Eagle Elite Player of the Year: Shelton shines for Jasper

By W. BRIAN HALE Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 12/29/19

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 …

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Eagle Elite Player of the Year: Shelton shines for Jasper


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

First 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


Second Team


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


Honorable Mention

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