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December 17, 2013
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Top Performances For The Year

Parks' game in final is season's best

Each Tuesday during the regular season, GHSF Daily published a list of Top Performances from the previous weekend.


Here are our choices for the best 10 individual performances for the 2013 season.


But first, let's discuss a few players and performances that didn't make the final list. We can hear them now: "What more do I have to do?"


Two running backs from the Augusta area rushed for exactly 402 yards in a game this season. Fewer than 12 players have done that in history. Kahlige Fleglar of Glenn Hills scored all five of his team's touchdowns on just 14 carries in a 34-0 victory over Cross Creek. Each of his TD runs covered more than 50 yards. Dontarius Brookins of Hancock Central scored seven touchdowns on 15 carries in a 66-14 victory over Twiggs County.


The era of the workhorse running back is still with us. Chapel Hill sophomore RB Jamarcus Morrissette had 56 carries for 385 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 38-28 victory over B.E.S.T. Academy. Alexander junior RB Mikell Lands-Davis had 49 carries for 312 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-19 victory over LaGrange. Lands-Davis had 30 attempts for 191 yards in the second half alone. Aquinas junior Ruben Garnett had 41 carries for 284 yards and scored four touchdowns in the 42-14 victory that ended Lincoln County's 32-game winning streak against the eventual Class A private-school champions.


We didn't forget the passers. Hillgrove QB Elijah Ironside threw for 395 yards and seven touchdowns in a 63-28 victory over Campbell. He became only the eighth player in GHSA history with as many as seven TD passes in a game. North Paulding QB Chase Noonan threw for 464 yards and six touchdowns in a 62-46 victory over Allatoona. Cherokee junior QB Spencer Ashley threw for 455 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-41 loss to Lassiter.


Specialists don't get the credit they deserve. PK/P A.J. Wells won a couple of games with late field goals for eventual Class A public-school champion Marion County. His best game might've come in a 27-25 regular-season victory over Dooly County when he made field goals of 47 and 31 yards, kicked five touchbacks, was 3-of-3 on extra points, punted five times for a 43.0 average and put three punts inside the 20-yard line. Another fine kicking game was that of Brookwood's Brandon Morrow in a 30-27 victory over Grayson that put Brookwood in the playoffs. Morrow kicked five field goals, one in overtime. They covered 42, 46, 47, 20 and 31 yards.


Defensive players aren't nominated nearly enough, either. Two defensive linemen from Colquitt County nearly made our year-end Top 10. DE Quintin Hampton had six sacks and 15 tackles overall in a 37-7 victory over Lowndes. DT Jamiyus Pittman had seven solo tackles, nine assists, four tackles for losses and two sacks in a 21-6 victory over Grayson. Another good performance was the first-round playoff effort of Hughes DE D'Andre Walker, who had 14 tackles, four for losses, two sacks and a forced fumble in a 34-20 victory over Valdosta.


Teams are scoring more points than ever, but seven touchdowns will always be a lot. Drew RB Marquis Terry and McIntosh RB Victory Nguyen each accomplished that feat this season - in the same game. Terry rushed for 219 yards and caught six passes for 100 yards. Nguyen rushed for 222 yards on 19 carries and five touchdowns, caught two passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns and had 119 yards in kickoff returns. McIntosh won 77-56.


And then there are those two-way starters who never leave the field. Two of the best were Campbell's Mike Rogers and Vidalia's Tra Hardy. Rogers rushed for 359 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-35 victory over Kennesaw Mountain. He made seven solo tackles and three assists and forced a fumble. Hardy's best game came against Atkinson County in a 41-0 victory. Hardy rushed for 245 yards on six carries, four that went for touchdowns (26, 72, 80, 63 yards). He also returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown.


A Top Performances list would not be complete without a mention of Nick Chubb. The Cedartown senior had eight 200-yard rushing games. His best effort probably was the 358-yard, five-touchdown game against Pickens, a 42-34 Cedartown victory.


And finally, there is the one performance that we'll call the best of the rest, the one that was most difficult to leave out of the Top 10 just for how much this player meant to his team and community. In the first round of the Class AAA playoffs, Ringgold QB Slade Dale rushed for 164 yards and passed for 220 yards and had a hand in seven touchdowns - four rushing, three passing - in a 55-54 victory over North Hall. It was Ringgold's first playoff victory in its history in a magical season that took the Tigers to the Class AAA semifinals.


Without further adieu, the Top 10 for 2013:


1. Griffin QB Jaquez Parks was 16-of-21 passing for 338 yard and two touchdowns and rushed for 216 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in a 56-35 victory over Carrollton in the Class AAAA championship game. Parks' total of 554 yards from scrimmage is a record for the state finals. Griffin won its first state title in 35 years.

Jaquez Parks' 73-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter put the finishing touches on a 56-35 victory over Carrollton in the Class AAAA championship game at the Georgia Dome. (Photo by Jason Getz / Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

2. Lovejoy WR Preston Williams caught seven passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns, intercepted a pass, made a touchdown-saving tackle and returned a kickoff 37 yards to set up the winning touchdown, which he scored on a 47-yard reception on the game's final play, in a 27-23 first-round playoff victory over Marietta.


3. Heard County RB Duranta Dunson rushed for 463 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries in a 61-57 loss to Jefferson in the second round of the playoffs. The rushing total set a GHSA playoff record and fell only 13 yards short of the state record set by Don Calloway of Miller County in 1999. Dunson also had 14 tackles at free safety in the game.


4. Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson passed for 430 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 113 yards in a 51-12 victory over South Paulding. The fact that it was the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs gave it the edge over his Sept. 27 game against Heritage of Conyers, against which he was 27-of-30 passing for 315 yards and six touchdowns. That was pretty much one half of work. 


5. North Oconee RB Kawon Bryant rushed for 371 yards and scored eight touchdowns on 34 carries in a 62-27 victory over Jackson County. Bryant's eight touchdowns are tied for second-most in a single game in GHSA history behind Kenneth Moore's 10 for Calhoun in 1948.


6. Wayne County WR Krenwick Sanders had six receptions - all for touchdowns - and 279 yards in a 49-34 victory over Monroe in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. The six touchdown receptions in a game are a Georgia playoff record. They covered 60, 71, 20, 47 and 52 yards in the first half, 29 yards in the second.


7. Peachtree Ridge RB Jordan Ellis rushed for 263 yards and six touchdowns - 250 yards and five touchdowns in the first half - in a 59-20 victory over Lassiter in the first round of the AAAAAA playoffs. Ellis did it in 23 carries.


8. North Gwinnett WR Nate Brown had 10 receptions for 172 and four touchdowns in a 36-17 victory over eventual champion Norcross in a Sept. 13 regular-season game. Norcross would not give up four touchdowns in a game to any team, much less a player, in winning its next 12 games.


9. Norcross DE Lorenzo Carter had two sacks and six tackles for losses in a 28-0 victory over Collins Hill on Oct. 11 that turned around what became a state-championship season for the defending Class AAAAAA champions. Collins Hill averaged 42.6 points per game against non-Norcross opponents and scored at least 21 points against every other team.


10. Burke County QB Donquell Green scored five touchdowns, one on a pass reception, and passed for two, accounting for all seven of his team's touchdowns in a 49-43 overtime victory over Wayne County in the Region 3-AAAA championship game. Green was 7-of-11 passing for 226 yards and rushed for 178 yards on 26 carries.

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In This Issue
Top Performances For The Year: Parks' game in final is season's best
List: Championship coaches who also won state titles as players
Trivia: Player with the most passing yards in the state finals
Coach Speak
All-Region Teams: 1-AAAAAA, 7-AAAAA Div. B, 5-A and 8-A
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Both sides of a title

Creekside coach Olten Downs and Griffin coach Steve Devoursney won their first state titles as head coaches this season. They also were state champions as players. Here are several, if not all,  who have won state titles in Georgia as players and head coaches:


*Olten Downs (2000 Shaw player, 2013 Creekside coach)

*Steve Devoursney (1988 R.E. Lee player, 2013 Griffin coach)

*Eric Parker (1983 Mitchell-Baker player, 2011 Burke County coach)

*Hal Lamb (1981 Commerce player, 2011 Calhoun coach)

*Charlie Winslette (1967 Putnam County player, 1985 West Rome coach, 1993 Greene-Taliaferro coach)

*Phil Lindsey (1965 Bradwell Institute player, 1991 Lakeside of Atlanta coach)

*Dale Williams (1957 Valdosta player, 1977, 1981 Waycross coach)

*Joe Wilson (1951 Valdosta player, 1980 Lowndes coach)


Jaquez Parks of Griffin passed for 338 yards in the state championship game against Carrollton. Which player holds the record for most passing yards in the state finals? (Answer Wednesday)


Answer to Monday's question: The first father-and-son pair to win state championships as head coaches were Rodney Walker (West Rome) and son Chip Walker (Sandy Creek).

Coach Speak

"They only remember December."

- Prince Avenue Christian T-shirts


GHSF Daily asked coaches during the offseason if they have a favorite quote, saying or motto. We'll run a different one each day. Coaches are invited to add to our list.

All-Region Teams

Please send all-region teams to GHSF Daily at ghsfdaily@bellsouth.net. We will publish any all-region 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 2014. 


Coach of the year: Welton Coffey, Camden County

Player of the year: Kalvaraz Bessent, Camden County

Offensive player of the year: Corey Dixon, Brunswick

Defensive player of the year: Tre' Jackson, Lowndes

Special teams player of the year: Mac Loudermilk, Valdosta

Athlete of the year: Antonio Wimbush, Camden County

Utility player of the year: Anthony Fussell, Coffee


First-team offense

QB - Tyree Paulk, Coffee

RB - Malcolm Joseph, Valdosta

RB - Sihiem King, Colquitt County

TE - Jalen Wilkerson, Coffee

OL - Trayvon Williams, Camden County

OL - Dyshon Sims, Lowndes

OL - Wyatt Miller, Coffee

OL - Gabe Mobley, Colquitt County

OL - Ike Powell, Tift County

WR - Ayante McKever, Coffee

WR - Alex Cason, Valdosta

WR - Todd Boyd, Colquitt County

P - Evan Mossberg, Camden County

K - Jesse Tovar, Coffee


First-team defense

DL - Quinton Hampton, Colquitt County

DL - Anthony Johnson, Camden County

DL - Zack Copeland, Lowndes

DL - Darrius Sapp, Valdosta

LB - Anthony Smith, Valdosta

LB - Brian Bell, Lowndes

LB - Bull Barge, Colquitt County

LB - Darryle Isreal, Camden County

DB - O'Shay Williams, Colquitt County

DB - Chris Williams, Camden County

DB - Brandon Roberts, Lowndes

DB - Antonio Winbush, Camden County

DB - Marcus Jordan, Camden County


Second-team offense

QB - Daniel Mobley, Colquitt County

RB - Nelson Herring, Valdosta

RB - Ladarius Stewart, Tift County

TE - Christian Parker, Lowndes

OL - Cole Minshew, Coffee

OL - Jake Lamb, Camden County

OL - Bryan Roe, Lowndes

OL - Dwayne Hart, Lowndes

OL - Javier Clark, Tift County

WR - Kiel Pollard, Colquitt County

WR - A.J. Jackson, Brunswick

WR - Malik Henry, Tift County

P - Mason Gann, Tift County

K - Luis Martinez, Colquitt County

Util. - Tyler Rauls, Camden County


Second-team defense

DL - Mike Parrish, Colquitt County

DL - Tamarcio Reese, Colquitt County

DL - Chris Bahr, Camden County

DL - A.J. Harper, Lowndes

LB - Brandon Key, Colquitt County

LB - Jacari Williams, Brunswick

LB - Todd Bradley, Valdosta

LB - Jay Lott, Coffee

DB - Demetri Saulsberry, Camden County

DB - Joshua Norwood, Valdosta

DB - Devarious Butler, Tift County

DB - Rashay March, Valdosta


Honorable-mention offense: QB - Ryan Wedgeworth, Tift County; RB - Lacarvius Sears, Coffee; RB - Grant Fagan, Brunswick; RB - Arvin Berry, Lowndes; TE - Khalil McClain, Valdosta; WR -Malik Roberts, Lowndes; WR -Malik Pittman, Tift County; WR - Raequan Ross, Coffee; WR - Brandon Roe, Coffee; WR - Javonte Woods, Colquitt County; OL - Curtis Hargrett, Lowndes; OL - Bradley Stophel, Brunswick; OL - Cade Blackburn, Colquitt County; OL - Alfred Brown, Colquitt County; OL - Bud Stone, Coffee; OL - Hunter Winters, Tift County; OL - James Barrington, Camden County; OL - Sean Cooke, Camden County; OL - Ruben Bradford, Camden County; Util. - Ishaun Armstrong, Brunswick; K - Nick Hart, Lowndes; K - Brennan Goodson, Valdosta; K - Jose Veea, Colquitt County; K - Bradley Bastable, Camden County


Honorable-mention defense: DL - Shawn Fussell, Coffee; DL - Julian Frazier, Valdosta; DL - Jon Glover, Coffee; LB - James Burke, Coffee; LB - Donte Robinson, Lowndes; LB - Terrell Roundtree, Valdosta; LB - Nathan Brantley, Lowndes; LB - Noah Mastone, Camden County; DB - Eric Hart, Lowndes; DB - Alex Brown, Lowndes; DB- Steven Waters, Tift County; DB - Corveon White, Lowndes; DB - Brant Garrett, Coffee; DB - Michael Sutton, Colquitt County; DB - Brandon Roe, Coffee; DB - Quan Patillo, Colquitt County; DB - Maleek Lewis, Colquitt County; DB - Carlos Pickett, Brunswick; DB - Ryan Johnson, Camden County; DB - Tavish Douglas, Coffee; DB - Ronald Harrell, Coffee; DB - Zack Abbott, Tift County; DB - Tim Sanders, Colquitt County; LB - Chevoskis Johnson, Colquitt County; DL - Jamiyus Pittman, Colquitt County; DL - Jalen Johnson, Tift County; DL - Chris Cowart, Brunswick


7-AAAAA Div. B

Offensive player of the year: Grant Drakeford, Riverwood

Defensive player of the year: Keith Hampton, Kell

Coach of the year: Derek Cook, Kell



QB - Matt McGuigan, Kell

QB - Craig Robinson, Osborne

RB - Jay Moxey, Kell

RB - Logan Blackley, Riverwood

RB - Mason Shiflett, Pope

RB - Rahkeem Myrick, Sprayberry

WR - Stetson Mayes, Riverwood

WR - Logan Carr, Pope

WR - Errol Breaux, Kell

TE - Mike Kemper, Pope

OL - Max Kemper, Pope

OL - Nathan Waller, Kell

OL - Corbett Mendelson, Kell

OL - Vincente Gutierrez, Osborne

OL - Zack Feldman, Riverwood

OL - Kory Gillam, Riverwood

OL - Darius Johons, Sprayberry

OL - Bailey Sharp, Sprayberry

K - Rodrigo Blankenship, Sprayberry



DB - Khai Anderson, RIverwood

DB - Kendall Morrison, RIverwood

DB - Taylor Henkle, Kell

LB - Reggie Prince, Riverwood

LB - Bryson Armstrong, Kell

LB - Harrison Holmes, Pope

DL - Donnell Green, Kell

DL - Austin Meaut, Kell

DL - Will Baynes, Riverwood

DL - Conner Stewart, Riverwood

DL - Chi Achibuem, Osborne

DL - Matthew Jones, Pope

DL - JaQuinton Alston-Thompson, Osborne

P - Julian Chang, Kell



Player of the year: Dalton Etheridge, Eagle's Landing Christian

Offensive players of the year: Kevin Johnson, Pace Academy; Stockton McGuire, Landmark Christian

Defensive players of the year: Josh Shockley, Eagle's Landing Christian; Denzel Franklin, Pace Academy

Lineman of the year: Beau Beasley, Eagle's Landing Christian

Special teams player of the year: Christian Coleman, Our Lady of Mercy

Coaches Award: William Higbie, Landmark Christian; Clay Pfohl, Holy Innocents'

Coach of the year: Wayne Brantley, Landmark Christian



QB - Luke Wright, Holy Innocents'

RB - Jordan Thomas, Our Lady of Mercy

RB - Lane Timpson, Eagle's Landing Christian

RB - Malik Staples, Pace Academy

WR - Sam Dobbs, Landmark Christian

WR - Kameron Uter, Pace Academy

WR - Davis Carrandi, Eagle's Landing Christian

WR - Delfayeo Matthews, Our Lady of Mercy

OL - Michael Johnson, Landmark Christian

OL - Asher Wilson, Strong Rock Academy

OL - Ryan McNeely, Eagle's Landing Christian

OL - Jay Rolader, Holy Innocents'

OL - Darryl Jackson, Our Lady of Mercy

PK - Jameson Vest, Our Lady of Mercy



DL - Andrew Williams, Eagle's Landing Christian

DL - Lynix Branch, Our Lady of Mercy

DL - Anthony Trinh, Pace Academy

DL - Drew McMurrain, Landmark Christian

LB - Alex Horlak, Our Lady of Mercy

LB - Rod Davis, Holy Innocents'

LB - Titus Creamer, Landmark Christian

LB - Chase Burdette, Eagle's Landing Christian

LB - Kyle Wilkins, Our Lady of Mercy

DB - Nolan Bryant, Landmark Christian

DB - Albert Wilson, Our Lady of Mercy

DB - Connor Dolan, Holy Innocents'

DB - Bryson Durden, Eagle's Landing Christian

P - Owen Penn, Holy Innocents'



Player of the year: LB Christian Payne, Prince Avenue Christian

Offensive player of year: RB Stanley Williams, George Walton Academy

Defensive player of the year: DL Chance McClure, Commerce

Coach of the year: Jeff Herron, Prince Avenue Christian



OL - Patrick Stewart, George Walton Academy

OL - Max Ruston, Athens Academy

OL - Alexander Stier, Prince Avenue Christian

OL - T.J. Loveless, Prince Avenue Christian

OL - Matt Walters, Pinecrest Academy

OL - Tony Patman, Commerce

OL - Morgan Flint, Commerce

OL - Joe Bova, Hebron Christian

OL - Caleb Stephenson, Athens Christian

OL - Davion Barron, Athens Christian

TE - Josh Holton, George Walton Academy

RB - Kevon Hudson, Prince Avenue Christian

RB - Andrew Wilborn, Pinecrest Academy

QB - Brett Brandon, Athens Christian

QB - Tyson Herron, Prince Avenue Christian

WR - Jacob Harper, Hebron Christian

WR - Eric Williams, Athens Academy

WR - Levi Cummings, Athens Christian



DL - Chas Hart, Athens Christian

DL - Derek Benoit, Commerce

DL - Blake Graham, Prince Avenue Christian

DL - Chandler Chittom, Prince Avenue Christian

DB - Zack Graham, Prince Avenue Christian

DB - Zantravious Shields, Prince Avenue Christian

DB - Max Moorman, Prince Avenue Christian

DB - Anthony Carco, Pinecrest Academy

DB - Matthew Glisson, Hebron Christian

DB - Nick Waters, George Walton Academy

LB - Bobby McPhillips, Athens Academy

LB - Bryce Brunson, Athens Christian

LB - Jay Wallo, Hebron Christian

LB - Adam Guard, Pinecrest Academy

LB - Zack Ragle, Prince Avenue Christian

DE - James Wagner, Prince Avenue Christian

DE - Conner Sibley, Prince Avenue Christian

DE - Taylor Hadigree, Athens Christian


Specialists and others

P - Chris Birozes, Pinecrest Christian

PK - Alex Brenner, Pinecrest Christian

Ret. - J'Varius Wood, Commerce

Rudy - Clay Petty, Prince Avenue Christian

Rudy - Daniel Faust, Athens Christian

AP - Jonah Doster, Prince Avenue Christian

AP - William Brice, Hebron Christian

AP - Demetrius McWhorter, Athens Christian

AP - Michael Santamaria, Athens Academy


Learn to officiate big boy football in the north metro area in 2014

Love high school football? The Etowah Valley Football Officials Association needs new members for the 2014 season. For more information, e-mail Secretary@EVFOA.org.

Camden County, Ware County, FCA sponsoring recruiting fair

The third annual Southeast Georgia Recruiting Fair, sponsored by Camden County High School, Ware County High School and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, will be held on today from 9 a.m.-noon at Camden County. The event is free to high school and college recruiters. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Toby Crews at tcrews@fca.org or 912-281-9510 or Welton Coffey at wcoffey@camden.k12.ga.us or 912-729-7042.


Georgia Strength Coaches Association clinic to be held in January

The seventh annual Georgia Strength Coaches Association Strength Clinic will be held on Jan. 10 at Marietta High School. The cost is $55. Complete clinic schedule and online registration is available at


Athletic Express Help your team raise money and win sports apparel

Gear Up can help your team raise money and win sports apparel and equipment from UnderArmour, Alleson, Rawlings and more. We've helped the Flowery Branch Junior Falcons raise more than $50,000 and take home more than $10,000 in Under Armour gear in the past five years. For more information, contact Justin Rountree at 865-250-8245 or jtree242006@yahoo.com.


Georgia Prep Sports Academy to hold football tryouts

Georgia Prep Sports Academy will hold football tryouts beginning in January for 2013-2014 high school graduates and transferring college athletes. GPSA is an Atlanta prep school that gives student-athletes the academic and athletic training they need to play at a two-year or four-year college football program. GPSA fielded its first football team this fall under head coach and school founder Michael Carson. For more information on the tryouts or combines, including cost and dates, contact coach Carson at 678-663-7514 or carsoncarson11@gmail.com or visit the school's website at www.georgiaprepsportsacademy.org.

MaxPreps covers metro Atlanta high school sports

GHSF Daily's title sponsor, MaxPreps, has launched a site dedicated to metro Atlanta high school sports. The site has rankings, scores and schedules as well as games, players and coaches of the week. MaxPreps also encourages fans to send in photos from the games. Check out MaxPreps Atlanta today.

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