A second straight TSSAA state runner-up finish has led to another impressive list of all-state selections for Meigs County's football program. The Tigers, who finished 14-1, placed three on the Tennessee Sports Writers Association's Class 2A all-state team, joined by two players from Bledsoe County and one from Marion County.
South Pittsburg, which finished runner-up in 1A, placed five on its classification's all-state list.
The TSWA will release its all-state selections for all three Division II classes Thursday, followed by cross country's all-state teams on Friday and golf on Saturday. Volleyball and girls' soccer all-state teams will be announced in early January.
Meigs County senior running back Will Meadows, a Mr. Football finalist, led his team's trio of all-state selections, along with offensive lineman Malachi Hayden and linebacker Hagan Lowe. Bledsoe County's honorees were running back Dylan Roebeck and defensive lineman Kaigan Thomas, along with Marion County defensive back/athlete Taye Hutchins.
South Pittsburg's list was led by running back Hunter Frame, a Mr. Football award winner, offensive lineman Jared Stone, a Mr. Football finalist, linebacker J.J. Beene, defensive lineman Gio Davis and kicker Cooper Keown.
Meadows ran for 1,780 yards and 31 TDs, most of which came behind Hayden's blocks, and also finished with 207 receiving yards. Lowe had 93 tackles, including 61 solos, 10 more for loss and four sacks.
Roebeck ran for 1,321 yards and 20 TDs and teammate Thomas had 22 tackles for loss and 76 total stops to help Bledsoe County finish 10-0 for the first time in program history and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
In addition to his 1,600 yards of total offense and 14 TDs, Hutchins made 35 tackles, two more for loss and intercepted two passes for Marion.
"Any time you have an all-state player, even though it's an individual award, it also reflects on the team," Meigs County coach Jason Fitzgerald said. "To have three to make all-state reflects on what we've built and accomplished the last couple of seasons. It says a lot about the work those guys have put in.
"For the past three years we knew when we needed to run the ball that we were going to go behind Malachi. Will worked his tail off to become one heck of an offensive player and Hagan is one of those guys who plays his guts out every game and was always around the ball to make a play."
Frame rushed for 1,947 yards — averaging 12.3 per carry — and scored 36 TDs, much of that coming behind Stone, who had 29 pancake blocks. Only a freshman, Keown converted 71 of 75 extra point attempts and was two of three on field goal attempts.
Davis, a junior with scholarship offers from Ole Miss and Tennessee, made 48 solo tackles, 16 more for loss and recovered three fumbles — returning one for a TD. Beene led a Pirates defense that allowed just 7.5 points per game with 111 tackles and eight more for loss.
"Those guys are all very talented players and very deserving to be honored," Pirates coach Vic Grider said. "It's good for us that it is a good mix of seniors and underclassmen who will be back."
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TSWA ALL-STATE FOOTBALL
QB – Luke Myers (South Greene(, Jacob Dooley (Waverly), RB – Khalik Ganaway (Peabody), Dylan Roebeck (Bledsoe County), Jordan Cason (Watertown), WR – Brady Stanfield (Waverly), Quanterrius Hughes-Malone (Watertown), Kaden Snitzer (Eagleville), OL – Malachi Hayden (Meigs County), Blake Minnis (Peabody), Neil Brown (Union City), Jackson Kelley (Rockwood), Shelton Hopkins (Peabody), ATH – Will Meadows (Meigs County), K — Jay Higgins (South Greene).
DL – Kaigan Thomas (Bledsoe County), C.J. King (Oneida), Jason Baskerville (Peabody), Luke Lewis (Riverside), LB – London Burkett (Peabody), Hagan Lowe (Meigs County), Cameron Rankins (Trousdale County), Tucker Johnson (Adamsville), DB – Taye Hutchins (Marion County), Marcus Collins (Eagleville), Xadrian Fickey (Rockwood), Carson Vandiver (Peabody), ATH – Jordan Carter (Watertown), P – Kolby Morgan (Oneida).
QB – Kyler Parker (Moore County), Emmett Hegland (Midway), RB – Hunter Frame (South Pittsburg), Kenardo Jackson (Fayetteville), Kolbi Stewart (Huntland), WR – Caleb Goodman (Midway), Jordan King (Jellico), Devin Ramsey (Unaka), OL – Colton Alexander (Greenback), Bryson Ridge (Coalfield), Gus Hill (Fayetteville), Jared Stone (South Pittsburg), Jesse Mounts (West Carroll), ATH – Seth Lowe (Coalfield), K – Cooper Keown (South Pittsburg).
DL – Radshun Cheirs (Lake County), Gio Davis (South Pittsburg), Isaac McKinney (Coalfield), Ethan Beasley (Mt. Pleasant), LB – JJ Beene (South Pittsburg), Braden Matoy (Greenback), Brandon Nation (Oliver Springs), Kade Wood (Huntingdon), DB — Kaden White (Moore County), Zayshon Pullen (Fayetteville), J.T. Morgan (Lake County), Gavin Hill (Oliver Springs), ATH – Cody Wildridge (West Carroll), P – Jackson Collier (Mt. Pleasant).