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.

All Mountain

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

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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

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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

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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

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Honorable mentions

Valley of the tugs

Dakota ooten

Tanner Urcomis

Ashton davis

Kyle hodge

Mingo Central

Ashton ooten

Kenneth runyon

Preston Smith

Deucey prater

Caden Porter

Hunter Collins

JC Lester

JR Perry


Caden woolum

Braxton hatfield


Rico perez

Aaron Slone

Johnson central

Jacob Cain

Carter conley

Mason Lawson


Pax ramey

Martin County

Branson Smith

Dawson Mills

Jason maynard

Caleb costa

Madden Miller

Magoffin County

Ben lafferty

Brayden Standifur

Grayson whitaker

Pike Central

Eric perez

Noah Iricks

Billy bush


Land of Cainan

Corey Turmire


Brayden chapman

East Ridge

Gabe Mullins

Zack Mason

Jo jo ratliff

Landon robinson

Shelby Valley

Jesse cook

John Luke Champs

Click on Kyler

Logan billier

Dakota belcher

Rafael Ascencio

Betsy layne

Dakota stumbo


Jacob Carrer

Jaxson burchett

Austin tackett


Nick porter

Reece hamilton

Grant george

Jon small

Dalton elliot

Gavin Stephens

Jackson shannon

Floyd Central

Max Martin

Blake adams

Sheston johnson

John johnson

Brody Buck

Bj peterson

Bryce thacker

Landon Castle


Dayvien with great strides

Jondon Olinger

Jacob’s Fields

Perry Central

Élie Gayheart

Nolan wooten

Mason McAlarnis

Dawson browning

Ashton Rice

Tyler smith

Letcher Central

Hayden brashear

Jonas Small

Wyatt ison

Keaton Day

Kolby johnson

Caden Barnette

Trevor Branham

Jackson meade