Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Pickens County's Jermarcus Brown Is 1A Back of Year

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Pickens County's Jermarcus Brown Is 1A Back of Year

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MONTGOMERY | Jermarcus Brown picked up another award Wednesday, and there's one to wait on -- a championship ring.

Brown, who led the Pickens County Tornadoes to their first AHSAA football title, was named the Class 1A Back of the Year during a banquet sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.

Berry senior Terrance "Tank" Hollingsworth was a Class 1A back finalist. Hillcrest senior Keith Holcombe was a finalist as a Class 6A lineman, and Tuscaloosa Academy senior Terrell Bush was a finalist as an AISA lineman.

Oxford senior running back Racean "Roc" Thomas received the Alabama Sports Writers Association Mr. Football Award. An Auburn University commitment, Thomas rushed for 2,211 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Brown, a senior, was the most valuable player as Pickens County defeated Maplesville 38-18 in the title game. He scored three touchdowns, including the last one of his high school career on a 54- yard run from punt formation.

Brown set a Super 6 record by rushing for 329 yards on 26 carries.

The Tornadoes were treated to a parade in Reform, and the championship rings are expected to arrive in March.

"I felt great that my name was announced for 1A Back of the Year, but it doesn't stop here," Brown said. "I know I've got to go further on in life from high school. When I get to college, I feel like I can accomplish more."

Brown set an AHSAA single-season record by scoring 51 touchdowns. He rushed for 2,730 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Hollingsworth set AHSAA career records for all-purpose yards (13,490) and total offense (11,788) and placed second in rushing yards (9,819). An Arkansas State commitment, he rushed for 2,125 yards and threw for 503 as a senior. He was the only Class 1A player chosen for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.

With Hollingsworth in the lineup, Berry made the playoff quarterfinals in two straight seasons.

"I had a great career," he said. "The thing I'll remember most is how you had to be part of a family every time you put that helmet on; never leave a man down. You had to play with great sportsmanship as a team player.

"The thing I'm going to miss the most is our home fans and playing there on Friday nights. …

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