By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
The second annual All Johnson/Carter County football team has been selected for the 2015 season with Hampton leading the way.
The Bulldogs won 13 straight games before falling in the semi-finals to Marion County 55-17. Many agree that the game would have been much closer had one Bulldog not been injured early in the game. And for that reason and many others, hes our 2015 player of the year.
Coby Jones rewrote the record books for quarterbacks at Hampton High School during his four seasons there. The senior signal caller accounted for over 3000 yards of offense for the Dogs in 2015.
Jones threw for 1935 yards and ran for another 1107. He completed 63 percent of his passes and tossed 27 touchdowns. Hell be joined by teammate Jerry Lunsford who is our MVP on offense. The senior speedster scored 25 touchdowns and ran for 1759 yards. He also caught 20 passes for 430 yards.
Johnson Countys Peyton Fenner was chosen as our defensive player of the year. The senior linebacker led Northeast Tennessee with 149 tackles in only 10 games. He had 11 for losses and three fumble recoveries.
All three players were numerous selections for those honors.
Cloudlands Colby Birchfield gets the nod as our MVP All-Purpose Player. The senior speedster ran for 1516 yards and scored 22 touchdowns. He racked up over 2000 all purpose yards.
Elizabethtons Preston Whitehead with his 92 tackles is our top lineman due to his pass rushing skills and stops behind the line of scrimmage.
The first team offense features several outstanding players who enjoyed banner seasons.
Hamptons Adam McClain and Cloudlands Austin Whitehead will round out the first team backfield in addition to Jones and Lunsford.
McClain ran for 1563 yards and scored 25 touchdowns as a junior. Whitehead accounted for 20 touchdowns and 1470 yards rushing while splitting time as the teams quarterback and fullback.
Elizabethtons quarterback Hunter Tyree will join Jones after throwing for nearly 1800 yards on the season.
Heading up the receiving corps are Happy Valleys Josh Hammonds, Elizabethtons Jalen Smith and Johnson Countys Cody Bailie.
Hammonds had 941 receiving yards and averaged better than 30 yards per reception. Smith was the Cyclones top threat and averaged better than 15 yards per catch.
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