St. Al puts seven on all-district first team
Published 8:57 am Thursday, November 17, 2016
A late-season surge by St. Aloysius helped it make the playoffs and win a share of the District 3-AAA championship. Apparently, it also made an impression on the district’s coaches.
The Flashes put seven players on the All-District 3-AAA first team, and offensive tackle Ben Brown was named the league’s Most Valuable Lineman.
Wide receiver Brandon Teller, running backs Jamar Williams and Connor Bottin, quarterback Antonio Thompson, offensive lineman Garrett Breithaupt, defensive back Jake Pierce and linebacker Jaylen Whitaker were all picked to the first team.
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Thompson, a sophomore, threw for 1,003 yards and 11 touchdowns and also ran for 923 yards and seven scores. The senior Williams rushed for 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also 65 tackles on defense while playing linebacker.
Whitaker led the team with 80 tackles, while Pierce had 76.
Five other players — defensive back Donald Woodson, linebackers Landon Middleton, Justin Ehrghott and Garrett Vincent, and wide receiver Tyler Lewis — made the second team.
St. Al started the season with seven consecutive losses, but won its last three to make the playoffs and get a piece of the district title for the third year in a row.
“I thought it represents how well we did in the district and getting a share of the district title. Those guys had a good year,” St. Al coach BJ Smithhart said.