published Friday, December 21st, 2012

Pittman, Bryant, Sanders, Kimpson all-state

Class 5A

Coach of the Year: Anthony Crabtree (Beech)

Offense

QB -- Adam Craig (Jackson North Side), Matthew Markham (Columbia); RB -- Jalen Hurd (Beech), Orlando Johnson (Ridgeway), Desmond Pittman (Ooltewah), Malachi Horton (Morristown West); WR -- Adam Mitchell (Tennessee High), Dre Hall (Columbia); TE -- Lucas Hamilton (Lenoir City), Dametrius Watson (Beech); OL -- Christian Morris (Memphis East), Andy Bacon (Morristown West), Caleb McClanahan (Beech), Lorenzo Young (Ridgeway), Nick Maclin (Jackson North Side), Warwick Marsh (Clarksville Northeast); Ath -- Hagen Owenby (Powell); K -- Nolan Bone (Columbia).

Defense

DL -- Christian Johnson (Southwind), Shar'ron Moore (Powell), Lucas Fishman (Morristown West), Zach Stuart (West); LB -- Cody Underwood (West), Devin Scott (Powell), Marcus Robinson (Memphis East), Dorian Robinson (Craigmont); LB -- Malik Church (Columbia), Andy Long (Anderson County); DB -- Jerry Neylon (Jackson North Side), Jon Strozyk (Powell), Cedric Washington (Central), C.J. Bryant (Cleveland), Michael Osterman (Daniel Boone), Ryan Francis (West); Ath -- Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Clarksville Northeast); P -- Dakota Vincil (Lenoir City).

Class 6A

Coach of the Year: Rodney Saulsberry (Whitehaven)

Offense

QB -- Brent Stockstill (Siegel), Nick Myers (Maryville); RB -- Mark Dodson (Whitehaven), Contrez McCathern (Mt. Juliet), Shawn Prevo (Maryville); WR -- Donald Gray (White Station), Tae Martin (Siegel); OL -- Austin Sanders (Bradley Central), Vincent Hunter (Whitehaven), Greg Jones (Maryville), Chris Holcomb (Riverdale), Logan Teichmann (Brentwood); Ath -- Denzel Harding (Siegel), Malik Foreman (Dobyns-Bennett), Rian Hall (Oak Ridge), Vic Wharton (Independence); K -- C.J. Stafford (Houston), Ryan Jenkins (Mt. Juliet).

Defense

DL -- Frank Herron (Memphis Central), Jason Carr (White Station), Austin Barrett (Oakland), John A. Simpson (Siegel); Aaron Kimpson (McMinn County); LB -- Petera Wilson Jr. (White Station), Adam Collins (Whitehaven), Antonio Allen (Blackman), Dexter Robbins (Sevier County), Peyton Phillips (Riverdale), Demonta Daniel (Dickson County); DB -- Jace Tyson (Siegel), Brian Coulter (Maryville), Logan McCarter (Sevier County), Cody Carr (Mt. Juliet), Darrius Sims (Whitehaven), Devaun Swafford (Dobyns-Bennett); P -- Jonathan King (Farragut).

Ooltewah running back Desmond Pittman started the 2012 high school football season as a backup. He didn't take over as the Owls' starter until the sixth game of the season, and then only because of injury. But the 5-foot-10, 220-pound junior responded by rushing for more than 1,300 yards, helping lead Ooltewah to the Class 5A quarterfinals and becoming an all-state player.

Pittman was one of two area Class 5A players to be named all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, joined by Cleveland defensive back C.J. Bryant. Two other area players -- Bradley Central offensive lineman Austin Sanders and McMinn County defensive lineman Aaron Kimpson -- earned all-state recognition in Class 6A.

"Once we as coaches figured out what our strengths were as a team, we decided to just keep giving Desmond the ball," Owls coach Shannon Williams said. "He had a huge impact on our season, obviously, and we wouldn't have gone as far as we did without him."

In only his second game as the offensive focus, Pittman responded with 200-plus yards on 32 carries against Bradley.

Cleveland's Bryant had five interceptions during the season.

Sanders, a University of Tennessee commitment, became Bradley's first Mr. Football award winner and is now a two-time all-state selection. Kimpson led the area with 15 sacks and had 23 tackles for loss for the Cherokees.

"Kimpson was just a beast against us," Bradley coach Damon Floyd said. "He had six sacks against us in one game, so the next time we played them [a week later in the playoffs], we moved Austin over to block him and try to slow him down.

"Obviously Austin has been pretty big for our program for a while. He works so hard to earn what he's being recognized for now. I feel blessed to have gotten to coach a kid like him."

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 23 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including nine in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated ...

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