“I was really pleased with how things turned out,” Empire head coach Keith Burton said. “When you have a year like ours where you don’t have as many wins as you would like, you don’t have as many on the team as you would like. There were a lot of good teams in our district and a lot of good players.”
Jordan Mayes of Bray-Doyle was one of the leading rushers in the district but made the team as the defensive safety of the year.
“We felt fortunate to get him in,” Bray-Doyle head coach Warren Butler said. “He had to go head-to-head with Ringling and the Elmore City back had a great year.”
Like Velma-Alma, Bray-Doyle also had only two seniors. Jesse Tilly was named honorable mention after playing football for the first time since eighth grade.
Tracey Gandy of Ringling was named the district coach of the year and Zac Smith was named the district MVP. Michael
Hudson of Ringling was named offensive player of the year and was joined by teammates Jody Barnes and Dakota Zachery, who were each named defensive players of the year, along with Victor Hallsey of Elmore City-Pernell.
Caleb Caveny of Rush Springs was named the quarterback of the year and Justin Farris of Elmore City was named running back of the year. Blake Tillery made the team as wide receiver of the year. Defensively, Steven Nicholson of Ringling was named defensive end of the year and Matthew Keenan of Ringling earned special teams player of the year.