A month after Dresden won the school’s first state championship in football, tnhighschoolfootball.com lead writer Donovan Stewart is looking back on the season in 1A with a statewide all state team.
Tnhighschoolfootball.com will roll out an all state team for each classification (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, as well as both Division II classifications) this week. Today, the Class 1A all state team with players selected in 21 spots selected on offense (4 QB, 4 RB, 4 WR, 5 OL, 4 ATH) and 16 spots on defense (4 DL, 4 LB, 4 DB, 4 ATH) as well as one kicker and one punter as well.
Also selected was an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year and as well as a Coach of the Year. The selection process was based on discussions with 1A coaches across the state as well as seeing players live and on film.
Dresden under the tutelage of second year coach Derek Rang won the school’s first state title in dominating fashion outscoring their opposition (49.0 to 9.8) for the season.
For his efforts, Rang is the 1A Coach of the year while Lion quarterback Dresser Winn is the 1A Offensive Player of the Year and Greenback defensive tackle Josh Silvey is the defensive Player of the year.
So here’s the full offensive and defensive all state list in alphabetical order.
QB- Austin Amor, Grace Christian Academy Franklin, Jr.
QB- Parker McKinney, Coalfield, Jr.
QB- Preston Rice, Wayne County, Sr.
QB- Dresser Winn, Dresden, Sr.
RB- Zayzeon Johnson, Bruceton, Sr.
RB- Kayne Roberts, Greenback, Sr.
RB- D.J. Taylor, Huntland, Sr.
RB- Dylan Yates, Dresden, Sr.
WR- Blaine Bevis, Wayne County, Sr.
WR- Cade Kennemore, South Pittsburg, Jr.
WR- Austin Thomas, Dresden, Sr.
WR- Jay Vaden, Gordonsville, Sr.
OL- Michael Butner, South Pittsburg, Sr.
OL- Hunter Edmonds, Peabody, Sr.
OL- Matt Fox, Columbia Academy, Sr.
OL- Jake Gregory, Trousdale County, Soph.
OL- Spencer Norrod, Monterey, Senior
ATH- Noah Arnett, Cloudland, Sr.
ATH- DeWayne Betts, KIPP Academy, Sr.
ATH- Joe Pace, Harriman, Sr.
ATH- Tony Smith, Jellico, Sr.
DL- Christopher DeFrance, Middle College, Sr.
DL- Tucker Kennedy, Union City, Sr.
DL- Brant Lawless, Nashville Christian, Jr.
DL- Josh Silvey, Greenback, Sr.
LB- Joe Birchett, Wayne County, Sr.
LB- Chase Mote, Summertown, Sr.
LB- Kade Pearson, Huntingdon, Jr.
LB- Lelan Wilhoite, Nashville Christian, Jr.
DB- Austin Helton, Oakdale, Sr.
DB- Dylan Johnson, Huntingdon, Sr.
DB- Rush Lansdell, Columbia Academy, Soph.
DB- Hudson Petty, Whitwell, Soph.
ATH- Izaya Brown, Humboldt, Sr.
ATH- Austin Lowe, Coalfield, Sr.
ATH- Brandon Moore, Fayetteville, Jr.
ATH- Josh Peck, MTCS, Sr.
K- Hunter Keele, Fayetteville, Sr.
P- Nash Law, Oneida, Sr.
Offensive Player of the Year- Dresser Winn, Dresden- All Winn did for the Lions offense was lead them to an undefeated season as he accounted for 3,830 yards (3,518 passing) and 51 total touchdowns (45 passing). He also played a huge role in the 1A state title game as he had a hand in six touchdowns including five passing.
Defensive Player of the Year- Josh Silvey, Greenback- Silvey followed up a good junior year (1A Mr. Football Lineman Semifinalist) with a great senior year winning the Mr. Football Lineman award as he posted 94 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss and also added 11 sacks.
Coach of the Year- Derek Rang, Dresden- Dresden followed up an 11 win season in 2015 by running the table going undefeated at 15-0 and winning the school’s first state title. In two years at Dresden, the Lions are 26-2 under Rang’s tutelage.
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