2016 Football Finalists
Jackson, seniorElliott was the Indians’ biggest threat on offense, finishing his final varsity campaign with a team-high 1,091 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns. He was named Second Team All-State by both the media and coaches and also earned First Team All-Conference honors.
Caruthersville, seniorFaulkner amassed 2,300 all-purpose yards as the starting quarterback for the Tigers. He was an All-SEMO Conference Central Offense selection and helped guide Caruthersville to a 7-5 season, during which it finished runner-up in Class 2 District 1.
Poplar Bluff, seniorIn his first season as a quarterback, Francisco went above and beyond expectations. He broke the single-season school record in yards passing (2,688) and touchdowns (32) and ran for 634 yards and eight touchdowns, earning All-SEMO Conference North Offense honors as a QB.
Cape Central, sophomoreThe 5-foot-11, 195-pound Harris stepped into the starting role as the Tigers’ featured running back and immediately made an impact, finishing with 11 touchdowns and 1,615 yards rushing. He was a First Team All-Conference selection and earned Second Team All-State honors by both media and coaches.
Malden, seniorRiley was the signal caller for a Green Wave team that advanced to the state championship game. He finished with 1,753 yards passing, 26 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He also helped Malden with his leg, earning Third Team All-State honors as a punter and averaging 35.5 yards per punt.
Dexter, seniorStevens was among the lone bright spots on a 3-7 Bearcats team. He broke three single-season school records — points scored, total yards and yards rushing. The All-SEMO Conference Central Offense selection finished with 31 touchdowns and 2,103 yards rushing and also added 1,285 yards through the air.
Malden, seniorThompson carried the ball 161 times for 1,462 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns, averaging 9.1 yards per rush. He was one of three finalists for the Carr Trophy and was the All-SEMO Conference South Offense running back.
Cape Central, seniorThe 5-foot-8, 260-pound guard helped pave the way for a Tigers team that set a single-season school record with 4,205 yards rushing. Vaughn earned first-team honors as an All-Conference, All-District and All-Region selection and was also named Second Team All-State.
Kennett, seniorWilson broke every school rushing record, finishing his senior campaign with 2,109 yards and 38 touchdowns on 166 carries. He also racked up 997 yards through the air and 12 touchdowns on his way to earning First Team All-Conference honors for the second straight season.
Cape Central, seniorThe most decorated athlete in school history, Young was the Carr Trophy winner and was the SEMO Conference’s scoring champion for the second consecutive season. He finished with 1,764 yards from scrimmage and 27 touchdowns on 154 touches and was named First Team All-State by both media and coaches.
Cape Central, juniorChisom was again a standout in the Tigers’ secondary, as the defensive back racked up 86 tackles, with 5.5 for a loss, along with four interceptions, a fumble recovery and a sack. He also earned recognition as a Class 4 First Team All-State pick by both the media and coaches.
Jackson, seniorDudley stood out on the Indians’ defense, finishing the season with 115 tackles and two sacks. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound linebacker was named First Team All-Conference in helping guide Jackson to a 5-5 campaign, which included a 41-0 shutout against visiting conference rival Sikeston.
Sikeston, seniorFobbs racked up a team-high 91 tackles for the Bulldogs, who were 7-4 on the year. The 6-foot, 170-pound linebacker also had 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and one interception on his way to being named a First Team All-SEMO Conference North Defense selection.
Malden, seniorGray proved to be one of the top pass rushers in the SEMO Conference, wrapping up his final varsity season with 10 sacks and 29 tackles for loss. The Class 2 First Team All-State selection (media and coaches) finished with 103 tackles and had 12 pass breakups and three forced fumbles.
Poplar Bluff, seniorHaley was the top priority for opposing offenses each time he stepped on the field. He won the Moore Trophy, the award given to the top defender in the conference, and broke the school record for tackles in a season with 153 stops — 23 for loss. He finished the season as a Second Team All-State selection.
Kennett, seniorThe 6-foot, 210-pound inside linebacker was lauded by his coach as the best all-around player on the team. Harris earned First Team All-Conference honors for the second straight season. He wrapped up his varsity career with 130 tackles — 27 for loss — six sacks and three forced fumbles.
Hayti, juniorMoore, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound defensive back, led the way on an Indians squad that surprised many during a 7-4 campaign. He earned first-team honors in the conference, concluding his season with 91 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble.
Cape Central, seniorOn a defense that kept getting better as the year went on, Starks was the leading tackler. The linebacker notched 97 stops as well as 12.5 tackles for a loss, a sack and a fumble recovery. He was named to the All-State second team as voted by the media and the third team as voted by the coaches.
Malden, seniorThompson transferred from Cape Central and immediately made an impact, leading the Green Wave secondary with 72 tackles and eight pass breakups. The 5-foot-10, 162-pound defensive back had five interceptions and was a Class 2 First Team All-State selection.
Malden, seniorThompson was also the Green Wave’s leader on the defense, finishing the year with a team-high 124 tackles on his way to being named First Team All-State. The Southeast Missouri State commit recorded 26 tackles for loss, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles.