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All-Standard Democrat Football Dream Team

Sunday, December 1, 2002

----Offense ---

Cape Central Tigers

6-2, 205 Jr.

Craft was one of the most versatile quarterbacks in the area this year. He possessed enough speed to scramble from the pocket for big gains. He rushed for 437 yards on 89 carries with five touchdowns. Plus he was the most accurate passer in the area, completing 111-of-176 (63 percent) with 19 touchdowns and just six interceptions for 1,696 yards. Tiger fans are smiling because Craft is back for one more year.

Charleston Bluejays

5-11, 195, Sr.

Charleston High School has always had great tailbacks, but none in the history of the school have had a season like Stanback did this year. The senior finished his career as statistically the Bluejays' greatest running back, rushing for a school record 2,125 yards on 315 carries with 21 touchdowns. The most impressive thing is that Stanback has been a fullback up until this season. Stanback finished his career as one of the Bluejays' all-time leading rushers with 3,581 yards, carrying the ball 501 times for a 7-yard per carry average, while scoring 29 career touchdowns.

Dexter Bearcats

6-1, 195 Sr.

Had Burnett not gone down in Week 9 with a knee injury his numbers would be even better. But the senior still had an outstanding season, rushing for 1,470 yards on 235 carries with 24 touchdowns. Even though his rushing total didn't match his record-breaking 1,733 yards last year, it is still the second best total in school history. He also broke the school record for points in a season (160), points in a career (329) and he is the career rushing leader at Dexter with 3,968 yards.

Jackson Indians

6-1, 190 Sr.

McIntosh had big shoes to fill with the graduation of superstar Mario Whitney and he filled them admirably. He rushed for 1,332 yards on 211 carries with 12 touchdowns. Not eye-popping numbers, but all the more impressive when you consider he was believed to be lost for the season with a misdiagnosed broken clavicle in Week 1. He missed 1 1/2 games, but he bounced back nicely, shredding some of the top teams' defenses in Class 5, including a 358-yard, 36-carry, four TD performance against powerful Parkway Central. He had a 98-yard run in that game.

Poplar Bluff Mules

6-2, 195 Sr.

One year after wide receiver Brent Little rewrote the Poplar Bluff record book, Tony Webb obliterated all of Little's records. The senior snared 60 passes for 1,061 yards with eight touchdowns. His totals were by far the most in the area. Webb was virtually a one-man show in the Mules' pass-happy offense. He will be sorely missed next season.

Hayti Indians

Moore has that rare combination of size, strength and speed. And with the combination, he is a man among boys on the high school level, particularly in Class 1. Heading into Saturday's Class 1 championship game in St. Louis, Moore had caught 33 passes for 573 yards with 11 touchdowns. He may be even better on defense where he has six interceptions, including three in one game in the Indians' semifinal win last week.

Dexter Bearcats

5-10, 205 Sr.

Webster was the Bearcats' best offensive lineman this year, paving the way the last two years for Matt Burnett's record-breaking numbers. He was at his best as a pulling guard when he could get a full head of steam. He was named first team all-conference and first team all-region.

Caruthersville Tigers

6-4, 275 Sr.

Playing in the deep Bootheel, Thrasher doesn't get the media coverage of some of the larger schools, but he is certainly one of the best around. A mammoth, 6-4, 275-pound senior, Thrasher's name is fitting as he "thrashed" opposing linemen and linebackers with one pancake block after another. He was named first team all-conference and first team all-region.

Jackson Indians

6-3, 260 Sr.

Due to the Indians' enormous depth on the offensive line, Rollet started out the year at fullback. The experiment was nixed early in the season and Rollet was moved back to the offensive line. In his more comfortable role, Rollet was the top blocker for the Indians, creating gaping holes for the team's running backs. Rollet was named first team all-conference and first team all-region.

Portageville Bulldogs

6-0, 225, Sr.

The Bulldogs had three offensive linemen that deserve to make the team, but Bates is considered the best and the most consistent. In Portageville's smashmouth offense, line play is the most important component. While running backs Aaron Bidewell and Antonio Scott get all the press clippings, Bates is the one plowing defenders. The senior was named first team all-conference and first team all-region.

Scott City Rams

6-6, 210 Sr.

Standing 6-foot-6, and weighing 210 pounds, Weatherspoon was a nightmare for defensive coordinators. The senior tight end caught 13 passes for 380 yards with two touchdowns. On defense he was even better. He recorded 79 tackles with 13 sacks, where he was named first team all-conference and first team all-region.

Cape Central Tigers

6-0, 160 Jr.

Year after year, Cape Central produces the area's top kickers. Add Schermann to the list. The junior booted 10-of-15 field goals, including three over 40 yards with his long being 48. He also connected on 47-of-51 extra points. His 10 field goals is the second best total in state history according to the 2001-02 MSHSAA Records Book. His 77 points was tops among kickers in the region.

Sikeston Bulldogs

5-11, 175 Jr.

Name the position and DeWitt probably played there. The junior quarterback was the catalyst on offense, leading the team with 575 yards rushing with nine touchdowns. He also threw for 771 yards with five touchdowns. He kicked 15 extra points and three field goals with a long of 41 yards. Plus he was first team all-conference and first team all-region as a linebacker, recording 81 tackles with a team-leading seven sacks.

------Defense ----

Jackson Indians

6-4, 225, Jr.

McNeely was voted Jackson's top defensive lineman this year and with his statistics, it's easy to see why. The junior had 60 tackles, 2 blocked punts, eight sacks and an astounding 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He was the second leading tackler on the team and was voted first team all-region and first team all-conference.

Cape Central Tigers

6-0, 207 Sr.

Tiger fans called Wren "A-Train", and with the season he had you can understand why. He only had 38 tackles, but six of those were for loss. He also had eight quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles, three pass hurries and one pass breakup. Wren was the first line of defense for the hard-nosed Tigers.

NMCC Eagles

6-3, 205 Jr.

Although classified as a defensive lineman, Givens was used more as a rush end this year for the Eagles. He was a force on defense nonetheless. The 6-3, 205-pound junior recorded 77 tackles with 6.5 sacks. He had an interception with three fumble recoveries, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Hayti Indians

6-0, 220 So.

In a star-studded lineup, Robinson put together one incredible season. Heading into the state championship game on Saturday, the sophomore had recorded 76 tackles with an eye-popping 17 sacks. He had one fumble recovery and one interception.

Dexter Bearcats

6-0, 200 Sr.

The Bearcats had one of the top defenses in the area and a big reason for that was the play of Wethington. The senior notched a team-leading 109 tackles with three interceptions and three quarterback sacks. He was named first team all-conference and first team all-region.

Sikeston Bulldogs

6-0, 195, Jr.

Every time the whistle was blown, you could see Priday's No. 36 getting up from the pile after a tackle. His numbers reflect it was he recorded a mind-blowing 176 tackles with three sacks and three interceptions from his middle linebacker position. He had 10 tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and caused four fumbles. It was one of the best seasons by a linebacker in school history.

Hayti Indians

6-0, 205 Sr.

The Indians have an entire defense loaded with stat-stuffing players, but none more so than Mack. Heading into the Class 1 state championship game on Saturday, the senior led the Indians with 115 tackles, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception.

Cape Central Tigers

6-0, 205 Sr.

Dukes entered the season as the most highly touted linebacker in the region. The senior was the main cog in the Tigers' defense which was the best in the area. He recorded 92 tackles despite missing 2 1/2 games. He also had three forced fumbles, 11 tackles for loss and one blocked kick.

Dexter Bearcats

6-3, 185 Sr.

Dooley has always gotten more headlines as a wide receiver than as a defensive back, but his performance in the secondary this year cannot be overlooked. The senior recorded 40 tackles with seven pass break ups and seven interceptions, second best in the area.

Cape Central Tigers

5-9, 170 Sr.

Hicks had such a great year that he may be an all-stater as a running back and as a defensive back. It was a tough decision for us, but we put him where we feel he will play in college. He had 70 tackles with five interceptions, two forced fumbles, five tackles for loss and one safety. On offense, he was probably the best running back in the region with over 2,100 combined yards of receiving and rushing with 22 TDs. He also threw for a 55-yard touchdown and he is the scoring champion in the conference this year. He is a virtual lock for the Carr Trophy.

Sikeston Bulldogs

6-0, 165 Sr.

Opposing receivers were known to tip-toe across the middle of the field knowing that the hard-hitting Rose was lurking at free safety. His jarring hits caused several dropped passes, including some dropped balls where the receiver heard footsteps. Rose recorded 88 tackles, second best on the team, with one interception.

Cape Central Tigers

5-11, 160 Jr.

Schermann, who is the twin brother of our kicker Colin, was the top punter in the area this year. His 36-yard average doesn't jump out at you, but it was his hang time and his accuracy that stood out. His longest punt traveled 55 yards.

Portageville Bulldogs

In just his second year, McKay once again exceeded expectations in leading the Bulldogs to the Class 2 quarterfinals while posting the team's best record since 1995 at 9-2. Many expected the Bulldogs to be strong, but nobody expected them to defeat Hayti (20-7), which proved to be the clinching win in the SEMO South Conference. This year didn't have the Cinderella appeal to it like last season, but the Bulldogs were a better team. That's the bottom line.