Dexter, 2019 winner
Charleston, senior, 2018 winnerTucker has been the heart and soul of the Blue Jays defense. The linebacker capped off his career with 143 tackles and 28 tackles for a loss and was the Derland Moore winner as the top defensive player in the SEMO Conference, along with all-state honors. Tucker signed to continue his career at Southeast Missouri State.
Hayti, sophomore, 2017 winnerJust a sophomore, Winters made a big splash on the defensive side of things in 2016. He led the area with 145 tackles, and those came from his position at defensive end, where he also had seven sacks and five fumble recoveries. His performance earned him a first-team All-State nod and the title of SEMO Conference West Defensive Player of the Year.
Poplar Bluff, senior, 2016 winnerHaley 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.
Jackson senior, 2015 winnerHobeck, the SEMO Conference defensive player of the year, recorded 65 tackles and assisted on 12. He had 20 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles and broke up two passes as a senior.
Poplar Bluff senior, 2014 winnerThe senior defensive lineman made 91 tackles for the Mules, including 19 for a loss of yards. He also had seven sacks and was named the SEMO Conference’s most outstanding defensive player after the season.
Hayti, 2019 winner
Jackson, 2018 winnerThe Indians gunslinger used his intelligence and athleticism to steer Jackson’s high-scoring attack. Callis completed 280 of 425 passes for 3,807 yards and 56 touchdowns, while tossing just 12 interceptions. He earned the Carr Trophy as the SEMO Conference’s top offensive player, and has more than a dozen college options.
Hayti, senior, 2017 winnerA third-team All-State selection, Mills led the Indians to a 10-2 season that was only ended when Hayti ran into powerhouse Valle Catholic in a district final. The senior signal caller amassed more all-purpose yards than any player in Southeast Missouri, rushing for 1,044 yards and 18 touchdowns on 115 carries and throwing for 2,347 yards and 32 TDs while finishing 170-of-290 passing.
Cape Central, 2015 and 2016 winnerThe 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.
Caruthersville senior, 2014 winnerMonroe, the Carr Trophy winner, remarkably ran for 1,430 yards on just 130 carries for the Tigers. He compiled 20 touchdowns on the ground and another five through the air while catching 12 passes for 433 yards.