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Top 10 Sports Stories Of 2017: Four Local Seniors Among Top In WNC In Tackles


December 28, 2017

Ethan Shook

Physical defense and hard-nosed play are synonymous with "mountain football."

This past season, four senior standouts epitomized mountain football on the field and finished the regular season as four of the top five tacklers in Western North Carolina.

The group featured two linebackers from Brevard, while Rosman was represented by one linebacker and one defensive lineman.

For the Blue Devils, Ethan Shook and Kyle Williams led the pack.

For Rosman, it was Jonathan Holliday and Deland Thomas.

Shook led the mountains with 139 tackles one season after being named conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.

Williams bounced back from an injury-plagued junior year to finish with 126 tackles.

Kyle Williams

Thomas was the Tigers' top tackler, finishing the year with 138.

Holliday saw a huge jump in his defensive numbers from his junior season, as he finished his senior year with 127 tackles.

All combined, the group finished with 530 tackles – an average of 12 per game – to go along with 38.5 tackles for loss.

The group was a nightmare for offensive coordinators and always seemed to be around the ball-carrier.

So whether it was bursting through the offensive line and coming up with a tackle in the backfield, or sitting back and delivering a big hit at the second level, if there was a tackle being made, more often than not, you could count on one of those four players to be right in the middle of the action.


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