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December 29, 2013

Athens leads with four players on 2013 All-County defensive team

— Defense was a major reason Limestone County had four teams qualify for the postseason in 2013. That is certainly the case at Athens where the Golden Eagles allowed less than 14 points per game against some tough competition.

Defense carried Athens into the 5A quarterfinals, a big reason why AHS landed four players on the First Team.

West Limestone is another team with a big defensive turnaround this season. The Wildcats allowed 23 points per game and that’s after a humbling defeat to the 4A state champions in the opening round of the playoffs. It was 12 points per game less than West allowed the previous season and was the best defensive scoring average since 1999.

Many of the players on this list played both sides of the ball and could have made the First Team on offense. Here is detailed list of the 2013 All-County Defense:

Brian Sulcer, Senior, Athens: Sulcer played defensive end on the best defensive line in Limestone County and one of the best in 5A football. The senior had 80 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, four sacks and one interception that was returned for a score in a playoff game against Center Point.

Baltazar Rubio, Senior, Tanner: Along with playing offensive tackle, Rubio has been a mainstay along Tanner’s defensive line over the past three years. Rubio disrupted opponents’ blocking schemes, allowing the Rattlers’ linebackers to make plays. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior finished with 68 tackles, seven sacks and a county-best 26 tackles for loss.

Tyler Widner, West Limestone: Widner played multiple positions on both sides of the ball. The senior was a three-year starter who racked up 63 tackles, four sacks and seven tackles for loss.

DeAnte Griffith, East Limestone: A sophomore defensive lineman, Griffith had a monster year for East Limestone, finishing with a county-best 13 sacks to go along with his 64 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss.

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