Top Talent: Callaway dominates the Region 5-2A All-Region football teams

Published 8:30 am Thursday, December 14, 2023

The Callaway Cavaliers were well represented on the 2023 Region 5-2A All-Region teams as 24 total Cavaliers made the All-Region teams.

Part of the reason this season was so memorable for the Callaway Cavaliers was the outstanding offensive play of senior quarterback DeShun Coleman and senior running back/wide receiver and defensive back Cam Tucker. The two were named Region 5-2A offensive player and defensive player of the season for the region, respectively. Coleman threw for 1,714 yards with 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions as a senior. That was not all he did as he led the team in carries (71) and rushing yards (560) while finding the end zone with his legs seven times. Tucker finished his senior season with 440 yards receiving and 440 yards rushing with 14 total touchdowns to his name.

The Cavaliers had four players named to the All-Region first-team offense. It started up front with Jojo Shuman and Avery Bartlett earning spots for their play along the offensive line. Koryon Hoard, who had 101 yards receiving and two touchdowns while helping chip in as a blocker, made the first team as a tight end. Treyonn Tucker put together a spectacular senior season at wide receiver, tallying 796 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

The defense was just as well represented as the offense as six total members made the first team. The team had players at every level of the defense make the first team, including defensive lineman Cam Gunn and Tyrone Fitten, linebackers Kavius Leonard and Xae Anderson and defensive backs Johnathon Freeman and D’Arcy Harris. 

The special teams were also represented with senior kicker Greyson Batchelor earning a first-team nod. Batchelor was also named to the second team as a punter. Long snapper Landon Nelson earned a spot on the second team in his first season as a starter for the varsity team.

The second-team offense saw the Cavaliers earn three spots. Elijah Rowe earned the nod along the offensive line while Tyren Buggs and Kaiden Thomas earned spots at running back and wide receiver, respectively. Buggs finished with 414 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. 

Defensive backs Jeremiah Dunn and Jeffrey Ellis, defensive lineman Skylar Melton, and linebacker Trey Freeman. 

Two Cavaliers made the honorable mention list — Zai Hart and Ni’Zerick Houston.