The 2012 football season was a special one for Tanner with the school winning its first state championship. Accordingly, the Rattlers are well represented with eight selections on the News Couier All-County team.
While the other six high schools did not enjoy the seasons they would have liked, there were good athletes on every team. The following is a brief description of why each player made the all-county team:
Jonathan Fletcher, Tanner: Tanner’s signal caller was not asked to win games on his own, which allowed the sophomore to improve as the season progressed. Fletcher could have easily been the 2A Super Six MVP with a rushing touchdown and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Fletcher averaged 17.5 yards per completion and 9.7 yards per rush this season.
Torren Haley, East Limestone: Haley never let his feet stop moving this season and kept East Limestone in many games with his bruising running style. Haley eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in the final game of the season again Auburn. The senior finished with 158 carries for 1,014 yards and 12 touchdowns in one of the toughest regions in the state.
Hayden Stephens, Tanner: The all-state selection averaged nearly nine yards per carry and scored 31 touchdowns for the Rattlers this season. Stephens carried the ball for a Super Six record 29 times for 139 yards to lead Tanner in the championship game. The junior finished with 1,963 rushing yards.
Tristian Mathews, East Limestone: The two-way player was the Indians top deep threat on play-action passes this season, averaging 22.8 yards per catch. Mathews caught two passes for touchdowns.
Aaron McWilliams, West Limestone: McWilliams also specialized in catching the deep ball, averaging more than 21 yards per catch this season. The senior caught 24 passes for 512 yards and three touchdowns, along with one rushing touchdown.
Hayden Durrett, Ardmore: Durrett mainly served as blocking tight end in Ardmore’s run-heavy offense. The junior played both ways as a defensive end on the other side of the ball.