The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2019 All-Conference awards for football, as 10 Maryville College Scots earned their way onto the coveted list.
Maryville produced four First-Team selections and five Second-Team honorees on the 2019 USA South roll. The league also honored an All-Sportsmanship team consisting of one member from each competing school. All honors are determined by votes from the football coach at each institution.
Maryville College's Jacob Bunch, Kyle Larson, Trenton Cumby and Ian Hubbs were tabbed First Team All-Conference, while Terry Stewart, Davien Montgomery, JaCorey Jackson, Bo Hering and Jamal Ware were Second Team All-Conference. Senior Kyle Riddle was MC's All-Sportsmanship honoree.
Huntingdon's Otis Porter was named Offensive Player of the Year while his coach, Mike Turk, earned Coach of the Year honors. The LaGrange duo of Terron Dixon and Randy Fillingame were named Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year, respectively. N.C. Wesleyan's Antonio Johnson collected Defensive Player of the Year accolades to wrap-up the individual awards from the USA South.
Bunch – a Bean Station, Tenn. native – earned First Team honors as a running back. The sophomore became just the eighth back in MC history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season, as he tallied 1,028 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Bunch had the fifth-best rushing season in MC history in regards to yards, as he averaged 5.9 yards per carry this season.
Larson and Montgomery led the way for the rushing squads, as Larson earned First Team accolades. Montgomery was tabbed a Second Team offensive lineman, as they pair cleared the way for Bunch and the rushing attack. MC managed 1,691 rushing yards this season, while averaging 169.1 rushing yards per game. The Scots averaged 4.0 yards per touch, while tallying 14 rushing touchdowns this year.
Cumby – a fifth-year senior – earned First Team honors as a defensive lineman. Cumby was just a half sack off the Maryville College season sacks record, as the posted 9.5 sacks in his final year. He posted 45 total tackles with 14 tackles for loss, setting opponents back 83 yards this year. He also added a fumble recovering to his credit.
Hubbs, Maryville's senior kicker, was tabbed a First Team kicker following his final campaign. Hubbs went a perfect 8-of-8 on field goals this year, while tallying a 100-percent rate. He made a season long of 44 yards, as he went 19-of-21 on extra point attempts. Hubbs scored 43 points this season, as he also handled the Scots' punting duties.
Stewart – a tight end – made Second Team All-Conference this year, as he managed 161 yards receiving this season. He averaged 10.1 yards per catch, as he turned in a long of 45 this season. Stewart also played a key role in the Scots' rushing attack as a blocker.
Defensively, Jackson terrorized opponents backfields alongside Cumby. The Houston, Texas native raked in 40 total tackles, as he added five sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss. He also had a pass breakup and a blocked kick this season. He was aided by linebackers Hering and Ware, as the trio was on the Second-Team squad.
Ware had a team-leading 63 tackles this year, including 8.5 tackles for loss. He had a half sack, a pass breakup and a team-leading 34 solo tackles. Hering ranked second on the MC squad with 52 total tackles. He had a sack, 4.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble to his credit. Hering led MC with a trio of interceptions on the season, posting 77 yards of returns. Riddle, MC's All-Sportsmanship honoree, added 32 tackles, two tackles for loss and an inteception during his senior campaign.
Porter, a senior wide receiver from Montgomery, Ala., becomes the second Hawk to be named USA South football Offensive Player of the Year (Luke Bailey, 2016). Porter leads the conference with 746 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He has averaged 74.6 yards per game and 14.9 yards per catch. In games versus USA South opponents, Porter led all receiving yards (631), yards per game (90.1) and touchdowns (nine). For his efforts this season, Porter earned All-Conference honors for the third time in his career, the second as a first team member. Finally, he was named USA South Offensive Player of the Week once this fall.
Dixon, a freshman running back from Ellabell, Ga., becomes the second Panther to earn USA South football Offensive Rookie of the Year (Marsalis Jackson, 2013). He led all conference rookies in rushing, averaging 96.5 yards per game with a league-best 9.3 yards per carry average. Dixon scored seven rushing touchdowns in just eight games played. Against USA South opposition, Dixon carried the ball 82 times for 696 yards, good for 99.4 yards per game, and scored six touchdowns. For his efforts this fall, Dixon was named to the All-Conference Second Team as a running back and collected USA South Offensive Player of the Week and USA South Offensive Rookie of the Week honors twice.
Johnson, a Beaufort, N.C., senior linebacker, becomes the fourth player in USA South football history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors in consecutive seasons. He finished the year with a league-best 117 total tackles, 76 of which were of the solo variety to lead the conference. Johnson collected 12.5 tackles for loss, including 4.5 sacks, while also adding three forced fumbles, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one blocked kick. Against USA South competition, Johnson led the conference in total tackles (78), solo tackles (51) and tackles for loss (10.5). For his efforts, Johnson was named a First Team All-Conference linebacker for the third consecutive year. Finally, he collected USA South Defensive Player of the Week accolades four times this fall.
Fillingame, a freshman linebacker from Bainbridge, Ga., becomes the second Panther to earn USA South football Defensive Rookie of the Year (Jordan Chambers, 2013). He led all rookies collecting 79 total tackles, of which 54 were solo take downs, also a rookie-high. Fillingame added five tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and two interceptions, all of which came against USA South competition this fall. Finally, he was named USA South Defensive Rookie of the Week once this year.
Turk, in his 15th season at Huntingdon, earns his fourth USA South Coach of the Year honor in just the sixth year of the program's membership within the USA South. Picked to finish third in the USA South preseason coaches poll, Turk led his team to the program's fourth league title thanks to a 6-1 mark in conference play. The Hawks will now head to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in program history, as they concluded the regular season with a 7-3 record, winners of six of their last seven games.
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The 2019 USA South Football All-Conference Team:
|First Team||Second Team|
|Running Back||Jacob Bunch, Maryville
Eric Thomas, Huntingdon
|Terron Dixon, LaGrange
Vontre Howard, Methodist
|Quarterback||Jacob Wright, Averett||Michael Lambert, Huntingdon|
|Wide Receiver||Jarrod Mosby, Averett
Otis Porter, Huntingdon
Tyler Roberts, N.C. Wesleyan
|Jai Irvin, N.C. Wesleyan
Xzavier McNeil, Methodist
Chase Nixon, Averett
|Tight End/H-Back/Fullback||Ben Dorfman, N.C. Wesleyan||Terry Stewart, Maryville|
|Offensive Line||Breon Foust, N.C. Wesleyan
Michael Head, Averett
Darrell Hixon, Huntingdon
Kyle Larson, Maryville
A.C. Woolard, Averett
|Reed Crosby, Huntingdon
Wyatt French, N.C. Wesleyan
Kodee Kuncho, Huntingdon
Davien Montgomery, Maryville
Justin Parker, Brevard
|Defensive Line||Trenton Cumby, Maryville
Joseph Ledbetter, Averett
Jeff Person, N.C. Wesleyan
RJ Smalls, N.C. Wesleyan
|DeAnte' Griffith, Huntingdon
JaCorey Jackson, Maryville
Joe Thomas, LaGrange
Louis Williams III, Brevard
|Linebacker||Mal Caldwell, Huntingdon
Antonio Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan
Conner Showalter, Averett
|Steffon Canady, Brevard
Bo Hering, Maryville
Jamal Ware, Maryville
|Defensive Back||Dante Anderson, Brevard
Eddie Graham, N.C. Wesleyan
Peyton Haynes, LaGrange
Hunter Hinson, Averett
|Terrell England, Averett
Nate Jones, Methodist
Octavius Ross, Averett
Devonte White, Methodist
|Return Specialist||Joshua Tapscott, Averett||Kobe Praylow, Methodist|
|Place Kicker||Ian Hubbs, Maryville||Cole Starr, Huntingdon|
|Punter||Cole Westberry, Averett||Bobby Haggerty, Methodist|
Chase Nixon, Averett
Brandon Whitfield, Brevard
Mykel Williams, Greensboro
Red Hinton, Huntingdon
Akeem Peterson, LaGrange
Kyle Riddle, Maryville
Greg Sampson, Methodist
Leo Guzman, N.C. Wesleyan