There isn't much more to be said about Parker Martin that hasn't already been hammered home.

After all, the Fairview standout's superb two-way abilities and eye-popping stats speak for themselves.

But here's a refresher course for those who may have missed Martin's incredible season on the gridiron.

He compiled 92 tackles, 11 pass breakups, five interceptions, five fumble recoveries and four tackles for loss.

Those contributions helped him pick up All-State (Class 4A first-team defensive back), All-County (Defensive MVP) and All-Region 7 (Defensive Player of the Year) accolades.

But wait, there's even more.

Martin completed 122 of 197 passes for 1,435 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions, helping guide an explosive offense that averaged more than 35 points per game.

We aren't done yet, folks.

He also racked up 565 yards and two touchdowns on 101 carries.

As previously stated, there isn't much more to be said about Martin.

Well, maybe one more thing.

The sophomore sensation headlines the 2019 All-Area Football Team as the overall Player of the Year, while Fairview's Tyvn Ellis (Offensive Player of the Year), Addison's Luke Chambers (Defensive Player of the Year) and Fairview's George Redding (Coach of the Year) took home the other top prizes.

Here are what some local coaches who saw Martin up close and personal this season had to say regarding the Purple and Gold star:

"He had a relentless drive to compete and help his team win and represent his school at a high level. He had a tremendous passion for all of that. It didn't matter what we were staring down, he was ready to go to battle. All the players that come through here have their own roles and make their own impact. If you look at what he did this season, he can become one of the great kids to come through our school and program. He has all the ability to achieve what he wants to achieve. And he'd be the first to tell you it's about the team. That's the difference, in my opinion, between being great and elite. Understanding that it's about the guys around you. And Parker knows that." — Fairview's George Redding

"He's a tremendous athlete. You can tell he has a knack for the game and is really an impact player on both sides of the ball. He's a sophomore with the presence and maturity of a senior." — West Point's Don Farley

"His athletic skills are obvious, but he seems to be a really good leader and team guy as well. There are a lot of things he can do. An all-around football player. He's as good as advertised, and he might be a little better." — Holly Pond's Mike Bates

See below for complete capsules on the other top honorees:


Offensive Player of the Year

Name: Tyvn Ellis

School: Fairview

Class: Senior

Highlights: 226 carries, 1,572 yards, 21 touchdowns; 10 catches, 73 yards; Class 4A Second-Team Athlete; All-County Co-Offensive MVP; All-Region 7 First-Team Running Back

Coach Speak: "He had a workhorse mentality. He showed up for work every day. He's going to overcome anything to be the best. I don't know if I've seen a young man do everything he's done for us while doing all the things you need to outside of what we do. He's a great kid and player." — Fairview's George Redding


Defensive Player of the Year

Name: Luke Chambers

School: Addison

Class: Senior

Highlights: 51 tackles, four interceptions, four tackles for loss, two pick-sixes, a sack; Class 2A Second-Team Defensive Back (2018 and 2019); Captained a defense that surrendered just 12.2 points per game.

Coach Speak: "Luke is definitely one of the sharper minds as far as being on the same page as me. It was really easy making adjustments week to week and even half to half. He's a student of the game. The icing on the cake is that he's also really athletic. He was a dream to coach, and we're going to miss him. He did so much for us. Both sides of the ball and every phase of the game, he was as solid as I've had here at Addison. He was very mature and able to handle anything I put in front of him. And that confidence spilled over to everyone else." — Addison's David Smothers


Coach of the Year

Name: George Redding

School: Fairview

Highlights: Led Fairview to a 9-3 record. The Aggies reached the playoffs for the first time since 2013, won their first postseason game since 2010 and captured their first region title since 1998.

Coach Speak: "I couldn't think of anyone more deserving to receive Coach of the Year than Coach Redding. He and his coaching staff deserve any accolades that come their way for how their team played last fall. Coach Redding's desire to run a top-notch program is obvious to anyone who has been around him for any amount of time. His knowledge of the game is second to none. I don't know of another coach who works as hard as he does to put a quality team on the field year in and year out. He is the longest tenured coach in the county for good reason. Most importantly, I know what kind of man he is — a family man, someone who loves his wife and children and is a great example for the students, athletes and community at Fairview. The folks at Fairview are blessed to have someone in his position that desires to influence young people to be their best — both on the field and off." — Good Hope's Alan Scott

The All-Area Team, which also includes a second team and honorable mentions, was handpicked by myself after reviewing the 2019 season and relying on the valuable input of several local football coaches. However, with a limited number of spots available and no shortage of exemplary athletes, it's possible some deserving candidates were left out.

See below for The Times' complete All-Area Football Team:


Player of the Year: Parker Martin, Fairview

Offensive Player of the Year: Tyvn Ellis, Fairview

Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Chambers, Addison

Coach of the Year: George Redding, Fairview


First-Team Offense

QB: Tanner Malin, Good Hope

QB: Will Cochran, West Point

RB: Ayden Alexander, Cold Springs

RB: Jaylen Hughey, Cullman

RB: Dallin Dinkle, Vinemont

WR: J.T. White, Fairview

WR: Drew Maddox, Good Hope

WR: Brodie Malcom, Hanceville

WR: Kobe Bowers, West Point

OL: Dillan Norman, Addison

OL: Jacob McClendon, Cold Springs

OL: Ben Turner, Cullman

OL: Levi Garner, Fairview

OL: Adam Parker, Fairview

OL: Isiah Young, Vinemont

TE: Jayden Perkins, Holly Pond

ATH: Grant Rice, Addison

ATH: Jayden Sullins, Cullman

ATH: Colton Bagwell, Good Hope

ATH: Kyler Chaney, Holly Pond

K: Walter Perez, Good Hope


First-Team Defense

DL: Jeb Robinson, Addison

DL: Cody Lynn, Cullman

DL: Oakley Mullican, Fairview

DL: Justin Crumpton, Good Hope

DL: Karsen Wilbanks, Hanceville

LB: Matthew Harris, Addison

LB: Jordan Lacey, Cold Springs

LB: Griffin Barksdale, Cullman

LB: Brody Rusk, West Point

DB: Roberto Ayala, Cold Springs

DB: Matt Brock, Cullman

DB: Dustin Speake, Cullman

DB: Eli Speegle, Fairview

DB: Will Brown, West Point

P: Logan Selby, West Point


Second-Team Offense

QB: Brodi Williams, Cold Springs

QB: Bo Joles, Hanceville

RB: Caleb Crider, Addison

RB: Tyler Simmons, Fairview

RB: Levi Boatright, Holly Pond

WR: Isaiah Jones, Cullman

WR: Cole Maddox, Good Hope

WR: Landon Perkins, Holly Pond

WR: Jacob Dye, West Point

OL: Evan Richards, Cullman

OL: Trevor Pace, Good Hope

OL: Will Akin, Hanceville

OL: Collin Leathers, Holly Pond

OL: Dakota McGraw, Vinemont

OL: Erik Griggs, West Point

TE: Lawson Burgess, Cold Springs

ATH: Mason Black, Fairview

ATH: Ethan A. Anderson, Good Hope

ATH: Zach Campbell, Hanceville

ATH: Colby Miller, Vinemont

K: Brody Adams, Cullman


Second-Team Defense

DL: Jake Wilson, Addison

DL: Zeke White, Cold Springs

DL: Todd Sears, Holly Pond

DL: Dathan Campbell, West Point

DL: Gage Roberson, West Point

LB: Alex Sheppard, Cullman

LB: Will Bailey, Fairview

LB: Will Flynt, Good Hope

LB: Andy Garcia, Holly Pond

DB: Justin Mather, Addison

DB: Dylan Gable, Cold Springs

DB: Logan Guthery, Hanceville

DB: Levi Farley, West Point

DB: Poncho Perez, West Point

P: Eli Howse, Addison


Honorable Mention

Addison: Weston Smith, Nelson Hernandez, Mark Williams, Nelson Martin, Christian Roberts

Cold Springs: Jagger White, Chase Allcorn, Grayson Phillips

Cullman: Max Dueland, Bailey Hayes, Josh Miranda, Lane Smith, Jaden Kay

Fairview: Dalton Payne, Jesus Avalos-Hernandez, Charles Dukes, Ethan Bice

Good Hope: Eli Pugh, Jared Pugh, Jackson Dillashaw, Ashton Twilley, Jager Burns

Hanceville: Kelson Moore, Kendrick Johnson, De'Yonte Young, Garrett Riggs

Holly Pond: Jebb Bryan, Kadin Suryono, Gavin Phillips, Micah Faulkner

Vinemont: Tanner Brown, Caleb Butler, Teague Whatley, Ethan Martin

West Point: Ethan Helms, Kelton Washington, Braeden Patterson, Keaton Chappell, Whitt Laney

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.​

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