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Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015


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Kell Classic expanding to nine games 
The Corky Kell Classic, the annual high school football event that symbolizes the opening of each new season, is expanding into middle Georgia in 2016 by adding two Thursday games at Mercer University.
The event, which will be in its 25th year, also lured 2015 state finalists Buford and Roswell, who will play each other on Friday at McEachern.
The Thursday games, set for Mercer's Five Star Stadium in Macon, have Houston County playing Mary Persons followed by Lee County against Jones County. Those will be first-time appearances in the Kell Classic by those schools. On Friday, the Buford-Roswell game precedes South Forsyth vs. Hillgrove at McEachern's Cantrell Stadium.
The traditional Georgia Dome games will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with Kell and Tucker leading off. Colquitt County, ranked No. 1 currently in Class AAAAAA, will play Mill Creek in one of four games in the new Class AAAAAAA.
Fox Sports Southeast will televise the games.
Here is the 2016 schedule:
Thursday, Aug. 18, Mercer University, Macon
5:45 p.m.: Houston County vs. Mary Persons
8:45 p.m.: Lee County vs. Jones County
Friday, Aug. 19, McEachern High School, Powder Springs
5:45 p.m.: Buford vs. Roswell
8:45 p.m.: South Forsyth vs. Hillgrove
Saturday, Aug. 20, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
9 a.m.: Kell vs. Tucker
11:45 p.m.: North Gwinnett vs. Brookwood
2:45 p.m.: Walton vs. Norcross
5:45 p.m.: Colquitt County vs. Mill Creek
8:45 p.m.: McEachern vs. Archer
Championship Game Previews
Roswell vs. Colquitt County
When, where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Roswell is 14-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AAAAAA and No. 3; Colquitt County is 14-0, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAAAA and No. 1.
Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. This is only the second championship game in the highest classification since 2001 between unbeaten teams. The other was Walton vs. Grayson in 2011. Colquitt can become the first school to complete consecutive unbeaten seasons in the highest class since Parkview (2000-02). Roswell is seeking its first title since 2006 and third overall. 2. Colquitt County passes for 256.1 yards and rushes for 187.1, making the Packers potentially the first pass-heavy team to win the highest class since 1971. QB Chase Parrish has thrown for 3,195 yards and 39 touchdowns. That doesn't mean Colquitt isn't an effective running team. The Packers average 6.1 yards per carry but lack any one player with more than 750 yards rushing. 3. Roswell is more of a running team, but like Colquitt, can run and pass. The Hornets have a 3,000-yard passer (Quintarius Neely), 1,500-yard rusher (Sheldon Evans) and 1,000-yard receiver (Jaylen Comma). LB Tre Lamar (committed to Clemson) and DB Xavier McKinney (Alabama) are defensive stars. McKinney has eight interceptions.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Colquitt County by 6
Allatoona vs. Glynn Academy
When, where: 8 p.m. Friday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Allatoona is 13-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AAAAA and No. 10; Glynn Academy is 12-2, the No. 2 seed from 3-AAAAA and unranked.
Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. Allatoona is in the finals for the first time in the school's eight-year history. The Buccaneers are trying to become the first Cobb County Schools team to win a state title. Glynn Academy, one of two unranked teams in the finals, will be making its first appearance in a championship game since 1964, when it beat Avondale for the Class AAA title. 2. Allatoona QB Brandon Rainey and running backs Charles Anderson and Brandon Archibald have combined for 1,908 rushing yards this season, but almost half of that (906 yards) has come in the playoffs after leading rusher Russell Halimon was lost for the year with a knee injury. Anderson leads with 368 yards and Rainey has rushed for 10 touchdowns in the postseason. The Buccaneers average 282.9 yards rushing for the season, and Rainey is 82-for-140 passing for 1,579 yards and 16 TDs. 3. Glynn Academy averages 229.2 yards on the ground and is led by two 1,000-yard rushers - QB Deejay Dallas (155 carries, 1,139 yards and 13 touchdowns) and Garrison Hurd (197-1,077-8). Dallas has passed for just 678 yards, but the Red Terrors can be balanced - they had 130 yards rushing and 122 passing in a 24-16 victory over Ware County last week. They also haven't allowed more than 24 points in a game this season.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Allatoona by 4
Class AAAA
Buford vs. Cartersville
When, where: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Buford is 13-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 8-AAAA and No. 2; Cartersville is 14-0, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAA and No. 1.
Last meeting: Buford won 27-3 in the 2014 Class AAAA semifinals.
Three things to know: 1. This is the only final between No. 1- and No. 2-ranked teams. The No. 2 team is 5-1-1 in those state-final matchups since 2003. That includes Calhoun's 27-20 victory over Washington County in the 2014 AAA final. Buford is after its eighth title in nine seasons, fourth straight and 12th overall. Cartersville is after its third, first since 1999. 2. Cartersville is the most pass-happy team in the finals. The Hurricanes average 256.1 yards passing, 116.6 rushing. QB Trevor Lawrence has thrown for 3,522 yards and 42 touchdowns with only four interceptions. WR Terrius Callahan has 1,187 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns. Cartersville has allowed more than 14 points in a game only once, in a 34-31 victory over North Cobb on Sept. 4. 3. Buford allows only 52.3 yards rushing and 82.4 passing per game, but while the Wolves have shut down some of AAAA's best rushing teams in the playoffs (Worth County, Thomson), they haven't faced an outstanding passing team since losing to McEachern 37-14 on Sept. 4. On offense, Buford averages 260 yards rushing (7.3 ypc), but QB Mic Roof (99-of-144 passing, 1,404 yards, 15 TD) can hurt teams that stack the box.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Buford by 4
Class AAA
Westminster vs. Blessed Trinity
When, where: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Westminster is 10-4, the No. 3 seed from Region 4-AAA and unranked; Blessed Trinity is 13-0-1, the No. 1 seed from 4-AAA and No. 2.
Last meeting: Blessed Trinity won 24-10 on Oct. 16.
Three things to know: 1. This game is one of two rematches between region rivals in the finals (Clinch County vs. Irwin County is the other). Westminster won four consecutive road playoff games to reach the finals for the first time since 1978, when it won the Class AAA title. Westminster is 9-5 in its last 14 playoff games, all of which were on the road. Blessed Trinity, which began its program in 2001, is in the finals for the first time. Coach Tim McFarlin can become the 15th coach to win state titles with two schools (Roswell, 2006). 2. Westminster has been outgained in total offense for the season by about 100 yards but has outscored its opponents 451-255. The Wildcats are led by RB Zay Malcome (184 carries, 1,350 yards, 14 TDs) and QB Rankin Woley (722 yards passing, 494 yards rushing). Blake Gillikin is 13-for-23 on field goals, including a school-record 56-yarder in the quarterfinals. 3. Blessed Trinity LB Logan Craighead (138 total tackles) leads a defense that has not allowed more than 14 points in a game this season. The Titans' offense is driven by RB Milton Shelton (1,806 yards, 27 touchdowns rushing) and QB Conor Davis (1,392 yards, 15 TDs passing). Shelton rushed for 174 yards and Davis passed for 123 yards in the Titans' victory over Westminster in the regular season.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Blessed Trinity by 16
Class AA
Fitzgerald vs. Pace Academy
When, where: 1 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Fitzgerald is 13-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 1-AA and No. 5; Pace Academy is 12-2, the No. 4 seed from 6-AA and No. 9.
Last meeting: Fitzgerald won 49-21 in the 2014 Class AA quarterfinals.
Three things to know: 1. Fitzgerald is 168-37-2 since 2000 with eight region titles, making it perhaps the most successful Georgia football program without a state title in that stretch. Fitzgerald last won a championship in 1948. Pace Academy started football in 2008 and is playing in its first state final. The school was founded in 1958. 2. Fitzgerald averages 351 yards rushing per game. QB James Graham has completed only 15 passes in the playoffs, but he's a great runner - 1,436 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. FB J.D. King has rushed for 2,377 yards and 32 touchdowns. 3. Pace Academy RB Deon Jackson went over 1,000 yards on the season (1,028) last week on a team that gets two-thirds of its offense rushing. But Pace is much more comfortable passing than Fitzgerald. That was evident last week, when Pace shocked second-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian 45-20 and QB Gunnor Faulk was 15-of-21 passing for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Trey Blount, a junior with offers from Alabama and Georgia, had four catches for 101 yards and two TDs.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Fitzgerald by 8
Class A (public)
Clinch County vs. Irwin County
When, where: 1 p.m. Friday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Clinch County is 12-1, the No. 5 seed and No. 4; Irwin County is 10-2-1, the No. 3 seed and No. 6.
Last meeting: Irwin County won 28-12 on Sept. 18.
Three things to know: 1. Although they are 60 miles apart, Clinch and Irwin have played each other 39 times, starting in 1952, when Clinch started varsity football. Irwin leading the series 20-18-1, but Clinch is the more traditional football power with five state titles, the most recent in 2010. Irwin won its only state title in 1975. This is the first meeting between the two in the state playoffs. 2. Irwin County has rushed for 284.9 yards per game and passes for only 48.0. FB/LB DJ. Pollard is the key figure on both sides of the ball. He has rushed for 1,869 yards and has more than 100 tackles, 12 for losses. Irwin made two goal-line stands in the fourth quarter last week to preserve a 19-15 victory over Emanuel County Institute. 3. Clinch County has attempted only 70 passes, completing 24, so the only real secret is who is going to carry the ball. Shannon Young has rushed for 1,550 yards and 21 touchdowns. Quarterbacks Charles McClelland (837) and Trezman Marshall (792) combined for more than 200 yards rushing in the semifinals. And then there's Zebulon Johnson (44-776-12), whose yards-per-carry average is 17.6.
Maxwell Ratings' projection: Clinch County by 2
Class A (private)
Eagle's Landing Christian vs. Aquinas
When, where: 10 a.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Records, rankings: Eagle's Landing Christian is 10-3, the No. 4 seed and No. 2; Aquinas is 12-1, the No. 3 seed and No. 5.
Last meeting: This is the teams' first meeting.
Three things to know: 1. At least one of these schools has played for the private-school championship every year since the GHSA began holding separate playoffs for Class A public and private schools in 2012. Eagle's Landing Christian won the 2012 title and lost to Mount Paran Christian in the final last year. Aquinas beat Calvary Day to win the championship in 2013. Neither school had won a GHSA state title before 2012. 2. ELCA averages 371.3 yards per game, about 75 percent of which comes from a running game led by Trevor Gear (1,427 yards) and Josh Mays (836). QB DJ Hammond has passed for 1,154 yards and rushed for 674. OL Chandler Reeves, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound Clemson commit, has an average grade of 95 percent this year. Mays (52 tackles on defense) and Khaleb Hood (four interceptions, 66 tackles, three kick-return touchdowns) are key two-way players. 3. Aquinas is a little more balanced, averaging 251.7 yards rushing and 154.7 passing. The running game is led by D'Angelo Durham (154 carries, 1,284 yards, 17 touchdowns) and Chris Gates (108-781-13). QB Liam Welch is 117-for-197 passing for 1,973 yards with 18 touchdowns and two interceptions and has rushed for 593 yards and 11 TDs. Sophomore LB Artest Banks leads the team in tackles with 90.

Maxwell Ratings' projection: Eagle's Landing Christian by 12


Four Questions Presented By Ga. Farm Bureau Insurance
1GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We'll report from a different head coach each day.
Lee Shaw, Rabun County
1. What is the most memorable game you've been a part of as a player or coach? "I've been fortunate to have coached in several memorable games during my career. The game I seem to talk about the most would be the 2009 quarterfinal game against Carver-Columbus. We had to play them in Columbus, and they were loaded. The stars lined up on this particular Friday night and we upset, in my opinion, the best AAA team in the state. I've made the comment that if we had played Carver-Columbus 200 more times, we would get beat, but for one special night and two fourth-down conversions late in the game, the biggest upset win in my tenure as head coach at Flowery Branch happened. It solidified the truth that anything can happen on a Friday night."
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why? "I would have loved for Jaybo and Connor to have played for coach Jay Russell. I was an assistant coach for Coach Russell at Rabun County the 1993 season and at Stephens County the '94 season. Coach Russell was a perfect example of how building a personal relationship with players and coaches, motivating the players with some mojo and keeping the game of football in perspective could influence and make a difference in everyone associated with the game of football. Coach Jay Russell was a tremendous 'difference maker' during his tenure as a football coach." [Russell is now the assistant executive director of the Georgia High School Association.]
3. What is your favorite saying/motto? "My favorite saying is, 'It's the hard that makes it good!' I believe that if a team wants to go from bad to good or good to great, you must go through the hard. You have to suffer together."
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed? "I would love for the GHSA to allow teams to play a jamboree scrimmage at the end of spring practice. It would give players a purpose for a great spring practice and it would excite the community while adding another gate to the athletic budget, which we all need!"
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All-Region Teams
Please send all-region teams to GHSF Daily at 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.
Player of the year: RB Sam Jackson, McEachern, Sr.
Offensive player of the year: QB Bailey Hockman, McEachern, Jr.
Defensive player of the year: DL Julian Rochester, McEachern, Sr.
Most outstanding sophomore: DE Azeez Ojulari, Marietta, So.
Coach of the year: Kyle Hockman, McEachern
First-team offense
QB - Bailey Hockman, McEachern, Jr.
RB - Jai Erwin, North Cobb, Jr.
RB - Sam Jackson, McEachern, Sr.
RB - Darius Clark, Harrison, Jr.
WR - Jeremiah Bridges, Hillgrove, Sr.
WR - Tyler Simmons, McEachern, Sr.
WR - CJ Windham, McEachern, Sr.
WR - DJ Owens, North Paulding, Sr.
WR - Drew Tejchman, North Cobb, Jr.
TE - Seth Simmer, Harrison, Sr.
T - Tremayne Anchrum, McEachern, Sr.
T - Trey Iorrillo, Harrison, Jr.
G - Darrius Thomas, McEachern, Sr.
G - Robert Broz, Hillgrove, Sr.
G - AJ Diaz, North Cobb, Jr.
C - Danny Connors, Harrison, Sr.
PK - Cesar Dominguez, McEachern, Sr.
LS - Michael Somers, North Cobb, Sr.
KR - Devon Henderson, Marietta, Sr.
First-team defense
DT - Julian Rochester, McEachern, Sr.
DT - Andrew Tarver, McEachern, Sr.
DE - Chris Lewis, Marietta, Jr.
DE - Seth Simmer, Harrison, Sr.
LB - CJ Turner, Harrison, Jr.
LB - Chandler Wooten, North Cobb, Jr.
LB - Sam Griffith, Hillgrove, Sr.
LB - Cameron Tew, Hillgrove, Sr.
DB - Jalen Phelps, Hillgrove, Sr.
DB - Anjani Kerr, McEachern, Sr.
DB - Drew Tejchman, North Cobb, Jr.
DB - Dexter Davis, Harrison, Sr.
DB - Devon Henderson, Marietta, Sr.
P - Bailey Hockman, McEachern, Jr.
PR - Sam Jackson, McEachern, Sr.
Second-team offense
QB - Kyle Banks, North Paulding, Sr.
RB - CJ Cole, North Cobb, Jr.
WR - Bingo Long, Hillgrove, Sr.
WR - DJ Render, North Cobb, Sr.
WR - Quannie Green, North Cobb, Jr.
WR - Devon Henderson, Marietta, Sr.
TE - Christian Roberson, McEachern, Sr.
TE - Dylan Autenrieth, North Paulding, Sr.
TE - Ryland Goede, Kennesaw Mountain, Fr.
TE - Chigoziem Okonkwo, Hillgrove, So.
T - Chase Richardson, North Paulding, Sr.
T - Derrell Abram, Hillgrove, Jr.
T - Hayes Barber, Hillgrove, Sr.
G - Adam Hoey, Marietta, Sr.
G - Adam Williams, Marietta, Sr.
C - Brian Marshall, Marietta, Sr.
PK - Luke Mozley, Marietta, Jr.
PK - Eyrick Abney, Hillgrove, Sr.
LS - Eric Graham, McEachern, Sr.
LS - Jackson Daniel, North Paulding, Sr.
KR - Tyler Simmons, McEachern, Sr.
Second-team defense
DT - Lamar Fomby, Hillgrove, Sr.
DT - Keano Aitken, North Cobb, Sr.
DE - Xavier Reddick, McEachern, Jr.
DE - Larry Bryant, North Cobb, Sr.
LB - Justin Scott, Kennesaw Mountain, Jr.
LB - Allen Cooper, McEachern, Sr.
LB - Michael Nwagbara, McEachern, Sr.
LB - Emmanuel Pelzer, North Cobb, Sr.
DB - Austin Woods, Hillgrove, Sr.
DB - Brycen Colon, Kennesaw Mountain, Sr.
DB - Bryan Okeh, McEachern, Sr.
DB - DeWayne Smith, Marietta, Jr.
P - John Devine, Hillgrove, Sr.
PR - Devon Henderson, Marietta, Sr.
Honorable mention: QB Matthew Wilson, Hillgrove, Sr.; QB Will Lovett, North Cobb, So.; WR Robert Harris, Marietta, Sr.; WR Aiden Loucks, Harrison, Sr.; OT Zach Edgar, Kennesaw Mountain, Sr.; OT Christian Albright, North Cobb, Jr.; OT Chris Lewis, Marietta, Jr.; C Evan Cave, North Paulding, Sr.; PK Mewasiah Gaypia, North Cobb, Jr.; PK Adam Dixon, North Paulding, Sr.; DT Greyson Iszler, Harrison, Sr.; DE Azeez Ojulari, Marietta, So.; DE Chris Reynolds, Kennesaw Mountain, Sr.; DE Spencer Metcalfe, Hillgrove, Sr.; LB Christopher Kalafut, Harrison, Jr.; LB Robert Fisher, Harrison, Jr.; LB Logan Craig, Kennesaw Mountain, Sr.; LB Chrishon Daniels, Marietta, Sr.; LB Brenden Looper, Marietta, Sr.; LB Kendrick Knight, Marietta, Jr.; LB Martel Sanders, Marietta, Jr.; LB Courtney Mills, McEachern, Jr.; LB Tre Urquhart, North Cobb, So.; LB Javier Williams, North Paulding, Sr.; LB Kalechi Kagha, Hillgrove, Sr.; DB Oliver Eliezer, North Paulding, Sr.; DB Bryce Sims, McEachern, Sr.; DB Gilbert Blow, North Cobb, Sr.; DB Devin Smith, Harrison, Jr.; DB Terrell Myers, Marietta, Sr.; P Luke Mozley, Marietta, Jr.
Player of the year: QB Zerrick Cooper, Jonesboro, Sr.
Offensive player of the year: RB Antonio Gibson, Eagle's Landing, Sr.
Defensive player of the year: DL Kali James, Jonesboro, Sr.
Coach of the year: DeTimothy Floyd, Jonesboro
Subregion A
First-team offense
QB - Cameron Maddox, Locust Grove, Sr.
RB - Caleb Huntley, Locust Grove, Jr.
RB - Eric Stokes, Eastside, Jr.
WR - Champ Leddon, Locust Grove, Jr.
WR - Josh Sims, Eastside, Jr.
WR - Daniel Joseph, Henry County, Sr.
TE - Emmitt Sherrod, Eagle's Landing, Sr.
OL - Jahmal Wynter, Henry County, Jr.
OL - Andrew Moody, Locust Grove, Sr.
OL - Nick Fournier, Walnut Grove, Sr.
OL - Roderick Russaw, Eagle's Landing, Jr.
OL - Chandler Sweat, Eastside, Jr.
First-team defense
DL - Dorius Rogers, Locust Grove, Sr.
DL - Mantel Wargh, Eagle's Landing, Sr.
DL - Javarius Phillips, Walnut Grove, So.
DL - Kurt Voltaire, Henry County, So.
LB - Calvin Durham, Locust Grove, Jr.
LB - Willie Ray, Walnut Grove, Sr.
LB - Reggie McBride, Eagle's Landing, Sr.
LB - Garrett Stevens, Eastside, Jr.
DB - Dominique Joseph, Henry County, Sr.
DB - Davin Griffieth, Eastside, Jr.
DB - Cameron Miller, Eagle's Landing, Jr.
DB - DJ Rivers, Walnut Grove, Jr.
First-team special teams
ATH - Daniel Roberts, Hampton, Sr.
P - Juan Gibbs, Eastside, Jr.
K - Logan Friddell, Eagle's Landing, So.
Second-team offense
QB - Austin Holloway, Eastside, Jr.
RB - Tydre Colquitt, Walnut Grove, Jr.
RB - Aaron Bryant, Henry County, Sr.
WR - Dashun Smith, Walnut Grove, Jr.
WR - Noah Holland, Locust Grove, Jr.
WR - Brayden Harper, Eastside, So.
TE - Aubrey Price, Locust Grove, Sr.
OL - Ethan Galloway, Eastside, Sr.
OL - Craven Goodman, Locust Grove, So.
OL - Mason Ledford, Walnut Grove, Jr.
OL - Alex Le, Henry County, Jr.
OL - Drayton Hauth, Eagle's Landing, Jr.
Second-team defense
DL - Jenario Lemark, Locust Grove, Sr.
DL - Brady Dial, Eastside, Sr.
DL - Jalen Mitchell, Eagle's Landing, Sr.
DL - Jordan Johnson, Hampton, Jr.
LB - Justin Howard, Henry County, Sr.
LB - Logan Smith, Locust Grove, Fr.
LB - Micah Hart, Eastside, Jr.
LB - JC Perry, Hampton, So.
DB - Joah Curry, Locust Grove, Jr.
DB - Caleb Allen, Eastside, Jr.
DB - Jordan Brown, Hampton, Jr.
DB - Starr Rawls, Eagle's Landing, Jr.
Second-team special teams
ATH - Mikal Baker, Walnut Grove, Jr.
P - Bailey Hernandez, Walnut Grove, Jr.
K - Andy Gerrard, Henry County, Jr.
Subregion B
First-team offense
QB - Naricuss Driver, Spalding, Jr.
RB - Montrailous Mosley, Jonesboro, Sr.
RB - AJ Moses, Spalding, Jr.
WR - Greg White, Riverdale, Jr.
WR - Jordan Griffin, Jonesboro, Sr.
WR - Rasheed Marshall, Spalding, Jr.
TE - Calder Marria, Jonesboro, Jr.
OL - Broderius Hamm, Spalding, Sr.
OL - Marquez Martin, Griffin, Sr.
OL - Jeffrey Taylor, Jonesboro, Sr.
OL - Chris Andrews, Riverdale, Jr.
OL - Jameer Owens, Griffin, Sr.
First-team defense
DL - Joshua James, Jonesboro, Sr.
DL - Kannon Banks, Jonesboro, Sr.
DL - Noah Clowers, Griffin, Sr.
DL - Jamal Michaels, Mount Zion, Sr.
LB - Kelvin Johnson, Spalding, Jr.
LB - Myrick Walker, Riverdale, Jr.
LB - Dezmond Harris, Jonesboro, Jr.
LB - Roman Victor, Mount Zion, Jr.
DB - Jaylon Harden, Griffin, Sr.
DB - Brian Dickerson, Mount Zion, Sr.
DB - Jeremy Judge, Mount Zion, Sr.
DB - Nick Butler, Pike County, Sr.
First-team special teams
ATH - Deaundre Alford, Spalding, Sr.
P - Nick Butler, Pike County, Sr.
K - Adan Morales, Griffin, Jr.
LS - Jacob Fuqua, Pike County, Sr.
Second-team offense
QB - Joseph Cambridge, Riverdale, Jr.
RB - Dedrick Tyus, Griffin, Jr.
RB - Taivon Copeland, Mount Zion, Sr.
WR - Carlton Crosdale, Riverdale, Sr.
WR - Lennox Copeland, Mount Zion, Jr.
WR - Kerrson Aikens, Griffin, Jr.
TE - Chase Smith, Pike County, Jr.
OL - Andrew Ward, Pike County, Jr.
OL - Brian Williams, Riverdale, Jr.
OL - Cameron Smith, Mount Zion, Sr.
OL - LaDarius Shoats, Griffin, Sr.
OL - Henry Hart, Spalding, Sr.
Second-team defense
DL - Dante Walker, Riverdale, Fr.
DL - Christian Cheeves, Spalding, Sr.
DL - Terry Fuller, Griffin, Jr.
DL - Tyree Leonard, Mount Zion, Jr.
LB - Kameron Weems, Spalding, Jr.
LB - Cody Streit, Griffin, Jr.
LB - Jason Sears, Jonesboro, Sr.
LB - Jaylin Willis, Spalding, Sr.
DB - Demaje Carter, Mount Zion, So.
DB - Malik Taylor, Griffin, So.
DB - Davis Daniels, Spalding, Jr.
DB - Hamp Swift, Pike County, So.
Second-team special teams
ATH - Montavion Brooks, Jonesboro, So.
P - Seadrick Phlegm, Mount Zion, Jr.
K - Trey Gregory, Spalding, Sr.
Honorable mention: Eagle's Landing - Bryce Dewberry, Braijon Lewis, Brandon Machuca, Tylan Murray, Justin Robertson. Eastside - Lamarius Benson, Cameron Gaither, Spurgeon Gaither, Saage Lee, Cody Mash, Kade Mote, Tiaje Thomas. Griffin - Sims Bostic, Zyquez Combs, Tylan Morton, Isaiah Spruill, Tru Thompson, Antonio Bankston. Hampton - Monex Charles, Peyton Johnson, Derrick Oliver, Sirvetus Ratcliffe, BJ Thomas, Chase Wilson. Henry County - Jamal Edge, Jeremy Howard, Jordan Thomas. Jonesboro - Terick Bulkom, Kendall Hillmon, Larry Pierre, Kenneth Qualls, Octavious Troutmon, William Wise. Mount Zion - Darius Bethea, Yasin Cabeza, Emmanuel Clark, Hiel Cody, Brandon Faison, Anthony Gilmore, Quintavius Neal, Timotheus Slade. Riverdale - Deon Andrews, Derrion Dukes, Kevon Glenn, Chidi Okonya, Tyrick Walker. Spalding - John Acosta, Quan Armstrong, Devante Jordan, Jaylin Turnipseed, Nautica Watson. Walnut Grove - Cameron Brown, William Cash, Chandler Cason, Isaiah Clark, Ray Clark, Dakota Cox, Conner Hix, Parker Lancaster, Jake Peevy.
Co-offensive players of the year: RB Taylor Trammell, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.; and QB Ryan McCarthy, Pinecrest Academy, Jr.
Defensive player of the year: LB Malik Martin, Trion, Sr.
Lineman of the year: OL/DL Reid Kroeber, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
Coach of the year: Todd Winter, Pinecrest Academy
First-team offense
QB - Tyson Cooper, Christian Heritage, Sr.
RB - Jace Jordan, Mount Zion, Jr.
RB - Ahmad Tanner, Christian Heritage, Jr.
FB - Ethan Pugh, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.
WR - Seth Hutchinson, Christian Heritage, Sr.
WR - Gabe Howell, Trion, Sr.
OL - Brady Scott, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.
OL - Carter Smith, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.
OL - Ben Sizemore, Mount Zion, Sr.
OL - Chandler Butler, Mount Zion, Jr.
OL - Matthew Wilson, Trion, Jr.
OL - Avery Eikost, Walker, Sr.
OL - Max Rowan, Walker, Sr.
TE - John Allen Knox, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.
AP - Nasir Porter, Christian Heritage, So.
First-team defense
DL - Ben Snavely, Walker, Sr.
DL - Jake Daffron, Trion, Sr.
DL - Antonio Brown, Mount Zion, Sr.
DL - Allen Carter, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.
DL - John Wesley Whiteside, Christian Heritage, Jr.
LB - Daniel Anderson, Mount Zion, Sr.
LB - Christian Corn, Mount Zion, Jr.
LB - Garrett Harris, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.
LB - Drake Clowdis, Trion, Sr.
DB - Kyle Gaither, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.
DB - Crofford Helton, Mount Zion, Jr.
DB - DeVonya Farmer, Trion, Sr.
DB - Jarrett Pierce, Trion, Jr.
First-team special teams
PK - Heath Hardaway, Christian Heritage, Jr.
P - Jackson McLarty, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.
Second-team offense
QB - Joseph Vose, Walker, So.
QB - Jarrett Gill, Trion, So.
RB - Richard Farley, Mount Zion, Jr.
RB - Jack Lee, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.
WR - CJ Ackles, Mount Zion, So.
WR - Devin Smith, Christian Heritage, Jr.
WR - JT Reichenbach, Walker, Jr.
OL - Gunter LaPrad, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.
OL - Ben Chapman, Trion, Sr.
OL - Hunter Chance, Christian Heritage, Sr.
OL - Luke Burdette, Christian Heritage, Sr.
OL - Jarod Willingham, Trion, Sr.
TE - David McCary, Trion, Sr.
AP - Evan Walker, Trion, Sr.
Second-team defense
DL - Emmett Taliaferro, Mt Paran, Jr.
DL - Evan Acres, Christian Heritage, Jr.
DL - Logan Blevins, Trion, So.
DL - Silas Hicks, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.
DL - Jason Lofton, Mount Zion, Jr.
LB - Konnor Henkle, Mount Paran Christian, So.
LB - Cole Helton, Mt Zion, So.
LB - Connor Coolbroth, Walker, Jr.
DB - Jake Wilson, Mount Paran Christian, Fr.
DB - Tracy Hale, Mount Zion, Sr.
DB - Griffin Floyd, Trion, Sr.
Second-team special teams
PK - Austin Gass, Walker, So.
P - Dillon Lovell, Mount Zion, Sr.
First-team offense
QB - Ryan McCarthy, Pinecrest Academy, Jr.
RB - Greg Varghese, Pinecrest Academy, Sr.
RB - Andrew Johnson, Fellowship Christian, Jr.
RB - Avery Showell, St. Francis, Jr.
WR - Conner Richey, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
WR - Creighton Buchanan, King's Ridge, Sr.
OL - Garrison Winter, Pinecrest Academy, Jr.
OL - Reid Kroeber, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
OL - Tad Aycock, Fellowship Christian, So.
OL - Pat Ainsworth, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
OL - Connor Caffrey, Whitefield Academy, Sr.
OL - Alan Yadav, Pinecrest Academy, Jr.
OL - Stone Brown, Pinecrest Academy, Fr.
OL - Alex Meredith, St. Francis, Sr.
AP - Kai Williams, Mount Pisgah Christian, So.
First-team defense
DL - Will Brown, Pinecrest Academy, Jr.
DL - Jack Geier, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
DL - Michael Grier, St. Francis, Jr.
DL - TJ Carter, Whitefield Academy, Sr.
LB - Peter Nelson, Pinecrest Academy, Sr.
LB - JR Cendoya, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
LB - Max Miller, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.
LB - Nick Thompson, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
LB - Dayrian Basco, St. Francis, Sr.
LB - Orion Caldwell, King's Ridge, Jr.
LB - Cameron Jenkins, Whitefield Academy, Sr.
DB - Carson Holler, Pinecrest Academy, Jr.
DB - Mitchell Ojeda, Pinecrest Academy, Sr.
DB - Jack Hardin, Fellowship Christian, Jr.
DB - Jacob Greene, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
First-team special teams
PK - Jake Williamson, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
P - Chase Clark, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
Snapper - Parker Lefton, King's Ridge, So.
Second-team offense
QB - Jacob Cendoya, Mount Pisgah Christian, So.
RB - Michael Birozes, Pinecrest Academy, So.
RB - Jordan Ferguson, St. Francis, Jr.
RB - Jordan Edge, Whitefield Academy, Sr.
RB - Tyler Matheson, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
WR - Jacob Greene, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
WR - Justin Gilvin, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
OL - Garrett Brasher, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
OL - Nic Bernier, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
OL - Connor Mediate, St. Francis, Sr.
OL - Davis Shaw, Fellowship Christian, So.
OL - Ty Mclemore, Whitefield Academy, Sr.
AP - Lawson Hill, King's Ridge, Jr.
AP - Jordan Greer, Whitefield Academy, Sr.
Second-team defense
DL - Nolan Stafford, Pinecrest Academy, So.
DL - Nikhil Sharma, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.
DL - Kyle Holt, Whitefield Academy, Fr.
DL - Wyatt McMahon, King's Ridge, Jr.
LB - Will Patota, Pinecrest Academy, So.
LB - Jonathan Gigia, Mount Pisgah Christian, So.
LB - Clay Buckweitz, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
LB - Zac Wanamaker, St. Francis, Sr.
DB - Corey Downes, Pinecrest Academy, Jr.
DB - Alden Pascucci, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.
DB - David Woodard, Mount Pisgah Christian, So.
DB - Jacob Davis, St. Francis, Sr.
DB - Anthony Showell, St. Francis, Sr.
DB - Jordan Saibu, Whitefield Academy, Jr.
Second-team special teams
PK - William Hellier, Whitefield Academy, Jr.
P - Luke Miltner, Whitefield Academy, Sr.
Honorable mention: OLB Beau Slay, Walker, So.; RB Lawson Ashy, Walker, Jr.; TE Charlie Maxwell, Walker, Sr.; OL/DL Hunter Nourzad, Walker, So.; OL James Snavely, Walker, So.; QB Matthew Norton, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.; LB Jackson Reese, Mount Paran Christian, So.; LB McCord Hood, Trion, Sr.; DB Holt Shannon, Mount Paran Christian, Jr.; OL Wells Settlemyer, Mount Paran Christian, Sr.; OLB Tay Hunt, Mount Zion, So.; FB Ivery Wheat, Mount Zion, Sr.; TB Kareem Walker, Mount Zion, So.; WR Cal Helton, Mount Zion, Jr.; QB Jordan Akin, Mount Zion, Jr.; LB Brooks Binkley, Pinecrest Academy, So.; RB Spencer Shields, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.; OL Parker Bishop, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.; DL Noah West, Mount Pisgah Christian, Jr.; DB Michael Provost, Mount Pisgah Christian, Sr.; OL/DL Carson White, St. Francis, Sr.; OL/DL Chandler White, St. Francis, Sr.; QB Matt Davis, St. Francis, Jr.; OL/DL Josh Snyder, St. Francis, Sr.; OL Jalen Miller, Whitefield Academy, So.; FB/LB KJ Cainion, Whitefield Academy, So.; OL Zach Pitts, King's Ridge, Sr.; QB Reid Martin, King's Ridge, Jr.; WR Will Shultz, Whitefield Academy, Sr.; WR Coby Gregory, Whitefield Academy, Jr.; OL Coleman Miller, Whitefield Academy, So.; LB Thomas Joiner, Whitefield Academy, So.; DB Chip Goldsmith, Whitefield Academy, So.; QB Luke Persons, Whitefield Academy, So.; DT/OL Jake Lewis, Whitefield Academy, So.; WR/DB Dequavious Belle, Whtiefield Academy, So.; AP Ellis Merriweather, King's Ridge, Jr.; WR Jack McHugh, King's Ridge, Jr.; WR/DB Svenn Cornelius, King's Ridge, Jr.




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1985 - #1 Clarke Central 21, Warner Robins 7 (AAAA)
1987 - #1 Central (Carrollton) 28, R.E. Lee 7 (AA)
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1991 - #1 Clinch County 11, Lincoln County 8 (A)
1995 - Lincoln County 12, #1 Macon County 0 (A)
1996 - #1 Washington County 22, Americus 21 (AA)
1997 - #1 Washington County 42, Carrollton 28 (AA)
2001 - #1 Parkview 12, Northside (Warner Robins) 7 (AAAAA)
2003 - Hawkinsville 18, #1 Lincoln County 8 (A)
2004 - #1 Hawkinsville 14, Clinch County 14 (A)
2005 - Statesboro 13, #1 Northside (Warner Robins) 10 (AAAA)
2007 - #1 Emanuel County Institute 41, Wilcox County 21 (A)
2011 - Calhoun 27, #1 Buford 24 (AA)
2013 - Lovett 14, #1 Lamar County 7 (AA)
2014 - Calhoun 27, #1 Washington County 20 (AAA)
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(All games will be televised by Georgia Public Broadcasting and be available online on the NFHS Network) 

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


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