EA’s Sims named 2021 AISA Back of Year by ASWA
Published 4:08 pm Thursday, January 13, 2022
MONTGOMERY — Escambia Academy’s Landon Sims was named the 2021 AISA Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association on Thursday.
Sims was one of three finalists for the award, and was honored along with other backs and lineman of the year at the Mr. Football luncheon banquet at the Montgomery Renaissance. The Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association sponsored the event.
“I couldn’t have accomplished this without God, my parents,” Sims said, adding that his teammates helped him as well. “With out them (teammates), and the offensive line blocking, and wide receivers catching and Bubba (Nettles) running the ball, I wouldn’t be up here.”
Sims, who was selected as a first-team athlete on the AISA All-State football team, carried the ball 123 times for 1,003 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was 66-of-117 for 1,201 yards and 16 scores in the air.
Defensively, Sims had 73 tackles and caught six interceptions.
Throughout the season, Sims played a good game on the gridiron.
He said the moment when he realized he was going to have a year was during big, team win over Chipley, Fla. EA defeated CHS 22-7 on Oct. 1, 2021.
“I felt pretty good,” he said. “That was a point we all felt like we were pretty good.”
Sims said not only did his teammates help him succeed, but the Cougars’ coaching staff contributed in him winning the back of the year award.
“The coaches were great,” he said. “We just had a great program. Without any of the, you couldn’t be up here.”
Thompson’s Ryan Peppins was named the state’s Mr. Football by the ASWA.
Peppins, a senior receiver, helped his team win a third straight Class 7A championship this season. He totaled 80 receptions for 1,379 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Warriors, who finished 13-1.
His career featured 172 receptions for 2,755 yards and 43 touchdowns, plus 326 return yards with a TD and 11 rushes for 94 yards.
Peppins was also the 7A back of the year, marking the fifth straight season that a Thompson player has won that award.
Peppins and teammates Jeremiah Alexander and Conner Harrell were on the Super All-State list, which recognizes the top 12 players regardless of classification.
Thompson is just the second team in ASWA All-State history to have three Super All-State players in the same season. In 2005, Homewood had David Ross, Austin Hubbard and Tim Hawthorne make it.
Ryan Peppins, Thompson
Backs of the year
7A: Ryan Peppins, Thompson
6A: Earl Woods, Hueytown
5A: DeMarcus Lacey, Pleasant Grove
4A: Walter Taylor III, Jackson
3A: Jack Hayes, Piedmont
2A: Logan Washburn, Cleveland
1A: Brayden Kyle, Decatur Heritage
AISA: Landon Sims, Escambia Academy
Linemen of the year
7A: Jeremiah Alexander, Thompson
6A: Trevon McAlpine, Saraland
5A: Khurtiss Perry, Pike Road
4A: Michael Towner, Vigor
3A: TJ Dudley, Catholic-Montgomery
2A: Caden Story, Lanett
1A: Kedrick Brown, Brantley
AISA: Kross Colley, Chambers Academy
(top players regardless of school’s classification)
Ryan Peppins, Thompson
Earl Woods, Hueytown
Khurtiss Perry, Pike Road
Jeremiah Alexander, Thompson
Will Stokes, Madison Academy
Walter Taylor III, Jackson
Emmanuel Henderson, Geneva Co.
Conner Harrell, Thompson
Jack Hayes, Piedmont
Khalib Johnson, Clay-Chalkville
TJ Dudley, Catholic-Montgomery
Justice Finkley, Hewitt-Trussville
ALL-TIME MR. FOOTBALL WINNERS
2021: Ryan Peppins, Thompson receiver
2020: GaQuincy McKinstry, Pinson Valley receiver/defensive back
2019: Kristian Story, Lanett quarterback
2018: Bo Nix, Pinson Valley quarterback
2017: Asa Martin, Austin running back
2016: La’Damian Webb, Beauregard running back
2015: Tyler Johnston, Spanish Fort quarterback
2014: Kerryon Johnson, Madison Academy running back
2013: Racean Thomas, Oxford running back
2012: Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery quarterback
2011: T.J. Yeldon, Daphne running back
2010: Jamal Golden, Wetumpka quarterback
2009: Coty Blanchard, Cherokee County quarterback
2008: Clint Moseley, Leroy quarterback
2007: Julio Jones, Foley wide receiver
2006: Larry Smith, Prattville quarterback
2005: Andre Smith, Huffman offensive lineman
2004: Jarod Bryant, Hoover quarterback
2003: Chris Nickson, Pike County quarterback
2002: JaMarcus Russell, Williamson quarterback
2001: Brandon Cox, Hewitt-Trussville quarterback
2000: Carnell Williams, Etowah running back
1999: Cory Whisenant, Springville running back
1998: DeMarco McNeil, Blount defensive lineman
1997: Mac Campbell, Alexandria running back
1996: Antoneyo Williams, Central-Tuscaloosa running back
1995: Gorman Thornton, Jeff Davis tight end
1994: Dawud Rasheed, Shades Valley running back
1993: Thomas Banks, West Jefferson running back
1992: Freddie Kitchens, Etowah quarterback
1991: Robert Davis, Homewood running back
1990: David Palmer, Jackson-Olin wide receiver
1989: Steven Coleman, Pike County running back
1988: Darrell “Lectron” Williams, Vigor running back
1987: Robert Jones, Parker running back
1986: Larry Ware, Lee-Montgomery running back
1985: Pierre Goode, Hazlewood running back
1984: Roderick Green, Gardendale wide receiver
1983: Freddy Weygand, Emma Sansom wide receiver
1982: Tommy Compton, Vigor quarterback