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Griffin Grasshoppers Jermaine Hough Class AAAA Player Of The Year!

January 9, 2012
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Jermaine Hough Named Top AAAA Defender!

Jermaine Hough, who helped lead Lovejoy’s top-rated defense, was named the Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year by the Georgia Sportswriters Association (GSWA).

Eleven other players from the Southern Crescent were named to the first team of the annual all-state team chosen by high school sports writers from around the state. There were five second-team selections and two who made the honorable mention.

Grayson junior defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche was named the all-classification player of the year by the GSWA after helping the Rams win their first-ever state title. Nkemdiche is considered the top junior prospect in the state.

Hough, a Jacksonville State commitment, led a defense that recorded eight shutouts and a team that finished runner-up in Class AAAA with a 14-1 record. The 5-9, 170-pound defensive back had 97 tackles, 24 pass breakups and seven interceptions to lead a defense that allowed only five points per game.

Also making the first team from Lovejoy were defensive back Rico McWilliams, a senior who is headed to South Carolina, and defensive lineman Nathaniel Norwood, who had 41 tackles for losses and 13.5 sacks. On the offensive side of the ball, junior Travis Custis was named first team as a running back. The junior was eighth in the state in rushing with 1,839 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Opening those holes for Custis was offensive tackle Jamal Covington, who also was named to the first team. The Wildcats, the two-time Region 4-AAAA champions, had the most first-team players from the area with five.

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