By Zach Shugan
Following a challenging but historic 2020 season for the King’s Ridge football team, multiple Tigers took home all-region honors for their performances on the field.
In total, eight different Tigers earned recognition in the all-region teams voted on by the coaches of Reg. 6-A Private. And good news for the Tigers and head coach Terry Crowder: All eight players will be back in 2021.
Junior linebacker Ethan Joseph headlined the group as the defensive player of the year. Joseph was one of the top tacklers for the Tigers, and he also led the team in all-purpose yards as a running back and return man.
Junior Josh Flynn was named first-team athlete, a category for those who play multiple positions. Junior middle linebacker Dean Giacobbe and junior kicker Logan Hewlett rounded out the group of Tigers to make the all-region first team.
Sophomore Quinton Grimes, an outside linebacker, made the all-region second team, along with a few members of the Tigers’ offense. Junior running back Zachery Pitts, sophomore running back Fisher Edwards and junior offensive lineman Noah Smith made the all-region second team.
Joseph, Pitts and Edwards combined for over 1,500 rushing yards in the Tigers’ eight games in 2020.
King’s Ridge finished 3-5 overall, not its best record in the program’s 11-year history, but the Tigers made the playoffs for the first time after finishing fourth in their region.
The Tigers received some great news to close out 2020, as four-star offensive tackle Dayne Shor announced on Twitter he would be transferring to King’s Ridge. Shor holds offers from 30 Division I schools, including the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma.
Shor originally attended Denmark High School, where Crowder was the head coach from 2018-19, but played his junior year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
With eight all-region players returning next season plus the addition of Shor on the offensive line, King’s Ridge should be a team to watch out for in 2021.