All NWFL defensive players
To choose our defensive player of the year, we looked to the best player on the area's best defense and that's West Florida Tech linebacker Kalia Davis. The senior is the captain of a group that over the last half of the season gave up less than six points a game.
Davis, at 6’2” and 235 pounds, is a heavy hitter who is also athletic enough to cover the field. A University of Central Florida commit, he delivered 90 tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions.
Jaguars Head Coach Harry Lees praises his consistency and his desire to study film every week and opposing coaches were unanimously impressed.
West Florida Tech's Kalia Davis, our defensive player of the year,
Here's the rest of the all-Northwest Florida teams:
Our defensive line is a young, but very deserving group.
A dominant front for West Florida Tech was led by junior Adarius McWilliams. The guy they call fish missed two games with an injury, but high impact when on the field with 41 tackles and six sacks.
Escambia junior Daishon Folsom is a beast on the interior at 6’3”, 320 pounds, and made rag dolls out of many a ball carrier. Folsom delivered 42 tackles and seven for loss.
Navarre's Josh Carter is just a sophomore, but so many opposing coaches felt he belonged on the all-area team. With great quickness for a defensive lineman, Carter made 70 tackles, a whopping 20 for loss.
The only senior on our defensive front is Pine Forest end Clarence Hicks. One coach said they had to make a game plan around him. Hicks delivered 47 tackles, nine for loss, and a fumble returned for touchdown by Hicks.
Linebacker Bo Hering is a three-year starter for Navarre. Jay Walls called him the nucleus of their defense. A very physical player, Hering made 88 tackles, 10 for loss.
Pensacola High linebacker Robert Reeves got raves from many opposing coaches. In just eight games the Southern Mississippi commit had 53 tackles, nine for loss, forced two fumbles, and also recovered two.
Our secondary includes two Gulf Breeze Dolphins.
Safety Walter Yates III seemingly picked off a pass every week. The junior ended up with an area best eight interceptions to go with 61 tackles.
His teammate, Matt Demahy wasn't far behind. A terrific cover corner he picked off six balls, and added 45 tackles.
Niceville cornerback Justin Veras moved to the area from Baltimore for his senior season and made a major impact for the Eagles. A standout competitor, Veras had four interceptions and 46 tackles.
Keon Voison is an all-around athlete for Crestview. He starred as receiver, but we'll take him on defense where he played corner and safety with three interceptions and 49 tackles.
If you need a punt, we'll turn to Colton Norris from Rocky Bayou. He led the area with a booming 43.8-yard average.
Our all-Northwest Florida team would be incomplete without two all-purpose additions.
Some coaches called Tate’s Jake Henry the area's best overall player. Last season he starred as a receiver and defensive back, but the Aggies called on him to play quarterback as a senior with great results.
Over 1,400 yards passing with 19 touchdowns against just two interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with over 1,000 yards and 11 scores.
The one game they asked him to play defensive back as well, Henry came up with two interceptions in the playoff clinching win over Pine Forest.
We round out our all-area squad with Baker's Jalen Ciurleo. The junior rolled up over 1,100 yards on just 95 carries. That's almost 12 yards a pop, with 10 touchdowns. Either coming out of the backfield or lining up as receiver. He caught 23 balls for 457 yards and five more scores. Ciurleo also starred on defense for the Gators, making a big impact at linebacker.