Both Class 1A winner Brantley and runner-up Marion County had three each. Class A champ Restoration Academy placed two players on the AISA first team, which combined all three classes in that association, while AA winner Edgewood Academy had five and AAA winner Tuscaloosa Academy had three, as well as coach of the year in Robert Johnson.
Among the schools covered by The North Jefferson News, Fultondale had the most honorees, with three Wildcats on the Class 2A first team and two honorable mentions. They're led by quarterback ArDarius Stewart, who is a likely candidate for the Mr. Football award after finishing fourth in the voting last year as a junior.
Pinson Valley placed two players on the Class 5A first team: linebacker Zack Cunningham and offensive athlete A.J. Freeman. Locust Fork's Geoffrey Bramblett also made the Class 4A first team, but not in his accustomed position as quarterback; instead, he was named the best punter in the class.
All seven local schools had at least one player named to the first team or an honorable mention.
Alabama Sports Writers Association 2012 All-State Football Team
QB – Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., 6-6, 219
RB – Julius McCall, Chelsea, Sr., 5-10, 180
RB – Racean Thomas, Oxford, Jr., 6-0, 200
RB – Berron Tyson, Baker, Sr., 5-9, 170
WR – Brian Clark, Clay-Chalkville, Jr., 6-3, 195
WR – Michael Powers, Hoover, Sr., 5-8, 170
TE – Jakell Mitchell, Opelika, Jr., 6-3, 210
OL – Austin Golson, Prattville, Sr., 6-5, 285
OL – Grant Hill, Huntsville, Sr. 6-6, 290
OL – Harrison Louden, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 6-5, 286
OL – Darius Preyer, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., 6-1, 266
OL – John Grady Welden, Mountain Brook, Sr., 6-3, 267
K – Robert Greene, Clay-Chalkville, Sr., 5-9, 160
ATH – Nate Andrews, Fairhope, Sr., 6-1, 205
DB – Marlon Humphrey, Hoover, Jr., 6-0, 180
DB – Stuart Jacobs, Vestavia Hills, Sr., 5-9, 175
DB – Stephen Roberts, Opelika, Jr., 6-0, 175
DB – Marquez White, Northview, Sr., 6-1, 173
LB – Bryan Brower, Stanhope Elmore, Sr., 5-10, 195
LB – Drew Davis, Bob Jones, Sr., 6-1, 200