Three local players headlined the Region 2-6A specialty awards as selected by the league’s coaches.
Maryville senior wide receiver A.J. Davis led the way by being named the Region’s Player of the Year. Through 14 games, Davis has 46 receptions for 731 yards, and he has 11 receiving touchdowns. He also has 179 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown and two passing touchdowns.
Maryville linebacker Mason Shelton was named the Region’s Defensive Player of the Year, and William Blount place kicker Job Matossian was named Special Teams Player of the Year.
Maryville, which will play in the Class 6A state championship game on Saturday night, had eight players earn all-region first-team honors. They are quarterback Cade Chambers, running backs Parker McGill and Tee Hodge, wide receiver Ashton Maples, linebacker Seth Orren, defensive end Ethan Ensley, tight end Brody Sloan and offensive lineman Tommy Ledford.
William Blount had five first-team picks. They are linemen Brayden Pierce and Ben Kenny, cornerback Noah Durman, running back Micah Franklin and safety Adam Matthews.
Heritage’s four first-team picks were running back Tristan Hurst, offensive lineman Ryan Ellis, wide receiver Tyler Napier and quarterback Zach Hollman.
Local second team picks were Jordan Taylor and Michael White of Heritage; Eli Turner, Trey Smith, Trey Clemmer and Bryston Williams of William Blount; and Drew Crowder, Fisher Coalson and Lou Burchfield of Maryville.