|Top trio leads list of eight Rebels on All-13AA football unit
|Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 7:02 pm
|By KEVIN WEAKS
As one of the best teams in the state all season, Obion County Central had some of the best players in District 13AA.
The Rebels’ football team had eight selections to the all-league team for the 2011 season, including three players who earned top recognition.
Trey Phipps was named the best offensive player in 13AA, Marcus Parr was chosen the league’s top defensive player and LaDevin Fair was selected Athlete of the Year.
In addition, Skylar Hopkins, Josh Quinton, Tanner Cary, Trent Mann and Mason McGrew were all-13AA picks.
Central spent virtually all of the 2011 season ranked in the Class 4A Top 10 poll by the Associated Press, opening with seven straight wins and finishing with a 9-3 overall record.
The Rebels won a playoff game for just the second time in school history, knocking off Memphis Fairley 46-22 in the opening round before falling 42-41 to Covington in a thrilling double-overtime game in the second round.
Phipps was a key part of that success, guiding an offense that piled up 499 points and 4,858 yards.
The senior quarterback completed 173-of-258 passes for a completion percentage of 67.1, throwing for 3,013 yards and 38 touchdowns with just six interceptions.
Parr, who played a key role in Phipps’ success, was a playmaker on the defensive side with 71 tackles, including four sacks and four other stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Anther OC senior, he recovered four fumbles, taking one back for a touchdown against Covington in the playoffs, and forced three others.
Parr was big on the offensive end as well, leading the Rebels in scoring (158 points), receptions (55), receiving yards (1,105) and receiving TDs (19) while also rushing for four scores and 134 yards on just 16 carries.
Fair’s top athlete title was well-earned following a season where he came up with big plays on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, he lined up in the backfield and put up 1,421 yards and 18 touchdowns on 156 carries while also catching 27 passes for 313 yards and three other scores. Fair finished with 134 points.
McGrew and Cary ranked second and third, respectively, in receptions, McGrew with 43 catches for 871 yards and Cary with 33 catches for 528 yards.
McGrew also booted 42 point-after kicks and four field goals to go with nine TDs and a two-point conversion, finishing the season with 110 points.
Quinton had 105 tackles to rank second on the team, Mann was third overall with 90 stops, including six sacks, and Hopkins finished the season with 55 tackles, including six for a loss.
Arkel Coleman of Milan was named the district’s Most Valuable Player, while teammate Kevius Finch was the league’s top return specialist.
Dyersburg took three top player honors, including Brent Lewis as best defensive lineman, Evan Walden as best kicker and Hayden Alford as best punter.
Westview’s Damani Taylor and Covington’s Walt Downing shared best offensive lineman honors. Published in The Messenger 12.15.11