EA locations 5 on AISA very first group; ECHS player gets Class 4A reference
By JOSH FRYE
Five gamers from Escambia Academy were picked as first-team members of the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) 2020 AISA All-State football group, and a crucial player from Escambia County High School made honorable mention on ASWA’s 2020 AHSAA All-State roster.
The postseason honors were announced December 23. The AISA team is made up of players from throughout the association of independent schools, while a separate group is picked for each of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s seven classifications.
EA was well represented on the AISA squad, offensively and defensively.
Troy Fountain, a 5-10, 265-pound senior offensive lineman, was named to the first-team offense, and 6-2, 185-pound junior Landon Sims was picked as first-team quarterback.
Defensively, the Cougars had 3 players picked to the first string. Senior lineman Randall Bonds (6-3, 205) made the first string, as did 6-1, 192-pound junior linebacker Bubba Nettles, and Daughtry McGhee, a 5-10, 180-pound senior protective back.
On the AHSAA side, ECHS’s 6-2, 338-pound junior offensive lineman Tomorrion Knight made respectable reference recognition on the Class 4A All-State group.
The various All-State teams are chosen from nominations by statewide coaches and are voted on by members of the ASWA prep committee. The committee likewise votes on a Coach of the Year, Back of the Year and Lineman of the Year for each ASHAA category and for the AISA.
One player is also chosen each year as “Mr. Football,” a highly honored position granted to the individual voted best football player in the state from all categories of public and independent schools.
Finalists for Back of the Year and Lineman of the Year in each category and AISA are expected to be released later on this week, and the “Mr. Football” choice is set for release in mid-January.