COVINGTON -- After sitting out most of his junior season because of an injury, Alcovy's Devon Edwards came back with more than 1,900 all-purpose yards to become Region 3-AAAA Offensive Co-Player of the Year.
"He was hurt so people didn't know about him. They stood up and took notice," Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman said.
Edwards ran the ball for 1,009 yards on 135 touches (7.5 average) and 13 touchdowns. He also had 11 catches for 251 yards (22.8 average) and three touchdowns. While his numbers are impressive, they just do not compare to his 41.1 yards average on kickoff returns. He had 16 returns for 657 yards. He also tried his hand at throwing going three pass attempts.
Not bad for someone that was considering not stepping back on the field.
"I thought about not playing football anymore. But then I stuck with it and now I have a scholarship for it," Edwards said about his verbal commitment to Duke where he will play in the secondary.
Even though he did not get accolades for his defensive play, Edwards had 57 tackles, two interceptions and broke-up seven passes.
There was no doubt that his speed and ability to see the hole made a lot of his yardage possible, Edwards really gives two of his main offensive linemen their, Ryan Adams and Curtiss Benton, just do.
"They gave a good little push, just enough room to break to the outside," Edwards said. "They helped with Ryan pulling all the time. I would follow him and Curtiss a lot. Then Tre (Sorrells) would run in front of me all the time."
While Adams and Benton did a lot to help Edwards, they made the other region coaches take notice because of their defensive accomplishments. Benton, who also played on the defensive line, was the only Tigers player to make it on the first team for defense.
Making it to the second team on defense were Adams (defensive line) and defensive back Deshaun Outlaw.
Offensively, Sorrells and Kenard Murry were put on the first team.
Sorrells ran for 406 yards on 86 carries (4.7 average) with three touchdowns and had five catches for 154 yards (30.8 average) with one touchdown. Murry averaged 21 yards per reception with 18 catches for 378 yards. He also had four touchdowns catches.
Making the second team on offense were quarterback Cornell White, lineman Scott Mills, receiver Elijah Jones and punter Elberado Barajas.
"The thing is that Cornell and the quarterback from Dutchtown (Donovahn Jones) were tied. Basically it came to a flip of the coin and we lost," Hoffman said. So realistically, you could say he was a first teamer. Offensively, one could see why we scored so many points."
On the honorable mention list were Rysen Richarson, Okon Goodwin, Drew Kendall, Bryce Cope, Joaquin Ross and Tristan Payne.
In all, the Tigers had 16 players to get recognition. Not bad for a team that lost its first two games before winning six of the next seven, finishing the year with a 6-5 record and hosting its first playoff game.
Of the 10 players that made it on the first and second team, only four are not returning.
"I have everyone coming back except for Devon, Tre, Kenard and Outlaw from the first or second team," Hoffman said. "It gives us a foundation to build on."
Staff photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith
Alcovy's Devon Edwards (3) 1,900 all-purpose yardage was but one reason why he was named Region 3-AAAA Co-offensive Player of the Year.