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Last Updated: Jan 31st, 2018 - 09:13:59


Five from Crossett named to football all-conference first team
By VAL GAUGHT
Jan 31, 2018, 09:12

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Five athletes from Crossett were recognized for their 2017 football season.

Tanner Courson, Randarious Terry, Ja’Vonn Watson, Clayton Nelson and Dakota Fitch were all named to the 2017 all-conference first team.

Courson, a linebacker, said it’s an honor and a blessing to be recognized.

Courson has offers from a couple of different universities, but hasn’t officially made a decision on who he will be signing with Feb. 7.

“Tanner was one of the best if not the best linebacker in the conference this year,” Defensive Coordinator Justin Skender said.

Courson lead the team in tackles, tackles for loss, recovered fumbles and defensive touchdowns.

“He was a hard nosed player and was a force in the middle of our defense,” Skender said.

Fitch was the punter for the Eagles and has not committed to any colleges, but said he is proud of his award.

“It feels good,” Fitch said. “This is probably one of the biggest awards I have ever received for sports.”

Fitch said his most memorable moment as an Eagle was when the Eagles beat DeWitt in overtime.

“I had my longest punt,” Fitch said.

Watson, a cornerback, said he is considering being a Boll Weevil and playing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

“Javon was one of the better DB’s in the conference,” Skender said. “He a tall corner who has great length and plays very physical. Most teams in the conference didn’t throw his direction.”

Watson said he is exited to be named to all-conference and he is glad to see his hard work paying off.

Nelson said he plans to sign with the United States Naval Academy on National football signing day, a decision he has stuck with all season.

“It’s a blessing to be named all conference and it’s an honor to represent my team and community,” Nelson said.

Terry said he is humbled to be named all-conference and excited to see where the future takes him.

“It’s a blessing and all the glory goes to God,” Terry said.

Terry said he has offers from three different colleges, but he is undecided who he will sign with next month.

Terry led the Eagles in sacks, quarterback pressures, forced fumbles and was second to Courson in tackles.

“Randarius was a player who played with relentless effort and was always in on the tackle you could always find him around the ball,” Skender said.

In addition to the first team awards, Crossett had six other players recognized.

Marquan Bornslater, Kantrell Williams, Carson Gilbert, Dee Raymond Herman, Javonte Jones and Michael Thompson were all named to the all-conference second team.