An unprecedented 20 players from The Kings Academy Lions and the Seymour Eagles received honors on the 2017 MVP All Sevier County High School football team.
First team was made up of five from TKA and four from Seymour for a total of nine. Out of those nine, TKA’s Cody Wyllins received the Most Valuable Player award and Cole Lusby received Defensive Player of the Year.
Four Lions received second team honors while Seymour had one. The Eagles placed four on the honorable mention team while TKA had two.
Seymour and TKA players made up half of the total number of honorees for the entire county with other schools including Sevier County, Pigeon-Forge, Gatlinburg-Pittman and Northview represented.
MVP honoree Wyllins, a senior, averaged 9.2 yards per carry en route to rushing for 1,470 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 336 yards and three touchdowns.
Wyllins scored another TD on punt returns and 140 return yards on kickoffs for a total of 2,095 all-purpose yards and 24 TDs.
Defensive Player of the Year Lusby, a senior, who also received this award last year, accumulated 161 total tackles and 96 of those solo. Five tackles were for losses. He recovered two fumbles and returned one for a touchdown. Lusby had one interception and it was a pick six. He had two blocked kicks.
Lusby was recently named 2017 Division II-A East Region Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the TSWA’s Division II-A All State Team.

Photo by: Lee Ramsey

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