Blue Flame, Lions earn All-Region nods

COUNTY — Although both Daniel and Pickens were eliminated from the AAA state playoffs in the last few weeks, the two teams continue to earn accolades, as each had multiple players named to the All-Western AAA squad last week.

Eight Lions earned all-region honors, while four different Blue Flame players were named to five separate positions on the team, as senior Justin Gravely was named all-region as both a punter and a placekicker.

Other Pickens players joining Gravely on the all-region squad were running backs Jordan Freeman and David Mansell and offensive guard Daniel Holden.

Three players from the Daniel offense were selected: senior receivers Antonio Cannon and CJ Davidson and tackle Richard Miller. Defensively, the Lions placed five on the all-region squad: safety Adrien Dunn, linebacker Brandon Parker, defensive end Shaq Lawson and defensive tackles DeShawn Williams and Carl Jones.

Region champion B-HP led the team with 12 selections, including Region Player of the Year Dajun Martin and Coach of the Year Russell Blackston.