Five in area earn first-team All-State honors
Published 8:12 pm Sunday, December 27, 2015
Morgan Academy head coach Jake Wingo said before the 2015 football season began that his seniors were going to play an integral role in the success of his football season.
He turned out to be right, and the All-State selections released Sunday are a reflection of that. Morgan’s senior wide receiver Jackson Henderson and senior defensive lineman cracked the Alabama Independent School Association’s first-team All-State list.
Joining the list of first-team All-State selections from the county are Keith senior offensive lineman Morris Collins, Southside junior wide receiver DeQuan Johnson and Dallas County junior defensive back Quincy Parker.
Collins used his size and strength to block for arguably the best running back in the county this year in Keith running back Domonique Jones as the Bears returned to the class 1A playoffs.
Jones made the second-team All-State list for class 1A, finishing the season with 1,711 yards, 16 touchdowns and an average of 9.3 yards per carry.
Johnson secured a spot on the class 4A first-team All-State list after posting 1,210 yards receiving and 23 receiving touchdowns. The versatile Johnson also added three rushing touchdowns.
With one more year left of school, Johnson has a chance to improve even more next season, but he won’t have his multi-talented quarterback Khamari Gibbs throwing to him.
Gibbs, a senior, didn’t make the All-State team, but he did make the honorable mention list for class 4A.
Parker led a Dallas County defense that was dominant all season long, bringing the Hornets to class 5A playoff berth. With eight interceptions on the season, Parker played a direct role in setting his offense up with plenty of chances to score.
Dallas County tight end Paul Daniels made the second-team All-State list for class 5A as an offensive lineman. Daniels caught a touchdown pass this season, but his strongest attribute was his blocking.
Daniels’ ability to block fueled a strong Dallas County rushing attack that paired with a ferocious defense to give the Hornets a strong season to build off of.
Like Dallas County, Morgan Academy made huge strides after a disappointing 2014 finish. One of the leaders of the turnaround was Henderson, who completed his final season in a Senators uniform with 818 yards receiving and seven touchdown receptions.
Henderson also ran for seven touchdowns on 65 carries.
While there were plenty of playmakers on the Senators’ defense, Stewart led his team with 12 sacks. He finished the season with 51 tackles and averaged 7.2 tackles per game. In addition, Stewart also added four forced fumbles, one of which he recovered himself.
Senior Woodham Kemmer was an important part of the Morgan rushing attack this past season, but he made AISA’s second-team All-State list as a defensive back. Kemmer helped out his defense by averaging five tackles a game.
Senior Harrison Adams also saw time in Morgan’s defensive backfield, but he was best known as the Senators’ quarterback. With plenty of strong quarterbacks in AISA, Adams’ 1,802 passing yards and 17 touchdowns earned him a spot on the honorable mention list.
The fifth and final Morgan Senator to make AISA’s All-State list was senior linebacker JR Wood. Known as the leader of the defense, Wood finished with 68 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and six forced fumbles, two of which he recovered.
Wood averaged 10 tackles a game, and nearly a third of his total tackles were tackles for loss.