A total of eight Scottsboro High School football players have been recognized for their performance during region play this past fall.
Five Wildcats were chosen to the Class 5A All-Region 8 team while three more were honorable mention.
The team was selected by the region’s eight head coach. Class 5A Region 8 was made of Scottsboro, Arab, Ardmore, Brewer, East Limestone, Guntersville, Madison Academy and Madison County.
Representing Scottsboro on the all-region team were offensive/defensive lineman Bradford Womack, running back/defensive back Jacob Manning, linebacker A.J. Widgeon, defensive lineman Nathan Jones and defensive back Noah Linville. Scottsboro’s honorable mentions were linebacker Cameron Whited and defensive backs Rylee Whitehead and Peyton Grant.
Womack, a senior, was back at center for the Wildcats this season after missing his junior season with an injury. He had previously started at that position during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Womack, who was selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic but missed the game due to injury, also played on the defensive line and recorded 36 tackles and three quarterback sacks.
Manning was a do-it-all type player for the Wildcats, making impacts on offense, defense and special teams. The sophomore was Scottsboro’s leading rusher with 618 yards and nine touchdowns on 119 carries and second leading receiver with 14 catches for 90 yards. Manning also recorded 17 tackles and a team-high three interceptions on defense, and on special teams, he returned 12 kickoffs for 199 yards and seven punts for 119 yards.
Widgeon, a junior, was second on the team in tackles with 74, including 11 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks. He also had one pass break-up and one fumble recovery. Nathan Jones, a junior, was fourth in tackles for the Wildcats with 50, including a team-high 12 for a loss. He also had four sacks, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. Linville, a sophomore, was third in tackles for the Wildcats. He recorded 73 stops, including five for a loss, two interceptions and one pass break-up.
Whited, a junior, finished the season with a team-leading 75 tackles, including four for a loss and four sacks. Whitehead, a junior, totaled 35 tackles, two for a loss and had six pass break-ups and two forced fumbles while Grant, a senior, had 47 tackles, three for a loss, five pass break-ups, an interception and two fumble recoveries.
Region champion Madison Academy led the way with 14 all-region picks, including Region MVP Kyle Minor. Mustangs head coach Grant Reynolds was the region’s Coach of the Year.