By Michael Murphy for The Tennessean
Nashville Christian’s Alex Givens was named a finalist for Division I Class A Lineman of the Year, while Christ Presbyterian lineman Davis Howell and Pearl-Cohn running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn are both finalists in Division I Class AA.
Vaughn has rushed for 2,185 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.
Oakland lineman Jack Jones, Ravenwood wide receiver Van Jefferson and Blackman quarterback Jauan Jennings are all finalists in Division I Class AAA.
Jones won the award last season. Jennings has used his arm and legs to lead Blackman to a 10-1 record going into Friday’s second-round 6A playoff matchup against Riverdale.
Jefferson, whose Raptors squad is 11-0 entering Friday’s 6A playoff battle against McGavock, has caught 51 passes for 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns
Two players from Friendship Christian – lineman Andrew Wood and running back Austin Taylor – were named finalists in Division II Class A, along with Battle Ground Academy quarterback Clay Beathard.
Taylor has rushed for 1,819 yards and 24 touchdowns in leading FCS to a DI-A second-round playoff matchup against St. George’s Friday. Beathard has passed for more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns as BGA received a bye and will battle DCA Friday in the second round.
Euverard has passed for almost 1,500 yards and 16 TDs while rushing for 536 yards and 12 more TDs.
Franklin’s Corey Fatony and Columbia Academy’s Thomas Garrison were both named finalists for Kicker of the Year as well.
The awards, in their 30th year, will be presented on Dec. 1 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
The finalists are as follows:
Division I Class A Lineman
Alex Givens, Nashville Christian School
Zach Stewart, Coalfield
Tristan Jernigan, Union City
Division I Class A Back
Kyle Akin, Trinity Christian Academy
Ricky Henry, Union City
Blake Zeman, Marion County
Division I Class AA Lineman
Parker Howell, Christ Presbyterian Academy
Kyle Mitchell, Alcoa
Harrison Moon, Signal Mountain
Division I Class AA Back
Johnny Jones, Crockett County
Jaquez Tyson, Alcoa
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Pearl-Cohn
Division I Class AAA Lineman
Dylan Jackson, Maryville
Jack Jones, Oakland
Joshua McMillon, Whitehaven
Division I Class AAA Back
Van Jefferson, Ravenwood
Jauan Jennings, Blackman
Malik McGue, Science Hill
Division II Class A Lineman
Brant Mitchell, Webb School of Knoxville
Trey Smith, University School of Jackson
Andrew Wood, Friendship Christian School
Division II Class A Back
Clay Beathard, Battle Ground Academy
Chase Hayden, St. George’s
Austin Taylor, Friendship Christian School
Division II Class AA Lineman
Myles Douglas, Ensworth
Jackson Pittman, Brentwood Academy
Drew Richmond, Memphis University School
Division II Class AA Back
Cole Euverard, Montgomery Bell Academy
Colton Neel, Memphis University School
Alex Trotter, McCallie
Kicker of the Year
Corey Fatony, Franklin
Thomas Garrison, Columbia Academy
Laszio Toser, Ooltewah