All State Football Players Kolten Gibson and Zeke Westfield
When the Tennessee Sports Writers Association released it’s Class 5A All-State Football Team this morning, they Walker Valley dynamic duo made the list. Kolten Gibson and Zeke Westfield made the 5A squad for the first time.
Two of the finest playmakers in the country left their marks in the regular season alone.
Westfield finished the campaign with a state best 105 catches for a whopping 1,624 yards (15.5 yards per catch) and found the end zone 14 times.
Thanks in large part to four games with 13 or more catches, Westfield ranked eighth in the country in receptions and 22nd in yards. He was fifth nationally with 162.4 receiving yards per game.
"I couldn't ask for a better early Christmas gift to be selected as an all-state player," Westfield said. "It was a tough season, but I tried to do everything I could to help this team win. There were a lot of memories I will take away thanks to the help of an amazing quarterback I was able to play with."
Gibson was stellar as well in 10 games, as he totaled 4,022 yards (402.2 per game) and accounted a state-best 43 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound gunslinger ranked 17th in the country in yards per game. He was also named the Region 4-5A Offensive Player of the Year.
He finished his career with 117 total touchdowns (Southeast Tennessee record) and was just 144 yards shy of the state mark for most total yards. He ranked in the top 10 of 14 different TSSAA categories.
"To be on the all-state team is a huge honor and something I will always be proud of looking back," said Gibson, who finished his prep career with 9,399 passing yards. "I really was glad to have Zeke out there to throw the ball to and I couldn't have done it without him. He was a great weapon along with Brock Gibson (10 TDs) all year."
In back-to-back weeks Gibson posted 500-plus total yards, as he set the state's second highest mark with 626 yards (526 passing, 100 rushing) and eight touchdowns against Stone Memorial. The following week he posted 519 yards and five scores against Cleveland.
He threw for over 300 yards in seven outings, including four times for over 400, while averaging 42 passing attempts per game.
On top of passing for 3,342 yards and 36 touchdowns he also led his team in rushing with 134 carries for 681 yards and seven scores. He had six games with 86 or more yards on the ground.
In a road victory over Class 3A semifinalist Red Bank, 45-42 on Oct. 6, Gibson totaled 450 yards and accounted for six touchdowns.
He also started at safety for the first time, accounting for a team-high 12 tackles and his two interceptions shared the team lead for the season to seal the victory on the final play.
Westfield was the recipient of a team record 18 passes and 310 yards against the Lions, who went on to win 11 games.
"I knew we had the potential to be this good, but it was surprising to see the numbers we both put up at the end of the season," Westfield said. "We were really excited to get that win. It would've been hard to do what we did and not get a victory all season, so we are grateful for that."