Seven locals named football All-Stars


The honors keep coming for Pine Bluff’s Walter Ashley and Stuttgart’s Dontrell Brown.

The last two Southeast Arkansas Offensive Players of the Year will square off June 21 in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game at Estes Stadium, on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Ashley and Brown are among seven Southeast Arkansas players who have been selected for the game, as the Arkansas Activities Association released All-Star rosters Friday.

Ashley, who won the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2011, helped Pine Bluff win the 7A/6A-South Conference championship and finish as 6A state runner-up. The two-time All-State player finished with 1,277 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 176 attempts and added three 373 yards and three touchdowns on 22 receptions.

Ashley’s Zebras teammate, Kelvin Sergeant, will join him on the West team. Sergeant, another two-time All-Stater, finished with 59 tackles including two sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception as a linebacker. He also had seven rushing and two receiving touchdowns as a fullback.

Pine Bluff coach Bobby Bolding was named an assistant on the West staff, led by Tony Travis of Pea Ridge. Bolding’s brother, North Little Rock head man Brad Bolding, will assist East coach Roddy Mote of Harding Academy.

It’s no surprise Brown, this year’s SEARK Offensive Player of the Year, is on the All-Star roster. He was just named 4A state player of the year by the Little Rock Touchdown Club and was a finalist for the Farm Bureau Award for 4A Offensive Player of the Year and the Landers Award, presented to the top overall player in the state.

Brown totaled almost 3,000 yards of offense and 36 passing and rushing touchdowns in leading Stuttgart to its first 4A championship since 2002.

He will play on the East squad along with fellow Ricebird Waymon Johnson, who had 76 tackles (42 solo) as a linebacker.

The Commercial’s Defensive Player of the Year, White Hall free safety Joseph Stewart, will play for the West. Stewart had two interceptions in 2012, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and broke up eight more passes.

Stewart also scored touchdowns rushing, receiving, passing and on kickoff returns this past season.

Other East All-Star locals include McGehee fullback Steven King, who ran for 15 touchdowns; and Dumas tight end/defensive lineman Malachi Pointer.