Armstrong named All-Area Player of the Year
On the football field, not every leader directs his teammates with words. Some choose to let their actions and work ethic do the talking.
Such an example is Maplesville’s Tyler Armstrong, senior linebacker for the Red Devils, and The Clanton Advertiser’s All-Area Player of the Year for the 2014 season.
Armstrong is, by all accounts, not a very loud individual, but according to Maplesville head coach Brent Hubbert, Armstrong’s play speaks for itself.
“He’s not a real vocal guy,” Hubert said. “He’s never once complained, he’s always the first in line (and gives) 110 percent. It’s mainly lead by example.”
Armstrong served as the Red Devils’ middle linebacker during their run to an AHSAA Class 1A state championship, and Hubbert said Armstrong’s role as the leader of the defense was key to Maplesville’s success.
“It makes coaching that side of the ball easier,” he said. “Anytime you’ve got a leader like that, it’s like a quarteback for defense.”
Armstrong’s performance all season caught the eyes of the Alabama Sports Writers Association, as he was named the Class 1A Lineman of the Year on Jan. 14, at a banquet held in Montgomery..
In his final season as a Red Devil, Armstrong posted 123 tackles and four sacks, with 12 tackles for a loss, a fumble recovery and a touchdown.
The defense in which Armstrong played a key role recorded seven shutouts, the last was a 49-0 win over Hubbertsville in the championship game. The squad also allowed only 7.7 points per game through a 15-game season, including playoffs.
While Armstrong’s stats are impressive, Hubbert said his work ethic is what stood out to the coaching staff.
“He brings tenacity and mental toughness,” Hubbert said. “He’s fast, physical and he plays downhill. (He plays) how you want defense to play.”
While Armstrong was still looking for a college to carry on his career, Hubbert said he felt the six feet one inch, 195-pound athlete will be a great addition to any team he joins.
“He’s not the biggest, but whoever gets him is getting a football player,” he said.
Quarterback: Anthony Chavez, Chilton County, senior
Quarteback: Cole Spencer, Maplesville, junior
Quarterback: Tyler Smith, Isabella, senior
Running back: Terence Dunlap, Maplesville, sophomore
Running back: Shawn Poe, Jemison, senior
Wide reciever: Kendarius Bradley, Maplesville, senior
Wide reciever: Cade Hatch, Chilton County, junior
Offensive line: Larry Leggett, Maplesville, senior
Offensive line: Tyler Owens, Thorsby, senior
Offensive line: Stephen Wright, Verbena, senior
Offensive line: Jason Buchanan, Isabella, senior
Athlete: Kevin Nunn, Jemison, junior
Linebacker: Rashaud Caver, Billingsley
Linebacker: Kevin Owens, Thorsby, senior
Linebacker: Tyler Armstrong, Maplesville, senior
Linebacker: P.J. Blue, Jemison, junior
Linebacker: Trey McCullough, Verbena, sophomore
Defensive line: Corey Hall, Maplesville, junior
Defensive line: JeQuaries Martin, Chilton County, junior
Defensive back: Jaytarius Steele, Billingsley, senior
Defensive back: Jacob Carroll, Isabella, senior
Defensive back: Quandarius Ray, Verbena, senior
Defensive back: Keandre Binion, Chilton County, senior
Athlete: Derrick Dunigan, Billingsley, sophomore
Billingsley: Terrance Nolen, Dalton Davis, Mason Friday and Kendarius Watters
Chilton County: Tyler Henderson, Kevin Kemp, Keshawn White and Dustin Cleckler
Isabella: Caleb Giles, Scottie Underwood, Chase Pate, Hunter Langston and Austin Parker
Jemison: ShunDerrius Strong, Dylan Shaner
Maplesville: Will Harrison, Trevor Wallace
Verbena: Juwan Tyus, Austin Knight