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Prep Football: Alma’s Loughridge, Burris earn Farm Bureau nominations

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Alma senior linebacker Alex Burris was one of three Class 5A defensive nominations for the 2013 Farm Bureau Awards. Burris led the Airedales (10-3) on defense with 144 tackles (93 solo) this season.</p>

photo by TAMMY HOBSON

Alma senior linebacker Alex Burris was one of three Class 5A defensive nominations for the 2013 Farm Bureau Awards. Burris led the Airedales (10-3) on defense with 144 tackles (93 solo) this season.

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Airedale head coach Doug Loughridge completes his first season at Alma as the team finished 10-3 as it advanced to the Class 5A semifinals. Loughridge is one of three Class 5A coaches nominated for 2013 Farm Bureau coach of the year.</p>

photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL

Airedale head coach Doug Loughridge completes his first season at Alma as the team finished 10-3 as it advanced to the Class 5A semifinals. Loughridge is one of three Class 5A coaches nominated for 2013 Farm Bureau coach of the year.

LITTLE ROCK — Alma coach Doug Loughridge and defensive standout Alex Burris were named to the shortlist as Farm Bureau announced the finalists for the 2013 Farm Bureau Awards.

The Farm Bureau Awards honor Arkansas’ top offensive player, defensive player and coach of the year for each classification. The veteran staff at Hooten’s Arkansas Football selects three finalists for each category, and those 45 finalists and their families are invited to attend the Farm Bureau Awards Dec. 16 in North Little Rock.

Loughridge, who just completed his first season at Alma (nearly a year to the date he was formally announced as the new Airedale coach), helped the Airedales win their first conference title in nearly a decade. Alma also reached the semifinals of the Class 5A playoffs.

Loughridge is nominated along with Cody McNabb (Morrilton) and Jay Turley (Hope). Alma defeated Morrilton earlier in the season, but the Devil Dogs bounced back and will contend for the Class 5A title this weekend at War Memorial Stadium against Batesville.

Burris, a two-time all-state and all-conference selection, finished the season leading the Airedale defense. Burris finished with 93 solo tackles and 144 total. He recovered two fumbles and picked off three interceptions along with 2.5 sacks. Farm Bureau vice president-general manager David Moore said, “These 45 finalists represent some of the best coaches and student-athletes in our state. Farm Bureau is proud to honor excellence as the title sponsor of this outstanding event.” Farm Bureau Insurance has supported education and community involvement in Arkansas for more than 50 years.

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