Four Jackson County football players now have an all-state selection on their playing resumes.
Scottsboro’s Mees Du Croo de Jongh, North Sand Mountain’s Landon Green and Lake Bell and Pisgah’s Nate Cornelison earned the honor from the Alabama Sports Writers Association, which released its annual high school football all-state teams and honorable mention list late Saturday night.
An exchange student from The Netherlands with a soccer background, de Jongh was selected the Class 5A first-team all-state place kicker. He made 37 of 39 extra points, was 5-of-6 on field goals with a long 37 yards and had 14 touchbacks on kickoffs for Scottsboro. He kicked what proved to be the game-winning field goals in the second half of Scottsboro’s three-point wins over Hartselle in the regular-season finale and Russellville in the first-round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Pisgah’s Cornelison was named Class 3A second-team all-state as a defensive back. The senior had 43 tackles (31 solo) with three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Cornelison had a big all-around senior season, leading the Eagles in all-purpose yards (2,079) while scoring 18 touchdowns.
NSM made its deepest playoff run in school history with an appearance in the Class 2A state quarterfinals , and two key players in that run earned all-state honors.
Senior three-year starting quarterback Landon Green earned second-team all-state honors for the Bison after completing 130 of 207 passes for 2,325 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushing for 402 yards and 10 touchdowns. Green, a three-year starter who was an honorable mention selection last season, finished his career 369-of-599 passing for 5,953 yards and 67 touchdowns.
Bell, NSM’s top receiving target this season, was named second-team all-state as a wide receiver. The junior caught 44 passes for 777 yards and 10 touchdowns while also rushing for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.