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Blue Devils Sweep Mountain Six All-Conference Awards


December 5, 2019

With over 1,850 total offensive yards and 18 touchdowns, Brevard senior Baxter Swicegood was named the Mountain Six Offensive Player of the Year for 2019. (Times photos by Jeremiah Reed)

The Mountain Six All-Conference football roster was released on Monday, with the Brevard Blue Devils receiving the lion's share of the accolades.

Brevard swept every major category and had 14 total players receive all-conference honors.

Leading the pack were seniors Baxter Swicegood and Graham Phillips, who were named Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.

In his first year under center leading the Blue Devils, Swicegood finished with 1,149 yards passing and nine touchdowns. He also had 709 rushing yards and nine TDs.

Phillips followed up a solid junior season with an even better senior campaign to earn his second all-conference selection.

He led Brevard with 178 tackles and 18 tackles for loss. Phillips also had two interceptions and one fumble recovery on the year.

First-year player, Parker Grant, received Special Teams Player of the Year for his kicking services.

Grant finished the season 44-of-48 on extra point attempts and was 10-of-14 on field goal tries, finishing second on the team with 74 points scored.

K.K. Jenkins made his second all-conference appearance, earning Co-Lineman of the Year.

The senior anchored the defensive line for Brevard, finishing the year with 64 tackles and 18 tackles for loss. He also had 11 quarterback hurries, six sacks and one fumble recovery.

The last major award for Brevard went to head coach Craig Pritchett.

Pritchett shared a piece of conference Coach of the Year honors along with Pisgah's Brett Chappell and Smoky Mountain's Rick Brindley.

Since taking over the program in 2015, Pritchett's record is 40-25 (38-16 if you exclude his first season when the team went 2-9).

He's delivered three winning seasons in five years, including consecutive 11-win seasons. His playoff record stands at 6-4.

It's his second Coach of the Year award after winning the honor outright in 2016.

The rest of the first-team all-conference honors went to Garrett Swicegood, John Pickford, Tripp Harris, Isaiah Rathbone, Luke Dodson, Bobby Brown and Avery McCarson.

Swicegood finished second on the team with 158 tackles and had a team-high seven sacks. He also had 16 tackles for loss, four fumble recoveries, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

Pickford earned a first-team spot after earning honorable mention last season.

He was third on the team with 103 tackles and had 17 tackles for loss. Pickford also had 11 QB hurries, five forced fumbles, four sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Harris secured his second all-conference selection with 88 tackles and a team-high four interceptions.

He was also pivotal on special teams, leading Brevard with 236 punt return yards, including one punt return for a touchdown.

As the focal point of the ground game, Rathbone earned his first all-conference selection despite missing four games in the regular season.

Rathbone led the Blue Devils with 856 yards rushing and had a team-high 15 TDs.

Dodson and Brown were both first-time all-conference players as part of the Blue Devils' front seven on defense.

Dodson finished the season with 79 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks.

He was also the most efficient offensive weapon in Brevard's arsenal, reeling in two catches on the year – both for TDs.

Brown had 49 tackles and 13 QB hurries. He also had seven tackles for loss, five sacks and one fumble recovery.

Last, but not least, was McCarson, who served as team captain and also anchored the Blue Devils' offensive line.

With his blocking leading the way, Brevard finished the season with over 2,500 rushing yards as a team – averaging nearly 180 yards per game.

The final trio of honorees received all-conference honorable mention. They include Anjel Whitesides, Keishon Couch and Joe Powell.

Graham Phillips earned the Mountain Six Defensive Player of the Year award after leading Brevard with 178 tackles and 18 tackles for loss. It was his second all-conference selection.

Whitesides stepped into the role as the No. 1 receiver and led Brevard with 458 receiving yards and five TD receptions. He also had 118 rushing yards and two rushing TDs, along with one pick-six and a fumble recovery.

Couch filled a number of roles, including cornerback, receiver and special teams player.

He had one rushing touchdown, one interception and broke up six passes on the year. He also had one punt return TD, 55 tackles and three tackles for loss.

Sophomore Joe Powell earned his all-conference spot primarily as a punter.

He averaged 34 yards per punt and dropped 17 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

Defensively, he had one interception on the year and also had one receiving TD.

Powell is the likely candidate to inherit the quarterback position next season, and saw some limited action this year, finishing with two touchdowns and 125 yards passing.


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