In 2013, the Coosa Valley Academy Rebels made the playoffs, scored a school-record 395 points, and on Friday, seven of the team’s player will play in the AISA All-Star football game at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
The seven players will play for the AISA East squad, as they compete against the West squad. Only one AISA team (Monroe Academy) had more players make the All-Star team.
The offensive line that created holes for running backs Niko Teofilo and Bradley Carroll and protected quarterback Zack Spratlin in the pocket had three players make the team: Charles Wilson, Jesse Crumley, and Ryan Brooks. Wilson and Brooks also qualified for their contributions on the defensive line. The versatile Teofilo made the team for his contributions at the wide receiver and defensive back position and Carroll qualified for his contributions at linebacker. Colton Pate also qualified at both the wide receiver and defensive back position. Zack Sharp, who won the kicking competition at Auburn University this summer, is the lone kicker on either squad.
The AlSA All-Star game is a great opportunity for senior players to get a chance to exhibit their abilities before college scouts. Fortunately for all seven of CVA’s All-Star participants, college teams have already shown interest.
Zack Sharp went nine for 13 on field goal attempts this season, blasting one from 54 yards out. Sharp was perfect on PATs going 33-for-33. Troy University has long had interest in Sharp.
“Zack Sharp, I think he’s going to wind up playing at Troy,” CVA head coach Arlton Hudson said. “Coach (Shayne) Wasden, the special teams coach, and coach (Larry) Blakeney really love him. I think that will work out for him there. I think Charles Wilson will be going down there with him also. Charles will go down there and play nose guard.”
Colton Pate, who had 863 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns, has already committed to playing baseball at Central Alabama Community College.
Teofilo and Carroll both have some interest from Faulkner University in Montgomery. Both were 1000-yard backs this season. Teofilo rushed for 1032 yards and had 14 touchdowns.
“Niko weighs 160 pounds and he’ll play college football somewhere,” Hudson said.
Carroll rushed for 1008 yards and had 12 touchdowns.
“Football is his life,” Hudson said of Carroll. “Him getting to play in the All-Star game, that’s the high point of his life. He’ll tell you that. He’s just a great kid. He’s an exciting kid to watch. I just love watching him play the game because he plays like I used to play back in the old days. He goes back to old-school football, just hard-nosed, gives everything you’ve got every single down. That’s the kind of kid he is.”
Ryan Brooks has had interest from the program at the University of West Alabama, although former head coach Will Hall accepted a head coach position at the University of West Georgia. Brooks will likely play linebacker at the next level.
Jesse Crumley will likely also have a chance to play college football somewhere.
Even beyond earning the opportunity to shine before college scouts and playing in a college atmosphere at Cramton Bowl, Hudson said the honor speaks volumes to his players’ hard work.
In order to be selected, players are picked by opposing coaches. Four of CVA’s players were unanimous selections.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” Hudson said. “Last year, we only had one kid (Andrew Nelson). There’s only one other school, Monroe Academy has one more than us. For you to have seven kids on your football team that contributed the way they did to our program, all you can do is just step back and say ‘Wow,’ because seven out of 11 guys that start for you are playing in the All-Star game. That’s a compliment to everybody. It’s a compliment to their parents, to our school, the community, but it’s a bigger compliment to the guys for working hard. It was our offseason program that did it. There’s no question about it in my mind. It made them into the players they are. They came in and worked their butts off, and they earned the right to show it on the football field and see what came out of it.”
The AISA All-Star football game will be held Friday at Cramton Bowl with kickoff set for 7 p.m.