Knoxville Grace, Sr.; Grant Sterchi, Christian Acad. of Knoxville, Jr.; OL – Jackson Bradley, Knoxville Webb, Sr.; Spencer Dams, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Sr.; Brody Grant, Boyd Buchanan, Jr.; Chazan Page, Lipscomb Acad., Sr.; Dietrick Pennington, Evangelical Chr., Sr.*; ATH – Connor Delashmitt, Silverdale Baptist, Jr.; K – Ross Badgett, Christian Acad. of Knoxville, Sr.

DIVISION II-AA DEFENSE

DL – Malachi Harrison, Christian Acad. of Knoxville, Jr.; Chi McNeil-Harrison, Christian Acad. of Knoxville, Jr.; Treveon Scott, Chattanooga Chr., Jr.; Colin Stewart, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Jr.; LB – Leo Bonifacio, Knoxville Webb, Jr.; Luke Bowman, Chattanooga Chr., Sr.; Ethan Dabbs, Lausanne, Sr.; Langston Patterson, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Jr.*; DB – Jaden Lyles, Lipscomb Acad., Jr.; Wes Smith, St. George’s, Sr.; Shelby Whiteside, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Sr.; Reid Williford, Christ Presbyterian Acad., Jr.; ATH – Brendan Jones, Goodpasture, Jr.; P – Otto Niendorf, Knoxville Webb, Jr.

DIVISION II-AAA OFFENSE

QB – Michael Dallas, Briarcrest Chr., Sr.; D.C. Tabscott, Father Ryan, Sr.*; RB – Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers, Jr.*; Antwan Roberts, Pope John Paul II, Sr.; WR – Colin Cook, Pope John Paul II, So.; Eric Rivers, McCallie, Sr.; Clarkson Shoaf, Memphis Univ. School, Jr.; OL – Austin Gentle, McCallie, Jr.; Jack Gentle, McCallie, Jr.; Noah Josey, Brentwood Acad., Sr.; Patrick Kutas, Christian Brothers, Jr.; Eli Sutton, Brentwood Acad., Sr.; ATH – B.J. Harris, McCallie, Sr.*; K – Teagen Lenderink, Brentwood Acad., Sr.*

DIVISION II-AAA DEFENSE

DL – Phillip Husband, Brentwood Acad., Sr.; Walter Nolen, St. Benedict, Jr.; Parker Peterson, Father Ryan, Sr.; James Stewart, Brentwood Acad., Sr.; LB – Aaron Crowder, McCallie, Jr.; Toleo Malone, Ensworth, Sr.; J.D. Tessman, McCallie, Sr.; Ansley Ware, Pope John Paul II, So.; DB – Amir Annoor, Brentwood Acad., Sr.; Roderic Lewis, Memphis Univ. School, Sr.; Michael May, McCallie, Sr.; Javis Mynatt, Knoxville Catholic, Jr.; ATH – Andre Turrentine, Ensworth, Sr.; P – Josh Turbyville, Knoxville Catholic, Jr.

*Mr. Football finalist; automatic all-state selection

Pair of Tigers earn all-state gridiron recognition in 1A

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Ethan Beasley completes his Mt. Pleasant football career with a third Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state honor, as the senior defensive lineman was named to the organization’s Class 1A team this week.

Beasley, along with Tigers sophomore punter Jackson Collier, is among eight Region 5-1A performers listed on the all-state squad. Joining them are Huntland’s Kolbi Stewart, Moore County’s Kyler Parker and Kaden White, and Gus Hill, Zayshon Pullen and K.J. Jackson from the state champion Fayetteville Tigers.

In Class 2A, Eagleville receiver Kaden Snitzer and defensive back Marcus Collins from Region 5-2A were honored.

An all-state selection as a freshman in 2017 and again last year, Beasley finished with 71 total tackles (12 for loss), two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 6½ games because of injuries and pandemic-related schedule limitations – providing a bright spot in Mt. Pleasant’s 1-8 campaign.

Collier averaged 35 yards per punt this fall while handling all the Tigers’ kicking chores – achieving touchbacks on 85 percent of his kickoffs and converting 90 percent of his extra-point attempts, along with his lone field goal try.

TSWA all-state teams for Class 3A and Class 4A were announced Tuesday, with Class 5A and Class 6A announced on Monday. Division II-A, DII-AA and DII-AAA teams will be available on Thursday.

The Class 2A and Class 1A teams are listed below.

CLASS 2A OFFENSE

QB – Jacob Dooley, Waverly, Jr.; Luke Myers, South Greene, Jr.*; RB – Jordan Cason, Watertown, Sr.; Khalik Ganaway, Peabody, Jr.*; Dylan Roebeck, Bledsoe Co., Sr.; WR – Quanterrius Hughes-Malone, Watertown, Sr.; Kaden Snitzer, Eagleville, So.; Brady Stanfield, Waverly, Sr.; OL – Neil Brown, Union City, Sr.; Malachi Hayden, Meigs Co., Sr.; Shelton Hopkins, Peabody, Sr.; Jackson Kelley, Rockwood, Sr.; Blake Minnis, Peabody, Sr.; ATH – Will Meadows, Meigs Co., Sr.*; K — Jay Higgins, South Greene, Jr.

CLASS 2A DEFENSE

DL – Jason Baskerville, Peabody, Jr.; C.J. King, Oneida, Jr.; Luke Lewis, Riverside, Sr.; Kaigan Thomas, Bledsoe Co., Jr.; LB – London Burkett, Peabody, So.; Tucker Johnson, Adamsville, Sr.; Hagan Lowe, Meigs Co., Sr.; Cameron Rankins, Trousdale Co., Sr.; DB – Marcus Collins, Eagleville, Jr.; Xadrian Fickey, Rockwood, Jr.; Taye Hutchins, Marion Co., Sr.; Carson Vandiver, Peabody, Sr.; ATH – Jordan Carter, Watertown, Sr.; P – Kolby Morgan, Oneida, Sr.

CLASS 1A OFFENSE

QB – Emmett Hegland, Midway, Jr.; Kyler Parker, Moore Co., Sr.*; RB – Hunter Frame, South Pittsburg, Sr.*; K.J. Jackson, Fayetteville, Fr.; Kolbi Stewart, Huntland, Sr.; WR – Caleb Goodman, Midway, Jr.; Jordan King, Jellico, Sr.; Devin Ramsey, Unaka, Jr.; OL – Colton Alexander, Greenback, Sr.; Gus Hill, Fayetteville, Jr.; Jesse Mounts, West Carroll, Sr.; Bryson Ridge, Coalfield, Jr.; Jared Stone, South Pittsburg, Sr.*; ATH – Seth Lowe, Coalfield, Sr.; K – Cooper Keown, South Pittsburg, Fr.

CLASS 1A DEFENSE

DL – Ethan Beasley, Mt. Pleasant, Sr.; Radshun Cheirs, Lake Co., Sr.; Gio Davis, South Pittsburg, Jr.; Isaac McKinney, Coalfield, Sr.; LB – J.J. Beene, South Pittsburg, Sr.; Braden Matoy, Greenback, Jr.; Brandon Nation, Oliver Springs, Sr.; Kade Wood, Huntingdon, So.; DB – Gavin Hill, Oliver Springs, Sr.; J.T. Morgan, Lake Co., Sr.; Zayshon Pullen, Fayetteville, Sr.; Kaden White, Moore Co., Sr.; ATH – Cody Wildridge, West Carroll, Sr.; P – Jackson Collier, Mt. Pleasant, So.

*Mr. Football finalist; automatic all-state selection

Football All-State teams named for Class 3A, Class 4A

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The Tennessee Sports Writers Association announced its high school football all-state teams for Class 4A and Class 3A. They are listed below.

Class 6A and Class 5A all-state teams were announced Monday, with Class 2A and Class 1A to be available on Wednesday and Division II-A, DII-AA and DII-AAA to be available on Thursday.

CLASS 4A OFFENSE

QB – Rivers Hunt, Hardin County, Sr.*; Bryson Rollins, Elizabethton, Jr.*; RB – Isiah McClaine, Lexington, So.; Gavin Noe, Anderson Co.; John Whitley, Hardin Co., Sr.; WR – Parker Hughes, Elizabethton, Sr.*; Desmond Nokes, DeKalb Co., Sr.; Kaydin Pope, Hardin Co., Jr.; OL — Fletcher Gibson, Sullivan South, Jr.; Conner Johnson, Elizabethton, Jr.; Cole Morganstern, Elizabethton, Sr.; Clay Odom, Greeneville, Sr.; Ian Poe, Tullahoma, Jr.; ATH – Jakobe Thomas, Tullahoma, Sr.; K – Connor Wood, Lexington, Sr.*

CLASS 4A DEFENSE

DL – Grant Reeder, Nolensville, Sr.; Kevarius Smith, Springfield, Jr.; Trenton Taylor, Elizabethton, Jr.; Josh Williams, Lexington, Sr.; LB – Isaac Brown, Greeneville, Jr.; Deuce Morton, Elizabethton, Sr.; Blaine Savage, East Hamilton, Sr.; Christian Stacey, Marshall Co., Sr.; DB – Elijah Donaldson, Creek Wood, Sr.; Jakobi Gillespie, Greeneville, Jr.; Jaylen Lewis, Haywood, Sr.; Jordan Smith, Lexington, Sr.; ATH – Jadian Stewart, Haywood, Sr.; P – Daniel Bethel, Anderson Co., Sr.

CLASS 3A OFFENSE

QB – Martino Owens, Pearl-Cohn, Sr.*; Will Page, Stewart Co., Jr.; RB — Storm Livesay, Claiborne, Sr.; Ahmaudd Sankey, Alcoa, Sr.; Lumiere Strickland, Red Bank, Sr.; WR – Connor Andrews, Stewart Co., Sr.; Ethan Stinnett, Gatlinburg-Pittman, Sr.; Taharin Sudderth, Alcoa, Sr.; OL – William Griffin-Parker, Pearl-Cohn, Sr.; B.J. Ragland, Red Bank, Sr.; Luke Reed, South Gibson, Sr.; Canaan White, Milan, Sr.; Lance Williams, Alcoa, So.; ATH – McKenzie Lunsford, Loudon, Sr.; K – Jackson Carver, Westview, Sr.

CLASS 3A DEFENSE

DL – Mustafi Algarawi, Pigeon Forge, Sr.; Cameron Bell, Red Bank, Sr.; Grey Carroll, Alcoa, Sr.*; Austin Clark, Stewart Co., Sr.; LB – Cam Burden, Alcoa, Sr.; Lareko Burton, Covington, Sr.; Seth Roberson, Milan, Sr.; Hayden Smith, Westview, So.; DB – Anthony Brown, Milan, Jr.*; Isiah Cox, Alcoa, Sr.; Xiyeer Lattimore, Brainerd, Sr.; Alricko Trimble, Red Bank, Jr.; ATH – Landon Lambert, South Gibson, Sr.; P – Brayden Anderson, Alcoa, Sr.

*Mr. Football finalist; automatic all-state selection

Locals earn all-state honors

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Independence, Columbia Central and the reigning state champion Summit Spartans are each represented on the Class 6A and Class 5A all-state football teams announced recently by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.

Jaxson Campbell, an all-state selection at defensive back as a junior in 2019, is one of two Class 6A honorees at quarterback (along with fellow Williamson Countian and Region 6-6A competitor Cade Granzow of Brentwood) after throwing and running for 2,697 offensive yards and 34 total touchdowns in 10 games. A recent signee with the U.S. Naval Academy, Campbell helped the Eagles into the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, finishing 7-3.

Carter Szydlowski earned 5A all-state honors at offensive line after anchoring the Lions in the trenches on both sides of the ball this fall. The senior’s efforts helped Central produce a 1,400-yard passer, a 600-yard receiver and a 500-yard rusher as the team advanced to the second round of the playoffs – claiming the program’s first postseason victory since 2012 — and finished 6-6.

Destin Wade, a Class 5A Mr. Football finalist, and offensive lineman Cooper Koch each drew all-state recognition for Summit.

Koch, a junior, was the top performer up front for a Spartan offense that averaged 394 yards over 11 on-field contests. Summit rushed for 2,893 yards (6.9/carry) and 30 touchdowns, threw for 1,441 yards and 19 TDs and finished 13-2, capping its second straight BlueCross Bowl appearance with a 28-7 win over Oak Ridge.

Wade, selected as the championship game’s most valuable player, completed the season with 1,507 rushing yards with 18 touchdowns and 1,405 passing yards with 19 scores – including 234 offensive yards and three TDs in the finals.

Region 6-6A dominated the Class 6A selections, with five offensive picks (receivers Jake Briningstool of Ravenwood and Walker Merrill of Brentwood, lineman Fisher Anderson of Franklin) and three on defense (Ravenwood linebacker Junior Colson, Brentwood linebacker Spencer Rich and defensive back John Howse).

The complete Class 6A and Class 5A teams are listed below. Class 4A and 3A will be available on Tuesday, followed by Class 2A and Class 1A on Wednesday and Division II-A, II-AA and II-AAA on Thursday.

CLASS 6A OFFENSE

QB – Jaxson Campbell, Independence, Sr.; Cade Granzow, Brentwood, Sr.; RB – Robert Giaimo, Bartlett, Sr.; Jalen Hunt, McMinn Co., Sr.*; Jordan James, Oakland, Jr.; WR – Jake Briningstool, Ravenwood, Sr.*; Isaiah Horton, Oakland, Jr.; Walker Merrill, Brentwood, Sr.; L – Fisher Anderson, Franklin, Jr.; Zach Ferguson, Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, Sr.; Bryce Goodner, Sr., McMinn Co.; Graham Keating, Oakland, Sr.; Harrison Wilkes, Germantown Houston, Sr.; ATH – Ray Banner, LaVergne, Sr.; K – Upton Bellenfant, Stewarts Creek, Jr.

CLASS 6A DEFENSE

DL — Lou Burchfield, Maryville, Sr.; Ethan Hassler, Collierville, Sr.; Jackson Martin, Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, Sr.; Javon Nelson, Riverdale, Sr.; LB – Junior Colson, Ravenwood, Sr.; Spencer Rich, Brentwood, Sr.; Brent Rowe, Hendersonville, Sr.; DB – Javon Burke, Bradley Central, Sr.; D.J. Burks, Maryville, Jr.; Ellis Ellis, Hendersonville, Sr.; John Howse, Brentwood, Sr.; ATH – C.J. Taylor, Warren Co., Sr.*; P – Trey Turk, Oakland, Sr.

CLASS 5A OFFENSE

QB – Tucker Pope, Walker Valley, Sr.; Destin Wade, Summit, Jr.*; RB – De’Sean Bishop, Knoxville Karns, So.; Shawn Gary, South-Doyle, Jr.; Jermarcus Johnson, Henry Co., Sr.; WR – Liam Fortner, Knoxville Central, Sr.; Micah Simpson, Morristown East, Jr.; Brody Swafford, Walker Valley, Sr.; OL – Brady Cash, Knoxville Central, Jr.; Brycen Hodges, Powell, Sr.; David Hull, South-Doyle, Sr.; Cooper Koch, Summit, Jr.; Carter Szydlowski, Columbia Central, Sr.; ATH – Jason Foust, Powell, So.; K – Ewan Johnson, South-Doyle, Sr.

CLASS 5A DEFENSE

DL – Jaxon Adams, Oak Ridge, Sr.; Andrew Gilbert, Knoxville West, Sr.; Levi Herald, South-Doyle, Sr.; Rhett Stottlemire, Soddy Daisy, Sr.; LB – Eli Denton, Walker Valley, Sr.; Drew Fisher, Rhea Co., Sr.; Kalib Fortner, Knoxville Central, Sr.*; Ethan Scott, Knoxville West, Sr.; DB – Prince Kollie, David Crockett, Sr.*; Jawan Odoms, Henry Co., Sr.; Preston Sisler, South-Doyle, Sr.; Preston Turner, Oak Ridge, Sr.; ATH – Shannon Blair, Knoxville West, Jr.; P – Ryan Bolton, Knoxville Central, Jr.

*Mr. Football finalist, automatic all-state selection