2013 All-Outlook Defensive PlayersPublished 4:06pm Thursday, December 26, 2013
For a lot of the local teams around our area, defense was the name of the game.
Benjamin Russell’s 10-2, region-championship winning campaign was predicated on suffocating defensive play that made scoring difficult to come by.
The Wildcats held eight of their opponents to seven points or less and did not allow any opponent to score more than 21 points against them.
In addition, the maroon and white were highly adept at air-traffic control, as they picked off 18 passes over the course of the season and recorded at least one pick in 10 of the 12 games they played.
Dadeville’s defense was nothing to sneeze at either, as their speed and aggression fueled the Tigers’ run to the quarterfinals.
After a loss to Tallassee, the Tigers spent the following weeks playing arguably the best defense in all of Class 4A.
At one point in the season, the team had gone four straight games without allowing a point.
Like Benjamin Russell, Dadeville clogged up passing lanes for quarterbacks, collecting 13 picks as a team.
But where the Tigers really made their hay was bringing down the quarterback, as the Tigers racked up 33 sacks during the season. Seven DHS defenders collected multiple sacks on the season.
Reeltown typically fields a smash-mouth defense, and at times this season, the Rebels were up to their old defensive tricks.
Coach Jackie O’Neal’s team held six opponents to 14 points or fewer during the season, despite having to fend off the injury bug to key players on that side of the ball.
Horseshoe Bend and Coosa County also fell victim to the injury bug, but their seasons saw young playmakers step to the forefront as well as expected difference makers wreaking havoc upon offenses.
For Horseshoe Bend, the youth movement was very apparent, as a sophomore led the team in interceptions and a junior led the team in tackles, despite playing with an injured arm during the later portions of the season.
For the accomplishments of each team’s top offensive players, posted is the 2013 All-Outlook football team: Defense.
2013 All-Outlook Defense
DL Anfernee Jennings (Jr.), DHS (171 tackles, eight sacks)
DL Tre Royal (Jr.), CHS (83 tackles, five sacks)
DL Tae Robinson (So.), BRHS (39 tackles, one sack, seven TFL)
DL Daquon Sheeley (Sr.), DHS (115 tackles, four sacks)
LB Nick Harrison (Sr.), CHS (115 tackles, one sack)
LB Tamarcus Russell (Sr.), DHS (209 tackles, three sacks, one interception)
LB D.J. Morgan (Sr.), DHS (171 tackles, one sack, two interceptions)
LB Tabias Russell (Sr.), BRHS (73 tackles, seven TFL)
DB Devonte Ferrell (Jr.), RHS
DB Tyrik Norris (Jr.), BRHS (40 tackles, one sack, five interceptions)
DB Eric Varner (Sr.), BRHS (42 tackles, three interceptions, seven PBU)
DB Jay Foster (Sr.), DHS (36 tackles, three interceptios)
DB Antwan Hardnett (So.), HBHS (42 tackles, five interceptions)
RET Bookie Ford (Sr.), BRHS
ATH Bryant Horn (Sr.), BRHS (three interceptions at safety)
ATH Ariko Stewart (Jr.), RHS
2013 All-Outlook Defense
DL Thristian Millien (Jr.), HBHS (60 tackles, two sacks)
LB Ryan Jones (Sr.), BRHS (75 tackles)
LB Jaquon Alvies (Jr.), DHS (98 tackles, three sacks)
LB Jackson Sexton (Jr.), HBHS (79 tackles)
LB Dra Graham (Sr.), BRHS (50 tackles, six TFL)
DB Diorte Russell (Sr.), BRHS (34 tackles, three interceptions)