Mason Byron

Monroe Area’s Mason Byron had three touchdowns, including a 55-yard Pick 6, for the Hurricanes Friday night in a 28-10 win over Franklin County.

With the completion of the 2020 football season, coaches in various regions have met to determine their respective All-Region teams.

Monroe Area was well represented when the Region 8-AAA All-Region team was released. A total of seven football players were voted by other coaches in the region to the All-Region team with another seven earning honorable mention.

Mason Byron earned the highest honors by being named the Region 8-AAA Athlete of the Year. Byron did it all for the ’Canes, starting as a safety on defense and return man on special team before later locking down the starting quarterback spot.

First-team selections for the ’Canes include running back Alan Jones, receiver Bryant Olson, offensive lineman Max Thurston, defensive lineman Cortez Sorrell and linebacker Jeffery Smith.

Second team selections include offensive lineman Tyler Wilhite and defensive lineman Bernard Manga.

Honorable mention selections include quarterback Jeremiah Anderson, receiver Jahlun Flud, offensive lineman Hunter Wilcox, defensive lineman Qwayvo Wortham, linebacker Travone Wilson, linebacker RJ Ivey and defensive back Darryl Smith.

Monroe Area finished the year with a 8-3 record overall and a 4-1 record in Region 8-AAA play. The Hurricanes finished second in the region and hosted powerhouse Cedar Grove in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs where the Hurricanes fell 28-12.

Brett Fowler is the sports editor of The Walton Tribune. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Georgia and a 2010 graduate of Monroe Area High School. Brett has been covering Walton County sports since 2011.

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