Pollard, Dean named all-state players
By Billy Woods WM School District
Seven underclassmen highlight 12 West Memphis football Blue Devils who earned postseason honors in 2015. The Blue Devils finished with a 5-6 record and returned to the Class 7A state playoffs for the first time since 2012 under second-year head coach Billy Elmore. The seven underclassmen include Devontae Dean, Kentrell Allen, Jonathan Craig, Martavous Thomas, Jerry Edwards, Rayshaad Hall and Kyren Todd. Two Blue Devils, defensive lineman Courtney Pollard and Dean, earned all-state status. Pollard registered 23 solo tackles with 15 assists and had 10 tackles for lost yardage. Dean, a junior, rushed for 654 yards on 146 carries for a 4.5 yards-per-carry average. He led the teams in touchdowns with 18. In addition, he caught four passes for 38 yards. Dean and Pollard were also two of six Blue Devils to make the all-conference first team. Others included Allen, senior Trevor Wise, Craig and senior Kylin Whiting. Allen collected 46 solo tackles to lead the team. He also had 49 assists and four tackles for lost yardage. Wise, a linebacker, had 42 solos and 30 assists with seven tackles for lost yardage, second on the team to Pollard. Craig, a junior, rushed for 289 yards with five TDs and a 5.9 yards-per-carry average. He also led the team in receiving with 32 catches for 465 yards and two more TDs. Whiting, the team’s starting quarterback in the first nine games, completed 41 of 73 passes for 707 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for an additional 508 yards and five more touchdowns. The second-teamers are highlighted by Thomas, a junior, who led the team in rushing with 739 yards and a 5.4 yards-per-carry average and four touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 40 yards. Edwards had 38 solo tackles and 38 assists to go along with three tackles for lost yardage. He also led the team with three interceptions. Hall had 24 solos and 19 assists and one tackle for loss. Parker King, the lone offensive lineman in the group, was a two-year starter at center. Jackson had 23 solos and 14 assists from his defensive end position and he had a team-high 11 tackles for lost yardage. Todd had 32 solos and 19 assists with a team-high two interceptions.