All-Area Football: High-flying Eagles dominate team

This fall, Eastside wrote a new chapter in its football history, recording its best season ever.

So it should come as no surprise that the Eagles dominate the Citizen's 2008 All-Area Football Team with 11 players on the first-team units.

In fact, Eastside also has a strong presence when it comes to the major award winners on this year's squad.

Eastside quarterback Justin Wray shares the Offensive Player of the Year award with Alcovy running back Malachi Outlaw, while Eastside defensive end Karl Williams shares the Defensive Player of the Year honor with Heritage defensive tackle Melvin Jones.

The Coach of the Year is Eastside's Rick Hurst, who guided his squad on a magical run this fall. Returning to Class AAA this year, the Eagles won the Region 8-AAA championship with a 9-1 record, which included a sweep of its county rivals Alcovy and Newton.

In the postseason, Eastside defeated Creekview and Carrollton in the first two rounds before falling on the road to eventual state champion Cairo in the Class AAA quarterfinals. It was the Eagles' deepest football playoff run in school history.

Justin Wray (Senior, Eastside): Wray did a masterful job at the helm of the Eagles' offense, throwing for 1,387 yards and rushing for 513 yards. He completed 64.3 percent of 154 passing attempts and he averaged 5.5 yards on 93 carries. He accounted for 20 total touchdowns (11 rushing and nine passing).

Malachi Outlaw (Senior, Alcovy): Outlaw's running was a key ingredient in the Tigers' run at a postseason berth. The senior rushed for 1,248 yards and scored 10 touchdowns, averaging 6.8 yards a carry. He finishes his career with 2,983 rushing yards.

Broderick Alexander (Senior, Eastside): Alexander turned in outstanding numbers as a crucial member of the Eagles' ground game. He rushed 102 times for a team-high 954 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 9.4 yards a carry. The senior added 15 catches for 98 yards and another score.

Git Aiken (Junior, Eastside): Aiken was the Eagles' second-leading rusher with 833 yards and eight TDs on 94 attempts. He averaged 8.9 yards a carry. The junior also caught six passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

David Calloway (Senior, Rockdale): Calloway provided the power in the Bulldogs' running attack at fullback, rushing for 620 yards and nine touchdowns. He also added 250 receiving yards.

Corey Nedd (Senior, Salem): Nedd was called on to pick up the tough inside yards for the Seminoles. The senior fullback carried a team-high 143 times for 575 yards and seven touchdowns.

Andrico Bailey (Senior, Eastside): Bailey provided the Eagles with a big-play option at wide receiver. He had a team-high 26 catches for 431 yards and two scores. He averaged 16.6 yards per catch.

Ryan Culbreath (Senior, Rockdale): Culbreath was the Bulldogs' top receiving threat, finishing the season with 20 catches and five touchdowns.

Sam Watts (Senior, Salem): Watts anchored the Seminoles' offensive line from his center position. He has already verbally committed to Mississippi State.

James Johnson (Senior, Eastside): Johnston turned in an outstanding season up front for the Eagles. He recorded 35 pancake blocks and his average blocking grade was 88 percent.

Adrian Crane (Senior, Heritage): Crane, a guard, had a blocking grade of 86 percent for the Patriots, which included 25 knockdown blocks.

Maurice Valentine (Senior, Alcovy): Valentine helped pave the way for Outlaw's 1,000-yard season, grading out at 90 percent or better twice and at 80 percent or better in eight games.

Thomas Schimmel (Senior, Rockdale): Schimmel, a tackle, played a key role in Rockdale's strong ground game.

Clint Werner (Senior, Heritage): Werner, a four-year starter for the Patriots, graded out at 82 percent for the season. The center also had 15 knockdown blocks.

Kyle Geise (Senior, Rockdale): Geise, a center, was a key cog in the Bulldogs' offensive front.

Jarrett Hubbard (Junior, Eastside): Hubbard's average blocking grade was 84 percent. He also had 30 pancake blocks.

Tim Aiken (Senior, Newton): Aiken, a tackle, was the Rams' most consistent offensive lineman all season.

Derrick Clarke (Junior, Newton): Clarke played a key role in the Rams' improved ground attack this fall.

Kyle Vojtesak (Junior, Alcovy): Vojtesak connected on 8-of-10 field goal attempts for the Tigers with a long kick of 43 yards. He also made 22-of-24 extra points. The junior averaged 34 yards a punt and placed seven kicks inside the 20-yard line.

Javon Lucas (Senior, Rockdale): Lucas was the big-play threat for the Bulldogs, scoring several touchdowns on long runs and long returns. He rushed for a team-high 757 yards and added 349 yards receiving for 1,106 yards of total offense.

Karl Williams (Senior, Eastside): Williams, a defensive end, was a terror on the outside for the Eagles, recording a team-high 10 sacks. He chalked up 76 total tackles, including 10 tackles for loss. He also forced three fumbles and had a fumble recovery.

Melvin Jones (Senior, Heritage): Jones was a force in the middle of the Patriots' defensive line, despite facing double- and triple-teams all season. He finished with 82 total tackles, including 17 for loss. The defensive tackle also had 51/2 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Justin Jones (Senior, Heritage): Jones recorded a team-high 101/2 sacks for the Patriots. The defensive end collected 71 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Jacorey Maddox (Senior, Eastside): Maddox registered 67 tackles, including six for loss, and three sacks for the Eagles.

Matt Gunnells (Senior, Alcovy): Gunnells chalked up a team-high 11 sacks for the Tigers. He also had 82 tackles, six tackles for loss, one interception and one blocked kick.

Brandon Hill (Senior, Salem): Hill collected 78 tackles, four sacks and six quarterback hurries for the Seminoles.

Dejone Butler (Junior, Salem): Butler paced the Seminoles in total tackles with 80. He also had 41/2 sacks and nine quarterback hurries.

Devario Parker (Junior, Newton): Parker recorded 44 tackles, including 14 for loss, and two sacks for the Rams.

Corey Alford (Senior, Heritage): Alford, a linebacker, was a key component of the Patriots' smothering run defense, chalking up a team-high 124 total tackles, including eight for loss. He also had 21/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and one touchdown.

Hunter Parker (Senior, Eastside): Parker was the leading tackler for the Eagles, finishing the season with 137 total stops, including 47 solos and 72 assists. The linebacker also had 10 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles, one sack and a fumble recovery.

Brandon Pettit (Senior, Eastside): Pettit, a linebacker, chalked up 121 tackles for the Eagles, including 16 tackles for loss and 31/2 sacks. He also forced three fumbles.

Rashaud Ferrell (Junior, Rockdale): Ferrell recorded 43 tackles at linebacker for the Bulldogs.

Rodrick Tolen (Junior, Alcovy): Tolen, a defensive back, had 42 tackles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions for the Tigers. He also rushed for 693 yards at quarterback.

Reggie Juin (Senior, Heritage): Juin was a valuable member of the Patriots' secondary, collecting a team-high four interceptions. The cornerback also had 43 tackles and 10 pass breakups.

Demetrius McCray (Senior, Newton): McCray led the local area with seven interceptions this fall. The safety also added 40 tackles, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble.

Adrian Brown (Senior, Rockdale): Brown, a cornerback, snared a team-high five interceptions for the Bulldogs. He also contributed 22 tackles and a defensive touchdown.

Tyrell Wellington (Junior, Salem): Wellington, a strong safety, was the second-leading tackler on the Seminoles with 79 stops. He also had one interception.

Zach Johnston (Junior, Eastside): Johnston registered 62 total tackles, including eight for loss, at safety for the Eagles. He also added two sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups.

Deandre Reshada (Sophomore, Newton): Reshada, a safety, chalked up 43 tackles, 14 stops for a loss, one interception and one sack for the Rams.

Jasijah Smith (Junior, Salem): Smith notched 40 tackles and two interceptions at cornerback for the Seminoles. He also returned a punt for a touchdown and scored three TDs while seeing spot duty on offense.

Denicolus Wilson (Senior, Alcovy): Wilson was a big play threat as a return man and a defensive back for the Tigers, scoring three touchdowns (two on kick returns and one on an interception). He had team-high four picks for the Tigers and broke up six passes.

SideBar: All-area football team

· Offensive Players of the Year: Justin Wray, Eastside; Malachi Outlaw, Alcovy

· Defensive Players of the Year: Karl Williams, Eastside; Melvin Jones, Heritage

· Coach of the Year: Rick Hurst, Eastside

First Team


· Quarterback: Justin Wray (Senior, Eastside)

· Running Back: Malachi Outlaw (Senior, Alcovy)

· Running Back: Broderick Alexander (Senior, Eastside)

· Running Back: Git Aiken (Junior, Eastside)

· Fullback: David Calloway (Senior, Rockdale)

· Fullback: Corey Nedd (Senior, Salem)

· Wide Receiver: Andrico Bailey (Senior, Eastside)

· Wide Receiver: Ryan Culbreath (Senior, Rockdale)

· Offensive Lineman: Sam Watts (Senior, Salem)

· Offensive Lineman: James Johnson (Senior, Eastside)

· Offensive Lineman: Adrian Crane (Senior, Heritage)

· Offensive Lineman: Maurice Valentine (Senior, Alcovy)

· Offensive Lineman: Thomas Schimmel (Senior, Rockdale)

· Offensive Lineman: Clint Werner (Senior, Heritage)

· Offensive Lineman: Kyle Geise (Senior, Rockdale)

· Offensive Lineman: Jarrett Hubbard (Junior, Eastside)

· Offensive Lineman: Tim Aiken (Senior, Newton)

· Offensive Lineman: Derrick Clarke (Junior, Newton)

· Kicker/Punter: Kyle Vojtesak (Junior, Alcovy)

· All-Purpose: Javon Lucas (Senior, Rockdale)


· Defensive Lineman: Karl Williams (Senior, Eastside)

· Defensive Lineman: Melvin Jones (Senior, Heritage)

· Defensive Lineman: Justin Jones (Senior, Heritage)

· Defensive Lineman: Jacorey Maddox (Senior, Eastside)

· Defensive Lineman: Matt Gunnells (Senior, Alcovy)

· Defensive Lineman: Brandon Hill (Senior, Salem)

· Defensive Lineman: Dejone Butler (Junior, Salem)

· Defensive Lineman: Devario Parker (Junior, Newton)

· Linebacker: Corey Alford (Senior, Heritage)

· Linebacker: Hunter Parker (Senior, Eastside)

· Linebacker: Brandon Pettit (Senior, Eastside)

· Linebacker: Quenton Pooler (Senior, Newton)

· Linebacker: Rashaud Ferrell (Junior, Rockdale)

· Defensive Back: Rodrick Tolen (Junior, Alcovy)

· Defensive Back: Reggie Juin (Senior, Heritage)

· Defensive Back: Demetrius McCray (Senior, Newton)

· Defensive Back: Adrian Brown (Senior, Rockdale)

· Defensive Back: Tyrell Wellington (Junior, Salem)

· Defensive Back: Zach Johnston (Junior, Eastside)

· Defensive Back: Deandre Reshada (Sophomore, Newton)

· All-Purpose: Jasijah Smith (Junior, Salem)

· All-Purpose: Denicolus Wilson (Senior, Alcovy)

Honorable Mention

· Alcovy: Robert Brown, Bryan Daniel

· Eastside: Kevis Bell, Dalton Temple, Anatarius Terrell

· Heritage: Diondre Brooks, Martell Jones

· Newton: Justice Ejike, Brian Forde, D.J. Hill, Jamal Hunte, Cadarrius Terrell

· Rockdale: Rashawn Binns, Ben Bradley, Tarik Dudley, Isaiah Gresham, Neville Hewitt, Grady Jarrett, Tyler Kelly, Byron Lawrence, Darius Lucas, Jerry Mathis, Xavier Mollette, Joseph Richardson, Devon Washington, T.J. Williams

· Salem: Tyler Askew, Cody Davis, Nick Dennis, Deonte Fletcher, Jeremy Holland, Blake Hullett, Jordan Jackson, Bradley Moon, Joseph Morovich