Versatile lineman Taylor leads five Chargers on All-13AA team
Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 12:03 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Damani Taylor was good enough to be an all-district selection on offense and an all-star pick on defense.
Taylor led a group of five Westview players on the All-District 13AA team.
Chosen for the 5th annual East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic as a defensive lineman, he wound up spending some time on the offensive line in the game, which the West stars won 20-14 on Saturday.
The 6-foot, 317-pound senior was also named co-Best Offensive Lineman in 13AA, sharing honors with Walt Downing of Covington.
Westview finished the 2011 season at 7-5, advancing to the second round of the TSSAA Class 3A State Playoffs before losing to Milan.
Taylor’s play in the trenches on both sides helped the Chargers maintain a solid defense all season while the squad’s offense matured and eventually began to consistently move the football.
He had 71 tackles, including a team-best 14 for a loss.
Taylor was joined on the All-13AA team by Abraham Haddad, Quentin Walker, Drew Stigall and Zack Austin.
Haddad, a senior running back and defensive back, had 39 tackles from his defensive position while rushing for 277 yards and four touchdowns and also scoring twice on receptions.
Austin, a senior linebacker, was second on the Charger team with 90 tackles, while Walker, another senior linebacker, had 31 tackles and was used primarily as a receiver on offense with 82 yards and a TD.
Stigall, a 5-10, 251-pound senior lineman, joined Taylor in helping the Chargers pick up 269 yards and 20.5 points a game on offense and hold opponents to 227 yards and 17 points a game on defense.
Obion Central and Dyersburg each had three top award winners.
For the Rebels, 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.
Dyersburg had Brent Lewis named best defensive lineman, Evan Walden best kicker and Hayden Alford best punter.
Arkel Coleman of Milan was named the district’s Most Valuable Player, while teammate Kevius Finch was the league’s top return specialist. Published in The WCP 12.15.11