Jackson County was loaded with defensive talent this year. This year’s Jackson County Times Defensive Player of Year goes to Marianna High’s Cole Maddox with 147 tackles, 75 solo, three sacks, eight tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.
Cottondale High School’s Austin Livingston- junior outside linebacker- Tackles: 90, tackles for loss: 11, sacks: three, pass break-ups: three, forced fumbles: two, and fumble recoveries: two.
Marianna High School’s Deontre Rhynes- junior inside linebacker (also plays full back)-109 tackles, 59 solo, four sacks, six tackles for a loss, one interception, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. On the offensive side of the ball Rhynes had six carries for 90 yards (15 yards per carry), four receptions for 19 yards (5.3 YPC), and one touchdown.
Graceville’s Derone Phillpotts- senior linebacker- 125 tackles.
Graceville High School’s Derrick White- senior defensive back (also was a running back)- defensively White had 31 tackles and six interceptions. On the offensive side of the ball he had 135 rushes for 989 yards, 10 touchdowns, 13 catches for 245 yards, and one touchdown.
Marianna High’s Ryley Lipford- junior guard/ defensive end- 76 tackles, 48 solo, five and a half sacks, four tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
Graceville High School’s Sage Ennis- freshman defensive back (also plays wide receiver)- Six touchdowns, 28 tackles, and five interceptions. Offensively Ennis had 34 receptions for 627 yards (this puts him in the top ten nationally ranked freshman according to Maxpreps).
Cottondale’s Keyshawn Webb- senior nose guard- Tackles: 47, tackles for loss: 17, sacks: six, fumble recoveries: one.
Graceville’s Gabe Elrod- sophomore defensive tackle-79 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, four sacks, and two fumbles caused. Also, played guard where he was very good. Led the way on a potent rushing attack.
Graceville High’s Parker Aultman- sophomore outside linebacker- 82 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions, two fumbles caused, and one fumble recovery.
Marianna High’s Mileak Wimes- junior inside linebacker- 79 tackles, 40 solo, once sack, four tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.