2013 All-Outlook team: offensePublished 10:17am Tuesday, December 3, 2013
With the 2013 high school football season winding to a close, locals have plenty to smile about thanks to the accomplishments of some of the area’s squads.
Three high schools (Benjamin Russell, Dadeville and Reeltown) sent gridiron groups into postseason battle, with BRHS and Dadeville advancing to the second round and quarterfinals, respectively.
The Wildcats won their second-straight Class 5A, Region 2 championship in commanding style, thanks to stingy defense and a highly productive offense that overwhelmed most foes.
Despite losing its season opener, Benjamin Russell rebounded to rip off 10 straight victories, including an avenging of last season’s loss to rival Homewood to the tune of 28-7.
The Wildcats then ran over Chilton County in the opening round of the playoffs before dropping a overtime heartbreaker to St. Paul’s.
Dadeville started out fast before being brought back down to earth by Tallassee. From that point, the Tigers were on another stratosphere, winning games in such dominating fashion that at one point, the team had gone four straight games without allowing a point.
Like Benjamin Russell, Dadeville avenged a loss from last season, shutting out Class 4A, Region 2 rival Central-Clay County 14-0 to win their second region title in three years.
From there, Dadeville eliminated Thomasville and Calera before losing in the final seconds to defending Class 4A champion UMS-Wright in the quarterfinals.
Reeltown, looking to improve on its state semifinal run from last season, was hit by inconsistent play and the injury bug.
The Rebels were able to turn it around, however, and salvaged a seven-win series and another playoff berth.
However, their post-season trip was a short one, as upstart North Sand Mountain eliminated the Rebels in the opening round.
Horseshoe Bend’s losses from last season were too much to overcome as they went 2-8, but some young faces established themselves as playmakers for HBHS coach Jason Franklin’s future squads.
The injury bug got to the boys of Coosa County as well, but they did not regress, going 3-7 for the second straight season.
For the accomplishments of each team’s top offensive players, posted is the 2013 All-Outlook football team: Offense.
The 2013 All-Outlook defensive team will be posted at a later date.
2013 All-Outlook Offense
QB Bryant Horn (Sr.), BRHS (118/176, 1,673 yards, 22 TD; 369 rush yards, 10 TD)
RB LaBrenikin Johnson (Sr.), BRHS (178 rush, 1083 yards, 22 total TD)
RB Cody Martin (Fr.), RHS (117 carr., 827 yards, 6 TD)
OL Michael Blake (Sr.), BRHS
OL Justin Canada (Sr.), DHS
OL Luke Burkhalter (Sr.), BRHS
OL Elander Moss (Jr.), DHS
OL Stewart Ward (Jr.), BRHS
WR Bookie Ford (Sr.), BRHS (34 catches, 489 yards, 5 TD)
WR Q Johnson )Jr.), BRHS (22 catches, 343 yards, 6 TD)
TE Tre Royal (Jr.), CHS (33 catches, 488 yards, 3 TD)
ATH C.J. Tolbert (Sr.), DHS (103/186, 1,115 yards, 16 TD; 213 rush, 1,543 yds, 27 TD)
2013 All-Outlook Offense
RB Darius Miller, DHS (700 total yards, 6 TD)
WR Michael Miller (Jr.), DHS (33 catches, 328 yds, 4 TD)
WR Rod Hunter (Sr.), BRHS (27 catches, 363 yards, 5 TD)
ATH Ariko Stewart, DHS (ran for more than 500 yards, had more than 300 receiving yards, 12 total TD)
ATH Major Abernathy (Sr.) HBHS (1,581 total yards (778 pass), 12 total TD)