Appalachian Newspapers Inc.’s All Mountain football team is featured and is made up of payers from the coverage area of Appalachian News-Express, Floyd Chronicle and Times, Paintsville Herald, Hazard Herald and Mingo Messenger. The All Mountain team was voted by Randy White, Steve LeMaster, Mike Muncy and Cameron Maynard of Appalachian Newspapers.
Finalists for All Mountain Player of the Year:
Blake Birchfield of Pikeville – Birchfield has had an incredible junior season with the Panthers. Birchfield led the entire state, regardless of class, in the race. Birchfield’s 2,512 yards and 25 touchdowns led the state in rushing yards. He was also named the Class A State Championship MVP with a performance of 183 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 30-27 win over Russellville.
Isaac McNamee of Pikeville – The principal appellant ended his career on a high in Pikeville. He helped lead the Panthers to a 30-27 victory over Russellville in the Class A state championship. McNamee ended his career with his second state championship and his third state final appearance. He finished this season 136 for 217 passes for 1,819 yards and 28 touchdowns with four interceptions. He added 159 yards and three rushing touchdowns. McNamee was a KFCA candidate for Mr. Football and he signed up to play college football at Murray State University.
Russ Osborne of Shelby Valley – The sophomore quarterback followed an outstanding freshman season with an even better second year. Osborne had 137 for 218 passes for 2,455 yards and 19 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He’s also had a big year running the ball. Osborne racked up 785 yards and 15 touchdowns on 114 carries. Osborne helped the Wildcats become one of the state’s most explosive offenses.
Isaac Dixon from Belfry – The reigning All Mountain Player of the Year has returned for his fifth season thanks to the COVID-19 (SB-128) rule.
Dixon was focused on winning a state championship and he accomplished it in a big way.
Not only did he help lead the Pirates to a 33-38 state championship, but he ran for 376 yards and five touchdowns in one of the most impressive and memorable state championship performances.
He was named Mr. Football of the Kentucky Football Coaches Association for his fantastic season and state championship performance.
Dixon finished the season with 1,986 yards and 29 touchdowns. He started the season as a quarterback, adding 53 yards and a touchdown before returning to his natural role as a running back.
Dixon was also a great advocate. He finished the season with 46 tackles and four interceptions, a team-high.
He ended his career as the best rusher in Belfry history, two-time State Champion, two-time State Championship MVP and KFCA Mr. Football.
Grant Bingham of Johnson Central – Bingham is one of the best talent in the state.
He is arguably the best offensive lineman in the state.
Bingham, along with Owen LeMaster, anchored one of the best offensive lines around. As an offensive lineman, Bingham doesn’t have any stats to back up his selection, but just watching him play his talent jumps out at you. Bingham signed on to play college football at the University of Kentucky.
Phelps Landon Dotson – Dotson is one of the best offensive / defensive linemen around today. Dotson is also athletic enough to occasionally line up at the narrow end and perform passes.
On offense, Dotson is a top-notch blocker. He’s also caught four passes this year for 42 yards.
But his defensive figures are obvious. In defense, Dotson has had a huge season. Dotson finished the season with 133 tackles (14 tackles for loss) and nine sacks.
All Mountain Player of the Year
Isaac Dixon from Belfry – Dixon was the 2020 All Mountain Player of the Year and follows him with his second consecutive award. Dixon’s performance at the State Championship has remained on the minds of coaches and everyone who witnessed his great performance.
Dixon has speed and power in his racing style. He is one of the fastest players around.
Dixon will do whatever it takes to win, whether it’s playing the quarterback, throwing the ball 41 times in the state championship game, and playing in the defensive backfield as well.
Dixon is a special talent and ended his career in Belfry on a high note.
Congratulations to Isaac Dixon from Belfry, 2021 All Mountain player of the year.
All Mountain Coach of the Year
Jim Matney of Johnson Central – The legendary coach has passed away due to complications from COVID-19 this season. Matney was one of the best coaches in the state during his career. He led the Golden Eagles to two state championships. Johnson Central returned to the state championship game this season and fell to Boyle County.
Coach Matney’s impact in Johnson County, eastern Kentucky and the rest of the state will be felt for years and years to come.
All Mountain Coach of the Year finalists
Philip Haywood of Belfry – Coach Haywood’s squad had a 0-5 start, but that’s not how you start, it’s how you end. The Pirates ended the season with a 33-28 victory over Paducah Tilghman in the Class 3A State Championship game.
It was one of the most impressive coaching jobs in the state for Coach Haywood and his team.
Chris McNamee of Pikeville – Coach McNamee won his third state championship as a coach at Pikeville. The Panthers played a tough schedule and the Panthers sailed to a 30-27 victory over Russellville in the Class A State Championship.
Pikeville were a great team in all phases and the Panthers didn’t give up after being upset in the second round last season.
Betsy Layne’s Jarredd Jarrell – In his first year, Jarrell helped lead the Bobcats to an 8-3 record.
Jarrell helped the Bobcats become one of the fastest growing offenses in Class A.
Betsy Layne didn’t have a long playoff run as they were knocked out of the first round of the Class A playoffs by Paintsville.
Jarrell had a great start to his coaching career with Betsy Layne.
Perry Central’s Mark Dixon – In his sophomore year at Perry Central, Coach Dixon helped lead the Commodores to a 7-4 record. Last season Perry Central finished 3-6.
The Dixon Commodores showed a lot of growth in his second season.
He lays the groundwork for competing in District 8 Class 4A against Letcher Central and Johnson Central.
Dixon and the Commodores are on the right track as he is only in his second year of school.
First team attack
QB Isaac McNamee – Pikeville
QB Russ Osborne – Shelby Valley
RB Blake Birchfield – Pikeville
RB Harris Phelps – Paintsville
RB Jayden Newsome – Shelby Valley
RB Zack McCourt – Johnson Central
OL Grant Bingham – Johnson Central
OL Owen LeMaster – Johnson Central
OL Peyton Sayers – Pikeville
OL Mason Sayers – Pikeville
OL Cameron Hensley – Belfry
WR Zack Lockhart – Pikeville
WR Brady Robinson – Betsy Layne
WR Brady Bentley – Shelby Valley
WR Wade Hensley – Pikeville
TE Grant Scott – Pikeville
ATH —Chase Mims – Betsy Layne
ATH Tayvian Boykins – Pike Central
ATH Dylan Burdine – East Ridge
K Aaron Chang – Pikeville
Defense of the first team
DL Landon Dotson – Phelps
Hammock DL Landon – Pikeville
DL Zach Savage – Belfry
DL Matt Davis – Paintsville
LB Caleb Lovins – Shelby Valley
LB Luke Ray – Pikeville
LB Josh Perkins – Perry Central
LB Mason Lemaster – Johnson Central
DB Max Johnson – Danger
DB Andrew Ford – Hazard
DB Zayne Hatfield – Belfry
DB Ryleh McKenzie – Johnson Central
All Mountain second team attack
QB Max Johnson – Danger
QB Chanse McKenzie – Perry Central
RB Chase Award – Johnson Central
RB Matt Anderson – Pike Central
RB Tanner Kirk – Tug Valley
RB Colby Sparks – Martin County
OL Logan McCoy – Belfry
OL Parker Preece – Paintsville
OL Gavin Branham – Shelby Valley
Ol Dylan Boner – Johnson Central
WR Wade Hensley – Pikeville
WR Cade Miller – Perry Central
WR Shawn Howell – Betsy Layne
WR Isaiah Adkins – East Ridge
ATH Grant Rice – Johnson Central
ATH Hank Pelfrey – Danger
ATH Zach Taylor – Paintsville
K Sawyer Crum – Johnson Central
Defense of the second All Mountain team
DL Kenzeth Ratliff – Phelps
DL Jesse McCoy – Johnson Central
DL Jacoby Thornsbury – Pikeville
DL Shawn May – Pike Central
LB Carter Akers – Prestonsburg
LB Devin DeRossett – Pikeville
LB Dalton Caudill – East Ridge
LB Curtis Jenkins – Magoffin County
DB Tyson Turner – Danger
DB Austin Allen – Paintsville
DB Dylon Williams – Betsy Layne
DB Sam Wright – Pikeville
Third team offense
QB Lucas Literal – Magoffin County
QB Carson Adams – Letcher Central
RB Buddy Marcum – Tug Valley
RB Matt Crum – Johnson Central
RB Ethan Jarvis – Prestonsburg
RB Kobe Eldridge – Perry Central
OL Brady Clark – Pikeville
OL Lucas Wyatt – Johnson Central
OL Chris Meek – Johnson Central
OL Brenden Whetsel – Shelby Valley
OL Ian Brashear – Hazard
WR Reese Music – Betsy Layne
WR Brad Howell – East Ridge
WR Ethan Bentley – Shelby Valley
WR Jonah Porter – Paintsville
ATH Caden Porter – Mingo Central
ATH Norman Kennedy – Mingo Central
ATH Dre Young – Belfry
K Mia Rouse – Danger
Defense of the third team
DL Ethan Colegrove – Valley of the Tugs
DL Dylan Glasscock – Mingo Central
DL Cameron Caudill – Danger
DL Brayden Spears – Belfry
LB Isaiah Adkins – Belfry
LB Carson Wright – Pikeville
LB Hunter Griffie – Perry Central
LB Ryan Deaon – Hazard
LB Zane Deaton – Danger
DB Xavier Rogers – Pike Central
DB Bryson Locklear – Phelps
DB Jordan Ratliff – Shelby Valley
DB Logan Reed – Pikeville
Valley of the tugs
Land of Cainan
Jo jo ratliff
John Luke Champs
Click on Kyler
Dayvien with great strides