Montgomery Area High School Football: Linebackers to Watch

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The Montgomery Advertiser continues its position-by-position breakdown of the River Region football scene. Here’s a look at some of the best linebackers to watch in the Montgomery area during the 2022 high school football season.


Justin Crumbaugh

Wetumpka, Sr.

What there is to know: Wetumpka’s defense has held four teams to a touchdown or less in 2021. That was largely thanks to the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Crumbaugh, who recorded 94 tackles, five tackles for loss and one interception. He has an offer from DII Lane College.

Cooper Dansby

Lowndes Academy, Jr.

What there is to know: Dansby led the Rebels in tackles in their AISA Class A state title run, with 85 in 14 games. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound center linebacker had 15 saves for loss and four sacks as well.

Lacederic Foster

Pike Road, Jr.

What there is to know: Foster occupied the midfield of the Patriots’ stingy defense in 2021, finishing the season with 67 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and three interceptions.

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Joshua Gordon

Central-Hayneville, Sr.

What there is to know: The Lions allowed just 10.4 points per game in 2021 and Gordon, a 5-foot-10, 230-pound center linebacker, was a big reason for that. He had 43 tackles and 12 tackles for loss.

Conner Hacket

Holtville, Sr.

What there is to know: Hackett is one of many players the Bulldogs will look to to replace all-state linebacker Mikey Forney and his 427 career tackles. The 6-foot-0, 185-pound Hackett finished second on the team with 68 saves and two sacks in 2021.

Jawauntae Hooks

Robert E. Lee, Sr.

What there is to know: The 6-0, 220-pound Hooks have had 46 tackles, two assists and forced a fumble in 2021. With the graduation of all-state linebacker Austin Yelder, Hooks will have big shoes to fill in his senior season.

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Brennen Jordan

Pike Road, Sr.

What there is to know: Players like Jordan — a 6-foot-5, 200-pound outside linebacker with blistering speed — don’t exactly grow on trees. Jordan had 37 tackles last season and has an offer from Navy.

Tyce Khatri

Prattville, Sr.

What there is to know: Khatri had 88 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, five sacks, forced a fumble and recovered another last season. He should form one of the best linebacking pairings in Class 7A with Sam Payne. The 6-0, 227 pounds has an offer from Tuskegee.

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Josh Kreitz

Alabama Christian, Sr.

What there is to know: Kreitz played on the defensive line last season, recording 30 tackles, four TFLs and three sacks, but will move to center linebacker in 2022.

Arch Lee

Montgomery Academy, Sr.

What there is to know: Lee was, in the words of coach Robert Johnson, the “quarterback” of the Eagles defense last season – a unit that kept Montgomery Catholic 40 points below their season average in the semis. class 3A. The middle linebacker recorded 95 tackles, including 16 from behind the line of scrimmage.

Jackson Mann

Elmore County, So.

What there is to know: The young Panthers went winless last season, but the 6-foot-0, 175-pound Mann was a bright spot. Playing both outside linebacker and free safety, Mann recorded a team-high 99 tackles.

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Christopher Moore

Jeff Davis, Sr.

What there is to know: Moore is a weapon on both sides of the ball for the Volunteers. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound inside linebacker led the team with 85 tackles in 2021 and had six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He also served as a running back on the goal line with a pair of touchdowns.

Sam Payne

Prattville, Sr.

What there is to know: Payne, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound center linebacker, had a team-high 97 tackles, nine TFLs, three sacks, one interception and a forced fumble in 2021 and helped lead a Lion defense that kept four teams within 10 points.

Zach Underwood

Montgomery Catholic, Sr.

What there is to know: Underwood, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound starter three-year-old who has yielded attention to stars like TJ Dudley and Patrick Ryan in the past, had 74 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and led the Knights with eight bags in 2021. Underwood has an offer from Georgia Southern.

tucker williams

Saint James, Sr.

What there is to know: Williams played center linebacker for the Trojans last season, finishing with 58 tackles and one interception. He also saw time on the offensive line, where he played bigger than his 5-11, 190-pound listed by hitting an 85% mark.

Jacob Shames can be reached by email at [email protected], by phone at 334-201-9117 and on Twitter @Jacob_Shames.

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