When the Jasper Viking offense took the field during the 2019 season, opposing defenses always had to keep an eye out for Kaden Shelton.Whether running the ball behind the Vikings’ prolific …
When the Jasper Viking offense took the field during the 2019 season, opposing defenses always had to keep an eye out for Kaden Shelton.
Whether running the ball behind the Vikings’ prolific offensive line, catching passes out of the backfield and along the sidelines and even lining up under center, Shelton was a viable threat to score on every play.
Shelton is the Daily Mountain Eagle Elite Player of the Year.
As the centerpiece in Class 5A’s top offense, Shelton totaled 1,575 all-purpose yards and scored 26 touchdowns. He had 147 rushes for 1,105 yards with 20 touchdowns, hauled-in 18 passes for 261 yards with four touchdowns and completed 8 of 11 passes for 209 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Shelton’s offensive output amounted to more than 131 yards and two touchdowns per game.
His top performance of the year came in a 42-20 win over Lawrence County, where it was sorely needed after other parts of the Jasper offense struggled. Shelton ran for 209 yards on 17 carries, scoring four touchdowns.
Beyond his contributions on the field, Shelton was heavily lauded by the coaching staff and his fellow players for strong leadership and commitment to upholding the ideals of the program.
“When I watched Kaden on a tape from 2017, I could see how much talent and potential against some of strong programs he played against like Gardendale. I watched his growth and it’s been incredible. Last year he had a good year, this year was great. From running the ball well, to passing and receiving, he did it all well,” Jasper head coach Bryan Moore said.
“His leadership was what really took the next step. It was one of the primary reasons for our success. He’s a once-in-a-generation player and the most offensively gifted players I’ve ever coached in terms of his versatility.”
As a junior, Shelton picked up 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground on 191 carries.
Carbon Hill’s Atkins top defensive player
Carbon Hill’s Alex Atkins is the Daily Mountain Eagle Elite Defensive Player of the Year.
Atkins had another big season for the Bulldogs with 134 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, four sacks, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Atkins also had a safety for the Bulldogs, who broke a 20-year playoff drought.
Here is this year’s Eagle Elite Team
QB — Parker Sawyer, Jasper
RB — Kaden Shelton, Jasper
RB — Justin Wallace, Cordova
RB — Christian Hubbard, Oakman
WR — Xavier Waldrop, Jasper
WR — Adam O’Rear, Cordova
WR — Cade Naramore, Sumiton Chr.
OL — Drake Roberts, Jasper
OL — CR Wallace, Jasper
OL — Luke Johnson, Oakman
OL — Seth Ingram, Cordova
ATH — Ethan Wideman, Curry
ATH — Brandon Hill, Lynn
PK — Preston Reed, Jasper
DL — Brodie Vinson, Jasper
DL — EJ Colbert, Jasper
DL — Dawson Pate, Cordova
DL — AJ Odom, Oakman
DL — Jeb Robinson Addison
LB — Joshua Myrick, Corner
LB — Harrison Saunders, Jasper
LB — Alex Atkins, Carbon Hill
LB — Taris Rudolph, Jasper
LB — Jordan Perrin, Cordova
LB — Logan Martin, Oakman
DB — Sheldrick Cherry, Jasper
DB — Cameron Blalock, Corner
DB — Luke Chambers, Addison
DB — Dante Williams, Oakman
P — Brady Spradlin, Dora
ATH — Kentavious Catlin, Jasper
QB — Kason Smith, Cordova
RB — JC Collins, Jasper
RB — Austin Owens, Winston County
WR — Anthony Harris, Jasper
WR — Jeremy Brown, Sumiton Christian
OL — Jaxson McLemore, Cordova
OL — Hunter Tidwell, Jasper
OL — Sawyer Thomas, Carbon Hill
OL — Nick Handley, Oakman
OL — Bubba Henderson, Dora
ATH — Christian Roberts, Addison
ATH — Sean Douglas, Oakman
DL — Levi Tidwell, Curry
DL — Jaden Vance, Jasper
DL — Aundra Reese, Jasper
DL — Justin Calloway, Cordova
LB — Jacob Danner, Jasper
LB — Haden Pare, Carbon Hill
LB — Tyler Ingle, Sumiton Chr.
LB — Cristian Lopez, Oakman
LB — Blaze Nix, Cordova
DB — Matthew Wallace, Carbon Hill
DB — Kevon Samuel, Jasper
DB — Jamaal Harris, Dora
DB — Fernando Hernandez, Oakman
P — Lane Gilchrist, Corner
ATH — Griffin Lynn, Lynn
ATH — Ashton Nash, Cordova
Carbon Hill — Devon Daniel, Connor Roden, Zack Lawhorn, Tristen Terry
Corner — Collin Daniel
Curry — Nate South, Kaden Riley, Cody Alexander
Dora — Ikei Hosea, Jayden McDavid, Jesse Miler, Dee Wilkerson
Jasper — Braxton Bridges, Denzel Chatman, Carson Alvis
Lynn — Micah Cagle
Meek — Stuart Waldrop
Oakman — Brody Harbison, Derrick Hubbard, Malachi Bridges
Winston County —Kane Moon, Jon Riley Parsons