AISA/ACSC All-County football team named for 2019 season

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor 

Now that the 2019 football season has come to a close, it’s time to look at the special players that made a difference on the field during the year with our AISA-ACSC All-County football team.

Offense

Quarterback: Tyler Henderson, senior, Evangel. One of the best quarterbacks in the county this year, Henderson finished with 2,912 passing yards and 46 touchdowns on 151-of-227 passing. He also earned the MVP of the national championship game.

Running back: Noah Shears, senior, Evangel. Shears did just about everything on offense for the Lightning this year. He finished as the team’s leading rusher with 606 yards and eight touchdowns, while also totaling 130 receiving yards with two more touchdowns.

Athlete: Lane Bailey, junior, Cornerstone. Bailey finished his junior season with 967 passing yards and 153 rushing yards with a combined nine touchdowns.

Receiver: John Waugh, senior, Cornerstone. Cornerstone’s go-to target this year, Waugh finished the season with 451 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He also led the team in interceptions this season with six.

Receiver: Will Ferrell, junior, Evangel. One of the county’s best athletes, Ferrell finished second in receiving for the Lightning with 1,056 yards and 15 touchdowns on 73 catches, while also adding 175 rushing yards with an additional touchdown.

Receiver: Jett Lodge, junior, Evangel. Lodge led Evangel in receiving this year with 1,214 yards and 23 touchdowns, while also adding 151 rushing yards with a touchdown.

Offensive line: Zach Rickles, senior, Evangel. Rickles finished second for the Lightning with 26 pancake blocks during his senior season.

Offensive line: Jacob Jeffers, senior, Evangel. Jeffers led Evangel and was one of the best offensive linemen in the county this season thanks to his 43 pancake blocks in 12 games played.

Offensive line: Tanner Parks, senior, Evangel. Parks played a key role for Evangel’s high-powered offense this season and posted nine pancake blocks. 

Offensive line: Jared Waren, junior, Evangel. Warren played in just eight games, but established himself as a force with 13 pancake blocks in that short period of time. He’ll be a leader on next year’s line.

Defense

Defensive line: Justus Adams, sophomore, Cornerstone. Adams put together a remarkable sophomore season with a team-high 98 tackles, including 28 for loss and three sacks.

Defensive line: Jahmad Quillman, senior, Evangel. With 14 tackles for loss and five sacks, Quillman was a defensive force for the Lightning. He totaled 74 tackles during his final season.

Defensive line: Daniel Viles, junior, Evangel. Viles only had 40 tackles this season, but close to half of those went for loss, as he posted 18 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

Linebacker: Zackery Townley, senior, Cornerstone. Townley finished second on Cornerstone’s team in tackles and was a force at preventing big plays when he got the chance.

Linebacker: Will Parker, senior, Evangel. Parker led Evangel in tackles this season with 76, including 17 for loss and a team-high 15 sacks. He was one of the team’s best players on that side of the ball this year.

Linebacker: Cannan Mann, senior, Evangel. Mann was used all over the field for the Lightning this year on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he totaled 39 tackles, six tackles for loss and four sacks to play a key role. 

Defensive back: Bryant Talbert, senior, Cornerstone. Talbert was a strong player on the backend of Cornerstone’s defense this year with three interceptions and a fumble recovery. 

Defensive back: Yura Gothard, senior, Evangel. Gothard totaled 59 tackles this season, including 13 tackles for loss and one sack, while also adding an interception and two fumble recoveries. He flew all over the field.

Kicker: Jace Bailey, senior, Cornerstone. Bailey was one of the county’s best kickers this season and more than deserving of a spot on the All-County team.