Messenger Defensive Player of the Week

Messenger Defensive Player of the Week
Messenger Defensive Player of the Week

Drew Byars

 Defense
 Drew Byars
    School:    South Fulton    
    Grade:  Senior
          Height:    5-10
    Weight:    250
    Pos.:  End

By the numbers: Byars drew rave reviews for his play as the Redmen held Halls to just 203 yards and a single touchdown — most of that after the game was well in hand in the fourth quarter of SF’s 33-7 victory. He finished the contest with seven tackles and also was instrumental in the trenches on the offensive side of the ball, where the Devils produced 445 yards of total offense vs. the Tigers.
Sound bite: “I’ve never had a defensive end lead the team in tackles, but Drew had a tremendous game against Halls and did just that,” SF skipper Kelly Spivey claimed of Byars. “Not only did he play his assignments and with good technique, he wrapped up and made tackles when he had the opportunities. And given how he played on the offensive line, too, he was excellent all-around.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Josh Quinton, OC junior linebacker, was credited with 18 stops — 11 solo — during the team’s defeat at Covington. Marcus Wade, SF sophomore end, was a tackle behind Byars with six stops for the Red Devils. Trey Maddox, UC senior linebacker,  totaled a Union City-high eight tackles (two for lost yardage) along with a forced fumble and recovery.  Michael Dysart, UC junior tackle, had six stops — a sack and tackle-for-loss included — while recovering and forcing a fumble for the Twisters.

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