Local players named to All-State Team

Published 5:56 pm Monday, December 20, 2021

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Six Patriots were among the 10 local players to be either named All-State or honorable mention over the weekend.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association released the All-State Team and three local teams were represented.

The Pike Patriots finished their 2021 season as state champions for the second consecutive season. They finished the regular season with a 12-1 overall record. They picked up playoff wins against Clarke Prep and Glenwood before defeating Tuscaloosa Academy in the state championship game.

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Patriot offensive lineman Keith Williams was named First Team All-State. Quarterback Cason Eubanks, linebacker Kam Baker, defensive back Ian Foster and athlete Zakevin Pennington were named Second Team All-State and Frankie Jefcoat was named as an honorable mention as a defensive lineman.

The Charles Henderson Trojans, under first year head coach Quinn Hambrite, finished with a 2-8 overall record. Trojan Nik Peerson was named Honorable Mention in Class 5A as a punter.

The Ariton Purple Cats finished the 2021 season in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season after they finished the regular season 9-1. They fell in the second round of the playoffs after winning round one over LaFayette.

Purple Cat running back Jordan Smith and offensive lineman Tuff Hand earned Second Team All-State honors, while quarterback Ian Senn was named as an honorable mention.