Seven players from Madison County High School’s 5-5 team this past fall have earned all-region honors.
The list is headlined by speedy kick return specialist Jamal Cooper, who was named Special Teams Player of the Year; and Patrick McCrary, who was a first-team selection at tight end in his only year of high school football.
Madison County had two other offensive selections, Connor Boyett (second team offensive line) and Jacob Owens (honorable mention at quarterback); and three on defense, Jeremiah NeSmith (second team defensive line), Matt Dean (second team defensive back) and Kendrick Butler (all purpose honorable mention).
Though the school has had more upper-echelon selections in some years, the seven all-region selections overall are likely the most for Madison County High School under coach Randell Owens.
The only bad thing about Madison County’s all-region list is that the seven players are all graduating.
“Yeah, we’re going to miss them,” coach Owens said.
Some will continue their football careers, however.
Three of these seniors have already verbally committed to play college football next year. Boyett is headed to Alabama-Birmingham, Jacob Owens to Army and Cooper to Georgia Military.
Other players still hope to sign.
In fact, the timing of McCrary’s selection as an all-region tight end works out well for recruiting since some colleges are interested in McCrary playing that position at the next level.