The 2019 All-County team

Published 8:31 am Monday, December 2, 2019

Pineville, Middlesboro and Bell County all have athletes that have represented Bell County well this year on the gridiron. Each team had a successful season with each one making and hosting a playoff game.

The Mountain Lions finished with an 8-3 record, losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Lynn Camp Wildcats at home. The Middlesboro Yellow Jackets finished the season with eight wins and a playoff victory, eclipsing their win total for the last five years. The Bell County Bobcats have rolled to a 14-0 record and will compete against Belfry for a state championship.

This list will reflect athletes that have excelled at their positions and helped lead their team to success.

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All-County Offense

QB: London Stephney (Bell County) — Stephney has racked up 1,492 yards passing through 14 games. He has 19 touchdowns to only three interceptions. He is also the Bobcat’s second leading rusher with 1,140 yards and 15 touchdowns. Through the state semifinal game, he ranks 13th in passing, 23rd in scoring and 29th in rushing in Class 3A.

RB: Colby Frazier (Pineville) — Frazier rumbled his way to 1,645 yards this season with 21 touchdowns. He ranked third in the state in Class 1A in rushing and sixth in scoring.

OL: David Mayberry (Pineville) — Mayberry’s strength, technique and intellect helped anchor the Mountain Lion’s offensive line this season, allowing them to rush for 3,600 yards.

OL: Brenden King (Pineville) — King not only helped lead the Pineville offensive line with his experience but was also a force on the defensive side of the ball, finishing third on the team in sacks with two.

OL: Chase Allen/Connor Griffin (Middlesboro) — Both Allen and Griffin are the only two Yellow Jacket offensive linemen that played in every game of the season. They helped pave the way for their team’s 2,832 yard rushing performance this season.

OL: Timothy Lawson (Bell County) — Lawson has been an integral cog in the Bell County machine this season. He even scored a touchdown in the state semifinal game against Taylor County after recovering a fumble in the end zone.

OL: Caleb LeFevers (Bell County) — LeFevers has played in every game for the Bobcats this season. He helped lead two Bell County ball carriers to 1,000 yard seasons. He is also fifth on the team in tackles.

WR: Jabari Kyle (Middlesboro) — Kyle, who is listed as a wide receiver, saw most of his success on the ground this season. However, his multi-faceted style of play allowed him to be successful in both passing and rushing. Kyle ranked second in Class 2A in rushing and second in scoring. He led the Yellow Jackets in rushing and receiving with 1,499 yards and 433 yards, respectively, with 32 total touchdowns on the season.

WR: Jason Jones (Bell County) — Picking up where he left off last season, Jones has remained Stephney’s most reliable target and leads the Bobcats in receiving this year with 892 yards and 13 touchdowns, prior to the state championship game. He ranks ninth in Class 3A in receiving.

WR: Landon Couch (Pineville) — Although the Mountain Lions struggled through the air this season, Couch remained the most relied on receiver. He has led the team in receiving for the past two seasons.

K: Thaisan Sin (Middlesboro) — Sin played an intrigal part in helping the Yellow Jackets pull out some close games this season. Sin was ninth in class 2A in PATs and 19th in field goals.


All-County Defense

DL: Timothy Gambrel (Pineville) — Gambrel was a key piece in the Pineville defensive scheme this season. He was tied for second on the team in tackles and first on the team in sacks and tackles for loss. He also forced two fumbles.

DL: David Kyle — (Middlesboro) Kyle was a very reliable defensive player for Middlesboro this season. He was fifth on the team in tackles and had one tackle for loss in his senior campaign. Kyle was also known for providing an emotional spark for the Yellow Jackets.

DL: Dawson Widener (Bell County) — Widener is the Bobcats third leading tackler with 71 total tackles. He has 13 tackles for loss and one sack on the season. He has started all 14 games for Bell County this season.

LB: Hunter Bailey (Bell County) — Bailey leads the Bobcats in tackles this season with 124. His 93 solo tackles are more than anyone else’s, even with assisted tackles included. He has six tackles for loss with one quarterback sack. He had two takeaways on defense this year. He ranks 21st in Class 3A in total tackles.

LB: Tyson Thomas (Bell County) — Thomas is Bell County’s second leading tackler with 92 total tackles on the season. He leads the team in tackles for loss and sacks. Thomas’ instincts have allowed him to cause trouble in opposing backfields all season long.

LB: Craig Brock — (Middlesboro) Brock is Middlesboro’s fourth leading tackler with 51 total tackles. He had one tackle for loss on the season. He led the team in interceptions with three, one of which was returned for a touchdown. He also had a fumble recovery which he returned for 61 yards and a touchdown.

LB: Richard Beverly (Pineville) — The Mountain Lion defense was one of the stingiest in the region this year, allowing only 175 total points. Beverly was a vital piece in the defensive scheme. He was tied for second on the team in tackles with Gambrel.

DB: Tyler Kelly (Middlesboro) — Kelly led the Yellow Jackets in tackles this season with 81. He also had three tackles for loss. He forced and recovered one fumble and also came down with one interception this year.

DB: Landon King (Pineville) — King was Pineville’s fifth leading tackler with 31 tackles. He had two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack on the season.

DB: Jonathan Lankford (Bell County) — Lankford has racked up 52 tackles, two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack this season for Bell County. He ranks third in Class 3A in interceptions with seven, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He also has a fumble recovery this season.

DB: Hayden Callebs (Bell County) — Callebs has accumulated 42 tackles on the season for the Bobcats. He has two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack this season. He also has two interceptions on the year.


All-County Offense – Second Team

QB: Eric Helton (Middlesboro)

RB: Devon “Scooby” Morris (Pineville)

OL: Damon Wilson (Pineville)

OL: Reed Baker (Pineville)

OL: Lane Hoskins (Bell County)

OL: Cameron Hughett (Middlesboro)

OL: Landon Smith (Middlesboro)

WR: Cameron Burnett (Bell County)

WR: Ethan Barton (Middlesboro)

WR: Brant Hoskins (Bell County)

K: Luke Naylor (Pineville)