Benton’s Carroway named District 1-4A defensive MVP

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Benton senior Gage Carroway has been named the Defensive MVP on the All-District 1-4A football team selected by the district’s coaches.

Carroway, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound linebacker, recorded 106 tackles, including 20 behind the line. He also had eight sacks, six quarterback hurries and one interception. That interception came in overtime in the Tigers’ victory over Fair Park.

Benton, which went 10-3 and shared the district championship with Minden and North DeSoto, had two other players make the first team — senior defensive lineman Keon Coleman and senior linebacker Jordan White.

White, a 5-11, 165-pound senior linebacker and kicker, made it both as a punter and “athlete.”

White had 49 tackles, including 13 behind the line. He also had 22 pass breakups and returned an interception for a touchdown. White averaged 40.4 yards on 48 punts and had eight punts of more than 60 yards. He had 13 downed inside the 20 and seven inside the 10.

The 6-3, 190-pound Coleman had 14 sacks among his 58 tackles. He also had 33 tackles behind the line and 23 quarterback hurries.

Benton placed seven players on the second team — senior wide receiver Tyler Stephens, senior offensive linemen Mitchell Matthews and Tucker Fulco, junior defensive lineman Chauncey Taylor, senior linebacker Jaret Gill, senior defensive back Shane Cram and junior return specialist DorSavion Williams.

Stephens had 59 catches for 538 yards and six touchdowns. Taylor had 47 tackles, including 21.5 for losses, and three sacks. Gill had 58 tackles, including 20.5 behind the line, and five sacks. Cram had 25 tackles and six pass breakups. Williams returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Fair Park quarterback Sederrick Smith was named Offensive MVP. Smith completed 100 of 222 passes for 1,778 yards and 17 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He also rushed for 809 yards on 128 carries and scored nine touchdowns.

North DeSoto and Fair Park had the most first-team selections with six. Woodlawn was next with four. Northwood had three players in four positions. Junior Marquez Stevenson made it at wide receiver and kick returner.

Huntington senior quarterback Aaron Roberson made first-team offense at “athlete” and defense at defensive back.