Continuing our inaugural 615 Preps All-Area Teams for the 2020 season, the second group of honorees comes from the Medium Class schools, made up of players from teams in Class 3A, Class 4A and Division II-Class AA.
The teams were comprised of players who were All-State selections, either by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association or the Tennessee Football Coaches Association. Players who made both teams became automatic First Team selections. All other players must have been first-team All-Region selections to qualify. Coach nominations were also considered for placement.
In addition, superlatives for each team were chosen based on full-season performance (both regular season and postseason).
Thanks to all the coaches who submitted players for the team, and congratulations to all the players selected this year. As a reminder, only players from the schools in our coverage area were eligible.
2020 615 Preps Medium Class Superlatives
Player of the Year: Alex Broome, Lipscomb Academy, Jr.
Why chosen: Broome made a significant impact on offense and special teams in 2020, compiling 1,807 all-purpose yards (1,076 rushing, 465 receiving, 266 return yards) and 30 touchdowns to help lead the Mustangs to a runner-up finish in Division II-AA. He was also selected as a Mr. Football semifinalist for his efforts.
Offensive Player of the Year: Martino Owens, Pearl-Cohn, Sr.
Why chosen: Owens earned a Mr. Football finalist nomination despite not getting on the field until Week 6 after Metro Schools delayed the start of their teams’ seasons. No matter. Owens completed 72.2 percent of his passes for 1,840 yards and 28 touchdowns with only three interceptions in nine games as the Firebirds went undefeated until they fell at Milan in the Class 3A semifinals.
Defensive Player of the Year: Langston Patterson, CPA, Jr.
Why chosen: Patterson had a big impact in the backfield — his own and opposing offenses — but it was on the defensive side where he helped guide the Division II-AA champion Lions with 72 tackles (19 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Brendan Jones, Goodpasture, Sr.
Why chosen: In addition to being a big-play threat on offense — Jones had 1,394 yards of total offense and 23 touchdowns — he flipped the field with regularity for the Cougars. Jones averaged 34.4 yards per kickoff return with three touchdowns, and picked up 42 yards per punt return with two more scores.
Coach of the Year: Tyler Turner, Goodpasture
Why chosen: Turner’s first year at the helm of the Goodpasture program turned out to be a successful one, leading the Cougars to their first winning season since 2016 and their first state semifinal game since 2010.