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Impressive numbers for area football players

Several local athletes have shown out on high school football fields around the area this season, driving up impressive totals of yardage and touchdowns.

With the season winding down and playoff games getting set for kickoff, the leading area quarterback is Brookhaven Academy junior Dawson Flowers. Flowers has completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns, and is averaging a clean 200 yards per game.

The area’s leading rusher is also a quarterback — Dell Thigpen of the Wesson Cobras has been more comfortable keeping the ball in his hands, rushing for an impressive 1,178 yards and 13 touchdowns. Thigpen has averaged 6.8 yards per carry this season and has rushed for 100 yards or more in five games.

The leading receiver is the No. 1 target of the leading quarterback. Brookhaven Academy junior Cade Brown has hauled in 54 receptions for 949 yards, for a yards per catch average of 17.6. He’s caught balls and taken them into the end zone 11 times.

The area’s all-purpose yardage leader is the do-it-all senior from West Lincoln, Chase Owen. Through a combination of rushing and receiving he’s racked up 1,098 yards and hit the end zone 13 times.

On defense, Brookhaven Academy junior Nick Ogden leads all area tacklers with 86 total tackles, including 5 tackles for loss.

Lawrence County sophomore Brian Bogan has tasted the most quarterback flesh so far this year, tallying up 6 solo sacks of opposing quarterbacks.

Brookhaven Academy senior Tanner Waldrop and Wesson junior Chamar Martin lead area loose ball-takers with three fumble recoveries each.

West Lincoln’s Michael Brothern has established the area’s deadliest no-fly zone, as the sophomore has pulled down five interceptions. He also leads the return game, with a total of 308 kick and punt return yards, including a long of 98 yards.