The Davids vs. Goliaths in high school football

How about Parkview’s Nick Otazo?

The 5-6, 150-pounder plays wide receiver, along with returning all kicks and punts.

Said coach Cecil Flowe, “Nick worked his way on to the field.  He just kept showing up in practice and made some plays that earned him a spot to be on the field.”

Size isn’t everything in high school football. Here are some smaller players having success in the sport:

*Khalil Bell, St. Francis: The 5-7, 145-pounder plays all over the place, including halfback, quarterback and defensive back. In practices, he sometimes requests to go up against the team’s biggest players in tackling drills.

*Nick D’Amato, Blessed Trinity: The 5-8, 180-pounder had 90 tackles in eight games, including five tackles for losses.

*Kyle Holmes, Harrison: The 5-6, 143-pounder plays wide receiver, with his coach saying “his commitment and dedication are second to none.”

*Jamari Moore, Kell: The 5-4 and 135-pounder starts at cornerback, returns kicks and punts on special teams, and gets some carries on tailback.

*Anthony Farley, Creekside: The 5-7, 165-pounder plays cornerback and had five tackles and two interceptions against Mundy’s Mill, including returning one interception for a 96-yard touchdown.

*Isaiah Hinsley, Norcross: The 5-6, 215-pounder plays offensive guard and defensive tackle. “He is strong, quick, and plays with a lot of leverage,” says his coach.

Now it’s YOUR turn. Who are some smaller players having big successes in high school football?

24 comments Add your comment


October 29th, 2010
7:04 am

That kid from Parkview Nick Otazo has no quit in him…scrappy lil dude! Saw him play against Stephenson. He wasn’t intimidated by the bigger opponent at all.


October 29th, 2010
9:42 am

Travis Richmond 5′5′ 163 primary rb 1000 yard rusher last year and pretty close this year. Played once in one second half this year.

Bare Bear Fan

October 29th, 2010
10:03 am

Wontay Washington, RB, Griffin. For all the talk the Bear defense gets, and yes, much of it comes with good reason, Washington, listed at 5′8″ but in truth he’s not that big, has been the straw that has stirred the drink (1178 yards, 13 TD in 8 games).


October 29th, 2010
10:16 am

Aldarrien Bryant of Eagles Landing HS in McDonough is a WR. He’s about 5′7″ but plays like he’s 6′ tall. He just keeps making the catches and turning them into big plays and touchdowns.

football fan

October 29th, 2010
10:21 am

moses charles and nick barnet #1 AND #3 for swd are the most explosive players in the state

Norcross Football

October 29th, 2010
11:23 am

Shon Akins II for Norcross High School……..5′8″ 150lbs DB….One to watch in the next two years. Complete DB with great feet.


October 29th, 2010
11:29 am

Avery Alderman of the Lowndes Vikings is listed in the roster as 4′6″, 108 lbs, and a senior. He is the holder on all placement kicks for Lowndes High. He also is the backup extra-point kicker. He has been on the team four years. He has been a valuable asset for the Vikings and an inspiration to his teammates.


October 29th, 2010
11:53 am

How about me? I was a 130 pound squirt that played center on his football team way back in 1961. We ran the system where the center hikes the ball back directly to a halfback who directed the offense. I never did see anything going on because I was always flattened into the ground by those big ole brutes on the other side of the line. Nevertheless, I think it is great that the small guys can contribute to their their teams success.


October 29th, 2010
12:18 pm

Thanks for publishing this. It burns me up because some football coaches won’t even give a second glance at a kid because of his size. He might be scrappy, fast, smart, and solid – but they’ll never know.


October 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Sandy Creek Parent: There are a myriad of reasons why a coach would not look twice at a small player. Imagine a 5′7 wide receiver walking out on the field with 6′4″ Calvin Johnson beside him. It does not take a rocket scientist to learn who is getting balls thrown his way. The overwhelming majority of the best players (outside of a short and fast running back or defensive back) are not small. This is nice story, nonetheless. At the end of the day, it is the fight in the dog that counts. We have all watched guys like some of the players mentioned in this story. We’ve all been amazed by their motor and heart.

Personally, I like big players that hit hard, run fast, and win!


October 29th, 2010
2:30 pm

DeVonte Mack makes a great contribution at Buford. He has played varsity ball since his sophmore year. He is only 5″11 but is a definite asset to this team. He is not as tall as he should be for his positions but he racks up tackles each week and starts on both sides of the ball.
Go Wolves!


October 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

FootballFan, you’re so right about Moses and Nick, I just wish Buck would give them the ball more.

Catamount Fan

October 29th, 2010
4:23 pm

Reinaldo Torres (listed at 5′2″ and 155 – both are generous) plays on the Defensive Line for Dalton. Torres is an accomplished wrestler and he gives folks fits when he is in the game. He is quick, has a good motor, and knows how to use his body. When he runs out there you think there is no way this guy should have his hand in the grass. But he makes play after play.


October 29th, 2010
6:49 pm

Shaun Nichols Jr. (Dutchtown) 5′11 255 probably one of the best fullbacks and DT’s in Georgia. Built like a brick and hits like one as well.

coffee hurting

October 29th, 2010
11:39 pm

Coffee Coach blows another it would be great to have a real coach.


October 30th, 2010
2:45 am

I don’t know the height and weight of Matt LaMontagne, a corner for Walton but he is always smaller than the receivers he is covering and does an outstanding job every time despite his size disadvantage.

And Uncle Ruckus, 5′11″, 255 is great size for a college or NFL fullback. Did you not understand the point of the article?

Hornet watcher

October 30th, 2010
3:33 am

Steven salinas #19 a cornerback for the Hornets is pound for pound the toughest player on the field. I have watched every game this young man has played since he was in the 7th grade. His career has been litter with a string of bodies laying on the turf wondering what just hit them. At 5′-6″?? he hits harder and plays tougher than players 6″ to 12″ inches taller and 150lbs heavier. He is like dynamite. He was so small the head coach was afraid to play him and never thought he could play at the varsity level but after seeing the desire and the force he imparts on every play Steven refused to be kept off the field. He has been a starter for his Junior and Senior year. He is a real inspiration to watch and if you discount him because of his size and you are on the opposing team you might also join that club of players that are tryng to figure out how such a small guy can hit so hard.

Kiki Nelly

October 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

DENARD FORD from McEachern High! The kid is lethal. 9-0 & BEAT Lowndes County


October 30th, 2010
1:40 pm

Carrollton’s Telvin Brown deserves some love here. Not sure of his exact measureables but he’s in the 5′ 8″ range and weighs about 160 or so. Guy is electric on the football field. Big time playmaker as a return guy. Plays offense, some defense and returns kickoffs.

The Fighting Hockmans

October 31st, 2010
10:27 am

McEachern is 8-1 Kiki. Although they should be 9-0.


October 31st, 2010
3:06 pm

Rocky Capobianco, Dacula QB. 5′6″ 150 lbs.


October 31st, 2010
6:42 pm

Tre Sorrells 5′8 170 , Alcovy’s All Region junior RB. He has over a 1000 yards in 9 games.

Rodrick Holloman

November 1st, 2010
7:20 am

This lil guy from Riverdale, Rodrick Holloman Jr, is a beast.5-6 160 lead his team in tackles as a sophomore and now a junior, has shown true leadership on a very young team. I’ve never seen a kid of his size with such a big heart.


November 1st, 2010
12:00 pm

Tevin King from Colquitt County is 5′ 6″ and 150 lbs. He is our starting running back and a preseason All-State selection for AAAAA. Although he is small, he continues to have tough runs where he breaks tackles before taking it to the house. He has the potential to break a big run everytime he touches the ball. King has rushed for 1,009 yards and 21 touchdowns so far this season. He has also caught 31 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns. His running back counterpart D’Amonte Ridley is similar in size and speed and can really hurt you if he gets in the open field. They make a great 1-2 puch out of the backfield.