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Alma’s Stacy named to all-state team 12/9/21
Alma’s Stacy named to all-state team
By Kevin Taylor
Conner Stacy’s big season garnered one final award this week.
Stacy didn't just set receiver records for the Airedales - he earned all-state status, too.
“It means a lot to our program,” Alma coach Rusty Bush said. “Conner worked hard to make himself a good receiver.”
Stacy caught 84 passes for 1,306 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season. He set numerous other records, too, including the single-game reception record (17) and single-game yards receiving record (222).
The 1,306 yards receiving is also a school record. “There’s no telling how many records he could have broken if he had just placed receiver in 2020. Stacy became the school’s second-all-time receiver behind Brayden Johnson.
He did so, too, while starting three games at quarterback during his junior season.
Bush said he would have picked Airedales’ quarterback Joe Trusty, too, if he could have.
“When we finished, we only had one (all-state slot),” the coach said. “(But) it’s really great to see so many all-conference players.”
Trusty enjoyed a monster junior campaign for the Airedales, completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 2,192 yards and 18 touchdowns. He threw for a single-game record 347 yards in the Airedales’ season finale against Farmington.
Trusty also accounted for 2,735 total yards passing and running, the fourth most all-time.
“I don’t think he really got cranked up until week four or five,” Bush said. “He was probably trying to do too much, but he finally got settled in and felt confident about the system and confident about his skill-set. I think again, the bar has only been set.”
Trusty flourished in a league that excelled in good quarterbacks.
“It might have been the only time I can remember with so many good quarterbacks,” Bush said. “When I was at Northside, which was Kodi Burns’ senior year (2006), we ended up being fifth and that league was stacked with great quarterbacks. The kid from Rogers (Kirby), Springdale had an outstanding guy, Southside had an outstanding guy (O’Neal) … it was completely loaded.
“I saw something this week with the top senior quarterbacks in the state, and the Fayetteville kid was No. 1, and Vilonia and Greenbrier were No. 2 and No. 3.”
Trusty and three other offensive players, receiver Brilee White and linemen Nathan Smith and Judson Parker were named first-team all-conference. Linebacker Landon Burkhart and defensive back Kevin Mills were named first-team all-conference as well.
“It’s subjective, of course,” Bush said. “But I tell our kids, ‘That’s selected by those other conference coaches, so when you stand out like that, those opposing coaches see your kids and it means a lot.’
“I think that’s the biggest accolade you can get when another coach tells you how hard you play.”
R.J. Billingsly, Devin Poole, Brady Noyes, and Matthew Schlegel were named honorable.