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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Chapel Hill quarterback K.J. Burton accounted for 1,919 yards and 24 touchdowns as he was named to the all-county first team.

Douglas County had a breakout season in finishing as region runner-up and advancing to the second round of the state playoffs.

The Tigers had several players to make all-region and all-state team during the postseason.

Douglas County also led the way with 12 players selected to the Douglas County Sentinel all-county team, including Braelen Oliver, who was chosen the county player of the year.

Junior defensive end Mataio Soli was named the county defensive player of the year. There were six players from the Tigers defense that were selected all-county, which was the most by any team.

Jonathan Jefferson, a defensive end, was the only freshmen selected to the all-county team. He had 12 sacks and 12 tackles for losses in his first year on the varsity level.

Tigers linebackers Josh Slay and Xavier Hopson made the first team while defensive backs Markell Stephens and Charles Gadie were also picked for the first team.

Offensively, the Tigers had running back Uriah West, who led the county in rushing, was selected to the first team. West was the only county running back to go over the 1,000-yard mark this season, despite missing two games with an injury.

Alexander had nine players to make the first team with five coming on the offensive side of the ball. The Cougars offense was led by county offensive player of the year Mason Wood, who went over the 2,000-yard passing mark for the second straight season.

Wide receivers Miciah Randolph and Jalen Morgan of Alexander made the first team with linemen Spencer Myers and Chris Hand. Randolph, a senior, and Morgan, a junior, combined for 1,688 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Chapel Hill senior wide receiver Tyre Shelton was selected as the athlete as he showed his versatility throughout the season. A Miami-Ohio signee, Shelton had 27 receptions for 510 yards and 28 carries for 139 yards. He also had 28 tackles on defense.

After rushing for 953 yards and 13 touchdowns while splitting time in the backfield, New Manchester senior A.J. Taylor was chosen the newcomer of the year. The running back moved into the area from North Carolina over the summer.

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