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Tellico Plains’ offense lines up to run a play during the Bears’ game against McMinn Central on Aug. 30.

A group of Tellico Plains football players who made big contributions this season have been honored for their accomplishments.

Sophomore wide receiver Major Carter, sophomore linebacker Reid Shaw and junior lineman Chase Hunt were named to the All-Region 3-2A team, while senior lineman Kolton Stakely and senior quarterback Dale Rinehart made the Academic All-Region list.

Carter, who was also named the 2019 All-County MVP, was arguably Tellico’s most impactful player on both sides of the ball. He led the Bears with 581 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 37 catches.

Shaw bolstered Tellico’s linebacking corps, forcing key stops for the Bears’ defense and making the All-County team. He also saw significant time at quarterback after Rinehart suffered a season-ending injury.

Hunt was an incredibly effective lineman for the Bears this season. He totaled 49 tackles, including three sacks, and also made an impact on Tellico’s offensive line. Hunt cracked the All-County team as a defensive lineman.

Stakely, a senior leader for the Bears on the line and an All-County selection, notched a 3.9 GPA to make the Academic team, and Rinehart, a veteran standout at signal caller, recorded a 4.0 GPA to seal his place on the list.

The Bears finished the 2019 season at 3-8 in head coach Jon Rechtorovic’s first year on the job. Tellico made the playoffs for the first time since 2013, losing 47-8 in a first-round road game at Watertown.

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