LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Following the end of the Tennessee high school football season with the TSSAA state championships on Dec. 5 in Cookeville, end-of-the-season awards were dealt out to deserving players.
With all of the region selections named, Lakeway Publishers again announced its all area football team.
Moore County High School had seven players represented on this year’s all-area team. Those seven players occupied nine positions.
Named to the first team were Mason Henshaw as a defensive back; Isaac Holt as a defensive end; Spencer Reese as a linebacker; and Coy Cashion as a nose guard.
Named to the second team were Danny Diaz as a linebacker; Sammie Adcock as a defensive tackle; Jake McGee as a tight end and linebacker; and Reese as a running back.
Reese and McGee were the only Raiders selected to two positions on the LPAAFT.
Coaches from 10 local high schools voted in order to compile this year’s Lakeway Publishers All-Area Football Team (LPAAFT). A full list of the players who made this year’s All-Area team can be found on Pages 8 and 9 of this week’s issue of The News. Coaches also voted on five individual awards, the LPAAFT Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
For the second-straight season, Shelbyville Central senior quarterback Mason Cunningham was voted as the LPAAFT Player of the Year. As a senior, he led the Golden Eagles to a 7-4 record and went 4-3 against Region 5-5A opponents.
Cunningham was at the helm of a Shelbyville offense that averaged nearly 34 points per contest. The Golden Eagles saw their season end during the first round of the playoffs with a 43-20 loss at Hendersonville.
Much like the Player of the Year selection, this year’s LPAAFT Offensive Player of the Year is a duplicate. Coffee County Central quarterback Alontae Taylor is again the recipient of this award.
Taylor, a sophomore who has verbally committed to Vanderbilt, completed 53 percent of his passes on the year, connecting on 61 of his 115 attempts for 799 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also the leading rusher for Coffee County, running for 1,547 yards on 206 attempts, an average of 7.5 yards per carry. He also reached the end zone 19 times on the season.
The LPAAFT Defensive Player of the Year is Lincoln County’s senior defensive tackle Xavier Schluetar. Schluetar had 61 solo tackles and finished the season with 84 total tackles. Schluetar also finished with four tackles for losses on the season and a sack, recovered a fumble and averaged 7.6 tackles per contest for the Falcons, who finished 7-4 on the year.
As one of the most consistent players in the area, Cascade’s Trent Sutton was voted as this year’s LPAAFT Special Teams Player of the Year. With a booming leg, Sutton played a huge role for his team in the kicking game and was the unanimous selection for this award.
In his fifth season at Lincoln County, head coach Don Thomas helped lead his team to a 7-4 overall record, earning a spot in the playoffs. The Falcons had an offense that was one of the area’s most consistent, along with a solid defense. Because of that, Thomas was named this year’s LPAAFT Coach of the Year.
These awards came on the heels to the Region 4-A banquet, during which a number of MCHS players were honored.
Moore County’s Kolin Stinnett, a senior, was named the Region 4-A Lineman of the Year, while Reese, also a senior, was named the Region 4-A Back of the Year. Joining them on the All-Region team were Henshaw, McGee, Dakota Sweeney, Cashion, Holt and Adcock. Henshaw, McGee, Sweeney and Adcock are seniors, while Holt is a junior and Cashion is a sophomore.
MCHS players getting an Honorable Mention nod on the Region 4-A team are seniors Jordan Pykiet, James Vaughn, Diaz and freshman Stone Frost.
—Tullahoma News Sports Editor Zach Birdsong and Moore County News Editor Robert Holman contributed to this story.
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