The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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January 13, 2013

The News Courier's All-County Football Team


Trey McWilliams, Athens: McWilliams has started on the Eagles’ offensive lineman since arriving as a freshman. The junior anchored Athens’ line this season, playing center and tackle.

Sean Cole, East Limestone: Cole had 27 pancake blocks playing guard for the Indians and had an 81 percent grade on his blocking assignments for the season.

Carson Pack, Ardmore: Pack led an offensive line that paved the way for the Tigers’ rushing attack to run for more than 300 yards five times this season.

Hunter Rouse, West Limestone: Rouse anchored West Limestone’s offensive line from his center position. A two-year starter, Rouse never missed a game this season.

Tray Fletcher, Tanner: Described by his teammates as the “nastiest” player on the team, Fletcher could have made the all-county team on either side of the line.

Demarcus Johnson, Clements: Johnson was the Colts biggest weapon, playing wide receiver and running back. In the season opener against West Limestone, Johnson accounted for 268 total yards and four touchdowns.

Mitchell Mathis, East Limestone: Mathis connected on 32-of-34 extra point attempts this season and made a crucial field goal that helped East Limestone beat Athens.


Kyle Shoulders, Tanner: Shoulders played both ways as a fullback and on defensive line. On defense, Shoulders terrorized offensive backfields and finished with 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles, all while being double-teamed throughout the season.

Baltazar Rubio, Tanner: Anchoring the interior of Tanner’s defensive line was Rubio, a force to be reckoned with one-on-one for teams that chose to double team Shoulders. Rubio finished with 51 total tackles and four interceptions.

Ernie Hendrix, Athens: Hendrix played against some of the best offensive lineman in North Alabama in Class 5A Region 8. Hendrix finished with 61 tackles, including 6 tackles-for-loss, two sacks and three quarterback hurries.

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