Comer leads 1A-3A All-Talladega County football
by LaVonte Young
Dec 30, 2013 | 2053 views |  0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The B.B. Comer Tigers football program continued to move in the right direction in 2013. For the second season in a row, the Tigers finished the season with a 5-5 record and made a trip to the first round of the Class 3A Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs. This is the first time that B.B. Comer has earned consecutive playoff appearances since 2000 and 2001.

“I think that is a big deal,” B.B. Comer head coach Anthony Jacks said. “We didn’t execute all the goals we wanted to this year, but we were improved even though our record was the same. We played some games a lot closer and had a chance to win a couple of the games. We really made some progress even though our record didn’t show it. This team had a little bit different makeup than what we had here before. We have some younger kids in critical roles. I am excited about the future with them, they are real talented. We just have to get the mental part with them. We had a good year, two years in a row making the playoffs. Now I have a group seniors coming up and they have made it as sophomores and juniors, so it is not the goal like it was for my last two groups of seniors where they hope that we could make the playoffs because they have not made it before. Now it is starting to change the culture of the school where playoffs are becoming an expectation. Hopefully, we can move forward and go a couple of rounds deep and hopefully win a state championship eventually. I am real proud of the group of seniors that we had. I’ve had this group since they were ninth graders and I am proud of the ones that we had that stayed and turned the program into a good solid program. Hopefully, these younger guys will step up and take it to the next level.”

For their efforts the Tigers lead the 1A-3A All-Talladega County team. B.B. Comer had 13 players to make the All-County team.

The Tigers had 12 players to earn first team honors. Senior Tyler Holmes earned first team honors at the quarterback position. Daniel Caldwell earned first team honors as running back. Jordan Butler earned first team honors as wide receiver. The Tigers had two offensive linemen to make first team honors in Cory Harris and Nathan Williams. Jaylun Thomas earned first team honors at the tight end position.

On the defensive side of the ball, Austin Nicholson and Noah Peterson earned first team honors as defensive linemen. Dylan McClure, Jordan Ford and Maratayvous McElrath earned first team honors at the defensive back position. Tyre McKinney earned first team honors as an athlete.

Jasper English earned honorable mention honors.

Jacks also earned Coach of the Year honors for the second season in a row. Jacks was shocked when he found out that he won Coach of the Year. He though Fayetteville’s John Limbaugh and TC Central’s Damien Dorsey deserved the honors for the great jobs that they did with their teams this season.

The Fayetteville Wolves football program had huge strides in the 2012 football season. The Wolves went 6-4 on the season and fell a game short of reaching the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A playoffs. This was the Wolves best season since 2007.

For their efforts this season on the gridiron, the Wolves had 15 players to earn All- County honors, including 10 players that earned first team honors.

Dustin Ingram earned first team honors for Fayetteville. The sophomore was a work horse for the Wolves on offense this season as he rushed for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns. Ingram had five straight games where he rushed for 149 yards or more including a 217 yard performance in a loss to Notasulga. Tyler Pennington earned first team honors as wide receiver. Hunter Goins earned first team honors as an offensive lineman. Steve Brasher earned first team All-County as an offensive lineman. He also earned honorable mention as a defensive lineman on the ASWA All-State team. Second-year head coach John Limbaugh believes the offensive line was the key to their success this season.

“Our offensive line carried us all year,” Limbaugh said. “Obviously, we had a big year from those guys, they played a tremendous part in our success. We did have a 6-4 year; I felt there are a couple of games that we should have won. One game we were just turnover ridden and we had 26 points off turnovers in the TC game. In the other game that got away from us was the Notasulga game. We really had that game but we let it get away from us. Throughout the year we learned how to win. We did some things that we have never done before. It was a big year for us and we are very excited about that. On offensive that we have ever had in a season and that was we 333 points. We had our longest win streak with four games. We did some new things this year very well, we are excited about the future whether we go to 2A or stay at 1A. We are still excited about it. We have learned how to play the game now we have to put what we have learned in practice into next season. We had eight seniors and those guys were the foundation that we needed. All of our seniors did a good job of pushing the other players hard. Steve was a big leader and we appreciate everything that he did.”

Tyari Powell and Jonathan Harbin earned first team honors.

On the defensive side of the ball, Fayetteville had four players to earn first team All-County honors. Grayson Shaw earned first team honors as a defensive lineman. Austin Brasher earned first team honors at the linebacker position. Payton McKee earned first team honors at defensive back, while Darious Cook earned first team honors as an athlete.

Houston Goins, Zane McGrady, Luke Murphy, Blake Autrey and Mason Vick earned spots on the honorable mention team.

The Talladega County Central Fighting Tigers started out the season with a 1-4 record, but they won four of their last five games including a win over Fayetteville to earn a berth in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.

The Fighting Tigers had six players to earn All-County honors including three players to make first team. Ze’Kyle Stockdale earn first team honors as an athlete. Jeremy Allen earned first team honors as a defensive back and Justin Woodruff earned first team honors as a defensive back. Derek Tuck, Christian Jones and Jordan Swain earned honorable mention honors.

The Winterboro Bulldogs had five players to earn All-County honors, including three players to earn first team honors. The Bulldogs struggled this season as they went 0-10 in 2012.

Colby Wheeler earned first team honors as wide receiver and Detrica Gaddis as an offensive lineman. Casey Twymon earned first team honors as defensive linemen.

Cedric McKenzie and Jaylen Ashley earned spots on the honorable mention team.

The ASD Silent Warriors had one player to earn All County honors. Anthony Scott earned first team honors as a linebacker.

The All-County team was selected by the county coaches that represent the schools in the respective classifications.