by Sam McGaw

Home Page Media Group sports editor Sam McGaw has released his 2016 Home Page Preseason All-Area Football Team.

The team is made up of players from schools inside of Home Page Media Group’s coverage area. These programs include public and private schools in Williamson County, as well as Christ Presbyterian Academy, Franklin Road Academy and Spring Hill High School.

2016 Home Page Preseason All-Area team


Quarterback: Jeremiah Oatsvall (Sr.), Brentwood Academy

Led BA to a Division II-AA state title last fall. Finished with 1,991 passing yards, 1,164 rushing yards, 30 touchdowns (14 rush) and eight interceptions.

Running Back: Dontae Smith (Jr.), Spring Hill

Rushed for 1,122 yards and 12 touchdowns on 105 carries for the 3-7 Raiders last season. He also had two receiving touchdowns.

Running Back: Troy Henderson (Jr.), Independence

Rushed for 934 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore at duPont Manual High School in Kentucky last season.

Wide Receiver: Camron Johnson (Jr.), Brentwood Academy

BA wide receiver Camron Johnson
BA wide receiver Camron Johnson (Photo by Andy Collignon)

Recorded 47 catches for 982 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He also returned two kickoffs for scores. He also registered 34 tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown at safety. The two-time all-state selection has scholarship offers from Tennessee, LSU, Louisville, Ole Miss, Auburn, Illinois and Vanderbilt

Wide Receiver: Kendrell Scurry (Soph.), Independence

Committed to Tennessee.

Wide Receiver: Devious Christmon (Sr.), Centennial

The 6-foot-3, 176-pound target caught 32 passes for 544 yards and three touchdowns last season. He also tied for a team-high five interceptions at cornerback.

Independence safety Landon Guidry
Independence safety/receiver Landon Guidry (Photo by Kindell Moore)

Athlete: Landon Guidry (Sr.), Independence

Committed to Mississippi State as a safety. Racked up 80 tackles, three fumble recoveries, one interception, one forced fumble and one sack a year ago. Will also play a major role on offense for the Eagles.

Offensive Lineman: Max Wray (Jr.), Franklin

Two-year starter at tackle. Stands at 6-foot-6, 275 lbs. Georgia commit.

Offensive Lineman: Patrick Leitten (Sr.), Ravenwood

Two-year starter at tackle. Stands at 6-foot-7, 250 lbs. Duke commit.

Offensive Lineman: Eli Katina (Sr.), Centennial

Three-year starter at guard. All-state selection and Region 7-5A Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2015. Stands at 6-foot-2, 271 lbs.

Offensive Lineman: Caden Williams (Sr.), Franklin

Two-year starter at tackle. Measured at 6-foot-5, 270 lbs. All-Region 3-Class 6A last season. Offers from Western Kentucky, Air Force, Army and others.

Offensive Lineman: Connor Dodson (Sr.), Ravenwood

Returning starter at offensive tackle. Stands at 6-foot-2, 250 lbs.

Kicker: Brent Cimaglia (Sr.), Page

Tennessee commit. Rated the No. 6 kicker in the nation by

Punter: Tucker Day (Sr.), Brentwood

U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection. Rated the No. 1 punter in the nation by Averaged 40.94 yards per punt last season, with 12 of his 35 punts landing inside the 20-yard line. Was also 14 of 21 on field goals, with a long of 51 yards.


Defensive Lineman: David Demke (Sr.), Independence

Recorded 75 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries a year ago.

Defensive Lineman: Conner Palk (Sr.), Franklin

Three-year starter. All-region selection in 2015. Registered 56 tackles (20.5 for loss), four sacks, four fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble at defensive end last season.

Defensive Lineman: Josh Higgs (Sr.), Brentwood Academy

All-region selection in 2015. Recorded 59 tackles (16 for loss), 4.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

Defensive Lineman: Tahj Williams (Sr.), Ravenwood

Had 67 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception last season.

Linebacker: Mitch Rossi (Sr.), Franklin

Franklin linebacker/running back Mitch Rossi (Photo by Steve Wheeler)

Accumulated 82 tackles (10.5 for loss), three fumble recoveries, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble last season. All-region selection in 2015.

Linebacker: Hunter Dupree (Sr.), Independence

Recorded 118 tackles, five interceptions, four fumble recoveries and one forced fumble last year.

Linebacker: Jackson Sirmon (Jr.), Brentwood Academy

Registered 59 tackles and 10 sacks at Loyola High School in Los Angeles last fall. The outside backer is fielding offers from Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin.

Cornerback: Montray Steele (Sr.), Independence

Recorded 25 tackles and two interceptions last season.

Cornerback: Adonis Otey (Soph.), Franklin Road Academy

Transfer from Blackman High School. Fielding offers from Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Safety: Evan Beddoe (Sr.), Brentwood Academy

All-state selection last season. Recorded 56 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Safety: Cole Huner (Sr.), Independence

All-state selection in 2015 after recording 51 tackles and seven interceptions.


Quarterback: Brandon Hines (Sr.), Independence

Replaces Andrew Bunch in Independence’s pass-heavy attack.

Running Back: Collin Rudolph (Sr.), Brentwood

Rushed for 502 yards and two touchdowns on 107 carries last season.

Running Back: Jaylen Frierson (Soph.), Battle Ground Academy

The 6-foot, 225-pound bruiser will  transition from tight end/H-back to running back for BGA this year. He was second on the team in receiving last year with 25 catches for 476 yards and two touchdowns.

Wide Receiver: Daniel Taylor (Jr.), Brentwood Academy

Hauled in 27 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns a year ago.

Wide Receiver: Alex Gaca (Sr.), Franklin

Caught 13 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns a year ago.

Wide Receiver: Will Leone (Sr.), Brentwood

Hauled in 14 grabs for 306 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Athlete: Tai Carter (Jr.), Summit

Summit running back Tai Carter (Photo by Andy Collignon)

Rushed for 825 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games last season. He also threw for three touchdowns and had two receiving scores.

Offensive Lineman: Elijah Teat (Sr.), Brentwood Academy

Returning starter at offensive tackle.

Offensive Lineman: Braxton McGill (Sr.) Brentwood

Returning starter at offensive tackle.

Offensive Lineman: Rooke Young (Sr.), Christ Presbyterian Academy

Returning starter at center.

Offensive Lineman: Chris Dahl (Sr.), Page

Returning starter at guard.

Offensive Lineman: Michael Weathers (Sr.), Independence

Returning starter at guard.

Kicker: Christopher Miller-Hill (Jr.), Franklin

Punter: Landon Carter (Jr.), Franklin


Defensive Lineman: Nick Bell (Sr.), Centennial

Racked up 39 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles a year ago.

Defensive Lineman: Brad Smith (Sr.), Christ Presbyterian Academy

Recorded 44 tackles and one sack last season.

Defensive Lineman: Jack Doherty (Sr.), Franklin Road Academy

Registered 36 tackles, three sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble a year ago.

Defensive Lineman: Michael Pierce (Sr.), Independence

Had 72 tackles (15 for loss) and four sacks in 2015.

Linebacker: Clay Carder (Sr.), Centennial

Accumulated 88 tackles (17 for loss), five sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery last season.

Linebacker: Easton Cline (Sr.), Brentwood Academy

Had 44 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery in 2015.

Linebacker: Carter Nelson (Sr.), Ravenwood

Takes over at inside linebacker for the Raptors. Will also see ample time at running back.

Cornerback: Alan Watson (Sr.), Independence

Registered 39 tackles and one interception last season.

Cornerback: Andrew Howard (Sr.), Christ Presbyterian Academy

Had 50 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble last season.

Safety: Justin Oden (Jr.), Spring Hill

Fielding offers from Kentucky, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Safety: Austin Waddell (Sr.), Centennial

Makes the switch to safety after recording 17 tackles and three interceptions at cornerback last fall.