2022 Honors: All-615 Preps Small Class Team
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2022 Honors: All-615 Preps Small Class Team

Our third annual All-615 Preps teams have been determined by our staff. This year’s Small Class Team is made up of players from teams in Class 1A-3A and Division II-Class A.

Most Valuable Player: Zechariah Prince, East Robertson

The Indians produced a Class 2A Mr. Football finalist in Prince, who rushed for 1,818 yards and 28 touchdowns in the 2022 season as the Indians won their first region title in 17 years and made the quarterfinal round for the first time in school history. He eclipsed 100 rushing yards in all 13 games this season, averaging 9.2 yards per carry and 139.8 yards per game. Though he wasn’t a big target in the passing game, he made his six receptions count for 171 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 13.2 yards per catch. Defensively, Prince had 36 total tackles (28 solo) with five tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts.

Offensive Player of the Year: DJ Merriweather, Clarksville Academy

Merriweather led a high-powered Clarksville Academy offense with his arm and his legs in winning Division II-Class A Mr. Football honors. He threw for 2,211 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,048 yards and 14 scores. Merriweather was also the Cougars’ third-leading tackler with 42 stops (21 solo) to go with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Defensive Player of the Year: Jamison Keeley, Smith County

Keeley was the Owls’ third-leading tackler with 61 stops (32 solo), but he spent a lot of time in opponents’ backfields with 19 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. He forced one fumble, blocked a punt and blocked two field goal attempts during the 2022 season. Keeley also scored three touchdowns on offense, rushing for 239 yards on 29 carries.

Co-Special Teams Players of the Year: James Warmbrod and Donovan Smith, Nashville Christian

The Eagles had not one, but two dangerous threats in the return game and both Warmbrod and Smith made opponents pay during the 2022 season. Warmbrod averaged 36.6 yards per kickoff return and 23.8 yards per punt return. He also had a kickoff return and a punt return for a touchdown. Smith returned two punts for scores, averaging 20.4 yards per punt return and 22.5 yards per kickoff return.

Coach of the Year: Chase Brooks, East Robertson

Brooks had a banner first season in Cross Plains, as the Indians won their first region title since 2005 and reached the Class 2A quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Along the way, East Robertson produced a Mr. Football finalist (Prince) and two 1,000-yard rushers (Prince and Isaiah Groves). The Indians’ 11-2 mark was the best in school history, and the 11 wins exceeded the program’s total from the previous two years.

Team of the Year: Friendship Christian Commanders

The Commanders marched to an unbeaten season in winning the Division II-Class A state title for the first time since 2017. Friendship Christian did not play a one-possession game in the regular season, winning by at least 14 points in each of those contests. John McNeal’s squad did win the tight ones in the playoffs, however, including a 14-13 overtime win over DCA in the quarterfinals and a 34-27 victory over Nashville Christian in the BlueCross Bowl.

East Nashville’s Frank Gordon leads a large Eagle contingent in postseason honors as the Class 3A runner-up squad landed seven selections on the first team. (Scott Burton/615 Preps)

First Team

Offense

Quarterback: Zacc Beard, East Nashville; Garrett Weekly, Friendship Christian

Running Back: Ashton Jones, DCA; TreQuan Waters, East Nashville; Eli Wilson, MTCS

Wide Receiver: Crawford Claxton, Fairview; Frank Gordon, East Nashville; Brock Montgomery, Friendship Christian; Cooper Wallace, Clarksville Academy; Jacques Wyatt III, Clarksville Academy

Tight End: Carson Craig, East Robertson

Offensive Line: Tanner Cheatham, East Robertson; DeMarco Ellis, East Nashville; Jimmy Enoch, Smith County; David Lyles, DCA; Jesse Perry, MTCS; Devin Ray, Nashville Christian

Athlete: Jared Curtis, Nashville Christian; Trey Joyner, East Nashville

Kicker: Braden Ducharme, DCA

Nashville Christian’s Kevin Bradley is one of six Eagles to earn a first team or superlative spot on the All-615 Preps Small Class Team. (Scott Burton/615 Preps)

Defense

Defensive Line: Car’Lando Barton, Friendship Christian; Kevin Bradley, Nashville Christian; Devin Lively, Friendship Christian; Jaden Potts, Nashville Christian; LJ Tolbert, DCA

Linebacker: Kendrick Curtis, Fairview; Brooks Jones, MTCS; LaDon Pointer, East Nashville; Brady Russell, DCA

Defensive Back: Kyle Adams, Gordonsville; Wendell Billingsley, Fairview; Rolando Braxton, East Nashville; Peyton Climer, Gordonsville; Tylor Smiley, Friendship Christian

Athlete: Peyton Hix, Smith County; Tyson Wolcott, Friendship Christian

Punter: Landon Williams, Friendship Christian

Kaden Powell’s outstanding freshman season lands the Smith County signal-caller squarely on the second team for the resurgent Owls. (Scott Burton/615 Preps)

Second Team

Offense

Quarterback: Kaden Powell, Smith County

Running Back: Layden Grant, Fairview; Ryan Perkins, Cannon County

Wide Receiver: Nathaniel Biggs, Sycamore; Kenny Holt, White House; Rhett Hunt, Sycamore; Jayden Satterfield, Nashville Christian

Tight End: Demone Nelson, White House

Offensive Line: Carlos Alarcon, East Robertson; Marshall Booker, Westmoreland; Connor Farris, Fairview; Javiar Gaspar, Smith County; Josiah Nowaski, Clarksville Academy; Nathaniel Thompson, Nashville Christian

Athlete: Isaiah Groves, East Robertson

Kicker: Aaron Miller, Stratford

Shaun Groves (4) is one of eight East Robertson players to make the All-615 Preps Small Class Team for the 2022 season. (John Rowland/For 615 Preps)

Defense

Defensive Line: Casen Goostree, East Robertson; Bryson Greer, Gordonsville; Cade Johns, Fairview; Wyatt Pearson, East Robertson; Gavin Seabolt, MTCS

Linebacker: Rhys Blackburn, White House; Will Dudney, Gordonsville; Logan Garrett, Sycamore; Nick Gray, Westmoreland

Defensive Back: Bryce Currie, Smith County; Elijah Groves, East Robertson; Shaun Groves, East Robertson; Tyler Moss, Clarksville Academy; Jake Richardson, Westmoreland

Athlete: George Steih, Grace Christian

Punter: Evan Padilla, Mt. Juliet Christian

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