Dexter Douglas, Tanner: Douglas led the team with 72 tackles and an interception, but no statistic can categorize how important the senior was to the team. The linebacker was the vocal leader of the defense.
Bolton Patton, Athens: Patton recorded the most tackles of any player in the county with 102 from his middle linebacker position. Patton had four tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, two pass break-ups and an interception.
Tucker McCormick, West Limestone: McCormick played in only eight games due to injury but still led the team with 81 tackles and a sack.
Chase Kesler, East Limestone: Kesler led perhaps the best group of linebackers in the county with teammates Wyatt Hazellief and Kennon Moses. Along with his 79 total tackles, Kesler recorded four tackles-for-loss, four forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovered.
Greg Maclin, Tanner: One of the best all-around athletes in the county, Maclin covered the field from sideline to sideline from his free safety position. Maclin led the team with six interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.
Johnnie Anderson, Athens: Any team that played Athens knew where No. 5 for the Golden Eagles was on defense. Anderson delivered hits as hard as anyone in North Alabama, but his real strength is his football instinct. Anderson had 88 tackles, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three pass break-ups and a fumble recovery for touchdown.
Mathew Franks, East Limestone: Another hard-hitting safety, Franks had 50 tackles, four interceptions and a fumble recovery for the Indians.
Mathew Barnes, Elkmont: Mathews did a little of everything for the Red Devils in the secondary, registering 25 tackles and two interceptions, including one for a touchdown. Barnes also had a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal this season.
Fred Rich, Tanner: Listed as an athlete because of the senior’s versatility, Rich could have legitimately played any position on defense and excelled. The MVP of the 2A Championship game recorded 69 total tackles and two interceptions.
Dustin Ward, Elkmont: Ward was perhaps the Red Devils best player at any position this season, playing runningback, defensive end and punter. As a punter, Ward posted a 35 yard net average for the season.