7-1A stars make cut on state’s glitter unit

7-1A stars make cut on state’s glitter unit
Four players from Class 1A state runnerup McKenzie were part of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state football team, released today by the organization.
Quarterback Derek Carr, a Mr. Football Back of the Year finalist, wide receiver Rusty Chapman, offensive lineman Tyler Reeder and linebacker John Campbell led the Rebel all-state contingent.
Carr, who has verbally committed to play collegiately at UT Martin, threw for 2,600 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading McKenzie to a 13-2 record and a spot in the 1A finals, where it was beaten handily by South Pittsburg.
He threw for over 5,000 yards and 49 TDs for his career.
Both the Rebel signal caller and Reeder were also members of last year’s all-state squad.
In addition to his work in the trenches, Reeder was the Rebels’ No. 2 tackler.
Chapman caught 58 balls for more than 1,000 yards to earn his spot, while Campbell ranked as the state’s No. 11 tackler with 116 total stops.
Four other players from Region 7-1A — Bruceton’s Chad Jordan and Alex Matlock, Lake County’s Jarvis Bogan and Alex Verdell of Gleason — also received all-state accolades from the TSWA.
Jordan and Matlock were both Mr. Football finalists this past season, Jordan as a record-setting running back, Matlock as a defensive end on the lineman side.
Verdell rushed for more than 1,000 yards to lead Gleason to its first winning season in a dozen years.
Bogan was a two-way standout for LC and also a repeat all-stater.
The Class 2A and 3A teams were also released with several rural West Tennessee players a part of the glitter unit.
In double-A, Trenton star quarterback Kendal Harper made the list as an athlete, while teammates Hunter Ashburn, Devin Slayton and Tamias Johnson also were part of a squad.
The Westview defensive duo of safety Harrison Moore and tackle Justin Burlison, Huntingdon running back Matt Weathers, USJ receiver Danny Smigielski, Humboldt linebacker Elijah Epperson and Camden linebacker Chase Horton all were included, too.
Harper, Moore, Epperson and Horton were all finalists for Mr. Football honors at their respective playing positions.
The Class 3A postseason glitter squad included Dyersburg linebacker Beau Lijenquist, a Mr. Football Lineman of the Year finalist, Dyer County receiver Erick Bernard and linebacker B.A. Davis, Haywood defensive lineman Larry Fouse and Covington running back Thomas Hall.
A complete list of all three teams can be found on page nine.

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