Players from all three high schools in Loudon County were recently recognized for performances on the football field.

After winning a region championship, Loudon High School placed multiple players on the District 3-3A all-region list. Of 19 individual awards, the Redskins got seven.

“There’s so many words that I can say, but I’m just so thankful that they got the awards,” Semy Turner, LHS senior wide receiver, said. “They deserve those positions. I’m thrilled, I’m so proud of them.”

Loudon winners included senior quarterback Keaton Harig, who was named all-region MVP after a stellar season. Harig completed 234 passes for 3,394 yards and 52 touchdowns this season. He also led the team in rushing yards, totaling 165 carries for 1,071 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, he completed 21 tackles, seven assists, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Senior wide receiver Kaden Dockins earned the Offensive MVP award. Dockins was the team’s leading receiver, totaling 1,217 yards on 68 receptions and 15 touchdowns.

“It’s like really good to me because I’m a very small person and all,” Dockins, who is 5 feet 3 inches, said. “And small people don’t really get a big chance at doing something really big. And it’s just shocking at how I earned that with just the hard work and dedication that I gave.”

Senior tight end Josh Gonzalez was named Tight End/Fullback of the Year. Gonzalez had 30 receptions for 439 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense, as well as 38 tackles, six assists, three sacks and one fumble recovery on defense.

Turner, meanwhile, is Corner of the Year. He received 53 passes for 709 yards and three touchdowns while also completing 12 carries for 73 yards. On defense, Turner completed 31 tackles, four assists and three interceptions.

“It means a lot, it just really fills me up,” Turner said. “It really hits me because it just shows that I really put in the work and I’m just really thankful for that.”

Junior defensive end Kwynton Chenault rounded out the player awards with the Defensive End of the Year title. Chenault had 31 tackles, six assists and eight sacks this season.

LHS head football coach Jeff Harig was named Coach of the Year, while assistant coach Jesse Henry received Offensive Assistant of the Year.

For Dockins, both were well deserved, as he credited them for his success.

“It’s fantastic, I love those two,” Dockins said. “They have pushed me since day one when I came here at Loudon and when I started high school. They never gave up on me and I was never going to give up on them, I was going to give 100% every single day, and I did, I showed them what I could do on that field.”

Eight more players received recognition, being named in the all-region team of the year. These players are senior lineman Logan Haggas, sophomore offensive lineman Demarcus Williams, senior wide receiver Hayden Brown, senior defensive end Gabe Sturgill, junior linebacker Isaac Chavez, sophomore offensive lineman Nathan Greene, junior linebacker Dillon Handshey and senior lineman Brodie Brown.

Greenback School had several winners in District 2-1A.

Senior quarterback Micah Franklin earned Offensive Back of the Year. He totaled 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns despite only playing eight games. He was also named to the region’s All-Academic team.

Greenback’s other winners were sophomore defensive back Michael Payne, whose five interceptions and 26 tackles earned him Co-Defensive Back of the Year, and senior linebacker Braden Matoy, who was Co-Linebacker of the Year with 52 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

All three players were included in the all-region first team alongside senior lineman Jeremiah Cope, sophomore wide receiver Connor James, sophomore linebacker Landon Clifford, sophomore wide receiver Kooper Williams, sophomore defensive end Eli Tyson and sophomore wide receiver Caden Lawson.

With District 2-1A giving out first- and second-team honors, three more players received recognition in the latter. These are junior defensive end Isiah Flowers, sophomore defensive end Cade Brown and junior wide receiver Folsom Silver.

Despite a disappointing season, Lenoir City High School also placed several players on the all-region team in District 3-5A.

Junior defensive tackle Leo Gonzalez earned Punter of the Year and a spot on the all-region first team. Joining him were junior guard Dalton Dukes, senior linebacker Cole Richards, senior outside linebacker Jordy Carroll and senior defensive tackle Eli Rittenhouse.

Five more Panthers were included in the second team. These were sophomore quarterback Brett Cortez, sophomore free safety Trey Wilhite, senior wide receiver Dusty Clevenger, senior wide receiver Zane Ward and senior guard Hank Brewer.

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