Craft leads All-County football team
By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor
Briarwood Christian School junior quarterback Ben Craft didn’t simply rely on his arm during the Lions’ 2010 season.
Craft was eager to use his feet as well to lead the Briarwood offensive attack.
Craft came up with crafty ways to help the Lions move the ball on his way to Shelby County Reporter Player of the Year honors.
Craft led Shelby County quarterbacks as he passed for 2,433 yards and 20 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. Craft completed 182-of-315 passes, good for a clip of 57.8 percent.
Craft was also one of the leading rushers, as he racked up 495 yards and additional 17 touchdowns on the ground on 147 attempts. Craft averaged 3.4 yards per carry with a long run of 54 yards.
Craft, who was also effective at punter in spot duty, finished with 2,928 yards in total offense, which amounted to nearly 200 yards per game.
Craft, who carried Briarwood to a 13-2 record and an appearance in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 5A championship game, leads the 2010 Shelby County Reporter All-County team.
2010 All-County Team
QB: Ben Craft, Briarwood Christian, Jr., 6-2, 205
RB: R.J. Scaife, Montevallo, Jr., 5-4, 130
RB: Denzel Williams, Shelby County, Jr., 5-9, 180
WR: Reed Bright, Pelham, Sr., 6-0, 165
WR: Zak Michael, Spain Park, Sr., 6-11, 175
TE: Canon Smith, Briarwood Christian, Jr., 6-4, 240
OL: Mike Pate, Shelby County, Jr., 6-1, 235
OL: Skylar Wachs, Calera, Sr., 6-2, 215
OL: Kyle Kreuser, Thompson, Sr., 6-3, 230
OL: Nick Maxey, Briarwood Christian, Jr., 6-4, 240
OL: Tim Crenshaw, Briarwood Christian, Jr., 6-5, 260
ATH: John Bullen, Coosa Valley, Sr., 5-9, 160
DL: Caleb Ward, Briarwood Christian, Sr., 6-2, 220
DL: Emmanuel Cooper, Spain Park, Sr., 6-2, 230
DL: Najuwaun Nash, Thompson, Sr., 6-4, 330
DL: Joey Mock, Chelsea, Jr., 6-4, 240
LB: A.J. Nixon, Calera, Sr., 5-8, 190
LB: Derek Slaughter, Pelham, Sr., 5-11, 195
LB: Alex Payne, Spain Park, Sr., 5-11, 205
DB: Chad Davis, Briarwood Christian, Jr., 6-3, 200
DB: Justin Carter, Spain Park, Jr., 5-11, 185
DB: Ben McKinney, Vincent, Sr., 6-1, 210
DB: Chris Humes, Spain Park, Jr., 5-11, 190
K/P: Wilson Whorton, Briarwood Christian, Sr., 6-0, 170
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ben Craft, QB, Briarwood Christian, Jr.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Ben Berguson, Spain Park
OAK MOUNTAIN: Jakaryus Redwine, Bradley Bostick and Andy Whitcomb; PELHAM: Gray Cato, Dominique Harris and Tom Williams; SPAIN
PARK: Reid Reinagel, Destin Challenger and Jacob Chaffin; THOMPSON: Demarcus Threatt, Brandon King and Adam McKenzie; BRIARWOOD
CHRISTIAN: Sam Whitaker, Matthew Furuto, Tanner Cunningham, Roy GIlbert and Devin Bowman; CHELSEA: Jake Ganus, Jake Campbell, Jay
Chisholm and Blake McLaughlin; SHELBY COUNTY: Evan McNeal, Brent Wooley and Marterious McGregor; CALERA: Brandon Wells, Jeremy
Hyde, Sheldon Nixon and Ronnie Clark; MONTEVALLO: Garrius Chappell, Trey Colley and Brett Gray; VINCENT: Demauntey Johnson, Shacorry
Lilly and Ryan Brasher; KINGWOOD CHRISTIAN: Tyrone Pope and Kevin Woody; CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN: Josh Anderson and Clayton
Halbert; COOSA VALLEY ACADEMY: Sam Bullard, Tanner Wood, Bryce Cook and Hunter Roe; HOPE CHRISTIAN: Zac Hughes, Terrence Moore,
Caleb Douglas and Caleb Rettig; EVANGEL CHRISTIAN: Hayden Brown and Josh Flanders
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