Football: North Little Rock's Braxton Johnson is Defensive Player of the Year

North Little Rock’s Braxton Johnson was named the Class 7A/6A Defensive Player of the Year at a ceremony on Monday night.

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Johnson, a 6-0, 300-pound noseguard, who also saw some memorable action at tight end, is a senior and is being recruited by a number of schools to play football at the next level.

A total of 45 players and coaches were finalists across the state’s six high school football classifications. The 7A and 6A classifications were combined into one category.

“It is truly my pleasure on behalf on Farm Bureau Insurance to take part in recognizing the incredible achievements of the student-athletes and coaches being honored here,” said Kevin McKenzie, Executive Vice President-General Manager for Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas, Inc., in a release. “They are some of the greatest in the state, and Farm Bureau Insurance wishes them continued success this season.”

Awards finalists with winners in ALL CAPS

7A/6A OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • BRADEN JAY, CABOT

  • Isaiah Satenga, Fayetteville

  • Sharmon Rester, El Dorado

7A/6A DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • BRAXTON JOHNSON, NORTH LITTLE ROCK

  • Cain Simmons, Benton

  • Kaiden Turner, Fayetteville

7A/6A COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST

  • BUCK JAMES, BRYANT

  • Steven Jones, El Dorado

  • Casey Dick, Fayetteville

5A OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • JOE HIMON, PULASKI ACADEMY

  • Austin Myers, Vilonia

  • Cameron Scarlett, Nettleton

5A DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • TIRRELL JOHNSON, WYNNE

  • Nick Huett, Greenbrier

  • Steven Weston, White Hall

5A COACH OF THE YEAR

  • BOBBY BOLDING, WHITE HALL

  • Anthony Lucas, Pulaski Academy

  • Jake Monden, Camden Fairview

4A OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • JAISHON DAVIS, ARKADELPHIA

  • Cooper Hutchinson, Shiloh Christian

  • Jack Cleveland, Joe T Robinson

4A DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • KADEN HENLEY, SHILOH CHRISTIAN

  • Jecari Lee, Warren

  • Tymir Coppins, Stuttgart

4A COACH OF THE YEAR

  • TODD ESKOLA, JOE T ROBINSON

  • Jeff Conaway, Shiloh Christian

  • Trey Schucker, Arkadelphia

3A OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • JAYLEN HOPSON, PRESCOTT

  • Andrew Miller, Harding Academy

  • Randon Ray, Booneville

3A DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • JODY EASTER, McGEHEE

  • Jace Benesch, Hoxie

  • Darryl Kattich, Cedarville

3A COACH OF THE YEAR

  • NEIL EVANS, HARDING ACADEMY

  • Brian Glass, Prescott

  • Cain White, Manila

2A OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • QUINCEY McADOO, CLARENDON

  • Colton Lowe, Poyen

  • Hunter Alexander, Bigelow

2A DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • WILL LITTON, QUITMAN

  • Kaden Terrell, Bigelow

  • Reid Kennon, McCrory

2A COACH OF THE YEAR

  • CHRIS KENNON, McCRORY

  • Tim Rodgers, Fordyce

  • Vick Barrett, Poyen