The Scottsboro football team enjoyed a resurgent season in 2019, winning nine games — the second-most wins in an SHS season in the past 15 years — finishing second in region play and advancing to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
A number of the players responsible for the Wildcats’ strong season have been honored for their efforts in region play.
Ten Scottsboro players were selected to the Class 5A All-Region 8 team honors, with three earning various MVP awards.
The Class 5A Region 8 team and award winners were selected by the league’s eight head coaches earlier this week.
Scottsboro junior quarterback Jacob Manning was named the region’s Athlete MVP while senior linebacker A.J. Widgeon was the region’s Co-Defensive MVP and senior defensive lineman Nathan Jones was the region’s Co-Lineman MVP.
Manning, who moved to quarterback from running back/receiver, was part of two-headed rushing attack for the Scottsboro offense. He ran for a team-high 1,596 yards — the sixth highest single-season total in Scottsboro football history — and 22 touchdowns on 293 carries while completing 33 of 61 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns.
Widgeon was Scottsboro’s second-leading tackler with 69 stops (42 solo). He was tied for the team-lead in tackles for loss with 8.5 and had a team-high eight quarterback sacks. Widgeon also had one interception and one fumble recovery. Jones recorded 34 tackles (17 solos), was tied for the team-lead in tackles for loss (8.5) and was second in quarterback sacks with six.
All-region selections for Scottsboro were senior running back Cam Ellis Bass (1,400 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 253 carries), senior linebacker Cameron Whited (team-high 78 tackles, eight for a loss, three sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, one blocked kick), junior safety Noah Linville (68 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery), junior offensive lineman Camden Treece, senior defensive lineman Hunter Wright (23 tackles, four for a loss, five quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery), senior linebacker Camden Skipper (55 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one fumble recovery), senior kicker Mees de Jongh (37-of-39 PATs, 5-of-6 field goals) and senior defensive back Rylee Whitehead (41 tackles, two forced fumbles, five pass breakups).
Region champion Madison County had 12 players honored. Quarterback Austin Mills was the Region MVP and Tigers head coach Scott Sharp was named the region’s Coach of the Year. Third-place finisher Guntersville placed eight players on the all-region team and fourth-place Madison Academy had seven while fifth-place Arab and sixth-place East Limestone had five each and seventh- and eighth-place finishers Brewer and Ardmore had four each.