After accounting for over 3,000 yards and 34 touchdowns this year, Trotter didn’t disappoint his fellow players, coaches or Oakman fans — helping lead the Wildcats to their third-consecutive postseason appearance while overcoming challenges from Region 4’s toughest competitors.
For his leadership and outstanding ability on the field of play, Trotter is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Player of the Year.
With a star-studded group of receivers to target this season, Trotter had few problems putting up big numbers through the air — passing for 2,409 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions.
A proficient runner with the ability to frustrate defenses, he also rushed for 859 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns to complement the Wildcats’ ground game.
Oakman coach Mark Hastings cited Totter’s leadership during his three years under center at Oakman and his consistent ability to make big plays.
“When we needed a play, not only coaches, but the players, looked at him,” Oakman coach Mark Hastings said. “He came through more times than not. He did that for three years. He’s an incredible leader on and off the field. It’s hard to replace a player like that.”
Trotter’s contributions did not go unnoticed by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, who named him to the Class 2A First Team All-State team — one of only six players in the state to be their classification’s best quarterback.
Although Trotter had several games this season that saw him put up stellar numbers, his performance in a thrilling 42-38 region win over the Cold Springs Eagles was critical for the Wildcats.
Trotter scored six touchdowns in the game and had 388 total offensive yards — connecting on 17 of 21 passes for 286 yards while rushing for 102 yards and four touchdowns. His five-yard run with 28 seconds left in the game capped off a 75-yard series to help Oakman clinch the victory.
Here is a look at the rest of the Eagle Elite Football Team.
Eagle Elite First Team
Quarterbacks: Jase Trotter, Oakman; Brody Meeks, Lynn
Running backs: Marlon Oliver, Walker; Ki’Jana Babbs, Dora; Chris Austin, Oakman
Wide Receivers: Ben Cagle, Lynn; Deontre Muse, Oakman, Quinton Harris, Oakman and Dylan Hand, Corner
Offensive Line: Zack Fondren, Oakman; Tanner Gardner, Walker; Brantley Whitlow, Dora and Colton Denson, Addison
Place Kicker: Ran Crump, Walker
Athlete: Garrett Woods, Cordova and Jarrod Owens, Curry
Linebackers: Austin Mansell, Walker; Franky Melson, Addison; Steve Simerly, Carbon Hill; Jake Averhart, Corner; and Jake Jones, Oakman
Defensive Line: Hunter Williams, Oakman; AJ Smoot, Dora; Jaiquan Crook, Walker and Kaleb Estill, Addison
Defensive Backs: Purvis Coger, Oakman; Kenton Petties, Dora; Kolby Kirk, Addison and Spencer Defoor, Sumiton Christian
Punter: Matt McKay, Walker
Athlete: Taylor Wilson, Addison and DeMonte Hobbs, Sumiton Christian
Addison: Kyle Denson and Trey Yarbrough
Carbon Hill: Chandler Gann
Corner: Hunter Doppler and Deshay Averhart
Curry: Tristan Warren
Dora: Tristan Allred, Jacob Twilley, Logan Roberts, Charles Clay and Jack Spradlin
Meek: Gus Andrews
Oakman: Matthew Wilson
Parrish: Mason Secrest
Sumiton Christian: Josh Yates and Melvin Blackmon
Walker: Brady Pugh
Winston County: Seth Blanton