Local football players receive SEKC awards

Published 6:00 pm Friday, December 15, 2017

Several local football players were recognized for their individual performances throughout the season by the Southeastern Kentucky Conference recently. Sebastian Wagoner, Owen McWilliams, Antonio Zachery, Kyle Burnett and Josh Lawson each took home hardware.

Middlesboro’s Wagoner was awarded co-linebacker of the year in Class A-2A. The junior continued to impress on defense as he racked up a team-best 117 tackles and helped the Jackets to two wins on the season.

Middlesboro’s McWilliams also put together a decent season across the board while playing running back, quarterback, and defensive back. He was recognized for his work on special teams as he was awarded the best special teams player in Class A-2A. He scored two touchdowns on special teams during the season.

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Zachery and Burnett were two players from Bell County that received individual awards from the SEKC.

Zachery — an All-State honorable mention in 2016 — finished the year with a team-high six interceptions. He returned one for a touchdown and tallied 123 interception yards during the season. He was co-defensive back of the year in Class 3A-5A.

Burnett was a force on defensive for the Bobcats. The senior linebacker tallied 84 tackles on the year. He was named co-special teams player of the year in Class 3A-5A.

Pineville’s Josh Lawson was the lone Mountain Lion to receive an individual award from the SEKC. One of the senior leaders on a young team, Lawson hauled in one interception, one fumble recovery and 39 tackles on the year. He was named co-defensive back of the year in Class A-2A.

Below is a list of the awards handed out by the SEKC:


Specialty awards

Class 3A-5A

Coach of the Year – Justin Haddix, Corbin

Player of the Year – Chase Estep, Corbin

Best quarterback – Cameron Sizemore, Corbin

Best running back – Quintin Mickens, Harlan County; Jermel Carton, Knox Central.

Best receiver – Nick Martin, Knox Central; Christian Gosselin, Corbin.

Best offensive lineman – Noah Wood, Harlan County; Keaton Knuckles, Corbin

Best all-around player – Tyrese Simmons, Harlan County

Best special teams player – Devon Rodrigues, Harlan County; Kyle Burnett, Bell County.

Best defensive lineman – Zack Mills, Knox Central; Hunter Logan, Corbin.

Best linebacker – Garry Henson, Harlan County; Tucker Holland, Knox Central.

Best defensive back – Eythan Sims, Corbin; Antonio Zachary, Bell County.


Class A-2A

Coach of the Year – Jerry Herron, Williamsburg.

Player of the Year – Alec Poore, Williamsburg.

Best quarterback – Kilian Ledford, Harlan.

Best running back – Dalton Cook, Lynn Camp.

Best receiver – Darrell White, Williamsburg.

Best offensive lineman – Trevor Lawson, Lynn Camp.

Best all-around player – Brenton Medlin, Lynn Camp.

Best special teams player – Owen McWilliams, Middlesboro.

Best defensive player – Hunter Brown, Williamsburg

Best linebacker – Kendal Brock, Harlan; Sebastian Wagoner, Middlesboro

Best defensive back – Josh Lawson, Pineville; Eli Mattingly, Williamsburg.


First team

Class 3A-Class 5A

Corbin — Grant Gibson, Noah Taylor, Aaron Money, Caleb Mitchell, Matthew Masternak, Peyton Tirey, Nathan Smith, Austin Reyolds and Jake Steely.

Knox Central — Donovan Arthur, Jacob Davis, Blevin Campbell, Dane Imel, Malachi Myers, Kevionte Turner and Brady Worley.

Harlan County — Ethan Baird, Caleb Carmical, Jacob Ward, Robert Burgan, Jacob Branson and Andrew Baker.

Bell County — Colby Frazier, Jason Jones, Jordan Wombles, Caleb Lefevers and Adam Partin.

Clay County — Jacob Deaton, Tanner Revis, Chance Smith and McKinlee Hatton.


Class A-2A

Williamsburg — Dalton Ponder, Jacob Gray, Noah Miracle, Caleb Rose, Clay Kysar, Devonte Powell, Cody Maxey, Hunter Adkins and Tyler West.

Lynn Camp — Tracy Fee, David Griffith, Taran Herman, Chase Brown, Eric Mitchell, Cameron Hendrix and Seth Baker.

Middlesboro — Ben Bowling, Taylor McClelland, Mykel Griffin, Corey Harriston, Michael Carroll and Anthony Jackson.

Harlan — Brandon Day, John Brady Brock, Garrett Begley, Caleb Adkins and Will Varner.

Pineville — Lawrence Simpson, Nate Napier, Matt Golden and Nick Holbrook.


Honorable mention

Class 3A-Class 5A

Corbin — Cameron Barton, Cameron Gilbert, Frankie Boswell and Cole Shelton.

Knox Central — Brian Dunn, Brayden Roark, Gunner Clouse and Ethan Mills.

Harlan County — Christian Hall, Colby King, Kyton Joseph and Colby Cochran.

Bell County — Nick Caldwell, Jerrid Taylor, Trevor Kidd and Tanner Asher.

Clay County — Logan Bowling, Trenton Saylor, John Chandler Gilbert and Tanner Jones.


Class A-2A

Williamsburg —Hunter Patrick, Ryan White, Blane Sizemore and Jeremy Purdie.

Lynn Camp — Dalton Bunch, Gage Roberts, Michael Floyd and Domanick Cook.

Middlesboro — Nick Poindexter, Brandon Helton, Rayshawn Patterson-Graves and Nate Hughett.

Harlan — Jarrett McKenzie, Ethan Clem, Franklin Davis and Braydon Shanks.

Pineville — Sean Whitehead, Brendan Kidd, Stephen Redecker and Reese Capps.

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