Nine Thomson High School players have received prestigious honors this week from area football coaches selecting them to All-Region teams. Seven of the local players were named to First Team All-Region, while two of them were named to Second Team All-Region.
"This is a real special honor for these players," said Thomson Head Coach and Athletic Director Luther Welsh. "It's something they'll never forget. All of them are deserving of this honor, because they have all worked hard."
Those selected to First Team All-Region were: Brandon Turman, Lonnie Harris, Darius Eubanks, Will Anderson, Leroy Cummings, Phillip Anderson and Anthony Moss.
The two players, meanwhile, selected to Second Team All-Region included James Bonner and Brontavious McNair.
Receiving such an honor means a lot to the players as was learned during brief telephone interviews with several of them.
"It feels wonderful," said Turman, the team's senior quarterback. "I never thought anything like this would happen to me since we haven't had such a good season."
Turman has rushed for 574 yards on 141 carries this season and scored seven touchdowns. He also has completed 24 of 52 passes for 368 yards and thrown for four touchdowns.
Lonnie Harris, a senior linebacker, who has been one of the team's outstanding defensive players this season, said he was honored to have been selected First Team All-Region.
"It feels great," said Harris.
Harris has made 77 tackles so far this season, 34 assists, forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and recorded three sacks - two of which came against Jackson last week.
Will Anderson, a senior tight end, who has made three catches for 77 yards this season and is considered "a great blocker" admitted that the honor was a surprise.
"It feels real good," said Anderson. "It was kind of surprising to receive this kind of honor considering that we haven't played that well this season. I'm proud of myself. It makes me feel good."
Anderson's younger brother, Phillip, a sophomore, who is the team's punter and backup quarterback, agreed with his older brother that the honor was a surprise.
"It's something I'll always remember," said Phillip Anderson, who is averaging 33.8 yards per punt this season.
Eubanks, a senior who plays defensive back and wide receiver, has made 37 tackles, 14 assists, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and made two interceptions this season.
"I thank the coaches in our region for thinking of me as having enough talent for this honor," said Eubanks.
Cummings, meanwhile, who is also a sophomore, was a former defensive player who was converted to offensive guard this season.
"It's a great honor," said Cummings. "It brought tears to my Mom's eyes. Words can't explain how I feel."
Moss, another sophomore, who plays defensive end, has recorded 33 tackles this season. He also has 19 assists, three sacks and returned a fumble recovery 91 yards for a touchdown.
Two other players, Bonner and McNair were equally honored at their selection to Second Team All-Region.
"It means a lot to me to have been selected an All-Region player again," said Bonner, a senior fullback, who was selected First Team All-Region his junior year.
This season, Bonner leads the team in the rushing department with 743 yards on 154 carries. He also has made seven pass receptions for 29 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
McNair, a senior defensive tackle, expressed surprise at being honored in such a way.
"I didn't think I was a good enough player to earn such an honor," said McNair. "I'm very proud of this award. It means all of my hard work has paid off."
McNair has recorded 39 tackles, 21 assists, forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and leads the defensive unit in sacks with five.