Riverdale Football Places Ten on All-District Team

By Molly Seales

The 2021 Riverdale Rebel football team left its mark on district 1A3, placing ten players on the all-district team. Senior Jake Messenger earned the top spot on the team as the 1A3 Most Valuable Player. Senior Ty Jones was named as the Defensive Most Valuable Player. Head coach Jared Smelser was named Coach of the Year.

Eight other Rebels earned all-district honors. Offensive players were 1st Team – Running Back- senior Jake Messenger; Wide Receiver/Athlete – senior Monroe McCarty; Tight End senior Ty Jones; Offensive Line – seniors Denver Williams, Chandler Nettles, and Kaden “Big Kat” Nettles. Honorable Mention –Quarterback- sophomore Ryder Huddleston.

The Rebel defensive players had great success as well. Defensive all district players were 1st team – Linebacker – senior Ty Jones; Linebacker – senior Jake Messenger; Cornerback – senior Monroe McCarty; Cornerback – junior Ben Almond; Defensive Line – senior Denver Williams. 2nd team-Linebacker – sophomore Ryder Huddleston. Honorable Mention – Defensive line – sophomores Kyle Guillory and Hayden Hillman.

Many more Rebels contributed to this awesome team and season. We are proud of our entire team and can’t wait to watch them next season! Congratulations guys!


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