POY Watch: Burke County’s Green continues to rise

Donquell Green, Burke County’s junior quarterback, moved up a couple of spots in the GHSF Daily/Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year Watch after rushing for 241 yards and four touchdowns in his game last week.

Walton running back Tyren Jones continues to hold the lead, although he failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season in his team’s loss to Lassiter.

New to the POY Watch is Aquinas RB/LB Brendan Douglas, who tries to make history this week when Aquinas tries to stop a 31-game losing streak to Lincoln County.

1. RB Tyren Jones, Walton: Jones rushed for 193 yards on 32 carries in a 21-9 loss to Lassiter. He was held without a touchdown for only the second time in his 21 games at Walton. The other was the 2011 state final against Grayson. Jones, who has committed to Alabama, has rushed for 1,313 yards and 13 touchdowns on 196 carries (6.7 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 Parkview’s Caleb King, who ran for 2,768 in 2005. Walton is 4-2 and unranked in Class AAAAAA.

2. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson had a hand in six touchdowns in a 42-23 victory over Cedar Shoals. He rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and was 20-of-28 passing for 234 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, Watson is 112-of-156 passing (71.8 percent) for 1,657 yards and 20 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He has rushed for 521 yards and 10 touchdowns on 86 carries (6.1 ypc). Watson, a junior, has committed to Clemson. Gainesville is 5-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAA.

3. QB Eddie Printz, Lassiter: Printz was 16-of-30 passing for 196 yards in a 21-9 victory over Walton. On the season, Printz is 106-of-167 passing (63.5 percent) for 1,442 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Lassiter is 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA.

4. QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Did not play last week. 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. QB A.J. Erdely, West Forsyth: Did not play last week. 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.

6. QB Donquell Green, Burke County: Green scored four touchdowns, rushed for 241 yards and passed for 146 in a 50-21 victory over Wayne County. For the season, Green has rushed for 957 yards and 17 touchdowns on 100 carries (9.6 ypc) and completed 41 of 56 passes (73.2 percent) for 636 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Burke County is 5-1 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA.

7. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb, a junior, rushed for 244 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries in a 35-27 loss to River Ridge. He had a 70-yard TD run called back for holding. He also had two receptions for 60 yards. For the season, Chubb leads the state in rushing with 1,660 yards on 196 carries (8.5 ypc). He has scored 25 touchdowns. 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 4-2 and unranked in Class AAAA.

8. HB/DB J.J. Green, Camden County: Green rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in a 39-12 victory over Coffee. On the season, Green has rushed for 376 yards and five touchdowns on 36 carries (10.4 ypc) and caught four passes for 54 yards and one touchdown. He has returned four kickoffs for 163 yards (40.8 ypr) and one touchdown. He has scored eight touchdowns overall. He has three interceptions. Camden County is 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA.

9. QB Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County: Parrish threw four TD passes for the second consecutive game in a 28-10 victory over Thomasville. For the season, Brooks is 89-of-169 passing for 1,430 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has rushed for more than 400 yards and seven touchdowns. Brooks County is 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AA.

10. RB/LB Brendan Douglas, Aquinas: Douglas rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in a 31-6 victory over Hancock Central. A two-way starter, Douglas has rushed for 798 yards and 15 touchdowns on 101 carries (7.9 ypg) and caught six pases for 94 yards and one touchdown. He has accounted for 57 percent of Aquinas’ total offense. He has made 72 tackles, three for losses, and recovered three fumbles. Aquinas is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class A.

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17 comments Add your comment

how 'bout

October 10th, 2012
8:24 am

:) …seems Camden’s J.J. Green has to get his on limited opportunities .hard to imagine what he might due if he was featured weapons like say Tryen Jones of Walton…

how 'bout

October 10th, 2012
8:25 am

…do (vice due)…

Single A

October 10th, 2012
9:05 am

William Walker of (Washington County) needs to be on this list.On pace to run for a thousand yards and pass for 2,000 yards.

Truth Seeker

October 10th, 2012
9:54 am

Chubb for Heisman!!!

Seriously, he is Cedartown’s only weapon and still cranking out yards and touchdowns.


October 10th, 2012
10:56 am

Who’s J.J. Green? :-D


October 10th, 2012
11:57 am

What a player does for the team and if the team is winning is big. Impressive stats, good players they all are.


October 10th, 2012
12:09 pm

@ how ’bout

JJ Green is a very good player but Tyren Jones is essentially the only offensive weapon that Walton has. Even with Lassiter’s entire defense keying on him (Lassiter is ranked as the #11 team in the nation) he still ran for over 190 yards. JJ is more of an athlete, outside threat but he couldn’t take the pounding of 30+ carries every week against the likes of McEachern and Lassiter.

Again, JJ is a great player but it is different getting Wing T mis-direction carries versus running down-hill in a Pro-Style offense. See Trent Richardson(when at Bama) vs Onterrio McCalleb for Auburn over their college careers. McCalleb has averaged more yards per carry due to misdirection jet sweeps. But he didn’t get nearly the amount of carries as Richardson and nobody would consider McCalleb to be the better player.


October 10th, 2012
12:20 pm

Typical North Ga. So there are only a very few players worthy of top status in your polls. Guess that wont change until we start winning state Championships again in most of the classes.


October 10th, 2012
12:56 pm

The object of the game is to score points and to stop your opponent from scoring. J.J. Green does both! :-D

cedartown class of 85

October 10th, 2012
1:51 pm

nick chubb is a man among boys on the field,on an otherwise woeful team,and he is only a JUNIOR,no doubt POY

Sandy Creekster

October 10th, 2012
1:58 pm

Hey folks, that Donquell “Gator” Green from Burke County is not a joke. I went to see them play AAAAAA Coffee County a few weeks ago, AAAA Burke/”Gator” Green dominated the game. And make no mistake about it, he’s definitely not the only one to watch on Burke’s team, so just shutting him down won’t do any good.

Just a Fan

October 10th, 2012
1:58 pm

Green from Burke County has impressed me .He has been consistent,improved his passing skills,and most of all his yardage has not come by extensive carries against hapless teams( unlike another on the list)Probably not enough size for the next level but we are evaluating High School players.Hope Carrollton improves enough to play Green&Co next season..


October 10th, 2012
2:13 pm


Bird dog

October 10th, 2012
2:53 pm

Gator didn’t even play fourth quarter this week, played one and half quarters last week so stats don’t show how good he really is

Bird dog

October 10th, 2012
6:34 pm

He probably has sat out a whole game with the quarters add up


October 11th, 2012
3:09 am


T-Town Dogs

October 13th, 2012
1:03 pm

This list is not legit without Chris Jordan of Thomson. An absolute stud who went over 1,000 yards after his first carry of game 6. The total package who gets it done every friday. You will see him playing on Saturdays somewhere in the ACC or SEC next year. Until then you can catch him at The Brickyard in Thomson and hopefully at the Dome in December. 24 is a beast, trust me.