Darlington School: 23 earn All-Region football honors, Atha named Coach of the Year 
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23 earn All-Region football honors, Atha named Coach of the Year

December 9, 2021 | 804 views

Twenty-three members of the varsity football team received All-Region honors and head coach Tommy Atha was named Region Coach of the Year. 

"The 2021 football season was a tremendous success in so many ways. Winning 11 games in a row, being region champs, and advancing to the state quarterfinals were all great accomplishments for our guys," said Atha. "We placed 23 guys on the All-Region team. We had two Region Players of the Year, eight First Team guys, 10 Second Team guys, and three Honorable Mentions. Beyond that, however, the practice atmosphere of these guys was incredible! They showed up every day ready to work. There was tremendous enthusiasm from the freshmen to the seniors. These players and coaches loved spending time together and it showed up on the field every week. I have always believed it takes every single kid to be bought in and to understand that his contribution, whether in practice or games, makes a big difference in the success of the team and this year validated that! Like we always say, 'Ain't nothing like a Tiger on Friday night!'"

Region Coach of the Year

Tommy Atha - head coach

Region Player of the Year

Patrick Shelley - quarterback

Region Lineman of the Year 

Gus Gammage - offensive lineman

First Team

Gatlin Hancock - offensive lineman

DJ Johnson - defensive lineman

Joel Lowenberg - linebacker

Christian McCluney - defensive lineman

Mason McKenzie - longsnapper

Caleb Thompson - running back

Eli Thompson - defensive back

Talan Shirey - receiver

Second Team

Will Bagby - receiver

Thomas Bethel - all-purpose player

Caleb Butler - defensive lineman

Alan Cordero - linebacker

D'Marion Floyd - running back

Jack Good - linebacker

Truitt Hayworth - offensive lineman

Jack Payne - quarterback

Briant Powell - offensive lineman

Ryland Scott - placekicker

Honorable Mentions

Trintin Mercer - linebacker

Sam Mumpower - split end

Bowden Owens - free safety