Bell County junior Justin Green has been named the 2013 Southeastern Kentucky Conference linebacker of the year and Hayden Gilbert is the special teams player of the year. The coaches All-SEKC teams for Class 3-5A were announced earlier this week.
Green finished the year with 111 total tackles to go along with two interceptions and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He anchored a Bobcat defense that was one of the most improved units in the Mountains from the beginning of the season to the end.
Gilbert, a junior, served as Bell County’s place kicker and punter and also was a weapon in the return game. He hit two field goals and 15 extra points before missing a few games to injury late in the season. Gilbert also contributed as a safety on defense and caught three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in 2013, helping the Bobcats put together a 7-5 record after a slow start.
Here’s the complete list of 2013 SEKC specialty awards for Classes 3-5A:
Player of the year: Carson Whitehead, Harlan County
Co-offensive linemen of the year: Zach Caldwell, Harlan County; and Dee Castle, Knox Central
Offensive back of the year: Sam Carr, Clay County
Co-all-purpose players of the year: Matthew Barger, Knox Central; and Jake Coppock, Corbin
Linebacker of the year: Justin Green, Bell County
Receiver of the year: Cole Wilson, Harlan County
Special teams player of the year: Hayden Gilbert, Bell County
Co-defensive linemen of the year: Derek Akal, Harlan County; and Jessie Liford, Corbin
Defensive back of the year: Zach Chitwood, Harlan County
Coach of the year: Tom Larkey, Harlan County
Here’s the rest of the 2013 All-SEKC Class 3-5A team:
BELL COUNTY — Shane Lawson, Justin Warwick, Jake Barton, Austin Caldwell, Ben Collett, Peyton Collett, Cody Griffin. Honorable mention: Chase Woolum, Devon Miller, Hunter Hurst, Jacob Sutton, Kyle Lee
HARLAN COUNTY — J.W. Cooper, William Banks, Gary Helton, Fred Massey, Nick Cornett, Bobby Huff, Isaac Mitchell, Justin Hensley, Scotty Bailey. Honorable mention: Mark Messer, Cole Kidwell, Josh Lee, J.T. Cabbell, Hunter Lewis
CORBIN — Taylor Waddle, Harley Lambert, Tanner Powers, Tai Jackson, Dalton Anderson. Honorable mention: Coby Cima, Zach Ingle, William Reedy, Corey Taylor, Dylan Adams
KNOX CENTRAL — Jonathan Gist, Hayden Canady, Jared Hall. Honorable mention: Derek Mills, Alex Sprinkles, Hunter McRight, Jacob Mills, Corey Owens
CLAY COUNTY — Arnold Arnett, Phillip Sester, Jacob Reid. Honorable mention: Ryan Holland, Matt Napier, Austin Jackson, Dakota Byrd, Ty Lyttle