The Friday night lights will turn on across the Ozarks starting this week and on the field will be student-athletes striving to win games for their school, teammates and community.
A select few of the athletes suiting up were selected to the 2017 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks preseason football team.
The ALL-USA Ozarks preseason team is a selection of athletes who shined during the 2016 season while also showing the potential for continued success in 2017.
Among the athletes is Glendale High School senior quarterback Alex Huston after he threw for 6,136 yards, 76 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions in 2016.
With stats like those, it was a guarantee he would make this list. For other positions, there is more of a discussion.
A loaded offensive line class is headlined by Camdenton’s Grant Norton. He is a 6-foot-8 offensive tackle committed to play college football at Minnesota. Joining him are studs like Webb City’s Landon Bebee, Glendale’s Remy Bilodeau, Bolivar’s Zach Howard and Reed Spring’s Austin Bradfield.
The defensive line selections feature the versatile Monett senior Coy Butterworth who was named as a second-team all-stater on the offensive line, but he makes our list as a defensive lineman after posting 13.5 tackles-for-loss and 11.5 sacks last season.
This list won’t be the same at the end of the season. There are names left off this list who will step up and prove they should be included in our postseason ALL-USA Ozarks team.
The following 23 student-athletes were chosen to the ALL-USA Ozarks Preseason team:
Alex Huston, Glendale, Senior
Chance Barbe, Mountain Grove, Senior
John Berry, Lebanon, Senior
Josh Powell, Hillcrest, Senior
Arkell Smith, Carthage, Senior
Andrew Montemayor, Mt. Vernon, Senior
TW Ayers, Lamar, Senior
Grant Norton, Camdenton, Senior
Landon Bebee, Webb City, Senior
Remy Bilodeau, Glendale, Senior
Zach Howard, Bolivar, Senior
Austin Bradfield, Reeds Spring, Senior
Cannon York, Lebanon, Senior
Zeke Wall, Carl Junction, Senior
Cooper Lucas, Lamar, Senior
Coy Butterworth, Monett, Senior
Donell Kleiboeker, Pierce City, Senior
Jordon Rogers, Webb City, Senior
Curt Gracey, Ozark, Senior
Dillon Lancaster, Carthage, Senior
Joshua Scheiderer, Kickapoo, Senior
Raul Reyes, Sarcoxie, Senior