Munford leads 4A-5A All-Talladega County football
by LaVonte Young
Dec 31, 2013 | 1759 views |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Munford Lions fell a few plays short of reaching the Class 4A state championship game in 2013. The Lions finished the season with a 12-2 record, which was their best since the 1992 season. Munford had wins over Ardmore, Guntersville and JO Johnson to earn their first trip to the semifinals in 21 years. The Lions fell to the eventual state champions, Oneonta, 35-21.

For their efforts, the Lions had 10 players to earn 4A-5A All-Talladega County honors, Player of the Year honors and Coach of the Year honors.

Senior quarterback Monteo Garrett earned Athlete of the Year honors. Garrett earned honorable mention on the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State team. The senior quarterback threw for 1,908 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. The dual-threat quarterback also rushed for over 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.

CJ Chapman earned first team honors at the receiver position. The junior recorded over 800 yards receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

Trey Roberson earned first team honors as an offensive lineman. This season, the Lions offensive line played a huge part in them rushing for over 3,000 yards on the ground.

On the defensive side of the ball, Earl Moss earned first team honors as a defensive lineman. The senior made several big plays en route to the Lions making the semifinal, including knocking down three passes in their road win against JO Johnson.

Austin Stephen earned first team honors at the linebacker position. The sophomore recorded 50 tackles and an interception on the season, including a 17-tackle performance against Ardmore. He also made several huge plays for the Lions against JO Johnson. Jay Scales earned first team honors at the defensive back position. He recorded three picks on the season and had several pass break ups. He broke up a pass late in the fourth quarter against JO Johnson to secure the victory.

Tavon Lawson earned first team honors as an athlete on defense. The Lions safety had over 50 tackles on the season. Lawson earned honorable mention honors as defensive back on the ASWA All-State team in Class 4A. Lawson recorded 50 tackles, which included 2.5 for a loss and an interception. Lawson had a total of eight kick or punt returns for a touchdown, but only two of them counted including one against Guntersville in the second round of the AHSAA playoffs.

Corey Smith, Bobby Robinson, Tyler Clark, Que Taylor and Calvin Smith earned honorable mention honors.

Will Wagnon earned Coach of the Year honors.

Adam Fossett and the Childersburg Tigers had a great season in Class 4A. The Tigers went 9-3 on the season and fell in the second round of the playoffs to Charles Henderson.

The Tigers had 12 players earn All–County honors including seven players to make first team honors.

Zack Lightsey earned first team honors at the quarterback position. Lightsey threw for 1668 yards and 17 touchdowns for Childersburg.

Kendarius Calhoun earned first team honors as running back. The dynamic running back for the Tigers rushed for 1323 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had a 200-yard performance in the first round of the AHSAA Class 4A playoffs against Andalusia.

Offensive linemen Tyler Shepard and Brandon Barnett earned first team honors. Frank Wilkerson earned first team honors as an athlete. He had 711 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, Jamel Lawson earned first team honors at the defensive line position. Sychem Butler earned first team honors at the linebacker position.

Elijah Richardson, Devonte Twymon, David Cowlin, Hunter McCain and James Morrison earned honorable mention honors.

For the first time since 1998 and 1999 season, the Sylacauga Aggies made back-to-back playoff appearances. This season, the Aggies went 8-4 on the season and fell in the second round of the AHSAA playoffs to Spanish Fort.

Sylacauga had eight players earn All-County honors, including six players to earn first team honors.

Ian Floyd earned first team honors at the running back position. Floyd earned honorable mention on the ASWA Class 5A All-State team. Floyd rushed for 1,474 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior season.

He rushed for four touchdowns and 166 yards in Sylacauga’s win over Valley in the first round.

Matt Griffitt earned first team honors at the tight end position, while Hunter Johns earned first team honors as an athlete.

On the defensive side of the ball, Tristan Foster and Everett Fincher earned first team honors as defensive linemen. Qualon Darby earned first team honors at the linebacker position.

Eddie Walker and Zack Pearson earned honorable mention honors.

Lincoln struggled this season under first-year head coach Brad Wallace, but they managed to make the postseason with a 4-7 record. The Golden Bears had 11 players to make All-County honors.

Offensive linemen Shedrick Thomas and Austin Blanton made first team honors.

Jauntavius Johnson earned first team honors as a defensive lineman. The 6-foot-4, 310 pound lineman was a force on the defensive line for the Golden Bears. The junior had 79 tackles on the season. He also rushed for 10 touchdowns. Johnson earned All-State honorable mention honors as a defensive lineman.

Zay Caldwell earned first team honors at the defensive back position. Caldwell was one of the leaders in the state in interceptions with eight. He threw for 300 yards and rushed for 300 yards.

Caldwell earned All-State honorable mention honors at the defensive back position.

Jamario Howard earned first team honors at the linebacker position, while Jaylen Turner earned first team honors at the safety position.

Nick Embry, Runyea Bell, Hunter Webster, Justin Knight and Dontaevius Johnson earned honorable mention honors.

Talladega Tigers went 3-7 under first-year head coach Robert Herring. The Tigers had eight players to earn All-County honors. Richard Williams earned first team honors at wide receiver and Jack Bailey earned first team honors at punter.

Ahmad Gooden earned first team honors at defensive lineman, while Carlos Moten earned first team honors at the safety position.

Drek Evans, Mario Echols, Dee Morris and Laderick Stamps earned honorable mention honors.

The players selected onto the All-County team were selected by coaches in the county that represent those respective schools.