All-Marshall County team announced

Ross Reynolds (7) had an incredible season, accounting for 35 touchdowns, including five against Ardmore on Sept. 13.

About midway through his fabulous senior season, Arab quarterback Ross Reynolds was attracting statewide attention for the numbers he was putting up on nearly a weekly basis.

Running the offense of new head coach Lee Ozmint and new offensive coordinator Michael Darden, Reynolds started hot and stayed that way the entire season, ultimately leading the second-highest scoring offense in the state.

Arab’s 41 points per game ended up second only to Jasper.

Reynolds’ season totals were astounding. He accounted for 3,140 yards and 35 TDs from scrimmage. He was 146 of 205 passing (71 percent) for 2,122 yds and 21 TDs. He also gained 1,018 yards running the ball (7.02 per game) and rushed for 14 TDs.

Reynolds figured to be in line for numerous postseason awards after leading the Knights to a 6-4 record (they were 1-9 the year before), and that started this week when he was voted the Overall MVP of the 2019 All-Marshall County Team by the county’s coaches.

Reynolds leads eight Arab players on the first team, and appropriately that number includes several offensive stars who helped him during his record-breaking offensive season.

Those include senior wide receiver Colby King, playing his first and only season of high school football. He finished with 41 receptions for 831 yards and 11 TDs.

Fellow senior wide receiver Will Hudson, who is headed to UNA on a baseball scholarship, also had a remarkable season, catching 55 passes for 751 yards and seven touchdowns.

Senior offensive lineman Zac Pugh also played a huge role in the Knights’ juggernaut with his skill and leadership up front. Senior tight end Taylor Ferguson also was key blocking up front and catching the occasional key pass with his big frame (five catches, 73 yards and one TD).

Junior running back Mathew Turnage leads three Arab underclassman on the first team. All he did was rush for 1,312 yards and 20 TDs on 187 carries.

Junior Alex Alcala also had a heckuva season, catching 21 passes for 273 yards and two TDs. He also rushed the ball eight times for 47 yards and one touchdown.

James Ed Johnson, one of just four sophomores on the first team, helped lead a young and inexperienced defense that got better as the season wore on, especially after Johnson was moved from safety to linebacker.

Arab also had five players to make Honorable Mention: Gage Mason, senior; Cody Morgan and Christian Eaton, juniors; and John Wesson Johnson and Mitchell Duquette, sophomores.

Brindlee Mountain had three make the team as Honorable Mention: Zac King, a senior; Christian Adams, a junior; and Caleb Scott, a sophomore.

In a touching tribute, the county coaches voted Eli Spray, a senior at DAR, the team’s honorary captain.

Spray was killed in a vehicle crash with a wrecker on the Friday morning before his team’s final game at Brindlee Mountain.

Other players earning major honors were Guntersville senior QB Zak Burnett and Albertville junior QB Ben Allen. They were named Co-Offensive MVPs.

Burnett passed for 2,275 yards and 20 TDs while Allen passed for 2,328 yards and 20 TDs while rushing for 502 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Densive MVP was Boaz senior linebacker Lorenzo Goss, who finished with 119 tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception.

The Special Teams MVP was Guntersville junior kicker Pablo Rios, who made 44 of 46 extra points and 6 of 7 field goals, the longest from 41 yards.

Lance Reese of Guntersville was voted Coach of the Year.

Other first-team selections:

• ALBERTVILLE

Chi Jordan Jr. DB

Cade Boman Jr. LB

Hunter Harris Sr. DL/LB

Hayden Mann Sr. WR

Trinity Bell Jr. WR

Jackson Godwin Jr. OL

• ASBURY

Austin Bloodworth Jr. QB/DB

Dante Broussard So. RB/LB

• BOAZ

Tyler Dugan Sr. OL

Jackson Sarratt Sr. OL

Kadin Benefield Jr. RB

Junior Lankford Jr. DL

Eli Jacobs So. RB/DB

• DAR

Justin Stubblefield Sr. QB

T.J. Leonard Sr. WR/DB

Seth Esslinger Sr. LB

Eli Spray Sr. OL

Charles Brown Jr. DL

• DOUGLAS

Cam Mitchell Sr. OL/DL

Eli Teal Fr. RB

• GUNTERSVILLE

Jack Harris Jr. WR

Campbell Leach Sr. WR

Logan Pate So. RB

Cooper Davidson So. WR

Clay Adams Sr. LB

Jerrell Williamson Jr. LB

Donovan Roby Sr. DL

Jessie Coville Sr. OL

Trelle Harris Sr. LB

Other Honorable Mention selections:

 

• ALBERTVILLE

Luke Kelly Sr.

Kameron Nesbit Sr.

Trent Jones Jr.

Elijah Moss So.

Chase Kitchens Sr.

• ASBURY

Korbyn Patterson Jr.

 

• BOAZ

Trey Ritchie Sr.

Jaquez Kelley So.

Easton Hardin Sr.

Alex Hudgins Sr.

Zion Dunn Sr.

• DAR

Matthew Doyle

Josh Thrasher

Ben Sutton

Tyler Darling

• DOUGLAS

Dakota Stewart

Fernando Franco

• GUNTERSVILLE

Kobe Hampton Sr.

Brandon Fussell Fr.

McKinley Hampron Jr.

Cal Lane Sr.

John Ryan Shirley Jr.

Almir Lorenzo So.

Dewayne Hundley Jr.

Javier Moore Sr.

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