The Sullivan Daily Times is proud to announce the 2021 All-County football team.

All of the players were nominated by their coaches.

They are listed below in alphabetical order.

Name, School, Positions, Grade 

Cody Adams, Sullivan, WB-LB, Jr. — Adams played in all 10 games for the Golden Arrows.

As a linebacker, the junior collected 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

He also caught nine passes for 101 yards and two TDs.

Jacob Adams, North Central, QB-CB, Sr. — Adams quarterbacked the Thunderbirds this season.

He completed 42 of 87 passes for 627 yards and seven touchdowns.

He rushes 107 times for 456 yards and a team-best 10 touchdowns.

He also caught two passes for 39 yards, including one TD.

Luke Adams, Sullivan, WR-DB, Jr. — Adams paced SHS in receiving with 42 catches. He amassed a team-best 683 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He also had 178 yards, averaging 14.8 per punt return.

On defense, he led the Arrows with five interceptions to go with 56 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.

Rowdy Adams, Sullivan, QB, Jr. — Adams led the Golden Arrows from the quarterback position.

He completed 110 of 176 passes for 1,730 yards.

He tossed 26 touchdowns and only had four interceptions.

He rushed 83 times for 419 yards and four TDs.

Hunter Boone, North Central, OL-DL, Jr. — Boone was a two-way starter on the line for the T-birds.

On defense, Boone recorded 45 tackles to go with two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Gunner Bowman, Sullivan, OL-DL, Jr. — Bowman was a standout lineman on both sides of the ball for the Golden Arrrows.

On defense, the 260-pound junior was credited for 26 tackles, including 10.5 for loss.

DeShawn Clark, North Central, TE-CB, Sr. — Clark played tight end, corner back and returned kicks for the T-birds.

He had 11 receptions for 211 yards and four TDs.

He was credited with 20 tackles to go along with his three interceptions.  

Anthony Crockett, North Central, C-DL, Jr. — Crockett started at center and on the defensive line for NCHS.

On defense, he was credited with three sacks and 51 total tackles.

Lane Deckard, Sullivan, LB-RB, Jr. — Deckard was third for Sullivan with 61 total tackles, including nine for loss.

The junior also had 1.5 sacks and recovered one fumble.

Deckard rushed for301 yards on 67 carries. 

Distance Delph, Dugger Union, ILB-FB, Sr. —  Delph won the Joe Alumbaugh Senior Football Player of the Year Award. 

Gavin Fritzinger, Dugger Union, ILB-OL, Sr. — Fritzinger won the Bon Hickman Leadership Award.

Trevor Hadley, North Central, DE-OL, Jr. — Hadley played defense end for the Thunderbirds, who did not allow a point in the second half during three sectional victory.

He had 33 total tackles and five sacks.

He also was a starter on the offensive line.

Carter Hall, Dugger Union, QB-OLB, Jr.  — Carter Hall won the Brazen Maze Most Valuable Player award for the Bulldogs.

Jackson Hills, Sullivan, TE-LB, Sr. — In his first season on the gridiron for the Golden Arrows, the transfer made an immediate impact at tight end.

He hauled in 17 passes for 276 yards and three TDs.

He missed four games with a separated shoulder, but returned to play in the sectional.

He also had 30 tackles, 2.5 for loss.

Conner Hughes, Sullivan, DL-RB, Jr. — Hughes played both as a defensive lineman and at tight end.

He caught four passes for nine yards, but two went for touchdowns.

On defense, Hughes was credited with 42 total tackles and constantly harassed opposing quarterbacks.

He had 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Wyatt Ison, North Central, TE-CB, Jr. — Ison played both tight end and corner back for the T-birds.

He caught four passes for 90 yards, including three touchdowns.

He had 27 tackles, two interceptions and had a kickoff return for a touchdown.

Randy Kelley, Sullivan, WR, Sr. — On defense, Kelley had two interceptions to go with 28 tackles and one forced fumble.

Kelley hauled in 12 passes for 158 yards and three TDs.

He averaged 18.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns.

Guiseppe Leone, Sullivan, K, Jr. — Leone already has his name in the Sullivan High School football record book.

Leone became the all-time leader in point after touchdown kicks.

He made 43 of 44 PATs in 2021, giving his 97 for his career.

He also made 3 of 4 field goals this season.

Nathan Manning, North Central, FB-ILB, Jr. — Manning played both at running back and outside linebacker for the Thunderbirds.

He averaged over five yards per rush — 96 yards on 19 carries — with one touchdown.

On defense, Manning recovered two fumbles and was credited with 55 total tackles.

William Newby, Sullivan, RB-LB, Sr. — Newby led the Golden Arrows with 12 rushing touchdowns.

He toted the ball 101 times for 779 yards, 7.7 yards per carry.

Newby caught 12 passes for 158 yards and three TDs.

While playing both linebacker and safety, Newby was credited with 66 total tackles, including 11 for loss.

He had one sack and three forced fumbles.

He also punted 14 times for an average of 37.4 yards per kick.

Jayce Norman, North Central, FB-ILB, Sr. — Norman stood out an an inside linebacker and he also played at fullback.

Norman collected 68 total tackles and had one interception.

Mikey Pearison, Dugger Union, RB-S, Soph. — Pearison was a two-way starter for the Bulldogs.

He played at running back on offense and safety on defense.

He won the Most Improved Player Award. 

Rowdy Pierson, North Central, RB-OLB, Sr. — Pierson had an impact on both sides of the ball for NCHS.

He rushed 43 times for 207 yards and three TDs.

Pierson caught seven passes for 30 yards.

As an outside linebacker, he tallied 47 tackles to go with one interception and two sacks.

Jack Ridgway, Sullivan, DL, Sr. — Ridgway started on the both sides of the ball for the Golden Arrows.

The 6-foot-5 senior helped the offense that produced 33 points per game and the defense that allowed less than 15 ppg.

Jeremiah Swalls, North Central, FB-ILB, Sr. — Swalls played both fullback and inside linebacker for the Thunderbirds.

Swalls led North Central in rushing as he had 883 yards on 197 carries and seven TDs.

He also paced the defense with 117 total tackles, three sacks and one interception.

Camden Singer, Sullivan, LB, Soph. — Singer led the Golden Arrows in tackles with 73, including 21 for loss.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore had one sack, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.

Lane Sluder, Sullivan, OL-LB, Sr. — Sluder was part of the offensive line that cleared the way for the Golden Arrows to amass over 350 yards per game.

On defense, the 190-pound senior also had 15 tackles, three for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Tyler Vaughn, North Central, RB-S, Sr. — Vaughn had a standout season for the Thunderbirds, playing at running back, safety and as a kick returner.

He rushed 118 times for 701 yards and five TDs.

He caught 21 passes for 337 yards and two scores.

Vaughn was 4 of 8 passing for 70 yards with one TD and he threw a two-point conversion pass in the sectional championship game win over Springs Valley.

On defense, he collected 75 tackles and had one interception.

Josh Wence, Sullivan, LB, Jr. — This junior linebacker was sixth for Sullivan with 51 total tackles.

He had 13 tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

Kadin Witvoet, Dugger Union, WR-CB, Jr.  — Witvoet won the Most Improved Player Award. 

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