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Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

State Finalists' Stat Leaders
Class AAAAAA
           Roswell
 
Colquitt County
14-0
Record
14-0
43.7
Points per game
47.9
10.9
PPG allowed
18.6
202.4
Avg. yards rushing
187.1
225.9
Avg. yards passing
256.1
428.3
Avg. total yards
443.3

 

 

 

 


Rushing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Att.
Yards
Yds./Att.
TDs
Roswell
 
 
 
 
Sheldon Evans
253
1,673
6.6
27
Quintarius Neely
77
457
5.9
7
Colquitt County
 
 
 
 
Ty Lee
74
736
9.9
5
Nate Powell
139
681
4.9
8
 
 
 
 
 
Passing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Comp.
Att.
Yards
TD/Int.
Roswell
 
 
 
 
Quintarius Neely
211
346
3,091
33/5
Colquitt County
 
 
 
 
Chase Parrish
209
304
3,195
39/6
 
 
 
 
 
Receiving Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Rec.
Yards
Yds./Rec.
TDs
Roswell
 
 
 
 
Jayden Comma
44
1,049
23.8
13
Kendrick Jackson
59
634
10.7
6
Colquitt County
 
 
 
 
Kiel Pollard
70
1,083
15.5
18
Ty Lee
47
805
17.1
8
Isaiah Thomas
25
545
21.8
8
 
Other Leaders
 
Roswell
 
Tre Lamar
134 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, nine sacks
Xavier McKinney
102 total tackles, nine interceptions
Koby Cumberlander
13 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 20 QB pressures
Colquitt County
 
Akivie Bailey
161 total tackles, five sacks, three interceptions
Ty Phillips
17 QB hurries, 61 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss
Luis Martinez
63-for-65 PATs, 14-for-16 FGs (long of 47)
 
Class AAAAA
Allatoona
 
Glynn Academy
13-1
Record
12-2
39.2
Points per game
25.3
14.9
PPG allowed
13.0
282.9
Avg. yards rushing
226.6
114.1
Avg. yards passing
89.1
397.0
Avg. total yards
315.6
 
Rushing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Att.
Yards
Yds./Att.
TDs
Allatoona
 
 
 
 
Russell Halimon
205
1,543
7.5
13
Brandon Archibald
98
734
7.5
6
Charles Anderson
74
593
8.0
7
Brandon Rainey
89
581
6.5
20
Glynn Academy
 
 
 
 
Deejay Dallas
155
1,139
7.3
13
Garrison Hurd
197
1,077
5.5
10
 
 
 
 
 
Passing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Comp.
Att.
Yards
TD/Int.
Allatoona
 
 
 
 
Brandon Rainey
82
140
1,579
16/4
Glynn Academy
 
 
 
 
Deejay Dallas
50
90
678
7/3
Justin Larson
45
85
552
4/3
 
 
 
 
 
Receiving Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Rec.
Yards
Yds./Rec.
TDs
Allatoona
 
 
 
 
Michael Pynes
18
314
17.4
4
Brady Eeles
16
299
18.7
2
Glynn Academy
 
 
 
 
Shakour Thomas
19
320
16.8
3
Garrison Hurd
17
265
15.6
3
 
Other Leaders
 
Allatoona
 
Michael Robinson
135 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, six sacks
Faizon Harris
Four interceptions, 22 passes defensed
Skyler Davis
63-for-64 PATs, 7-for-8 FGs (long of 45 yards)
Glynn Academy
 
Walter Thomas
70 tackles, 17 assists, four caused fumbles
Dexter Roberson
13 sacks, 24 QB pressures, 36 tackles
Banks Entwistle
19-for-20 PATs, 7-for-12 FGs, 35.3 punting avg.
Class AAAA
             Buford
 
Cartersville
13-1
Record
14-0
45.1
Points per game
42.3
7.1
PPG allowed
7.7
262.0
Avg. yards rushing
116.6
111.5
Avg. yards passing
256.1
373.5
Avg. total yards
372.7
 
Rushing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Att.
Yards
Yds./Att.
TDs
Buford
 
 
 
 
Martin Mangram
106
770
7.3
25
Christian Turner
76
751
9.9
10
Anthony Grant
99
741
7.5
9
Cartersville
 
 
 
 
Tiamon Pennymon
100
681
6.8
20
Trey Creamer
57
436
7.6
8
 
 
 
 
 
Passing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Comp.
Att.
Yards
TD/Int.
Buford
 
 
 
 
Mic Roof
99
144
1,404
15/4
Cartersville
 
 
 
 
Trevor Lawrence
222
341
3,522
42/4
 
 
 
 
 
Receiving Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Rec.
Yards
Yds./Rec.
TDs
Buford
 
 
 
 
Brandon Marsh
28
438
15.6
8
Jake Simpson
14
261
18.6
3
Cartersville
 
 
 
 
Terrius Callahan
62
1,187
19.1
16
Miller Forristall
54
881
16.3
10
Antione Jefferson
38
517
13.6
2
 
Other Leaders
 
Buford
 
T.D. Roof
50 tackles, 46 assists, 10 QB pressures
R.J. Walker
Seven passes broken up, two interceptions
Daniel Garcia
30-for-30 PATs, 1-for-5 FGs (long of 34)
Cartersville
 
Tyler Reed
146 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three sacks
Trase Fezzia
Five interceptions, six passes broken up
Jonathan Cruz
77-for-80 PATs, 7-for-12 FGs (long of 51)
 
Class AAA
Westminster
 
Blessed Trinity
10-4
Record
13-0-1
32.2
Points per game
32.6
18.2
PPG allowed
8.8
204.8
Avg. yards rushing
222.5
78.2
Avg. yards passing
132.9
283.0
Avg. total yards
355.4
 
Rushing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Att.
Yards
Yds./Att.
TDs
Westminster
 
 
 
 
Zay Malcome
184
1,350
7.3
14
Chase Williams
94
523
5.6
5
Rankin Woley
102
494
4.8
11
Blessed Trinity
 
 
 
 
Milton Shelton
219
1,806
8.2
27
Garrett Dupuis
74
592
8.0
6
 
 
 
 
 
Passing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Comp.
Att.
Yards
TD/Int.
Westminster
 
 
 
 
Rankin Woley
60
109
722
8/2
Keller Harper
25
56
350
3/3
Blessed Trinity
 
 
 
 
Conor Davis
78
141
1,392
15/5
Jake Smith
29
47
445
3/1
 
 
 
 
 
Receiving Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Rec.
Yards
Yds./Rec.
TDs
Westminster
 
 
 
 
Chase Williams
11
232
21.1
2
Seb Mosso
19
209
11.0
2
Blessed Trinity
 
 
 
 
Ryan Davis
37
737
19.9
4
Colin Davis
17
315
18.5
1
 
Other Leaders
 
Westminster
 
Chase Williams
83 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks
Tyler Gillikin
76 total tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks
Blake Gillikin
49-49 PATs, 13-23 FGs (long 56), 43.8 punting avg.
Blessed Trinity
 
Logan Craighead
138 total tackles (78 solo, 60 assists)
J.D. Bertrand
12.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss, 61 total tackles
Brooks Hosea
53-for-53 PATs, 12-for-14 FGs (long of 43)
 
Class AA
Fitzgerald
 
Pace Academy
13-1
Record
12-2
39.6
Points per game
28.4
17.2
PPG allowed
14.6
351.6
Avg. yards rushing
216.0
62.4
Avg. yards passing
116.4
414.0
Avg. total yards
332.4
 
Rushing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Att.
Yards
Yds./Att.
TDs
Fitzgerald
 
 
 
 
J.D. King
323
2,377
7.4
32
James Graham
191
1,436
7.5
18
Pace Academy
 
 
 
 
Deon Jackson
137
1,026
7.5
7
Keyshawn Perryman
99
563
5.7
3
Realus George
91
505
5.5
5
 
 
 
 
 
Passing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Comp.
Att.
Yards
TD/Int.
Fitzgerald
 
 
 
 
James Graham
35
81
795
7/5
Pace Academy
 
 
 
 
Gunnor Faulk
120
192
1,536
17/6
 
 
 
 
 
Receiving Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Rec.
Yards
Yds./Rec.
TDs
Fitzgerald
 
 
 
 
Montrell Harris
18
421
23.4
3
Pace Academy
 
 
 
 
Trey Blount
31
595
19.2
9
Mark Sommerville
23
265
11.5
1
Tony Addison
19
217
11.4
3
 
Other Leaders
 
Fitzgerald
 
Markeylon Lundy
93 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles
Darrius Hampton
Eight sacks, 86 tackles, two forced fumbles
Willie Ross
Five interceptions, 85 tackles, one fumble recovery
Pace Academy
 
Philip Markwalter
100 total tackles (71 solo), six sacks
Kyle Orr
61 total tackles (34 solo), five sacks
Mick Assaf
Six interceptions, 39 total tackles, two sacks
 
Class A (public)
Clinch County
 
Irwin County
12-1
Record
10-2-1
39.6
Points per game
28.6
18.2
PPG allowed
14.5
333.5
Avg. yards rushing
284.9
40.7
Avg. yards passing
48.1
374.2
Avg. total yards
333.0
 
Rushing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Att.
Yards
Yds./Att.
TDs
Clinch County
 
 
 
 
Shannon Young
203
1,550
7.6
21
Charles McClelland
140
837
6.0
7
Trezman Marshall
100
792
7.9
8
Zebulon Johnson
44
776
17.6
12
Irwin County
 
 
 
 
D.J. Pollard
230
1,869
8.1
24
Ziaire Andrews
84
465
5.5
3
 
 
 
 
 
Passing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Comp.
Att.
Yards
TD/Int.
Clinch County
 
 
 
 
Charles McClelland
9
33
287
2/2
Trezman Marshall
15
37
232
3/3
Irwin County
 
 
 
 
Zach Tolar
42
75
558
5/6
 
 
 
 
 
Receiving Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Rec.
Yards
Yds./Rec.
TDs
Clinch County
 
 
 
 
Jerrod Jones
9
216
24.0
2
Irwin County
 
 
 
 
Cyrus Johnson
16
149
9.3
0
 
Other Leaders
 
Clinch County
 
Quincey Cooper
98 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery
Chauncey Manac
Eight sacks, three fumble recoveries, 59 tackles
Jerrod Jones
Six interceptions, four fumble recoveries, one sack
Irwin County
 
D.J. Pollard
50 solo tackles, 63 assists, 12 tackles for loss
Jared Johns
7.5 sacks, 18.5 TFLs, 28 tackles, 29 assists
Cartavion Benyard
Four interceptions, 34 solo tackles, 13 assists
 
Class A (private)
ELCA
 
Aquinas
10-3
Record
12-1
37.5
Points per game
38.5
11.5
PPG allowed
17.3
281.2
Avg. yards rushing
251.7
90.2
Avg. yards passing
154.7
371.5
Avg. total yards
406.4
 
Rushing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Att.
Yards
Yds./Att.
TDs
Eagle's Landing Christian
 
 
 
 
Trevor Gear
188
1,427
7.6
15
Josh Mays
133
836
6.3
14
DJ Hammond
98
674
6.9
13
Aquinas
 
 
 
 
D'Angelo Durham
154
1,284
8.3
17
Chris Gates
108
781
7.2
13
Liam Welch
106
593
5.6
11
 
 
 
 
 
Passing Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Comp.
Att.
Yards
TD/Int.
Eagle's Landing Christian
 
 
 
 
DJ Hammond
67
118
1,154
10/2
Aquinas
 
 
 
 
Liam Welch
117
197
1,973
18/2
 
 
 
 
 
Receiving Leaders
 
 
 
 
 
Rec.
Yards
Yds./Rec.
TDs
Eagle's Landing Christian
 
 
 
 
Sean Queen
25
560
22.4
7
Cam Merritt
14
265
18.9
1
Aquinas
 
 
 
 
George Welch
32
682
21.3
7
Justin Gibbs
31
591
19.1
6
 
Other Leaders
 
ELCA
 
Chase Burdette
142 total tackles (14 for loss), 3 forced fumbles
Khaleb Hood
Four interceptions, three kick-return touchdowns
Dalton Hardeman
8.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, 106 total tackles
Aquinas
 
Artest Banks
96 total tackles (30 solo), nine tackles for loss
William Evans
Eight sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 50 total tackles
Crimmins Hankinson
49-for-55 PATs, 3-for-4 FGs, 33.8 punting average

Spotlight
Seven state champs to be crowned 
The Georgia high school football season is down to seven games and two days. Here is a primer on the culmination that will be played out today and Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

*Defending champions: Colquitt County and Buford are the only 2014 winners still alive. Colquitt can become the first school to put together back-to-back 15-0 seasons in the highest classification since Parkview's record 45-0 streak from 2000 to 2002. Buford can win a fourth consecutive championship. Only West Rome (1982-85) and Buford (2007-2010) have done that.
 
*Underdogs: Westminster and Glynn Academy are unranked. Nine unranked teams have won state titles in the past 30 seasons, most notably Gainesville in 2012 with quarterback Deshaun Watson. Pace Academy is a No. 4 seed. The only team to win a state title seeded fourth was Peachtree Ridge in 2006.
 
*Newcomers: Playing in their first state-championship games are Allatoona, Blessed Trinity and Pace Academy. All opened or started football in 2000 or later.
 
*Return to glory: Fitzgerald, a perennial Top 10 team for the past 15 seasons, has not won a state title since 1948, when a player named Lauren Hargrove, the fabulous phantom of Fitzgerald, was the state's most famous schoolboy. Glynn Academy won its only state championship in 1964. Irwin County got its only title in 1975. Westminster has won three, none since 1978.
 
*Top players: The only players among the state's consensus top-25 senior recruits still playing are Clinch County defensive end Chauncey Manac (No. 10, committed to Georgia) and Roswell linebacker Tre Lamar (No. 13, Clemson). Cartersville's Trevor Lawrence, the top-rated sophomore quarterback in the country, has thrown for 3,585 yards. Fitzgerald fullback J.D. King has rushed for 2,377 yards. Some of the most important players start on both sides of the ball, such as RB/CB Milton Shelton of Blessed Trinity, OL/DL Andrew Thomas of Pace Academy and FB/LB D.J. Pollard of Irwin County.
 
*Notable coaches: Tim McFarlin of Blessed Trinity can become the 15th coach in GHSA history to win state championships at two schools. He won with Roswell in 2006. Buford's Jess Simpson can win his eighth state title, moving him past Valdosta great Nick Hyder for third all-time in Georgia. Colquitt County's Rush Propst can earn his seventh state title. The first five came in Alabama. Roswell's John Ford can join a list of fewer than 12 who have won GHSA championships as coach and player. He won with Brookwood in 1996.
 
*Pride of Homerville: Two alumni of Clinch County, a high school of 358 students on the Florida border, are head coaches in title games. They are Clinch County's Jim Dickerson and Fitzgerald's Jason Strickland. The Panthers can win their sixth state championship, something that only Americus, Buford, Carrollton, Hawkinsville, Lincoln County, LaGrange and Valdosta have done.
 
*Pride of Buckhead: Westminster and Pace Academy are about 1.5 miles apart in Buckhead. They will be in the same region next year, but they're going for separate state titles this year.
 
*Pride of Roswell: Blessed Trinity and Roswell are a mile from each other in Roswell. No schools that close have won state titles in the same season.
 
*Pride of Cobb: The Cobb County school system is the second-largest in Georgia, but it has never had a state champion in football. Allatoona seeks to become the first.
 
*Pride of Gwinnett: At least one Gwinnett County team has won a state title each season since 2006. For the first time since 2009, there is only one Gwinnett finalist, Buford.
 
*What's next: The GHSA will add another classification in 2016, meaning there will be eight state finals next season. There were only four as recently as 1999. In 2017, the finals are expected to move to the Falcons' new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. That would end a 10-year run at the Dome.
In The News
Perno named coach at Clarke Central
Former University of Georgia baseball coach Dave Perno was announced Thursday as the new head football coach at Clarke Central, his alma mater.
 
Perno has never coached football but was a starting fullback on Clarke Central's 1985 state-championship team.
 
"Everyone that knows me and goes back with me a ways always thought I was a football coach coaching baseball," Perno told Chip Towers of DawgNation.com. "Through the years, you adjust and get into that baseball mold, but I've always had a good football mind. I love the game; I understand the game; I like the flow of the game. And I'm really excited about this."
 
Perno was Georgia's baseball coach from 2002 to 2013, during which Georgia advanced to the College World Series three times.
 
East Jackson, Forsyth Central, Bremen jobs open
Three more head coaches have resigned this week, each after three seasons on the job.
 
East Jackson's Gary Hughes was 1-9 in each of his seasons. He inherited a program that had gone 0-10 in 2012 and was hired less than three months before the start of fall practice.
 
Forsyth Central's Shane Williamson is out after going 12-18 in his three season, including 4-6 this year. The Bulldogs' 6-4 finish in 2014 was the school's best since 2001.
 
At Bremen, Scott Hodges was 15-17. That marked the worst three-year run since 2001-03, but also corresponded with the team's move to Class AA. Bremen had been in the lowest class for the previous four decades.
 
Nominations being taken for Academic Bowl
The first Play It Smart Academic Bowl, a game for 60 academically outstanding rising senior high school football players, will be held June 4 at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium. Play it Smart Association, a non-profit group, is taking player nominations. Players must possess a 3.5 GPA or better. They must attend school in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette or Coweta counties. The objective is to reward student-athletes whose performance on the field parallels their academic success. The game is expected to be attended by numerous college football coaches. For more information on the game, visit the Play it Smart Academic Bowl Web site.

All-Region Teams
Please send all-region teams to GHSF Daily at ghsfdaily@bellsouth.net. We will publish any team that we receive. GHSF Daily encourages those selecting and providing all-region teams to include each player's year in school. All-region players who are recognized as underclassmen have a better chance of being recruited and getting recognition on preseason all-area or all-state teams in 2016.
 
5-AAAAA
Most outstanding player: QB Brandon Rainey, Allatoona, Sr.
Most outstanding defensive player: LB Sonny Smith, East Paulding, Sr.
Most outstanding offensive player: QB Tabashi Thomas, New Manchester, Sr.
Most outstanding lineman: Austin Gibbs, Allatoona, Sr.
Newcomer of the year: RB Daetrich Harrington, Alexander, Jr.
Coach of the year: Gary Varner, Allatoona
Assistant coaches of the year: Kelby Watts, Alexander, and Troy Peterson, Allatoona
 
Offense
QB - Baylor Whitfield, Alexander, Sr.
QB - Brandon Rainey, Allatoona, Sr.
QB - Tabashi Thomas, New Manchester, Sr.
RB - Brian Herrien, New Manchester, Sr.
RB - Russell Halimon, Allatoona, Sr.
RB - Daetrich Harrington, Alexander, Jr.
WR - Antonio Grady-Golden, Paulding County, Sr.
WR - Jalen Browder, East Paulding, Jr.
WR - Justin Hall, Alexander, Jr.
WR - LJ Pope, South Paulding, Sr.
TE - Turner Cockrell, Allatoona, Sr.
OL - Carter Francis, Allatoona, Jr.
OL - Cole Benson, East Paulding, Sr.
OL - Mark Foster, Chapel Hill, Sr.
OL - Nick Lane, East Paulding, Sr.
OL - Noah Kendrick, South Paulding, Sr.
OL - Tanner Holcomb, South Paulding, Sr.
OL - Austin Gibbs, Allatoona, Sr.
 
Defense
DL - Cameron Gill, Chapel Hill, Sr.
DL - Keith Knight, East Paulding, Sr.
DL - Michael Farmer, South Paulding, Sr.
DL - Trayzel Jutiedini-Wyche, Alexander, Jr.
DL - David Jackson, Alexander, Sr.
LB - Kody Brown, East Paulding, Sr.
LB - Dawson Mitchell, South Paulding, Sr.
LB - Jordan Pounds, Alexander, Sr.
LB - Michael Robinson, Allatoona, Jr.
LB - Sonny Smith, East Paulding, Sr.
DB - Dionte Ruffin, Paulding County, Jr.
DB - Faizon Harris, Allatoona, Sr.
DB - Leon Agee, Alexander, Sr.
DB - Michael Carter, South Paulding, Jr.
DB - Raliegh Webb, Allatoona, Sr.
DB - Dishon McNary, East Paulding, Sr.
 
Special teams
P - Michael Keener, Lithia Springs, Jr.
K - Skyler Davis, Allatoona, So.
 
2-AAAA
Offensive player of the year: QB Courvoisier King, Howard, Sr.
Defensive player of the year: DL David Marshall, Upson-Lee, Sr.
Scholar-athletes of the year: Brett Brewer, Mary Persons, Sr.; Corey Davis, Perry, Sr.; Jared Ray, Baldwin, Sr.
Coach of the year: Brian Nelson, Mary Persons
 
First-team offense
QB - Logan Byrd, Veterans, Sr.
RB - Desjuan Harris, Veterans, Sr.
RB - Quay Reviere, Upson-Lee, Sr.
WR - Alphonso Stephens, Howard, Sr.
WR - Will Bazemore, Mary Persons, Sr.
WR - Jatavious Harris, Baldwin, So.
OL - Devin Wingate, Veterans, Sr.
OL - Caleb Ethridge, Mary Persons, Jr.
OL - Clark Daniel, Upson-Lee, Jr.
OL - Ahmad Thomas, Howard, Sr.
OL - Cameron Jones, Baldwin, Sr.
 
First-team defense
DL - Malik Herring, Mary Persons, Jr.
DL - Trey Howard, Mary Persons, Jr.
DL - Mataio Elvine - West Laurens, Jr.
DL - Trey Mason, West Laurens, Sr.
LB - Josh Lee, Veterans, Jr.
LB - Sean Walker, Howard, Sr.
LB - Tychristian Henry, Baldwin, Jr.
LB - Jathaniel Allen, West Laurens, Jr.
DB - Greg Covin, West Laurens, Sr.
DB - Dre Evans, Mary Persons, Sr.
DB - Damion Bagley, Perry, Sr.
DB - Matthew Hearst, Veterans, Sr.
 
First-team special teams
K - Bill Leroy, West Laurens, Sr.
P - Drew Pack, Mary Persons, Sr.
RET - Isaiah Gray, Veterans, Sr.
 
Second-team offense
QB - Jake Johnston, Mary Persons, Sr.
RB - Zach Harvey, Mary Persons, Jr.
RB - Darius Bradford, West Laurens, Jr.
WR - Brandon Stuckey, West Laurens, Sr.
WR - Wyquavious Battle, Upson-Lee, Jr.
WR - Keldrick Bell, Baldwin, So.
OL - Logan Hurless, Veterans, Sr.
OL - Shawn Lewis, Mary Persons, Sr.
OL - Logan Gulley, Upson-Lee, Sr.
OL - Jacob Clark, West Laurens, Sr.
OL - Joey Knight, West Laurens, Jr.
 
Second-team defense
DL - Jermall Lucas, Veterans, Jr.
DL - Omar Johnson, Upson-Lee, Jr.
DL - Malik Clark, Baldwin, Jr.
DL - Shundrekus Smith, West Laurens, Jr.
LB - Doryan Gorham, West Laurens, So.
LB - Jayden Barron, Upson-Lee, So.
LB - Vic Henderson, Mary Persons, Jr.
LB - Lazavier Moore, Upson-Lee, So.
DB - Malik Kelsey, Baldwin, Sr.
DB - Donovan King, Upson-Lee, Sr.
DB - Jamir Johnson, Perry, Sr.
DB - Eric Scott, West Laurens, Sr.
 
Second-team special teams
K - Rich Stewart, Upson-Lee, Jr.
P - Logan Byrd, Veterans, Sr.
RET - Bruce McCall, Mary Persons, Sr.
 
Honorable mention: QB - Kalen Puckett, Upson-Lee, Jr. RB - Latraious Saulsberry, Baldwin, Sr.; Jaqwun Stinson, Howard, Sr.; Jay Watkins, Perry, So.; Jaquavious Sims, Mary Persons, Sr. WR - Oqualon Harris, Upson-Lee, Sr.; Jaylen Lowder, Veterans, Jr.; Roger Akins, Mary Persons, Jr.; Jaren Means, Howard, Jr.; Kameron Collins, Baldwin, Sr. OL - Nathan Burch, Veterans, Sr.; Ty Kight, West Laurens, Sr.; David Dickerson, Perry, Sr.; Willie Williams, Baldwin, Jr.; Aaron Warren, Upson-Lee, Sr.; Jeremy Sallette, Howard, Sr.; Ashton Strange, Perry, Sr.; Jacolbey Davis, Baldwin, Jr. DL - Jimati Harris, Perry, So.; Anfernee Roberson, Perry, Jr.; CJ Barron, Upson-Lee, Jr.; Tyjae Lockett, Howard, Sr.; Dawson Stephens, Veterans, Sr.; Gabe Howard, Howard, Jr.; Dan O'Neal, Mary Persons, Jr. LB - Kori Walker, Veterans, Jr.; Milton Adams, Baldwin, Fr.; Raekwon King, Upson-Lee, Jr.; Cole Lavender, Perry, Sr.; Tay Jarrell, Mary Persons, Jr. DB - Isaiah Gary, Veterans, Sr.; Donta Justice, Baldwin, Fr.; Zakarrian Walker, Upson-Lee, Sr.; Dee Gaines, Mary Persons, Sr.; Eric Foster, Upson-Lee, Sr.; Elijah Hawkins, Mary Persons, Sr.; Justin Stroud, Mary Persons, Sr.; Robert Jarrell, Howard, Sr.
 
8-A
Player of the year: QB Drew Richardson, Athens Academy, Sr.
Offensive player of the year: RB Cole Chancey, Commerce, Jr.
Defensive player of the year: DL Dalton Owens, Prince Avenue Christian, Jr.
Coach of the year: Josh Alexander, Athens Academy
 
Offense
QB - Caleb Brooks, Commerce, Sr.
QB - Cody Lee, Athens Christian, Jr.
QB - Thaddeus Webb, Lakeview Academy, Sr.
QB - Buck Fisher, George Walton Academy, Sr.
RB - Kevon Hudson, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.
RB - Will Thomas, Commerce, Jr.
RB - Jordan Hightower, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.
RB - Steve DuBose, Hebron Christian Academy, Sr.
RB - Will Corry, Athens Academy, Sr.
RB - Andrew Hayes, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.
REC - Jacob Hudson, Athens Academy, Jr.
REC - Terrell Mattox, Athens Christian, Jr.
REC - Bryce Riley, Hebron Christian Academy, So.
TE - Wyatt Settles, Athens Academy, Sr.
OL - Rob Kraeling, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.
OL - Jared Pate, Commerce, Sr.
OL - Cody Weaver, Commerce, Sr.
OL - Jared Bloodworth, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.
OL - Austin McDaniel, Athens Christian, Sr.
OL - Grayson Schulte, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.
OL - Frankie Sinkwich, Athens Academy, Jr.
OL - Ben Eades, Lakeview Academy, Sr.
 
Defense
DL - Dontavious Mosley, Commerce, Sr.
DL - Daniel Parrish, Prince Avenue Christian, So.
DL - John Dussling, Hebron Christian Academy, Sr.
DL - Conner Malcom, George Walton Academy, Sr.
DL - David Sanford, Athens Christian, Jr.
DL - Harrison Jump, Prince Avenue Christian, So.
DL - Garrett Ash, Commerce, Jr.
LB - Zack Ragle, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.
LB - Isaiah Tossie, George Walton Academy, Jr.
LB - Ben Ellison, Providence Christian, Sr.
LB - Travis Kellogg, Athens Christian, Jr.
LB - Chase Forrester, Commerce, So.
LB - Daulton Rogers, Towns County, Sr.
DB - Trevonta Williford, Commerce, Sr.
DB - Mitchell Miller, Providence Christian, So.
DB - Rolf Reynolds, Athens Academy, Jr.
DB - Noah Campbell, Prince Avenue Christian, Jr.
DB - Jordan Ginnel, Prince Avenue Christian, Sr.
DB - J Varius Wood, Commerce, Sr.
DB - Zach Reed, Hebron Christian Academy, Sr.
 
Special teams
K - Shea Underwood, Towns County, Sr.
P - Magill Bauerle, Athens Academy, Sr.
 
Athletes
ATH - Richard Jibunor, Athens Christian, So.
ATH - Chris McGee, Hebron Christian Academy, Sr.
DB - Kobe Denton, Towns County, Jr.

 

 

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Most state titles
There are 37 schools that have won at least three state titles in football since 1948, when the GHSA began having statewide playoffs in all classifications. Colquitt County, Cartersville and Westminster can join the list this season, while Buford (11 titles), Clinch County (five) and Roswell (three) can move up in the standings.
 
21 - Valdosta
11 - Buford
11 - Lincoln County
7 - Americus
7 - Carrollton
6 - Hawkinsville
6 - LaGrange
5 - Clinch County
5 - Lowndes
5 - Morgan County
5 - Statesboro
5 - Thomas County Central
5 - Thomson
5 - West Rome
4 - Charlton County
4 - Dublin
4 - Parkview
4 - Thomasville
4 - Warner Robins
4 - Washington-Wilkes
4 - Waycross
3 - Avondale
3 - Calhoun
3 - Camden County
3 - Clarke Central
3 - Lakeside (Atlanta)
3 - Lincolnton
3 - Mitchell-Baker
3 - Mount de Sales
3 - Northside (Warner Robins)
3 - Peach County
3 - Rossville
3 - Roswell
3 - Sandy Creek
3 - Warren County
3 - Washington County
3 - West Point
 
Notes: Valdosta won two state titles before 1948. Some might combine the football histories of Clarke Central (3 titles) and Athens (2), Lincoln County (11) and Lincolnton (3), Peach County (3) and Fort Valley (2), and Brooks County (1) and Quitman (2)
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Westminster won its last state championship in 1978. The quarterback went on to become a starter at South Carolina. His son, of the same name, later was a Westminster quarterback and is now a major league baseball player. Who was Westminster's 1978 quarterback? (Answer Monday)
 
Answer to Thursday's question: Jeff Bower was the quarterback of Roswell's 1968 and 1970 state-championship teams. Bower was head coach at Southern Miss from 1990 to 2007.
 
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Student-Athlete Of The Week Presented By scoutSMART
Connor Shaw, Warner Robins
1Connor Shaw, a senior starting free safety and place-kicker at Warner Robins, is the scoutSMART Student-Athlete of the Week. Shaw has a 4.0 GPA in the Honors/AP program. He is a two-year letterman and starter in football and four-year letterman and starter in soccer. As a defensive back, he finished the season with 27 total tackles, seven passes broken up and one interception. As a kicker, he made 39 of 41 extra points, four of eight field goals and put 85 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone. He plans to attend the University of Georgia.
 
GHSF Daily in conjunction with scoutSMART will be announcing a football student-athlete of the week each Friday this season. The ideal candidate will be outstanding on the field and in the classroom. Please send nominations to Diane Bloodworth atdbloodworth@competitivesportsanalysis.com. A statewide all-academic team will be selected by scoutSMART at the end of the year.

Four Questions Presented By Ga. Farm Bureau Insurance
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Chris Slade,
Pace Academy
1. What is the most memorable game you've been a part of as a player or coach? "This past weekend was my biggest game by far in my coaching career. GAC had lost two games in two years, both to the same opponent, Benedictine, so we're the second team to beat them. As a player, while at Virginia, beating Clemson for the first time in school history; also playing in the Super Bowl, for obvious reasons. The Clemson game was memorable because we'd never beaten them, and it was going on year 29. The ACC favorites that year were Clemson and us. That was the turning point of us getting over the hump against a better team. The Super Bowl, that game has so much hoopla leading up to it, and the game itself goes by so fast. Playing against Brett Favre and the Packers was pretty exciting." [Virginia beat Clemson 9-6 in 1993. Three seasons later, Slade was a starting linebacker for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI, which was won by the Green Bay Packers.]
 
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why? "Wayne Brantley, Landmark Christian. We play them every year, and it's always a battle to the end. His team is mentally and physically tough and always prepared. He cares about his players."
 
3. What is your pet peeve as a coach? "My biggest pet peeve is walking on the field and players having their chin strap unbuckled before practice is over."
 
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed? "I'm OK with the GHSA. Never going to make everyone happy!"
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Playoff Scores, Pairings
(All games will be televised by Georgia Public Broadcasting and be available online on the NFHS Network) 

Class AAAAAA
Semifinals
Roswell 30, Grayson 26
Colquitt County 52, Mill Creek 31
 
Championship
Roswell vs. Colquitt County
Saturday, 8 p.m., Georgia Dome
 
Class AAAAA
Semifinals
Allatoona 28, Northgate 7
Glynn Academy 24, Ware County 16
 
Championship
Allatoona vs. Glynn Academy
Friday, 8 p.m., Georgia Dome
 
Class AAAA
Semifinals
Buford 35, Woodward Academy 18
Cartersville 38, Bainbridge 7
 
Championship
Buford vs. Cartersville
Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Georgia Dome
 
Class AAA
Semifinals
Westminster 24, Cedar Grove 8
Blessed Trinity 12, Calhoun 7
 
Championship
Westminster vs. Blessed Trinity
Friday, 4:30 p.m., Georgia Dome
 
Class AA
Semifinals
Fitzgerald 40, Jefferson County 20
Pace Academy 45, GAC 20
 
Championship
Fitzgerald vs. Pace Academy
Saturday, 1 p.m., Georgia Dome
 
Class A (public)
Semifinals
Clinch County 26, Commerce 19
Irwin County 19, ECI 15
 
Championship
Clinch County vs. Irwin County
Friday, 1 p.m., Georgia Dome
 
Class A (private)
Semifinals
ELCA 35, Prince Avenue Christian 14
Aquinas 35, Stratford Academy 28
 
Championship
ELCA vs. Aquinas
Saturday, 10 a.m., Georgia Dome
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