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Georgia High School Football Daily-12/12/12

December 12, 2012
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans



POY Watch

Watson nears record, remains No. 1 

Deshaun Watson, the Gainesville quarterback who has moved within 17 passing yards of a career state record, continues to lead GHSF Daily's Player of the Year Watch entering the final weekend of the season.

 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's POY Award has gone to players who have made it to the state finals for 22 of the past 26 seasons.

Jonathan Howard (Scout)
Howard
(Scout.com photo)

 

We do have one player included whose season has ended, partly in tribute to his record-setting performance. That is Wilcox County WR Jonathan Howard, who set a receiving record last week in his team's semifinal loss to Emanuel County Institute.

 

1. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown and passed for 227 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 victory over Whitewater. Watson needs 17 yards to break the state record for career passing yards. He holds the career record for TD passes with 105. For the season, Watson is 278-of-399 passing for 3,707 yards and 47 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He has rushed for 1,356 yards and 22 touchdowns on 208 carries (6.5 ypc). A junior, Watson has committed to Gainesville.

 

2. RB Alvin Kamara, Norcross: Kamara rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries and caught a 65-yard TD pass in a 41-27 victory over Colquitt County. For the season, Kamara has rushed for 2,120 yards and 25 touchdowns on 269 carries (7.9 ypc). Kamara, the top-rated running back in Georgia according to some, is uncommitted.

 

Up arrow 3. RB Travis Custis, Lovejoy: Custis rushed for 192 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 63-42 victory over North Cobb. For the season, Custis has rushed for 2,058 yards and scored 35 touchdowns on 250 carries (8.2 ypc). He also has 26 receptions for 288 yards and two touchdowns. He has committed to Georgia Tech.

 

4. QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Lamb was 10-of-14 passing for 64 yards and rushed for 83 yards in a 21-14 victory over Lamar County. For the season, Lamb is 257-of-373 passing for 3,230 yards and 34 touchdowns with five interceptions for the No. 1-ranked team in Class AA. He has scored 12 touchdowns while rushing for 423 yards. Lamb has committed to South Alabama.

 

5. WB/DB Vonn Bell, Ridgeland: Bell caught a 57-yard TD pass and had five tackles in a 28-27 victory over Marist. For the season, Bell has rushed for 1,039 yards on 91 carries (11.4 ypc), caught 18 passes for 627 yards (34.8 ypc) and scored 21 touchdowns. On defense, he has 136 tackles and three interceptions. A preseason AJC Super 11 pick, Bell is uncommitted.

 

Up arrow 6. RB Darrell Bridges, Ridgeland: Bridges rushed for 164 yards, scored on an 89-yard run and threw two TD passes - one the game-winner in the final minute - in the 28-27 victory over Marist. Bridges has rushed for 2,301 yards and scored 39 touchdowns on 256 carries (9.0 ypc). He is 9-for-18 passing for 307 yards and four touchdowns. He has four catches for 85 yards. Bridges is uncommitted.

 

7. DT Montravius Adams, Dooly County: Adams had two sacks, 10 tackles and 14 QB hurries in a 10-7 victory over Lincoln County in the semifinals. For the season, Adams has 7.5 sacks, 43 hurries, 92 tackles and four forced fumbles. Adams is the top uncommitted recruit in the state and is ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by Scout.com.

 

Up arrow 8. QB Bryant Shirreffs, Jefferson: Shirreffs rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 141 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-14 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian. For the season, Shirreffs is 160-of-249 passing for 2,181 yards and 17 touchdowns with six interceptions. He has rushed for 1,233 yards and 18 touchdowns on 154 carries. Shirreffs has Ivy League offers. He is uncommitted.

 

Up arrow 9. RB/LB Xavier Tobler, Ware County: Tobler rushed for 152 yards and scored all three touchdowns in Ware County's 24-17 victory over Northside of Warner Robins. For the season, Tobler, a two-way starter, has rushed for 1,648 yards, scored 28 touchdowns and made 110 tackles. Tobler has committed to Georgia Southern.

 

10. WR Jonathan Howard, Wilcox County: Howard set a state record for receptions in a season after his 16-catch, 209-yard performance in a 38-27 loss to Emanuel County Institute. For the season, Howard finished with 115 receptions - believed to be the most in state history - for 1,630 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 1,630 yards fell 25 yards short of the state record set in 2010 by Demarcus Robinson of M.L. King.

Championship Game Schedule

(All games at the Georgia Dome)

 

Class AAAAAA

Lovejoy (13-1) vs. Norcross (14-0), 8:30 p.m. Saturday

 

Class AAAAA

Ware County (13-1) vs. Gainesville (11-3), 8:30 p.m., Friday

 

Class AAAA

Sandy Creek (14-0) vs. Ridgeland (13-1), 5:30 p.m. Saturday

 

Class AAA

Buford (11-3) vs. St. Pius (12-2), 5:30 p.m. Friday

 

Class AA

Jefferson (13-1) vs. Calhoun (14-0), 2:30 p.m. Saturday

 

Class A (public)

Dooly County (11-2) vs. ECI (12-1), 11:30 a.m. Saturday

 

Class A (private)

Prince Avenue Christian (11-2) vs. ELCA (12-1), 2:30 p.m. Friday


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In This Issue
POY Watch: Watson nears records, remains No. 1
Championship Game Schedule
List: Teams with longest streaks of reaching the finals
Trivia: Most consecutive losses in championship games
Corrections
All-Region Teams: 3-AAAAAA, 8-AAAA and 5-A
Classifieds
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List
Finals streaks

Buford set a state record this season by reaching the state finals for a sixth consecutive time. Calhoun is back for the fifth year in a row. Here is a list of schools that have made the state finals three straight times or more:

 

Six

2007-12 Buford

 

Five

2000-04 Buford

2008-12 Calhoun

 

Four

1969-72 Adairsville

2003-06 Charlton County

1984-87 Lincoln County

1960-63 Lincolnton

1950-53 Valdosta

1982-85 West Rome

 

Three

1973-75 Americus

1960-62 Carrollton

1984-86 Clarke Central

1948-50 Decatur

1989-91 Lincoln County

1955-57 Northside-W. Robins

1981-83 Palmetto

2000-02 Parkview

2009-11 Savannah Christian

1971-73 SE Bulloch

2003-05 Statesboro

2002-04 Thomas Co. Central

1955-57 Valdosta

1960-62 Valdosta

1964-66 Warren County

Trivia

The record for consecutive state championship defeats is held by Gainesville (six) and two other schools. What are those schools? (Answer Thursday)

 

Answer to Tuesday's question: Buck Cravey is the only coach who has won state titles in the GISA and the GHSA. Cravey won championships at Vidalia (1969) and Pinewood Christian (1997). Mark Farriba of Prince Avenue Christian could be the second to accomplish the feat.

 
Corrections

Our Daily List of teams that have won back-to-back state championships without losses or ties should have included 1956-57 Valdosta and 1982-83 West Rome.

All-Region Teams

3-AAAAAA

Coach of the year: Willie Cannon, Langston Hughes

Player of the year: WR/S Tray Matthews, Newnan, Sr.

Offensive player of the year: RB Dee Godfrey, East Coweta, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: DE DeAndre Walker, Langston Hughes, So.

 

First-team offense

QB - Ellis Richardson, Douglas County, Sr.

RB - Keion Davis, Langston Hughes, Sr.

RB - Quinton Dix, Newnan, Sr.

WR - Traon Moss, Newnan, Sr.

WR - Trevon Badger, Langston Hughes, Sr.

WR - Markel Boston, East Coweta, Jr.

WR - Torrei Jones, Tri-Cities, Sr.

OL - Dominique Threatt, Tri-Cities, Sr.

OL - Jahlil Mathis-Ellis, Langston Hughes, Jr.

OL - Zack Harness, East Coweta, Sr.

OL - Jamal Carlisle, Newnan, Sr.

OL - Shamire Devine, Tri-Cities, Sr.

K - Hernandez, Tri-Cities, Sr.

P - Spencer Smith, East Coweta, Sr.

Ret - Nigel Gay, East Coweta, Sr.

LS - Walker Sandlin, Newnan, Jr.

 

First-team defense

DL - Marcus Adams, Tri-Cities, Sr.

DL - Jeremiah Culbreth, Langston Hughes, So.

DL - Clifton Strong, East Coweta, Sr.

DL - Tyrone Pope, Westlake, Jr.

LB - Tonaris Portress, Newnan, Jr.

LB - Montavious Atkinson, Langston Hughes, So.

LB - Kalil Gray, Langston Hughes, Jr.

DB - Rodney Tennie, Newnan, Sr.

DB - Tyler Brown, East Coweta, Sr.

DB - Joshua Fuller, Langston Hughes, Sr.

DB - Dontavious Long, Tri-Cities, Sr.

 

Second-team offense

QB - Kenny Moxey, Langston Hughes, Jr.

RB - J.K. Britt, Newnan, So.

RB - Terrell Gibson, Douglas County, Sr.

WR - Anthony Graves, Douglas County, Sr.

WR - Tae Eberhardt, Langston Hughes, Sr.

WR - Nigel Gay, East Coweta, Sr.

OL - Quinzavious Sands, Douglas County, Jr.

OL - Anfenney Turner, Newnan, Jr.

OL - Joseph Alexander, Tri-Cities, Jr.

OL - Trevor Arnold, Langston Hughes, Sr.

OL - Luke Clayton, East Coweta, Sr.

P - Tyler Mulvenna, Newnan, Sr.

K - Stefan Whitehead, Langston Hughes, Sr.

 

Second-team defense

DL - Tristan Mann, East Coweta, So.

DL - Willie Boston, Newnan, Sr.

DL - Connor Johnson, Langston Hughes, So.

DL - Chris Burton, East Coweta, Sr.

LB - Jay Godfrey, East Coweta, Sr.

LB - Maurice White, Newnan, Sr.

LB - Cameron Walker, Newnan, Sr.

DB - Darrell Morrow, Newnan, Sr.

DB - Jermaine Burroughs, Douglas County, Sr.

DB - Robert Saunders, Langston Hughes, Sr.

DB - Deontez Williams, Langston Hughes, Sr.

 

Honorable mention: QB: Bryce Gemmel, East Coweta, Jr.; Bailey Bryant, Newnan, So.; RB: Anthony Garner, Douglas County, Sr.; Weylin Orr, East Coweta, Jr.; Charles Middlebrooks, Tri-Cities, Jr.; WR: Wyatt Potter, East Coweta, Sr.; Carlos Merritt, Langston Hughes, Sr.; Bingo Morton, Langston Hughes, Jr.; Ishmael Lewis, Douglas County, Jr.; Eric Hines, Douglas County; Jamari Elliott, Westlake, Fr.; OL - Christian Bruno, Douglas County, Jr.; Innis Claud, Tri-Cities, Fr.; Jordan Shaw, Westlake, Jr.; Tederick Cofield, Westlake; Joshua Brown, Langston Hughes, Sr.; Quandarious Simon, Langston Hughes, Sr.; Jay Russell, Newnan, Sr.; DL: Michael Parris, Douglas County, Jr.; Nashon Hester, Douglas County, Jr., Jabari Lee, Douglas County, Sr.; Deonte Jackson, Langston Hughes, So.; Anfernee Burks, East Coweta, Jr.; LB - Andrekay Askew, Langston Hughes, Sr.; Devin Cox, Langston Hughes, Sr.; Jeffrey McMichael, Douglas County, Jr.; Shane Carey, Douglas County, Jr.; Demario Holland, Tri-Cities, Sr.; CB - Erick Peek, Langston Hughes, Sr.; Shawn Yancey-Hardwick, Langston Hughes, Jr.

 

8-AAAA

Offensive player of the year: RB Chaz Thorton, Stephens County, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: DE Antonius Sims, Eastside, Sr.

Athlete of the year: QB/DB Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area, Jr.

Coach of the year: Matt Fligg Monroe Area

 

First-team offense

QB - Jordan Degraff, Chestatee, Sr.

QB - Taylor Grant, Lanier, Sr.

RB - Quan Clark, Chestatee, Sr.

RB - Kwan Brooks, Monroe Area, Jr.

WR - Marty Sanders, Lanier, Sr.

WR - Tomas Colbert, Stephens County, Sr.

TE - Khalil Cantrell, Chestatee, Jr.

TE - Napoleon Johnson, Eastside, Sr.

OL - Johious Cantrell, Chestatee, Sr.

OL - Cody Costley, Eastside, Sr.

OL - Tyler Flatt, Lumpkin County, Sr.

OL - Caleb Stepp, Lumpkin County, Jr.

OL - Grayson Williams, Monroe Area, Jr.

OL - Elijha Henderson, Stephens County, Sr.

 

First-team defense

DL - Cody Humphries, Chestatee, Jr.

DL - Ricky Viengxay, Lanier, Jr.

DL - Travis Butts, Monroe Area, Sr.

DL - BJ Brown, Stephens County, Sr.

LB - Marcus Griffieth, Eastside, Sr.

LB - Izzy Sam, Lanier, Sr.

LB - Jordan Williams, Stephens County, Sr.

DB - Bryant Johnson, Eastside, Sr.

DB - Onyx Berrios, Lanier, Sr.

DB - Gunner Wood, Lumpkin County, So.

DB - Datavious Malcom, Monroe Area, Sr.

DB - Andrew Randall, Stephens County, Sr.

 

First-team specialists

K - Colton Smith, Eastside, Sr.

K - Chase Slocumb, Lumpkin County, Sr.

P - Drew Merritt, Walnut Grove, Sr.

RET - TJ Sigmund, Monroe Area, Sr.

 

Second-team offense

QB - Dionte Mayfield, Stephens County, Sr.

RB - AJ Sijiye, Chestatee, So.

RB - Alex Smith , Eastside, Sr.

WR - Johnathan Gilreath, Lumpkin County, Jr.

WR - Michael Gallup, Monroe Area, Jr.

WR - DeMarghaiy Conner, Walnut Grove, Sr.

TE - Domonick Jones, Lanier, Sr.

OL - Johnathan West, Chestatee, Sr.

OL - Obie Mash, Eastside, Jr.

OL - Zach Kile, Lumpkin County, Sr.

OL - Thomas Lowery, Stephens County, Jr.

OL - Anthony Cash, Walnut Grove, Sr.

 

Second-team defense

DL - Rondarius Jackson, Eastside, Sr.

DL - Chauncy West, Lanier, Sr.

DL - Trevon Byrd, Monroe Area, Sr.

DL - Gary Walker, Stephens County, So.

LB - Baker McCormack, Chestatee, Sr.

LB - Logan Head, Lumpkin County, Sr.

LB - John Callihan, Monroe Area, Sr.

DB - Kelly Arthur, Chestatee, Sr.

DB - Grey Lee Williams, Lanier, Jr.

DB - Mitchell Stephens, Lumpkin County, Sr.

DB - Malik Freeman, Madison County, Jr.

 

Second-team specialists

K - Cody Brown, Monroe Area, Sr.

P - Daniel McCrary, Lumpkin County, Jr.

RET - Jamal Hardge, Eastside, Jr.

 

5-A

Player of the year: RB/LB Keyante Green, Eagle's Landing Christian, Sr.

Offensive player of the year: RB Jeremiah Kirkland, Landmark Christian, Jr.

Defensive player of the year: DL Isaac Rochelle, Eagle's Landing Christian, Sr.

Lineman of the year: OL/DL Reed McGuire, Landmark Christian, Sr.

Special teams player of the year: ATH Rashard Fant, Our Lady of Mercy, Sr.

Coaches award: Chauncey Laboo, Our Lady of Mercy, Sr.

Coach of the year: Jonathan Gess, Eagle's Landing Christian

 

First-team offense

QB - Dalton Ethridge, Eagle's Landing Christian, Jr.

QB - Elijah Burnette, Mt. Vernon, Jr.

RB - Clay Pfohl, Holy Innocents', Jr.

WR - Josh Nobles, Landmark Christian, Sr.

WR - Kameron Uter, Pace Academy, Sr.

WR - Marquis Griffin, Eagle's Landing Christian, Sr.

OL - Matthew Frank, Our Lady of Mercy, Sr.

OL - Grant Gosden, Holy Innocents', Sr.

OL - JonPaul Reid, Landmark Christian, Sr.

OL - Peyton Johnson, Strong Rock, Sr.

OL - Jake Martin, Eagle's Landing Christian, Sr.

ATH - Kevin Johnson, Pace Academy, So.

 

Second-team defense

DL - Andrew Williams, Eagle's Landing Christian, Jr.

DL - Andreus Holley, Eagle's Landing Christian, Sr.

DL - Jacob Cobb, Landmark Christian, Sr.

DL - Lynix Branch, Our Lady of Mercy, Jr.

LB - Josh Shockley, Eagle's Landing Christian, Sr.

LB - Bryson Durden, Eagle's Landing Christian, Jr.

LB - William Higbie, Landmark Christian, Jr.

DB - Jason Grimes, Holy Innocents', Sr.

DB - Denzel Franklin, Pace Academy, Jr.

DB - DJ Curl, Eagle's Landing Christian, Sr.

DB - Jevius Terry, Eagle's Landing Christian, Sr.

DB - Cole Higbie, Landmark Christian, Sr.

DB - Zach Moss, Strong Rock, Sr.

 

Please send all-region teams to GHSF Daily at ghsfdaily@bellsouth.net. We recommend that all-region teams include the year in school of each player. 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 2013.

Classifieds

South East Georgia Recruiting Fair to be held in Kingsland

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting the 3rd annual South East Georgia Recruiting Fair, which will be held at Camden County High School's Athletic Offices on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The school is conveniently located off I-95 just 30 minutes north of Jacksonville, FL. NCAA and NAIA schools, and junior colleges will be in attendance. Bring copies of your prospect sheet, player highlights, transcripts, and official test scores if applicable. Space is limited and those showing without an RSVP will be last on the priority list for being accommodated. For more information or to RSVP, contact Toby Crews (tcrews@fca.org or 912-281-9510)

 

Strength Clinic to be held Jan. 11 at Marietta High

The 6th Annual Georgia Strength Coaches Association Strength Clinic will be held on Jan. 11 at Marietta High School. Registration is $55. A complete listing of speakers, online payment and more information can be found at www.gscaclinic.blogspot.com. You can also contact Jay Floyd at floydrj@troup.org with any questions.

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