By David Purdum / For the AJC
Try to stay with me as I take you through the wild Region 1-AAAAAA quarterback carousel.
Last spring, Shelby Wilkes, a move-in from Tennessee, won the starting quarterback job at Colquitt County. Later that spring, Cole Seagraves, a transfer from White County, showed up at Colquitt and beat out Wilkes.
Wilkes elected to transfer to Valdosta, where coach Rance Gillespie was entering his first year after coming over from Georgia Southern.
Alex Stephenson, a transfer from Ware County, joined Gillespie at Valdosta and began last season as the starter ahead of Wilkes.
Wilkes would eventually take over the starting role from Stephenson midway through the season.
Stephenson then transferred to Lowndes, where he was the starting quarterback for the Vikings in last week’s scrimmage.
To recap, Wilkes was once the starter at Colquitt County and is now the starter at Valdosta. Stephenson was once the starter at Valdosta, but now is competing to start at Lowndes. Seagraves, of course, remains the starter at Colquitt County.
Florida state champs, runner-ups have seasons erased
And you thought Georgia had issues with transfers in high school athletics.
In the past three months, the reigning Florida 6A state champion and runner-up have had their 2011 seasons erased due to the use of ineligible players.
Last week, Miami Central, last season’s runner-up and USA Today’s 2012 preseason No. 1 team , had their 13-1 campaign scratched by the Florida High School Athletic Association. Sparked by a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, an eight-month FHSAA investigation claimed quarterback Austin Stock first moved into Central’s district to live at a house owned by a school booster. Stock allegedly then moved out of the house to a local hotel and received rides to school from a teacher. His mother claimed she was homeless.
Those violations cost Miami Central their 13-1 season that ended with a loss in the state championship game to Seffner-Armwood.
In June, the FHSAA forced Armwood to vacate its 2011 undefeated state championship season and 11 wins from the previous year for using ineligible players. A TV report showed parents of players lying about where they lived.
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