Oneonta offensive lineman Judd Hunt and Susan Moore punter Jose Diaz were named first team all-state in their respective classes last week by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA).
The 6’5, 255-lb. Hunt was a leader on both sides of the ball for an Oneonta team that finished 8-3 on the year and advanced to the 4A first round before falling 32-27 at Fayette County. He is a verbal commitment to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Diaz, a 5’9, 150-lb. senior, averaged more than 41 yards per punt this year for the 8-3 Bulldogs. He had a long punt of 64 yards on the season. He also contributed as a wide receiver for the explosive Susan Moore offense.
Several from the county made the list as honorable mention selections.
Oneonta wide receiver Nolen Smith caught 59 passes for 807 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Redskins. Those numbers pale in comparison to his junior season when he tied a state record with 103 receptions.
Cleveland junior wide receiver Chas Cornelius was named honorable mention in Class 2A. The 6’0, 150-pounder caught 42 passes for 851 yards and eight touchdowns and also was a threat on special teams with three kick returns for touchdowns.
Appalachian finished 10-3 and advanced all the way to the 1A quarterfinals before falling to R.A. Hubbard. None of the Eagle standouts made first team but three were selected honorable mention.
Offensive lineman Collin Cox (6’3, 300 lbs.) was a three-year starter for Ernie Willingham’s Eagles and graded out at better than 90 percent in his career.
Linebacker Zach Blythe was a bit undersized at just 5’10, 175 lbs. but he led the Eagle defense in tackles with 90, including 18 for loss.
The final selection is a bit of a mystery. Dylan Schuman (6’0, 190 lbs.) was the Eagles’ biggest offensive weapon with 1190 yards rushing and 19 total touchdowns. Those are very good offensive numbers. However, Schuman was selected as an honorable mention defensive back – a position he rarely, if ever, played.
The Blount Countian’s
All-County Team will be released the second week of January.