Archives for December 2012

Fitz-Gerald reflects on BWWMH board tenure

After two six-year terms, almost half as chairman, helping to guide Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital through good times and bad, Dr. Maurice Fitz-Gerald is clear about serving on the hospital’s board of directors.

“I have done my thing.”

This is the second time the local physician has served on the board since moving to Demopolis in 1965.

The biggest challenge the board has is to “try to weigh patient care against cost,” said Dr. Fitz-Gerald.  “The hospital here has been very successful.”

The board must be focused on the financial aspect of running the hospital, he continued. Members don’t always “see the results of patient care.” He admits his focus on how patients are served doesn’t always get along easily with the financial constraints faced by the hospital.

He is most proud of helping to find a way to keep open the labor and delivery unit of the hospital.

Eliminating obstetric care is “the fastest way to close down a hospital,” he said. Labor and delivery services lead to a higher volume of pediatric care and of gynecological care, he explained.

The biggest challenge to keeping labor and delivery in Demopolis is “getting women with insurance to deliver at this hospital” instead of opting to go elsewhere.

Dr. Fitz-Gerald is not shy about bragging on the local hospital, its close-knit, well-qualified staff and the successes it has enjoyed in patient care.

One of the major assets is the low infection rate after surgery. “Post-operative infection is a catastrophe,” he said.

Nationwide the hospital infection rate is 10 to 15 percent. BWWMH has less than two percent.

“God looked after small hospitals and small towns,” said Dr. Fitz-Gerald. The physicians in Demopolis know what bacteria they face, what those bacteria are sensitive to and how to combat them.

“It’ amazing how many old antibiotics we can go back to.”

Dr. Fitz-Gerald also is proud of the hospital’s reputation in treating heart attacks. Several years ago Medicare checked every hospital in the country and ranked them according to their success of patient survival. The Demopolis hospital came in seventh.

All the advances in the treatment of heart attacks mean there is a 97 percent chance of survival if a patient makes it to the hospital within two hours.

The consummate doctor that he is, Dr. Fitz-Gerald stressed the need for people to practice preventive medicine – just like using preventive maintenance on their car.

“If you don’t do it, you’re going to pay the price.” That means exercise, keeping weight down, not smoking and following physician’s advice on the use of drugs to lower cholesterol.

And that led him to the praises of family care physicians. He believes that specialists are overpaid and primary care physicians are grossly underpaid for the value they provide on the front lines of medical care. As for the future of medicine and the hospital in Demopolis, he points out the need to recruit younger doctors to serve clients in the area.

Although Dr. Fitz-Gerald has stepped down from service on the hospital’s board of directors, he remains up-to-date in his training. He takes at least 200 hours of continued education each year to remain current.

Demopolis falls in double overtime

CHATOM — It took two overtime periods, but Demopolis’ four-game winning streak finally came to a close Saturday night as Washington County pulled out a 74-71 victory over the visiting Tigers.

The win gave Washington County first place in the John Taylor Tournament, an eight-team holiday bracket WCHS hosted Friday and Saturday.

Washington County outpaced Demopolis 20-15 in the game’s opening period before the Tigers stormed back with a 16-7 run in the second quarter to carry a 31-27 lead into the half. WCHS won each of the game’s latter quarters and appeared to have a win at hand until Tommy Wilson drained a game-tying three at the end of regulation to tie the game at 55 and force the first overtime period.

With the first overtime coming to a close, Wilson struck again with a dagger from deep to knot the game at 66 and force a second overtime.

“My kids played hard. We made big shots. To take it into overtime, we hit a three. Then, to take it into the second overtime, we hit another three. Tommy Wilson hit both of the threes to take us into the overtime periods,” Demopolis head coach Rodney Jackson said. “It was a tough way to lose, but they played hard. Washington County has a heck of a team. I don’t think they’ve lost a game.”

Wilson led the Demopolis with 21 points while Roderick Davis chipped in 16.

The loss drops the Tigers to 7-7 and is only the second Demopolis setback in the last seven contests.

The Tigers are scheduled to play again Friday when they host area foe Sumter Central.

Patriots dump R.C. Hatch

Linden won its own tournament and moved to 9-1on the season with a 74-64 dispatching of R.C. Hatch Friday night.

Imoras Agee led the Patriots with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Shauka Reese added 18 points and five assists for Linden. Chris Rogers manned the post for the Patriots to the tune of 12 points and 16 rebounds while Anthony Robinson chipped in six points and 13 assists.

The Patriots will play again Thursday Jan. 3 when they travel to Greene County.

Tigers move to tournament title game

CHATOM — Demopolis continued its red hot run Friday evening with a 73-41 victory over Fruitdale in the second round of the John Taylor Tournament at Washington County High School.

The victory puts the Tigers in a 7 p.m. game Saturday against the winner of Leroy and host Washington County. The win also marks the fifth in the last six outings for the Tigers.

“Five out of the last six, four in a row. We came out very aggressive. We attacked the glass hard and shot the ball well. We’ve got just good chemistry going on right now,” Demopolis head coach Rodney Jackson said. “Hopefully we can top off the Xmas break with a win tomorrow and a first place trophy at the Washington County tournament. That would be awesome.”

Demopolis (7-6) got balanced scoring from its roster with Tommy Wilson pacing the team with 17 points. Roderick Davis chipped in 15 points while Kiante Jefferies had 13 in the win.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Dec. 27

Dec. 21 – Patrick D. Armstead, 23, for two counts Simple Assault-Family – Family Dollar

Dec. 23 – Christopher D. Cousette, 25, for Receiving Stolen Property II – Frist Avenue

Dec. 23 – Derick Holloway, 34, for Domestic Violence III – First Avenue

Dec. 26 – Willie E. James, 46, for Pedestrian Under the Influence – Front Street

Dec. 27 – Megan N. Shows, 31, for Criminal Trespass III and Theft of Property III – DPD

Tigers use 28-point fourth to beat Southern Choctaw

CHATOM — Demopolis moved to 6-6 on the year with a 64-46 first round win over Southern Choctaw in the John Taylor Tournament at Washington County High Friday morning.

The Tigers trailed 12-10 after the first quarter before doubling up SCHS with a 12-6 second quarter to carry a narrow lead into the half. The teams played to a 14-14 draw in the third period. Demopolis finally found its legs in the fourth frame.

“I felt like we woke up,” Demopolis head coach Rodney Jackson said of the fourth quarter, a period in which his team outscored Southern Choctaw 28-14. “We played at 12:45. I felt like my kids were a little lethargic. We were turning the ball over a little bit. In the fourth quarter, we put a little more pressure on their guards. We turned them over and we got layups.”

Roderick Davis led the Tigers with 20 points in the contest. Kiante Jefferies chipped in 14 points while Tommy Wilson finished with 13. The Tigers play again at 6 p.m. tonight against Fruitdale.

Accident on Lake Lane

An afternoon accident on Lake Lane left one vehicle upside down with no injuries occurring from the wreck. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Bill could arm school employees

The Associated Press reported Thursday evening that a state lawmaker intends to introduce legislation that would allow Alabama schools to arm certain employees.

Republican state Rep. Kerry Rich of Albertville stated his belief that the plan would curtail violent incidents similar to the one that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. earlier this month.

Since the bill has yet to be written, Demopolis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Al Griffin was very cautious in his reaction toward the potential legislation. Still, Griffin did note his hope that the legislature would consider funding trained resource officers rather than arming school employees.

“I need to read the entire bill and be prepped on its entire meaning,” Griffin said. “In lieu of arming school employees with little firearm training, maybe the Legislature will consider funding a trained school resource officer for every K-12 campus in Alabama.”

Rich indicated he hopes to pre-file the bill before the Legislature begins its 2013 session Feb. 5. Rich also said he expects his plan and others to be discussed at a Jan. 9 meeting with legislators, law enforcement and education officials regarding school violence.

DHS teacher to get taste of administration duties

Anatomy teacher Keith Jackson watches on during a halftime of a soccer game at Demopolis High soccer game. (file photo)

After seven years in the classroom, Demopolis High School anatomy teacher Keith Jackson will finally get a taste of administrative duties next spring.

Thanks to a unique grant program, Jackson will leave step away from his teaching duties in the spring semester and spend the second half of the academic year shadowing Westside Elementary School Principal Tony Pittman.

The grant is provided by the Alabama State Department of Education and provides a new avenue for teachers looking to dip their feet into administrative waters. Jackson is nearing completion of his Master’s Degree at the University of West Alabama and lacks only his internship to complete the course of study. However, given his teaching duties, fulfilling the internship obligation presents a unique challenge as it does with most students in the program.

“I found out about (the grant) through the University of West Alabama. I’m working on my Master’s over there and I’ve gotten to the point where I just have an internship left. They sent me an e-mail about it and told me there was a Webinar I needed to watch,” Jackson said of how he learned of the program. “I asked the chair of the education department at UWA if that was something she would recommend me for. She recommended me and she actually helped me to write the grant. Also, (Demopolis City Schools Superintendent of Education Dr. Al Griffin), he and I sat down and looked over the portion he had to fill out and he was willing to do it.”

As part of the grant, the school system will receive $25,000 to cover the expense of hiring a temporary teacher to fill Jackson’s slot while shadows Pittman at WES.

“I had thought about (going into education administration) as an opportunity for my family for a while. I started working on my Master’s in instructional leadership last fall. The internship will actually be covered by this grant,” Jackson said. “I didn’t really expect to get it to tell you the truth. I figured with so many people applying for it, I’d give it a shot.”

The veteran teacher contrasted the program’s design with the drawbacks that existed when he completed his student teaching, noting that this grant initiative calls for much more hands-on experience than does the typical student teacher paradigm.

“I think it is a good opportunity. Going into teaching, I really didn’t know what to expect. You get some hours, but you’re basically not hands on. You’re seeing what’s going on and you’re not getting to fill in the role,” Jackson said. “But being in this position for that period of time is going to give me some good experience. The reason Dr. Griffin and I talked about me being at the elementary school is because I’ve been at the high school for so long and he felt I knew a lot about how high school operates and he wanted me to see the younger kids and how that level operates.”

Nine county players on ASWA All-State Team

The Alabama Sports Writers Association released its annual All-State Football Team today, recognizing nine Marengo County players on its list of honorees.

In Class 1A, Linden High senior standout Anthony Robinson earned First Team Defensive Back honors after a season in which he led the team with 75 tackles and turned in a team-high four interceptions. Robinson, the Class 1A Back of the Year runner up a year ago, also tallied nearly 2,000 yards of total offense and 24 touchdowns in addition to a pair of punt returns for scores.

Antonio Dunner, a senior at A.L. Johnson, earned First Team Defensive Lineman honors for his play this year, a season in which he recorded 89 total tackles including 16 for loss.

The county’s two other first team players both came from Sweet Water in Class 2A where senior Derek Tucker took First Team Offensive Lineman honors while his classmate Trayun Jones garnered First Team Defensive Lineman recognition for his 64 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Honorable mentions included Sweet Water junior Jakoby Aldridge at Offensive Athlete. Aldridge rushed for 1,627 yards and 20 TDs on 200 carries this season, averaging one touchdown every 10 rushing attempts.

Roderick Davis and Demetrius Kemp, a pair of Demopolis juniors, took honorable mention honors in Class 5A. Kemp, an Honorable Mention Defensive Athlete, racked up eight total touchdowns on the season, including two off fumble returns and one from an interception return. Kemp, who rushed for three scores and caught another, also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and led the Demopolis defense with 66 total tackles and four fumble recoveries.

Roderick Davis is a Class 5A Honorable Mention Running Back after a season in which he rushed for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Marengo Academy placed a pair of Longhorn sophomores on the honorable mention list in the AISA. Shad Pritchett is an Honorable Mention Wide Receiver after he hauled in 40 passes for 514 yards nd seven touchdowns on a run-heavy offense. Hayden Hall is an Honorable Mention Linebacker for the Longhorns.

The All-State Team is posted below in its entirety.



QB – Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., 6-6, 219

RB – Julius McCall, Chelsea, Sr., 5-10, 180

RB – Racean Thomas, Oxford, Jr., 6-0, 200

RB – Berron Tyson, Baker, Sr., 5-9, 170

WR – Brian Clark, Clay-Chalkville, Jr., 6-3, 195

WR – Michael Powers, Hoover, Sr., 5-8, 170

TE – Jakell Mitchell, Opelika, Jr., 6-3, 210

OL – Austin Golson, Prattville, Sr., 6-5, 285

OL – Grant Hill, Huntsville, Sr. 6-6, 290

OL – Harrison Louden, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 6-5, 286

OL – Darius Preyer, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., 6-1, 266

OL – John Grady Welden, Mountain Brook, Sr., 6-3, 267

K – Robert Greene, Clay-Chalkville, Sr., 5-9, 160

ATH – Nate Andrews, Fairhope, Sr., 6-1, 205


DB – Marlon Humphrey, Hoover, Jr., 6-0, 180

DB – Stuart Jacobs, Vestavia Hills, Sr., 5-9, 175

DB – Stephen Roberts, Opelika, Jr., 6-0, 175

DB – Marquez White, Northview, Sr., 6-1, 173

LB – Bryan Brower, Stanhope Elmore, Sr., 5-10, 195

LB – Drew Davis, Bob Jones, Sr., 6-1, 200

LB – Reuben Foster, Auburn, Sr., 6-2, 235

LB – Shaun Hamilton, Carver-Montgomery, Jr., 6-2, 219

DL – Daniel Clayton, Clay-Chalkville, Sr., 6-0, 225

DL – Parker Cothren, Hazel Green, Sr., 6-5, 265

DL – Rashaan Evans, Auburn, Jr., 6-3, 215

DL – Na’Vante Williams, Decatur, Sr., 6-0, 240

P – Tripp Burnett, Prattville, So., 5-11, 185

ATH: Thomas Hill, Grissom, Sr., 5-11, 180

Coach of the Year: Brian Blackmon, Opelika

Honorable Mention

Quarterback: Kendrick Doss, Florence, Jr.; Cameron Echols-Luper, Auburn, Sr.; Nick Mullens, Spain Park, Sr.; Connor Short, Hoover, Sr.; Jason Smith, McGill-Toolen, Sr.

Running Back: Calen Campbell, Hoover, Sr.; Deonte Moore, Huntsville, Sr.; Josh Walker, Austin, Sr.

Wide Receiver: Alontai Adams, Foley, Sr.; Josh Banks, Alma Bryant, Jr.; Malique Elliott, Austin, Sr.; J.J. Green, Florence, Sr.; Austin Williams, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Jr.

Tight End: Jesse Blackburn, Gardendale, Sr.; Roy Norwood, Baker, Sr.

Offensive Line: Jess Cooper, Tuscaloosa Co., Sr.; Billy Dasher, Oak Mountain, Sr.; Xavier Fields, Stanhope Elmore, Sr.; Josh Martin, Pelham, Sr.; Brandon Ray, Bob Jones, Sr.

Kicker: Zach Farni, Davidson, Sr.; Emiliano Ramirez, Tuscaloosa Co., Sr.; Cade Stinnett, Enterprise, Jr.

Offensive Athlete: Thomas Hill, Grissom, Sr.; O.J. Jackson, Wetumpka, Jr.; Traveon Samuel, Central-Phenix City, So.

Defensive Back: Austin Dempsey, Hazel Green, Sr.; Tim Graves, Carver-Montgomery, Sr.; Austin Hughes, Decatur, Jr.; Trey Jenkins, Daphne, Sr.

Linebacker: Ted Colburn, Tuscaloosa Co., Sr.; Lamont Crittendon, Austin, Sr.; Brandon Fuller, Clay-Chalkville, Sr.; Rashawn Smith, Florence, Sr.; Cameron Toney, Huntsville, Sr.

Defensive Linemen: Curtis Beamon, Huffman, Fr.; Adam Harvey, Mountain Brook, Sr.; Finesse Middleton, Gadsden City, Sr.; Darius Paige, Foley, Sr.

Punter: P.J. Corlew, Austin, Sr.

Defensive Athlete: Kamryn Melton, Dothan, Sr.; Philbert Martial, McGill-Toolen, Sr.



QB – Joel Poe, Spanish Fort, Sr., 6-1, 200

RB – Tyler Jackson, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 5-10, 150

RB – Jamarcus Nance, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 5-10, 160

RB – Michael Seaton, Chilton Co., Sr., 5-7, 150

WR – Blain Crain, Spanish Fort, Sr., 6-3, 190

WR – Jarren Johnson, Jackson, Sr., 5-11, 190

TE – Wyndell Archie, Saraland, Sr., 6-3, 225

OL – John Casher, St. Paul’s, Jr., 6-2, 290

OL – Tyler Carr, Southside-Gadsden, So., 6-6, 295

OL – Dylan Cline, McAdory, Sr., 6-4, 255

OL – Blake Copeland, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 6-4, 240

OL – Jordan Sims, Homewood, Jr., 6-4, 330

K – Logan McPherson, Fort Payne, Sr., 5-11, 165

ATH – A.J. Freeman, Pinson Valley, Sr., 5-5, 145


DB – Johnny Cook, Spanish Fort, Sr., 6-0, 185

DB – Levi Fell, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 5-11, 150

DB – Kenneth Jordan, Wenonah, Sr., 6-0, 175

DB – Damien Whitfield, McAdory, Sr., 6-0, 170

LB – Zach Cunningham, Pinson Valley, Sr., 6-4, 200

LB – DeShaun Davis, Vigor, Jr., 6-0, 225

LB – Ethan Simmons, Briarwood Chr., Sr., 6-0, 190

LB – Tre Williams, St. Paul’s, Jr., 6-2, 220

DL – Bo Grant, Valley, Sr., 6-3, 205

DL – Jared Holloway, St. Paul’s, Sr., 6-0, 275

DL – Dee Liner, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 6-4, 290

DL – Cory Thomas, McAdory, Jr., 6-5, 265

P – Jay Williams, Homewood, Sr., 6-0, 200

ATH – Siran Neal, Eufaula, Sr., 6-0, 185

Coach of the Year: David Powell, McAdory

Honorable Mention

Quarterback: Deacon Aldridge, Hartselle, Sr.; Zac Crocker, Cullman, Sr.

Running Back: Dantley Coker, Southside-Gadsden, Jr.; Roderick Davis, Demopolis, Jr.; Brandon Peters, Williamson, Sr.

Wide Receiver: Logan Motte, Mortimer Jordan, Sr.; Earnest Robinson, Pinson Valley, Sr.; Houston Turner, Cullman, Sr.; Luke Wall, Hayden, Sr.

Tight End: Austin Rossi, Chilton Co., Sr; Shaquille Ward, Vigor, Sr.

Offensive Line: James Burgess, Vigor, Sr.; Brandon Heard, Fort Payne, Sr.; Brett Medforth, Sylacauga, Sr.; Zach Sims, Homewood, Sr.; Dylan Thompson, Hartselle, Sr.

Kicker: Cole Travis, Saraland, Sr.; Austin Wood, Valley, Sr.

Offensive Athlete: Darice Allen, Carroll, Sr.; Malik Rosier, Faith Acad., Jr.; Kylen Towner, St. Paul’s, Sr.

Defensive Backs: Zavier Charmichael, St. Paul’s, Jr.; Jay Duckett, Etowah, Sr.; LaKendrick James, Jackson, Sr.; Quadrekas Key, Walker, Jr.; Aaron Lamb, Hartselle, Sr.; Harry Mason, Pinson Valley, Sr.;  Trey Moon, Cullman, Jr.

Linebacker: Gavin Bryant, Jackson, Jr.; Ethan Felton, Muscle Shoals, Jr.; Justin Henderson, Fairfield, Sr.; Richard Hilliard, Chilton Co., Sr.; Darius Jackson, McAdory, Sr.

Defensive Lineman: Tavares Bingham, Williamson, Sr.; Ahmad Gooden, Talladega, Jr.; Jeffery Goodwin, Jackson, Sr.; Alex Martin, Cullman, Jr.; Taylor Reynolds, McAdory, Sr.; Derek Watkins, Fort Payne, Jr.; Terrell Woods, Boaz, Sr.

Punter: Zane Vickery, Rehobeth, Jr.; Dee Williams, Moody, So.

Defensive Athlete: Nicolas Jackson, Wenonah, Sr.; Demetrius Kemp, Demopolis, Jr.



QB – Jackson Richard, Madison Co., Sr., 6-0, 180

RB – Jordan Chunn, Madison Co., Sr., 6-0, 210

RB – Herman McKenzie, Tallassee, So., 5-10, 180

RB – Toby Pee, Sardis, Sr., 5-11, 180

WR – Monterio Burchfield, Madison Co., Sr., 6-3, 190

WR – Alvin Scott, Oneonta, Sr., 6-1, 180

TE – Jamari Staples, Central-Clay Co., Sr., 6-4, 175

OL – Blaise Brown, Oneonta, Sr., 5-10, 263

OL – Austin Lee, Madison Co., Sr., 6-2, 277

OL – Keke Pritchett, Thomasville, Jr., 5-11, 235

OL – Ray Scott, J.O. Johnson, Sr., 6-2, 300

OL – Shedrick Thomas, Lincoln, Jr., 6-3, 270

K – Cesar Diaz, North Jackson, Sr., 5-11, 160

ATH – Troy Dixon, UMS-Wright, So., 5-8, 181


DB – Brandon Gurley, Madison Co., Jr., 5-9, 170

DB – Justice Owens, Alexandria, Sr., 5-11, 178

DB – Sam Pettway, UMS-Wright, Sr., 6-1, 187

DB – Deionte Smith, Dora, Sr., 6-0, 150

LB – Raleigh Killen, Rogers, Sr., 5-10, 180

LB – Sheldon Nixon, Calera, Sr., 5-10, 190

LB – Payton Reynolds, Central-Clay Co., So. 6-0, 215

LB – Dake Rivers, Beauregard, Sr., 6-0, 205

DL – Blake Bean, Oneonta, Jr., 6-3, 240

DL – Zach Bedwell, Cherokee Co., Sr., 5-11, 210

DL – Rod Crayton, Dadeville, Sr., 6-0, 280

DL – Joel Parrish, Dora, Sr., 6-2, 224

P – Geoffrey Bramblett, Locust Fork, Sr., 6-2, 200

ATH – Ronnie Clark, Calera, Jr., 6-3, 210

Coach of the Year: Smitty Grider, Beauregard.

Honorable Mention

Quarterback: Kaleb Beck, Dadeville, Sr.; Caleb May, Dora, Sr.; Cody O’Toole, Oneonta, Sr.

Running Back: Kartez Carr, St. Clair Co., Sr.; Tyler Smith, Oneonta, Sr.; Kai Thomas, Dora, Sr.

Wide Receiver: Trey Collins, Beauregard, Jr.; Kerry Smith, Corner, Sr.; Terry Toler, Dadeville, Sr.

Tight End: Brock Latta, Oneonta, Jr.

Offensive Line: Gus Addison, UMS-Wright, Sr.; Cameron Ghotar, Dora, Sr.; Casey Hunt, Oneonta, Sr.; Blaine Pruitt, Sardis, Jr.; Taylor Watt, Alexandria, Sr.

Kicker: Nick Mullins, Tallassee, Sr.

Offensive Athlete: Luke Bailey, Fairview, Sr.; DiJon Paschal, Tallassee, Sr.

Defensive Back: Austin Blevins, North Jackson, Sr.; Jalen Johnson, Oneonta, Jr.

Linebacker: Ethan Boyd, Oneonta, Jr.; Joey Denison, Charles Henderson, Sr.; Ralph Garner, Thomasville, Jr.; Josh White, Beauregard, Sr.

Defensive Lineman: Anfernee Jennings, Dadeville, So.; Dakota Rushing, Haleyville, Jr.; Blake Smith, Madison Co., Sr.; CorDarrell Whatley, J.O. Johnson, Sr.

Punter: Troy Elliott, Corner, Sr.

Defensive Athlete: C



QB – Samuel Grisham, Lauderdale Co., Jr., 5-10, 190

RB – Johnathan Ford, New Hope, Sr., 6-0, 192

RB – Kerryon Johnson, Madison Acad., So. 6-1, 195

RB – Ty Jones, Vinemont, Sr., 5-11, 200

WR – JaTevin Madison, Fayette Co., Jr., 5-10, 150

WR – Jaylin Porter, Abbeville, Sr., 6-0, 190

TE – BJ Bailey, Deshler, So. 6-1, 190

OL – Matt Bryson, Geraldine, Sr., 6-3, 255

OL – JaBaris Davis, Greensboro, Sr., 6-2, 192

OL – David Gross, Trinity, Sr., 6-6, 292

OL – Andrew Isbell, Leeds, Sr., 6-0, 225

OL – Frank Williams, Madison Acad., Sr., 6-2, 260

K – James Sherman, Catholic-Montgomery, Jr., 5-10, 170

ATH – Courtney Foy, Midfield, Sr., 5-11, 175


DB – Roman Buchanan, Daleville, Sr., 6-2, 195

DB – Zarrian Grant, Northside, Sr., 6-0, 180

DB – Jacoby Lockhart, Leeds, So., 5-6, 145

DB – JeVontey Smith, Greensboro, Sr., 6-2, 197

LB – Jamarious Henderson, Dale Co., So., 6-0, 210

LB – Jamie Major, Piedmont, Sr., 6-2, 225

LB – Ronald Woods, Leeds, Sr., 5-11, 200

LB – Taylor Ziak, Madison Acad., Jr., 5-11, 210

DL – Torrandine Harris, Midfield, Sr., 6-1, 240

DL – Exavyer Jackson, Piedmont, Sr., 5-9, 265

DL – Tyler Love, J.B. Pennington, Sr., 6-0, 185

DL – Brian Puckett, Lauderdale Co., Sr., 6-3, 245

P – Jordan Lake, Westminster Chr., Sr., 6-0, 205

ATH – Marcellus Redmond, Fayette Co., Sr., 5-8, 160

Coach of the Year: Trent Taylor, Straughn

Honorable Mention

Quarterback: Garret Lewis, Sipsey Valley, Jr.

Running Back: Marquese Banks, W.S. Neal, Sr.; Ryan Carpenter, Colbert Co., Jr.; Michael Davis, Geraldine, Sr.

Wide Receiver: Jessie Box, Hamilton, Sr.; CJ Savage, Piedmont, So.; Braylan Smith, Sipsey Valley, Sr.

Offensive Lineman: Marcus Clarke, Vinemont, Jr.; Mike Daves, Bayside, Sr.; Dustin Maples, New Hope, Jr.; Tyler Smith, Lauderdale Co., Sr.

Kicker: Morgan Coston, Leeds, Fr.; Trey Smith, Bayside, Sr.; Dillon Terry, Piedmont, Sr.; Chandler Trach, Madison Acad., Sr.

Offensive Athlete: Mitch Stults, Hamilton, Sr.

Defensive Back: Tyler Boland, Vinemont, Jr.; Laphonso Burroughs, Piedmont, Sr.; Tobias Qualls, Colbert Co., So.; Trey Smith, Bayside, Sr.

Linebacker: Sean Anderson, Abbeville, Sr.; Ladrelin Cheatom, Deshler, So.; DJ Simmons, Lauderdale Co., Sr.; Johnny Owens, Straughn, Jr.; Jonathan Walton, Bayside, Sr.; Darnell Williams, Fayette Co., Sr.

Defensive Lineman: Jordan Cushen, Sylvania, Jr.; Marquez Gamble, Piedmont, Sr.; Nick McCrae, Northside, Sr.; Dee Qualls, Colbert Co., Sr.; Michael Williams, Barbour Co., Sr.

Punter: Daniel Otwell, Glencoe, Sr. Daniel Otwell, Glencoe, Sr., 6-0, 185

Defensive Athlete: Jonathan Hagler, Leeds, Sr.; Sheldon Lewis, Hanceville, Sr.



QB – ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale, Sr., 6-1, 195

RB – Tyler Rogers, Mobile Christian, Jr., 5-11, 185

RB – Hayden Stephens, Tanner, Jr., 5-11, 170

RB – Tywone Stewart, Reeltown, Sr., 5-8, 170

WR – Willis Knight, Randolph Co., Jr., 5-10, 175

WR – Joe Vines, Lafayette, Sr., 5-8, 178

WR – Jalen Washington, Lanett, Sr., 6-1, 195

OL – Alec Godwin, G.W. Long, Sr., 5-9, 220

OL – Kadarrius Lawrence, Fultondale, Jr., 6-0, 275

OL – Jayson Stephens, Reeltown, Sr., 6-0, 280

OL – Derek Tucker, Sweet Water, Sr., 6-1, 260

OL – Hunter Warr, Washington Co., Sr., 6-0, 256

K – Grayson Anzalone, Montgomery Acad., Sr., 6-0, 150

ATH – Randy Blackwell, Fyffe, Sr., 5-10, 165


DB – Purvis Coger, Oakman, Jr., 6-1, 165

DB – Greg Maclin, Tanner, Sr., 6-4, 180

DB – Terio Rogers, Vincent, Sr., 5-11, 160

DB – Ariko Stewart, Reeltown, So., 6-0, 170

LB – Julian Hardy, Fultondale, Sr., 5-10, 180

LB – DeMarcus Holcombe, Washington Co., Jr., 6-1, 213

LB – Fred Rich, Tanner, Sr., 6-2, 200

LB – Barry Reach. Red Bay, Jr., 6-1, 210

DL – Tyler Gilliam, Hale Co., Jr., 5-11, 261

DL – Trayun Jones, Sweet Water, Sr., 6-1, 240

DL – Jestavia Norris, Reeltown, Sr., 6-1, 210

DL – Seth Roberts, Ariton, Sr., 6-4, 240

P – Dane Howard, Washington Co., Sr., 5-10, 180

ATH: Kyle Shoulders, Tanner, Sr., 6-2, 240

Coach of the Year: John Ritter, Red Bay

Honorable Mention

Quarterback: Shavar Holliday, Lanett, Sr.; Ty Sparks, Randolph Co., Jr.; Tyler Vann, N. Sand Mountain, Sr.

Running Back: Cory Battle, Horseshoe Bend, Sr.; Rodney Groce, Vincent, Jr.; Chantz Goodman, Walter Wellborn, Jr.

Wide Receiver: Quinton Harris, Oakman, Jr.; JD Smith, Sheffield, Jr.

Offensive Lineman: Jon Ashley Amison, Elba, Sr.; Jaleel Burton, Walter Wellborn, Jr.; Zach Fondren, Oakman, Jr.; Justin Lea, Ider, Sr.

Kicker: Ethan Simmons, Samson, Jr.; Steven Machias, Goshen, Sr.

Offensive Athlete: Jakoby Aldridge, Sweet Water, Jr.

Defensive Back: Jared Stewart, Fultondale, Fr.; Zach Walker, G.W. Long, Sr.

Linebacker: Luke Holt, Horseshoe Bend, Sr.; Don Tyler Jackson, Oakman, Sr.; Nick McCallister, Providence Chr., Jr.; Trent Thrash, Fyffe, Jr.

Defensive Lineman: Chad Bryant, New Brockton, Sr.; Antwan McCary, Fultondale, Jr.; Baltazar Rubio, Tanner, Jr.

Punter: Cole Dean, Samson, Sr.; Clay McNatt, Red Bay, Jr.

Defensive Athlete: Matt Belue, Red Bay, Sr.; Damauntey Johnson, Vincent, Sr.; Landon Machristie, Walter Wellborn, So.



QB – Rodney Camp, Phillips, Sr., 6-2, 175

RB – Jermarcus Brown, Pickens Co., So., 5-10, 175

RB – Aaron Dillard, Hubbertville, Sr., 5-10, 205

RB – George Payne, St. Luke’s, Sr., 5-11, 195

WR – Tyler Crumpton, Phillips, So., 6-3, 145

WR – Edgar Padilla, Collinsville, Sr., 6-0, 155

TE – DeAngelo Hardy, Cedar Bluff, Sr., 6-3, 200

OL – Shakeel Abdullah, Notasulga, Jr., 6-2, 230

OL – Taylor Driggers, Brantley, Sr., 6-2, 255

OL – Zev Finch, Pickens Co., Jr., 6-2, 305

OL – Craig Jones, Spring Garden, Sr., 6-1, 240

OL – Taylor Oden, Hubbertville, Sr., 6-1, 225

K – David Hernandez, Collinsville, Sr., 6-0, 180

ATH – Sean Wallace, Marion Co., Sr., 5-9, 180


DB – J.C. Finch, Berry, Sr., 5-10, 150

DB – Marlon Page, Notasulga, Sr., 5-9, 163

DB – DeShawn Riebesehl, Marion Co., Sr., 6-2, 180

DB – Anthony Robinson, Linden, Sr., 5-8, 152

LB – Clancy Brown, Berry, Sr., 6-0, 180

LB – Damien Davenport, McIntosh, Sr., 6-2, 262

LB – Adrian Howard, Brantley, Sr., 6-0, 185

LB – Justin Lucas, Notasulga, Sr., 5-9, 170

DL – Nick Combs, Cedar Bluff, Sr., 6-0, 175

DL – Antonio Dunner, A.L. Johnson, Sr., 5-10, 173

DL – Ryan Harris, Brantley, Sr., 6-2, 190

DL – Terrien Steele, Pickens Co., Sr., 6-3, 275

P – Jake Smith, Holy Spirit, So., 5-9, 165

ATH – Ready Swanigan, Marion Co., Jr., 5-10, 170

Coach of the Year: James Lucas, Notasulga

Honorable Mention

Quarterback: Levi Mintz, Cedar Bluff, Sr.

Running Back: Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry, Jr.; Forrest Livingston, Spring Garden, Sr.; Justin Sanderson, Marion Co., Sr.

Wide Receiver: Edgar Bahena, Tharptown, Sr.; O.J. Guice, Brantley, Jr.

Tight End: Mitchell Anderson, Shades Mtn. Chr., Sr.; Bishop Burnett, Notasulga, Sr.

Offensive Lineman: Selleven Burnett, Brantley, Sr.; Skylar Cagle, Cedar Bluff, Sr.; Tyler Davis, Linden, Sr.; Zac Pasley, Berry, Sr.

Kicker: Ben Riggs, Marion Co., Sr.

Offensive Athlete: Jermichael Harris, Parrish, Jr.; Shaquille Law, McIntosh, Sr.

Defensive Back: Terrence Bogen, Brantley, Sr.; John Newby, Pleasant Home, Sr.

Linebacker: Devane Brewster, Ragland, Sr.; Chris Hill, Pickens Co., Jr.; Demarquis Lumpkin, Keith, Sr.; Franky Melson, Addison, Jr.

Defensive Lineman: Phillip Badewa, Shades Mtn. Chr., Jr.; Dalton Hamby, Hackleburg, Jr.; DeQuenton Redden, Loachapoka, Sr.

Punter: Curtis Abernathy, Cedar Bluff, Sr.; Brandon Morrow, Maplesville, Sr.; Alexander Woodard, Notasulga, So.

Defensive Athlete: John David Jennings, Gaylesville, Sr.



QB – Dylan Ingram, Edgewood Acad., Sr., 6-4, 220

RB – Jarrette Pope, Clarke Prep, Jr., 6-2, 215

RB – Jaevon Walton, Tuscaloosa Acad., Jr., 6-0, 225

RB – Kyle White, Macon-East Acad., Sr., 6-2, 180

WR – Rod Boykin, Edgewood Acad., Sr., 6-1, 180

WR – Taylor Hawthorne, Edgewood Acad., Jr., 6-4, 190

TE – O.J. Howard, Autauga Acad., Sr., 6-6, 230

OL – Terrell Bush, Tuscaloosa Acad., Jr., 6-3, 305

OL – Frank Warren, Glenwood Acad., Jr, 6-6, 340

OL – Karson Loomis, Macon-East Acad., Sr., 5-11, 210

OL – Wesley Williamson, Clarke Prep, Jr., 6-2, 285

OL – Cody Rogers, Sumter Acad., Sr., 6-0, 200

PK – Triston Knight, Lee-Scott Acad., Sr., 5-9, 170

ATH – Alex Morris, Ashford Acad., Sr., 6-2, 175


DB – Rush Wiggins, Clarke Prep, Sr., 6-2, 195

DB – Brody Thomasson, Lakeside, Jr., 6-0, 175

DB – Trey Johnston, Ashford Acad., Sr., 5-11, 160

DB – Mike Calhoun, Restoration, Sr., 5-10, 180

LB – Cortney Wilbanks, Restoration, Jr., 6-0, 225

LB – Bailey Hansen, Edgewood Acad., Sr., 6-4, 195

LB – David Ruffin, Lee-Scott Acad., Sr., 5-11, 195

LB – Dashun Bartley, East Memorial Chr., Sr., 6-2, 215

DL – Craig Bryan, Monroe Acad., Sr., 6-1, 250

DL – Raheem Sheppard, Hooper Acad., Sr., 6-1, 240

DL – Nick Henderson, Crenshaw Chr., So., 6-1, 173

DL – Casey McCluskie, Edgewood Acad., Sr., 6-3, 280

P – Cole Marsh, Southern Acad., Sr., 6-1, 190

ATH – Clay Thomas, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr., 5-9, 180

Coach of the Year: Robert Johnson, Tuscaloosa Acad.

Honorable mention

Quarterback: London Maynard, Autauga Acad., Jr.; Jonathon Plott, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr.

Running back: Josh Crawford, Edgewood Acad., So.; Parker Allen, Patrician Acad., Jr.

Wide Receiver: Michael Swann, Glenwood Acad., Sr.; Shade Pritchett, Marengo Acad., Jr.

Tight End: Thomas DeGrange, Lee-Scott Acad., Jr.

Offensive Lineman: J.D. Diaz, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr.; Mathew Luster, Crenshaw Chr., Jr.; Aaron Wainwright, Autauga Acad., Sr.; Ryan Leonard, Lee-Scott Acad., Sr.

Defensive back: Michael Thompson, Escambia Acad., Sr.; Shaun Lewis, Crenshaw Chr., Sr.; Gentry Allen, Patrician Acad., Sr.

Linebacker: Taylor Carpenter, Jackson Acad., Sr.; Chris Yonkers, Sumter Acad., Sr.; Hayden Hall, Marengo Acad., So.; Zack Paulene, Autauga Acad., So.; Caleb Tucker, Clarke Prep, Jr.

Defensive Lineman: Kyle Andrews, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr.; Alryk Perry, Glenwood Acad., Sr.; B.J. Johnson, Edgewood Acad., Sr.

Athlete: Parker Farley, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr; Jacob Rose, Southern Acad., Sr.; Darius Bennett, Hooper Acad., Sr.