Twenty-three players have been named to The Advocate & Democrat’s 2021 All-County Football Team.

Ethan Teague was a leader on the field for Tellico Plains. The senior hauled in nine touchdowns and 565 yards through nine games.

He also tacked on one passing touchdown for 44 yards and 230 yards and a touchdown on kickoff returns.

His presence on the field continued defensively with 37 tackles, two interceptions and five break-ups, making him a threat in all facets of the game — ending his senior year as the County Player of the Year.

Malik Arnett ran for 871 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. He added in one touchdown and 193 yards on seven receptions — finishing just shy of 1,200 all purpose yards for Sweetwater.

The junior’s biggest night came in Week 11 — a three touchdown evening helped get the Cats back into the postseason and was a key factor in him being named Offensive Player of the Year.

Jonah Kile wrangled up 78 tackles his senior year — seven of those were for a loss. The Sweetwater senior also blocked three punts and recovered three fumbles — leading him to the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Sweetwater’s Mike Martin had a heavy challenge in front of him in the summer. Facing one of the toughest schedules in southeast Tennessee and having to bring a number of underclassmen up to the varsity level, Martin, and his staff, showed their abilities as coaches.

The Cats battled close with top teams like Kingston, retained the County Cup and got Sweetwater back into the postseason, earning him Coach of the Year honors.

Tellico Plains’ Landon Hollinghead battled injuries his junior season, but still managed to throw for 1,237 yards and 14 touchdowns — averaging 17.4 yards per pass. He also added 215 rushing yards and 11 tackles on defense.

Sweetwater quarterback Landen Boyd threw for 1,008 yards and completed 64.5% of passes in his junior season. He also added eight touchdowns in his first season as the starting quarterback.

Boyd split minutes at quarterback but was reinstated as the starter for the opening rounds of the playoffs.

Logan Cox averaged six yards per carry and reached 505 yards in his senior season. He ran for two touchdowns — including a long of 43 against Midway — and 70 yards off seven receptions.

Brayden Westfield enhanced Sweetwater’s run game and picked up 358 yards off 81 carries. The freshman scored 10 total touchdowns and had 121 receiving yards. Westfield ran for three touchdowns in the Cats rout of Sequoyah on Sept. 24.

Ethan Blair turned into Sequoyah’s leading rusher his junior year. Blair ran for 586 yards and four touchdowns for the Chiefs.

Major Carter dominated in the air as a senior for the Bears. He averaged 15.4 yards per catch and 524 yards for six touchdowns.

Remington Millsaps cashed in on his senior year at Sequoyah with an average 10 yards per catch. Despite missing the start of the season with four touchdowns and 412 yards.

Tellico Plains linemen brought in a heavy dose of size and skill to the county and Landen Phillips, Isaac Dalton and Cohen Miller are examples of that. Phillips even managed to get a rushing touchdown against Copper Basin.

Sweetwater’s best aspect of the season more than likely comes from a trio of dangerous backs. Add in the frequency of screens in the passing game and the Cats rely heavy on their line performance. Injuries hurt Sweetwater, but Kai Correll and Jovan Johnkins stood out for the Cats.

As a sophomore, Cooper Lovingood is not as experienced as most on the field, but he has a dangerous combination of skill and size that made him a key to the Chiefs in 2021.

Tres Stone was a dominating presence in the Cats’ defense. The senior racked up 57 tackles — nine for a loss — one fumble recovery and one blocked punt for Sweetwater.

Reid Shaw was a key to Tellico’s defense with 59 tackles — 43 solo and two for a loss. The senior also added two sacks, one forced fumble and one recovery.

Emilio Sanchez garnered 60 tackles as a sophomore for the Chiefs. If Sanchez can continue playing at that level for Sequoyah, he will be key down the road.

As a senior, Kaleb Moore was a key figure in the Tellico Plains defense. He racked up 54 tackles — 40 solo and one for a loss — along with five sacks.

While injuries at the line may have kept Brody Gilreath from getting the rushes expected at the start of the season, he made his snaps count on defense. A senior and leader on the field, Gilreath totaled 77 tackles for Sequoyah.

Wyatt McClure became an essential defender for Sweetwater as a freshman. McClure snagged four interceptions and one fumble recovery, along with 34 tackles.

Jesus Guzman was a consistent kicker and punter for the Cats. He made 27 of his 28 extra points and an ability to place the football on punts was key to Sweetwater’s effectiveness in special teams.

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