There wasn’t a whole lot of winning going on this fall on the gridiron in Madison County,
Only one school had a winning record, Jonathan Alder (9-2) which qualified for the playoffs, but was upended by eventual Division IV state champion Bishop Hartley in its postseason opener.
West Jefferson finished the season 4-6, London was 3-7 and Madison-Plains closed out the year at 2-8.
But while wins were hard to come by, a number of county athletes had standout seasons and earned All-Central District recognition.
A pair of players at both Alder and London earned their way onto the All-District first team.
The Pioneers had another stellar year from senior tight end Trey Pugh (6-5, 235). He caught 24 passes for 374 yards, rushed for 423 yards and scored a total of 14 touchdowns. The Northwestern University-bound standout had his season cut short with a shoulder injury.
Teammate Bryan Blacka (5-11, 165), a junior defensive back, also earned first team honors on the defensive side of the ball. He had five interceptions and 68 tackles.
London junior offensive lineman Jacob Jones (6-3, 283) was selected to the all-district first team offense, while Miller Kronk (6-2, 195) was the first team kicker.
A quartet of Pioneers made their way onto the all-district second team, including junior offensive lineman Casey Yutzy (5-10, 240), junior running back Jamie Dye (5-9, 175), senior linebacker Daniel Gowans (5-11, 200) and junior defensive back Dalton Potts (5-9, 170).
Special mention honorees included Drake Bater (Alder), Preston Eisnaugle (Alder) and London’s Caleb Whitacre. Honorable mention selections went to Jim Dulin (London), Andrew Koenig (Alder) and Hunter Maynard (Alder).
The only D-V team in the county is Madison-Plains. The Golden Eagles didn’t have any first team all-district players, but a collection of players were on the second team offense and defense.
Junior offensive lineman Ian Richards (6-2, 195) and senior running back Cameron Near (5-10, 190) were on the offensive side, while Theran Hatfield (6-0, 195), a senior defensive lineman and junior linebacker Griffin Jones (5-9, 175) were on defense.
Seniors Ross Buscemi and Chris Coil were Special/Honorable mention selections.
West Jeff’s towering big man Gunnar Doran (6-3, 300) was a first team all-district offensive lineman, while junior defensive end Cole Howard (5-11, 190) made the second team. Special mention honors at D-VI went to Lance Lambert.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.