Pee, Christian, Owens highlight Times’ All-Etowah County Team
Sat. December 29, 2012 at 11:50 p.m. | By Nick Johnston Sports Writer
Sardis running back Toby Pee was named The Times’ 2012 Offensive MVP. (Photo by Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times | File)
The accolades keep rolling in for Sardis’ Toby Pee.
Last week, he earned a spot on the All-State team for the second straight year. Then, on Friday, it was announced he was a finalist for the state Class 4A Back of the Year high school football award.
Today, Pee was named the Offensive MVP of The Gadsden Times’ 2012 All-Etowah County Team after completing a stellar senior season at running back for the Lions.
Pee rushed for 1,829 yards and 31 touchdowns, added 595 receiving yards with six touchdowns and passed for two scores. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry in 2012. He finished his career with 5,494 rushing yards and 66 touchdowns, 1,381 receiving yards and 22 scores and five touchdown passes.
Blake Christian became the third straight Glencoe Yellow Jacket to be awarded Defensive MVP honors. Christian had 72 tackles — 17 for a loss — with 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick and a safety his senior season. He follows Matt Humphrey (2010) and Daniel Warren (2011) as players from Glencoe to win the award.
The Times’ Coach of the Year was Coosa Christian’s Van Owens after exceeding preseason expectations by going 4-6 in 2012. The Conquerors lost their first six games of the season, but Owens was able to keep the team motivated enough to win its final four games.
Sardis and Gadsden City both landed five on the first team. Westbrook Christian, Southside and Glencoe had four each, Etowah landed three and Hokes Bluff had two.
The first team quarterback was Westbrook Christian’s Jonathan Ford. He passed for 2,078 yards and 20 touchdowns during his senior campaign.
Joining Pee in the backfield was Southside’s Dantley Coker. A Class 5A All-State honorable mention, Coker rushed for 1,253 yards and 14 total touchdowns to help the Panthers to their first winning season since 1993.
At wide receiver was Sardis’ Kailon Robeson, Westbrook’s DeVernon Marshall and Gadsden City’s LeGerald Malone. Robeson led the county in receiving yards with 809 and scored three touchdowns. Marshall had 28 catches for 576 yards and eight touchdowns, while Malone caught 33 passes for 415 yards and four touchdowns and showed his versatility by rushing for 231 yards and four more scores.
Southside’s Tyler Carr, a Class 5A All-State selection, was selected as an offensive lineman, as was Sardis’ Blaine Pruitt, Westbrook’s Ethan Lake, Etowah’s Zac Dean and Gadsden City’s Khalid Cannon.
At offensive athlete was Southside’s Blake Devine, who racked up more than 1,600 all-purpose yards while playing running back, wide receiver and returning kicks. He scored eight touchdowns.
The first team kicker was Westbrook’s Chris Underwood, who was 36 of 36 on PATs and made 5 of 6 field goals with a long of 42.
Selected at defensive line were Gadsden City teammates Finesse Middleton and Rodney Edwards, along with Etowah’s Jared Harris and Glencoe’s Christian. Middleton, a Louisville commitment, had 57 tackles, 31⁄2 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. Edwards, who holds offers from several FBS schools, made 53 tackles and 81⁄2 stops for a loss. Harris, who was the Class 5A, Region 7 Defensive Lineman MVP, had 42 tackles on the season.
Making the first team at linebacker were Glencoe’s Mason Brown, Hokes Bluff’s Chase Pope, Sardis’ Zach Childers and Gadsden City’s T.J. Posey. Brown filled big shoes at linebacker with the departure of Warren by making 144 tackles — 15 for a loss — and 61⁄2 sacks. Pope also had a big season with 125 tackles. Childers had 152 tackles — 104 solo stops — and Posey had 65 tackles with two sacks and four tackles for a loss.
At defensive back were Etowah’s Jay Duckett, Hokes Bluff’s Dylan McKee, Glencoe’s Dalton Reid and Sardis’ Jesse Hubbard. Duckett earned a Class 5A All-State honorable mention after leading Etowah County with eight interceptions. He added 33 tackles. McKee had 87 tackles and one interception, Reid made 91 tackles with two sacks, five stops for a loss and an interception, while Hubbard overcame and injury late in the season and made a total of 90 tackles with three interceptions.
At defensive athlete was Hunter Armstrong. The freshman middle linebacker had 102 tackles with five stops for a loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. He also played quarterback out of the Wildcat formation.
Glencoe’s Daniel Otwell was named the first team punter. The Class 3A All-State honorable mention averaged 36.1 yards per punt with 20 inside the 20-yard line and six that went more than 50 yards.
Receiving honorable mentions at quarterback were Sardis’ Will Scott, Hokes Bluff’s Brad Robertson, Etowah’s Tyler Bishop and Gadsden City’s CJ Moore.
Etowah’s Devin Horton, Glencoe’s Thomas Ozmint and Coosa Christian’s Austin Mills received honorable mentions at running back.
Gadsden City’s B.J. Hammond and Glencoe’s Austin Hancock were honorable mentions at wide receiver, while Sardis’ Andrew Hoyt and Southside’s Austin Snyder received honorable mentions on the offensive line.
Getting honorable mentions on the defensive line were Glencoe’s Dalton Gowens and Etowah’s Cedric Childs. Etowah’s Dylan Tucker, Southside’s Chase Nobles and Gadsden City teammates Blake Worthy and DD Adkison earned honorable mentions at linebacker.
Southside’s Ryan Clark was an honorable mention at defensive back, Westbrook’s Tyler Lowery was an honorable mention punter and Etowah’s Dominick Pinson and Gaston’s Jackson Bogle were honorable mention athletes.
2012 Gadsden Times All-Etowah County Team
Offensive MVP: Toby Pee,
Defensive MVP: Blake
Coach of the Year: Van
Owens, Coosa Christian
QB: Jonathan Ford,
RB: Toby Pee, Sardis
RB: Dantley Coker, Southside
WR: Kailon Robeson, Sardis
WR: DeVernon Marshall,
WR: LeGerald Malone,
OL: Tyler Carr, Southside
OL: Blaine Pruitt, Sardis
OL: Ethan Lake, Westbrook
OL: Zac Dean, Etowah
OL: Khalid Cannon, Gadsden
ATH: Blake Devine, Southside
K: Chris Underwood,
DL: Jared Harris, Etowah
DL: Finesse Middleton,
DL: Blake Christian, Glencoe
DL: Rodney Edwards,
LB: Mason Brown, Glencoe
LB: Chase Pope, Hokes Bluff
LB: Zach Childers, Sardis
LB: T.J. Posey, Gadsden City
DB: Dylan McKee, Hokes Bluff
DB: Jay Duckett, Etowah
DB: Dalton Reid, Glencoe
DB: Jesse Hubbard, Sardis
ATH: Hunter Armstrong,
P: Daniel Otwell, Glencoe
QB: Will Scott, Sardis; Brad Robertson, Hokes Bluff; Tyler Bishop, Etowah; CJ Moore, Gadsden City; Levi Weems, West End
RB: Devin Horton, Etowah; Thomas Ozmint, Glencoe; Chase Blanton, West End;
Austin Mills, Coosa Christian
WR: B.J. Hammond, Gadsden City; Austin Hancock, Glencoe
OL: Andrew Hoyt, Sardis; Austin Snyder, Southside
K: Joseph Bright, Glencoe; Carter West, Southside
DL: Dalton Gowens, Glencoe; Cedric Childs, Etowah
LB: Dylan Tucker, Etowah; Chase Nobles, Southside; Blake Worthy, Gadsden City, DD Adkison, Gadsden City
DB: Ryan Clark, Southside
P: Tyler Lowery, Westbrook
ATH: Dominick Pinson, Etowah; Jackson Bogle,