Twelve Blue Devils players and two coaches named to the 2013 All-District 9-AA Team
By Kris Freeman for White House Football
WHITE HOUSE – Twelve members and two coaches of the White House Blue Devils were honored Tuesday with the release of the 2013 All-District 9-AA team, selected by coaches.
Eight players were recognized with awards plus four at-large selections, and Jeff Porter was named the coach of the year for the second consecutive year, with assistant coach Mark Lamberth named the assistant of the year. Lamberth coaches the offensive and defensive line.
Junior Brad Evans of Westmoreland was named the District 9-AA Most Valuable Player and senior Desmond Sweatt of Cheatham County was selected as the Offensive Most Valuable Player.
White House senior linebacker Taylor Wood was selected as the Defensive Most Valuable Player for the second straight season. The leading tackler for the Blue Devils finished the year with 158 stops, and ended his career as the top tackler in school history with 368. Wood will represent the Blue Devils on the Toyota East-West All-Star Classic roster on Dec. 13. He had 11 tackles for losses with two fumble recoveries in 2013.
Senior Bailey Burns picked up his second award in as many years, after being named an award-winner at defensive back in 2012, changed positions and picked up the same honor at linebacker. Burns made 87 tackles on defense, with seven tackles for losses, an interception and a fumble caused. He broke up two passes.
Alex Lyon played his one and only season as a senior and picked up the Most Versatile award for the district with 481 yards rushing, 57 yards passing, 160 yards receiving, 92 return yards and 50 tackles with three interceptions and six pass break-ups. He also scored five touchdowns, including the game winner against Lexington in the second round of the Class 4-A playoffs.
Two senior offensive linemen picked up awards as center Corey Cantrell and tackle Wyatt Bailey led an offensive line to 3,219 yards of total offense and 187.5 rushing yards per game. Bailey made 42 tackles with three tackles for losses on defense and Cantrell made 12 stops with a tackle for loss, and even caught a pass on offense for eight yards.
Junior kicker Dillon Anderson broke a single-season mark for field goals in White House history, making 12-of-15, and clinched the award spot for placekicker, a position dominated by White House in the past five years.
Junior Josh Mullins was named to the All-District team for the second season, this time as the Defensive Back award winner. Mullins had 49 tackles with five interceptions, and broke up 14 passes. He also caused a fumble and had a special teams block.
Wesley James was a two-time All-District 9-AA selection. The tight end on offense caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown, and made 70 tackles with two sacks, 12 tackles for losses, three passes broken up, three fumble recoveries, and two fumbles caused at defensive back and defensive end.
He was joined by three other at-large members of the team from White House. Senior tailback Alex Felts rushed for 985 yards and 11 touchdowns, while sophomore Denis Schaffer was second on the team with 88 tackles, with two sacks, seven tackles for losses, two fumbles caused and two interceptions at defensive back.
The team will be honored, along with the other six high schools of District 9-AA, at the All-District 9-AA banquet at the Wildhorse Saloon on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.