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Corbin’s Estep leads All-SEKC squad

After leading the Corbin Redhounds to the 3A state finals, senior quarterback Chase Estep and coach Justin Haddix won the top awards for Class 3A-5A teams on the All Southeastern Kentucky Conference squad.

Estep was named player of the year after completing 173 of 271 passes for 3,026 yards, with 38 touchdowns and four interceptions. He added 603 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

Haddix was named coach of the year after leading Corbin to a 13-2 mark and a trip to the state finals where the Hounds fell 20-19 to Louisville Central.

Harlan County claimed several of the league’s special awards after winning the District 8 title in 5A, led by senior linebacker Garry Henson. A four-year starter, Henson led the Bears in tackles the last three years, including 111 this season with 13 tackles for losses to earn co-best linebacker honors with Bell County’s Jacob Partin.

Patrick Bynum, a first-year senior, was named best special teams player after he led the Bears in several categories this fall. He ran for a team-high 759 yards with seven touchdowns, while adding a team-high 11 catches for 119 yards. He was also first in interceptions with five, including two for touchdowns.

Jordan Steele, a sophomore lineman, was named best offensive lineman in his first season at HCHS after a year in Georgia. Steele helped anchor a strong offensive front while adding 66 tackles to rank third on the team. He also had a team-high five sacks.

Class 3A/5A

Co-player of the year — Chase Estep, Corbin

Coach of the year — Justin Haddix, Corbin

Best quarterback — London Stephney, Bell County

Best running back — Colby Frazier, Bell County

Best receiver — Jake Steely, Corbin

Best offensive lineman — Jordan Steele, Harlan County

Best all-around — Grant Gibson, Corbin

Best special teams player — Patrick Bynum, Harlan County

Best defensive linemen — Ethan Wine, Corbin

Co-best linebacker — Garry Henson, Harlan County; Jacob Partin, Bell County

Best defensive back — Antonio Zachary, Bell County

First team

Corbin — Noah Taylor, Matthew Masternak, Peyton Tirey, Justin Brummett, Nate Smith, Cole Shelton, Nick Yeager, Devyn Sams and Treyvon Longmire.

Bell County — Keagan Lefevers, Caleb Lefevers, Chase Huff, Tyson Thomas, Jason Jones, Lane Hoskins and Trevor Kidd.

Harlan County — Ben Landis, Jacob Bailey, Elisha Smallwood, Josh Turner and Luke Holbrook

Honorable mention

Corbin — Dylan Massengill, Byron Hart, Taylor Johnson and Austin Reynolds.

Bell County — Isaac Collett, Tanner Asher, Hunter Bailey and Jonathan Langford.

Harlan County — Billy Fields, Bradley Wilson, Tyler Casolari and Noah Saylor.