Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson is moving up in the state record books with a chance even as a junior to set the state record for career passing yards. He is also moving up in GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch.
Watson, who had nearly 400 yards rushing and passing and a hand in five touchdowns in his team’s 42-14 victory over Heritage of Conyers in a game between ranked teams last week, is now No. 2 behind Walton RB Tyren Jones, who broke 1,000 yards rushing on the season last week.
Watson has 6,771 yards passing in his career. The state record is 9,062 yards. Watson is on pace to set the record before his career is over, as he has a senior year ahead of him. But also ahead of him for now are active players Lassiter’s Eddie Printz (7,061 yards passing) and Cedar Grove’s Johnathon McCrary (7,304). Both are seniors.
Another player moving up this week is Cedartown’s Nick Chubb, the state’s leading rusher. Chubb, a junior, surpassed 350 yards in a game last week for the third time this season in five games.
Back on the POY Watch this week is Brooks County QB Malcolm Mitchell. Out for now is Grayson DE Robert Nkemdiche.
1. RB Tyren Jones, Walton: Jones rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in a 21-7 victory over Cherokee. Jones, who has committed to Alabama, has rushed for 1,120 yards and 13 touchdowns on 164 carries (6.8 ypc) on the season. At his current pace, Jones would need 13 games to break the state record for rushing yards in a season in the highest classification held by Caleb King of Parkview, who ran for 2,768 in 2005. Walton is 4-1 and unranked in Class AAAAAA.
2. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 277 yards and three TDs in a 42-14 victory over Heritage of Conyers. For the season, Watson is 94-of-128 passing (73.4 percent) for 1,423 yards and 17 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He has rushed for 403 yards and seven touchdowns on 69 carries. Watson, a junior, has committed to Clemson. Gainesville is 4-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAA.
3. QB Eddie Printz, Lassiter: Printz was 23-of-40 passing for 233 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 30-7 victory over Woodstock. On the season, Printz is 91-of-134 passing (67.9 percent) for 1,334 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Printz has 7,129 yards passing in his career. The state record is 9,062. Lassiter is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA.
4. QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Lamb was 18-of-30 passing for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-0 victory over Coosa. For the season, Lamb is 123-of-180 passing (68.3 percent) for 1,478 yards and 14 touchdowns with three interceptions. He has rushed for 94 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries. Calhoun is 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AA.
5. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb, a junior, rushed for 366 yards and seven touchdowns on 36 carries in a 47-27 victory over Southeast Whitfield. For the season, Chubb leads the state in rushing with 1,416 yards on 158 carries (9.1 ypc). He has scored 21 touchdowns. He has three games with more than 350 yards rushing. Chubb is on pace to break the state record for rushing yards in a season, held by Daccus Turman of Washington-Wilkes (3,172), in the 12th game. Cedartown is 4-1 and unranked in Class AAAA.
6. QB A.J. Erdely, West Forsyth: Erdely was 14-of-23 passing for a season-high 267 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-6 victory over Centennial. On the season, Erdely is 62-of-95 passing (65.3 percent) for 935 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. He has rushed for 408 yards and five touchdowns on 50 carries (7.8 ypc). He is committed to Middle Tennessee. West Forsyth is 5-0 and ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA.
7. QB Donquell Green, Burke County: Green was 6-of-7 passing for 122 yards and a touchdown and rushed six times for 73 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-6 victory over Cross Creek. Green also made a one-handed interception and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown. He played less than two quarters. For the season, Green has rushed for 716 yards and 13 touchdowns on 80 carries (9.0 ypc) and completed 32 of 44 passes (72.7 percent) for 490 yards and four touchdowns. He has not thrown an interception. Burke County is 4-1 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA.
8. HB/DB J.J. Green, Camden County: Green returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, intercepted two passes and rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in a 43-6 victory over Valdosta. On the season, Green has rushed for 278 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries (9.6 ypc) and caught four passes for 54 yards and one touchdown. He has scored six touchdowns overall. He has two interceptions. His kickoff return touchdown against Valdosta was his first of the season but 10th of his career. Camden County is 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA.
9. QB Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County: Parrish passed for 213 yards, threw four TD passes, scored a touchdown and intercepted a pass in a 42-8 victory over Early County. Parrish, a junior, also forced two fumbles from free safety. He returned a fumble more than 100 yards for a touchdown that was called back because of an inadvertent whistle. For the season, Brooks has 1,296 yards passing for 12 touchdowns and has rushed for more than 400 yards and seven touchdowns. Brooks County is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AA.
10. DE Carl Lawson, Milton: Lawson had 1.5 sacks and four tackles in a 34-13 victory over Wheeler. Lawson, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 pick and one of the top five defensive end prospects in the country, has 10.5 sacks and 11 QB hurries on the season. Milton is 4-1 and unranked in Class AAAAAA.